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Goshen College Announces Scholarship in Honor of Becky Felton

Becky FeltonScholarship to benefit Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies students

GOSHEN, Ind. – Becky Felton, Goshen College class of ’76 and a member of Perkasie congregation, was a champion of peace and justice. Even when faced with a terminal illness, she confronted it knowing that she was at peace with God and with others.

Before Becky passed away in November 2012, she and her husband, Jon, had the gift of time to talk about the organizations that were dear to her and where she would like their family support to go upon her death. There were many places where she had worked and volunteered that shared Becky’s vision of working toward a good and just world, and many of those places received memorials in Becky’s name.

But it was Goshen College that held a very special place in her heart. It is there that she went as a young woman from Yoder, Kansas, to begin her journey as a servant of the church. With a degree in religion, she went into the world to advocate and serve as a voice for the marginalized and those in need. She looked to the college as the foundation and catalyst that ignited her passion for peace and social justice.

Jon, with and their children Cody ’09 and Torey, have established the Rebecca Beachy Felton Peace and Social Justice Scholarship as a loving tribute to Becky and her life passions. This endowed scholarship will benefit Goshen College students pursuing a major or minor in Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, a legacy that will nurture future champions of peace and justice.

“The way Becky wove her passion for peace into her church, family and community commitments represents a way of life that we hope will characterize all our PJCS graduates, so we’re very grateful that the Felton family has chosen to honor Becky’s memory with a scholarship,” said Joe Liechty, Professor and Department Chair, Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, Goshen College.

Becky was a persistent advocate for peace and justice in her congregation as well as in her community and with the joint Peace & Justice Committee of Franconia and Eastern District Conferences. Wayne Nitzsche, her pastor, described Becky as a congregational peacemaker in many ways. “Perkasie has a worship ritual of lighting a peace lamp as we recite our pledge to be peacemakers. Becky urged us to consider and pray for peace locally and globally,” he said. “But most importantly, Becky modeled the way of Jesus in her relationships in the congregation and beyond.”

Those who knew her well describe Becky as an advocate of peace and justice, at peace with God and at peace with others. Becky served the Peace & Justice Committee as secretary, financial secretary, and registrar for the annual Winter Peace Retreat. Because of her broad understanding of current peace and social justice issues and her character, however, these roles don’t adequately describe her presence and her leadership, both in her congregation and with those on the Peace & Justice Committee. She was aware, compassionate and proactive.

Becky was honored on the day of her funeral by the Franconia and Eastern District Conferences as the recipient of the 2012 Peace Mug Award, recognizing her life-long commitment to peace and justice. Her memory and passions will live on to impact the world through this scholarship.

If you are interested in remembering Becky with a gift to this scholarship, contributions can be sent to:  The Rebecca Beachy Felton Peace and Social Justice Scholarship, Goshen College, 1700 South Main Street, Goshen, IN  46526, or online at www.goshen.edu/give and follow the links, designating the scholarship name in the comments section.

Becky also left a generous financial gift to Mennonite Central Committee to pursue peace and justice through the work of relief, development and peacebuilding. Donations in her honor can be made via mail to Mennonite Central Committee, 21 S. 12th Street, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500, online at donate.mcc.org/project/where-needed-most or over the phone at 1-888-563-4676.  Please note this gift is in memory of Becky Felton.

Conference students recognized for excellence in academic achievement

Franconia Conference college students were recognized last week for excellence in academic achievement at Hesston & Goshen Colleges.

From Hesston’s Honor Roll:

Matt Hershey, son of Jim and Brenda Hershey, is a freshman and a member of Salford Mennonite.

From Goshen’s Dean’s List:

Lydia Anne Alderfer, daughter of Dwight and Beverly Alderfer of Harleysville, is a junior studying sociology. She is a 2009 graduate of Souderton Area High School and attends Salford Mennonite Church.

Christian Lederach Allebach, son of Rebecca Coppola of Ambler, is a sophomore studying molecular biology/biochemistry and Bible and religion. He is a 2010 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Souderton Mennonite Church.

Angela K. Bishop, daughter of J. Eric and Linda Bishop of Souderton, is a senior studying Spanish and TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). She is a graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Souderton Mennonite Church.

Hannah R. Clemmer, daughter of Michael & April Clemmer of Harleysville, is a junior studying psychology. She is a 2009 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Towamencin Mennonite Church.

Joshua Philip Delp, son of Gary and Julia Delp of Sellersville, is a senior studying English and Bible and religion. He is a 2008 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.

Jessica Rae Gotwals, daughter of R. Brent and Julia Gotwals of Telford, is a senior studying nursing. She is a 2009 graduate of Souderton Area High School and attends Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.

Erica Rose Grasse, daughter of James and Marlissa Grasse of Chalfont, is a senior studying biology and environmental science. She is a 2009 graduate of Pennridge High School and attends Blooming Glen Mennonite Church.

Marissa K. Kauffman, daughter of Thomas and Donna Kauffman of Harleysville, is a senior studying nursing. She is a 2008 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Franconia Mennonite Church.

Tim C. Landes, son of Steven and Sandy Landes of Hilltown, is a junior studying art. He is a 2008 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Doylestown Mennonite Church.

Madeleine Johnson Ruth, daughter of Philip Ruth and Elizabeth Johnson of Harleysville, is a sophomore studying music and psychology. She is a 2010 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Salford Mennonite Church.

Rebecca Lee Weaver, daughter of Craig and Judith Weaver of Harleysville, is a senior studying psychology. She is a 2008 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Franconia Mennonite Church.

Justin Nicholas Yoder, son of Jerold and Beth Yoder of Perkasie, is a senior studying music and interdisciplinary. He is a 2009 graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and attends Salford Mennonite Church.

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Located 30 miles north of Wichita, Hesston College is the two-year liberal arts college of Mennonite Church USA.  Visit www.hesston.edu.

Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values — passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership — prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Visit www.goshen.edu.

Welcome our summer ministry intern!

from Steve Kriss, Director of CommunicationBen Sutter
skriss@franconiaconference.org

The communication team at Franconia Conference is excited to welcome our summer ministry intern–Ben Sutter.  Ben is a student at Goshen College in communication and history.  He’s finishing up his first week of work with us and is living with Aldo Siahaan in South Philadelphia.  He’ll be in the office on Mondays and doing the rest of his work from the field–which will include time in Harleysville, Mexico City, Baltmore, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  He’ll be writing some articles, spending some time in meetings, engaging with congregations and helping to update our website.   I’m glad to have Ben working here–and hoping that we can continue to cultivate his gifts in communication and his interest in serving in the way of Christ.

He’s grown up as part of the Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend, Indiana, but has been attending Waterford Mennonite Church while studying at Goshen.  He recently received a scholarship with the Fund for Theological Education and participated in a conference in New Orleans with them earlier this summer.   Please welcome Ben in his work, in his questions, in his exploring God’s call with and among us.

Ben can be reached by phone on Mondays at the Conference Center (267-932-6050, ext. 123) or by e-mail, benjamins5@goshen.edu.