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Cornerstone Bible Church Steinbach, Manitoba We are saddened to announce that


Pastor Jared Hiebert has resigned from his position as of the end of February His nine years as senior pastor has been a huge bless- ing to our people. He has lead us through many seasons, and has always done it with Bible in hand. His deep passion for being Bible-based, gospel-centered, and discipleship-focused for the glory of God has become our motto and is a huge part of the legacy he leaves behind. He has been a faithful preacher of God's Word, and we are so thankful for all that he has done here. He will be greatly missed, but we wish him and his wife Tanya God's richest blessing as they move on to whatever adventure he has for this next. Tank you Pastor Jared, we love you! Marsella Wiebe, Correspondent


Countryside Bible Church Meade, Kansas Chuck Finster, Pastor An approaching ice storm and snow-


storm forced us to combine morning and evening services on Dec. 13. Te children sang and presented the Christmas story through a video pantomime they had performed and recorded. Justin Powell, one of our members and


a local teacher, brought the message on Jan. 1. Our men began a study this year of Te Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer. We hosted the movie “War Room” as a community outreach with free popcorn and pop on Jan. 31. Elmer and Eunice Friesen celebrated


their 60th anniversary with a reception on December 6.


Mary Friesen, Correspondent


Grunthal EMB Church, Grunthal, Manitoba Our annual adult Christmas banquet


on Dec. 4 included singing carols and playing games. At our baby dedication on Dec. 13, six


sets of parents made it known that they wanted to train their children to love and


to serve God. Te congregation was sup- portive of these families in their decision. May the Lord bless these parents as they try to do God’s will in raising their children! Te Sunday school Christmas program


was held Christmas eve, with a large crowd attending to see their children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews have a part in the program. Te ladies of our church baked and dec-


orated 127 plates of cookies for the Caring Hands Food Bank Christmas hampers in Grunthal. It was an enjoyable evening, knowing that our efforts would help needy families in our community. Te FEBC International Directors meet-


ings were held here from Feb. 17-20. please pray for our Fellowship leaders as they seek to guide and strengthen our churches. Marilyn D. Tiessen, Correspondent


Richer Fellowship Church Richer, Manitoba Ben Funk, Pastor One by one we are relighting our candle


of enthusiasm to invite others to come and worship with us in this place we call “Te House of the Lord.” With this renewed optimism inside our church, we are notic- ing that the people in our community are seeing a change is in the wind. We are be- ginning to remarket ourselves as a place to fellowship in Richer. In January we hosted the movie “Te War Room” and extended an open invitation to the community to at- tend, and many did. Another movie night is being planned. Our journey through the book of


1 Peter on Sunday mornings has taught us what our responsibilities are to one another and to the community that surrounds us. We have just begun a study of Paul's letter to the Romans on Tursday evenings. Tis journey will help us to clearly identify our faith and securely put our roots down in the confidence of Jesus Christ. Aſter all, we are all ambassadors sent and empowered by the Holy Spirit as having the power of attorney to be like Christ and speak for him to those we rub shoulders with. Praise God. Pastor Ben Funk, Correspondent


Cornerstone's Jared Hiebert


Malphurs Group, will come to Omaha once a month between January and June, to meet with a group of 24 people who make up our Strategic Leadership Team. He will help us evaluate and plan in key areas like communication, community outreach, disciple-making, mobilization, location and facilities, staff and leadership development. Te planning process is only the beginning; the end result will be implementation teams working together, all focused on a common vision.


Hodgson Bible Church Hodgson, Manitoba For our annual Hunter Sunday, hunters


from our congregation decorated the church and prepared a potluck which included dishes of moose, bear, deer, goose and elk and other game. Jarmo, who joined our church in


January, told us how as a fourteen-year- old, he snuck into the last seat in the last row of the Saalem Church in Helsinki, Finland, hoping that none of his friends


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Community Bible Church Omaha, Nebraska Charles Tschetter, Pastor Community Bible Church, Omaha, has


begun a strategic planning process using Te Malphurs Group out of Dallas, Texas. Dr. Aubrey Malphurs, a professor at Dallas Teological Seminary and president of Te


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