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MILESTONES, July 2013


Graduations
Thomas Reed

Congratulations, Thomas, on your graduation from Glasgow High School in Newark, Del. Thomas is a faithful Christian who attends Cedars Church of Christ in Wilmington, Del. He was a three-year varsity lacrosse defenseman and co-captain this past season. He was a member of marching, concert, jazz, steel drum bands and percussion ensemble. Thomas will be attending Messiah College in the fall on an academic scholarship.
His proud parents and brother are Boyd, Lisa and Ethan Reed.


Achievements

Anna Campbell

Vienna, W.Va. — Anna Campbell, a biochemistry senior at Ohio Valley University in Vienna, W.Va., was recently selected for the American Chemistry Society Regional Student Award for Best General/Organic Chemistry.
Anna’s professor, Dr. Stephen Opoku-Duah, nominated her for the award. Anna has earned a 4.0 GPA not only in chemistry, but in all her subjects at OVU.
Besides excelling in academics, she also serves as the captain of the girls’ soccer team.
Anna plans to further her study of science by applying for Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies programs.

Allen and Robin Dutton

Congratulations to Allen and Robin Dutton and their children, Tyler and Laura, who celebrated 20 years of mission work in Campinas, Brazil, on May 26.
When they arrived, there was one congregation of about 50. Today there are four churches with about 380 in attendance. Three church buildings have also been built.
Allen is an ophthalmologist/missionary who uses a medical clinic and theology classes to spread the gospel.

Birthdays
Dorothy Mullins Wesley — 103 years
Alfred Mullins — 93 years

A notable brother-sister duo recently celebrated birthdays. Mr. Alfred Mullins of Chicago turned 93 on May 23, and Mrs. Dorothy Mullins Wesley of Detroit turned 103 on May 3, 2013.
The Mullins family, originally from Tuscumbia, Ala, trace their Church of Christ roots to the end of slavery.
Their great-grandfather George Ricks became the first African-American Church of Christ minister in Alabama in 1865.
Brother Mullins was baptized in 1937 under the leadership of Brother Duel Gant at the Michigan Avenue Church of Christ in Chicago. In the intervening years, he has worshipped at the Stony Island and Chatham-Avalon Churches of Christ.
Sister Wesley obeyed the gospel in the 1920’s under the leadership of Brother Hannon. Eventually, she moved to Detroit, Mich., and is currently a member of the Conant Garden Church of Christ.

Anniversaries
Al and Mary Jolly — 65 years
Hilltop Lakes, Texas

Dear Mary,

When we were dating in 1947, “A-N-G-E-L spells Mary” was popular. I cherish the sentiment of that song because you have been my angel for 65 years, encouraging and helping me during my 57 years of preaching.
Before we married we promised to never consider divorce, and we never have. When I was converted and you were recommitted to Christ, we began our side-by-side walk with Jesus. Thank God, and we aren’t through yet!
Love, Al  

Keith and Carlene Renoud – 70 years
Barry, Ill.

On June 5, Keith and Carlene Renoud of Barry, Ill. celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of Carla (Gary) Furniss of Barry, Randall (Myrna) Renoud of Ottawa, Kan. and Ken D. (Dorothy) Renoud of Pleasant Hill, Ill. They have seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In the early 1950s, the Church of Christ met at their home before moving into the current building. Keith has held many positions in the church: led singing, preaching, bus driver, and currently an elder. Carlene owned a flower shop, yet was able to have several gospel preachers stay in their home. She is a member of Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Carlene held several office positions at the state and national level, and attended several conventions.

Ministry notes
 
FROM WOUNDED TO WONDERFUL

The Memorial Drive Church of Christ in Tulsa experienced healing from a thirty-six year wound on Memorial weekend. That many years ago Wayne Monroe was abruptly fired as a contest between him and the elders was turbulent. Too, thirty-six years from this Memorial weekend I was introduced as the new preacher on board.
Sunday morning Wayne and I preached in tandem — he from all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28) and I that our purpose from the cross is found in being wounded that others may be healed (1 Peter 2:21-25). He and I discussed how we had both injured and been injured. Because we are learners, it goes both ways in church life. When Shane Coffman and the worship team then sang “Heal Me,” it seemed that God did.
Healing takes place when we are focused upon Jesus. Indeed it did for Wayne, for this congregation and for me. Troubles teach. Maturity develops. Endurance inspires. Never quit.
— Terry Rush

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