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December 21, 2014

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By Mike Francingues Sidney Herald For Kelly Sloan, pastor of the Fairview Alliance Church, being a pastor is about more than getting up on the pulpit on Sunday and reciting the Bible. He aims to get people involved and become an "owner" of the church they go to. "If you don't participate in something you begin to wonder what its purpose is in your life," he said. Sloan, 50, added he is con- stantly searching for ways to get people involved with the ministry, especially chil- dren. He said many times children aren't fully there at services. They come because their parents made them or their friends are there. "Participation breeds own- ership. It breeds influence," he said. "I like having chil- dren take our offer. When they do that they go back to school and say, 'I took the of- fering at my church,' at MY church. All of the sudden the church they are attend- ing, once they participate, becomes 'my church.' " Sloan hails from Penicton, British Columbia. His min- istry focuses on the words of the Bible and helping his church understand them, he said. He noted he was struck by a figure he saw a while back, stating only 10 percent of Christians have a work- ing knowledge of the Bible. "Imagine a football team where only 10 percent of players know your plays. How are you going to do?" he asked. One day after service, he said, a woman came up to him and told him he'd ask the audience to turn to a page. However, the woman complained, Sloan began reading before she was able to find the page to follow along. "I got to a point where I started listening for the pages to stop turning. I real- ized people want to know what's in there," he recalled. "There was a man from an- other city who used to come to our church. I asked him why he drove all the way here, and he said, 'You're the first church I went to that asked me to open my Bible.' I was shocked to hear things like that." The Canadian-born pastor said sometimes he worries that being Canadian may affect how people take his teachings. He doesn't want people to think he's saying "As a Canadian…" and then telling U.S. citizens what they are doing wrong. Both Canada and the U.S. face similar issues in faith, he said. He tries to incorporate differences between the countries in his teachings sometimes. For instance, in a Bible study one time he had both U.S. and Canadian citizens. He showed them the end of U.S.-Canada hockey game, which Canada won. He then had each per- son express their feelings about the game. "It's the same thing that goes on in the Gospel," he said. "People ask, 'Why are they different?' Because someone else is seeing it from a different perspective, different heart attitude and different character. What they see is the exact same event in Jesus' life, but they're taking from it what God is laying on their heart and probably a little bit of their own bias, too." Sloan studied in Regina, Saskatchewan, before be- coming pastor at Fairview christmas dinner The Sidney Knights of Columbus will hold its an- nual community Christmas dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Matthew's multi- purpose room on Christmas Day. The meal includes turkey and ham with all the trimmings for a free-will offering. Call 406-433-2510 for delivery. christmas eve meal No family this Christ- mas? Fairview Alliance Church invites you to a free Christmas Eve meal from 4:30-6 p.m. A carol service will follow at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost or obliga- tion. Call 406-742-5425 for more information. Deadlines News and advertising deadline for the Dec. 28 edi- tion is Wednesday at noon. Deadline for the Jan. 4 edi- tion is Dec. 31 at noon. The Herald will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Legacy series Consilium Wealth Group and Ameriprise Financial in partnership with the Foundation for Commu- nity Care are bringing a program regarding wealth management series to Sidney. Topics will include tax savvy charitable giving, living your legacy and leav- ing your legacy, strategic philanthropy, impactful charitable giving and fam- ily philanthropy program. The Legacy Series event is scheduled to take place sometime in March or April. Call 406-433-6752 for more information. Bulletin Board Deaths clifford r. Lamphier, 89 Mary Lou cummins Merlini, 85 Barbara e. Olson, 82 David Thiel, 66 Page 3A Inside Drilling rig count Source: Baker Hughes sponsored by Montana 9 N.D. 172 Agriculture .........5A Around Town .....2A Classifieds .......6-8B Deaths ...............3A Learning ............7A Religion .............4B Sports .............1-3B XNLV137813 1914 2014 Published for Richland County and subscriber Richard Cayko Sunday, deC. 21, 2014 ~ 106th yeaR, no. 102 ~ Sidney, Montana ~ www.SidneyheRald.CoM ~ 75 CentS ChrIstMas concert - 9B rau sChool christmas program - 8a By BiLL VanDer WeeLe Sidney Herald Sidney resident Kay Fulkerson saw a "tutors wanted" message on the Sidney Middle School's sign. Being retired with time on her hands, Fulkerson decided to check out what the duties included. After volunteering for a position, what she found out amazed the former teacher. Fulkerson is one of the volunteers for Read Naturally, which is a new program offered this year at West Side Elementary School in Sidney. "You are doing challenging work for the children," Fulkerson said. "What I enjoy is the learning. You definitely see progress from the work of the kids." Colleen Zimmerman, who retired from the school sys- tem last spring, approached West Side Elementary School's Principal Jon Skin- ner about starting the pro- gram this fall. Zimmerman, who says she has a passion for teaching, has experi- enced the success of Read Naturally in other school districts. Skinner was en- thused about the idea. With the work of Zimmer- man and volunteers such as Fulkerson and Marlys Anvik along with a dona- tion from Richland Pump and Supply for supplies, the program has benefitted 30-35 elementary students so far this school year. "Colleen has put together something that you want to hang on too," Fulkerson said. "It's eye-opening how fabulous these schools are." The program has students, which were recommended by classroom teachers, read a story, then listen to the story several times on a CD recording and then read the story again. A graph is kept to show and track the stu- dents' amount of success. "This has been a wonder- ful program," West Side teacher Sara Romo said. "I know my kids have not only benefitted in reading but also in self confidence. They feel success, which I feel is so important as a teacher." Students work on an one- to-one basis with adults, but the children also do much of the program independently. Zimmerman said once stu- dents have been taught how to follow the steps, their time on task is very high. Students can spend most of the instructional time engaged in reading. "It can challenge students at any level," Zimmer- man said, noting that the program runs through the eighth grade. Romo added, "When my students come back, they are thrilled to say what they have learned." Zimmerman and Romo noted the program isn't only for struggling readers but students at all reading levels. "The beauty is they keep progressing and having suc- cess," Zimmerman said. To keep the program moving forward, however, more volunteers are needed. Zimmerman said volun- teers can work anywhere from a half hour a week to every morning during the week. Call West Side School, 406-433-2530, if interested in helping. Bill Vander Weele | Sidney Herald Colleen Zimmerman assists students in the Read naturally program. 'i know my kids have not only benefitted in reading but also in self confidence.' sara romo Teacher new program helps sidney students become better readers Caring in Fairview Pastor reaches 21st year at Fairview alliance Church Mike FranCingueS | Sidney Herald Pastor Kelly Sloan came to the Fairview alliance Church after being raised in British Columbia. see sLOan, Page 10a By BiLL VanDer WeeLe Sidney Herald Sidney native Marlys An- vik has accepted the position of being the new administra- tor at Sidney Health Center Extended Care, but she said the entire community is needed to expand on the facility's success. "I wanted to make a dif- ference to the community that raised me," Anvik, who started in the position Mon- day, said. "I'm excited to be part of the difference." She noted also creating a difference is the team of staff members at the facil- ity. "Every day you can walk down the halls and see smiles." After graduating from Sidney High School in 1981, Anvik lived in Arizona for 30 years. She felt the urge to move back to the area after her father, Louie, passed away in 2011. "After he passed on, it be- came evident that my roots are here," she said. She holds a master of business administration degree. Her work experi- ence includes in the health care, real estate and finance industries. She felt that be- ing the new administrator at Extended Care would be a good fit for her. "I need the community's support. I want to meet with them," Anvik said. "It's a home for the residents and their families and the staff that works here." Sidney native joins team at extended Care 'i need the community's support. i want to meet with them.' Marlys anvik extended Care administrator 'Participation breeds ownership. it breeds influence.' kelly sloan Pastor see care, Page 10a SEE US FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS. SEE US FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS. SEE US FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS. 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