“Jesus: Absolutely Defined”, Lenten Lunch series based on Jesus’ words from the Gospel of John.

Mike Sipple

“Jesus: Absolutely Defined”, Lenten Lunch series based on Jesus’ words from the Gospel of John.

As spring approaches, so does the season of Lent, observed by Christians the world over with prayer and serious contemplation of the mysteries of faith.

Marking the season is a long-time Lenten tradition, the Lenten Lunch series sponsored by the Berea United Methodist Church. Every Wednesday for the six weeks following Ash Wednesday, the Berea community is invited to gather at the church’s Parish House on Fee Street to hear a speaker, enjoy music, and eat a light lunch. There is no charge for the meal, which begins at Noon in the Parish House and ends by 12:45 P.M.

Berea United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Fee and Chestnut Streets in Berea, KY. The Parish House is at 101 Fee Street. Doors for the luncheon will open at 11:45 A.M. For more information about the church, or the Lenten Lunch series, please call 859-986-3485.

Mike Sipple, 50-year resident of Berea, will open the Lenten Lunch series on Wednesday, March 13. He will speak on “I Am the Light of the World,” based on John 8:12, 9:5.

He is the owner of Sipple’s Auto Service and Tire, and is married to Tina Sipple. They are the parents of two sons, Brett and Aaron. Mike Sipple is the worship leader at Community Christian Church on Boggs Lane in Richmond. He has been a baptized Christian since the age of 11.

Bruce Fraley

March 20, Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley, speaking on “I Am the True Vine” from John 15:1,5.

Bruce Fraley is the fifth Mayor of the City of Berea. He began his term as Mayor on January 1, 2019 and had served on the Berea City Council from January 2017 through December 2018. He is a Berea native, an honors graduate of Berea Community High School, and a Cum Laude graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, with a dual major in Political Science and Sociology.

He began a career in public service as a Cooperative Education student while an undergraduate and served with the Social Security Administration for 34 years, with his last 27 years’ experience as a District Manager. He retired from federal service in September 2017 and sees his service to the City of Berea as a continuation of a successful career in public service.

Mayor Fraley and his wife Linda have two adult children, Emma and Ben (and his wife Chelsea), along with two grandchildren. Bruce is a member at St. Clare’s Catholic Church.

Jess and Gabrielle Steere

March 27, Jess and Gabrielle Steere will be speaking on “I Am the Good Shepherd” from John 10: 11,14.

Jess and Gabrielle Steere are two people whose lives testify to the goodness of a faithful God. Together with their children, they serve students, staff, and faculty at Berea College through their work with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

The Steeres are active members of River of Life Foursquare Church.

Greg Lakes

April 3, Greg Lakes speaking on “I Am the Gate” from John 10:7.

Greg Lakes is a third-generation funeral director at his family’s business, Lakes Funeral Home, in Berea. He is a graduate of Berea Community School and Mid-America College of Funeral Service. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1993 and serves on the Kentucky State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.

He is a member of Union Church and currently serves as the treasurer, and he also serves on the Industrial Authority Board for the City of Berea.

He and his wife, Rachel, reside in Berea. Their daughter, Mallory, attends Eastern Kentucky University and their son, MacGregor, is a senior at Berea Community High School.

Laurie White

April 10, theme will be “I Am the Bread of Life: from John 6:35, 48.

April 17, Laurie White speaking on “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” from John 14:6.

Laurie White came to Berea from West Virginia 20 years ago to attend Berea College. Through the folk dance community, Laurie met Joe White and stayed to form a family of 3 kids who have somehow grown up to be teenagers. Laurie and Joe were married in the River of Life Foursquare Church in Berea, but when Joe felt called to ordained ministry as a chaplain, they chose the United Methodist Church for ordination. Both Joe and Laurie grew up as PKs.

Laurie’s studies in college focused on Agriculture and Natural Resources, and she now works for Community Farm Alliance as a Local Food Coordinator, after working for an organic vegetable farm for the past 4 years. The White family have been part of Berea UMC for 2 years.

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