Friday, September 25, 2009

Howard Immel Hospitalized With Heart Attack

Gary Austin, pastor at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sent this e-mail early Friday afternoon, September 25. The Immels recently retired to the Warsaw/Winona Lake (IN) area after retiring from the pastorate in Iowa.

Dear Co-Workers in ministry,

One hour ago Howard Immel was flown from Kosciusko
Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN, to Lutheran Hospital, Ft.
Wayne, IN. He had had a heart attack earlier today while
working. At KCH he was experiencing extremely low blood
pressure and the start of kidney failure.

Please pray for Howard's recovery, for his wife June, and
for their daughter Lisa who is also experiencing some
serious issues that has put her in ER in Merriville, IN,
as well. Sons Karl (in PA) and Kirk (in OH) are traveling
to be with mom so pray for their safety.

Jonathan Herron Takes Pastorate in Michigan

Jonathan Herron, former church-planter with The Catalyst in Kent, Ohio, announced the following on his blog this week:

As of this Sunday, I am privileged to serve as the new lead pastor of Colwood Church in Caro, Michigan.

As we pack up our house in Ohio and slowly move to Michigan permanently over the next several weeks, our family appreciates your prayers and encouragement.

Further details are available on Jonathan's blog by clicking here.

Dave and Jeff Bogue's Mother With the Lord

The following message was received from CE National Friday morning, Sept. 25. Jeff Bogue is senior pastor of Grace Church, the Grace Brethren Church in the Norton/Akron area of Ohio. His brother, Dave Bogue, is the pastor of the Grace Brethren Church in Upper Arlington, Ohio.

Ed [Lewis] emailed from Urban Hope last evening to tell us that Jeff Bogue’s mother died in her sleep the night before last. She was visiting Susan in Pittsburgh. All the family are gathering there now.


Viewing (Phyllis J. Bogue) Sunday from 5-8 pm

Funeral Service - Monday at 10:30 am

Both viewing and service will be held at:

Tobias Funeral Home

3970 Dayton Xenia Road

Beavercreek, OH 45432

(937) 427-1361

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pennsylvania Church Seeks Pastor

Pastor Sought

Grace Fellowship Church of Avis, Pa. located near Williamsport, is seeking a part- time pastor to grow into a full-time position. We are a group of fifty plus people. Applicant should have Grace Brethren experience, with a heart for reaching the lost.

Please send resume to: Grace Fellowship Church P.O. Box 299 Avis, Pa 17721-0299. or respond by email to Ben Carson at, or by phone to Ken Terry at 570-398-7755

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Darrell Anderson Out of Surgery and Recovering

Pastor Gary Underwood of the Delaware, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church reports that Pastor Darrell Anderson is out of surgery and doctors are saying he did well and his heart is responding well to the pump. Please keep praying - apparently, the first 24 hours are critical. Thanks to everyone for praying and remembering our brother Darrell Anderson and his family!

NCO Examines Four

The current e-newsletter from the North Central Ohio district reports on four men who were examined yesterday. Mac Cordell (Mt. Sterling Church Plant), Aaron Jones (Woodville GBC), and Christian McAllister (Licking County GBC) were recommended to their respective congregations for licensure as elders in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, while Bill Crabbs (Woodville GBC) was recommended for ordination.

Thanks to all who came to participate in the exams, and congratulations to these men!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pray for Darrell Anderson's Heart Surgery Thursday

Gary Underwood, pastor of the Delaware, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church, is requesting prayer for Pastor Darrell Anderson, who is having a surgery to put a device/pump on his heart tomorrow morning (Thursday) at 7:00am. Darrell is associate pastor at the Delaware church.

Thompsons Relocate to Tennessee

Ron Thompson, formerly of the staff of the Grace Brethren Church, Aiken, S.C., has relocated to Tennessee, where he hopes to do pulpit supply. "I am praying for ministry opportunities in this beautiful state," he writes. You may reach Ron and his wife, Thelma, at 602 Oakland Road, Limestone, TN 37681.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fall AGBM Elections Coming Soon

The latest edition of AGBM president Joel Richards' electronic updates is now in the e-mail. Here is one article from the current issue:

Fall Election Coming Soon

Nominations were announced at the annual meeting in July for the re-election of three officers and four directors.

The officers are:

Joel Richards (president), Daniel White (secretary), and Bud Olszewski (treasurer).

The directors standing for re-election are:

Ken Bickel, Mark Saunders, Randy Smith, and Randy Weekley.

A ballot for the re-election of these officers and directors will be mailed later this fall. Please look for it and participate in voting before the end of the year.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Pastor's Wife Helen DeArmey With the Lord

This notice, from today's Johnstown (PA) Tribune-Democrat, was passed on by Bill Darr of the Grace library staff:

DeArmey, Helen E. (Shaffer)

DeARMEY – Helen E. (Shaffer), 85, Friedens, formerly of Thomasdale, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, went home to be with the Lord Sept. 6, 2009, at her home. Born April 24, 1924, in Jenner Township, Somerset County, daughter of William W. Sr. and Mary B. (Berkey) Shaffer.

Preceded in death by parents; husband of 56 years, the Rev. Max A. DeArmey, on April 6, 2002; sisters, Daryle (Heckman) Bittner and Lois Lohr; brother, Paul Georg; sisters-in-law, Catherine (DeArmey) Baith, Jean (Huster) Shaffer, Geraldine (Felix) Shaffer and Joann (Riblett) Shaffer; brothers-in-law, Warren Baith, the Rev. Richard DeArmey, Leslie "Lee" Rose, Frank Sofaly and Richard Hemminger; and nephew, Kenneth Lohr. Survived by children: Cary L., married to Hazel Works, Ashland City, Tenn.; E. Sue, married to Jack C. Lipscomb, Huddleston, Va.; Timothy J., Manassas, Va.; and Mary Kay "Katy," married to the Rev. D. Wayne Lasure, Jenner Township; grandchildren: Douglas Moyer, married to Crystalin Sheldon, Richmond, Va.; Bill DeArmey, married to Stephanie Lee, Durham, N.C.; Eric Lasure, married to Tammie Schrock, Friedens; Travis DeArmey, married to Amy Shurin, Johnstown; Scott DeArmey, married to Liza Potter, Savanna, Ga.; Matthew Lasure, married to Jenilee Speigle, Davidsville; Tarah (Lasure), married to Darin Mauzy, Las Vegas, Nev.; Julie (DeArmey), married to Matthew Larkin, Culpepper, Va.; and Jesse Lasure, married to Amanda McVicker, Fishertown; five stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 14 stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Also survived by brothers and sisters: William W. Shaffer Jr., Jenner Township; Robert C. Shaffer, and wife, Gloria, Westmont; Lee J. Shaffer, Jenner Township; Margaret Hemminger, Berlin; and Florence Sofaly, Friedens; brother-in-law, Robert Lohr, Sun City, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Lois (McAchren) DeArmey, Osceola, Ind.

She was a 1942 graduate of the former Boswell High School. Helen's life touched many as she served along side her husband and pastor at the Listie Grace Brethren Church, the Gray Alliance Church and the Jenner Grace Brethren Church.

She was a member of the Somerset Alliance Church, where she enjoyed being part of the WDS Group. Viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hoffman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 109 Church Road and Route 403, Davidsville. Viewing also will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Friday at Somerset Alliance Church, the Rev. Scott T. Ream, officiating. Interment, Thomas Mennonite Cemetery, Thomas Mills, with the Rev. Wayne Lasure officiating. Memorials to the Somerset Alliance Church, 708 Stoystown Road, Somerset, Pa. 15501, would be appreciated.

Published in the Johnstown Tribune Democrat from 9/8/2009 - 9/9/2009