St. Johnís† 1993
The new Allan Organ and sound system was dedicated on January 30, 1993
Committees and groups that were active at the beginning of 1993: Worship & music, Altar Guild, Tape Ministry, Lectors, Ushers, Nursery volunteers, Choir, Nominating, Memorial fund, Hospitality, Prayer line, Finance, Council, Elders, Social Ministry, Property, Crisis fund, Food Pantry, Christian Education, Jubilee, 3 Church Farm, Via de Cristo, Kairos.
Pastor Paul expressed enjoyment in teaching both the 1st and 2nd year confirmation classes, watching their minds and hearts open to the love and truth of Jesus Christ, the bible studies, the questions and the challenges. Two were confirmed on Mothers Day.
A six piece youth orchestra performed during the prelude on Mothers Day/Confirmation Sunday.
Easter was again celebrated on April 11th with a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service at the 3-church farm, a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at St. Johnís, and 3 worship services with communion at 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The AALC opened a Seminary in the fall with an initial class of 7 men. Its purpose is to train pastors, no theologians. They will be taught how to do ministry, and not merely to preach biblically correct sermons.
Tape recordings of the Sunday sermons continue to be offered for $2 each. + The annual congregational picnic was again held at the home of Ray and Carolyn Gardner. + Pastor Paul taught new songs to VBS youngsters while many volunteers taught bible stories, led in games and served cookies and Kool-Aid + Members of the Via de Cristo community at St. Johnís provided leadership and preaching during the 2 worship services on the Sundays Pastor and his family were traveling to Denmark, Norway and Sweden. + A Childrenís Church was begun during the 2nd service. + Seven members attended the AALC Convention. + Buses were provided for St. Johnís members and youth to attend the Billy Graham Crusade in Columbus in September. + The entire community of St. Johnís fried brats, made ice cream, served salads and desserts, and cleaned up tables etc. as hundreds of visitors enjoyed our Ice Cream Social. + Representatives from 10 cities named Newark located in both America and England gathered at the Cherry Valley Lodge where Pastor Paul shared his original song about ďNewarkĒ which he wrote in 1976 because of his love for the people and area of Newark, Ohio. + Six men from St. Johnís served at the Via de Cristo week-end in October. + St. Johnís volunteers began serving supper and conducting worship for the women & childrenís shelter at Faith Mission in Columbus in November while continuing to serve the menís shelter. + A group of adults and teens traveled to Homestead, FL on a mission trip to help in the rebuilding process after Hurricane Andrew. + An introductory letter was received from our adopted seminary couple, Tom & Kari Hilpert.