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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Pastor Ralph Stuebs to celebrate 40 years in ministry 2011.07.13

Written by David Green.

Pastor_StuebsPastor Ralph Stuebs of Morenci’s Trinity Lutheran Church, WELS, will celebrate his 40th year in the ministry with a special worship service at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17. 

Pastor Jeff Bolwerk of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jenera, Ohio will serve as guest preacher and Pastor Robert Krueger of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio, is the scheduled guest liturgist.

The Trinity Choral ensemble and the Trinity Kids will perform selections in Pastor Stuebs’ honor. Friends and colleagues will also be invited to speak.

A meal, prepared by members of the church, will be served following the worship service.

Pastor Stuebs, and his twin brother Ron, were born Aug. 27, 1945, in Kewaunee, Wis. They are the oldest of 11 children.

Ralph was received into God’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sept. 9, 1945, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaunee.

He attended various schools throughout northeastern Wisconsin. His family finally settled near Newtonberg (Manitowoc) Wis. He was received into communicant membership at St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newtonberg through the rite of confirmation on May 24, 1959.

Ralph graduated from Northwestern Preparatory School in Watertown, Wis., in 1963. He graduated from Northwestern College in Watertown in 1967 and completed his ministry training at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis., in 1971. During his seminary training, he served as a vicar at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Savanna and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Carroll, Ill.

Pastor Stuebs has served in the following congregations: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Belview, Minn., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Seaforth, Minn.; Immanuel Lutheran Church in Globe (Neilsville), Wis.; St. John’s Lutheran Church in Christie, Wis.; Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Urbana, Ill.; and Grace Lutheran Church in Kenton, Ohio.

Since moving to Morenci, Pastor Stuebs is a member of the Wauseon Lions Club and serves as a Little League umpire.

Pastor Stuebs has four children, Kent of Kenton, Ohio; Kevin (and Teresa) of Greenfield, Ohio; Kate of Findlay, Ohio; and Kyle (and Jenna) of Marysville, Ohio. He also has 12 grandchildren.

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