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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Karen King starting new church 2012.08.15

Written by David Green.

kkBy DAVID GREEN

Ever since the Fayette Bible Church closed about five years ago, it bothered Karen King to see the building unused.

Every time she rode past on her bicycle along Maple Street, she would say a little prayer: “Lord, bring someone along to make it a nice church.”

In April, her prayer was answered, but the result came as a surprise. The person who would make it a nice church was the same person who passed by on the bicycle.

She said that she once saw in her mind Jesus blowing breath into the church—an exciting vision suggesting action on the horizon—but then she later saw Jesus handing the church to her.

No, no, that wasn’t what she had in mind.

“So here I am,” she said, sitting in the back of her new church building. “It’s a total step of faith, but I’m enjoying it.”

History

A United Brethren Church was built on the property in the 1800s, but that original structure burned. A new church was constructed in the 1920s.

In the 1960s, after the U.B. church closed, the Bird Lake Wesleyan Missionary Church bought the property, and Karen’s first involvement soon followed. Her mother was a charter member of the church, and Karen and her husband both served as pastors at the church in the early 1970s.

In the early 1980s, Karen’s father and her brother, Kary Snider, put their carpentry skills to use in helping to construct the existing sanctuary to the south of the original building. That included a church office and basement classrooms. The old church was used for youth activities.

After the church closed in 2007, the Bird Lake church tried to sell the Fayette property, with the hopes of it remaining a church.

Karen fulfilled that wish, but after she made the down payment, she asked herself, “How do I start a church?”

An internet search led her to a web site known as StartCHURCH, a company that has led her through the entire process, including many facets of the process that she never would have thought about.

Her New Beginnings Ministries is now incorporated with the state and has bylaws, a constitution and a board of directors in place. Many weeks have been devoted to cleaning and repairs after five years of no use, but Karen has finally been able to turn her focus on the ministry.

She will use her degrees in Christian counseling and in the ministry to lead a new congregation.

“Anyone who doesn’t have a church is welcome,” she said.

She and others have met at the church for informal Sunday meetings, and she’s now taking that a step further by scheduling 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday morning.

“They are not going to be formally organized at this time,” she said, “but will be a time of worship, prayer, sharing and scripture.”

Karen no longer passes by the church and wishes for some life inside. More often than not, her bicycle stops outside the door.

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