Reprinted from "100 Years at Pleasant View Church."
1978 was a year filled with many experiences. A room beside the Pastor's study was furnished for a secretary's office. The memorial fund for Bernice Joseph was used in buying a new electric typewriter. Various equipment was purchased to make an efficient office.
The church was host for the Northern Ohio Women's Fellowship Spring Rally in April.
Kent and Barb Cherry and their two children, Sunshine and Casey, re-enlisted for another term to Ecuador with the O.M.S. mission board. The church also enlarged their support to $1,000 per month for this five year term.
The family of Eva Bice, from her memorial fund, donated a cross which hangs in the basement worship area to be used by our children's department.
The trustees, working on the parsonage, added a room in the basement at the backside of the house. This is used as a family room. Two bedrooms were renovated by paneling, insulating, and new ceiling tile.
Oliver and Martha Hagar spent their summer months working at (PVS) Paris Volunteer Service at our Church Camp in Northern Ohio, Inspiration Hills. Services were appreciated by the Camp Board and Manager.
Dan and Jill Rusmisel and their two children, Dawn and Ryan, went to Swaziland, South Africa, to serve for three years with the Mennonite Central Committee. He had graduated from Ohio State University after attending Manchester College two years. Dan also taught school and served two years in Alternative Service. After returning from Africa, he and his family moved to Chicago where he attended Bethany Seminary, graduating in 1986. Dan had been licensed at Pleasant View in 1983 and was ordained at Brook Park Church of the Brethren in 1986. He has been serving the Blue Ridge Church in South Virginia.
After John and Erma Harnisfeger did very good work in reinforcing our falling apart pews, the Allen Joseph family upholstered the seats and backs of all the pews in memory or Allen and Nancy Joseph, who were some of the first members at Pleasant View.
In 1979-82 Brent Driver became part-time Pastor at Auburn City, Indiana. He had been licensed at Pleasant View on Sunday morning, September 19, 1972. May 1, 1984 to July 23, 1989, he was pastor of the Columbia City Church were he was ordained June 2, 1985. On August 1, 1989, Brent became Associate Pastor at Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. He is married to Kim Ebersole and their two children are Jeremy and Sara Elizabeth.
In 1979, Eugene and Hanna Lenker came to Pleasant View where they served until 1983.
In 1983 John Mummert and family came to Pleasant View where he served until 1998.
In 1989 we celebrated 100 years of Pleasant View Church of the Brethren and printed "100 Years at Pleasant View" to tell about the history of our church and the pastors that have served from 1889-1989.
*Although many members in this history have passed on, in a sense they are still with us.*
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith." Hebrews 12:1.