The Annual Christmas Banquet was again at the China House Buffet- where they close the entire restaurant, allowing us to enjoy a great evening together. Pictured below is Pastor Stratton and Pastor Maloyed trying to entertain a few of the kids.
Our deepest sympathy to the Stoltzfus Family and the Beaver Springs Mission Church at the tragic loss of Gerald Stoltzfus.
Gerald Mark Stoltzfus, 31, of 1894 Middle Road, Middleburg, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 6:39 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in McClure, as a result of injuries sustained in an accident.
He was born July 6, 1982, in Lewistown, a son of Omar A. and Carolyn (Schmucker) Stoltzfus, of Beavertown. On Oct. 20, 2007, in Mifflinburg, he married the former Krista E. Burkholder, who survives.
Gerald was a member of the Beaver Springs Missions Church, where he was an usher and assisted with maintenance of the church. He will be missed by his church family for his hearty handshake, ready smile and his joy for life.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by: one son, Collin T. Stoltzfus; one daughter, Brooklyn G. Stoltzfus; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Jason and Allison Stoltzfus, of Penns Creek, LaVerne and Anne Stoltzfus, of Troxelville, and Preston Stoltzfus, of Beavertown; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Glenda and Merv King, of McAllisterville, and Jenny Stoltzfus, of Beavertown; and maternal grandparents, Vernon and Katie Schmucker, of Honduras.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Dan and Emma Stoltzfus.
Family and friends are welcome from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Beavertown God’s Missionary Church, 1653 Creek Road, Middleburg, where the funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. with Pastor Dan Shetler officiating.
Burial will be in the Beavertown God’s Missionary Church Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg.
A beautiful Nativity set has been donated to the church and is set up in our foyer just in time for Christmas!
Thanks to Jennifer Plank and Josh and Megan Carveth for assisting with hot chocolate and cookies at the annual Live Nativity on the Hertzler Farm. Over six hundred people went through the barn tonight, and they were served with our cookies and hot chocolate. Pastor Plank prayed with each group that went through the barn tonight.
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Terry Bitner. Terry was killed in a tragic automobile accident, leaving behind a grieving family. May God comfort all at this time of loss.
Terry Scott Bitner, 50, of 210 Second St., Belleville, died at 7:03 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.
He was born on July 25, 1963, in Lewistown, the son of Benny H. Bitner, of Siglerville, and the late Arlene J. (Brought) Bitner, who preceded him in death on March 26, 2011.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his siblings, Randy Bitner, of Yeagertown, Stephen Bitner, of Milroy, and Gregg Bitner and his wife, Lori, of Milroy.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Bohn Funeral Home, 55 N. Main St., Reedsville, with Pastors James Plank and Jeffrey Stratton officiating. The viewing will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Salem Cemetery, in Siglerville.
Thanks to Scott Norman, Tena Norman, Charlie Leitzel, Sue Leitzel and Lois Rine for their great work in decorating the church this year for Christmas!
A men’s ministry event this morning- It was announced that a Wild Game Dinner is coming in January! Exciting times!
The Penn View Bible Institute Choir and Orchestra ministered at BGMC tonight. We always enjoy the excellent music of the students.
In memory of Don Royer, his daughter Jennifer (herself a veteran of the war in Afghanistan) donated flags and poles to the church. On November 10th, just in time for Veteran’s Day, a special “Flag Raising Ceremony” was held in which the flags were officially flown for the first time. In honor of our Veteran’s in all branches of the military we raised the American flag. In honor of all of the Veteran’s of the Cross, we raised the Christian flag.
The Christian flag was raised by Jennifer Royer and her son, Jonathan. The American flag was raised by our last World War II combat vet, Mr. Richard Zechman. Prayer was given by Navy vet, Tom Soles. The pledge to the Christian flag was led by Army vet, Paul Zechman. The pledge to the American flag was led by Army vet, Richard “Abe” Kearns. Abe was a non-combat WWII vet who was personally acquainted with General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, having served in his personal security detail.
The flag poles were installed by Kevin Forney, with the assistance of Jason Snook, Jerry Snook, Paul Zechman, Boyd Day and David Walter.