On Sunday afternoon, Dave and Pastor John held worship services at the local nursing home and assisted living facility. Pastor Carolyn has this opportunity about every six weeks on a rotating basis with the other pastors in St. Paul.
On Monday, Dave and Pastor John visited Omaha. They went to the offices of Mosaic, a serving arm of the Church partnering with people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Mosaic helps support a program called Building a Caring Community in Moshi, Tanzania. They also visited the Opportunity Education Foundation and met with Jim Ricketts, President and CEO. They support Target Schools in Tanzania. They then visited the Henry Doorly Zoo and experienced the Desert Dome, the Aquarium, the Lied Jungle, and rode the skytram. It was a beautiful, sunny day! After that, they visited with Pastor Judith Rainforth at First Lutheran Church in Omaha. She’s helping Dave with a project for his Associate in Ministry program. On the way home, they stopped to shop at the Costco store…a gigantic warehouse store in West Omaha.
On Tuesday, Dave and Pastor John went to the “Every-first-and-third-Tuesday” Breakfast Bible Study at the Sweet Shoppe in St. Paul. Then they went to Grand Island, and visited Julie Bockmann, a member of St. Mark’s. After the usual Tuesday Text Study with area ELCA pastors, they had dinner (venison) and spent the evening with parishioners Janet and Robin Elstermeier and Steve Leth at the Elstermeier Cabin southeast of St. Paul. A good time was had by all. Thanks!
On Wednesday, they went to the Deacons Meeting at church, had lunch with Margie Townsend and the Schachts and grandsons at the House of Memories in St. Paul. Later, they had dinner and toured the estate of Maurice and Maedean Mathews north of St. Paul. Dinner was pheasant, thanks to Maurice, and hickory pie, made by Maedean. Delicious!!! Many birds and a few deer entertained us throughout their stay there.
On Thursday, they toured the Water Treatment Plant in St. Paul, with Ron and Pam Switzer. Ron’s the Water Commissioner for the city. It was very interesting to know how the water for the city is treated after being pumped from the ground. On Friday, they drove to Loup City to visit a member of St. Mark’s, Donna Pedersen. One of St. Mark’s founders, Doris Forbes, passed away Wednesday and her visitation was at the church Friday evening. On Saturday morning, the funeral was held for Doris. Pastor John read the Words of Institution and the Lord’s Prayer, and served as crucifer. Saturday evening included Worship at church and the usual trip to the Runza Restaurant for supper afterwards. Pastor John loves their “Legendary” hamburgers and french fries!!