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6 The Sun, Wednesday, April 5, 1989 The . urcli in the Wildwood By Ruth Smith Correspondent, The Sun "The Church in the Wildwood has been there for years, and years, and years," stated Pastor Hugo Krehbiel who has attended the church since 1952. "I don't know exactly when it started. But someone in the community donated half an acre, and built a little church. It was an old building when I started going there atthe age of 19." "Different churches had tried to make a go of it prior to 1952, but nobody stuck with it," Krehbiel added. But a Mennonite bishop, Brother Gabe Shenk, whose daughter lived across the street, had a 9-year-old grandson who said, "I'd like to go to that little church." And that started things rolling. "Brother Shenk went out and canvassed the community," Krehbiel shared, "and a Sunday School was started in March of 1952. My folks, my brother, and I started in April of the same year. We had moved to Oregon from Texas, and had bought a farm in Grand Ronde. I was engaged to Hazel (who is his wife) when we moved here. She was then a Senior in High School." "I also atten~ied the Sheridan Mennonite Church," he added, "but I told Dad, 'I may go to church, but I'll never become a member because of their restrictions.' I capitulated, however, and not only agreed to go along with them but became a champion for all that was being taught." "I went the whole route until 1970 when things began to happen in my life that I couldn't understand. And I decided to search the Scriptures for myself." In 1965, the church had asked him to apprentice minister while they were looking for someone to assist the current pastor, Brother Joe Kropf, who had begun ministering in 1957. "I was on the committee to find someone, Krehbiel explained. "In so doing I also gave my testimony of what Brother Gabe Shenk, who had been a spiritual father to me, had told me in 1955 or 1956. He said that one day God would put his hand on my life to become a minister. But he also said not to tell anyone until the time came. So when the committee was looking I shared this, and they said I was logically the one. So they asked me to help preach every other Sunday, until 1980 when I went full -time." "I'd never had any formal training," Pastor Krehbiei ex- plained. "So I went to our pastor and asked, 'How do you preach?' He said, 'I can't tell you how. You just have to have something to talk about, to know why you're talking about it, and to tell how to apply it to your life.' And that was it. I grew into it, and the Holy spirit was my teacher." "I began searching the Scriptures to prove the things I'd been taught. That was my first approach to it. I got a Strong's Concordance to see how words were translated from the original language. And when I got into it I began to see some things in the Scriptures that I hadn't been taught." "What really opened my eyes," he continued, "was when I brought a message on abstinance from strong drink. I'd been taught that you'd go to hell for any amount of strong drink. That was just my under- standing. But I found the Bible doesn't condemn you for taking a drink of wine. I still teach abstinance as the only safe way, however," he added. "Then in 1970 1 was asked to bring a message at the Mennonite Conference that changed my life. It was taken from Luke 14 where Jesus said, 'Except a man forsake all he hath he cannot be my disciple.' I also read Andrew Murray's book "Absolute Surrender." And from that point on I no longer identified with the Mennonite Church. The Church in the Wildwood withdrew in the late 1970s." Though the church is no longer associated with the denomination, Pastor Krehbiel stated that some of his best friends belong to that e care about our work... U So you can depend on our quality, knowledge and advice. X~~I When thinking of investing in fine jewelry, see us. II We have an outstanding collection of gold and diamonds .4P~f~ for men and women priced to fit any budget. Plus, we ,f/~ll~/~\ H offer a convenient layaway plan. Give the gift of fine [f ~'~"~t H Ujewelry fr less this year''" ~ church. But the Church in the Wildwood itself is dependent. "We don't have any affiliation with any denomination except that we give to missions through the Brother Joe Kropf Brother Joe Kropf, pastor at the Church in the Wildwood for 23 years, from 1957 to 1980, died March 11. He is survived by his wife and five children, two sons and three daughters. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church with interment near his home in Harrisburg. Mennonite Central Committee, a clearinghouse where practically 100 percent goes to the mission work because of the volunteers." "We have no rules, no regulation, and no organization outside of our trustees, (Sunday School) super- intendent, and that sort of thing. But we don't have any membership. We have a fellowship. If you come to church and want to fellowship with us, you're part of the group." Even as to his own position, Pastor Krehbiel says there is no formal agreement. "They asked me to pastor, and reviewed it in two years, then three, and at this point they're not even reviewing it, though I've asked them to. I like to see how people feel about things." Currently, he gets partial support, while working three days a week, 10 or 12 hours a day, at the trade his father brought with him from Texas--that of ceramic tile. "I've been at it for 40 years. We have six children, five boys and a girl, and four of the boys are journeyman tile setters." As to ministering, Pastor Krehbiel keeps a full-time schedule, with Sunday School, Sunday morning and evening worship, and cottage prayer meetings Wednesday nights. Besides this, he is also chairman of the Grand Ronde Bible Release Time, a member of the West Valley Ministerial Association, and puts a lot of time into counseling and discipling. And in the summers there's Vacation Bible School. As to the future, he says, "I just plan on walking with the Lord day by day in whatever He has for me. I want to be faithful to minister to those in the congregation and who come across my path. I have no plans of leaving. We have our home here, and I've had the calling that this is where God wants me. As long as they'll have me I'll be here." Locals on college honor roll Four local students earned straight As during winter term at Chemeketa Community College. Historical Society meets The April meeting of the Yamhill County Historical Society will be held April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Newberg Senior Center, 502 E. Second Street. Doris Huffman, Newberg author and historian, will talk about Newberg's first hundred years. The meeting is a potluck: those attending are asked to being table service. Guests are welcome. Sheridan: Gary J. Crowe, forestry; J~mes D. Hale, college transfer; De- lores Rhodes, visual communica- tions. Willamina: Debra A. Carlson, building inspection. Four local students qualified for the honor roll with 3.5 or better grade point averages. They are: Sheridan: Gene P. Ganske, auto- motive technology; Lucetta A. John- son, college transfer; Michael G. Wilson, college transfer. Willamina: Dana C. Matocha, health information. Put Us On Top For the best insurance at an affordable price, come to the number one agribusiness insurers in the state... Country Companies insurance. Kirk D Bales - Ron PiRm-an Issued by Northwest Farm Bureau Ins. Co., McMinnville Office: 472-2545 one of the Country Companies, Salem, OR. COUNII1Ry PJr l~-.,~..m - L __--L- Imwaa(e and Invellmefll C4oup Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Krehblel PALS meeting set The Sheridan High School "Cleanup Crew" will talk about the problem of drugs in the schools at the April 11 meeting of PALS, Posi- tive Action League of Sheridan. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Sher- idan Methodist fellowship hall. Stevens at lectl Betty Stevens, consultant, recently lecture on em presented by Re for the Oregon Division. She is an firm of Gratia Offers Trigger Point Therapy For CHIROPRACTIC 639 W. Main Street M-W-F 9-12, T-Th 1:30-0 HELPFUL ADVICE COMES FROM FAITH AND A POPULAR SONG As you probably remember, there was a song last fall which became an instant success, and not entirely because it was catchy and cleverly written. What really made it such a tremendous hit was the good advice it contained, simply stated in four words and repeated throughout. It told us not to worry about our problems, giving examples of some of them, but instead to "be happy." Of course, many of our woes require some action on our part to solve them, but just showing our anxiety will only upset those around us. Perhaps the best way to follow the song's advice is to attend our House of Worship and trust the Lord to provide the answers. Worry will not solve any problem, and we should be grateful to that song Writer for reminding us of this fact. What's the use of worrying? It never was worthwhile, So, pack up your troubles in your old kit-ba~ And smile, smile, smile. -- George H. Powell "Be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me." -- Acts 27:25 Assembly of God Church, 919 SW 2nd, Sheridan. 843-3277. Sunday School 9:30 am. Church & childrens church 10:30 am. Evening evange- listic services 6 pm (Monthly sing- spiration). Mens basketball Monday 7 pro. Womens aerobics T-T-F 9 am. Wednesdays 7 pm Family Night: Rainbows (ages 2-4), Missionettes (girls 5-12), Royal Rangers (boys 5-12). Youth Alive (teens) and adult Bible study. Womens Ministries 1st & 3rd Thursdays 10 am. Ist Thurs- day 7 pm Family Activity Night. Larry A. Dill. Pastor. Assembly of God, 330 S. Main St., Willamina. Pastor Mick Owings. Phone 876-4424. Sunday School for all ages q:45 am. Morning Worship Service 10:45 am. Youth Alive S pm. Evening service- praise, worship singspiration, testimonies, family life 6 pro. Wednesday adult Bible study 7 to 8:30 pm. Sheridan Christian Church, 121 NE Yamhill. Sheridan. 843-2994. Jim Harris, Minister. Office hours: Man. -Fri. 8-11:30 am. Sunday School 9:45 am. Worship Service 10:45 am. Childrens church up to 4th grade during adult worship. Nursery for all worship & Sunday School programs. Sunday evening service 7 pm. Mid- week Bible study & prayer 7:30 pm. Contact the church for home Bible study times & locations. Christian Church, 200 S.E. Baker, Willamina, 876-2097. Dennis Morley Minister. Sunday Services: Bible School 9:45 am, morning worship 11 am, high school youth meeting 6 pm, evening worship 6:30 pro." Wednes- day: adult prayer breakfast at the Rocket Cafe at 6:00 am; jr. high youth meeting at 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible studies throughout the week. The Church of God of Prophecy, Agency Creek Road, Grand Ronde. 87%5034. Sunday School 9:45 am. Morning Worship, I I am. Evening evangelistic service 6 pm. Wednes- day service 7 pm. Everyone welcome. Pastor James R. Willis. Bethel Church of Bethel, i mile east of 99W. Phone 843-3079. Sunday School 10 am. service 11 am. Wed- nesday evening Bible study 7:30 pm. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Willamina Ward. Meeting schedule: 9 am Sacrament meeting, 10:15 Sunday School, Primary: I I : 10 Relief Society, Priesthood meeting. Church of the Nazarene, 917 S. Bridge, Sheridan, 843-3262. Sunday School 9:30 am. Worship I1 am. Youth meeting 5 pro. Evening wor- ship 6 pro. Wednesday prayer meet- ing 7 pro, Caravan 7 pm. Mike Lemont, Pastor. Church in the Wildwood, Hebo Rd., Hwy. 22, Grand Ronde. Sunday Service l0 am. Church 11 am. Sun- day evenings 6 pro. Pastor Hugo Krehbiel. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, LCA. 315 S. Main. Willamina. 876-6844. Worshlp Service & Sunday School 10:30 am. Good Shepherd Catholic Church, E. Main & Hill Streets, Sheridan. 843-2206. Saturday Vigil Mass 5 pm. Sundays il am. Weekdays, Wed., Thurs. & Fri. q am. Pastor James Crunican. Grand Ronde Nazarene Church, Pastor DuaneSIocum. 879-5297. Sunday School 10:00 am, morning worship I 1:00 am. Sunday eveaing service 6:30 pro. Salt Creek Baptist Church, 12 miles east of Sheridan on Salt Creek Church Road. Sunday School 9:45 am. Morning worship 11 am. Eve- ning service 6 pro. Nursery provided. Pastor Perry Kallis. Assistant Pastor Linus Toland. Phone 623-2976. Seventh.Day Adventist Church, 220 NW Sherman, Sheridan, 843-2967. Sabbath School 9:30-11 am. Worship service 11-12. Wednesday prayer meeting 7:30 pro. Community Ser- vices Center open Wednesdays 10 am to 3 pm. Grand Ronde Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Salmon River Hwy. (Hwy. 18) ! mile east of Grand Ronde. Pastor Lutz Binus. Rt. I. Box 278, Willamina. OR 97396. 876-2550. Head Elder Howard Hamel, phone 879-5276. Worship Service Saturday I I ana. Sabbath School 9:30 am. Tri-City Free Methodist Main & D Streets, 976-4085. Sunday School Worship 10:45 am. service 6 pm. Prayer Wednesday. Aaron Home phone 876-4688. St. Michael's Church, Hwy. 22 and Agency Rd.. Grand Ronde. 879-5122 Saturday Mass 7 pro. Sunday Mass 9 am. Weekday Mass, Tues. 11 am. Pastor James Crunican. Union Baptist Church, mony Road, Sheridan. School is followed by am, John R. Blalock. Sheridan Baptist Church, 643 E. Main St., Sheridan. Sunday School 9:45 am. Morning Service I1 am. Question & Afiswer Time 6 pro. Evening worship 7 pm. Wednesday evening prayer service 7 pm. Pastor Joel Boyce, 843-3158. Sheridan Mennonite Church, 240 SW Madison. Sunday School 10 am. Worship 11 am. Evening worship 6 pro. Mid-week Bible study 7:30 pm. Pastor Sterling Roth, 470 SW Chap- man Street. Phone 843-4684. United Methodist Church Trinity Lutheran Church, 318 SE Sts.. Willamina. Sheridan Rd., Sheridan. Pastor 9:30 am. Rev. Craig Harold Roellig. Office 843-4747,Strobel, Pastor. home 623-3506. Sunday School 9 am, Grand Ronde: family worship service 10:30 am.10-11 ana. Rev. Jerry United Methodist Church, Bridge St., Sheridan. 9:45-10:45 am. Worship Morning Prayer daily, Mi Friday 7:15-7:45 am. Mondays 7:00 pm. United Women: First month, 2:00 pro. Choir Wednesdays 6:30 pm, choir director. Pastor: Strobel. 843-2776. THE FOLLOWING MERCHANTS TO ATTEND YOUR CHOSEN HOUSE WORSHIP THIS SABBATH: THE CORNER STORE 112 W. MAIN STREET, WlLLAMINA GRATIA B. ROBERTSO] Certified Public Accountant 104 West Main Street, P.O. Box 67, Sheridan, OR 97378 * THE SUN Printers & Publishers 249 S. Bridge, PIO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378 843:,