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OLDEST IN ATTENDANCE… The 98th Mundt Reunion took place Sun-day, August 6, 2017 at the home of John and Amy Lovell in Watervliet. Pictured here are Adell Mundt of Watervliet and Charles “Chuck” Jarvis of Do-wagiac, the oldest members present. All together there were 46 people in attendance. Family members shared a meal, kids played fun games, and lots of great memories were created and shared. The 99th Mundt Reunion will take place Sunday, August 5, 2018 again at the Lo-vell’s home.


North Berrien Historical Museum hosts “Native American Sugarbushing” August 15

 On Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. the North Berrien Historical Museum will host a program on Native American Sugarbushing, presented by Beth Moody, Cultural Consultant for the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. There will be refreshments to follow.

Moody, who is both Potawatomi and Shawnee, will discuss the Traditional Lifeways of the Great Lakes Native Americans. In her presentation she will discuss the processing, harvesting, and celebrating of late winter-early spring’s first food: maple sugar. She will also highlight the importance of maple sugar and syrup and their medicinal properties. The supplies, tools, and processes used in sugarbushing, both currently and historically, will also be discussed. Don’t miss out on this interesting program!

No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at kristen@northberrienhistory.org.

August at the VB museum includes hunt for ghosts and murder mystery

 The Van Buren Historical Museum will be the spot to be in August.  First up is the ProMI Paranormals who will be conducting an investigation of the museum on Friday, August 11 starting at 7 p.m. Call Tad at 269-621-2546 to pre-register. Admission is $20, payable at the door.

Sunday, August 13 you can put your crime scene investigations skills to work. Yes, a Murder Mystery, based loosely on the Tabor Murders in Lawton during the 1900s. Hours that day will be 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Prizes will be awarded for the best detectives; need not be present to win. General admission of $5 for 13 and up and $2 for ages 5-12 for this event.

Sunday, August 20 their very own Tad Moody will speak at 2 p.m. on the Poorhouse History; general admission.

Then on Sunday, August 27 is a very fun day as they celebrate Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  General admission prices for this event as well.

See pottery being made and yes, you can buy it. Other activities include demonstrations of traditional skills, candle making, weaving of rugs. There will be bath oils, jewelry, old tractors, 1954 police car and see what a log cabin looks like on the inside.

Motor Mouth food truck with tasty morsels will be available; also, baked goods to eat then, and some to take home.  The museum’s very own Forge (blacksmithing) is back open and will be showing off the skills of Mike Nelson. Plus, so much more!

A peek at September 29 reveals another Soup Supper from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.; come early for the best choices.

The museum is looking for vendors for August 27 and volunteers for general museum hours, which are every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 12 – 5 p.m.; for more information call 269-621-2188, or for Heritage Day 269-569-1639.

NEW SENIOR PASTOR & FAMILY… welcomed at Hart-ford Federated Church. Pictured with Pastor Benjamin Williamson and his wife Keri is their children (from the left): Anna (9), Luke (10), Matthew (8), Tamiah (2) and Unique (6).


Hartford Federated Church to inaugurate new senior pastor on August 20

 After 18 months under the spiritual leadership of Interim Pastor, Richard Ely, Hartford Federated Church overwhelmingly voted to call Benjamin Williamson of Decatur as Senior Pastor. An inauguration service is set for Sunday, August 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the church, 65418 Red Arrow Highway, and is open to the public. A dinner will follow in the fellowship hall.

Pastor Ben, as he likes to be called, comes with his wife of twelve years, Keri, and their five children. He grew up in Decatur, graduating from high school in 2000. In addition to his studies, he was All State in wrestling. Both he and Keri have earned Bachelor of Science degrees from Michigan State University. Additional studies from Liberty University have been completed, as well as serious personal Bible studies, which have all fitted him for the ministry.

Williamson’s parents, Paul and Beth, and Decatur Bible Church served as his early Bible learning teachers. As a young boy he made a faith decision concerning Jesus, the Savior, and his service at the church expanded over the years into various leadership positions including Bible teacher. Most recently he served as Board Chairman. Decatur Bible Church recognized Williamson’s call to ministry and he was ordained in August, 2016.

Interested in reaching out to others, he traveled to Zambia, Haiti and China on short-term mission trips. After considering foreign missions, he realized that one does not need to travel far to find those in need of a Savior.

Pastor Williamson is an experienced CNC machinist. He held a middle school teaching position at Trinity Lutheran School at Paw Paw for five years and most recently was employed at Stryker in Kalamazoo for the past two and a half years. In his spare time he enjoys wood working.

Keri feels good about coming to HFC and supports the local ministry for all ages, but especially for the children.

Hartford Federated Church Board Chairman, Dale Hill, in welcoming Pastor Williamson said, “The congregation of Hartford Federated Church joyfully welcomes Ben and Keri Williamson and their children as they join the HFC family. We look forward with great excitement to reaching out to the surrounding area for Christ under Pastor Ben’s leadership. We are blessed by God with the addition of Ben and his family.”

Pastor Ben is interested in attending local events and wishes to expand use of the church property as a safe place where families can participate. When asked about his plans to connect with the community he said, “We are excited to be at Hartford Federated Church and looking forward to sharing the grace of God with the community of Hartford while faithfully teaching the truth of God’s Word: namely declaring Jesus to be the Son of God, ‘full of grace and truth.’ John 1:14”

NEW PASTOR… at Salem Lutheran Church, 275 Marvin Street in Colo-ma; Reverend Alex Hoffmeyer will be installed on Sunday, August 13 at 4:00 p.m. A potluck dinner honoring Pastor Alex and his wife, Leah, immediately follows the service.


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