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2 • The Beacon March 4 , 2021

New Beginnings Ministries to celebrate anniversary

By Josie Sellers
Bill Dunfee accepted his first pastor position 27 years ago at a church in Frazeysburg but always knew he was meant to come back to Warsaw to help others develop their relationship with Christ .
In 2001 Dunfee got
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BF-00500666 the opportunity to come home and start New Beginnings Ministries at 331 E . Church St . in Warsaw .
“ I always wanted to see the holiness church thrive and do well ,” Dunfee said . “ My goal was always to come back to a church where God could do good work and impact the community .”
New Beginnings Ministries opened in March 2001 as an independent , nondenominational ministry and will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sunday , March 7 .
Dunfee has enjoyed watching people in the congregation use their talents for the Lord and to help the community .
“ There are four events we do annually , and we continued those even with COVID ,” Dunfee said . “ We do a Christmas Eve dinner , Vacation Bible School , Back to School Fair and Fall
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Kyle and Bill Dunfee are the preachers at New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw , which is celebrating its 20th anniversary .
Fest .”
Another way they reached out to others this year was providing meals and ice-cream treats during the summer .
“ We may be small , but we have a pretty big footprint , and we give God the credit for that ,” Dunfee said .
The church also has been blessed to have other members step up in leadership roles including Dunfee ’ s son Kyle .
“ God put a calling upon his life ,” Dunfee said .
Kyle Dunfee and his wife have been youth leaders for many years , but in January 2018 he started sharing time at the pulpit with his father by stepping into a pastor role .
“ We both preach twice a month , but his are back to back ,” Bill
Dunfee said . “ When it comes time for my next adventure , I will know that this church is in good hands .”
Bill Dunfee has really enjoyed seeing the younger generation step up . “ Kids Connie and I had in children ’ s church and kids Kyle taught are becoming leaders ,” he said .
Kyle Dunfee has been a youth pastor since he was 20 years old and has enjoyed watching his own children grow up with others in the church . Both he and Bill agreed the church is very family focused and concentrates on building relationships .
“ We are all about raising our children up in a Christ-like manner ,” Bill Dunfee said .
In the future Bill Dunfee would love to see people from church holding positions of authority in government and one of his grandsons continuing on with their missions . “ We need to get back to having our decision makers having Christ-like values ,” he said .
Kyle Dunfee would love to see one of his sons pastoring the church at its 100th anniversary celebration and helping to lead people to Christ . “ I hope we continue to raise up a generation that will follow after Christ and be the salt and the light ,” he said .
Anyone interested in learning more about the church is welcome to attend the 20th anniversary celebration at 10:30 a . m . on Sunday , March 7 .
“ We are going to reflect on where we ’ ve come from over the past 20 years and what God started here ,” Kyle Dunfee said . “ That will be followed up with a great meal and a time of fellowship . Everyone is welcome to attend .”

Legal clinics help those who meet guidelines

Shelby Theatres
By Marianne Austin
The new 2021 Coshocton County Free Virtual Family Law Clinic gives potential clients an opportunity to talk with a volunteer lawyer to inquire about custody issues , domestic violence , visitation , divorce and other domestic-relations issues , as well as do-ityourself forms and prequalified civil matters .
The law clinic has been around since July 2016 , but the virtual aspect is new . Sponsored by Coshocton Common Pleas Court , General and Juvenile , and the Coshocton Bar Association , the virtual family law clinic is available the first
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Tuesday of each month . To qualify for the service , clients may call Southeastern Ohio Law Offices , and an attorney will contact them if they qualify . The Coshocton clinic is limited to individual appointments for Coshocton County residents .
The virtual family law clinic is a brief advice clinic for individuals with limited income . Clients are prescreened and must meet qualification guidelines . Clients are served in order of registration . Individuals who qualify for services will be contacted by a Southeastern Ohio Legal Services attorney . SEO screens clients and assists local attorneys to provide this service .
The attorney will show them how to complete the paperwork and explain everything they need to do , said Doug Schonauer ,
Coshocton County Court administrator .
“ The benefit of the Coshocton clinic is that every county is different in forms that need to be filed . The SEO packet may not have every form in it that they need in our court , and they will tell them it is not complete . We started the free clinic because if the client can ’ t afford it and some people don ’ t have the means , they get frustrated and try to do it on their own . Otherwise , if they look online themselves , they might think they need packet number five and find out they have the wrong packet . We can ’ t file legal forms though ,” Schonauer said .
Coshocton is fortunate in that Capital University Law School third-year students with a temporary license provide assistance to Coshocton County residents . Most courts don ’ t have the legal interns .
“ Brenda , a legal aid , tells the client if they qualify , and they will get a call from the attorney ,” Schonauer said . “ Through conversation they decide what packet of forms the client will need . The client then stops at the courthouse and picks up everything they will need with that packet . The court doesn ’ t allow us to tell people what they will need . If they can ’ t afford an attorney , they can at least consult with someone who can give them direction , or they can call the Coshocton clinic on the first Tuesday of the month .”
Since 2016 , 87 % of the clients were helped , and 858 packets were handed out in the county .
“ We keep track of the number getting assistance , usually looking at
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