Panther Creek Church of the Brethren

Continuing the Work of Jesus . . . Peacefully, Simply, Together.



April 2010                                                                                                                                            Vol. 46, No. 4

Holy Week Lasts Seven Days


One hundred forty.  Is that:

a)      the current number of hymnals in the Panther Creek sanctuary and narthex

b)      the number of M&M’s in a one-pound bag of plain M&M’s

c)      the number of days remaining until the next Sweet Corn Festival Parade


If you guessed “c”, you guessed correctly.  There are only 140 days left until the 31st Annual Adel Sweet Corn Festival Parade.  Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday has often been characterized as a parade in both the 20th and 21st-centuries.  No, there weren’t any clowns or marching bands or antique tractors when Jesus entered the holy city of Jerusalem.  But there was a large crowd gathered along the road as Jesus and his disciples entered Jerusalem on that very first Palm Sunday.  I don’t know if they waved or clapped their hands the way the Sweet Corn Festival Parade crowd does, but I do know they shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:9)


By the end of the week, the palm branches had dried up and blown away…the parade was over, and the crowd had turned against Jesus.  In Mark 15:12-15, you will find these words: “Pilate spoke to the crowd, ‘Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?’  They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’  Pilate asked them, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’  But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him!’  So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.


Our temptation during the last days of Lent is to simply skip from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to his victorious resurrection on Easter Sunday.  By doing that, we don’t have to deal with the sinful or broken aspects of Holy Week – Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus, the disciples’ abandonment of Jesus, the scourging of Jesus, and his suffering and death on the cross.


But the calendar doesn’t work that way – you cannot get from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without going through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Silent Saturday.  I don’t want to “rain on your parade”, and I certainly don’t want to hinder your celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter morning.  I just don’t want you to forget about everything Jesus experienced between Palm Sunday and Easter.  After all, he didn’t forget about you during Holy Week!


Our “worship-filled” week will begin with our children and youth carrying palm branches to the front of the sanctuary on Palm Sunday while the Panther Creek Vocal Choir sings three selections from “He’s Alive Forever” created by Deborah Craig-Claar and Robert Sterling.  All Panther Creek children and youth are encouraged to gather in the Youth Room at 10:20 a.m. on Sunday, March 28 to receive palm branches and instructions. 


On Maundy Thursday (April 1), you are invited to participate in “The Love Feast: A Celebration of our Lord’s Last Supper.”  (In case you are wondering, “Maundy” is derived from “mandatum”, the Latin word for “commandment.”  The Thursday before Easter is named “Maundy Thursday” because of the command Christ gave his followers at the Last Supper, according to John 13:34 – “A new command I give you: love one another.”)      


During the Love Feast, we will re-enact the events from the Last Supper as recorded in John 13.  This worship service will begin in the sanctuary with a time of reflection, self-examination and prayer.  We will then move downstairs for feetwashing (or handwashing), an agape meal (traditional 1st-century meal), and Holy Communion.  If you are unable or reluctant to wash feet or have your own feet washed, you are welcome to sit at one of the handwashing tables or simply leave your shoes and socks on and observe the feetwashing service.  If you’ve never attended a Love Feast before and have some questions, please talk to me or one of our deacons (Joe Berg & Sandy Trent, Ells Cackler, Dave & Linda Lantz, Harold & JoAnn Mack, Carl & Jennie Reiste, Karen Smith, Ed & Sue Swinger, Alan & Roxanne Wicks, Grace Berkenbosch – emeritus, Lowell Marshall – emeritus, Richard Reiste – emeritus, Dale & Ruth Wicks – emeritus, Eva York – emeritus).


At 7:00 p.m. on Good Friday (April 2), I will be one of the speakers at an Ecumenical Good Friday Service at the Dallas Center Church of the Brethren.  Sandra Marshall will sing a solo during the Good Friday service.  I hope you will join us to worship the Lord on Good Friday with other Christians from central Dallas County.


At 7:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday (April 4), we will have a “Sonrise” worship service at 7 a.m., an Easter breakfast served by the Panther Creek Youth at 7:45 a.m., a viewing of the video “Stations of the Resurrection” at 9:15 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m., a Jellybean Jubilee (Easter Egg hunt) for the children coordinated by PCY after the 10:30 a.m. worship service, and a potluck for those who would like to eat their Easter dinner with their church family.  Alan & Denise Oneal will sing a duet during the “Sonrise” service and the Handbell Choir and Vocal Choir will share special music during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  The Junior Youth will present a drama toward the end of the 10:30 a.m. worship service. 


I hope you will spend some time each day of Holy Week prayerfully considering what Jesus went through during the days leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection.  May God bless you with a deeper appreciation of the greatness of his gift!


Happy Easter!

Dave Kerkove



Upcoming Worship


April 1                                    “The Foolishness of God”                                                      1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Maundy Thursday Love Feast in the Panther Creek Fellowship Hall


April 4                                    What Are You Carrying On Your Cross?”                        Mark 8:31-36; 15:21-32

“Sonrise” Service


April 4                                    “How Does Grass Become Wool?”                                                Matthew 28:1-10



April 11                                  “The Parable of the Pouting Son”                                                Luke 15:1-3, 11-32


April 18                                  “What Do Sheep Eat?”                                                                          John 21:1-19


April 25                                  “I Don’t Like Raisins!”                                                                          John 15:1-11


May 1                                     Guest Speaker





 1 -       Roger Bever

 5 -       Mark Heefner

 7 -       Burke Emmert

            Brock Emmert

            Nathan Fritz

 8 -       Jana Heefner

            Bob Davis

            Donna Davis

11 -      Grace Berkenbosch

            Jim Mack

            Kathy Mack

13 -      Christy Berkenbosch

14 -      Rachel Hoy

15 -      Lowell Snyder

            Caleb Kerkove

16 -      Colton Reiste

18 -      Karin Kliewer

            David Garoutte

            Joel Prazak  

23 -      Pam Broyles

            Elinor Heisey

            Shane Boots

            George Reiste

24 -      Leah Thill

25 -      Nick Dawes

26 -      Brenda Wicks

            Verlan Miller

27 -      Marilyn Stine

28 -      Rowdy Dymond

            Sophia Schrock

30 -      Sarah Miller

            Rhylan Stine-Smith



1 -        Bob & Doreen Davis

8 -        Jeff & Patty Harker

13 -      Brock & Presha Emmert

19 -      Larry & Deloris Davis



Thank you to Grace Berkenbosch, Dorothy Broyles, Ardie Carrico, Marilyn Hoy, Dave & Linda Lantz, Denise Moses, and Marilyn Stine for helping put together the March Portal and the 2010 Directory/Yearbook.                       Doris Henderson




Thank you everyone for your prayers, cards, visits and delicious meals. We greatly appreciate all your love and support. I have all my cards displayed on a library table in the living room and when my daughter, Amy, came over she was amazed at how many there were and said, “I don’t even think I have that many friends!” I told her that most of them came from my church family. What a wonderful feeling to know that so many do care and love us.

                          God Bless You All, Roxanne Wicks


Text Box: Our Prayers . . .
Casey Brondum	Bill & Dorothy Broyles
Kay Kimpston-Burkgren	Ardie Carrico
Jack Couture	Bob Davis
Nathan Fritz	Paul Gomis
John Grow	Chancey Hawbaker                                  
Marilyn Hoy                                          Denise Moses	
Jeanie Prazak	Jeanne Putman
Amber Reid	Carl Reiste
Jeanette Reiste	Harold Smith
Brandon Snyder	Mable Snyder
Tuffy Swallow	Ruth Wagoner
Roxanne Wicks	Eva York                                      
Phyllis York

Class News

Pathfinders will meet on Saturday, April 10th, at 6:30pm in the fellowship hall. Rod & Reba Armstrong and Peter & Sandra Marshall will serve as hosts. Meat and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert and table service.


Bereans will not meet this month.


Women’s Fellowship

Women’s Fellowship will meet on Thursday, April 1st at 9am. Please bring a sack lunch. On Thursday, April 15th, Helen Dawes and Lola Knoll will serve as hostesses for a Lasagna Dinner. On Thursday, April 29th, please bring a sack lunch. Bible Study will be held at 11am on each meeting day.


Directory Update

Gilmer, David*                                   515-897-4972


Thill, Marvin & Betty                          815-947-3197

521 Eugene St.,  Stockton, IL  61085


Spring Clean-Up

All Panther Creek members and friends are invited to a SPRING CLEAN-UP on Saturday, April 10 at 9am (rain date: April 17). Please bring paint brushes, hedge trimmers, rakes, chain saws, and gloves.  If you have any questions, please contact Norman Stine at 993-4043.




Panther Creek Church of the Brethren

Hamballs, Handbells & Harmony!


Sunday, April 25


10:30 a.m. – Worship

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Hamball Dinner (freewill donation)

1:15 p.m. – Handbell & Harmony Concert


Handbell Selections: My Favorite Things (Sound of Music); How Majestic Is Your Name; Song of the Wind; Siyahamba (African Freedom Song); Hymn of Promise (In the Bulb);

Rondo Festivo; Blessed Assurance;

My Favorite Things (reprise)


Harmony Selections: Fall on Me;

May the Peace of the Lord;

It Is Well with My Soul; Halle, Halle, Halle


Invite your friends, neighbors, and family

 to join us in thanking God

for blessing us with 25 years

 of handbell music!



Stover Memorial Music Festival


The 2010 Stover Memorial Music Festival has been scheduled for Sunday, May 2 at 4 p.m. at the Stover Memorial Church of the Brethren in Des Moines.  The festival will include congregational singing and special numbers from central Iowa Church of the Brethren vocal choirs, musical ensembles and soloists.  The Music Festival will conclude with a fellowship meal; all those who attend are asked to bring sandwiches or a salad to share.  Table service and drinks will be provided.




April 25th Special Offering: Brethren Disaster Ministries


On the last Sunday of April, you are invited to make a gift to support Brethren Disaster Ministries, a program that provides volunteers to clean up debris and to repair or rebuild homes for disaster survivors who lack sufficient resources to hire a contractor or other paid labor.  The presence of these volunteer work teams helps to ease the trauma that is felt in the aftermath of a disaster. 


Through Children’s Disaster Services, Brethren Disaster Ministries has been meeting the needs of children by setting up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers across the nation.  Specially trained to respond to traumatized children, volunteers provide a calm, safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by tornados, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and any other natural or human caused disaster.


On April 25, you are invited to place your financial gift for Brethren Disaster Ministries in the wicker basket that will pass through your pew during the offertory.  If you choose to write a check, please make it out to the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren and write “Brethren Disaster Ministries” on the memo line of your check.








7 am                “Sonrise” Service

7:45 am           The Panther Creek Youth will serve breakfast following the “Sonrise” Service.  All proceeds

from the free will offering will be used for the 2010 or 2014 National Youth Conference.

9:15 am           Sunday School for all ages in the sanctuary (“Stations of the Resurrection”)

10:30 am         Easter Worship Service

11:45 am         Jellybean Jubilee, sponsored by the Panther Creek Youth

11:45 am         All Church Potluck


During the Sunday school hour on Easter Sunday morning, you are invited to gather in the fellowship hall to view the video “Stations of the Resurrection” by Paul Grout, 2010 RYC speaker & former Annual Conference moderator.  The video will be shown on the big screen in the sanctuary.  Here is a brief description of the video: “The Roman Catholic tradition depicts Jesus’ walk to the cross, crucifixion and death through 14 ‘Stations of the Cross.’  Paul Grout seeks to interpret the salvation message through 19 painting-constructions entitled ‘Stations of the Resurrection.’  Beginning with Jesus setting His face to go to Jerusalem, the depictions continue from the time Jesus enters Jerusalem through His death, resurrection and ascension.   



Thank You to the Following Individuals and Families Who Purchased Easter Lilies to decorate the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday


In memory of Velma Garrett (Marylin Reynolds, Peg Kelly, Lowell Garrett, Deloris Marshall & Harold Garrett)


In memory of Alma & Laverne Spearing, Ruby & Fred York (Carroll & Phyllis York)


In memory of Everett & LuAnn Myers (Eleanor Myers)                                                              


In memory of Jack & Anna Button, Carl & Elva Myers (Eleanor Myers)                                  


In memory of Beth & Ira Stine (Norman & Marilyn Stine)                                    


In memory of Dr. Harold & Dr. Bill Banwart, Bette Banwart (Lois Banwart)              


In memory of Cherie S. Pollock (Elwyn Pollock, Dana Booge, Rita Pollock)                               


In memory of Inga Cackler (Ells Cackler, Sue Swinger & family)                                    


In memory of Wendell Hunt (George & Charlotte Hunt)                                                   


In memory of Walter & Wilma Kliewer (Roy & Karin Kliewer)                          


In memory of Velma Garrett (Lowell & Stacy Garrett)                             


In memory of Beryl Berkenbosch (Beryl Berkenbosch family)                                         


In memory of Tim Messamer (Darlene Messamer)                                                             


In memory of Robbin Hackbart, Josh Hackbart & in honor of Louie Hackbart (Pat Hackbart)


In memory of Ruby Wicks (Lowell & Helen Dawes)                                                                     


In memory of Bill Gilmer (Dave Gilmer)                                                                


In honor of Francis & Helen Kerkove, Leroy & Connie Hull (Caleb & Joshua Kerkove)


In memory of Roland Dion (Kris & Michelle Marshall)


McPherson College Choir Concert at Panther Creek

7:30 p.m.  ~  Friday, April 16


The Panther Creek Church of the Brethren will present the McPherson College Choir in concert on Friday, April 16.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the College Choir and the McPherson College Singers, the college’s select vocal ensemble.


This program is built around two stories; the first story is a soldier’s life and the love that is cut short.  The soldier’s story features works such as “Sweet William” and “Last Letter Home,” by American composer Lee Hoiby.  The second story traces a relationship from start to end and features compositions which embrace the wonderful and bittersweet moments in love, but also some that show the more humorous aspects of living with someone.  To tell the story of a love that lasted, the choir is performing works that range from “Der Gang Zum Liebchen,” by Brahms, “I Wished to be Single Again,” arr., by Ricketts, to “The Coolin,’” by Samuel Barber.  The McPherson College Singers will function in these stories, but they will also perform Benjamin Britten’s challenging a capella cycle “Choral Dances from Gloriana.”  The sacred portion of this program will be spaced evenly throughout the performance and will include works by Copland and Gjeilo as well as a very new arrangement of “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” by American composer Tom Shelton.


The McPherson College Choir tours annually.  This year’s tour takes singers to northeast Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, where students will perform for college alumni and friends of the college at various churches.  The McPherson College A Capella Choir made its debut under Dr. Alvin “Cheesy” Voran on February 8, 1933.  The new singing group was formed to expand the exposure of the college in the city and surrounding area through travel and concerts.  Nevin Fisher and Donald Frederick continued to build the choral tradition, touring yearly, with the exception of the World War II years.  Under the baton of later directors the choir sings a more diverse repertoire of accompanied and a capella music.


The McPherson College Choir is directed by James Keith, visiting professor of music, and accompanied by Amanda Keith.  A free will offering will be taken to help support the expenses of the tour.


The Panther Creek Church of the Brethren will be responsible for feeding them supper at 6pm on April 16, serving punch & cookies after the concert in the fellowship hall, housing the students & advisors overnight (approximately 63 students & advisors), and providing breakfast on April 17 (in the homes of host families or individuals).  Please sign your name on the sign-up sheet located on the table in the narthex or call the church office if you can help host our Brethren college singers and advisors. 



Wedding Shower

Everyone is invited to a wedding shower honoring Ben Swinger and Jenna Matson on Saturday, May 22, at 3:30pm in the Panther Creek fellowship hall. They are registered at:

                        Name:                          Jenna Matson

                        State:                           Kansas

                        Wedding Date:           June 2010


  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond
    • Registry number: 11471195



2010 Camp Pine Lake Schedule


Man vs. Nature River Weekend                     5 p.m., May 14 – Noon, May 16                             $35


Young Adult Get-Together                            5 p.m., June 25 – Noon, June 27                             $35


Junior Youth (Grades 6-8)                              10 a.m., July 12 – 10 a.m., July 16                          $185                   


Primary Overnight (Grades K-2)                    4 p.m., July 23 – 4 p.m., July 24                             $40 per person


Senior Youth (Grades 9-12)                           10 a.m., July 27 – 10 a.m., July 31                          $215


Middler (Grades 3-5)                                      10 a.m., August 2 – 10 a.m., August 6                   $185


All Ages                                                          10 a.m., Sept. 4 – 10 a.m., Sept. 6                          Freewill offering


Half of the registration fee for all Panther Creek CoB children and youth will be paid by the Panther Creek church budget.  If it is your first time as a camper at Camp Pine Lake, the camp will waive the other half of the registration fee.  Need based partial or full scholarships are available.  Please contact Camp Pine Lake for details: (641) 939-5334 or  Children attending primary overnight camp must be accompanied by an adult.  Late fees apply for those who register after May 15th.  Please contact the church office or Sue Kimpston if you would like a registration form or if you have any questions about Camp Pine Lake.



Matt and Betsy Kuecker, Camp Pine Lake managers, are excited to announce the arrival and adoption of their son Aiden Lee, born February 18, 2010 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Aiden weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 22 inches long at birth.  Aiden’s grandparents are Tim and Cindy Kane (Prairie City Church of the Brethren), Dan and Julie Kuecker (Prairie City Church of the Brethren) and Dub and Pam St. John.  Panther Creek’s Women’s Fellowship sent Aiden a baby blanket on behalf of the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren. 


Paint at Camp Pine Lake = MONEY for NYC 

Northern Plains District youth, their families and friends are invited to help Camp Pine Lake paint hail damaged cabins and earn money to fund their trip to NYC in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  Anyone who shows up to paint and support the youth on Saturday, April 17 will be “paid” hourly for their work.  Camp Pine Lake is open to stay overnight if needed.  Youth must be accompanied by a sponsor.  All proceeds will be paid to the Northern Plains District NYC fund.  Please email or call (641) 939-5334 with questions or to RSVP.  Lunch will be provided.  Start Time: 8 a.m.  End Time: 5 p.m.


DATE CHANGE: Camp Pine Lake Work Day – Saturday, May 8

Come help Camp Pine Lake get ready for the season!  The work will be a combination of spring cleaning and work projects.  You are welcome to come for an hour or stay all day.  Camp Pine Lake is open to stay overnight if needed.  Please email or call (641) 939-5334 with questions or to RSVP.  Lunch will be provided.  Start Time: 8 a.m.  End Time: 5 p.m. 




Text Box: Have you noticed the recent change that has been made to the front page of the Portal? Please let the office know if you noticed the change. If you haven’t notice the change, the answer will be published in next month’s Portal.



Cedar Rapids Disaster Response Project


Brethren Disaster Ministries and the Northern Plains District are seeking volunteers to participate in an “Ecumenical Blitz Build” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from April 11-May 21, 2010 to help repair/rebuild homes that were damaged by the flooding of 2008.  At least 10 Church of the Brethren volunteers are being sought for each of the six weeks.  Partial weeks or even day commitments can also be arranged.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate.  To help with travel expenses to Cedar Rapids, funds are available from the Northern Plains District’s Disaster Response Fund.  All skill levels are welcome – there will be plenty of work for everyone!


Please contact Alan & Denise Oneal, Church of the Brethren coordinators for the Cedar Rapids Disaster Response Project, or Dick Williams, Northern Plains District Disaster Coordinator, if you are interested in volunteering.  Alan & Denise can be reached at, or 993-3411.  Dick can be reached at or 641-667-3862.  You are also encouraged to fill out a volunteer skills assessment form which can be found on the table in the Panther Creek narthex and return it to the church office, a member of the Panther Creek Gifts Ministry Team or Alan Oneal.  


Church of the Brethren volunteers will be housed in the Cedar Rapids Baptist/Brethren church building where there will be sleeping quarters, showers, and a kitchen.  Morning and evening meals will be served at the church building and sack lunches will be provided for the noon meal.  Church of the Brethren volunteers will be mixed with volunteers from other denominations during the workday.  You also do not need to be a Church of the Brethren member to volunteer – friends, family members and neighbors are welcome, too!



Church of the Brethren Prayer Calendar


Week of March 28:   Spend some quiet time with God, and listen for what God’s Spirit may still be trying to teach you as you continue along the journey of faith.


Week of April 4:        As we celebrate Easter, pray for new life in Christ to come to all those around the world who are seeking answers.  Pray, too, for those who are carrying that word to places near and far.


Week of April 11:      Pray for Brethren in Nigeria who have faced violence in their own backyards and for Brethren in India and Brazil who are finding unique ways to live out their heritage in their particular settings and cultures.


Week of April 18:      Be in prayer for this week’s Cross-Cultural Consultation and Celebration in Pennsylvania, and thank God for the diversity that enriches our church.


Week of April 25:      Pray for the Dominican Republic and Haiti, two nations that share the island of Hispaniola.  Hold in prayer the communities in both nations that have been affected in various ways by January’s earthquake and consider what you can do to help.







Haiti Earthquake Response Continues

The Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren met on March 12-16 at the church’s General Offices in Elgin, Illinois.  Reports to the Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren included a review of the work of Brethren Disaster Ministries with Eglise des Freres Haitiens (Haitian Church of the Brethren) following the earthquake in Haiti.  Roy Winter, executive director of Brethren Disaster Ministries, and Jeff Boshart, coordinator of the church's disaster response in Haiti, reported to the board.  Both participated in an assessment trip to Haiti in late January.


The earthquake response has built on a Brethren program started following the four hurricanes and tropical storms that hit the island in 2008.  "Without all this in place, we couldn't be doing earthquake response this quickly or effectively," Winter said.  He reported that the death toll from the earthquake now stands at around 230,000, but that the final number is expected to be close to 300,000 people killed in and around the city of  Port-au-Prince.  Up to 1.2 million Haitians are homeless.


The National Committee of Eglise des Freres Haitiens has officially invited Brethren Disaster Ministries to continue working in Haiti, Boshart reported.  The invitation was included in the minutes of the group's February meeting.  "It was a statement of affirmation, for sure," Boshart said, but added that it was a reminder of the fact that the program is working with an independent denomination in Haiti.


"We need to keep those relationships solid," he told the board as he reviewed the way the earthquake response is being organized and led.  The Haitian and US churches are intentionally working together in assessment and planning, he said.  Coordination for the effort is coming from Brethren Disaster Ministries in the United States,
Haitian church leaders are carrying out the on-the-ground relief work, and the Church of the Brethren is providing funding through its Emergency Disaster Fund.


The earthquake response includes support for feeding programs at six locations in Port-au-Prince: a daily hot meal for children at a school in Port-au-Prince, through which about 20,000 meals have been served Winter said; a feeding program through the Kids Club of the Delmas Church of the Brethren; feeding programs for the church communities and neighborhoods around the three Port-au-Prince congregations at Marin, Delmas, and Croix des Bouquets; and a feeding program for children at the Vine Ministry Church, which has Brethren connections.

Another part of the response is the building of temporary shelters primarily for Haitian Brethren families – "effectively a plywood shed with a tin roof" in Winter's description – with the first families moving in this past weekend.  A short-term medical delegation will be offering five clinics in Port-au-Prince next week at the Brethren church sites.  There are plans for donations of canned chicken by Southern Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic Districts, with canning to take place in April.  Brethren Disaster Ministries is helping support a program to aid Haitian refugees in New York, located at Haitian First Church of New York.


Through grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund, the Church of the Brethren is providing support for the wider ecumenical effort of Church World Service (CWS) and ACT International in Haiti.  There also
is work going on to connect with some of the other mission efforts in Haiti that are not denominational in scope but have support from congregations or districts of the Church of the Brethren.


A final element of the response is the collection of Family Household Kits for Haiti.  These kits will help homeless families rebuild their lives, and are a new type of kit created primarily for Haitian Brethren families.  The kits "have really caught on across the denomination," Winter told the board.  Members of the Mission and Ministry Board signed letters of support and encouragement to Eglise des Freres Haitiens in Haiti, and to the Haitian Brethren congregations in the Unites States.  (From the March 19, 2010 Church of the Brethren Newsline Special, produced by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of news services for the Church of the Brethren)


New Disaster Rebuilding Site in America Samoa


Brethren Disaster Ministries staff announced a new project site in American Samoa, following an earthquake and tsunami in September 2009.  The Church of the Brethren has been invited to help rebuild homes on American Samoa by FEMA and the American Samoa VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster).  Working with the United Church of Christ and the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Brethren Disaster Ministries will be the lead organization for the project and will coordinate and manage the construction.

The project will offer skilled assistance in disaster rebuilding, while also helping with the high unemployment rate on the island by having local apprentices from a government-funded program work with rotating teams of skilled volunteers selected by the three church organizations.  The first team of disaster volunteers from the United States will travel to American Samoa on March 28, 2010.  (From the March 19, 2010 Church of the Brethren Newsline Special, produced by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of news services for the Church of the Brethren)






Northern Plains District Prayer Calendar


The Northern Plains District Nurture Commission encourages all of us to participate in prayer for one another, as we are admonished to do in scripture.  If you would like, you may drop them a note of encouragement during the week you are praying for them.


Week                          Pray for this church                                            This church will be praying for us

March 28 – April 3      Lewiston Church of the Brethren                         South Waterloo Church of the Brethren

                                    (25335 County Rd. 25, Lewiston, MN 55952)


April 4-10                    Libertyville Church of the Brethren                     Sheldon Church of the Brethren

                                    (1425 230th St., Batavia, IA 52533)                    


April 11-17                  Living Peace Church of the Brethren Project      Salem Church of the Brethren

                                    (921 28th St., Sioux City, IA 51104)                    (north of Lenox, IA)


April 18-24                  Monroe County Church of the Brethren              Root River Church of the Brethren

                                    (150 Maple Dr. #1, Albia, IA 52531)                   (east of Greenleafton, MN)



April 25 – May 1         Mount Etna Church of the Brethren                     Robins Church of the Brethren

                                    (1953 160th St., Corning, IA 50841)  





ADEL, IOWA 50003


24529 J AVENUE

ADEL, IOWA  50003



Mailed: 03/26/2010





























Text Box: The Panther Portal is a ministry of Panther Creek Church of the Brethren, 24529 J Avenue,  Adel IA.
Published monthly on the Thursday before the last Sunday. Articles due the preceding Sunday. 
Doris Henderson, Secretary		David Kerkove, Pastor
Office (515)993-4096, e-mail
Deacons Chair:	 	Ed Swinger			
Leadership Team: 	Roxanne Wicks, Norman Stine, Alan Oneal, Dan Heefner, Bob Gilmer, Denise Oneal,
Reba Armstrong, Donna Emmert, Roger Emmert, Sandy Trent, Jana Heefner, 
Pastor Dave, Ed Swinger  
Gifts Ministry Team:	Jana Heefner, Roxanne Wicks, Bob Gilmer, Denise Oneal, Pastor Dave
Pastoral Relations:	Leanna Stine-Smith,	Ells Cackler,	Ivan Knoll
Stewardship Team:	Norman Stine,	Alan Oneal
Worship Team:		Donna Emmert, Denise Oneal, Deloris Marshall, Bob Gilmer, Karin Kliewer, Audrey Reiste
Clerk:			Roxanne Wicks		Treasurer:	Dan Heefner
Financial Secretary:	Sharon Garoutte		Assistants:	Deloris Marshall, Stacy Garrett
C.E. Team:		Tammy Kerkove, Pastor Dave, Denise Oneal, Audrey Reiste, Susan Mack Overla, 
			Kris Marshall
Celebration Com.:	Stacy Garrett,		Kerry Dittert,		Sandy Trent
All Church Events:	Peg Dawes,		Wendy Glenn
Junior Youth:		Denise Oneal,		Tammy Kerkove
Panther Creek Youth:	Kris & Michelle Marshall, Sue Swinger, Pastor Dave