Sunday, October 22, turned out to be a very special day in the life of Niles Discovery Church. In addition to it being Pledge Sunday (see article, page 1), the church received three new members and celebrated one baptism.
Clio Rasler was baptized by immersion at a special service at 9:00 a.m. that morning, and then during the 10:00 worship service, she, Barb King, and Tim Weible united with the church as Participating Members.
Clio Jessie MacNair Rasler is named after the Greek muse of history. She feels very connected to God and Jesus, and church is her favorite thing. During the week, she attends the Oakland Technical High School, where she enjoys writing, including writing her own plays, and drama class. Last summer, she and her mom attended a beginning American Sign Language class at Berkeley City College. Sometimes Clio practices ASL by signing along to the hymns we sing. Clio’s Independent Work Experience at Oakland Tech is working as an assistant at the school’s health clinic.
Barbara Phelps King, also known as Barb King and as Scarlet’s grandmother, was born and raised in Ohio and attended Hiram College. She married and moved to West Virginia where she raised her two children and owned a fiber arts business. In 1994, she moved to Florida to care for her elderly parents while working for a large healthcare software corporation. She spent the last 11 years of her pre-retirement career as the Finance Manager for a large hospice in the Daytona Beach area. Six months ago, she moved to Niles and now lives with her daughter, son-in-law, and amazing granddaughter Scarlet. She says she is very happy to have been welcomed into this friendly, inclusive, active congregation, and looks forward to offer her time, talents, and gifts to further the life and mission of the church.
Timothy Weible is also delighted to be joining this faith family. He was an English teacher in Turkey following college and is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ. He served for twelve years as a Disciples/UCC missionary in Japan before moving to Oahu, Hawaii, where he pastored a church for another twelve years. He has three amazing children and is currently working as a hospice chaplain for Bridge Hospice.
We welcome the three of them to this community of faith!