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June 2022 News and Notes

by Compiled by Sandra Naugle

The Lilly Dale Church of Christ is searching for a full-time minister for our congregation. Brother Eddie Olberding has elected to step down from a full-time ministry beginning in April.

     There are no upper or lower age or experience requirements. The church leaders are looking for the one who is called to minister to the congregation at Lilly Dale.    For further information please contact one of the Elders:

 Brian Williams: 812-449-4961, bpwfarm@psci.net  or Terry Sutcliffe: 812-836-2639, icivil@psci.net

            Note: The Schedule for 2022 Woodland Bible Camp is in a separate article in this month’s Word & Work.

       Editor’s Note:  Please read the article about Words of Life Radio included in the May edition of Word & Work including the attached spreadsheet.  Words of Life is experiencing considerably more expense than the total of the donations that come in each month. This is a very worthwhile work so please pray about giving each month or increasing your monthly giving if you are now a financial supporter of Words of Life.


Several months ago Paul Kitzmiller notified the GFM board of his desire to step down as our director and asked the members to look into other options for the ministry to continue.  Since then the board has been prayerfully searching for a replacement and is now thankful to announce that Mike Abbott has agreed to serve as our new director effective in the spring of 2022!
     Mike is currently serving as a minister of the Denham Springs, Louisiana, Church of Christ where he has been located since 2007.  He formerly worked with the Borden, Indiana, Church of Christ for 18 years and the Ebenezer Church of Christ near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, for three years.  Initially he will serve on a part time basis with GFM as well as continue with many of his responsibilities with the Denham Springs church.
     Paul will continue to be involved with the work of GFM.  He will be assisting Mike throughout the transition period and will be remaining on the board.  He may even make another trip or two to Ukraine, Lord willing.
     A specific date for this change to take place has not yet been set. There are several steps to be taken to ensure a smooth transition and we are not certain at this point how long some may take.  We will make an announcement once the process has been completed.
     A change in leadership will also bring other changes.  Most noticeable to our donors will be a change of our mailing address.  Please continue to use the current address for the time being.  You will be notified at the appropriate time when we make the change.
     We are looking forward to seeing this transition completed.  Mike will bring new energy and new ideas into the ministry; Paul will share his experience and insight to help Mike and both want to see the work move forward.  Please pray with us not only as we go through this transition but as we move ahead with preaching the Word and proclaiming the Gospel to the world while we await our Lord’s return.

** Please be in prayer for the Christians in Ukraine that are in the midst of terrible circumstances. Many lives of the Ukrainian Citizens have been lost and many have escaped Ukraine as the war has continued.

James “Jim” Malcolm Braxton

Born March 24, 1942 – Died May 9, 2022

     James (Jim) Malcolm Braxton was born on March 24, 1942 to Henry and Nannie (Shehan) Braxton in Louisville, Kentucky. He passed away at 80 years old in the company of his wife, daughter, and son-in-law in the early morning of May 9, 2022 at his home in Utica, Indiana.
     A lifelong student and educator, Jim received his college education from Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky. He taught at Parkview Junior High in Jeffersonville for several decades and again for several decades more at Portland Christian School in Louisville. He was famed for his classroom “parties”.
    Jim loved the Lord and lived that through his willingness to serve his entire earthly life. Spurred by a love of singing he taught himself to read music at a young age and used this talent to song lead at various Churches of Christ anywhere there was need. He preached at the Utica Church of Christ for several years and continued to teach at various churches until he was physically unable. He was one of the original board of directors of the Southeastern Christian Education Corporation, which provides grants and scholarships for students, and served the corporation until the end of his life. He, his talents, and his passion for serving will be sorely missed by many.
    He patiently waited until he was thirty-nine to choose to marry Miss Jacqueline Fossée, and a few years later was blessed to have a daughter, which much later gained him a son-in-law, and then much, much later he was finally blessed with three precious grandchildren. It took a good while, but he produced a nice little family and he loved and cared for them dearly.
    His other passions included driving—especially to Gatlinburg, reading and gardening. He doted on his grandchildren. He always had a ready smile but preferred to dole them out sparingly so as not to overwhelm his company.
    He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Nannie (Shehan) Braxton, his older brother Henry Braxton, and sister-in-law Bunnie Braxton. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline, daughter Hannah (Michael) Ward, grandchildren Joshua Ward, Ella Ward, and Calypso Ward, his sister Joy (Robert) Garret, his sister-in-law Paulette Mullins, brother-in-law Brent Fossée and many, many, many nieces and nephews.
    There will be visitation and funeral services on Saturday May 14th, 2022, both held at the Utica Church of Christ. The visitation will be from noon-1:00 PM and the funeral service will begin at 1:00 PM. The burial will follow at the Utica Cemetery. Family, friends, past students and peers are all invited to participate in this time of remembrance of Jim’s life here on earth as well as to celebrate his eternal future with his beloved Savior. 

GEORGE Earle Fulda, Sr.

Born Jan. 5, 1937   died May 9, 2022

           A native of Amite Louisiana- Graduated from Amite High School and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University. Minister at Shiloh Church of Christ for many years before moving to Indiana. He is preceded in death by his father Charles Julius Fulda Jr, his mother Georgie Virine Stafford Fulda, his brother Charles Julius Fulda III his wife Jackie Fulda, his brother Fieldon John Fulda and his beloved son Criss Everett Fulda.

     He is survived by his son George Earle Jr and daughter in law Julie, his daughter Nina Virine. His grandchildren Kristen Elena, Michael Benjamin and Kendra, Lindsay Rayne and Jeriah, Emily Katherine, Myra Delena and Jada Virine. His great grandchildren Ella Jane, Ezra Michael and Juniper Wilde. His sister-in law Clytae Garland Fulda and his nieces and nephews.

     Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5:00PM until 9:00PM on Friday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Services conducted by Bro. Don McGee. Interment Amite Cemetery, Amite, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.


Compiled by Sandra Naugle, Co-Editor of Work & Work.

Any news or announcements pertinent to this News & Notes  are  welcome.  Inclusion is at the discretion of the editors. 

Please send to sknaugle@gmail.com or text to 502-494-4185 or mail to 545 Linnwood Ave.  Sellersburg, IN 47172.




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