Sadly, my younger sister, Mary, died November 25th, 2018. She’d been at home on hospice for several weeks after having been in the hospital since early September. She had Crohn’s Disease. Fortunately, I made it back to Omaha to see her in late October. It was a difficult visit. Rest in peace, Mary.
Here is her obituary from the Omaha World Herald 12/1/18:
Mary Masonbrink passed away on November 25th, 2018. She was survived by her husband, Pat; son, Tyler, his wife Ashley; grandson, Tysen; as well as her 4-legged grandson, Louie; brothers, Doug and Dave, along with their families; and best friend, Sue. Private Service only as she wished.
We enjoyed three days at Sleeping Lady Resort near Leavenworth, WA October 29-31, 2018. Cynthia Lindner, author of “Varieties of Gifts: Multiplicity and the Well-lived Pastoral Life” was the speaker. It was good to get together with other deacons and pastors from across the synod, in an absolutely beautiful location! There’s even a Chiluhly glass Icicle Sculpture! And five deacons were present, so we had our first “official” meeting as the “EWAID Synod Ministers of Word and Service.” Pictured: front row, Deacon Margaret Ley, Deacon Dave Hellerich…back row, Deacon Heidi Cryer, Deacon Karla Neumann Smiley, and Deacon Diane McGeoch.
Everyone should vote this way! We get our ballots in the mail. We get an informational booklet with all the information you would ever need to make your own choice on who to vote for and what to vote for or against! Fill out the ballot, sign the envelope, and stick it in the mail, postage paid…or do like we do, take it to the ballot box on the street by the Yakima County Court House and stick it in! Couldn’t be easier! Washington is an amazing state…they do sooooo many things RIGHT!
We attended the 3rd Annual Idaho Discipleship Conference in Boise October 19 & 20. It was held in the beautiful First Methodist Church, aka “Cathedral of the Rockies, Downtown.” Keynote and preacher was Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber. She was a speaker at the ELCA Youth Gathering this past summer in Houston, TX. A couple of youth from Central Lutheran in Yakima attended this conference to hear her again. She has a brazen eloquence, her messages are always encouraging and speak to ALL people! There were other speakers, too, and workshops and service project time. Boise is a beautiful city, the weather was perfect, and we were able to dine with our friends, Julia and Tom Bennett, while there!