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Fellowship of Wesley Chapel plans Mission's Trip PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:16

Senior High Youth Group(The Senior High Youth Group of the Fellowship of Wesley Chapel is raising money to go on a mission’s trip this month. They will be involved in general home improvement projects for low income residents.)

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The Fellowship of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Senior High Youth Group is planning to go on a mission’s trip to Port Jervis, New York, in June.
The Wesley Chapel group consists of nine teenagers and four chaperones, according to Christine Hambrock, the Wesley Chapel Senior High Youth Leader.  The youth group – which consists of freshmen through seniors from Carroll High School, Churubusco High School and North Side High School in Fort Wayne, include the following individuals:
Alissa Edsall, Corinne Hobbs, Lisa Speakman, Cody Thomas, Haleigh Gross, Olivia Huelsenbeck, Blake Gross, Coty Fett, and AJ Thomas. The youth leaders include: Chris Hambrock, Kelly Gross, Bobby Hambrock and Wesley Chapel Local Lay Pastor Kevin Thomas.
According to Hambrock, the youth have been planning this mission trip for the past two years. The youth selected Port Jervis, New York as their destination last June. They will be there from June 24-30.
The group will leave the Wesley Chapel UMC Church, located three miles southwest of Churubusco and in Eel River Township, on June 23. They will return home on July 1. Hambrock says the group will be traveling in a 15-passenger van and pulling a trailer. The trailer will be used for storage of tools, clothes, and food. They will go to a middle school in Pennsylvania, which is located approximately 10 miles from Port Jervis, and stay there with other youth groups that will be working in the Port Jervis area.
According to Hambrock, the youth will be involved in general home improvement projects for low income residents. For example, they will fix roofs, fix porches, build wheel chair ramps, and paint houses. “We will not know the specific projects until we get there,” Hambrock said.
Each day will start with breakfast at 8 a.m. and the youth groups will receive their assignments. Each group will be sent to the job sites, where they will work until approximately 4:00 p.m. Hambrock commented, “When we come back, we will report on our work. There will be a supper and devotion/prayer time.  It’s like a camp. We will be staying in a middle school and there will be up to 450 kids from all over the U.S.”  The Wesley Chapel youth will have an opportunity to meet a lot of people from different states.
The youth group leaders began discussing a mission’s trip in Oct. 2010. They agreed to participate with a mission’s organization called – Group Cares, of Loveland, Colorado.  Hambrock commented that the youth groups have always wanted to go on a mission trip. “We did not want to do this alone,” Hambrock said. So they searched for mission organizations and decided to work with the group in Loveland, Colorado. “We knew this would be beneficial for the kids in their spiritual walk. When I presented this to the kids, they were ecstatic,” she noted.
They learned that the fee is $449 per person, which is used for meals, lodging, supplies, t-shirts, and anything needed for the projects. The Wesley Chapel youth group began the task of raising money for the trip in November 2010. They have reached their goal of raising $11,100.00. As part of the fundraising efforts, the youth group was involved in several fundraising campaigns.
“We got the idea from another church to sell flamingo insurance.  If you purchased flamingo insurance, you were guaranteed that flamingos were not put in your yard,” Hambrock said. If someone did not buy the flamingo insurance, the youth could place 15 - 20 large pink flamingos in their front yard sometime during the nighttime hours. They would also place a sign in the yard to notify the homeowner that they could donate money to remove the flamingos and assign the flamingos to another person’s yard.
Hambrock commented, “I want the kids to learn how to serve and serve with the right heart. Hopefully this will allow the kids to see that God will continue to make them new every day.”

The Fellowship of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Senior High Youth Group is planning to go on a mission’s trip to Port Jervis, New York, in June.

 
Local students selected for Hoosier Boys State PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:04

Brown, Petrie, Boggess(The three boys, Chandler Brown on left, Jay Petrie, center, and Austin Boggess on right, were named to participate in Hoosier Boys State at Trine University.)

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ANGOLA -- Jay Petrie, Chandler Brown and Austin  Boggess, all from Churubusco High School were selected to participate in the American Legion Hoosier Boys State at Trine University. Founded in 1937, the organization is celebrating its 75th year.
All three students were sponsored by American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco.
They heard an inspirational message from Hall of Fame football coach and Trine trustee Lou Holtz last Wednesday. In addition, they met multiple local and state leaders throughout the week.
Taking the theme "A Week to Shape a Lifetime," Boys State – a weeklong residential learning experience – examines the operation of Indiana's democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the practical application of the knowledge gained from both. Over 500 high school junior boys from across the state are participating in the program.
Holtz admitted he wasn't a politician, but felt he could teach them a thing or two based on his 75 years of experience as a winning coach, mentor and New York Times Bestselling author. He offered advice on attitude, accomplishments, goals and commitment. His speech garnered him a standing ovation and an initiation as an honorary "Hoosier Boys Stater."
"Leaders must have a vision," Holtz told the crowd, encouraging them to figure out what's important, have the right attitude and make good choices. "Our future is determined by the choices we make. ... Making good choices is critical. First, you've got to do right. Second, do everything to the best of your ability and then show people that you care."
He encouraged the boys to set goals – in relationships, religion, finances, work and fun.
"If you have fun doing something, people will want to do it with you," Holtz said. He mentioned that – a long time ago – he set goals to have dinner at the White House, meet the Pope, travel around the globe and run with the bulls in Pamplona with someone who was slower than him. To date, he said he has accomplished every goal, except running with the bulls.
His talk then took a more serious tone, and he discussed adversity, calling it his most significant motivating factor. Overcoming obstacles is key to success, he said, emphasizing that "it will turn out to be OK in the end."
Toward the end of his speech, to everyone's surprise, he jumped off the stage with microphone in hand and took questions from Boys State participants. He answered four questions, without hesitation. "Leaders have an obligation to make people the best they can be," he said in response to one question, closing his talk. "Be significant, not successful."
Following his speech, Trine University president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., and Holtz presented Hoosier Boys State director Steve Bowman and his senior staff of the American Legion with a plaque for his dedication to the organization and commemorating its 75 years of success.

ANGOLA -- Jay Petrie, Chandler Brown and Austin  Boggess, all from Churubusco High School were selected to participate in the American Legion Hoosier Boys State at Trine University. Founded in 1937, the organization is celebrating its 75th year.

 
Five generations PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:55

5 GenerationsFamily members gathered for a five generation photo. Pictured from left are great-great-grandma Mary Stampe, Columbia City, holding baby Noah Warren; great-grandpa Roger Stampe, Churubusco; grandma Rhonda Gorsuch, Albion; and mother Justine Warren, Albion.

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33 Marine owners want to be your "Boat Doctor" PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:22


Porter and Schomburg(33 Marine owners, Jim Porter, left and Joe Schomburg, started their business in a one car garage six years ago. They then built a 30,000 square foot facility to serve their ever expanding customer list. 33 Marine specializes in boat repair and restoration as well as a wide assortment of boating and water accessories. Porter and Schomburg say that they enjoy sharing their boating knowledge with customers and understand that people’s boating is important to them.)

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Many people have a preferred dentist or hairstylist, but Jim and Joe at 33 Marine are on a mission to become your "Boat Doctors."

 
Smith Township Worker Bees Buzz PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:12

by Zak King
Hi again! We just had the honor to have our latest meeting at a past Swine Club member’s backyard. We met on June 11 at 12 noon and started out with a picnic lunch before the meeting. After our feast we opened our meeting with the pledges, of course. After hearing news from our last meeting, we had a few fun awards that went out including congratulating senior/10 year members present at the meeting. Way to go Gretchen! Great job also goes out to Maryah for going to the Relay for Life Walk. We were told why it was important and her (Maryah) strong feelings to be part of it.
After we talked about the things we have coming up and more important deadline dates we had a lot of fun putting our brains together to come up with stuff for decorations on our parade entry. We came up with some really cool ideas too. At the end of our meeting we were able to help Mr. Engle with some yard work. It was really hot outside, but totally worth it. We pulled tons of weeds, watered his flower beds/bushes, and were very proud of the job we did. Thank you to Mr. Engle for letting us have our meeting there and help out.
Our next meeting is June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at our leader, Tina’s house. We were told to try to have our books done and things ready to go by the next meeting. The Holiday weekend may mess some people up if you wait until the last minute. Thanks again for reading and until next time, you’ll have to wait for more buzzzz...

by Zak King

Hi again! We just had the honor to have our latest meeting at a past Swine Club member’s backyard. We met on June 11 at 12 noon and started out with a picnic lunch before the meeting. After our feast we opened our meeting with the pledges, of course. After hearing news from our last meeting, we had a few fun awards that went out including congratulating senior/10 year members present at the meeting. Way to go Gretchen! Great job also goes out to Maryah for going to the Relay for Life Walk. We were told why it was important and her (Maryah) strong feelings to be part of it.

 
Changes in store at Hit The Floor Dance Studio PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:39

Some of the students at Hit The Floor Dance Studio(Hit The Floor Dance Studio in Churubusco is expanding this summer. Renovations will be made to add another dance room and a more comfortable waiting room for parents and siblings. The Studio saw its enrollment double this past year. Pictured are some of the students that take lessons at Hit The Floor.)

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by Katie Wagner
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With numbers booming like the stereo in the dance rooms, Hit The Floor Dance Studio in Churubusco is expanding this summer.
Hit The Floor owner Amber Upton opened her studio five years ago with a passion to share her love of dancing with others. Since then, the studio has added several dance options, including adult fitness classes, summer classes and master classes
“We have had an amazing year with doubling our students, our competition season went amazing, and a lot of our adult fitness has skyrocketed,” Upton said. “We are going on our fifth year of being open and we are so excited that we are ready and able to expand so soon.”
Upton plans to renovate the current three-car garage to add another dance room and to offer a more comfortable waiting room for parents and siblings. Over 150 students are currently enrolled.
Dancers competed at various out-of-state and local competitions this year.
“This year was very exciting for us as we took home many platinum and high gold awards, high point overall awards and specialty judge’s awards,” Upton said. “Our newest group to compete this year was our mini boys hip hop.”
Summer classes begin June 25 and run for six weeks and include beginning to advanced classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, intro to lyrical, cheer, tumbling, and pre-dance for the youngest dancers.
“This is a great opportunity to try something new or expand on your favorite style,” Upton said.
In addition, Line Dancing began on June 7  and local dancer Alex Husk will teach two Master Classes: Jazz on June 15 and Contemporary on July 13.
Hit the Floor also offers Zumba® classes throughout the week: Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. and a later class on Tuesdays at 8:15 p.m
Hit The Floor Dance Studio is located behind Subway and Parker Insurance on the south side of Churubusco and offers all levels of instruction from recreational to competitive, ages two through adult. Classes offered include tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz, character jazz, hip hop, cheer, tumbling and line dancing.
Staff consists of Upton, Stephanie Vose, Jenna Manth, Carleen Park and Alex Husk, Zumba® instructors Jo Barkley and Angie Horner, and line dance instructor Billie Ressler.
Fall registration is in full swing, with fall classes beginning September 4.
For more information, contact Upton via email at amber@hitthefloordancestudio or phone (260) 740-8737. The studio’s address is 3985 N. US Hwy. 33, Ste. 106, Churubusco, and the website is www.hitthefloordancestudio.com.

by Katie Wagner

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With numbers booming like the stereo in the dance rooms, Hit The Floor Dance Studio in Churubusco is expanding this summer.

 
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