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Published 6:01am Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ascension Lutheran Church Women

The Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA held its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. March 10.

Co-president Doris Guenthner called the meeting to order and led devotions. Due to the stormy weather on Feb. 10, there wasn’t a regular Ascension WELCA meeting and thus there was no regular secretary or treasurer reports from February.

It was stated that the new dishwasher has been installed.

Guenthner highlighted the food safety workshop that was conducted by Jane Samuelson on Feb. 10. Irene Anderson and Guenthner will serve as committee on food safety. Samuelson will put together a kitchen manual. It was suggested by Rosalyn Fossum that the food safety committee meet with the kitchen committee to inventory and list items that will need to be replaced to meet food safety specifications.

In correspondence, there was an invitation from Trinity Lutheran Church of Albert Lea for a salad luncheon at noon April 3 with the program given by Joanne Brown and her cow bell ministry. There was an invitation to attend the spring event April 6: Blue Earth River Conference Women of the ELCA at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester. Trinity Lutheran of Kiester will be co-hosting the event. Registration and coffee will be at 8:30 a.m. The session begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. There is no noon lunch. Registration is $5. This is the final year for the triennial theme, “Renew, Respond, Rejoice.” This year the women rejoice that they are all children of God and also this year they will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American. The Rev. Sarah Nietz from the Minnesota Lutheran of rural Goodhue will present the program.

In new business a motion was made by Carol Rask and seconded by Alice Jensen that the group responds from Ascension WELCA with an offering to Blue Earth River Conference.

It was suggested that members car pool for the April 6 meeting at Our Savior’s in Kiester. Sept. 21 is the date of the syndical WELCA convention at Grace Lutheran in Albert Lea. A reminder was given that a quilt from each unit will be displayed. Discussion was held if there were any suggestions for the program for the salad luncheon which is usually held in August. Alice Jensen and Marilyn Danielsen will lead the salad luncheon part of the event.

Bible study Tuesday leaders meetings, on the first Thursday of the month, will be at 4:30 p.m. next month instead of 7:30 p.m.

Discussion was held on circle offerings in which each circle will discuss and bring back for the next meeting. Also suggested for the annual WELCA offering envelope to also show an education piece with a message as to projects. Danielsen announced the aebleskiver supper which is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. April 14. Volunteer helpers are asked to call Danielsen, Jan Hickman or Staci Waltman.

The next WELCA meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. April 14 between services.


Freemond Madson VFW Auxiliary

The Freemond Madson Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary met at 7 p.m. March 5 at the Legion Hall with senior vice president Marcia Petersen presiding.

Before the regular meetings the Post members joined the auxiliary for a reading from the Voice of Democracy competition winner Kristina Sandager. She was awarded a $150 from the post and auxiliary. The theme was “Is our Constitution Still Relevant?” The title for 2013 is “Why I’m Optimitic About our Nation’s Future.” The chairman Marilyn Danielson is hoping for many inquiries and entries in the fall. Her phone number is 373-0518.

The young American creation patriots art will still take entries before April 5. Danielson is the contact person.

A short form regular meeting was held with correspondence and directives and general orders read. Thank yous from the Fergus Falls Veterans Home and the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs hospital received for the contributions to them.

Secretary Lynda Vermedahl will send in the delegate list to the First District Auxiliary Loyalty Day convention May 3-4 held at the Steele County Community Center at the Owatonna fairgrounds beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be at Post 3723 at noon with the joint installation at 1:30 p.m. following with the reception for the incoming District VFW commander and auxiliary president. At 5 p.m. there will be a dinner for all past First District commanders and past First District Auxiliary presidents at the Owatonna VFW Hall.

Betty Jones received the door prize.

The post served lunch.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 8 at the American Legion Hall.