of Creekside Church
and the former Elkhart City COB
1990 - 1996
Claassen resigned effective April 10, 1991 and Dorotha Fry and Charles
Stouder served as interim pastors from May 1991 to April 1992.
In July of 1991 the one-Sunday a month hymn sing began. Then in
September a men's octet was formed.
1991 restoration and cleaning of the painting at the front of the
sanctuary, "Christ in the Garden" painted in 1928 by church
member, Golda Moyer, was completed. The work was done by Joel Camp
of the Midwest Art Museum.
In January 1992
Church Council voted to call David Bibbee
as full-time pastor, beginning May 1992 as recommended by the Church
resigned as Preschool Director in 1991 and Paula Mumaw then took
her place. In March 1992 the Church Council voted to accept the
proposal of S.M.S. Construction of Middlebury to replace the flat
roof on the education wing with a new roof that would carry a 20-year
warranty at a cost of $13,233. The Sonshine Company was formed,
offering crafts and activities for children, alternating with children's
It was 100 years
ago, 1893, that the first Elkhart City church building was erected
and a new congregation was started. Centennial activities for the
year included a joint service with the mother church, Elkhart Valley;
a memorabilia room had items depicting the church's history; a new
picture directory, with 100-year history included was published;
a special program was held on the anniversary Sunday, October 3
with former pastors and wives as guests. Also, commemorative mugs,
T-shirts, and sweatshirts were sold through the year. The theme
for the year was "People with a past, a presence, a purpose!"
9, fifty-two persons who had been an important part of shaping the
100-year heritage were honored. They had been members of the Elkhart
City church for 50-75 years with a cumulative total of nearly 2,800
unanimous approval was given to hire Charles
Stouder as Minister of Visitation to work 8-10 hours a week
at a salary of $100 per month plus travel expenses; he continued
this ministry until 1996. The revised church constitution with job
descriptions was adopted; Council voted that the church participate
in and support the Stephen Ministries to supplement caregiving in
the church. The Dream Team was organized in November.
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