Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news. I want to wish my Mom a happy Mother's Day in heaven.
The arrival of milder temperatures this week means that farmers in the area have been very busy getting their fields worked up and their crops planted. It is still wet around here though with lots of water standing in the ditches and low spots. It will be some time before my fields are dry enough to plant.
In St. John's/Kongsvinger parish news: The May parish newsletter is now out. Extra copies are available in the narthex of each church. It includes a copy of our summer worship schedule.
On May 10, there will be a cradle roll and adopted grandparents event during Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. at Kongsvinger.
May 17th is Baccalaureate Sunday in our parish. Our graduates will be honored with a brunch from 9-10 a.m. at the Kongsvinger parish hall and during joint services at 10:15 a.m. at Kongsvinger. Please note the change of time. This will also be the last week of Sunday school for the year, so the kids and their teachers will be recognized during services. If you have a grad and have not turned that information in at the parish office, please do ASAP.
There will be joint services on May 24 and the summer schedule begins on May 31.
The joint councils are looking for people who might be willing to sponsor a booth at the Grant and/or Stevens Co fair(s) this year. Contact the parish office for more info.
Thank you to Rev. Rochelle Anderson of Morris for being our guest preacher on May 2 while Pastor Judy was attending her grandson's confirmation.
Luther Crest Bible Camp near Alexandria will have a clean up day on May 23 beginning at 9 a.m.
"New Wine" will present their musical "The Ark" on May 10, 13, 16 and 17 at First Lutheran Church in Morris. Advance sale tickets are now on sale at the church.
There will be an open house bridal shower in honor of Toni Kloos, bride to be of Jon Hughes from 3-5 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center today (Saturday).
There will also be an open house bridal shower for Toni on May 16 at the Kongsvinger parish Hall from 9-11 a.m. If you are unable to attend you may send a gift to Box 97 in Donnelly.
The open house at the Crazy Sisters market of rural Cyrus also continues today (Saturday) and on May 15 and 16. Former Donnelly area resident Sharon (Giese) Dohlen is one of the "Crazy Sisters."
The Donnelly Community Club will have their monthly meeting on May 11 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall.
Learning Unlimited will meet on May 13 at 1 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center. The program will be "Childhood Interrupted - City Under Siege" by Ann Lauer and Marynel Ryan Van Zee.
Tami Sperr will have a Kindermusic demo at her studio in the Hosanna Worship center in Morris on May 14 and 21.
Lawrence Brown of Monticello passed away on April 22. He was a teacher in Donnelly for a number of years. Lou Eystad said he was principal when she went to school and were "very strict."
John Egnud of Calif. passed away recently. Family members that survive him include his brother-in-law Pete and (Janet Olsen) Nordstrom of Donnelly.
I also lost a member of my "family" on Wednesday as Kitty passed away. She had been a member of our family for about 20 years. One of our former pastors used to tell kids that if there were no pets in heaven he did not want to be there. I agree.
Tracy Lynn Olson of Hoffman and Jason Howe Harstad of Morris announce their engagement. Tracy is the daughter of Lisa Olson of Hoffman. Jason is the son of Gordon and Jane Harstad of Morris. A July 25, 2009 wedding is planned at the Hoffman City Park in Hoffman. A reception will follow at the Hoffman Community Center.
Congratulations to Jenna Moser who recently finished second in swine production efficiency at the State FFA convention.
On May 1, I stopped at McCollar Jewelry to visit with Wally for a while. Later it was off to Prairie Trailer for their open house. The meal was delicious and I was fortunate enough to win a door prize.
On May 2, Jim and Lou Eystad and I attended the Word Alone meeting at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton. Rev. Norm Olson gave a talk based on the pamphlet he has authored entitled, "What does Word Alone Stand for." The next meeting will be at St John's of rural Starbuck.
After the meeting I stopped in to visit Jim and Julie Busse of Holloway. In the afternoon, I took in the open house at Anderson Acres of Morris. Former Donnelly area residents Lloyd and Jan Anderson are the owners. His mother is Mae Anderson of Donnelly.
On May 4, several of us attended the "Jail Committee meeting" at the courthouse. Their final meeting is on May 11.
May 6, I visited with Wally McCollar in Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Denny Anderson and my aunt Pearl A. Anderson at their homes in Donnelly.
On May 3, Jim and Lou Eystad attended the first communion service at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris for Mackenzie Peterson. That afternoon, they attended the Korean War ceremony at the Old # 1 in Morris.