For The Observer
NEWBERRY — The Lutheran Church Of The Redeemer hosted to the Heartland Conference Lutheran Men in Mission fourth quarter meeting on Nov. 21, which also served as the annual ladies’ night.
The meeting was opened by John Boozer, president of the Heartland Conference Lutheran Men in Mission. The Rev. Richard “Dick” Webber, interim pastor at Redeemer, offered the blessing and a devotion. The meal was catered by Wise’s BBQ.The program was presented by the Rev. Dr. Tony Metze of St. Paul’s Lutheran in Columbia.
Following the program, three awards were presented. Lutheran Man of the Year was presented to David Lominick, while Ben Bowers and Matt Bowers were given the title of Young Lutheran Man of the Year.
The meeting concluded with the singing of the Lutheran Men in Mission Song and the benediction by the Rev. Dr. Derald Edwards, pastor of Pomaria and St. John Lutheran churches in Pomaria.
David Lominick is a regular participant in the conference meetings for many years, as well as with his local unit. In 2011, he participated in the LMM One Year to Live retreat. Many have noticed that Lominick’s experience at this retreat has super-sized his faith and his commitment to LMM. He is now a frequent staff member for the OYTL retreats and a strong proponent of the benefits of participating in the OYTL experience. He is currently vice president of his LMM local unit.
Lominick, a widower, is a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Lominick has long been an active member of his home congregation at St. Philip’s.
He has served previous terms and is now serving on church council. He is chairman of the property committee. He is a lay reader, usher, communion assistant, and member of the counting committee. He takes his turn at mowing the grass at St. Philip’s.
Ben and Matt Bowers are the twin sons of Susan Bowers and Freddie Bowers. They are life members of The Lutheran Church of The Redeemer and have always been active in the life of the church and synodical organizations.
Ben is an engineer with the City of Newberry Fire Department and has recently graduated from the S.C. Fire Academy Leadership Institute. At Redeemer, Ben has served on the church council, taught Sunday School, and has served on various committees. He is a member of the senior choir and has played the trumpet and tympani at worship services.
While a youth in the church he attended LCY events on the synodical level and became actively involved with Lutheran Men in Mission. He has volunteered over the past five years to lead the men’s yard maintenance program at the church as well as volunteered his time to prepare meals, help with the yard sale that benefits the Free Medical Clinic, and offers his assistance wherever needed. He is currently the secretary for the Heartland Conference Lutheran Men in Mission. Ben is married to Jessica Hook Bowers of Lexington.
Matt Bowers is an office assistant at Collins and Lacy, Attorneys at Law in Columbia. Matt was always an active participant in LCY and while a youth at Redeemer began filming the church services for broadcast on Newberry College’s TV channel as well as produced worship videos for the shut-ins and infirm.
He has willingly volunteered his time to set up technology and computer networking at Redeemer. He also serves on the Evangelism Committee, co-president of the Redeemer LMM, and assists with the yard sale that benefits the Free Medical Clinic. Matt currently serves on the church council at Redeemer.