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Alger and Josephine Oster Celebrate 65 Years of Marriage

posted on October 24, 2014, under Member by

by Kae Borrero

Josephine and Alger Oster.

Josephine and Alger Oster.

Alger and Josephine Oster, warmly known as Al and Jo, celebrated their 65th anniversary with a Caribbean cruise. Both were born in Colorado and attended Campion Academy where they met. One year after graduating, they were married in Sterling, Colo., on June 12, 1949.

After working on a farm for two years, Al became assistant manager of the Broom Factory at Campion Academy, and Jo was secretary for two principals and a registrar. In 1956, they moved to Newbury Park Academy in California for Al to manage the Broom Factory. Jo became the academy nurse with mentoring from a local Adventist doctor and also served as secretary for the Broom Factory.

Al and Jo on their wedding day, June 12, 1949.

Al and Jo on their wedding day, June 12, 1949.

In 1963, Al received a call to manage the Broom Factory at Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts. A few months later, the factory burned to the ground. He found a way to keep production up while designing and building a new factory that also housed a bindery. Sales grew and, for several years, they ran three shifts which gave ample opportunity for students to work and pay their school fees. Jo worked for Atlantic Union Conference as an executive secretary for the education department and for three presidents.

In 1972, she teamed with Al to manage the factory office when they took ownership of the Broom Factory for the next 22 years. After serving faithfully at the Broom Factory from 1963 to 1994, the Osters retired to The Villages between Leesburg and Ocala.

They have three children, Kae, Larry, and Terry; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Ocala Church Runners Celebrate Freedom

posted on October 24, 2014, under Church by

"Seventh-day Adventists Celebrate Freedom" was the message worn on the T-shirts of 12 Ocala Church members who participated in the July 4, city-sponsored, four-mile Freedom Run. Out of 292 event runners, these four Ocala members were awarded medals in their respective age groups. Pictured from left: Lucille Ellis, third place; Yvonne Hall, second place; Dave Swinyar, third place; and Louise Ostgard, first place. "Keep On Keeping On for Improved Health!" is the motto which drives Ocala Church members in their quest for better health. (Photo: John Doperalski)

“Seventh-day Adventists Celebrate Freedom” was the message worn on the T-shirts of 12 Ocala Church members who participated in the July 4, city-sponsored, four-mile Freedom Run. Out of 292 event runners, these four Ocala members were awarded medals in their respective age groups. Pictured from left: Lucille Ellis, third place; Yvonne Hall, second place; Dave Swinyar, third place; and Louise Ostgard, first place. “Keep On Keeping On for Improved Health!” is the motto which drives Ocala Church members in their quest for better health. (Photo: John Doperalski)

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Lehigh Acres Church Connects with Community

posted on October 24, 2014, under Church by

Yvonne Jones conducts a program during Lehigh Acres Church's Vacation Bible School. (Photo: Matthew Downs)

Yvonne Jones conducts a program during Lehigh Acres Church’s Vacation Bible School. (Photo: Matthew Downs)

by Karleen Edwards

Purposeful In-Reach, Urgent Out-Reach is Lehigh Acres Church’s focus for 2014. With more than 400 members, the congregation has embraced the task of connecting with their community in practical ways that meet the needs of individuals and families. They use outreach ministries such as Vacation Bible School (VBS) and the Back to School Program.

Vacation Bible School 2014
Traditionally, July is the month families plan vacations, but for many in the community, such plans are not financially feasible. With this in mind, the children’s ministries department, led by Sheila Williams, conducted a five-night VBS in July supported by 50 volunteers.

Here, 115 pre-kindergarten to high school students participated in an incredible adventure of the Wilderness Escape depicting the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea. This theme directed them to see God’s love through various activities including one held in a tent where they studied the Ten Commandments.

Families and church members attended closing ceremonies on Sabbath afternoon, July 19, where they listened to the VBS choir and watched drama presentations depicting their VBS lessons. “Vacation Bible School teaches children to love God,” says Williams.

Georgette Hinds, previous director of Lehigh Acres' education department, prepares backpacks and other school supplies for students in need. (Photo: Nadine Gordon)

Georgette Hinds, previous director of Lehigh Acres’ education department, prepares backpacks and other school supplies for students in need. (Photo: Nadine Gordon)

Back to School Supplies
Since 2009, the church education department, previously directed by Georgette Hinds with assistance from Nadine Gordon, purchased and distributed school supplies to community families and church members in need. Members and friends of the church provide financial contributions for this project.

“This summer, 239 individuals ranging from pre-kindergarten through college were provided with school supplies,” said Hinds. “This is a 30% increase from the previous year.”

A Word from the Pastor
Pastor Newton Hoilette describes Lehigh Acres Church as a “vibrant, diverse community of faith known for warmth and welcome. We are blessed with a strong, faithful group of church members and a young, energetic body of children, youth, and young adults who embrace each other and their community.”

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Ocala Church Evaluates Music Philosophy

posted on October 24, 2014, under Church by

Peter Orta, one of the many talented young musicians at Ocala Church, conducted the orchestra for a special Sabbath program. (Photo: Joshua Asencio)

Peter Orta, one of the many talented young musicians at Ocala Church, conducted the orchestra for a special Sabbath program. (Photo: Joshua Asencio)

by Cheryl Rilea, Herb Pritchard

The Apostle Paul encourages us to “…be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” —Ephesians 5:18-19

Ocala Church’s newly elected nine-member music committee takes this biblical challenge seriously. Chaired by Keith Rilea, church elder, their philosophy includes providing music with the purpose of drawing attention to God and not to the performers.

Rilea states, “As music is an expression of worship, it is important that the musical styles presented do not copy the behavior and customs of this world. Rather, they should reflect the transformation we experience as we behold the glory of the Lord.”

An example was witnessed on a recent Sabbath morning when Martin Butler, Florida Conference communication director, integrated music into his sermon. The church orchestra also played. As one young musician stated, “Playing in the orchestra is an opportunity to work together as a team and to worship and praise God.”

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