New Madison News: Church welcomes a new minister


The New Madison United Methodist Church welcomes a new minister Sunday. Rev. David Richey comes from Troy. He has been with his current assignment for 11 years and works many hours in outreach programs.

Pastor Richey worked in a lunch program serving 9,000 meals a year. He also has been director of the King team in Troy, working to build positive relations between city leaders, the police department and the community. He is currently studying at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton but plans to be a visible part of the local congregation’s outreach programming.

Carol Duffield has retired. Her service at the United Methodist Church was recently celebrated with a surprise during the worship hour when unexpected guests came to wish her well in retirement. Family members and friends shared the day with the congregation. A luncheon was held at Beechwood with over 90 attending.

Camp Growth was one of Pastor Carol’s programs at the church and it will continue. This year it will be held the month of July. The kick off with fun and games, as well as food, is planned for July 2. Children can be enrolled at that time. There is pre registration for any Tri-Village child, kindergarten through sixth grade and children can be enrolled at the class time, which begins at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Papers were sent home from school before the summer break started. You can call Stephanie Baumgardner at 937-459-2616 if you have questions.

A very popular guy is planning a visit to the New Madison Public Library on Friday, June 23. Ronald McDonald will be stopping at the library to join in the summer reading program. He will be there at 11 a.m. A program of magic, music and fun will share ways to being a leader. Enjoy the time with Ronald McDonald.

And on Tuesday, July 27, step into the world of engineering as representatives of the Neil Armstrong museum share information from 3 to 4 p.m. A load bearing tower is going to be constructed. Teams will compete in Tippy Towers.

Congratulations this week to members of the Friendship Community Church as they carry on the heritage. The church marks 175 years and recently held a special service. The church was built in 1842. There were periods when the church was just a building without music and services. Eventually it would reopen through the years and serve the countryside. It is located at 1005 Eaton-Fort Nesbit Rd., New Paris. It is five miles southwest of New Madison.

By Shirley Dubbs

New Madison News

Shirley Dubbs is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her New Madison column. She can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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