Monday, February 20, 2017

Beef For Sale - Easter Jackson County

From: Kathy Keller

Beef For Sale - Easter Jackson County

Are you looking for clean beef for your family? No hormones, no antibiotics. Grass fed with hay and grain the last few months. We have some available now.

For info please email Kathy at:

Kathy Keller

BEMER Information Session

From: Brenda Van Fleet RN, BSN, BCN

BEMER Information Session


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Testimony of the Lady at Immigration / Swahili BoM Update

​From: Frank Frye

Here is the last report that I'll be sending before returning home in a few days.


"In God we trust"
"En Dios confiamos"

"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."

Founding Father, John Jay
(America's first Supreme Court Chief Justice and Co-Author of the Federalist Papers that explained the Constitution to the thirteen original Colonies.)
October 12, 1816.
"La Providencia le ha dado a nuestro pueblo la posibilidad de escoger a sus gobernantes, y es el deber, como también el privilegio e interés de nuestra nación Cristiana elegir y preferir Cristianos como sus gobernantes."

Padre Fundador, John Jay
(Primer Juez de la Corte Suprema y Co-Autor de los Papeles Federalistas que explicaron la Constitución a las trece Colonias originales.)
12 octubre, 1816


Testimony of the Lady at Immigration / Swahili BoM Update

Frank Evan Frye, Feb 20, 2017

Thursday, February 16th was selected for the day that I would go to Nairobi to renew my visa. When I arrived in Kenya on November 26th, 2016, the Immigration officer apologized that he could only give me a visa for 90 days. The trip had been originally scheduled for just over a month, but like happens at times, upon evaluating the work as it progressed, the time projected to finish the translation review of the new Swahili Book of Mormon had to be pushed back by more than two more months. The predicted finish time would be near the end of February. That time is now approaching and we are still on schedule and it looks like we will finish on time.

Brothers Elly Okecha and Duke Nyakweba took me at 6:30 am from the translation center (at the King George Apartments) to the airport in Kisumu, near the eastern side of Lake Victoria. The flight lasted only 42 minutes in a small propeller plane that was about 3/4 full. We flew at only ten thousand feet and could see a lot of details on the ground, but no animals. Upon arriving, I was told that no one at the airport could renew my visa—which I had originally received there in November. They told me that I had to go to Nyayo House (the government immigration office) which is located in the center of the city.[1] As I came out of the airport onto the sidewalk outside, someone pointed out a lady that worked at the immigration department there. She was very helpful and told me which buses to take, and where to go in the building when I got there. She even walked me across the street and down the block to show me which bus tText Box: Testimony of the Lady at Immigration / Swahili BoM Update Frank Evan Frye, Feb 20, 2017o take. With that information written on a scrap of paper that she gave me, I left the airport thinking it might be as much as an hour to reach the downtown area. Over two hours later, and one change of buses, I finally arrived near the government offices. After asking several people about it, Nyayo House came into view around the block.

Inside the building I found a large room like a bank with numerous teller windows, each for a different purpose. Only one did not have a long line in front of it—the one that said “Visa Renewals”—the one I needed. The man there, after looking at my passport, gave me an application to fill out. After filling it out and returning to his window he was gone. After waiting there for a few minutes, someone came to me and told me to let the lady in the next window help me. She was very helpful and after looking at my form and passport asked me a few questions. She found an empty spot on one of the pages of my passport and stamped it and proceeded to fill it out. She then returned my passport as if to say it was okay and done. I asked, “How much do I owe for the renewal?” She shuffled some papers and said something like “Well it is 2,000 Kenyan shillings (Ksh., about $20 USD) to renew a visa, but I’m just not sure whether . . .” And her voice trailed off. Even though we spoke off and on for the next hour, she never brought that up again.

Since I had to get back to the airport, I asked her if the taxis in Nairobi were secure. I wanted to save time so I could get some work done on the Swahili Book of Mormon project while waiting at the airport. My flight back to Kisumu was at 6:00 pm. She said that she had a friend who had a taxi that she uses frequently and she would be willing to call him. I said, “Great.” While waiting, I spoke frequently with the lady when she wasn’t busy. She asked me what the project was, and I told her, “We are translating the Book of Mormon into Swahili. Have you ever heard of the Book of Mormon?” She seemed uncertain, so I explained a little and said I could send her more information if she would give me an address, which she did. In the conversation she found out that we were working in Kisumu and she said that she is from Kisumu. I asked her if she knew Eric Odida. She was uncertain, saying that she knew a lot of people there. I said that Eric works for the Governor of Kisumu in his office. She said that her husband has a certain kind of business[2] and visits his office very frequently and that probably they know each other. She gave me his name and I wrote it down. Upon arriving back at the Translation Center in Kisumu Thursday night, I related the story to all the men present and someone asked the name of the lady’s husband. When I told them, one of the men spoke up and said “I know that man, I’ve had a meal in his home recently. We have the same kind of business!” We hope to make contact with him before I leave, but even if that does not happen, they will be contacted later and given the promised materials. I do not believe that such meetings happen by accident. I believe that God had his hand in that meeting for a purpose.

Meanwhile, returning to Thursday noon at the Nairobi airport—this time it was only about a 40 minute ride in the taxi returning from downtown. I found a restaurant where they allowed me to eat and work from about noon until five o’clock when I would head over to board my flight back home. Most important, it had an electrical contact in the wall under the table. What I could do alone at the airport was to prepare a special document with two columns which will have all 114 chapters of the 15 books of the Book of Mormon in sequence. The English version is on the left and the new Swahili version on the right. It will be used to globally search for small errors and for the possibility of making last minute changes in case we find better interpretations. This is to help keep the translation more uniform and with less evidence of different teams working on the chapters.

During the past two and one half months the nine Swahili/English speaking men who have assisted in this project have been on either of two semi-final teams or the final review team, and some on both. The semi-final review teams receive and review the text of one chapter at a time that was done in 2014 at the Translation Camp that lasted for six weeks. That camp did the rough translations that we are now reviewing. Either two or three men work on a laptop together and read each verse of their assigned chapter and make and mark any changes that they feel are necessary.

Their work then is forwarded on a thumb drive to the final review team. It consists of no less than two Swahili/English speakers plus myself. During the final review, we use a projector so that all three team members can easily see both the English and the Swahili parallel versions that have been prepared for this step. I begin by reading each verse in English first so that all members of the team get the context of the verse. Then the same verse is read completely through from the Swahili version by Team Member A for comprehension in that language and to look for possible improvements. Last, Team Member B reads, a few words at a time from the English version and the Swahili version is again read a little at a time between A & B in pingpong style until the whole verse has been discussed by all three participants.

My job consists of several parts, sometimes going on at the same time:

1. to see that the vocabulary and grammar of the English text is interpreted correctly,

2. to type in corrections as they are dictated to me in Swahili,

3. to see that the theology, history and geography of the Book of Mormon text is understood and translated properly, and

4. to be ready to stop the final review team and respond to questions that may come from any of the other teams at the same time.

5. we also frequently refer to Swahili / English dictionaries and several other Swahili versions of the Book of Mormon that have previously been previously published. We must decide whether to cooperate closely with those translations, improve with slight modifications, or to make radical corrections where they are found to be in error.

Words and phrases that may cause problems in translation into another language must be identified, discussed, interpreted consistently and if possible entered into the new dictionary. With more than 8,600 verses in the Book of Mormon, it is easy to see why we’ve been working here for two and one half months so far.

One of my valuable resources is the Noah Webster 1828 English Dictionary which was America’s first dictionary and was the English into which the Book of Mormon was published.[3] Another valued resource is my old Roget’s International Thesaurus (third edition). It is the best book for synonyms that I’ve found yet, and its language base comes from the mid to late 1800s also.

For security reasons, I’ve kept all of the chapters separate. In 2010 when I began working on this project, I made the mistake of assigning entire books of the Book of Mormon to different people for translation. The loss of several of those documents for several reasons became so catastrophic that it stopped the translation at that time. A small document consisting of one chapter that may lost can be much more easily replaced than a very large one. We have been blessed this time and have had no significant losses that I am aware of. I am also using five different backup/data storage schemes to prevent data loss for this project.

Today (February 20) we reached 97.8% completion of the Book of Mormon text. Fortunately, the projection that I made in early December has remained accurate and we will finish the Book of Mormon text this week just a few days before my ticket is scheduled for my return home. We will use any extra time to finish the auxiliary study materials that will be added to the back of the Book of Mormon as well as the necessary pages that are at the front of every Book of Mormon. We feel very blessed that, in spite of electricity outages from time to time, we have not fallen behind in the work. Yesterday we finished Alma chapter 16 which is one of my favorite chapters.[4] We are now working on Alma 21 and only have Alma 19 (also a favorite chapter of mine) left and we are finished.

The teams here wish to thank the Saints for their prayers, which we are sure kept us under God’s protection and timing. The teams consist of nine other men plus myself. The names of the men who have worked on this Translation Review are (in alphabetical order): Francis Anyange, Efgo Lawis, Paul Makawiti, Nelson Ikuah Mutahi, Duke Nyakweba, Paul Ogada, Ben Ogolla, Elly Okecha and Michael (Mishael) Onyiego. If it had not been for the sacrifice that these men have made, the translation would not have been finished. Some have been away from their families for more than two months. My total time away from home will be 99 days.

I’ve kept track of the number of days that the different men have spent with us and the number of hours we’ve been working each day. With meal times removed, we’ve averaged over 11 hours per day of work time since we started. From the time we began the review on December 3rd until the projected time that we will finish, we will have spent more than 5,000 man-hours on this project. It has been a monumental task and we have all learned an enormous amount about the Book of Mormon, each other and about the English and Swahili languages. I’ve been able to compile a new Book of Mormon dictionary with over 1,250 entries of words, phrases, scripture references, definitions from the Webster’s 1828 dictionary, and variations from the three other Swahili translations of the Book of Mormon. It will be able to easily modify it for use for other languages. I believe that it will be valuable in the translations of the Book of Mormon into many other languages.

When I arrive home, several more steps must be completed before the book can be printed. The entire book in the two column version will be printed and copies will be provided to the different groups who are cooperating to see this project to completion. Copies will also be sent back to Kenya for proofreading. Several of the men on the teams will be working with me via Skype and / or telephone to finish that part. When that is done, I will begin the tedious job of copying and pasting every line that we have previously broken to specific lengths, and pasting them into the final book layout which is in a different page layout program, along with side notes to help the readers understand word translations, historical and geographical data as well as scriptural references. Last, that document will be turned over to a real graphic designer who knows this program well and who can clean up the layout challenges that I couldn’t handle. Sound complicated? Try writing the entire book in less than sixty working days as Joseph Smith did in 1829. All we were doing is reviewing a previous translation and it will take us 80 working days. I can’t imagine keeping all of the complicated story-lines straight as well as writing styles, vocabulary, names, etc. And the Spirit of the Lord that comes along with reading the book—there is something that no one can counterfeit. The more I study this wonderful book, the more evidence that I find that it is exactly what it says it is: a gift from God to all nations, about actual people who had countless real encounters with Him, His Son and His Holy Spirit.

Thank you for your prayers and I hope to see at least some of you very soon.


[1] Nairobi is a city of about five million people.

[2] Names and kinds of businesses are withheld here for privacy purposes.

[3] Some research indicates that the English into which the Book of Mormon was translated may even predate the 1800s by a century or more.

[4] We’ve not been able to do all of the books in their normal sequence.

New Ways To Help Make Insulin Affordable

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From: Blake Hall

New Ways To Help Make Insulin Affordable

I usually do not ask others to sign a petition, but this one is one worth filling out. When I was a child, I could get a vial of insulin for $20. Now it costs over $250 for a vial of Humalog insulin without insurance now. Please do not feel any pressure to sign, but if you have time and are willing, please do.

Thank you,


Together we CAN Stop Diabetes®
Action Alert
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Dear Blake,
Stand up for affordable insulin
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Two months ago, I was honored to announce that the American Diabetes Association’s Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution calling for immediate action by Congress and by all of the parties involved in the insulin supply chain to ensure affordable insulin for everyone who needs this lifesaving medication. At the same time, I asked you and other supporters to sign a petition to make sure that call was heard by those with the power to help individuals and families struggling to afford insulin.
The response was overwhelming. Over 156,000 of you have signed the petition so far. But we need to be louder to make a real difference. So I am asking you to take a few easy next steps:
1. Talk to your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers about the need for affordable insulin. I challenge each of you to recruit FIVE more people to sign the petition. Do this by forwarding this email, and sharing the Association's posts on Facebook and Twitter.
2. Click here to tell Congress directly to hold hearings about why insulin prices have skyrocketed.
3. Check out our new website – – to hear from real people affected by the rising cost of insulin, share your own story, follow the issue in the news, and read the research. You can also share the website on social media with resources from our website.
This is the moment to Raise Voice in support of all those loved ones and strangers we will never meet; who labor under the burden of inadequate access to the insulin they need to stay healthy and to stay alive. Thank you for taking action now!
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Member, Board of Directors
American Diabetes Association
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From: Paul Ludy


Please make a copy for yourself, copies to share, and a copy for your church bulletin board.

Paul V. Ludy, 3209 Quarry Road, Bates City, MO 64011


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dayn Cederstrom


Brother David Guthrie is organizing a choir, accompanied by an ensemble, to sing during the sacrament service April 2 at the Waldo Restoration Branch.

Choir will be directed by Brother Steve Ballantyne. The pieces that the choir will be signing are ‘There Is a Redeemer’ and ‘The Spirit of God Like a Fire is Burning’.

All Saints who would like to sing in the choir are invited to participate.

Also need the following musicians: trumpet players, violinist and flutist or oboist.

1st practice will this Saturday, February 25 @ 1:00 p.m. at Waldo Restoration Branch.

If you have any questions, please call David @ 816-832-8456

Organic / Heirloom Garden Plants for Sale

​---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Kelli Miesse

Organic / Heirloom Garden Plants for Sale

Cold weather vegetables will be available by 3rd-4th week of March. All other plants will be available for purchase or pickup in April-May. Dates will be announced soon. If you would like to pre-order, to assure plant availability, please contact me asap.

Here is a complete list of what plants I am offering for this spring (Unless otherwise stated, all plants listed are $3-$5, depending on size):


Tomatillo (Both green and purple)

Pearly Pink (medium slicer)

Black Vernissage

Hillbilly Leaf

Red Pear

Yellow Pear


Red Zebra


Mortgage Lifter

Golden Jubilee –(medium orange slicer)

Amana Orange (larger orange slicer)

Giallo Yellow (medium yellow slicer)

Grape Orange

Sweet Cherry




Striped Roma (limited supply)

White Beefsteak (limited supply)

Cherokee Purple (medium slicer)

Paul Robeson (medium slicer)

Better Boy** (medium slicer)

Early Girl** (medium slicer)

Celebrity** (medium slicer)

** Please note the plants marked ** are not heirloom. I grow them for local restaurants, and sell the extras. They are, however, organically grown, as are every plant on this list.


Bell Green

Snacker size (plant grows 3-4in snack peppers)

Sweet Banana


Cayenne (Red and possibly Yellow)

Very Limited # of Super Hots – Ghost, Chocolate Ghost, Trinidad Scorpion, Reaper


Both Purple and Black

Cucumbers – All types are Burpless


Straight 8






Yellow Straight

Yellow Crookneck

Yellow Zucchini

Black Zucchini



Have several types of these – please contact me for specific requests



Black Diamond

Sugar Baby


Sweet Basil

Genovese Basil







Rosemary (Limited Supply)

Lavendar (On request)

Fennel (On request)

Cold Weather Vegetables - $1-$2 ea, depending on size, or $3.50 for a mix and match 4-pack

Lettuces (All lettuces should be Romaine type leaves, both green and red varieties)



Broccoli (Limited Supply)

Cauliflower (Limited Supply)

Kale (both Green and Purple)

Napa Cabbage (Limited Supply)

Head Cabbage (Limited Supply)

Collard Greens

Some items may be missing from this list, so if you don’t see something you want, please let me know – I also do special request orders when possible.

All plants are hand-seeded in organic, sterile seed starter, then transplanted into Organic Garden Mix from Missouri Organic. IF they require fertilization, then Fish Emulsion is the only type used.

Please respond via email, with any questions or pre-orders, to:

My cell phone number is: 816-516-6593

Thanks, everyone, and blessed week!


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tidings Addresses

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From: paul gage

Tidings Addresses

Dear Saints,

Once again I am asking for your help in trying to find new addresses or verify the current address.

What I would like to ask of you, is that unless you can help find a new address, don't respond. I know all these people are related to someone, but that doesn't help.

I will list the town, name, and address, but not house numbers.

Sorry for the crooked columns.

Again, Thanks in advance.

Blue Springs, MO

John Clay NW 26th St
Steven Gimmarro NW Leann Dr
Steve McVay SE Sherri Lane
Dena Pulley NW Anchor Ct
Devin White NW Park Rd
Lela White NW Mill Dr.

Grain Valley Lisa Martin N. Cypress St

Holden Michal Don Friend NW 700th Rd
Steve White S. Lexington St


Phillip Bryant Short St.
Jennifer Davis S. Spring St
Rachelle Davis S. Cottage
J. William Derr E. Stone St
Gail Farnham E. 40the St S.
Rob Hamilton N. Ashley Dr.
Roxanna Hawkins E. 40th St. S.
Maxine Kubin Newbury Lane
Terry Littlemeyer S. Harris Ave.
Leslie Maitland E. 37th Terrace Ct.
Harlan May E. 29th Terr. S.
William Moore S. Megan Ct.
Dalton Nordyke S. Swope Dr.
Ray Oatman E. Truman Rd.
David Patrick S. Dodgion Ave.
Roger Resch E. 36th Terr. S.
Terri Jo Richmond E. 37th Terr. Ct. S.
Lavonne Russell N. Spring (Heritage House)
Aaron Saylor S,. Cedar Crest Ct
Jacob T. Scherer E. Morgan Rd
Aaron Warner W. Truman Rd.
David Wheatley W. White Oak St
Zach Wilson N. Delaware St.
Del Yockey S. Leslie St.

Kingsville Shawn Brewington NW 100th RD

Lexington Shawna Cummins Appletree Lane

Nevada Donald Hancock Rt 2 Box

Oak Grove John Green 2604 Grove St
Scott Miller S. Fields Rd

Raymore Jeff Wyrick Willshire Blvd.

Stockton Jacob Stockton E. 1000 RD

Warrensburg Warren Wheatley Fountain Hills Dr.

God bless

Paul Gage
Publication Council
Conference of Restoration Elders (CRE)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Selling 1998 Chevy Blazer, Blue, as is.

From: Caleb Etter

Selling 1998 Chevy Blazer, Blue, as is

I'm selling my Chevy Blazer for parts. The engine runs but has a misfire in the right cylinder with a rattling noise in the motor. The vehicle drives but is very slow and can stall on hills if there's not a lot of momentum (might need to get it towed or put onto a trailer). I got a new battery from AAA put in 6 months ago.

If you're interested, text 816-844-2472 or email to schedule a time to come see it.

Book Of Mormon Round Table Book

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From: robyn

Book Of Mormon Round Table Book

Friday, February 17, 2017

Kathleen Apley Obituary

From: Jim Bailey

Kathleen Apley Obituary

Kathleen Joy Apley, 64, passed away on February 15th, 2017 at North Care Hospice House after a decade long struggle with COPD.

Kathy was born and raised in Shawnee Kansas, the daughter of Robert and Joyce Bailey. She graduated from Shawnee Mission West in the spring of 1970. She married her husband of 38 years Theodore Apley on July 7th 1979. She worked as a lunch lady for several years for the Independence School District. Mrs. Apley Senior retired from Independence Academy where she had worked as a Para Professional.

She belonged to the Community of Christ Church. She enjoyed camping, quilting, sewing, crafting, being a mom and wife, and most important being a grandma. She will be remembered for her, acceptance, love, faith, funny smile, laugh, adventurous spirit, and her stubbornness. If she didn’t want to do it didn’t get done.

Kathy is survived by husband Theodore Apley, Son Khristopher and wife Debbie Apley, daughters Katrina Apley and Rossana Fau, grandchild Benjamin Apley, brothers Jim and wife Becky Bailey, Bruce and wife Caroline Bailey, sister-n-law Beverly Meremonte, several nieces and nephews, and her sewing circle. She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Joyce Bailey, Sister Marsha Bailey, and grandchildren Malachi Apley and Layla Owens.

The Celebration of Life will be held on February 20th 2017 at 7pm at Summit Groove Community of Christ Church, 411 S. Lee’s Summit Rd, Independence, MO 64050. The visitation will be held from 6:00 pm until the time of the service.

Memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Theodore Apley for her grandson Benjamin Apley’s college education.

She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Grant Bowerman Obituary

From: David Bowerman

Grant Bowerman Obituary

The obituary and memorial service details for my father. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers through this long and hard fought battle. He is finally whole again and at peace.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 11 at Lakeland Community Church, 913 Colburn Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. A reception will follow the service.

Obituary details:

Roger Marsh Memorial Service

From: Julie Marsh

Roger Marsh Memorial Service

Our Beloved dad, husband, father in-law, grandfather and great grand father Roger Marsh passed​ ​away February​ 13, 2017

The visitation will be at Kingsville Restoration Branch starting ​Saturday, ​
February​ 18​ at 1:00 ​p.m. ​followed at 2:30​ p.m.​ with a memorial service, burial will be in Holden Missouri after service.

Obituary for Roger Marsh

Roger William Marsh, 94, Oak Grove, MO, passed away Mon Feb 13, 2017. Friends may call Sat​urday,​
February​ 18, 1-2:30​ ​p​.​m. services at 2:30​ ​p​.​m​.​ at the Kingsville Restoration Branch Of Jesus Christs Church, Kingsville, Missouri.

See more at:

Address to Kingsville Restoration Branch
210 SW 1601
Kingsville MO 64061

Phone 816-597-3413

Julie Marsh

Prayer Requests - February 17

From: G. Miller

Prayer Requests - February 17

Linda Burton (Laurelle Redford's sister) is concerned about her son (Allen Ellison) who potentially could be affected by a breakdown of Oroville Dam. Linda is also concerned about her granddaughter Amy, who is expecting in June but whose water has broken prematurely. She is at complete bed rest until the baby is born.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wallace Gross's Obituary

From: Sherry Leutzinger

Wallace Gross's Obituary

Wallace Newman Gross, 78, completed his probationary time here, and went on to meet his Maker on February 15th, 2017. The family will receive friends on February 25th, 2017, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Jesus Christ Living Hope Restoration Branch (2425 S Crysler, Independence, Missouri). Memorial services will follow at 10:30 a.m.
He was born in Stonington, Maine on August 3, 1938, to George Willard Gross Sr and Amelia Leona Gross (Robbins). He is survived by his brother, George Gross Jr (Independence, Missouri) and his sister Verna Eaton (Sunset, Maine).


------ Forwarded message ------
From: Caleb Etter


Hey folks,

I just got a new job in North KC that starts on the 27th. I absolutely need a car and am working with an extremely strict budget as I've been unemployed for 3 months from a low paying job. I want to keep it right around $500 if possible. As long as it drives and is reliable, I'm satisfied.

Please text me at 816-844-2472

Caleb Etter

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Copies of Called to Witness

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From: Muriel Luedeman

Copies of "Called to Witness"

Copies of "Called to Witness" dating from July, 1977 to October, 1981, free to anyone who is interested.

Muriel Luedeman

CPRS Preschool

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From: Center Place Restoration School

CPRS Preschool

CPRS is happy to announce the opening of our preschool program beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Classes will be half-days on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

To enroll, students must be 4 years old by July 31. The enrollment fee is $45 and the supply fee is $40, both to be paid at the time of enrollment. Monthly payments are $144. With the exception of a later start date (beginning the Monday of our first full week of school in August) the preschool’s annual calendar will follow the same days as the regular CPRS calendar.

Class size is limited, so be sure to submit your application and fees right away!

819 W. Waldo Avenue
Independence, MO 64050


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul Ludy


This book is hot off the press! It is a reprint of the historical novel by Margaret Gibson. This book has 232 pages and a soft cover. $8.50 from Paul V. Ludy & Associates.

E-mail to or call Paul at 816-210-8450 to order.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Great Lakes Restoration Branches Newsletter

​From: James Bradley

​Winter Newsletter​

Please print as many copies as you need for your branch. Thanks to all of you for your help. I couldn't do it without you!

Because Of Calvary
Jim Bradley


The Anchor

The Great Lakes Restoration Branches


Vol. 4 - 33 Issue 98 Winter 2017

News From Around the Region

Algonac-Atlanta-Dowagiac - Garden City - Lima-Oakwood Otter Lake-Port Huron-Sanilac - St. Johns

“By faith all things are fulfilled: Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God which hope cometh of faith maketh an Anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.” Ether 5:3b-4

Algonac Branch

By: Val Bradley

“Glory to God in the highest, and

on earth, peace, goodwill toward

men. (Luke 2:14) We enjoyed

many opportunities throughout

the Christmas season to give

glory and praise to our Lord and

Saviour and we continually pray

for peace and goodwill among

men in this new year.

The Children’s Thanksgiving

Program, directed by Cory

Eliason, was held at 10 a.m. on

Sunday, November 13. Opening

remarks were given by Kelli

Williams and then the

congregation sang, “With

Thankful Hearts.” Readings were

given by Cory, Kelli, Val Bradley,

and Angie Elkins. The primary

class (Laurel & Adeline Yaney,

and Briggs, Bryer, & Ames

Eliason) recited Bible verses and

shared what they were thankful

for. They also sang, “Praise Him,

Praise Him.” The Junior High


class (David & Ava Nagy, Daynna

Harm, and Alyssa & Miles

Marcangelo) did readings and

sang, “America.” They also

shared what they were thankful

for. Liz Moses sang, “O Jesus

The Giver.” Todd Moses was the

accompanist for the program and

Nina Powers gave a special prayer

of thanks. Following the closing

remarks by Kelli, the children

passed out thank you certificates

that they had written for each

adult member of our congregation

stating what they appreciated

about them. Thanks to Elaine

Harm and Tina Yaney, the children

looked wonderful in their pilgrim

and Indian costumes, which

added a lot to the program! We

thank Cory for organizing this

program, all those who

participated, and all those who

attended in support of our youth.

We are especially grateful to our

youth, who are such an integral

part of our congregation!

In December, our Community

Outreach Coordinator, Wendy

Holmes, found a worthwhile

project for our branch to take part

in. She called the Port Huron City

Recreation Dept. and was told

about an outreach program called,

“Adopt a Platoon.” Wendy

brought in Christmas stockings

for our members to fill with socks,

stationery, postage, card games &

electronics, travel size toiletries,

etc. Our small branch was able to

fill over 30 stockings! She then

dropped them off at the Port

Huron City Recreation Dept., and

they packaged them up and sent

them to platoons overseas. She

followed up with them after

Christmas and was told that 1200

stockings were donated in 2015,

and this past Christmas, over

2000 stockings (69 boxes!) were

donated. What a wonderful way to

show support to our military

troops! We hope to participate in

this program (& others like it)

again this year.

(Reported by Elaine King)

The Algonac Branch Annual

Christmas Bazaar was held at the

church on Friday, December 2 and

Saturday, December 3. Elaine

King, Wendy Holmes and Marilyn

Canham, with help from their

friend, Tom, unloaded items and

set up for the sale. Tom did an

awesome job hanging all the

Christmas bulbs from the ceiling

to help make the fellowship hall

look magical for the sale. On

Friday, Wendy Holmes, Elaine

King, Connie Burns, Marilyn

Canham, Kim Gilchrist, and Angie

Elkins were there to greet the

customers. As always, we met

some wonderful people from the

community. We got to meet Kelli

William’s replacement at the

Children’s Day Care Center,

Melissa Miller, who was a delight!

She purchased some items for

herself, then returned later that

day to buy enough of our yummy

baked goods for her whole work

crew. We had a good visit with

Melissa (who really misses Kelli!),

and she will continue to hand out

flyers to the students for all future

sales. Kim Gilchrist brought

some of her magnificent paintings

to the sale. She was able to sell a

few of them, which will help out

due to loss of her husband’s job.

She was still able to give the

church a donation. Every year we

get some great sale donations

brought in. The Yaney family

donated a hand-crafted Michigan

tree ornament. After the sale,

Wendy and Elaine were pleased to

receive one of these ornaments

from Tina and Todd as a thank


you for organizing and running

these sales each year. Connie

Burns made several really great

crafts, also, which were a big hit.

Someone also donated some cool

hand-painted bird feeders that

looked like a church. After some

discussion about what to charge

for them, a gentleman came in and

bought every single one of them!

There are always interesting

conversations with our

customers. One lady told us

about a “Cookie Walk” she took

part in and explained how it

works. Who knows ... we may try

that next year? Several ladies

came in and inquired about our

church. As usual, Wendy did an

excellent job explaining our

beliefs and showing them around.

One got to enjoy the beautiful

piano music of Kim Gilchrist as

she was practicing in the

sanctuary. As always, our Bake

Sale was a big hit. The few items

that were left after the sale were

quickly purchased by our own

church family after the service the

next day! We’d like to thank each

and every one who helped out

with this year’s sale. Whether it

was setting up, tearing down,

donating baked goods or gently

used items, all your time and

efforts were greatly appreciated!

This was by far, our best Sale yet!

God blessed us with wonderful

help, many guests, and an

opportunity to witness to the

community and we are grateful.

Hope to see you all next year!

Our Algonac church family had

our annual Christmas celebration

on Friday, December 16. We met

at Dimitri’s restaurant in

Chesterfield. As always, our

Women’s Leader, Nina Powers,

had a small gift for each of the

ladies (candle) and a booklet

titled, “A New Life” for the men.

We also presented Nina with a gift

in appreciation for all she does for

us. We had a good turnout, and

enjoyed good food and great


Our Children’s Christmas

Program was held at 10 a.m. on

Sunday, December 18. It was

directed by Kelli Williams. After

she welcomed the congregation,

Val Bradley did a reading on

“Unwrapping the Gifts of

Christmas,” followed by the

Algonac Quartet singing “Silent

Night.” With Bethany Moses as

narrator, the children reenacted

the story of the birth of Jesus.

Laurel Yaney played the part of

Mary and Briggs Eliason was

Joseph. He also played the role of

one of the kings. Bryer Eliason

was the Innkeeper, and also

played the role of one of the

kings. Their brother Ames, was

the 3rd king. Miles Marcangelo

and David Nagy were shepherds,

and David also played the role of

King Herod. The angels were

played by Ava Nagy, Daynna

Harm, Alyssa Marcangelo, and

Addie Yaney, our littlest angel

(what a cutie!). During the

pageant, the children sang, “Away

in the Manger,” and Briggs, Bryer,

and Ames Eliason sang, “We

Three Kings.” They really sang

with gusto, and touched our

hearts! Other special music was

performed by Todd Moses, Gary

Holmes, and the congregation.

After the pageant Ames Eliason

sang, “Go Tell it on the Mountain”

and “The First Noel” was sang by

Ames and Briggs Eliason. The

congregation sang several

Christmas hymns and then the

children performed “Come and

Ring Those Bells” on the bells ...

always a favorite with our


congregation! The older youth

performed “Joy to the World” on

the bells. We were so proud of

each and every one of our

children ... what a wonderful way

to celebrate our Lord’s birth! A

big thank you to Kelli Williams,

Todd Moses, Cory Eliason, Amy

Nagy, Elaine Harm, Tina Yaney,

and all those who participated

with special music. We were truly

blessed by the ministry of our

children and those who lead them.

December 25 fell on a Sunday this

year, and it was so wonderful to

start our Christmas morning with

the saints! We had a great turnout

and the service began with

heavenly music from the Moses

Trio. Our pastor, Elder Gary

Holmes, brought the message,

which he took from the book of

Luke. He stated that the Lord

chose to have His Son born in a

lowly, smelly stable full of

animals. The shepherds were just

“regular guys” doing their jobs,

and yet God chose to send the

angels to them to tell them about

Christ’s birth. At times, we tend

to put Mary and Joseph on a

pedestal, but they were just

common, ordinary people ... a

carpenter, and a young girl. And

yet ... God chose them for this

glorious role and they accepted

the responsibility! We are just

ordinary people, also ... why

would God choose us? However,

if He could use them, couldn’t He

use us, also, if we let Him? As

Gary ended his sermon, he asked

us to contemplate two things:

What gifts can we give to others at

this season, and what gifts can we

give our Saviour?

Our annual Candlelight Service

was held on Wednesday,

December 28, and was presided

over by Elder Gary Holmes. Gary

gave the welcome and offered the

prayers of invocation and

benediction. Marge Holmes did a

reading, “The Bethlehem Road.”

Gary read from Isaiah 9, and then

played the guitar and sang, “What

Child is This?” He then read

about the birth of Christ, from

Luke 2. The congregation sang a

couple of Christmas hymns, and

Ray Moses sang, “O Holy Night.”

Sheets of paper were handed out

to the congregation and we were

asked to write out what we

thought was the best gift we’ve

received from God and what is the

best gift we can offer to Him.

Todd Moses read the story, “The

Legend of the Christmas Cookie.”

It is a children’s story of a young

boy named Jack who learns from

his generous mother the story

behind the Christmas cookie. The

family who began the tradition of

baking the special cookies gave

them to the needy and shared the

story of the very first Christmas. It

offers inspiration for us to

become cheerful givers and

encourages us to share the true

tale of Jesus’ birth. We then lit

our candles and Marge read the

poem, “A New Dawning.” This

service is always a wonderful way

to reflect on the gifts of Christmas

and to ponder the gifts that we

can share with others in the new

year ahead.

On Saturday, January 7, our

church family was delighted to

attend a special 50th (hard to

believe!) birthday party in honor

of Liz Moses. We enjoyed a

delicious meal of homemade


Chicken Jalapeno Chowder and 3-

cheese bread, and a decadent,

yummy chocolate birthday cake.

She opened gifts and there was

great fellowship. God bless you,

Liz. We wish you the very best in

this next chapter of your life!

Catherine Ward (Mom of Liz

Moses) passed away on February

1. Viewing was held on Sunday,

February 5, from 2:30 – 8 p.m. at

the Gendernalik Funeral Home in

New Baltimore. On Monday,

February 6, a mass was held for

her at St. Lucy Catholic Church in

St. Clair Shores, where she had

been a long-time, active member.

Following a short service at the

cemetery, there was a wonderful

luncheon to honor her at the

Italian American Cultural Center in

Clinton Township. All those who

knew Cathy will miss her dearly.

Our hearts and prayers go out to

Liz, Todd, Bethany, and the whole


Mrs. Catherine Ward

(Mother of Liz Moses & Debra Ward)

Born June 15, 1933

Heavenly Homecoming

Feb. 1, 2017

Prayers would be appreciated for

Tim Holmes, Dick & Connie Burns,

Elaine King, Kelli Williams, Ray

Moses, Gary & Marge Holmes,

Nina Powers, Dave Nagy, Bruce

and Barb Krinkie, and Todd and

Liz Moses & family. We are

keeping you and all the branches

in our prayers, as well.

Feb. 14th Valentine’s Day

Garden City

By: Kurt & Susan Fishwild

Younger Youth Retreat at Garden


Submitted by: Elder Tom


“How do you rob God?” (Malachi

3:8) This was the challenge given

to both the younger youth and

adults at the Younger Youth Fall

Retreat 2016 hosted by Oakwood

Restoration Branch. Words like

surplus, inventory, tithes and

offerings, and accounting were

added to our vocabulary during


the weekend as we were taught

the financial law of stewardship.

Submitted by: Betty Lou Newman

The other words for the weekend

would include “scripture hunts”

(R. Philp), “favorite foods” (J.

Cobb, J. Essenmacher), “outdoor

campfires” (K. Horton), “smores”

(K. Sadler), “swimming” (Lapeer),

“singing” (S. Hood), “chalk talks”

(J. Saylor), “devotions” (B.

Sutton), “CIT time” (S. Johnson),

and the “writing on the wall” (B.


To complete the weekend, Elder

Fred Brown Jr. taught us the

importance of using the Inspired

Version. He used the text “Three

Bibles Compared”.

After providing Ministry of Music

for the 11:00 worship service we

enjoyed a delicious meal thanks

to the Oakwood members.

See you February 24 – 26 at

Garden City for the Winter Retreat.

Christmas Program at Garden City

Submitted by: Betty Lou Newman

If you seek for Messiah and, far

from the way,

You are lost in the darkness or

going astray,

Just stop for a moment; don’t

wander too far,

But look to the light of the

Bethlehem star.

Garden City adults and youth

joined together to present a

Christmas program entitled “In

the Light of the Bethlehem Star.”

Hymns and readings supported

the play “Father’s Journey.”

It is the story of four children

(Israel and Macy Dabbs, Ethan

and Megan Fishwild) whose father

leaves to visit the Christ Child. He

explains the meaning of the

appearance of the new star, his

need to depart, and the reason for

his gift of frankincense. Each of

the children desires to send a gift

to the little boy and each gift is

connected to a Bible story

(Joseph’s coat of many colors,

Jacob’s ladder vision, Elijah and

the widow of Zarepheth’s precious

last meal and oil, and the widow

whose two sons were saved by

following Elisha’s instructions


When the wise man returned, he

gave an account of his adventure

as recorded in Matthew chapter 3.

We were again reminded to “Look

to the light of the Bethlehem star”.

Other News:

Outreach – Members of the

congregation purchased toys and

the congregation took up an

offering on December 4th to help

the “Angels in the Motorcity” with

their Christmas party for low

income families.

Women’s Group

The Women’s Department is

reaching out to members who

miss services. A quick note with a

copy of the bulletin is mailed to

update them on events/activities

of the branch. A CD of the service

is also sent to those unable to


Birthdays are celebrated each

month with a special treat

following the 11:00 service. Thank

you, Kim. We really enjoy this

thoughtful gesture.

Guest Ministers

On January 22, we were blessed

by the preaching ministry of Elder

Tom Essenmacher. Thank you to

Tom and his wife Janine for

visiting us and sharing in a

potluck meal after the service.



By: Kathleen Modders

11/20/16 Thanksgiving Dinner!

Gobble Gobble!! Kathleen and

Mike Modders directed the

younger youth in cooking a

Thanksgiving Dinner for the

congregation. Heather and Parker

Mervyn, Dustin Michael, Chad

Embree and Emma Turner,

Jonathon Modders, Joshua and

Mallory Johnson all helped put

together a wonderful meal.

12/03 Woman’s Christmas

Party! Shawn Ruch brought the

Oakwood women together and

celebrated our Lord Jesus with a

song service, testimonies and a

great lunch. Kathi Havener led the

women in silly Christmas games,

including making Christmas trees

out of red Solo cups. Shawn

Ruch, Kathi Havener, Julie Fox,

Kathleen Modders, Tracy Stokes,

Dawn Modders, Michele Turner,

Helen Brown, Candy McDonald,

and Jamie Moore all attended.

12/04 A Prayer & Testimony

service was held at 10 a.m. With

Elder Fred Brown, Sr. Presiding,

and Elder Fred Brown, Jr.


12/10 The women of the

congregation had a cookie

exchange, hosted by Tracy

Stokes. Cookies were judged by

how they tasted, how they looked,

and how they were packaged. We

were also judged on who had the

ugliest Christmas sweater! Our

wonderful judges were Jay

Havener, Mike Ruch, and Shaun

Turner. Those who made cookies

were Tracy Stokes and her

Mother, Michelle Turner, Kathleen

Modders, Amanda Ruch, Shawn

Ruch, Christine Mervin, Kathi

Havener, and Julie Fox. Shawn

Ruch and Amanda Ruch won first

and second place for taste, and

Kathi Havener won for best

presentation. Christina Mervyn

won for ugliest Christmas


12/10/16 Gingerbread House

Decorating Party! Thank you,

Michelle Turner, for putting this

together for us. All that were in

attendance were Michelle Turner,

Tracy Stokes, Kathleen Modders,

Kathi Havener, Emma Turner and

her friend, Christina and Heather

Mervyn and Amanda Ruch.

12/18/16 Children's Christmas

Program was put together by Jay

Havener. Chad Embree, Jackson

Nagy, Drew Vandenberg, Emma

Turner, Reese Nagy, Cruz Nagy,

Julia LaRowe, and Heather

Mervyn sang in the Youth Choir,

singing Away in a Manger. Jay

Havener shared a story of the

shepherd's experience of the birth

of Christ. Julie LaRowe sang The

First Noel, and Jackson Nagy read

the scripture Mark 10:11-14. Baby

Paighten Marie Gerwald, daughter

of Rebecca and Joshua Gerwald,

was blessed by her grandfather

Elder Edward MacDonald and

assisted by Elder Fred Brown

Jr. Drew Vandenberg then

read a short story about the birth

of Jesus Christ about a

sparrow showing the meaning

of God himself sending his only

son to live as a person so we

could know the right way. Emma

Turner read a poem called The


Dime. Chad Embree read from the

Book of Mormon III Nephi 8:20-

27 Baby Baily Harper Carl,

daughter of Syndney McConnel

and Jared Carl, was

then blessed by Elder Fred

Brown Jr. and assisted by Baily's

grandfather Elder Edward

MacDonald. Elder Edward

MacDonald shared a testimony by

his mother's father in 1930 during

the great depression about a

Christmas tree he got with only

.25 cents in his pocket. Reese

Nagy read a short story about a

lady trying to find a job to provide

for her six children. Christmas

morning, Big Wheel Truck Stop

regulars filled her truck with

boxes of clothing, candy, laundry

and cleaning supplies, and four

brand new tires. The service

ended with signing JOY TO THE


12/25/16 Elder Mick Ruch presided

over a special Christmas Day

service with Priest Mike Ruch

giving a sermon titled Christmas

or Xmas? During the service was

a special administration for

Robert Modders administered by

Elder Jay Havener and confirmed

by Elder Edward MacDonald. Beth

was also administered to by Elder

Edward MacDonald and confirmed

by Elder Jay Havener. Closing the

service, we sang I heard the Bells

on Christmas Day.

12/31 New Years Eve Party 6-12

p.m. Kathleen and Mike put on a

great New Year's Eve pizza

party. Kathleen had everyone

play a couple of games (winter

themed Bingo, Tic- Tac- Toe and a

Memory Game!) She gave out

tickets and pulled one at the end

of the night for a $25 gift

certificate to the lucky one who

had the number! YEAH to Tracy

Stokes! All who attended were,

Shawn & Mick Ruch; Shaun and

Emma Turner; Tracy & John

Stokes; Kathleen, Mike and

Jonathon Modders; Matt,

Christine, Parker, and Heather

Mervyn; Dustin Michael; Kim and

Keith Gilchrist; Chet and Cheryl

Slagor; and Julie Fox. We had

pizza and breadsticks. Everyone

pitched in to take down all the

Christmas decorations. It was a

very fun night had by all who


1/1/17 We had a special New Years

Day service with Elder Jay

Havener presiding and Elder Mick

Ruch preaching. During the

service, Elder Mick Ruch was set

apart as our new pastor for the

next six months by Elder Edward

MacDonald, and confirmed by

Elder Jay Havener. The

Congregation also sang Happy

Birthday to Bev Ruch!

01/28/17 Women’s Dept held a

Prayer Breakfast at 9:30

a.m. Shawn Ruch gathered so

many ladies in on this

Saturday morning. We shared

testimonies and sang a few

hymns, and ate a wonderful

breakfast cooked by Mick and

Mike Ruch, Jay Havener, and

Jonathon Modders. Kathi

Havener, Amanda Ruch, Raven

Franks, Mary Jones, Cheryl

Slagor, Bev Ruch, Bonnie Murphy,

Dawn Modders, Kim Gilchrist, and

Julie Fox attended.

02/05/17 Dawn Modders asked the

Elders for an administration for

Bob at Stone Gate where he is

being cared for. They opened it up

for members to come and support

Bob. We started off in a little room

and so many people came we had

to move to a bigger room. It was


communion Sunday Elder Mick

Ruch presided over the service

Elder Ed MacDonald and Elder Jay

Havener performed the

administration Priest Mike

Modders blessed the bread and

wine. When the administration

was being performed everyone

held hands in a circle around Bob.

Priest Chet Slagor said a prayer,

along with Deacon Kerry Horton

and Elder Mick Ruch. It was quite

a blessing being among Fred

Brown Jr, Shaun Turner, Mike

Danicki, Cheryl Slagor, Mark

Hanna, Lois Porter, Matt Christina

Parker and Heather Mervyn,

Dustin Michael, Jamie Modders,

Jonathon and Kathleen Modders,

Bill Hulse, and Bill Sutton. It was a

very powerful service we closed

the service in Singing Praise God

from whom all blessings flow.

Coming up events:

Julie Fox to coordinate volunteers

for Valentine’s Military Packing


The Younger Youth Winter

Retreat: February 24,25,26 at the


by Betty Lou Newman.

Zion’s Older Youth Winter

Retreat: March 10, 11, 12 at the


by Michelle & Shaun Turner. We

will be starting on the theme, "A

Chosen Land" that will be building

on topics that we will continue

during the Summer Camp. We are

excited to announce that we have

chosen to move our camp to the

Woodlands Campground in Hale,

MI. This will be half the distance

that it was in Hawks, MI. The dates

for Summer Camp are July 9

through the 15th, 2017. We are

excited to see our youth with the

new edition of the Charlotte

Branch youth at both the retreat

and the summer camp.

Upcoming priesthood & wives

dinner in March. To Acknowledge

what they do for the church and

all the members who attend.

Summer Older Youth Camp: July

9-July 15 at the Woodlands

Campground Association through

the Community of Christ 318 S.

Sage Lake Road Hale, MI hosted

by Michelle & Shaun Turner

Summer Younger Youth Camp:

July 16th-July 22nd at Erie Beach

Campgrounds, hosted by Betty

Lou Newman.

Upcoming Birthdays are: 03/04

Jamie Moore, 03/06 Brandon

Embree, 03/10 Heather Mervyn,

03/14 Chet Slagor , 03/18 Cody

Ruch, 03/20 Lilly Konkle, 03/25

Derrick Embree, 03/28 Beth

Everhart, 03/29 Jamie Modders,

03/29 Cheryl Slagor, 04/01 Michael

Ruch, 04/03 Gloria Smith,04/08

Emma Turner, 04/09 Christina

Mervyn, 04/26 Morgan Bean, 04/29

Andrew Konkle, 04/14 Dennis

Smith, 04/15 David Mueller, 04/18

Chris Vandenberg, 04/20 Chris

Nagy, 04/24 Jackson Nagy, 04/26

Rebecca MacDonald, 05/06 Jay

Havener, 05/12 Mary Richards,

05/13 Noame Holcomb, 05/15 John

Stokes, 05/17 Sydney LaRowe,

05/18 Tracey LaRowe, 05/22 Mike

Danicki, 05/27 Eric Slagor, 06/06

Bob Modders, 06/06 Gage Slagor,

06/11 Matt Mervyn, 06/12 Bonnie

Murphy, 06/14 Kim Slagor, 06/16

Beth Fabian, 06/17 Kathleen

Modders, 06/18 Julia LaRowe,

06/24 Shirly MacDonald, 06/25

Chad Embree, 06/27 Cruz Nagy


Otter Lake

By: Susie Daggett

Greetings from the Otter Lake

Branch! We had our Christmas

program on December 25th. It was

good to see so many out on

Christmas morning. Everyone

participated with a story, poem, or

scripture. Kerry Horton gifted the

branch with a Tree of Life painting

by Tracy Stokes. We are very

thankful for our visiting ministry

Brian Daggett, Ed Smerer, Fred

Brown Sr and Rex Monarch.

Port Huron-Sarnia Branch

By: Sharon Smerer

Greetings Saints:

We hope everyone is enjoying

their Winter so far and we pray for

continued good weather. See you

in the Spring!

A little bird told me about one,

Cameron Britz who attends

Western Michigan University. He

is on the Tennis Club and last

year he placed 2nd out of eight

competitors. WAY TO

GO!!! Your Church family is

proud of you. Cameron is the son

of Jason and Carrie Britz and

grandson of John and Barbara


We had two candidates, who were

baptized and confirmed on Nov. 6,

2016. They are William Shamblin,

was baptized by Elder John

DeBell and confirmed by Elders

David Teeple and John DeBell.

Will is grandson of Chase and

Michelle Miller. Lowell Milett, was

baptized by Grandfather, Elder

John DeBell and confirmed by

Elders John DeBell and David

Teeple. Lowell is son of Joe and

Jennifer Milett and grandson of

John and Connie DeBell.

Our Branch had their annual,

election of officers and business

meeting, Nov. 13, 2016. The

congregation has voted Elder Ed

Smerer as presiding elder.

Bulletin person is Chris Kercher.

Women's Leaders are Sherry

Purcell and Carrie Britz. Music

Director is Sue Fagan. Junior

Church is Elder Brian Daggett.

We appreciate your willingness to

serve the Lord.

We have several young people

who sing, Avery, Gillian, Olivia

and their parents Scott and Amy

Bolt, Sue Fagan, and Eldon

Preston, Bill and Jane Hering and

their daughters, Julia Payionk and

Kelly Willoughby. Then we have

those who play instruments,

Lydia and Owen DeBell, Eldon

Preston and Scott Bolt and the

children and their Ringing of the

Bells. Gillian and Olivia Bolt and

Eldon Preston and Jane Hering,

and Chris Kercher play the piano

and Andrew Kercher, plays the

piano and ukulele. We are so

blessed to have such talented



Parents of Betty Milett, Joe and

Jennifer Milett are proud of their

daughter, Betty who

received recognition at the Port

Huron Northern Band Banquet in

November for her

second year, “Marching” with this

incredible organization. Thanks

Much, to Erick

EezeeDaddy Senkmajer, Betty is

still beaming about it! Your

Church Family is also,

proud of Betty. Good Job!!

Maybe, she is taking after her

Mother, Jennifer.

Andrew Kercher, is a Curator, in

Dearborn, Mi. at the Dearborn

Historical Museum. He is right in

his Historical glory. Your Church

Family is proud of your



St. Clair County Community

College honors, more than 1,400

students at St. Clair Co.

Community college taking at least

six credits earned a spot on the

President’s Honors List for the

Fall 2016 semester. To make the

list, students must maintain a

grade-point average of 3.0 or

higher. Our very own College

Students, Gillian Bolt, daughter of

Scott and Amy Bolt,

granddaughter of John and

Barbara Tynan; Evan Kercher, son

of Chris Kercher, grandson of

John and Connie DeBell; Alexis

Parmenter daughter of Jessica

Parmenter, granddaughter of

Brian and Cathy Daggett.

On December 3, 2016 our Ladies

from our Branch were invited to

an, “ Advent Tea,” by

the Wadham’s Grove Community

of Christ. Their theme, was an,

“Old Fashioned Christmas.” They

had several flavored teas, water

and several delicious desserts.

We heard from several people

what their Christmas was like

back when. Of the days when

they went to a one room school

and when they had their

Christmas programs. It was

exciting to recite a poem, or be in

a skit. I remember, my Mom,

made me a dress of white crepe

paper with holly and red berries

for a skit, I was in later that night,

at my school, back when. One of

the ladies mentioned about a ride

on a one horse sleigh ride. Oh,

the memories. It was very nice to

fellowship with the other

Congregation, and oh, the

desserts, YUM!! We also, sang

Christmas songs and played a

game. A very nice time.

December 4, 2016 was the

Children’s Christmas Program at

our Branch, directed by

Jennifer Milett. The theme this

year was, “Christmas,” the

Sunday School Children

colored pictures that were placed

in window panes. As Jennifer

read, the children would place

each colored picture in the

window panes, finishing with

Santa and Our Savior. Very nice!!

Thank you to the Children for their

pretty pictures and Jennifer for all

her hard work.

Betty Milett, won 1st. place for

Sanilac County First Impressions

Contest, for her Artist Poster--

subject was Laughter. She drew a

picture from one of our funniest

Walt Disney World memories.

While waiting for a bus to take her

family back to their hotel a slimy

tree frog decided to land on

Betty’s Dad, Joe Milett’s leg.

While “screaming like a girl,”


Joe knocked it off repeatedly but

it kept jumping back on his leg.

Good job, Betty!!

Too....... Funny, Joe.

In the December 6, 2016 issue of

The Times Herald the Starlites are

in their 18th year and winning

several key victories. The

Starlites are a Competitive Dance

team, they competed at the

Showcase America Unlimited

Dance Competition in Hazel Park,

Mi. Ava Slossar with other girls

from the Pom Division, won first,

in the Starlites Mini Team and

received High Point Award.

The Starlites Youth Team was first

in the Youth Pom Division, taking

home the Ultimate Star rating in

the division. In addition, they

were first in the Jazz, Lyrical and

Hip Hop Division and received he

High Point Award from their Pom

routine. Abby Slossar and other

girls are in the Youth Team.

The Starlite Junior Division are

Allison and Brianna Slossar and

other girls who placed first in

Junior Lyrical, second in Junior

Jazz and third in Junior Pom. The

Junior Team received High

Superior ratings in all categories

and were awarded the High Point

Award for their Lyrical routine.

The Starlites, Senior Team was

first in Jazz and Lyrical and

second in the Pom and Hip Hop

Divisions. The Senior Team

received the Ultimate Star rating

in all four divisions. They were

awarded the High Point Award for

their Lyrical Team. They are

coached by Laurie Charron. The

Slossar girls are granddaughters

of Larry and Debbie Scheffler.

We have had Visiting Ministers,

Elder Kurt Fishwild and wife,

Susan and children, Megan and

Ethan from Amherstburg, Ont. and

Elder Mick Ruch and wife, Shawn

from Grand Blanc, Mi. We have

been so blessed by their

preaching of God’s Word. Our

prayers are for their safety to and

from their home. God’s Blessing!

We even want to thank all of our

Ministers for their guidance and

the preached word.

Our Branch Hosted the Blue Water

League for the Blind, Christmas

Potluck. Priest Bob Harris said,

the Blessing for the food. They

had music playing and they had

raffled off several Christmas Gifts

to all that were present. They

celebrated two birthdays with one

large decorated cake. Everyone,

had a full tummy and good


The Youth of our Branch, on

December 17, decorated

Christmas cookies to give to

the Congregation after the

Sunday’s service. Thank you

Children, they were Delicious!



We received a Thank You Card for

the Christmas Gift Card from our


Presiding Elder Ed Smerer and

wife, Sharon. Thank you to ALL

for the Gift Card. We hope you

have a wonderful and Healthy New

Year. God Bless!

Ed and Sharon



We received a Thank You for the

Christmas Gift Card from our past

Presiding Elder David Teeple and

wife, Barbara who are residing

now in Arizona for the next few

months. He says, “We do miss

seeing you and worshiping with

you. You are in our thoughts and


prayers and we wish you all a

Healthy New Year, spiritually as

well as physically. May God richly

bless you and thank you for being

such wonderful friends.”

Dave and Barb Teeple

We had our first Potluck for the

New Year. Always, good food and

fellowship. We ask prayers for

ALL that are sick and ailing. We

wish you God's Blessings for a

healing. We would like prayers

for those who have lost family

members or friends.


By: Kathleen Palmer

To everything there is a season,

and a time to every purpose under

heaven; Ecclesiastes 3:1

Well here it is winter. Our season

changed from colorful to white.

How beautiful God created each


A youth retreat was held at

Oakwood on Nov 11-13. Emma

Des Jardins attended from our

branch. She gave up playing her

last basketball game to attend.

She loves to go to these retreats

where they are taught the gospel

and have fellowship and fun with

the other children.

A business meeting and election

of officers was held on Nov.20th

with pastor Elder Barent Eliason

in charge. Barent and Barb

Eliason went to their second

home in Missouri for

Thanksgiving. An Eliason

Reunion was held at their son

Peter’s home. Barents brother

Bob and his sister Karen were

able to be there along with their

families. A wonderful time was

had. It was the first time for all of

them to be together at one time.

Barent suffered a serious stroke,

the day before they were to return

to Michigan. It was touch and go

for a while but through God’s

healing hand and thru

administering by the elders, he

was able to return home in

January. He had spent 40 days in

the hospital. He is going to rehab

and recovering very well. Barb

was right there with him as well as

family and friends. The Lord has

work for him to do yet.

A Christmas program was

planned on Dec. 11th, but due to

bad weather had to be cancelled.

We then decided to postpone the

program until Barent and Barb

could be with us. They were

delighted to hear this. Priest Mike

Daniels, Deacon Kerri Horton and

Elder Jim Mc Leod carried on the

Lord’s work while Barent was


We had a Christmas candle light

service, with Deacon Kerri Horton

in charge with singing and

scriptures of Jesus birth.

We have not had a piano player

since Barb was in Missouri and

her bad back problem and Dora’s

health problems until Elder Eldon

Preston volunteered to play piano

when he could. It has been so

wonderful to have piano music

again. We truly are blessed to

have him. Also his wife and


The Peck High School band had a

Christmas concert with senior

Gary Des Jardins playing his

trumpet and junior Maddy Parker


playing the clarinet. Also Sydney

Parker and Emma Des Jardins had

a part in the class Christmas play.

We pray everyone had a Blessed


January was a special time as

Barent and Barb Eliason were able

to return home. Barent was

determined to come right to

church and teach his class, which

he did from memory, as his

eyesight was affected by the

stroke. Truly he is a dedicated

servant of the Lord.

On Jan first, communion Sunday,

Avery Carpenter, granddaughter

of Bev Miller, took her first

communion. It was very special

for her and the congregation.

We have been having prayer

service every other Wednesday

for the winter months at Barent

and Barbs home.

The Christmas Program was held

Jan. 22nd. Dora, Kerri and Kathleen

were in charge, which involved

many. Emma, Brandi and Avery

sang. Denise sang a very beautiful

song. Dora and Kathleen read

scripture from Luke. Brian read a

story with Dora. The women’s

choir sang and Elder Eldon

Preston played the piano. When

church was over we had a

delicious potluck dinner. Gifts

were opened and a gift certificate

was presented to our pastor and

his wife. A wonderful fellowship

was enjoyed by all.

We would like to recognize our

own priesthood for the special

messages they bring to us. Priest

Mike Daniels, Elder Jim McLeod

and Deacon Gary Des Jardins.

We appreciate so much the

priesthood who travel a long way

to bring us the gospel message:

Elder Keith Dabbs and son, Elder

Mike Ruch and Shawn, Elder Ed

Mc Donald and mother Shirley,

Deacon Kerri Horton and Elder

Gary Holmes and Marge.

A very special event happened on

Jan. 23rd, Isabel Oakley was born

to Julia and Keith Albrecht. She

weighed 7lbs and was 20.5 inches

long. Her proud grandparents are

Dora Gutierrez, Lowell Decker and

Great grandpa Charlie Guitierrez.

She was welcomed home by big

brother Mattias. Congratulations

to all.

Barb Eliason had back surgery

Feb. 2nd at Saginaw Cooper

Hospital. After she is released she

will be at Marlette Rehab for a

couple of weeks. We are praying

this surgery was successful and

she will suffer no more with back


Our Mother/Daughter Banquet will

be on Sat. May 13th at noon. The

theme is,”LOVING ANGELS.” We

extend a welcoming invitation to

all who would like to come to

enjoy a delicious noon meal and a

very special program.


Regional Activities for the next quarter

Feb. 24-26 Younger Youth Winter Retreat

Garden City Restoration Branch

Contact: Betty Lou Newman

March 10-12 Zion’s Older Youth Winter Retreat

Garden City Restoration Branch

Contact: Michelle & Shaun Turner

Saturday, April 29, Great Lakes Restoration Branches Spring Women’s Retreat

Algonac Restoration Branch

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact: Val Bradley or Kathi Havener

Saturday, May 13, Mother-Daughter Banquet


Sanilac Restoration Branch

Contact: Barb Eliason or Kathleen Palmer

July 9-15 Summer Older Youth Camp at Woodlands Campground Association

Thru Community of Christ 318 S. Sage Rd. Hale, MI

Contact: Michelle & Shaun Turner

July 16-22 Summer Younger Youth Camp at Erie Beach Campgrounds

Contact: Betty Lou Newman

July 24 – 30 Great Lakes Restoration Branches Reunion

A Joint Branch Crafts Table has been set aside for donations from each Branch, to

contribute to the Reunion Fund. Please contact Kim Gilchrist, Wendy Holmes,

Connie Burns or Elaine King about donations...they should be donated with a

price tag attached at least one (1) week before reunion for those not attending

reunion and those attending can just bring the donations with them.

From The Editor’s Desk - Contact info:

Jim Bradley
69250 Campground Road
Romeo, MI 48065
Email to:


Great Lakes Restoration Branches
2017 Spring Women’s Retreat

Amazing Grace
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Algonac Restoration Branch
818 Market Street
Algonac MI 48001

Cost: Free will offering
Bring: Your Scriptures, a good sense of humor, and a desire to fellowship and share.

Please let Val Bradley know ASAP if you will attend
Val Bradley:

Prayer please for Florida Trip

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From: ​Melisssa Scott​

Prayers please​ for Florida Trip​

Hi, we would like prayers for our trip to Florida for Emily's cochlear implant upgrades. We leave Wednesday at 3:30pm and arrive in Orlando at 7:15pm. We are asking for a safe and uneventful time while we are there. We also would ask you to remember us on Friday morning as Emily and Peterson have their evaluation and I have an interview for my therapy dog. Then we travel home on Sunday morning at 9:55am Florida time and arrive here at Kansas City at Noon.

Thank you so much,
Melissa and Emily Scott

Monday, February 13, 2017

Restoration Singles Get Together

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From: Restoration Singles​​

Restoration Singles Get Together

Just a reminder for this weekend......Hope to see you all then.

We have our next activity this weekend on Saturday February 18th from 4:30 - 7:00. We will be getting together at the Missionary Restoration Branch located at 3415 N. Elsea Smith Road, Buckner, Mo for an evening of fun and fellowship. We will be have a casserole cook off challenge so everyone make your favorite casserole and bring it with you. We do have some allergies in the group so please don't make anything with cinnamon or mushrooms in your casserole.Please let us know if you have any questions and we can't wait to see you on Saturday.

Blessings to you

Organic / Heirloom Garden Plants for Sale

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From: Kelli Miesse

Organic / Heirloom Garden Plants for Sale

Cold weather vegetables will be available by 2nd – 3rd week of March. All other plants will be available for purchase or pickup in April. Dates will be announced soon. If you would like to pre-order, to assure plant availability, please contact me asap.

Here is a complete list of what plants I am offering for this spring (Unless otherwise stated, all plants listed are $3-$5, depending on size):


Tomatillo (Both green and purple)

Pearly Pink (medium slicer)

Black Vernissage

Hillbilly Leaf

Red Pear

Yellow Pear


Red Zebra


Mortgage Lifter

Golden Jubilee –(medium orange slicer)

Amana Orange (larger orange slicer)

Giallo Yellow (medium yellow slicer)

Grape Orange

Sweet Cherry




Striped Roma (limited supply)

White Beefsteak (limited supply)

Cherokee Purple (medium slicer)

Paul Robeson (medium slicer)

Better Boy** (medium slicer)

Early Girl** (medium slicer)

Celebrity** (medium slicer)

** Please note the plants marked ** are not heirloom. I grow them for local restaurants, and sell the extras. They are, however, organically grown, as are every plant on this list.


Bell Green
Snacker size (plant grows 3-4in snack peppers)

Sweet Banana


Cayenne (Red and possibly Yellow)

Very Limited # of Super Hots – Ghost, Chocolate Ghost, Trinidad Scorpion, Reaper)


Both Purple and Black

Cucumbers – All types are Burpless


Straight 8






Yellow Straight

Yellow Crookneck

Yellow Zucchini

Black Zucchini



Have several types of these – please contact me for specific requests



Black Diamond

Sugar Baby


Sweet Basil

Genovese Basil







Rosemary (Limited Supply)

Lavendar (On request)

Fennel (On request)

Cold Weather Vegetables - $1-$2 ea, depending on size, or $3.50 for a mix and match 4-pack

Lettuces (All lettuces should be Romaine type leaves, both green and red varieties)



Broccoli (Limited Supply)

Cauliflower (Limited Supply)

Kale (both Green and Purple)

Napa Cabbage (Limited Supply)

Head Cabbage (Limited Supply)

Collard Greens

Some items may be missing from this list, so if you don’t see something you want, please let me know – I also do special request orders when possible.

All plants are hand-seeded in organic, sterile seed starter, then transplanted into Organic Garden Mix from Missouri Organic. IF they require fertilization, then Fish Emulsion is the only type used.

Please respond via email, with any questions or pre-orders, to:

My cell phone number is: 816-516-6593

Thanks, everyone, and blessed week!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Need a Room to Rent

From: Dennis Elwell

Need a Room to Rent

I am looking for a room to rent. I am in the Restoration movement attending at Zarahemla Branch.

Professional semi-driver, retired, male looking for a room to rent or apartment in Lee's Summit or Independence. No bad habits or pets. Please contact me at 816-288-3502 or by email at

Dennis Elwell


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