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The Church of God was the host church for the Lenten Luncheon on March 23.
The Rev. Tom Farris welcomed everyone and led in a prayer. Following the meal, Cindy Hof sang, “Broken and Spilled Out,” accompanied on the piano by Kim Miller.
The youth minister at First Assembly of God, David Ricketts, spoke on “The Path of Love.” He described himself as comparable to the prodigal son, living a selfish and reckless life when he was younger. At the age of 23, however, he woke up in the "pig pen," and prayed to receive Christ.
He described the foundation of faith as walking in the path of love. He quoted from John 13 (“A new command I give to you"; 1 John 3 ("This is how we know what love is"); and 1 John 4:7-11 ("Let us love one another"). He encouraged the audience to “walk the path of love."
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Donald D. Arndt of First Baptist Church will be the fourth speaker in this year's Lenten Luncheon series. The April 6 luncheon will be held at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church.
Arndt is currently a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and will graduate in December. He sings baritone with the Fourgiven Quartet.
Arndt grew up in Fillmore, graduated from Nokomis High School in 1991 and graduated from Greenville College in 1996. After college, he taught school at Litchfield for two years.
He began leading worship at about the same time he moved to Kentucky. There, he worked in two churches as worship leader and attended seminary.
He married his high school sweetheart, Julia, in 1995. They have three children: Ezekiel Graham, 12; Grace Crosby, 10; and Nehemiah Judson, 9.
He is currently participating in planting a church in Madison County, and is working with Bethel Network and Bethel Baptist Church in Tennessee.
Arndt also will be assisting with worship planning, teaching, leading small groups and administration of the Pathway Church.
“Our first service will be on Easter,” he said, “We will meet monthly until August, then weekly after that.”
His message Wednesday will be on scripture memorization.