Congratulations to Mariah Zeiss and Kelly Lakaner who were the recipients of the Steelville Presbyterian Deacons’ Scholarships. They are pictured here with Becky Lakaner, Moderator of Deacons and Kelly’s big sister.
Congratulations to those who were ordained and/or installed as officers to serve our church and our congregation including Susan Bell, Jodie Cottrell, Amy England, and Rob Viehman as Elders; and Lela Chambers, Bobbi Young, Carolyn Taylor, and Mariah Zeiss as Deacons. Marilyn Lakaner was approved as Trustee, Caroline Viehman as Clerk of Session, and Jean Thomasma as Treasurer.
A group of about 15 people gathered for Christmas Caroling on Saturday, December 15th. The unseasonably warm weather made for a very pleasant evening as we caroled to our friends and members at Gibbs Care Center, Steelville Community Homes, and a number of other residences in and out of town. We ended the evening at Lisa DuLany’s home for hot chocolate and cookies. Thank you to all of those who joined us, especially to Karin West for accompanying us on her accordion.
The wait is over, congregational meeting done and the examination complete – we have a new pastor. Those who were blessed to be at his examination at the Stated Presbytery Meeting in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, August 25, 2012, were Christy Foster, Shirley Stulce, Janice McMillen and Amy England. He did a great job answering the questions put before him by other Presbytery pastors and was welcomed by all with a unanimous vote. Pastor John began his duties on September 1, 2012, and will be ordained and installed into this church in the next few weeks, so watch for that date.
John Welton comes to us from the Kansas City, Missouri, area and is excited to be here. John is a 2003 graduate of the University of Maryland and a 2008 graduate of Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. He began his college career immediately after completing high school. John has worked as a campus minister, supply pastor and youth programming coordinator. He grew up in the Presbyterian Church and this will be his first ordained call. Please join us in welcoming John to our church and our community.
Pastor John is pictured here with his mother, Kathleen.
Our Annual Joint Worship Service with Cuba First Presbyterian and Trinity Chapel held at Mound Ridge Camp and Conference Center on Sunday, August 26th was a tremendous success. About 130 attendees enjoyed the morning message delivered by Rev. Don Kratz, special music from Alyssa Forbes, a summer mission trip presentation from the youth, and time with children by our newly approved Designated Pastor John Welton. Thanks to a little miscommunication, lunch was a glorious selection of desserts. Although we’ve all prayed for rain recently, the rain that we were blessed with on Sunday held off until after the event concluded. Many folks hung around and visited well into the afternoon. This event just gets bigger and better every year. We thank everyone who worked so hard to plan this event. Thank you also to Mound Ridge Camp and Conference Center and staff for hosting the event.
Easter Sunday was a glorious and festive celebration as we welcomed three new members to our church. The day began with Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. under the direction of the Worship Committee, followed by a breakfast in Roper Hall and an Easter egg hunt. The 11 a.m. service included an Easter Cantata by our choir, the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, and the confirmation of Alexis, Rachel, and Jacob.
Over 50 men and boys of the community enjoyed oyster stew, bean soup, and groundhog stew at the annual Groundhog Supper on February 2nd. Brett Bailey, director for the Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch in Steelville, was the guest speaker. Brett used an analogy to the Fatal Funnel to tell the men not to lose sight of what is important and to speak up about what is right. In combat, the Fatal Funnel is one of the most dangerous areas to be in when traversing a building and includes doorways or other narrow passageways in and out of a room. Fatal Funnels reduce your ability to see the approach of a threat, limit your options to maneuver, and offer no cover.
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