Senior adult church members honored at Mahaffey camp|
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
MAHAFFEY - Ten senior adults from churches in the Western Pennsylvania District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance were honored yesterday at Mahaffey Family Camp Meeting and Bible Conference.
Cheryl Grossoehme, the district's director of disciple making ministries hosted the senior adult celebration that also included a concert by 2BTrue, a vocal ensemble from the First Church of God, Punxsutawney.
The awards have been presented annually during camp since the 1990s. Each church in the district is given an opportunity to nominate a senior adult in recognition of their individual contributions to the ministry of their church.
Those honored yesterday were:
• Connie Cope of the Fayette City Alliance Church. A letter nominating Cope discussed her gift of hospitality and her service at her church including the Wednesday evening children's ministry, worship team, choir, a prayer warrior and vacation Bible school helper.
• Marianne Hall of the Franklin Alliance Church. Her nomination noted her talent making the church look beautiful for holidays and special events through creating flower arrangements. She also, with her husband Ron Hall, visits those who not able to attend church.
• Ron Hall of the Franklin Alliance Church. Hall coordinates a time of fellowship once a month where there is a Bible study and a prayer meeting, his nomination stated. He also records the pastor's sermon and takes it to those unable to attend church.
• Donna Neal of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church. Neal's pastor, the Rev. John Burchman, wrote her work in the church "exemplifies steadfast, quiet faithfulness," stating she often is on the cleanup crew for church events, serves at the information window and volunteers in the church's baby nursery.
• Lee Stahlman of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church. His nomination letter reported his work as an usher and his talents as a mechanic who has assisted people in need with free vehicle repair. He also shares produce from his garden.
• Arlie Stahlman of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church. Serving for many years as the treasurer of the church's benevolent fund, Stahlman followed the directive of the church's elders and also coordinated funeral dinners.
• Elaine Newton of the Smethport Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Newton serves as the church's organist and pianist and "believes that music sets the mood for the whole service," her nomination letter stated.
• Jim Taylor of the Tionesta Alliance Church. Taylor serves as the church's elder, head trustee, Sunday school teacher, assistant treasurer and assistant board secretary.
• Judy Taylor of the Tionesta Alliance Church. As head deaconess, she is in charge of the church's monthly fellowship dinners, plans the annual picnic, Christmas party and mother and daughter banquet. She also coordinates funeral dinners.
• Chuck Wallace of the Western Pennsylvania District's quiz program. His nomination letter noted he has served the program faithfully for many years and was chairman of the quiz commission from its inception until several years ago. He also assists in the program's financial management.