I thank my God in all my remembrances of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel form the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5)
I certainly don’t think I’m in the same league as Paul but from the verse above I can relate to what he’s saying because I thank God every day for you. In addition I’d like to thank those of you who served the church as officers, board members, employees and volunteers in 2015. Of course every time I do this I run the risk of forgetting somebody but I’m going to try and be as thorough as I can here. My heartfelt thanks to:
Elders: Jesse Ramirez, Craig Anderson, Marcus O’Sullivan, Rod Veeman, Earl Ficken
President: Dan Zabel Vice president: Brian Logan Treasurer: John Prehm
Office manager: Jennifer Snellen Office assistants: Ellen Kulle, Breanna Heath
Secretary: Loraine Baker Financial secretary: Karen Baldwin
Counters: Karen Baldwin, Margaret Hampton, Larita Pederson
Pastoral care: Richard Kiessling, Walt Meinhart Organ: Frannie Moss Praise Team: Charlotte Karvia, Jeff & Karen Shipman, Donna Henley, Brian Villar, Jill Richard, Claude Hampton, Jeff Zachritz, Jason & Amy Ann Schmidt, Tyler Veeman
Sound: Chuck Gollnick, Nathan Shipman
Acolytes: Lowal Labahn, Bill Burda, Alan Halstead, Kristen Johnston, Alex & Aaron Richard, Brenna Jonhston, Taysha Veeman, Sam Wiedemann, Kianna O’Sullivan, Joey Burda
Bell ringers: Lowal Labahn, Sam Wiedemann
Greeters: Ethel Simpson, Fred & Dot Buss, Dan & Kay Divine, Dave & Barb VanWinkle, many others I can’t remember who!
Ushers: Bill Burda, Bill Benz, Lowal Labahn, Bill Hesse, Joey Burda, Erwin Schlichting, Glen Wetzel, Charlie Jagow
Altar care: Marilyn & Charlie Jagow, Susan Zabel, Debbie Grace
Sunday school teachers: Greg & Lynn Bingham, Carol Vincent, Kathy Prehm, Jesse Ramirez
Bible study: Walt Meinhart, Richard Kiessling
Kitchen: Dan & Kay Divine, Marilyn Jagow, Walt & Norma Meinhart, Larita Pederson, many others!
Board of Education: Steve Perone, Bill & Addy Hesse, Regina O’Sullivan, Brian Logan, Lynne Robertson Preschool teachers: Kathy Prehm, Amie Jones, Teacher: Kim Bell
Preschool Aides: Cari Blanchard, Diana Burda, After school care: Diana & Jane Burda
VBS Coordinator: Jennifer Gatke
Board of Children, Youth & Family Ministry: Toni Veeman, Talia Johnston, Greg Bingham, Cyndi Perone Youth Group at Symposium: Talia Johnston Youth leader: Kristen Johnston
Quilters: Shirley Case, Zenina Davis, Lydia Hylton, Marilyn Jagow, Carla Hannaford, Faye Hallauer, Margaret Wachlin, Carol Nemish, Debbie Wetzel, Cheryl Long
Hope Diner: Kathy Beach, Donna Henley
The Springs: The Shipman family, Donna Henley, Frannie Moss, Richard Kiessling
Prayer Shawls: Carla Hannaford, Cheryl Ramirez Elections: Brian Logan
Website: Crissy Garstka Groundskeepers: Dennis Brosowske, Claude Hampton, Charlie Jagow, Tim Grace, Library: Earl & Mari Jewel Ficken Flowers: Ray & Arlene Lucas
Wedding coordinator: Debbie Grace Women’s Tea: Karon Heineman,
Special service liturgists: Tyler Veeman, Kristen Johnston, Alex & Aaron Richard
Senior Saints: Richard & Maxine Kiessling, Walt & Norma Meinhart
Ed. Bldg. renovation: Carol Vincent, Ray Lucas, Chris Tranquill, Jim Wiedemann
Trustees: Mike Marlett, Tim Grace, Charlie Jagow
Board of Outreach: Crissy Garstka, Walt Meinhart, Tiffany Piscitelli, Jennifer Gatke, Karen Shipman Grill: Dave VanWinkle, Paul Heinemann & more!
Flag detail: Jadon & Levi Bingham Cemetery sextants: Alan Wachlin, Mike Conzelmann
Plus, there are several who lent a hand when something needed to be moved, set-up, or put away: Dave Johnston, Brandon Herbst, Steve Oaks, Kit Irelan, Tim Grace
Some of you made phone calls and visited members: Margaret Umland, Ethel Simpson, Claude Hampton, Dan Divine, the Burda family, Jesse & Cheryl Ramirez, Jill Richard, Carol Vincent, and many more!
I thank you also for your Christmas cards, generous gifts, and your continued love and support for my family. May the Lord bring you joy, peace, and abundant blessings in 2016!