Please note that if you are planning on attending an event I have listed here it is always a good idea to double check the information before doing so as I occasionally do get the time or date wrong.
The cool nights and days we have had in the past week reminds us that summer is ending and fall will be here soon. It started to rain about mid afternoon Monday and kept on most of the day and into the evening. I drove home in rain all the way from Rollag. The crops looked as good up there as they do down here.
In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: Sept. 12th is Rally Sunday with Sunday School at 9 a.m. and joint services at St. John's at 10:15 a.m. followed by a potluck dinner. The fall schedule will resume on Sept. 19 with services at Kongsvinger at 8:30 a.m., Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and services at St. John's at 11 a.m.
The September newsletter is now out. Extra copies are available in the narthex of each church.
St. John's fall festival will be held on Oct. 9. They are looking for craft and other items to sell (no clothes) so if you are doing some fall cleaning, keep them in mind.
The Mission Start Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Morris will celebrate Rally Sunday on Sept. 12 with the installation of teachers and presentation of Bibles to the third graders.
Many other churches in the area will also have Rally Sunday services and special activities on Sept. 12.
With fall here it is also time for church suppers. St. Charles Church in Herman will hold a dinner on Sept. 12. The Herman United Methodist Church dinner is planned for Oct 17.
There will be a gospel sing along at the Eden Reformed Church in Herman on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. and Immanuel of rural Barrett on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
The play "Godly Women Out of History" will be presented at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus on Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. It will also be presented at Kongsvinger during KCLW guest night on Sept. 26.
WordAlone will meet today (Saturday) at St. John's Church of rural Starbuck. Coffee will be at 9:30 a.m. and the program is at 10 a.m. A delegate who attended the recent North American Lutheran Church constituting convention will bring a report.
The musical group "Go Fish" will be in concert at the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alex on Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. Contact the Thrivent Financial office at 589-1731 for more information.
An open house baby shower for Ellery Rose Spohr, daughter of Crystal Henrichs and Matt Spohr, will be held today (Saturday) from 2-5 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Morris.
There will be a reunion of the Alberta High School class of 1951 beginning at 5 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Ranch House in Morris. Friends are welcome to drop in. This was the last class that included the Donnelly Bunch---Mary (Olsen) Dripps, Suzy (Olsen) Ziemmer, Richard Goldenstein and Duane Ruff.
An open house diaper shower (diapers and bathroom supplies) for Brynnlee Mae Siegel, daughter of Darrik and Misty Siegel, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the home of Janet and Steve Sauter, 17411 US Hwy 59, Morris.
The Donnelly Community Club will meet at the town hall on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
Learning Unlimited will meet on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Morris Public Library community room. Author David Keeny will give a presentation based on his book, "Minnesota Goes to War."
There will be a Vietnam War era veterans appreciation day at the Old #1 Southside on Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.
Congratulations to Steve Engelby who was part of the winning team in the Hoffman fishing league.
Congratulations to the following 4-Hers who won awards the State Fair livestock encampment: Jacob and Jenna Moser; Natalie Johnston; Shauna Kill; MaKenzie Smith, and Kendra Sperr. Natalie and Jake were members of the general livestock judging team that finished 5th overall, second in beef and 5th in sheep. Jenna also received a purple ribbon auction scholarship.
Congratulations to Laura Thielke who received the Mary Martelle Memorial award at UMM in April. Her parents are Delano and Linda Meyer.
Steve Fults and I attended the Metal to Money sale near Hoffman on Sept. 3. Later I stopped into the Good Samaritan Home to visit with Thelma Leegard.
A 12-horse hitch on a plow and a ride on the merry-go-round, along with many interesting displays, exhibits and events were part of the 56th annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion that Dennis Kruize and I attended in Rollag over the Labor Day weekend. At the Hawley Lutheran Church food booth I ran into my classmate Joe Grotjohn, whom I have not seen since graduation.
Jerry and Joan Kopacek recently returned home after a tour bus trip to Holden Village, Wash., in the Northern Cascade Mountains. While there they had an enjoyable time relaxing and hiking. On the way out they took in the Medora, N.D. musical. On their way back they stopped in Yellowstone National Park and were witness to the extremely rare event of Old Faithful and Beehive geysers erupting simultaneously. But the biggest highlight for them was getting to meet for the first time, Jerry's cousin Arlene and husband Ray Poche' from Ravensdale Wash., who drove to Wenattchee so they could have supper together.
Sam and Dorothy Johrdheim traveled to Avon on Sept. 3 to visit Jeff and Gayle Gibson and family. On the trip home they stopped in Alexandria to visit Odell and Joann Christenson.
Pearl A. Anderson spent some time on Sept 5th in Norcross visiting Lauren Lennox and family.