By Amber Schumacher
EDGEMONT - Back in October 2016 the Falig family was called to ministry and Rhea Falig took over as the Pastor of Bethel Assembly in Edgemont. Pastor Rhea and Eric Falig took over as the campus pastors of Bethel Assembly Edgemont, a satellite campus of the Bethel Assembly Rapid City, with only six to twelve members in 2016 and have since grown its congregation to over 60 members. According to Falig, Bethel Assembly’s vision and purpose is to “Experience God. Love People. Share Life.”
The Falig family, who includes Rhea’s husband Eric and their three boys, Josiah, 10, David, 8 and Judah, 5, started this journey to ministry with a weekly round-trip commute of 162 miles from their home base in Rapid City to their congregation in Edgemont. It wasn’t until July of 2017 that they were able to relocate to Edgemont through the support of their church and Habitat for Humanity. The church and Habitat for Humanity teamed up to provide the family with a home in Edgemont.
Once the Faligs established themselves in Edgemont and were able to pour more energy into the Church, the next step for the congregation revealed itself to them. According to Pastor Rhea Falig, “her heart is calling her to raise up the next generation by encouraging students in their walk with Christ and helping them discover their purpose.” In following her heart, Falig began the “ONE Student Ministries” youth group in Edgemont. The mission of ONE Student Ministries - Edgemont exists to help equip and encourage students 6th-12th grade through a fun and vibrant atmosphere of worship and discipleship.
Following their launch party, the youth group gathered on Wednesday, March 20 with seven students and has since grown to 14 students as of their March 28 gathering. The youth group gathers every Wednesday in the Church’s basement for V.I.P. from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There is a cafe area available to the students as a place to gather at the beginning of their night. Then the youth group gathers for a meal together, prepared by Rhea and husband Eric, followed by worship upstairs and a message to close the night.
Any student 6th through 12th grade in Fall River County is encouraged to join ONE Student Ministries and is welcomed to the youth group with a special gift dedicated to new students. Falig is hoping to grow the youth group and is looking forward to what is to come for ONE Student Ministries.
“The most rewarding part has been seeing kids come into a relationship with Christ.” Says Falig of the new youth group endeavor.
Every year the church also gives back to students through their “Back to School Fest” where they gave away backpacks filled with supplies to 90 students at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
The Falig family from left to right: Josiah (10), Rhea, Judah(5), Eric, David (8).
Collage from opening night of ONE Student Ministires