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Guest post by Ryan Nisly

Posted by thesinger on December 26, 2007

If you have been reading my blog, you may or may not have gathered by
now that the comp class at Pilgrim is working on a mini book about
Center Church leaving the Amish, other churches that were outreaches or
expansions of Center, and the effect that the local Beachy churches have
been to others both locally and world-wide. We did some interviews of
older people that were in Center back in the “Good old Days.” Here are
some things that came up that I thought was interesting.

It was decided that instead of adding onto Center, new churches would be
built. Cedar Crest, Arlington, and Cornerstone have all been officially
sponsored, but members from these four churches have already been
influential in the construction of other churches.

For the first few years, German was used in church services with the
exception of when visitors were present who could not understand the

Pickup trucks were acceptable before automobiles were.

The split from the Amish was because of several reasons: The German
language used in church services created language barriers for visitors,
an eagerness for mid-week Bible studies, missions, and modern
conveniences with an emphasis on transportation. (This is in no wise a
complete list.)

People from Center were much (and quite possibly, still are) more open
minded and sensed a need for higher education than other Beachy circles.

A phone rang at the Arlington church while various women were there. The
caller wanted to talk to Mr. Arlington Beachy.

Random quotes: (I’m not including names since many older gentlemen from
our church wouldn’t feel comfortable having their names published online
and I don’t feel like calling them.)

“A horse couldn’t run fast enough.”

“I feel a little proud sometimes to be going to ‘Center Church.’”


4 Responses to “Guest post by Ryan Nisly”

  1. thesinger said

    Thanks to rnisly! A very nice compilation.

  2. wildflowerdays said

    i agree…could have been much worse. 😉

  3. wildflowerdays said

    hey–awesome, john! how did you get those snowflakes fallin?

  4. thesinger said

    WordPress.com decided to make it available to all the blogs that they host. You can find it by going to “Presentation” from your dashboard and from there going to “Extras”. Should be right there. . .

    Peace in the valley,

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