Sheffield Life

Photo submitted to Times Observer Sheffield & Barnes United Methodist Church recently welcomed its new pastor, Douglas Brink, and his wife, June, with a luncheon there on Sunday, July 1.

When Douglas Brink came to know the Lord as his Savior and Redeemer in the spring of 1973, he knew that God had plans for him and would use him one day.

After graduation from high school, Douglas joined the U.S. Army and served as a senior military policeman in the United States, Korea, and Germany for 11 years. Douglas wanted to make the military a career, but with cutbacks in the armed forces, he had to follow a different career path.

After his service, Douglas held a variety of jobs, including installing fire alarms in New York City corporate facilities and Atlantic City casinos. In all of his jobs, he developed a variety of skills and through them all, he met lost souls and led others to Christ.

His best job, he says, was working as a shepherd for his wife’s uncle in Somerville, N.J. The 600-acre spread just 40 miles west of New York City was the largest sheep farm east of the Mississippi river with nearly 2,500 sheep.

Dealing with that many sheep made scripture references come alive for him and provided great illustrations in preaching. When urban sprawl and other factors intruded on his life, Doug once again answered God’s call and returned to his roots in Western Pennsylvania to begin the process of ministry.

Douglas completed licensing school in 2007 and later graduated from Course of Study at MTSO. His first appointment was to the Cherry Tree Charge of the Johnstown District. After nearly eight years, he moved to his prior appointment at the Mt. Joy Charge in Franklin District. As senior pastor there, he brought the three churches into a real working relationship with each other and also with two ecumenical groups.

The relationships led to combined services and a pulpit exchange that resulted in strong bonds with their communities.

Douglas believes that if the church is not outside of its buildings and working with local organizations in making communities better places to live, then the church is not alive.

The Charge has provided free coffee along the rest stops off Interstate 80 during the holidays, has helped raise funds for struggling fire companies, and supported local schools.

The St. Petersburg church provides a free spaghetti dinner every month for the community and Foxburg may be the only church that uses a hot dog cart as an outreach along the Allegheny River trails.

Douglas proudly calls himself “Circuit Rider” because he loves the excitement of traveling to the many different churches and bringing the Good News of the Gospel to the people of our rural areas because… “they are the church.”

Come and hear Pastor Doug each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Barnes United Methodist Church or at the Sheffield United Methodist Church at 11 a.m.

Sheffield/Barnes UMC Parish Ministry Dinner

On Monday, July 30, the Parish’s of the Sheffield and Barnes United Methodist Churches will be hosting an Open Doors Ministry Dinner at the Sheffield UMC from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu is a sub sandwich, chips, pickles and sundaes for dessert. This a free meal, but contributions are welcome and the contributions will go to help pay for our Vacation Bible School, which will take place August 20-24 from 6-8 p.m. each evening and the story topic will be “Secret Agents of Faith.” Children ages four and up are encouraged to enjoy a fun filled week learning about their faith!

Sheffield Open Results

Last week, the 56th Sheffield Open was played in the West Middlesex area with 80 golfers testing their skills at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course and the Oak Tree Course.

Winners by division were SENIOR LOW GROSS –1st PLACE Fuzzy Merenick, 2nd PLACE was Jim Monahan; SENIOR LOW NET — 1st Bill Manning, 2nd Bob Barney, 3rd Steve Gelotte; In the under 65 division LOW GROSS went to Adam Miller, 2nd was Rick Eaton. In the under 65 division Low Net, 1st Ken Weidner, 2nd Ken Brown, 3rd Andy Moore and 4th a tie with Brian Moore and Terry English.

The new game on Friday (an optional event) was a team event of the low net. A total of 15 teams played this event and the winner was the team of Terry English, Bob Barney, John Larson and Mike Davis.

Coming Events in Sheffield

— July 27th DCI Music on the Mountain at the Sports Complex

— August 2nd Sheffield Municipal Authority board of director’s meeting at 7 pm at Authority office

— August 6th Sheffield Township Supervisors Meeting at 7:30 PM at the Sheffield Food Pantry

— August 13-18th Sheffield Fireman’s Festival

— October 12-14th Johnny Appleseed Festival the 13th Annual.