The Coshocton County Beacon March 4, 2021 - Page 2

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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“ 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

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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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