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Marvin Thill Obituary

Marvin W. Thill, age 78 of Stockton, IL, died Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at home. He was born April 25, 1934, the son of William and Ruth (Bruss) Thill. He was a 1952 graduate of Stockton High School, and later graduated from the Olivet Nazarene University. Marvin married Betty Folkens on August 12, 1954 in Stockton.

Marvin served as pastor at the Church of the Brethren in Plattsburg, MO; Adel, IA; Wenatchee, WA; Enders, NE; and Warrensburg, MO. He retired to the Stockton area in 1997 and served as pastor in the Freeport area. He enjoyed raising sheep and back packing in the Cascade Mountains in WA. He also enjoyed photography, making post cards, master gardening, and raising corgis.

Marvin is survived by his wife Betty; two daughters, Kristin Thill (Mark McKenzie) of Oregon City, OR and Lisa Thill (Gordon Franck) of Columbia, MO; three sons, Curtis Thill (Yolanda Yoder) of Paoli, IN, Byron Thill of Seattle, WA, and Jeffrey (Karin) Thill of Orlando, FL; five brothers, Wesley (Betty) Thill of Lena, IL, David (Pat) Thill of Freeport, IL, Ron (Harriet) Thill of Renssler, IN, Lowell (Sonja) Thill of Bourbonnais, IL, and Carlyle (Claire) Thill of North Vernon, IL; and six grandchildren, Levi, Jordan, Leah, Audrey, Hannah, and Kristina. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation will be held Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton. The memorial service will be held Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Stockton. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for On Earth Peace and Heifer International. Condolences and remembrances may be sent to the family at www.hermannfuneralhome.com.

Joseph Hoffert Obituary

Feb. 17, 1921 — Dec. 20, 2012

Joseph B. Hoffert of Winona passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Winona Health at the age of 91.

He was born on a farm near Carleton, Neb., on Feb. 17, 1921, to Henry and Katie (Horner) Hoffert. Joe graduated from high school at age 16 and attended Kearney State Teachers College for a year. At 17, he was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Carleton.

After two years at the school and a year at an elementary school in Bruning, Neb., Joe studied for two years at McPherson College in Kansas, where he met his future wife, Lois Metsker. Upon graduation in 1943, he entered the Navy and was sent to officer’s candidate school at Notre Dame University. Upon receiving his commission as a “90 Day Wonder,” he married Lois in her home near Quinter, Kan. They moved to Boston, where Joe attended radar school at Harvard. He was assigned to a destroyer Escort in the Pacific, where he served until the end of the war.

Joe and Lois moved to Bird City, Kan., in 1946, where he continued his teaching career at the high school. After two years he was appointed as the school principal, a position he held until 1958.

During the summers he earned two master’s degrees, in secondary school administration from Colorado State Teachers’ College and mathematics from the University of Wyoming.

In 1958, Joe and Lois and their four children moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where Joe began a 28-year career as a professor of mathematics. He was faculty advisor to the mathematics fraternity Kappu Mu Epsilon, was active in Campus Ministries in Higher Education, and gained a reputation as teacher who could make difficult concepts understandable. He authored a textbook for use in teaching the mathematics of business.

After his retirement in 1986, Joe provided tutoring for young students gifted in mathematics and volunteered as a driver for the Iowa Blood Bank. He also found time to devote to his hobby, antique car restoration. His “legacy project,” the 1957 Oldsmobile that belonged to Lois’s parents, will forever be a family keepsake.

Joe kept Christ at the center of his life and served the Church of the Brethren at the local, district and denominational levels. He was a wonderful husband, father, teacher and friend, a man who set high personal standards and lived by them. Yet he could gracefully acknowledge the failings in others. He had a keen mind and a humble spirit and was a fine example of the term “Servant Leader.” He lived life with a sense of gratitude, especially for the love that he shared with Lois. We loved him and we’ll miss him greatly.

Joe is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lois; four children, Stan (Susan) of Wausau, Wis., Gordon (Ulrike) of Winona, Patty (Michael) Facius of Minneapolis and Tim (Nina) of Golden, Colo.; five grandchildren: Wesley, Paula, Rhonda (Barton), Jess, and Joe; his brother, Amos Hoffert of Anita, Iowa; and sister, Lois McDaniel of Geneva, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Dowdy; and his brothers, John and Booker.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. at Lewiston Church of the Brethren. A viewing will take place from noon until 2 p.m. on that day. Interment will be at the Bethel Church of the Brethren cemetery near Carleton and will take place at a later date.

Funeral services provided by Hoff Funeral and Cremation Services of Winona. Memorial gifts will benefit the Lewiston Church of the Brethren and Camp Pine Lake, Eldora, Iowa.

Please share a memory of Joseph at his online guestbook and view his tribute video at www.hofffuneral.com.

Special District Holiday Announcements – December 14

Click here to read a special holiday edition of District News and Announcements.

In this issue:

1) HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM YOUR DISTRICT STAFF

2) HOLINESS IN OUR MIDST: ON THE NATIVITY

3) DISTRICT CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

4) 2013 CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER CALENDARS

5) PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR

District News and Announcements – December 7

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In this issue…

1GATHERINGS TO WRAP UP SENDING OF THE 70 AND LAUNCH VITAL MINISTRY JOURNEY

2FAIRVIEW CONGREGATION CALLS MINISTRY TEAM

3GUNMEN ATTACK BRETHREN CHURCH IN NIGERIA, KILLING PASTOR AND 10 CHURCH MEMBERS

4ALICE KINGERY DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT

5RUTH CLARK: IN MEMORIAM

6HOLINESS IN OUR MIDST: ON THE NATIVITY

7A BLUE ADVENT AT LEWISTON CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN

8WINDOWS TO WITNESSING: GREENE CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN

9—HEIFER INTERNATIONAL HELPS COUPLE IN UGANDA

10—TALES FROM THE TOOL TRAILER: A PLEA FOR HELP

11—JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE ON A TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND

12—STOVER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND A PIANIST

13—DISTRICT CALENDAR OF EVENTS

14—DISTRICT STAFF CONTACTS

15—ARCHIVES, DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

16—A DEVOTIONAL BY BETTY JO BUCKINGHAM

Christmas Events Calendar

Click here for a list of Christmas Celebrations occurring all around the Northern Plains District this month.

Ruth Clark Obituary

Ruth Clark

July 18, 1935 – November 6, 2012

Dear Members and Friends of Northern Plains District,

Last week a prayer request was sent to District Pastors, Board Members and Churches concerning the hospitalization of one of the pillars of Northern Plains District, Ruth Clark of Froid, Montana. We have received word from her pastor, Neil Knudsen, that Ruth passed away on Tuesday, November 6.  Ruth’s funeral service will be Tuesday, November 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Big Sky American Baptist/Brethren Church in Froid, MT.  Condolences may be sent to her husband Ralph Clark, 1045 Country Line Rd., Froid, MT 59226.  Memorial gifts honoring Ruth Clark may be sent to Northern Plains District, P.O. Box 573, Ames, IA 50010.
-Tim Button Harrison, District Executive

Ruth Clark Obituary
Ruth Clark, age 77, of Froid, Mont., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Trinity Hospital in Minot, N.D.  Ruth was born July 18, 1935, at the family farm in rural Cherokee County, Kan., the oldest child of Jacob and Opal Davidson.  She graduated from McCune Rural High School in 1953 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from McPherson College in 1957.Ruth was committed to a life of church and community service and as an advocate for peace.  After college she entered Brethren Volunteer Service, serving in Refugee Camp Friedland and in the Church of the Brethren teacher/student exchange office in Kassel, Germany.  After returning home, she was a youth fieldworker for the Central Region of the Church of the Brethren.  She attended Bethany Theological Seminary in Chicago/Oak Brook, Ill., earning a Masters in Religious Education in 1964.  After a summer of working with the Grandview Church of the Brethren at Froid, Ruth served for 10 months as Director of Christian Education with the First Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Va.

On July 10, 1965, Ruth was joined in marriage to Ralph Clark of Froid. To this union, two children were born.  She was a loving mother and grandmother, but her care for others extended well beyond her immediate family.  She was well known for her card ministry, never forgetting to send a birthday or anniversary card to her cherished family and friends and even the generations following them.

Throughout her time in Northeast Montana, she was active in the rural Grandview Church of the Brethren and later the Big Sky Church in Froid, serving as youth counselor, teacher, lay person, deaconess and on most church boards.  She held leadership roles for the Brethren Women’s Fellowship and the Big Sky Church Women. For several years, she served as a board member of the RMC’s Institute for Peace Studies in Billings.  She also served as an FHA Chapter Mother and Music Mothers’ Chairman at Medicine Lake High School, a 4-H leader for l5 years, a member of the Sheridan County 4-H Council and occasionally as a substitute teacher in the Medicine Lake and Froid schools.

In May 2009, she was recognized by the Northern Plains District of the Church of the Brethren for serving that district for more than 35 years in various roles, including several terms on the District Board, the Standing Committee of the Church of the Brethren, and as a Heifer International representative.  In addition, she served two terms on the General Board of the Church of the Brethren in Elgin, Ill.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers-in-law, Robert, Gerald, James and Howard Clark, Charles Beach and Glen Crumpacker; and two sisters-in-law, Ann and Gladys Clark.

She is survived by Ralph, her loving husband of 47 years; a daughter, Kristi Jamison (Billy), of Jefferson City, Mo.; a son Russell Clark (Brandi) of Bozeman, Mont.; seven grandchildren, Perry-Anthony, Ellanie and Cilicia Jamison and Caitlin, Colby, Carisa and Cash Clark.  She is also survived by three sisters, Donna (Al) Schmidt of Mission, Tex., Doris Crumpacker of McCune, Kan., and Betsy Holland of Carthage, Mo.; four brothers, Harvey (Marilyn) Davidson of Hays, Kan., Kenneth (Dorothy) Davidson of Welda, Kan., Carl (Dianna) Davidson and Tim (Nicky) Davidson of McCune, Kan.; a brother-in-law Don (Marilyn) Clark of Ramsey, Minn.; a sister-in-law Dorothy Clark of Froid, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

That Woman Is a Success…Who loves life
and lives it to the fullest;
who has discovered and shared
the strengths and talents
that are uniquely her own;
who puts her best into each task
and leaves each situation
better than she found it;
who seeks and finds
that which is beautiful
in all people…and all things;
whose heart is full of love
and warm with compassion;
who has found joy in living
and peace within herself.

~ Barbara J. Burrow

District News and Announcements – November 2

Click here to read this month’s edition of District News and Announcements.

In this issue:

1RUTH CLARK AND FAMILY IN OUR PRAYERS

2A THANK YOU FROM CAROL LELAND

3SONIA HIMLIE LEAVING ROLE AS CAMP PINE LAKE DIRECTOR

4VITALITY EMPHASIS CONTINUES WITH WORKSHOP AND JAN/FEB GATHERINGS

5WINDOWS TO WITNESSING: BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

6STOVER LAP QUILTS: A BLESSED TIE THAT BINDS

7HOLINESS IN OUR MIDST: ON ‘KEEPSAKE’ LETTERS

8LIVING FROM A SENSE OF ABUNDANCE OR SCARCITY

9CLEAN-UP BUCKETS NEEDED FOR DISASTER MINISTRIES

10—STOVER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND A PIANIST

11—PANORA NATIVITY WALK: NOVEMBER 17-18

12—SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS BOOK NOW ON SALE

13—2013 DISTRICT CONFERENCE PREVIEW

14—2013 BRETHREN WORKCAMP SCHEDULE

15—COB SEEKS DIRECTOR OF HISTORICAL LIBRARY & ARCHIVES

16—DISTRICT CALENDAR OF EVENTS

17—DISTRICT STAFF CONTACTS

18—ARCHIVES, DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

District News and Announcements – October 5

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In this issue:

1—CENTRAL IOWA LOVE FEAST AT PANTHER CREEK THIS SUNDAY

2CONGREGATIONAL REVITALIZATION WORKSHOP AT CAMP NEXT WEEKEND

3HELP IDENTIFY OUR FUTURE DISTRICT AND DENOMINATIONAL LEADERSHIP

4HOLINESS IN OUR MIDST SESSION II: ON LOSS

5LEADING BY BUILDING ON A PERSON’S STRENGTHS AND PASSIONS

6PAUL’S PONDERINGS: YOUR BILL HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID

7FALL YOUTH RETREAT AT CAMP PINE LAKE – NOVEMBER 2-4

8STOVER MEMORIAL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND A PIANIST

9SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS BOOK AVAILABLE FOR DONATION

10DISTRICT CALENDAR OF EVENTS

11DISTRICT STAFF CONTACTS

12ARCHIVES, DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

District News and Announcements – September 14

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In this issue:

1. IN OUR PRAYERS: THE KIRBY LELAND FAMILY

2. HOLINESS IN OUR MIDST – A NEW SERIES BY JANIS PYLE

3. HONOR THY PASTOR IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

4. MINISTRY SEMINAR AT STOVER MEMORIAL COB – SEPTEMBER 15

5. PEACE DAY VIGIL IN WATERLOO – SEPTEMBER 21

6. PARENT TRAINING WORKSHOP AT PANTHER CREEK COB – SEPTEMBER 22

7. SPIRITUAL RETREAT AT PRAIRIE CITY COB – SEPTEMBER 22

8. CENTRAL IOWA LOVE FEAST AT PANTHER CREEK COB – OCTOBER 7

9. CONGREGATIONAL REVITALIZATION WORKSHOP AT CAMP PINE LAKE – OCTOBER 12-13

10. FALL YOUTH RETREAT AT CAMP PINE LAKE – NOVEMBER 2-4

11. STOVER COB LOOKING FOR MENTORS AND A PIANIST

12. SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS BOOK NOW AVAILABLE

13. DISTRICT CALENDAR OF EVENTS

14. DISTRICT STAFF CONTACTS

15. ARCHIVES, DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

 

District Conference Report Now Available

Click here for a full report from this year’s District Conference.

In the report:

1) DISTRICT CONFERENCE BY THE NUMBERS

2) CLOSURE OF THE MOUNT ETNA CHURCH

3) BALLOT RESULTS AND BOARD REORGANIZATION

4) MILESTONES AND OTHER SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

5) STAN NOFFSINGER SHARES AT INSIGHT SESSION

6) FUTURE DISTRICT CONFERENCE DATES