Published 10:00 am Sunday, March 5, 2017

Duplicate Bridge Club

Five tables played during Duplicate Bridge Club on Feb.  21. Winners were Gail and Ray Schmidt, first; Edna Knobbe and Rick Stroup, second; Millie Seiver and Larry Crowe, third; and Sue Mann and Gail Nelson, fourth.

Five tables played Duplicate Bridge on Feb 22. Winners were Dave Ring and Stan Schultz, first; Loren Cleland and Bud Higgins, second; Eunice Michaelis and Warren Behrends, third; Carolyne Higgins and Connie Johnson, fourth; and Joyce Crowe and Millie Seiver, fifth.

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Duplicate Bridge playsat 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday and noon every Wednesday at the Senior Center in Austin. Players come from Adams, Austin, Rose Creek, Albert Lea and Mason City, Iowa.

First Lutheran Church Women

First Lutheran Church Women met at 1:15 p.m. Jan. 11 in Bethany Hall. Joan Holt provided the prelude music.

The welcome was given by President Jo Hanson. Devotions were given by Joyce Fredin on the fruits of patience from the source “Listen to the Heart.”

The FLCW purpose statement was read by the group attendees.

Marge LaFrance introduced the speaker, Vicky Helland, from the Southeast Minnesota Community Action Council. SEMCAC includes seven area counties, but the Albert Lea office is the only one providing shelter in the area. This agency provides a wide variety of services for people including senior dining, energy assistance, crisis assistance and other support programs.

The group sang the hymn “Faith of Our Fathers” before it had the memorial service recognizing the names of those FLCW members who passed away in 2016.

Hanson conducted the business meeting. The secretary’s report was approved as printed with a motion by Bonnie Trampel and a second by Neva Mathison. Correspondence secretary Trampel reported on thank you notes received from John and Joan Holt, Jane Maiden and Good Earth Village. The Interchange newsletter will be placed in the library.

Janice Lestrud announced prayer partners are still available, if members didn’t previously sign up. She also had booklets available with details on the ELCA 10th triennial gathering, which will take place July 13 through July 16 in Minneapolis.

The confidential prayer chain is in need of new members, so the group was encouraged to consider that matter. Members should contact Hanson or Julia Tonder if they are interested.

As the church will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, it was brought before the members a suggestion presented to the board of considering a cookbook of old recipe favorites and their history. This will be further discussed at the following general meeting.

“Joy to the World” was sung during the offering and Fredin gave the offering prayer.

Hanson thanked the following: past co-presidents LaFrance and Lestrud, ushers LaFrance and Lestrud, greeters Betty Ruud and Tonder, and hostesses co-chairwomen Deloris Fligge and Elaine Panzer and their committee of Valerie Fox and Hanson.

Caring and Sharing co-chairwomen Carol Frydenlund and Joni Rowe and their committee served two funerals in December.

An eight-week Bible study on Martin Luther began Jan. 10 and ended Friday.

The Stone Soup supper took place at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and annual meeting was at 7 p.m. in Bethany Hall.

The ARC waffle breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 29 in Bethany Hall.

The FLCW program was at 1:15 p.m. Feb. 8. The Rev.  Patsy Baglien presented Testimony through Music.

The fundraiser for Tim O’Shields seminary schooling was from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11.

Friends at First took place Jan. 17 with the Rev. Dan Baker from Mount Carmel Camp Ministries.

The group closed the meeting after singing the table prayer and stating the Lord’s Prayer.

St. John’s Auxiliary recently installed its new officers. Officers were installed by the Rev. Don Malinsky. Officers include, from left, Patti Kimble, treasurer; Bonnie Schneider, secretary; Janan Beenken, vice president; Malinsky; and Les Harmon, president. Provided

St. John’s Auxiliary

St. John’s Auxiliary met at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20 in St. John’s chapel. President Les Harmon welcomed everyone and gave devotions. The group sang “I Need Thee Every Hour,” accompanied by Irene Goskeson.

Installation of officers was done by Rev. Don Malinsky. Officers installed were President Harmon, Vice President Janan Beenken, Secretary Bonnie Schneider and Treasurer Patti Kimble.

Secretary and treasurer’s reports were given and approved.

Volunteer Coordinator Carla Reichel reported 12, 135 hours for 2016.

Activities Director Shirley Leeman reported activities for March: March 1, Ash Wednesday; March 10, Dee and Annie Music; March 11, country music with Dunnell Lenort; March 12, daylight saving time; March 17, St. Patrick’s Day; March 24, Debbie Norland; and March 31, accordionist Cletus Goldirsch. Every Wednesday there will be a Lenten service at 10:30 a.m.

Churches thanked for serving Sunday coffee were First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea in January and Zion Lutheran and Grace Lutheran in February.

The annual fundraiser breakfast, bake sale and rummage sale will be on April 22.

Administrator of St. John’s, Scot Spates, updated the group on the status of the new campus. It will be ready Aug. 1. Residents of the old campus can decide if they want to move to the new campus. Second floor residents will move to the first floor. St. John’s will continue to maintain the old campus and Knudson Place. They now have Sunday services at 10 a.m. at the old campus and 11:30 a.m. at the new campus.

Fully Rely on God

Fully Rely on God had its annual Valentine’s party with pizza, Norwegian bingo, ice cream with toppings and signing of Valentine’s cards with food coupons. The event was Feb. 4 at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church.

According to a press release, 72 people attended and the clans of Carol Bertelson, Michelle Cardona and Phil Hensche were well-represented.

Kelsi Titus and Emery Brouwers were drafted to help co-chairman Bob Hanson with bingo games and prizes. Genie Hanson and Bev and Wayne Indrelie, the other co-chairs of the event, served pizza and ice cream.

Brouwers, Gerry Gilbertson, Orville Goskeson, Bob Hanson and Jamie Hensche were the door prize winners.

The group thanked KFC, DQ South, Arby’s and Trumble’s for the food coupons, as well as Perkins for the bakery door prizes and the donor of a stuffed Valentine’s teddy bear.

The next FROG event is a coach bus trip. The bus will leave at 11 a.m. April 2 from in front of Wok N Roll in Albert Lea to a Church Basement Ladies performance of “Rise Up O Men.” Reservations are needed in advance and must accompany a $50 payment. No refunds will be given. Call 373-8655 or 826-3267 if interested.