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Feb. 16, 2009 issue

Fish or be bait

Hillsboro (Kan.) Mennonite Brethren Ch.

Carrol L. Ediger

After 18 months as HMBC’s interim pastoral couple, Bill and Roberta Damberg completed their ministry here Dec. 31. A farewell faspa was held in their honor Dec. 21. Dale and Joyce Warkentin of Wichita began as the new interim pastoral couple Jan. 11. They have previously served as missionaries in Indonesia and in pastoral ministry in Kansas and California.

Baby dedications: Lauren Ashley, daughter of Todd and Shawna Vogt, and Khloe Marie, daughter of Nathan and Wendy Funk, Dec. 21.

Four families with young children lit the Advent candles in December: the Jason Priest family, the Terry Pankratz family, the Jason Bartel family and the Kerry Hein family. Bruce Heyen, worship music and choir director, led the choir in a Christmas cantata, “Joy, Joy, Joy,” on Dec. 14. Other Christmas activities included a children’s musical, “Finding the Christmas Star;” the Messiah and a Christmas festival by Tabor College students; caroling; a Christmas Eve candlelight service; and a Christmas faspa. A New Year’s Eve game party was held in fellowship hall.

Don Ratzlaff, church moderator, preached the first message in 2009, “Fish or Be Bait,” based on the story of Jonah. Jon and Juana Pritchard, who have moved to Mexico, shared information concerning their ministry on Jan. 7. A new Sunday school elective, a study of the book Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridge, began Jan. 18.

Gladys Jantz, 90, died Jan. 2. Survivors: daughter Delora Decker; two granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

Martha Lovisa Duerksen, 84, died Jan. 15. Survivors: sons Ron, Pete and Dean; daughter Jan Franz; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mildren Friesen, 97, died Jan. 20. Survivors: daughters Donna Richert and Carol Stevens; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

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