Didn’t get to spend the holidays with our children and families this fall and winter, but we were able to be together virtually! Lots of fun activities were planned for us to do together, but at a distance! Looking forward to being IN PERSON next year!!! Hope everyone had Happy Holidays!!! Happy 2021!!!
On September 30th, our cat Jambo died. He was at least 17 years old, and had been declining in health for at least the last 6 months. He made the move to Minneapolis remarkably well, settled in here, but was old.
On December 1st, we adopted a tabby from the American Humane Society in Golden Valley, MN. We’ve named him Joey, and he’ll be 4 years old in March. He’s adorable!!! Welcome into our home, Joey!!!
So happy to celebrate, with Bethany and KJ, their online marriage in November! The ceremony was postponed in August due to Covid, and an in-person celebration is planned for later in 2021, as we all are able to congregate again! Wishing you both, and Pinto, many happy years together!!! Love you!!!
Today would have been my motherâ€™s 100th birthday!
Ruth, and her twin brother, were born in Wahoo, NE on 9/18/1920. She attended Wahoo Public Schools and graduated in 1938. After receiving her teaching certificate at Luther College in Wahoo, she taught in a one-room school north of town. She later worked at the Nebraska Ordinance Plant near Mead, NE and met my father there.
After they were married, they lived in Wahoo for several years before moving to Lincoln where they raised three children, my brother, Doug, me, and my sister, Mary. Mom died in January of 2011 at the age of 90. I miss her very much, she was a wonderful mother and grandmother.
Carolyn has decided to retire August 1, 2020. Dave retired the end of February, 2020. We weren’t planning on this happening so soon, but since Covid-19 changed things so dramatically so suddenly, we found ourselves spending lots of time together throughout March. We had planned to downsize a bit in Yakima, move into a smaller home or condo, so “moving” in and of itself wasn’t a spur of the moment thing. When April rolled around, we thought we’d see if we could sell our house quickly…otherwise, we’d wait. Amazingly, we sold our Yakima home in two weeks, and at the same time, found a perfect condominium to buy in Minneapolis. We’d been looking at units in this building for a long time, and a corner unit went up for sale about the time we got an offer on our Yakima home. It was a sign! All went well, and we closed on our Yakima home June 10th, and on our Minneapolis condo June 12th. Couldn’t have worked out better.
Retirement will give us an opportunity to serve the church and God’s people in different ways now, without the constraints being called to one place may include. Some congregations can be very difficult. Yakima was a challenging place to serve. We are looking forward to getting to do many things we truly WANT to do now, and do them together!
Bethany and Kristjiana have a new puppy, Pinto! He’s adorable and keeping them company whilst they “shelter in place” and teach school online. We can’t wait to meet him in person, er, dog. Cute, and what ears!!! Welcome to the family, Pinto!
Central Lutheran Church had their most recent open worship service on Sunday, March 8, 2020, the Second Sunday in Lent, the day Daylight Saving Time began. That week, the Northwestern Intermountain Synod, the ELCA, and the State of Washington asked churches to end large group gatherings due to the rising cases and deaths of the coronavirus global pandemic.
Since then, Pastor Carolyn has live-streamed on FacebookLive worship each Sunday morning, first from the chapel at Central, later from her home, as well as evening services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Ascension Day. A few photos are here from worship during this “unprecedented” time.
At this writing, we are still asked to “stay home and stay healthy!” This post will be updated as other decisions are made.
To create a call opportunity for Kathy Sebree, a Ministry of Word and Service candidate approved for first call in October, I resigned my call to Christ Lutheran Church in Yakima as their deacon and Minister of Administration. I will miss serving there, and the people! I remain on-leave-from-call and available for something else wherever I am needed! Thanks be to God!
Carolyn and I finally made it to a Byberg Preaching Workshop, a regional annual conference in the Northwest. Karoline Lewis, from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, was the presenter on the theme “Conversation Matters: Preaching John in Matthew’s Lent.” Great information in a nice setting.