James the Lesser:
Kim & Kent Hosier
|Last Supper Drama Group of Fort Wayne|
|The Masters Men Every Lenten season this group of men witnesses through their role as one of Jesus's followers.The 40 days of intropection for each of us can be life changing. 2014 will be our 45th season. We hope to continue for generations to come. 82 men have sat at our table,82 lives and families have been touch by this ministry not to mention the thousands who have come to see the drama. We are in awe how Jesus can take these ordinary men and witness to the world around us.|
|How it all began |
Ernest K. Emurian's Living Last Supper
The drama had its premier presentation in Portsmouth, Virginia, on Palm Sunday evening, 1954. Then, in July 1969, The Last Supper was presented for 6,000 people in the Music Hall of Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, as the closing worship service of the National Quadrennial Conference of Methodist Men. Since its publication, the play has been presented by many different groups in all sections of the nation, and has been a source of inspiration to the many thousands who have seen it in person as well as over numerous television stations during Holy Week.
Two members of Simpson United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne,IN attended the National Methodist Men’s Conference at Purdue University in 1969. Cy Harader and Milo Habegger were in Elliott hall when the author and his group presented the drama for the conference. Cy and Milo came home and began gathering together the group to do a single performance at Simpson on Palm Sunday, 1970. The original thirteen men were Harold Smith, Bob Lawburgh, Darrell Cash, Bill Cartwright, Milo Habegger, Floyd Gantz, Roy Kern, Jim Trulock, Floyd Swathwood, Richard Crick, Doyle Shirk, John Leath and Denver Druesedow. The men paid for their own material for robes and stools and their wives made the robes. Cy was the orginal director and his son-in-law, Larry Ewing, who was then a member of Simpson, was the technical director. Blanche Hutto was the original art consultant. She also furnished much of the tableware, most of which is still in use. She donated plates that she had brought back from a recent trip to Isreal. Bill Cartwright painted the canvas flats, the table cloth, and did other art work. Much credit must be extended to the support group for this drama. It would be impossible to carry on the tradition without all those who work behind the scenes. The group usually travels with about thirty-five people, all who contribute their time, talent, and resources without any personal monetary return. The families of those involved became involved themselves. There have been many young people who have traveled with the group only to do stage hand work and be a part of the “drama family”. The group now has some third generation members. We who are a part of the group feel that we are stewards of a ministry of God in the name of Jesus Christ. We willingly participate and share our witness with those who attend the presentations. We feel that the program contributes much to our personal spiritual growth. We feel fortunate to be a part of the ministry. We have witnessed to thousands of people in the name of Jesus Christ.
|2014 Season off to a good start|
We began this year at Huntington Baptist church.It was a good start to another year of ministry. Another year of helping people find the reason for lent, examine yourself and your relationship with Christ. I am still in awe how God can take thirteen ordinary men and use them to spread his word. Hope to see you at a show I thought a few people should be recognized for their efforts to our drama.
Bill Cartwright 141 shows (deceased)
Cal Armstrong 128 shows as Thomas
Ernie Crowder 124 shows
Rick Ensley 123 shows
Al Bohnstedt 121 shows
Brian Smith 116 shows as Andrew (His Wife Deb has been in the make up room as a vital part as well)
Jack Brandon 107 shows.
Donna Conklin has run the spotlight for over 18 years
Thanks for your dedication to this ministry.
What is really unique about this program, other than the fact that it touches people’s hearts for Jesus, is that we now have several 2nd and 3rd generation participants. The Conklin’s have Bart and Zach along with their parents Bruce and Donna over eighteen years in the program. Bruce’s father Norm was also once an “apostle.” Charlie Crowder sat at the table in earlier years and has been followed with sons and grandsons: Jeff, Chuck, Ernie, and Brad. Ernie is one of the few with more than twenty five years of service. Other family ties include Keith Spiker whose son-in-law Brian Smith and daughter Debby have been long time participants and Tim White and his sons Kevin and Kyle are involved. And of course, Cy and Marjorie Harader have a legacy including past participant Scott Simpson,Tech directors Larry and Andy Ewing and current members Kim,Kent, Alan,Cassie Hosier involved. Rick Ensley 28 years involved now has his son Ryan at the table as Jesus.
The presentation lasts about an hour with each disciple giving a solilique of his life with jesus leading up to the moment at the Passover Supper when Jesus tells them that "one of you will betray me." It is a thought provoking look at what might have been going through the minds of each of the men who were the closest disciples of Jesus. The host church provides a musical interlude between every other speaker as the "painting" is brought to life. We provide the music selection ahead of time to allow rehearsals. The host church provides a meal and a freewill or love offering is collected to defray expenses (makeup, back drop, spot light bulbs etc.), afterwhich the balance is invested in a scholarship fund and returned to local christian charities or families in need.
The intent of the presentation is to challenge everyone in the audience to examine their own relationship with our Lord Jesus. As each of the disciples ponder "Is it I?" we pray that you also consider those thoughts.
|Twenty Year Participants|
20 Year members include
Bill Cartwright (charter member - 32 years)
Brian and Debby Smith (25)
Ernie Crowder (27)
Larry Ewing (26)
Andy Ewing (Andy might have been on the “set” before he learned to walk - 24 yrs)
Cal Armstrong (23 years)
Jack Brandon (22 yrs)
Francis Bader and Al and Janis Bohnstedt (all at 21 yrs).
| Schedule a performance at your Church|
Contact us for scheduling and information. Rick Ensley firstname.lastname@example.org 260 348-3739
|LAST SUPPER DRAMA GROUP OF FORT WAYNE|
Ft Wayne, IN