Family Flux – June 2014

Marriages Parker – Young. Jack Parker and Linda Young were united in marriage on February 15, 2014 at the White Cloud (MI) Seventh Day Baptist Church. Monroe – Spears.  Caleb Monroe and Nikki Spears were united in marriage on March 15, 2014 at Remount Baptist Church in North Little Rock, AR. Pastor Jeffrey Monroe, father of the groom, officiated. Spearl – Mirabel. Pastor Michael Spearl and Laura Mirabal were united in marriage on March 29, 2014, at the Bradenton Seventh Day Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida.   Births Hipskind.—A daughter, Emma Joy, was born to Greg and Jennifer (Butler) Hipskind of Rock Island, IL on May 16, 2014.   Obituaries  Epp.—Eugene Epp, 90, of Angwin, Calif., died on February 21, 2014. He was born on May 28, 1923 in Shafter, Calif., at the home of his parents John and Kathrine Epp. Gene grew up helping on the family farm in the central valley. During World War II, Gene served in a Conscientious Objector’s camp in Oregon.  He felt he could not morally bear arms, and in lieu of combat duty was assigned to fight huge forest fires and to help construct the Wikiup Dam, which is still in service near Bend, Ore. He married Blanch Gearing on August 25, 1946. After settling in Hollister, Calif., Gene started his own business called “Gene’s Repair Shop,” repairing small engines. During Gene’s retirement years, he and Blanch moved from Hollister to Angwin, Calif., to be near their family. Blanch died on February 2, 1999 after 52 years of marriage. He was a charter member of the Bay Area Seventh Day Baptist Church, often traveling almost 100 miles to the church’s meeting place. In the days of Bay Area joint meetings with the Monterey fellowship, he and Blanch would arrange for meeting places. Gene’s favorite Scripture was what he called “The 1-2-3 of the Sabbath”: 1st book, 2nd chapter, 3rd verse. Gene is survived by his daughter Barbara Hassard, granddaughter Amy Lee, and two great-granddaughters; a sister, Anna Griffith, a brother, David Epp, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held March 16, 2014, in Angwin, led by Gene’s daughter Barbara and family. In attendance were Anita...

More Than Just An Editor

More Than Just An Editor

May 23, 2014

More Than Just An Editor by Kevin Butler   Before coming here to the SDB Center, I had the privilege of working in a number of different occupations. Each summer during high school and college I was employed at a local telephone company, working my way up from trimming branches off the lines to installing new phones. After college I got security clearance to work at a regional computer center for GE’s Aerospace and Defense Division. Deciding that the big company was a bit too impersonal, I went back to the little phone company and tried my hand at sales. (Didn’t do so well.) Next came Radio Shack, where I got into store management and won a sales contest to Acapulco. The “call” to ministry had been tugging at my heart for years, so we left everything and everybody we knew and went off to seminary. I continued to work at a Radio Shack near the school, then did campus maintenance, then got a dream job being in charge of the audio-visual equipment for the seminary library and classrooms. Following seminary I accepted the call to pastor our new church in Madison, Wis. In an attempt to promote our church, I recorded a series of short Bible commentaries for the local Christian radio station. Not long after, I wound up using my college radio experience and worked there as a part-time announcer, mostly Sunday mornings—allowing the other staff members to go to their churches.   My “Walter Mitty” experience of different careers got enhanced when it came to creating and performing the Tract Council presentation at Conference. Wanting to convey our information in an entertaining and memorable way, I got to play the role of a game show host (several times with different vintage games), TV newscaster, talk show host, lawyer and detective. “Hats off” to the TCC members who played along in those skits, plus a string of cameo guests including Jim Skaggs, Paul Manuel and the recurring role of “Barbie Dull” played by Cheri Appel. Thanks so much!   Another facet to this communication ministry involved many meetings and much travel. I was blessed to be on the ground floor of the...

Patricia Cruzan named Interim Editor of The Sabbath Recorder

Patricia Cruzan named Interim Editor of The Sabbath Recorder

May 23, 2014

Patricia Cruzan named Interim Editor of The Sabbath Recorder     The SDB General Council has named Patricia “Pat” Cruzan of Shiloh, New Jersey, as the new Interim Editor of The Sabbath Recorder magazine. The Recorder has been the denominational periodical since 1844. Her name may be familiar to many of our older readers since she worked as the Recorder’s Art Director when John Bevis was editor in the 1970s and early ’80s. After the SDB Center moved from Plainfield, N.J. to Janesville, Wis., Pat worked in the advertising department of a weekly newspaper. She then did layout and design for newsletters, ads, and a local magazine in an ad agency. Pat has a degree in English Literature from The King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and has taken a number of Adult Education Commercial Art courses. Having worked with Mrs. Cruzan on many projects over the years, outgoing SR Editor Kevin Butler is positive about the future. “I’m excited to see how Pat will improve the looks of the old Recorder,” says Editor Butler. “Her previous work speaks for itself. Pat’s a wonderful graphic artist and a great servant of God. Our publication will be in good hands.” Butler steps down on June 30, completing over 25 years of service. Her volunteer work on SDB projects includes: • Designing and editing the “Journey of a Lifetime” Special Edition of the SR in 2000 • Designing three book covers for Rev. Don Sanford: Conscience Taken Captive, A Free People in Search of a Free Land, Greater Than Its Parts • Cover design and layout work for SDB tracts: The Facts of Life, Baptism, Pro & Con, What the Bible Teaches about the Sabbath, By What Authority. The “Identity” brochure thumbprint cover is her design along with the layout of its pages. • Created the newsletter for the Women’s Board when it was in Shiloh; designed the current Women’s Board logo • Several Conference theme logos (including this year’s “Choose” graphic for Pastor Steven James) • Brochures for the Memorial Board • Maintains the website for the Shiloh Church, makes brochures, ads, posters, and newsletter • At General Conference, attends the Communications Interest Committee • Member of the New Media Committee and had input on new social media...

SDBs Honored As Medical Center Volunteers

SDBs Honored As Medical Center Volunteers

May 23, 2014

SDBs Honored As Medical Center Volunteers   ROME, GEORGIA. – The Rev. David and Bettie Pearson, volunteers with the Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary for 11 years, were named the Good Samaritan Volunteers of the Year on April 16, 2014. The award was presented at Floyd’s annual luncheon as part of National Volunteer Appreciation Month. The luncheon honors the more than 200 volunteers who serve at Floyd.* Volunteers are recognized for their dedication and contribution to the American Red Cross, Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary, First Steps, Heyman HospiceCare, Floyd Healthcare Foundation, Floyd Medical Explorers, Arts in Medicine and Support Services. For over a decade, the Pearsons have conducted weekly Sunday morning church services in the chapel located in Floyd’s Inpatient Rehabilitation facility. First seeing a need when Mrs. Pearson was a patient at Floyd, the retired missionaries to Africa now sing, pray and study with a variety of patients. “I have preached to much larger congregations, but there is something very special and heartwarming ministering to the twos and threes,” Mr. Pearson said. “It is hard to explain, but I find the closeness, warmth and love exchanged to be spiritually enriching and very satisfying.” Prior to retiring to northwest Georgia, the Pearsons served chuches in five states and spent 30 years as missionaries in Central Africa as part of the Seventh Day Baptist Missionary Society. Kurt Stuenkel, Floyd President and CEO, says it is an honor to recognize Floyd’s volunteers for the many hours of service they provide. “As a not-for-profit hospital, we can’t say enough about how much the volunteers mean to our organization,” Stuenkel said. “The work they do is immensely important and helps us continue to provide the excellent quality of care Floyd has become known for.”   *According to Wikipedia, Floyd Medical Center is a system of health care providers serving Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama since 1942. Located in Rome, Ga., it is Floyd County’s largest employer with over 2,000...

It’s a “GOD” Thing!

It’s a “GOD” Thing! by Executive Director, Rob Appel   Have you ever experienced a time where you know it was God intervening on your behalf? Or, if you had gone ahead with your own plans, it might not have turned out so well, or not at all? Since this is the “Youth Issue,” this story does have to do with younger people—our own Stained Glass music ministry. In late February I had found a vehicle out in California that I thought would be the perfect mode of transportation for the Stained Glass group this summer. It was a burgundy Ford Excursion. I asked Joe Pradetto Sr. of Riverside, if he would be able to go look at the SUV. He agreed and went on the 23rd of February. Joe found some things wrong, but thought overall it was worth the money that we had offered on it. I then proceeded to ask the dealer if he would take my personal car in a trade. I was planning on driving out west, stopping at four of our churches before arriving in California. They said they were interested and that they would need to see the car in person. Because of this, I did not put a down payment on the SUV to hold it. I arrived in Palm Desert on Sunday, March 16. On Monday I called the dealership before jumping in the car to drive almost two hours to the Los Angeles area. My contact there informed that another buyer placed a down payment on the SUV on the 16th. He thought that the sale wouldn’t go through because the potential buyer did not have a great credit rating and would have to come up with cash. Something told me, “Put your car on Craigslist.” My wife confirmed that too, and so I did. On Wednesday I was informed that the other buyer did come up with the cash, AND my car sold that day as well! In the meantime, having the feeling that we were not going to get this SUV, Marian Anderson (Chairman of the Stained Glass Ministry) and I started looking at vehicles on the internet. I found a chestnut-colored...