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"I was glad when
they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD"(Psalm
*Index for this
Farewell to Gertrude Kormos,
Beloved Member, Claude
Powell, called Home
Beloved Member, Ruby
Smith called Home
Elizabeth Conn called Home
Attendee, Diane Nickson called Home
Dean and Loretta Russell
Moving to Florida
Pastor Appreciation Day
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The Months of January and February have had us snow-bound because
road conditions were too bad for our folks to be driving to church.
We had to dismiss a few services due to the extreme cold and snow.
We Bid Our Beloved Sister
potluck dinner was served in Sister Gertrude's honor after morning
worship service. We had a time of fellowship to honor Sister
Gertrude before she left us for her new home. She will be
greatly missed. We look forward to her visits when can come
back and be with us.
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On April 28, 2014, we had a "going home" celebration for our
dear brother in the Lord, Claude Eugene Powell. Claude’s son
read from Claude’s journal sharing humorous and serious events
of Claude’s life.
Pastor Jerry conducted the funeral. Sister Lorinda sang while
church musicians provided the music, and Pastor Jerry led the
congregation in singing songs Claude loved.
church was filled to capacity with family and friends who had
come to show their last respect to this man who was loved by
Claude had a way about him that wherever he was, he was able
to make lasting friendships, whether he was someone's neighbor
or if he were shopping at Home Depot.
and his wife Geneva had been neighbors of Pastor Jerry and
Sister Lorinda over 45 years ago. They had only seen each
other a few times since then.
Claude came to church with his two sisters, Mildred and Alma.
After attending a few services he eventually gave his heart to
the Lord. He was always a happy person, but after he became a
Christian, it seemed his smile just radiated. He would always
make the comment that his sisters brought him over there at
the church and dropped him off.
Claude and Geneva both became two of
Faith Tabernacle's most faithful members. We will miss his
silly grin, his rolls of bologna, his bass singing voice, but
most of all we will miss hearing his testimony of how Jesus
saved his soul.
thoughts and prayers continue for his precious family that
they will find comfort and strength in the days ahead.
Date of birth -
March 6, 1933
Place of birth
- Barbourville Ky.
Passed away -
April 24, 2014
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empty pew reminds us of his absence and makes us sad, but we
rejoice when we remember he is enjoying his Savior's
presence where no tears will dim the eye.
seeing you, Brother Claude!"
Sister Ruby Smith and Sister Elizabeth Conn
We lost two
other dear members this year also, Sister Ruby Smith and Sister
This picture was
taken a couple of years ago at our Mother's Day Service.
Sister Ruby Smith
Smith, 96, of Lincoln Park, Michigan died on Wednesday, August 6,
2014 at here home. She was born Saturday, March 9, 1918 in
Middlesboro, Kentucky to the late Joseph and Cora Stewart. She moved
to this area and married Edward Smith. Together they raised 3
daughters. She worked for 41 years for Guardian Glass.
Ruby always liked going to church, listening to gospel music and
going to gospel concerts. Her favorite song was "How Great
Thou Art." She is survived by her daughter, Joan D. Raines,
four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 2
funeral was held at R. J. Nixon Funeral Home in Wyandotte, Michigan.
Her pastor, Rev. Gerry P. Grubbs conducted the funeral.
Sister Ruby will
be sorely missed! She always had a hug and a smile for
everyone before she left church and rarely missed a Sunday as long
as she was able to go.
Sister Elizabeth Conn
Sister Conn was
born August 17, 1929 and went to meet Jesus near His birthday
celebration date, December 23, 2014. Her funeral was held at
Michigan Memorial Funeral Home in Huron Twp on Saturday, December
27; interment at Michigan Memorial Park.
Our (and her)
pastor, Rev. Jerry P. Grubbs conducted the funeral.
Sister Conn was
the preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Conn. She was the
mother of Deborah (George) Blue, Burl Conn, Sandra (Christopher)
Dooley, Ervin (Claudia) Conn Jr., Jeffrey (Lauria) Conn. She
was the grandmother of 17, great-grandmother of 23,
great-great-grandmother of 1.
She is survived
by two brothers and one sister and preceded in death by seven
brothers and five sisters.
She will be
sorely missed at Faith Tabernacle where she freely and often
expressed her love for her Savior and looked forward to being with
Him in Heaven.
congregation met at the church on Sunday night, December 21; and
after a song and prayer, we loaded up in vans and went to the
nursing home to visit Sister Conn. We had prayer with her and
sang some hymns. In spite of heavy medication for pain, Sister
Conn joined us in the singing. Individuals stopped by her
bedside and spoke words of love and encouragement and then we left.
That was the last time any of the church saw her alive. We
were so thankful that the pastor had the insight and sensitivity to
suggest visiting Sister Conn instead of our regular Sunday evening
We noticed that
Sister Diane Nickson had missed a few services and called to check
on her. We received the sad news that Diane had passed away
just a few days prior to our call. She had not taken
membership with us "on the books," but she was very faithful in her
attendance and support and was loved by our congregation.
Diane was the only person from her family who attended our church,
so we have no personal information for her. We did learn that
she died suddenly, apparently of a heart attack. She will be
sorely missed when see her empty pew!
All ladies in
our congregation were acknowledged and each received a "goodies bag"
from the church.
All the men
in our congregation were acknowledged and each received a "goodies
bag" from the church.
So Long to Dean and Loretta Russell
folks have been saddened again because a beloved couple, Dean and
Loretta Russell, are moving to Florida! They have been such a
blessing to Faith Tabernacle with their faithful presence and
support. They will surely be greatly missed. We wish
them a smooth transition and a happy time in the sunshine state, and
we will be looking forward to visits in the future when they are in
had a "potluck"social after church Sunday night, July 6 in their
you, Dean and Loretta!
Pastor Appreciation Day
and Sister Lorinda appreciate all the folks who attended Pastor
Appreciation Day activities. The church was blessed by Rev.
Jay Walden's timely sermon and the music and singing of Bro. Walden
and his wife Tammy. After service, a time of food and
fellowship was held in the fellowship hall. Little precocious
three-year-old Charity Walden entertained us with her very "adult"
conversations as she visited tables like an old "pro."
and Sister Lorinda also appreciate all the gifts and affirmations of
members and friends.
"Thank You" to everyone who brought food. Many compliments
were handed out for the delicious food all enjoyed with lots to
spare for "doggie bags." A special "Thank You" to Karen Jacobs
who coordinated all the aspects of the day. As always, she
demonstrated her unique talents to put things together for a smooth
operation of events.
Jerry's message, Brother Gerald Jacobs called him and Sister Lorinda
to the podium and presented them with a card and gift from the
church in appreciation of their loving service to our congregation.
Afterward, the staff was asked to come to the front to be recognized
and received cards and gifts for their service this past year.
Jacobs then asked the youth team to come to the front to be
recognized also and were presented with flowers and gifts.
congregation then received "goodie bags" of fruit, nuts and candy.