03-05-2020 St. Paul’s church in Bainbridge celebrates 170 years; Kute Kid; Ada Wetzel turns 102

TWO INFINITY AND BEYOND… Jaxon Lee Loshbough turned 2 years on March 2nd. Jaxon along with his older brother William are the kute kids of Brook and Willy Loshbough of Hartford. Grandparents are Leann Rose, Brad & Karen Rose, Bill & Amy Loshbough. Happy Birthday Jaxon!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY… Ada Wetzel turned 102 on Tuesday, March 2, 2020. She is the oldest living graduate of Coloma High School. She and her husband owned and operated the original Wil-O-Paw motel. The entertainers of The Crystal Palace would stay at her motel. She was a hair dresser her entire life as well. Ada has been residing at Woodland Terrace of Coloma since 2014. She walks every day and is active in bingo each week. Ada is young at heart and very well loved by all she meets.

St. Paul’s church in Bainbridge celebrates 170 years

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Bainbridge Township is 170 years old this year! The founding families most likely never imagined what church service would look like today at St. Paul’s. Some of the church’s ways now would probably shock them. St. Paul’s UCC is currently led by a female minister, Pastor Danielle (Dani) Veenstra who arrived in October of 2016. She is the fourth female pastor after 156 years of men only, in the pulpit. Their service often includes an interactive sermon, sometimes with crayons and paper; where questions are asked of the congregation, pictures are drawn and together they wonder about their faith and what the reading for the day means for them in 2020 as followers of Jesus. The worship music is a mixture of familiar hymns with words and music from their history, new hymns with modern language set to familiar tunes, Sunday school songs, guitar and shakers as accompaniment are encouraged. Monthly the church enjoys ‘Lunch Bunch’ potlucks after service where all are welcome to join in. Some recent themes have been An Ancient Palestinian Luncheon of Lentils, beans and vegetable available in the time of Jesus, an Annual Chili Cook-off fundraiser where each $1 vote goes to the local HOPE Resources Food Pantry, Red food for Pentecost, Taco Bar, Salad and Ice Cream Social all make for fun times together where the congregation gets to know one another and discover ways they can connect outside of Sunday morning. St. Paul’s serves the community through volunteering at the food pantry, hosting an annual soup supper fundraiser for the pantry (in addition to their chili luncheon) and gathering grocery items the pantry runs short on. “Serving a church with such a rich and long history is a humbling experience. Tradition is important to our congregation, but not for tradition’s sake. We acknowledge the wisdom of our ancestors in setting the path we follow with Jesus as our example for a life of faith. But we also know that new ways of worship, new scholarship about Biblical texts must be incorporated into our worship. Our denomination says ‘we take the Bible seriously, not literally’ and we believe ‘God is still speaking’. We celebrate open Communion welcoming ALL to God’s table – rich, poor, believers and doubters, gay and straight; Jesus never turned anyone away and neither do we,” explains Pastor Dani. “I suppose some of our ways of worship in modernity would surprise those early members, they would be welcome at the table too.” The church extends an invitation to the community to join them as they celebrate 170 years of history by occasionally hearing sermons preached by previous ministers, prayers spoken in German, Communion wine served in a chalice from 1884. Services are at 10:30 Sunday morning, 1650 Bainbridge Center Rd., within sight of their original location. Everyone will find a warm welcome.

Community Soup & Salad Supper Friday, March 6

A Community Soup & Salad Supper will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Road in Coloma. The menu includes soup, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. The public is invited. Cost for adults is $5; $3 for children up to 12 years of age; and free for children under three. Proceeds go to the H.O.P.E. Resources Food Pantry in Coloma. This month’s supper is hosted by Coloma Lioness Lions Club.

Benefit dinner planned at Coloma American Legion for Linda Marler, March 14 On Saturday, March 14 American Legion Post 362 in Coloma is having a Mostaccioli Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. All proceeds from this event will go to Linda Marler. Linda has been a bartender at the Coloma American Legion Post for over 40 years. She is having health issues and the Post has planned this benefit to help her with expenses. The cost of the dinner is $7 and includes mostaccioli, garlic bread and salad. There will be 50/50 tickets, drawings and auctions. The public is invited. Post 362 is located at the corner of East St. Joseph Avenue and Sassafras Street in Coloma.

12 Corners Community Church building fundraiser March 21

On Saturday, March 21 Twelve Corners Community Church is having a Chili Cook-off and Baked Potato Bar dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited. Donations collected at the dinner will go to their building fund. The Baked Potato Bar will have many different toppings to choose from. The meal includes chili, baked potato, crackers, desert and drink. Twelve Corners Community Church is located at the corner of Hicks Avenue and North Benton Center Road in Benton Harbor.

Watervliet District Library raising matching funds to upgrade public computers

With community needs in mind the Watervliet District Library has embarked on a campaign to purchase badly needed public computer replacements. Public computer access is fundamental to the library’s mission of providing materials, space and services to fulfill their motto of connecting people, inspiring ideas and transforming lives. During the past year the library’s computers were in use for over 5,500 one-hour sessions. Homework, job applications, correspondence and research are some of the purposes for which their computers are used each day. They know this has made a difference, has helped people complete their schooling or job-required coursework. The staff has assisted countless users struggling to write resumes, research buying decisions, communicate with physicians or other professionals. Kids have expanded their tech skills, finished their homework, and practiced coding. In short, public computers are an important tool in the library. Their current computer equipment is a hodge-podge of varying ages and capabilities; necessary updates are no longer possible. Most of the library’s equipment was purchased out of immediate necessity and with limited funds, resulting in the patchwork group of systems they have today. The Frederick S. Upton Foundation has generously agreed to fund half of the project’s cost but the other half must be raised in new donations. It is the hope that community members and organizations will be able to help them meet their goal and supply library patrons with much needed public computer replacements. Donations can be made to the library either by check, made out to the Watervliet District Library, or online through their website via the library’s PayPal account. Please specify “Computer Project” in the memo line. Gifts to the library are tax deductible under the 501c3 tax code exemption.

Free youth mental health first aid course offered March 12

Community members are invited to attend a free youth mental health first aid training course on Thursday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Conference Room at Lakeland at Meadowbrook, located at 2550 Meadowbrook Road in Benton Harbor. The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents and teaches participants how to assist young people experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves. Training reviews typical adolescent development, teaches a five step action plan to help young people in crisis, and helps participants understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. A training manual and certification is provided upon completion. Preregistration is required; call 269-556-2808 or 866-260-7544.


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