It was a joyous day of celebration as family and friends joined in honoring Sharon Shouse and Eldon Wiese. Sharon was recognized for 45 plus years of working with the Peace Church Sunday School.
Eldon was celebrating his 100th birthday that very day - January 12.
The service focused on the contribution to the church and community that both of His servants have made throughout the years. The children's sermon, "The Symbols of Faith", incorporated the puppets and the use of symbols.
The Shouse Family gathered for this photo prior to the celebration. Pictured are Jay Dee Shouse, Sharon Shouse, Laura Beichley Evans and son, Susan Shouse Beichley, Jay Beichley, Michelle Beichley Sieh, holding Levi, and Sonya Beichley Rouser and Josh Rouser. In back are: Adam Shouse, Mrs. Jordan Shouse, John Shouse, Jordan Shouse, Shawn Shouse, Aaron Shouse and Randy Beichley. Several great-grandchildren were not pictured.
Susan Shouse Beichley pleased those present with her flute solo, "Jesus Loves Me". She was accompanied by June Bessman on the piano.
"To Believe" was sung by Doug Koester. Doug is Eldon's son-in-law. June Bessman was his accompanist. A quartet, composed of Dave McGowan, Marshall Mussig, Larry Miell and Doug Koester, planned to sing, "God Is Able". But a case of bronchitis changed the venue.
The Shouse Family joined forces to present the old hymn, "In The Garden". Sharon commented that if one does not believe in God's miracles, they need to look at the family singing - and remember that she nor Jay Dee are in anyway singers.
A power point presentation of photos and music honoring Sharon and Eldon was viewed on the over-head. This was designed by Deb Osborn and presented by Board member, Matt Higgins.
Church Board President Linda Goos read a brief bio of both honorees and presented each with a gift.
Sharon and Eldon each spoke and expressed their thanks and delight in the wonderful service with family and friends.
A bountiful potluck followed in the Fellowship Hall, complete with commemorative cake. It was a time for fellowship and reminiscing with the families, many of whom had traveled quite a distance.