Rick Spleth, our Regional Minister, came from Indianapolis to present the Barbee Blessing checks in the amount of $1,000 to each active church in the Stonebelt area. The money was a result of the sale of Camp Barbee, owned by the Disciples of Christ and operated for 60 years. The money was presented to the churches as a grant to facilitate faith formation programs at each church.
Rebecca Luppe hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and began her service as a church pianist at the age of 16 in her home church. Her public performances include being soloist for the Kalamazoo Symphony in 2010. Rebecca earned a bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, with a minor in Religious Studies. She will complete her studies for a master's degree in Piano Performance at the IU Jacobs School of Music in 2020.
Our co-pianist is Carrie Chen. Carrie was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and moved to California at a young age. She began piano at the age of five and has continued since. She earned her bachelor's degree in Piano Performance at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, her double master's degrees in Piano Performance and Chamber Music at University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Piano Performance at the IU Jacobs School of Music.
It was bittersweet as we said adieu to Pastor Steve Baker and his wife Debby as they moved into retirement after 10 years of ministry at Woodhaven Christian Church. We wish them all the best, and they will be missed.