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.
|2015 Season off and running|
It was a busy off season. First off I would like to thank New Haven UMC for allowing us to use their Van for the last five years to haul our equipment. They made the dicission to sell that van after last season.So in the off season we bought our own trailer to haul the set and lights.We had a couple work days to get it ready. The Southwest Fire District allowed us to use the fire station on Old Trail Road allowed us to do our work inside and we are greatly appreciative of the use of their facility as the weather was frigid. We began this year at Covenant UMC 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. Tim White and Brian Smith did most of the work on the trailer with help from Jeff Crowder, Lee Kreigh and Kevin White. Bruce Conklin,Jeff Crowder and their trucks were vital to the equipment move as we prepared for this season. I am still in awe how God can take thirteen ordinary men and their families, 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 128 shows
Rick Ensley 128 shows
Al Bohnstedt 121 shows
Brian Smith 121 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 20 years
Bill Mardin is our super sub filling in at the drop of a hat for any reason I need him.Thanks to all for your dedication to this ministry.
Robert Knox (Matthew) Lost his battle with leukemia last fall.He had portrayed Matthew for the last 3 years for us and had a year in the past that he was Simon the Zealot. He had been in remission and went to Marion, IN for a bone marrow transplant and never got out of the hospital. He was always a character in the dressing room and we will miss him at the table this year. In Oct. Majarie Harader passed away, the wife of the origanal director Cy.I am sure she is watching over us from heaven with him.This ministry would not have happened without them. Thanks for what you started we hope to continue your vision. 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.
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). Bruce,Donna,Bart and Zach Conklin 20years
| 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