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Second In A Series... By Claire Tuohy Journalism Intern A good 54 years of love and hard work are represented by that beautiful new church on West Main Street, home of Monroe's Bethel Assembly. The new building was constructed in 1971, on the 50th anniversary of the church association, according to Minister Howard Gering. The or- iginal Bethel Assembly was located at Madison and Columbia. It was founded in 1921 by Mr. Martin Gering, father of the present pastor. He is now 89 years old and still resides in Mon- roe serving on the church's Board of Trustees along with his son, M.E. Askew, Clarence Aum- iller, and Eva Makus. The builders of the new church contemplated locating it in Seattle, but finally decided that a small town would be a better location. They chose Monroe, and have never regretted their decision. "The people give very well", explained Rev- ii i/ ill il iil iii!iiiiiiiii ~i~il PASTOR HOWARD GERING AND MONROE BETHEL ASSEMBLY --Staff Pboto erend Gering. The Church was constructed solely on substantial donations from both inside and out- side the congregation of 75 members. And last year alone the members raised $6,000 for Haitian missionary work. The building of the church during the recent recession also provided jobs for many local folks who might otherwise have been unemployed. It is finished except for the folding walls still to be installed in the Sunday School. Bethel Assembly is first and foremost an in- ternational missionary church. They work with the Evangelical Scripture Mission, serving as the jurisdictional headquarters for all other churches associated with them, thanks to good diplomatic relationships with foreign missions and because of generous donations. With the help of their missionary work and donations, missions have been established in In- donesia and 26 countries around the world; in Africa, North America, and South America. The primary concern of these missions is in the areas of education and destitute children. Bethel Assembly is actively engaged in five Bible colleges throughout Indonesia, and sponsors ten destitute children through church funding. At least one Bethel Assembly family from Monroe is expected to do missionary work in a foreign country in the near future, although when and where has not yet been decided. The church boasts two youth groups from eight to 18 years in age: the Pioneer Girls, headed by Marilyn Hillhouse; and the Youth Brigadefor boys, headed by Vince Johnson. The groups take two camping trips annually. Around the first of June a one-day campout is planned; in July the youngsters attend a week- June 12, 1975, Monitor, Monroe, WA, Page Five long camp in Enumclaw, along with children from many other associated churches. Funds for these campouts are raised through handicrafts and other projects of the youth. Base- ball and basketball are also popular youth ac- tivities. This is the first year Bethel Assembly has had these organized youth groups, and al- though they do not now have an appointed youth leader, they soon will. There is also a young people's group for those over 18. The Church owns acreage in Gold Bar which serves as recreational land for the use of the congregation. Minister Gering, born and raised in Monroe, has been here for nine years. He has had 20 years of experience as a missionary in Indo- nesia and Mainland China. He was evacuated from the Chinese mainland with the advent of the Communist regime. He is a full-time pastor, working about 15 hours a day for the church. He lives in a home provided for him by the church. Minister Gering is assisted by Assistant Pastor Clarence Aumiller. The Gerings will soon be taking a brief jour- ney to Haiti, Indonesia, and the Far East to oversee the establishing of bible college cam- puses in those areas in which Bethel Assembly is involved. Taking into account his congregation, and the locale of the church among other things, Minister Gering believes Bethel Assembly has a promis- ing future. Perhaps the lovely new church will represent another 50 years of goodwill and cooperation both inside and outside the congregation. We Are Good Grass Fed At LOW Hygrade Meat Type gs ........... 12 oz. Pkg. Grass fed cattle blade cut Pot Roast ................. lb. Grass fed cattle all meat (no limit) If ........... lb. Thrifty Bulk Sliced by Bar-S Bacon .......... lb. 9 65 Change of menu Approx. 7toa lb. LegS,b99 / Thoughts (From Page 4) be of help to you. The amounts listed equal one ounce: 5 1/2 tablespoons grated chocolate, one square of chocolate, 3 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Since the amount of free time decreases and the waistline increases for this writer, we test very few of the recipes so they are printed as submitted. If they are tested we will tell you SO. If you would like to share your culinary prow- ess with others waiting for fantastic recipes, send them to the Monitor Recipe Judge Nellie Robertson, c/o The Monroe Monitor, P.O. Box 399, Monroe. A free subscription to the paper will be awarded to each one who submits a recipe that is printed. Church Slates Gospel Music A 28-voice youth horns, Pastor Ander- choii" from Pasco As- son said. sembly of God has The public is invited scheduled a gospel to attend and there concert performance no admission at Faith Center As- sembly of God tomor- row evening, Friday, at 7:30 p.m., Pastor Roy Anderson said. The "Sanctuary Sin- gers" perform with a multitude of instru- ments including gui- tars, drums, bass, pi- ano, tamborine and Brightest Color/ 1-year In-Home Parts & Labor Warranty Admiral: ..... :o* odet 2SL 1 25 (diag. meas.) 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