Arcanum News

Vickie Rhodehamel

February 16, 2014

Washington’s Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington’s birth, on Feb. 22. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.

This holiday is legally designated as “Washington’s Birthday. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is the federal government’s policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the USA’s first president.

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host a concert by, “Fresh Spirit”, on Sun., March 2, 2014; at 6 p.m. “Fresh Spirit” was originally a group of three sisters – Linda, Marilyn, and Pattie – who grew up traveling and singing as part of the Brewer Family. When Marilyn decided to return to her home in Tennessee, Linda and Pattie felt strongly that their ministry should continue. During this time, God was working on another of His children who had a similar background as the Brewer’s — born and raised to travel and sing. Having sung with her family for nearly 35 years until her father’s home-going, Tish Newland was searching for the job God would provide for the next “chapter” of her life.

As only He can, God brought the three ladies together, and gave them harmony not only in voice, but in their hearts as well. Thus, “Fresh Spirit” was reborn and rededicated to the mission of lifting up the Body of Christ by sharing God’s goodness and love through song. In early 2012, led by the Lord to come “off the road”, sister Pattie announced her retirement and agreed to stay on until the Lord’s choice for the group could be found. The group’s search led them to Sarah Hatfield, a young woman from the Dayton, Ohio, area, with a beautiful voice and the desire to use it for the Lord. Sarah’s debut appointment with us was August 2012, and she’s been hanging in there ever since! These three ladies, along with our tremendous “sound man”, Stan Covert (Linda’s better half), are Fresh Spirit. The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum, OH 45304. The public is always welcome to these concerts. For more info call: Bruce Shank at 937-564-2891.

On Mon., Feb. 10, Arcanum Criterion members met at the home of Connie Menke on a very frigid night. Two programs were presented that evening continuing with our theme, “Global Connections”. Heather Heiser presented the first program on the Catacombs of Rome. The second program was presented by Nora Mahoney about the Tentmakers of Cairo. In addition to these programs, our members took pause to remember the passing of our long standing member, Phyllis Troutwine with the reading of a resolution of respect in Phyllis’s honor: “Whereas, God in his infinite wisdom has taken from our midst our beloved member, Phyllis Troutwine, the members of Criterion Club do pause this 10th day of February, 2014 to pay respect. Over a period of 50 years she was always faithful in performing all duties in Criterion Club; it is now our duty and privilege to record our appreciation of her. Be it resolved the members of Criterion Club will long remember Phyllis for her wisdom and leadership ability which she used in keeping the standard of the Club. That the sudden removal of such a life from our midst leaves a vacancy which will be felt not only by friends of Criterion but also by the people of the community, that the loss of such a faithful, efficient member, whose contributions of literary ability showed individuality, careful preparation, and concern for all things, especially her fellow man, will long be remembered.”

Congratulations to the Lady Trojans on their first win in tournament last week. I must apologize to sophomore member Alexis Abner for inadvertently leaving her name out as a member of the team in last week’s article. She has been a driving force on the team’s season so far, congrats to Alexis. The girls play again tomorrow at Tippecanoe HS versus Dixie at 7:30; good luck girls!

Condolences to Rev. George and Lucille Copus and family on the passing of their daughter, Angela last week. George served as pastor at Trinity UMC in the early 1970s. They are currently retired and live in Marion, Ohio. If you would like to send them a card, their address is: 480 Mayfield Drive, Marion, Ohio 43302.

Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at krhodehamel@woh.rr.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.