Published 9:04 am Friday, July 26, 2013

Ascension Lutheran Church Women

The Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA held their monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. July 14.

Co-President Doris Guenthner called the meeting to order. For devotions, Co-President Denise Sandager read the Christian alphabet.

The secretary and treasurer’s reports were placed on file.

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In correspondence thank yous were read from Desiree Heideman for the confirmation book, Sam Moyer for the confirmation book and Kristine Sandagar for the quilt and graduation brunch.

In old business Cheryl Venem reported on the successful sales of the cookbooks.

Irene Anderson, representing Ascension’s 50th anniversary committee, asked for different groups (past and present) to participate with displays for the 50th anniversary.

There will be a fall festival from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 19. The community is welcome and food will be available. At 4:30 p.m. the Glory Land Gospel Band entertainment.

On Oct. 20 there will be two regular service times and a dinner.

On Oct. 20, David Hansen will be the guest pastor. There will be an afternoon program at 1 p.m. followed with cake and coffee.

For the Aug. 20 Ascension Women’s guest night, Venem passed out sheets to each circle for needed donations. Items are to be brought by 4 p.m. that day. When each circle has their list filled, it is to be returned to Alice Jensen.

In new business, a motion made by Jensen and seconded by Caroline Sorensen to buy a two-drawer file cabinet to keep WELCA materials in. Motion carried.

Bible study leader guides were passed out to each circle for the coming Bible study.

There will be a Good Earth quilt auction at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Spring Valley Lutheran Church. There are always many items besides quilts. Carol Rask will be going. If interested contact her.

Sept. 21 is the Syndoical WELCA Convention at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Registration forms are available.

Dates that were noted were Nov. 2 is time and talent bazaar, committees will meet, Aug. 11 the Mary Circle will serve Sunday coffee at St. John’s and Aug. 14 the Hannah Circle will do the Cheer Program at St. John’s.

The next meeting is Sept. 10. It will be a WELCA combined Bible study of all circles.


Lodge Zare Zapadu No. 44

One June 26 the Western Fraternal Life Association Lodge Zare Zapadu enjoyed a special meal of barbecue ribs expertly prepared by the lodge president, Dan Rayman. Members brought salads and trimmings to make a fabulous dinner. The lodge had a congratulatory cake made to honor its secretary, Marie Krikava, who received the Western Fraternal Life Association 2013 Fraternalist of the Year Award at the Minnesota state meeting. They also presented her with a beautiful bouquet of red roses.

President Rayman opened the meeting following dinner. Dan Belshan gave a report on the Brick Hall buttons being sold for the Czech festival on Sept. 21. He also reported on the progress of the veterans memorial being installed at the Bohemian National Cemetery near the group’s hall.

Linda Baier made and donated the posters for the Czech festival in memory of her father, Roger Baier, who was such a worker and supporter of the lodge.

Dick and Faye Madson donated a beautiful porcelain tea set from the Czech Republic for the silent auction at the festival. Lodge No. 44 had three delegates, Roger Rayman, Alton Krikava and Marie Krikava at the Minnesota state meeting in Alexandria on June 22 and 23. The lodge sold raffles and donated the raffle money to scholarships.

Lodge No. 44 collected can tabs all year and donated 250 pounds of can tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester.

A special thanks to Georgia Jech for the 100 pounds she brought in and for all the work the Rayman family did collecting tabs and delivering them.

Members were told not to forget to mark the calendar for the Czech festival at the Brick Hall on Sept. 21 featuring music by the Dan Stursa Band along with raffles, a silent auction, food and drink and more.