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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, August 27, 2015 OF CABBAGES AND KINGS By LUELLA DOW AND LEA SIMPSON Contributors She is dynamic, energetic, mated and very youthful. The United Methodist Church here in Cheney has a new pastor, and like a whirlwind blowing into town, pastor Alissa Bertsch Johnson arrived at the Cheney church one year ago and "hit the ground running," as she described it. She was able to make such a speedy and smooth transition into her new role as pastor because "there was such a strong core of lay leadership here, and they very supportive." ani- She inherited a vibrant, growing and magnificent organ. Thus, avaried selection was little changed from its original con- dedicated congregation that has a long his- of musical genres can be offered,figuration, with the former gas chamber tory in Cheney. The congregation began It is an exciting time for Johnson serving as the group showers for staff meeting in 1880, and by 1889 had built the and her congregation, who are celebrat- and residents alike. The shower area originalchurchatthecornerofFourthand ing her formal ordination as a United was set below ground level so that the G streets where thebnilding Methodist minister, which took place only access was with a ladder. During currently stands, at the end of June of this year. It was a the war, after the prisoners were sent in, Alissa Bertsch Johnson were all When the church's mas- sive pipe organ was do- nated by one of Andrew Carnegie's philanthropic foundations in the 1920s, it was the largest organ west of the Mississippi. Itwas one of 7,000 that were built for churches all over the United States and Europe. These days, however, the services incorporate several different instruments in the worship music, such as guitar, piano and flute, in addition to the long road to ordination for her, but her determination and perseverance were finally rewarded. Her call to ministry began after she graduated from Washington State University with a bachelors degree in anthropology. That summer, she signed up for a mission trip to Russia through the United Methodist church: Her group was sent to an orphanage in the countryside north of St. Petersburg. The orphanage was housed in an old World War II-era prisoner-of-war camp. It was as bleak as it sounds. The facility the ladder was withdrawn. There wasn't nearly enough funding to properly care" for the children in any way. While witnessing the utter hopeless- ness that those unfortunate children had to endure, Johnson came to the realization . through prayer that she must respond to God's call to go into the ministry and work on behalf of the poor. Upon returning to the United States, Johnson enrolled at Claremont School of Theology in California and graduated with See Cabbages page 7 City of Cheney nityCenter, 9:30-10:30a.m. Sept. 3, Kiwanis meeting, Ses- Aug. 29, Friends of the Aug. 28, Baby Play and Sept. 1, Farmer s Market, sions Village Commons, 7 a.m. Airway Heights Library Book Learn Storytime (ages 0 - 18 City Hall Parking Lot, 2 - 6 Sept. 3, Senior Light Fit- Sale, Hicks Open Market, months), community library, p.m. ness, Wren Pierson Commu- 12435 W.. 13th Ave., 11 a.m. 10:30- 11:30 a.m. Sept. 2, Toddler Play nity Center, 9:30- 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Aug. 31, Feed Cheney, and Learn Storytime (ages 1 Sept. 3, Preschool Play and Veterans Park across from1/2-3), community library, LearnStorytime(ages3-5),com- FIND IT , All events are free unlessWren Pierson Community 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. munity library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. posted otherwise. Sept. 2, American Legion La- ONLINE To get your event, ormeeting Center, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Dance Class, Wren dies Auxiliary, American Legion City of Airway Heights Find the full list of in the weekly What s Happen- Pierson Community Center, Post 72,116 College Ave., 6 p.rn, Aug. 28, Friends of the Air- events online at www. CheneF Cheney Church Community of the Nazarene Ch urch 338 Betz Road 235-6261 Sundays, 10 a.m. JK, J~ (~.X Worship and Discipleship '-&.y..._ Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. C H U R'C H ~,-.L~"~"-- Awana: 2 yrs. - High School N AZA R E N E Weeknights - studies Sundays - Prayer groups 8:30 am Adult Sunday School 9 am Connexion Groups Worship Service 10:30 am235.4641 1307 3rd Street Tuesdays - Youth Group 6:00 pm Wednesdays - Kid's Konnections 6 pm c h e n e y - ,, Emmanuel Lutheran e n t e Church A Foursquare Church 639 ELm Street Services 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Children's Ministries 10:30 a.m. Nursery - 5th Grade Youth Group Sunday School Thursday Night 7 p,m~ 9:00 a.m. 300 N. 2nd, Cheney, WA 235-6300 235-4282 , (Next to the Cheney Medical Center) Growing Great Through Serving. i/ FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST , CHURCH : Meeting at 2206 First St. (across the street from Bi-Mart) Sunday School !0:00 am Worship Service, Sunday tl :15 am Wednesday Mid-week Service 7:00 pm For More Information Call 235-3787 Rick Huguenin, Pastor Fo.r .akes St. Paul's Community Church Church Third & Spokane Street Lp scopa "A Bible teaching, Christ-centered church for your whole family" 625 "C" Street 235-6150 SU .A SERVICE Worship Service 10:45 a.m. Sunday * Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion Additional Bible "1.1:00 a.m. Studies meet throughout the week Rev. Christine Soule pastor Steve Powers Community Priest 455-9969 Child Care Available SAINT ROSE U N ITED CHURCH CHURCH North Sixth and Annie Place WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS OF C H RI ST OF THE EUCHARIST Reconciliation ... Saturday 3:30-4:15 God is .f~// Saturday Mass .................. 5:00 p.m. speam.g Religious Education Class Sunday Morning Mass ...8:00 & 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Sun. Eve. Newman Center 7:00 p.m. CNC Office 509-235-8402 David Krueger-Duncan Rev. Paul Heric, Pastor Pastor Office Hours Mon.-Thurs. 9am-lpm 423 N. 6th Parish Phone: 509-235-6229 235-41 93 UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF CHENEY 4th and "G" Streets 235-4600 Rev. SERVICE 10:00 a.m. Alissa Bertsch Johnson MEDICAL LAKE ST ANNE St. John's Lake City Community Church CATHOLIC CHURCH Assembly of God Traditional Worship Service 708 E. Lake St. Lutheran Church 400 East Grace 8:30-9:30 a.m. P.O. Box 125 223 S. Hallet St., P.O. Box 639 Medical Lake, WA 99022 SuRday School Office 509-723-1459 Medical Lake, WA 99022 299-3139 9:45-10:45 a.m. Rectory 509-675-2071 509-299-4114 Discipleship Classes for All Ages Contemporary Service Weekend Masses Winter Worship 11 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.rn.-12:00 p.m. Sunday Vigil (Saturday) 5:00 p.m. Adult Education 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services AWANA Wednesday Sunday 10:30 a.m. Kid's Church 11 a.m. 10:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. 6:00-7:35 p.m. Pastor, Father Gus Summer worship 10:30 a.m.; no SS Sunday Kid's Church 10:00 a.m. 203 N. Washington Also Pastor at Mary Queen Feed Medical Lake Wednesday Family Night 6:45 p.m. 299-3286 of Heaven in Sprague, WA2nd Monday each Month Lead Pastor - Nick Hawkins Pastor Mark Hudson Sunday, 12:30 p.m. Senior Associate - Dennis Noble St. Michael's in ReardanEveryone is Welcome Youth Pastor -Alex Hall Sunday 8:30 a.m. Rev. Steve Gutzman To Advertise in this Space Call 509-235-6184