Do Days are the second and fourth WEDNESDAY of each month, at 1:00 p.m.
"Gather" Bible Study is held on the third Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the church library. Please feel free to join us!
JUNE 2023 Submitted by June Torrison
Many of you have attended or at least heard of the CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES productions. Who could forget Greta Grosch in her role coming on stage with a winter coat and Wonder Bread wrappers over her shoes? I have seen several productions where they originated in Plymouth where my son lives. Some of us saw this cast in Cresco awhile ago.
Well, they are touring again and will be in Osage this summer at the Cedar River Complex. That has a lot of very comfortable seats. The church office received a mailing with information. There is a 20% discount for groups of 10 or more.
June 29, June 30, July 1, July 15, July 20, July 21 @ 7 p.m.
July 2, July 16 @ 1 p.m.
The Cedar Summerstock Theatre Company uses the facility much of the summer for their musical productions under the leadership of Nancy Nickerson Lee, a family friend, originally from St. Ansgar. If you just want to go on your own, you may Google to get further information about any of these events.
Deanna Bergan and I attended the Zumbro River Conference held April 20 at her home church, West St. Olaf, near Hayfield. It was very enjoyable. Having lived near there for twelve years, I knew most of the many ladies who were involved in hosting. Deanna brought her mother, too. There were several displays including an interesting one about the history of their congregation. It is strongly connected to my home church, both being founded by Pastor Clausen. He came to St. Ansgar in 1853 and I grew up in the stone house built for him in 1856. He visited the WSO area in 1856 to start congregations there. One account says that he baptized 15 children on his first visit. My church and theirs are both made of STONE. Another thing in common – they both have separate parish centers nearby. The church basements were not adequate for their needs.
They served a lovely supper, then we went across the road to the church for the actual program. It’s always good to hear from representatives from Good Earth Village and the Campus Ministries. We also learned a great deal about the Women’s Shelter in Rochester. In Kind gifts were brought to support that work. And they provided special music. We received information about the upcoming convention this fall.
One of my special friends was there from Rochester with her daughter. Wanda was confirmed with my cousin Delores in our stone church in St. Ansgar. They both have October birthdays and were born in 1922. Yes, she is 100 ½ years old and looks wonderful. Delores is now a resident of the Good Samaritan center in St. Ansgar and doing well.
My family and I attended a funeral in Arden Hills. Our longtime friend Peter had eight siblings. He spent his life as a builder using stone, rocks, and a patented process using concrete to look like rocks. One of my sons worked with him on many projects including building the Minnesota Zoo. In Matthew 18 Jesus called Peter “the Rock”. His 11 grandchildren each read a bible verse with the word ROCK in it. They will never forget it, and we won’t either. A choir sang as well as a quartet – he had been a member of both groups. It was held in a mega church that seats 1350 people. He was originally a member of our first parish so we were able to visit with a lot of people we knew back then.