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The William Jasper Burchell Memorial Scholarship was presented on Sunday, June 6, to Sara Van Cott of New Milford. This scholarship has been awarded annually, since 2001 to a young person from South New Milford Baptist Church to aid them in their planned involvement in Christian ministry. Margo and Bill Burchell presented Sara with the scholarship, which honors their son, the late William Jasper Burchell.
Sara, a 2003 graduate of Blue Ridge High School, recently completed her first year at Messiah College near Harrisburg, where she is a member of the Honors Program. This May she attended a week-long Wycliffe Bible Translators seminar surveying the various aspects of linguistics, at their Northeast office in Lancaster, Pa. Next January, she plans to travel to the country of Zambia, in southern Africa, with a group from Messiah College to take a course entitled "Health Care in the Developing World."
Saras future goal is to be a career missionary overseas, serving in either medical missions or Bible translation.
On July 4 the congregation of the Montrose United Methodist Church will welcome their new pastor, Deborah Rose, with a 10:30 a.m. service.
Pastor Rose is moving from the Deposit, New York area where she has been serving the McClure United Methodist Charge since 2001. She says that moving to Montrose feels like coming home, because she was born and reared in Pennsylvania (Sweet Valley, Harveys Lake and Trucksville area). She attended Tunkhannock High School and graduated from Dallas High School, as well as Wyoming Seminary Business School.
At nineteen, she left for Washington, DC to start a 30year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The last fourteen of those years were spent in New York State as a Health Care Planner.
In 1996, after an early retirement from the Federal Government, she found she could no longer ignore Gods call on her life.
Upon completion of her Bachelors Degree at SUNY Binghamton, she entered Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, graduating in 2004 with a Master of Divinity Degree.
Pastor Rose will be joined in the parsonage by her husband, David, and her father, Francis (Frank) Keller. The couple has two married sons and four grandchildren.
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