Service recognized

First United Methodist Church in Newton will recognize and honor Roxie Truan's 12 years of service during the worship service 10:30 a.m. Aug. 25.

Truan is retiring from her administrative assistant position with the church.

A covered dish dinner in her honor will be in the fellowship hall following the workshop service.

New pastor announced

Hillcrest Community Church recently announced Tony Johnson is the new lead pastor for the Newton church.

The church meets at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday for "Cafe Connect" and 10:30 a.m each Sunday for a worship service. The church is located at 431 W 12th in Newton.

Mennonite association to meet

HESSTON — The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association (SMCHA) annual banquet will be 6 p.m. Thursday at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston. The speaker will be David E. Ortman from Seattle, Wash. The title of his speech is “Time Travel Schweitzer Style – More Research Needed.” David E. Ortman grew up in the rural Freeman-Marion area of South Dakota. He graduated from Freeman Academy, Freeman Jr. College and Bethel College, North Newton. In 2006 he passed the Washington State Bar without going to Law School and now works as an attorney writing land use decisions for local governments around Puget Sound. He will be touching on historical areas where more research could be directed such as: Mennonites arrival in South Dakota and Kansas in 1874, Korean War and C.O.s, Schweitzers in Washington, Intermenno Trainee Program, etc. Reservations can be phoned to Barbara Stucky at (620) 345-8367 or to Whitestone Mennonite Church at (620) 327-4123 before August 23. Dinner $20. Join SMCHA $15/year or $100/10 years. Dinner and program are open to SMCHA members and non-members.