HONORING OUR OLDEST MEMBER MARGE KRIEGER
HONORING OUR OLDEST LIVING MEMBER:
Ninety-seven years ago, CrossView Church’s oldest living member, Marge Krieger, was born. (May 13, 1920.) Today, we want to honor and recognize her. She continues to be a special blessing to her CVC family and friends. From a very young age, Marge has sought to be a faithful servant, prayer warrior, and disciple of Jesus.
When Marge was in second grade, her Sunday School teacher led her into a small room and knelt down. She opened the Bible and read the part where it said, “My son, (daughter), give me thine heart.” (Proverbs 23:26) Marge asked the Lord into her heart, confessing that she needed the Lord in her life and Christ’s forgiveness. Upon hearing the news, her mother held her and cried.
Since then, for the past eighty-eight years, Marge has memorized one verse of the Bible every single day. In fact, Marge has memorized seven complete chapters of the Bible and recently recited I Corinthians 13 to her daughter, Nancy.
Throughout her life, Marge has faithfully demonstrated the spirit of James 1:22-25: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”
She has spent her life serving in both the community and at church. For eleven years, she served as a lunchroom lady at Grass Lake School. All the kids knew her as “Smiley.” One little girl nicknamed her “Mrs. Smiles.” A most appropriate descriptor for this amazing woman who has lived with the love of Jesus and His joy deep inside her heart.
Marge and her husband Bob served the Lord together in multiple ministries here at CVC (Antioch Evangelical Free Church.) Both played a vital role in the birth and growth of AEFC. As an attentive prayer warrior, Marge prayed for this church before it even existed and Bob planted the seeds for building the church as it stands now.
Just recently, Marge remarked, “I’ve had so many answers to prayer.” For example, she prayed her husband could get a job with the firefighter force at Oak Park. “He wore glasses and wasn’t six feet tall, a requirement for Oak Park,” she said. “They needed men on the force because of the war at that time.” She prayed, then he went for the first test, and he got the job. Then she and her children prayed they could live in their cottage by the lake here in Antioch, and the Lord answered that prayer.
In her testimony, Marge wrote, “Christ has always been my leader through many operations, decisions, and problems that needed to be solved. I have felt his presence, rejoicing, and I give praise to Him for all Christ has done for me. I’m so glad I have been a follower of Jesus and his Word all these years.”
Forty-some years ago, this couple was featured in a special AEFC newsletter called “Spotlight on the Family.” In this article, you will learn more about God's amazing servant and our oldest living member, Marge Krieger. (At the time this article was written, Marge was the treasurer of AEFC.)
Marge and her husband Bob moved to Antioch in 1958 where they raised their four children. (Bob passed away in 1999.) She has fourteen grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. Please pray for Marge. She recently fell resulting in two broken ribs and a collapsed lung.