Special Announcements

Please send all special announcements to Richard Ritenbaugh at the church office.


Church of the Great God is pleased to announce that two people were baptized into the Body of Christ at this year's Feast of Tabernacles: Hans Reeter of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Jarod Ritenbaugh of Charlotte, North Carolina. These baptisms were performed on Friday, October 30, 2019, in the swimming pool of the DoubleTree Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Richard Ritenbaugh, Martin Collins, and Mark Schindler officiated. Congratulations and welcome to the Body of Christ!



Matt and Jennifer (Stumpf) Thomas of Green Valley, California, are happy to announce the birth of their firstborn child, a daughter, Madelynn Josephine Thomas. She was born Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 4:23 AM after more than seven hours of often intense labor. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20 and 1/2 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well. Congratulations!

Madelynn Josephine Thomas


Kyle and Courtney (Ritenbaugh) Geer of Rock Hill, South Carolina, are pleased to announce the birth of their second daughter, Eden Rose Geer. She was born Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 4:29 AM after five hours of labor. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 and 1/2 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Older sister, Lily, is so excited that "Baby Eden is out!" Mom and baby are healthy. Eden is also Richard and Beth Ritenbaugh's second grandchild. Congratulations!

Eden Rose Geer


Derek and Tiffany Schulte delivered their daughter, Ziva Jeanne Schulte, together at 8:30 AM on Monday, October 21, 2019, while at the Feast in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Tiffany writes:

This birth was such a blessing! We were allowed everything we wanted except the date which, in the divine plan, ended up working out better. Zevran loves to hold his new sister. Derek and I both returned to work on Friday (I can take Ziva with me to work), and we are all adjusting well to life with a new family member. Many thanks to everyone who prayed for us!

P.S. Ziva does not have crossed eyes, but the photo was too funny to keep to myself.

Ziva Jeanne Schulte



Tiffany Schulte writes,

[Gary Garrett] was having trouble with respiration, mobility, and pain yesterday and asked Mom to have hospice make a visit. Upon discussion with his hospice nurse, he elected to go to the hospital to receive hospice care there. My mom stayed all night and three of my sisters stayed through various portions of the night with him. He passed away this morning. Thanks to all who have prayed. Dad was very blessed throughout this trial; his hospice nurse referred to him as her "medical miracle."

Cards may be sent to:
Deana Garrett
3205 Pheasant Run Trl.
Peru, IA 50273

Lucile Brown (Gary's mother)
415 N. 2nd St. #117
Winterset, IA 50273


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