The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 20
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R8 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1997 LIFE THE SAUNA JOURNAL V MINISTRY THE SUNDAY CROSSWORD Photos by Scripps Howard News Service Adele Carmichael, (seated at left) a 95-year-old minister with the New Hope Church in Thousand Oaks, Calif., gathers with church members to pray after a Bible study. Child of God transcends age Elderly minister with heart problems credits Holy Spirit with giving her the strength to lead Bible classes By TOM KISKEN Scripps Howard News Service THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Adele Carmichael is 95. Her chin is a maze of wrinkles. Her body is frail, her heart unreliable. Each Tuesday, she is escorted to New Hope Church in Westlake Village, Calif. Holding the arm of a Bible student 27 years her junior, she climbs the three steps that lead to a stage. About 40 people wait for her words, mostly women in their 50s and 60s. Some have attended this class for most of two decades and undergo a lengthy commute to get here. Carmichael settles on a cushioned chair and rings a bell. Class begins. She says it's a beautiful day, that birds are singing praises to God. She turns to the Bible, chapters 7 and 8 in Romans, and begins to teach. Her hands fly in gestures: clasping her Carmichael's 79 years in the chest, waggling a ministry make ner the longest-serving cleric in an finds the melody of Assemblies of God congre- the lesson. She ques- gation in the United States. tions her students, then teases, then instructs. They murmur "amen" and "hallelujah." "She gets off the podium and she's 95 years old," says Wes Baker, an engineer who has been attending th£ class for a year. "On the podium, she raises her voice and she can blow the doors open. The Holy Spirit comes to her and she's empowered." They call it anointed. Carmichael was converted in 1910 and ordained eight years later. She was 16. Her 79 years as a minister make her the longest- serving cleric in an Assemblies of God congregation anywhere in the United States, according to a spokesman in the church's district office. He claims she's also the oldest active minister. Carmichael has preached everywhere — in revival meetings, on street corners, in jails and in 40 different states. Now she's at New Hope in a Westlake Village business plaza, teaching from a stage lined with plastic gladiolus and ferns. She leads classes on Tuesdays and Sundays. Before that, she had a class in a Thousand Oaks bank. "I literally live for it," she says, explaining the transformation that takes place on the podium. "The Holy Spirit comes and takes over. I don't know that I have a body when I'm speaking. That's why I can keep going." Carmichael lives alone, in a double-wide mobile home. Inside is a display case holding china dolls she carved. In her bathroom are still-life flowers painted when she was younger — an orchid, a bird of paradise and an anthurium. Her friends and students check on her daily, accompanying her on walks and providing rides. On occasion, they bring groceries and encourage her to eat more, often unsuccessfully. A blanket is unfurled on a sofa where she often rests. She has heart problems. But on the podium, in explaining a Biblical reference to the heart, she offers perspective on physical limits. "When he's talking about your heart, he's not talking about that thing that goes ding-dong," Carmichael says. "It is the center of man. It includes the will and the emotions and the personality." Her home is filled with pictures of husband Richard, who died in 1960, and their two children. Visitors to her mobile home are, as a rule, asked if they're Christians. . "I've seen a man come to fix her gas leak and she has led them to the Lord right there," says her daughter. "She's Johnny on the spot." The people who attend Carmichael's class protect and care for her. One student gives her a back rub before the class begins. Another delivers a cup of water. "She's been at it so long, you'd think she walked with the apostles," quips Kirkendall. Wednesday, May 28 • 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Sunset Park Fitness walks and games... maybe a little dancing! We will have blood pressure screenings, a speed walk competition, a horseshoes contest and line dancing! Register by May 20th! For more information, call Sharon Ibarra at 452-7272, or clip the entry form below and send it in. Yes! I would like to participate in Senior Health & Fitness Day. Name "Lif«'$ a kit wtum yett'n fitting fit!" Address. Phone Number I would like to order a red, white and blue Senior Health Fitness T-shirt for $6 (Send check with this coupon). My size is: D XXL n XL D L DM G S Mail to: Salina Regional Health Center Attn. Sharon Ibarra 400 S. Santa Fe, Salina, KS 67401 NAIIONAL SliMOR Hl-AlTI I ITiMlSS ID A Yl sp vb • xi MAY 28, 1997 79 Mom's ahead of time? 83 —juste: the exact word 84 Mischievous one 86 Field of action 87 Fastens a ship rope 88 Rainbows, e.g. 89 Take to the ice 90 Khachaturian 91 Luke's father 93 Lobster's claw 94 Sot 98 Mom leads greater numbers? 100 Mom followed Sophie Tucker? 103 Turkish city 104 French state 105 Dlckens's "mysterious" Edwin 106 Stravinsky ballet score 107 Like the foxhunting set 108 Novice 109 Rand or Ride 110 Cranny's neighbor DOWN 1 Kubla Khan's decree 2 Sear a steak 3 Singer Perry 4 Scold 5 Chap from Bratislava 6 Wicker-worker 7 Soul, in Sens 8 Varnish resin 9 Look —: view skeptically 10 Mom sings an aria from "Martha"? "— Thee Every Hour Mawkish sentimentality 13 Scenery-chewer 14 Marked with stripes 15 Pep 11 12 "LOOKING FOR MOM?" By FANNY BANCROFT ACROSS 1 Caesar's 800 5 La —, Milano 10 Neighbor of Ind. 14 On the up and up 19 Words of surprise 20 Actor Fernando 21 Celebes buffalo 22 Foolish 23 Moms in a Westchester town? 25 Mom Is forever? 27 Like acid 28 Colorado resort 30 Ship bunk 31 Lift on a glacier 32 Work dough 33 Lose enthusiasm 34 Big brown bear 37 Gait-setting horse 38 Duckbill 42 That Is, Lat. 43 Mom wants to take shape? 45 Alcohol-control org. 46 See 33 Across 47 Sacred 48 Go out with 49 "Big Apple" address: Abbr. 50 Slippery — 51 Mom's meat mixtures? 55 Isinglasses 56 Aquatic bird 58 Like the Tower of Pisa 59 Jed Clampett's young cousin 60 Bridge scorecard 61 Clip the hedge 62 — Novo: Benin's capital 63 Knits the brows 65 Garbage scow of 1987 headlines 66 In a garish way 69 Given to chitchat 70 Mom's favorite flower? 73 Arikara 74 "It's—" 75 GarrofMr. Mom" 76 Rural route 77 — kiri 78 Purse or pouch ANSWERS TO TODAY'S PUZZLE ARE ON PAGE B4. 16 Eugene of "Of Time and the River 17 Creep along 18 Links area 24 Islamic building 26 Burning brightly 29 Soothsayer 32 "A Month In the Country" maid 33 Emulates a butterfly 34 Fliers on a string 35 Odette's opposite number 36 Mom's in a skin game? 37 Coconut producer 38 Pigtail 39 Mom acts out anxieties? 40 Of an armbone 41 Final authority 43 Pitcher 44 Befuddle 47 "Deck the — ,.." 49 Italian statesman 51 Taint 52 "Ninotchka" star 53 Driving maneuver 54 Type of chiffon 55 Adjective for Andrew 57 Ungainly 59 Work unit 61 Speakers' platforms 62 "Historia Naturalis" author 63 Brief efforts 64 Literary clique 65 Schoolteachers' titles of old 67 Conductor/ composer Anderson 68 "Lapis Lazuli" poet 70 Track events 71 Coeurd'—,' Idaho 72 Singing syllables 75 Shells, used for buttons 77 Pilot 79 Depict 80 Develops a liking for 81 Russian range 82 Holds back 83 Smallest number > 85 VonTrapp et at.> 87 Mopey 89 Clip a Cotswold 90 Dramatist Fugard 91 Pedestal part 92 Slightly open 93 Slicker's place ; 95 Double this for a Samoan port ; 96 Typee" sequel> 97 Thinker's placep maybe 98 — jongg 99 Asian holiday 101 Distinctive time'; period .' ; 102 USA currency 61997 Los Angeles Times Syndicate Quality Products Introducing Our Employee of the Month for MAY, 1997 KHAMTA HONGVILAY 3rd SHIFT SANITATION Pizza Service 3019 Scanlan Salina, Kansas "Quality Says It AH" 8M

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