CRUMC Member of the Month
Since Bertus and his dear wife Catharine’s came to Crossroads in the ‘80’s, their lives have been intertwined with the life of our congregation.
Bertus has been by the side of his dear wife of 64 years, just as he has five children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He has given that same hands-on attention to our congregation, whether giving parishioners rides to church, taking directory photos or creating his wood-working wonders to enhance our building from one end to the other.
Indeed Bertus’ heart and hands are “all over” Crossroads. From the communion table to the name tag board, Bertus turns his vision into hand crafted, practical items that became sacred with use. Some of Bertus’ attention to detail can be traced to his life-long career as an electronics engineer at APS. But Bertus’ inspiring dedication to Crossroads runs deeper than applying his vocational aptitude to his volunteer work. His son Harold said, “All that Bertus’ does for his family and his church family is motivated by seeking God’s direction to do the right thing for family and friends”. Harold added that he is sure his father’s prayer is for all Crossroads members and friends would be to seek God’s guidance in all that they do.
Congratulations Bertus for being Crossroads UMC Member of the Month!!
Once you meet Twylla Ehlers you learn two things about her right away. Actually, three. First, she’s from Iowa. The kind and gentler values of that middle-America state runs in her very DNA. Secondly, Twylla’s career was nursing. And even though she’s retired, the saying is true: “Once a nurse, always a nurse.” About that third thing…well, Ms. Ehlers’ first name is spelled with two ‘l’s. Every other Twyla has only one “l.” So the unusual spelling verifies our Twylla’s uniqueness.
In this, Cross Roads’ third time at recognizing volunteers of the month, Twylla is in good company with previous honorees: Bertus Berg and Claude Culbertson. All three have in common a willingness to say “yes” to almost any request. Yet, their actual hands-on activities for the church vary widely. Whereas Bert might be carving some beautiful hand-made item to enhance our sanctuary and Claude might be found 15-feet high on a lift changing light bulbs, Twylla has spent much of the past six months doing a job no one wants to do: paperwork.
Working with Mary Bullis, Twylla has spent countless – and we do mean “countless” – hours straightening our financial records. No one but a CPA would find this fun, but it has to be done and Twylla has risen to the occasion with flying colors.
Combing through an Everest-high pile of financial files is but a small bit of Twylla’s contributions as a volunteer. In the office, she answers the church phones as well as a myriad of other office needs – and always with an easy-going cheerfulness and earnestness. In worship, when Pastor needs assistance at the altar, Twylla leaps to the task, whether it’s to help with communion or making announcements. She also accepted the responsibility of being a lay leader and has taken the training toward that lay leadership position.
As a “retired” nurse, Twylla has volunteered at the Lura Turner Homes’ annual camp near Payson. Her caring bedside manner was in full display when she needed to spend an entire day at the hospital with an ailing camper. The developmentally-disabled campers love having Twylla as their nurse, not just for her nursing skills but for her right-on sense-of-humor, which comes in handy with such a vulnerable population.
The list of everything Twylla does for CrossRoads’ church family could go on and on. Let’s stop here, however, and thank Twylla from the bottom – and top – of our hearts for giving of her time and talents to the Cross Roads’ community. Her example is clearly one of servant leadership set by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Although she is often times still mistaken today as a youth member – Margarita has put in many tried and true years of service within her time here at CrossRoads. Margarita first graced the halls ofCrossRoads UMC about fourteen years ago as a quiet (perhaps a bit angsty yet wise beyond her years) teen that was invited to come join the youth group by her friend Eunice (former CRUMMY CREW member). One simple invite allowed this questioning teen to become involved in many thought provoking discussions, service oriented events, and offered opportunities for fears to be conquered and a servant heart to grow and shine on multiple mission trips. It was on a mission trip in Lame Deer, MT that Margarita was taught the craft of tiling floors (by none other than our very own Claude) and perhaps it was in that moment the art of being a committed connector was instilled in her veins. Margarita has continually been a staple at CrossRoads for connecting people by inviting ‘outsiders’ in and staying steadfast in her found faith to keep creating meaningful experiences and opportunities for others. From keeping a youth group established through many years of leadership transition, to revitalizing the UMW: People of Purpose and serving the surrounding community – a difference has been made through her heart, hands, and many works. Margarita has also represented and served CrossRoads by attending Annual Conference as both a youth member and young adult, being a tech support guru, co-leading the youth group, creating flyers/artwork for various CRUMC events…the list could go on and on. There is no idea, task, or person that is too great or too small for they all carry importance to Margarita. In the free time that she does find, Margarita loves to go on adventures with her husband Matt and fur-babies Governor Solomon Grundy and President Pocket, paint acrylic masterpieces, be a matchmaker (she’s a connector remember), see all the movies at Harkins, and read a good novel or two. Margarita is more than deserving of this recognized spotlight however, it’s important to keep in mind, as Margarita has shown us, the light will only shine as bright as the impact we make on the people we serve. Thank you for being a beacon at CRUMC Margarita.