Sunday worship service at Relay
Organizers for the Adams County Relay for Life announced there will be a worship service at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the Adams Central football stadium to begin the last day of the event.
The service will be open to everyone and will be signed by licensed sign language interpreter Julie Jahn. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved inside the school.
Among participants will be several children from St. Joseph Catholic School, accompanied by music instructor Sharon Emenheiser, who will be singing in honor and support of classmate Meghan Pettibone, who recently completed kindergarten at the school.
In October of 2008, Meghan, the daughter of Tom and Jennifer (Serna) Pettibone, was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. After undergoing aggressive chemotherapy and radiation, Mehgan's most recent scans show she is still in remission, a news release said.
Other participants will include the duo of Jaime (Shoup) Macklin and James Steensma, who have sung together for many years throughout the county at weddings, church services, and coffeehouses and are featured on one another's CDs.
Macklin teaches choral music at Bellmont High School and is the music director for the contemporary worship service at St. Mark's United Methodist Church.
Steensma is in contract sales for Stucky Brothers in Fort Wayne and continues to sing at churches throughout the area, including the Decatur Church of God, where he performed in April during the Easter cantata.
The Wynn family will also be a part of the service. The children and grandchildren of Kathryn and the late David C. Wynn, the family is no stranger to cancer.
In 1975, daughter Kay, an accomplished organist and singer, was diagnosed with breast cancer that had already metastasized; she died within the year, leaving a husband and two young sons.
David C. Wynn was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1989 and died within two months. He had been a longtime member of the choir at St. Mark's United Methodist Church.
Last fall, Jana, wife of David A. Wynn, was diagnosed with colon cancer. Also suffering from diabetes which complicated her treatment, Jana died within a month.
David and sister Eunice, along with David and Jana's sons, Mike and Mark, continue this family's love of music today by working with area church and handbell choirs and singing together, Relay organizers said.
At the beginning of the service, musician Bob Heimann will lead a group of instrumentalists consisting of himself, Curt Amstutz, Karl Schmitz, and James Sonner.
Heimann's parents, Ed and Mary, as well as his wife Tammy, all have battled cancer.