THEM ON US: Texas church plants bound for JH

By on June 11, 2013


Jeremiah and Bethany Feicht

Jeremiah and Bethany Feicht

Texas church plants bound for JH

The Southwestern Assemblies of God University is planting a young couple in Jackson Hole. Faculty and staff raised $15,487.28 to help cover relocation expenses for Jeremiah and Bethany Feicht, who are expected to make a move to our valley this summer. Hopefully, they’ll be bringing their own house or their seed money might cover first-last and three months’ rent only.

The Feichts are SAGU alumni and recent staff members, according to a story in the Waxahachie, Texas, newspaper. SAGU alumni Jonathan Rumfield and Autumn Rumfield will join them on the move to Jackson.

Equality State? CNN doesn’t think so

CNN took a shot at Wyoming for the state’s large gender-based income gap. It’s the largest, in fact, in the United States. “Women: Beware the Wyoming income gap,” the headline in its June 11 story warned. The accompanying graphic showed a map of the country with the District of Columbia highlighted as the best example of a true equality state (women earn 90 cents for every dollar a man earns) and Wyoming was featured for its dismal ratio of 67 cents to a man’s dollar.

Wyoming’s lousy showing is far below the national average of $.77 to $1.00.

“Watch out, women workers in Wyoming. You’re probably earning a lot less than the men in your state,” CNN’s Tami Luhby wrote.

061213themonus1Has Amelia Earhart’s plane been found?

A Wyoming man is claiming Amelia Earhart’s plane was found two years ago and the company that located the wreckage has been sitting on that information while they bilk him for recovery funds.

Timothy Mellon, of Riverside, Wyo., filed a federal lawsuit in Cheyenne claiming a salvage company called The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery found the pioneering aviatrix’s Lockheed Electra in 2010 in the waters around the Kiribata atoll of Nikumaroro, about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii. Yet the company solicited more than $1 million from him last year to continue the search.

Mellon says TIGHAR captured underwater images of parts of the landing gear of the plane that disappeared in 1937. Mellon’s lawyers hired aviation experts who positively identified the found wreckage to be Earhart’s plane. TIGHAR lawyers deny the claim and say they are still intent on looking to solve aviation’s biggest mystery.

Amanda Luther

Amanda Luther

Wine, women and song

Wine experts are hard to come by in Wyoming. Real experts, that is. Of the 133 master sommeliers living in North America, none are to be found in Wyoming. There aren’t any in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana or Idaho, either, according to the Court of Master Sommeliers. The nearest state with a wine master is Colorado. Of the 201 total registered master sommeliers worldwide, living or dead, only 19 are women.

A master sommelier is the highest achievement a wine expert can achieve and Cody’s Amanda Luther wants to be one. At age 25, Luther hopes to gain the distinction by the time she’s 30. Luther said she would use her expertise in her hometown, fostering a new generation of fine dining snobs.

Luther has chronicled her progress on Youtube. We read the story in the Bremerton, Wash., newspaper Kitsap Sun. A similar story also ran in the Cody Enterprise.

About Jake Nichols

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  1. Not this issue again...

    June 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    We got the church out of LA in the old Wilson School House. The new Bible Thunpers are welcome. I hope they knock on each others doors. And why, exactly, are they coming here? Jake?

    Equality State?

    Women are to blame for making ‘poor’ choices when it comes to education and employment. How many sign up to be engineers? They will soon, if not already, out rank men in education and potential. The pay gap exists because of choices they make.

  2. June

    June 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Why do we care that someone is moving to Jackson? Thousands come, few stay.

    Are these your friends Jake???

  3. June

    June 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    “The Feichts plan to relocate to Jackson Hole by Summer 2013. The first year of ministry will primarily consist of building relationships in the community. They anticipate launching worship services in Fall 2014. SAGU alumni Jonathan and Autumn Rumfield will be joining the Feichts in Jackson Hole as team members.

    “We want the church and our evangelistic strategy to be based heavily on relationships,” says Jeremiah. “We will show the community that we love them and want to serve them by partnering with some of the community’s non-profit organizations.””

    We need more love in Jackson. Too few women, too many boys.

  4. jake

    June 15, 2013 at 10:24 am

    No, I don’t know them. Just thought it was an interesting bit that fit for this column. So many come to worship the Tetons, etc. How many come to worship the One who created them?

  5. Thanks Jake

    June 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    More should.

    How many are living as He did?

    Too few.

    You should have asked them WHY Jackson Hole? Only they can guide us? Our churches suck? Brent Blue needs more harassment? The poor are in need? Other parts of the country are better off? The rich leave more in the offering plate? Hedonism has run amok in ski towns? They like our winters?

  6. Destination unknown

    June 17, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I dont quite understand the disturbance here… I can tell some are pleased they are coming, while others are not. I would think any community would be glad more people are coming to join them in a positive light. I dont quite see the problem. As one said, thousands come and go all the time in the beautiful valley. Welcome them!

  7. Destination unknown

    June 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Exactly… what does it matter if someone moves to Jackson? I’d think folks would be pleased to have more young people come to the area! And no one knows their real motivations for coming, that is not our judgement call.

  8. Grace

    June 18, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Is this couple associated with the church group that stood along Broadway and the Town Square holding signs of aborted fetuses ?
    It’s no wonder people are discussing their motives for moving here.

  9. Hello

    June 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Jake made it news. It’s a perfectly reasonable question to ask since Jake made it news – it’s NOT news if it’s anybody else according to Jake. It’s a curiosity. Why are you so uninterested in the reason church people move here?

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