Sunday, May 30, 2010

st j kong parish news

services 6/6, 13, 20 Kong 8:30am St j 10:15 am 6/27 joint services 8:30 am st j

this marks the start of the summer worship schedule copies were included in the May newsletter copies are posted at both churches and are available from the parish office

st welca 6/1 1:30 pm KCLW 6/3 7pm

parish Bible study June 1st 7pm St j June 8th 7pm Kong

worship Cmte 6/3 7pm st j

council meetings 6/9 7pm at Kong

6/16 "seekers" 9:30 am Kong

6/19 bridal shower for Katie Bratten and Adam Erickson 10-11:30 am Kong

6/30 book club Ennen’s 1:30pm sky view worship 2pm

Saturday, May 29, 2010

donnelly news

Welcome to graduation issue of the Donnelly news. My regular column will resume next week.

Weather news: a few shots of rain during the past week along with mild temps have given crops a good boost. There was some minor wind damage in the area on Mon eve due to some strong straight line winds. The crops that are up are looking good most farmers in the area are either done or just about done with their planting and will now turn their attention to spraying.

STJ/KONG PARISH NEWS; Parish bible study “A shepherd looks at the good shepherd and his sheep” by Philip Keller is tentatively scheduled to meet at St J at 10 am Kong at 7 pm on June 2nd and 9th

There will be joint services on May 30th at 8:30 am at Kong. This marks the beginning of the summer worship schedule copies were included in the May newsletter and are posted at ea church extra copies are available at the parish office.

On June 6, 13, and 20th services will be at Kong at 8:30 and St J at 10:15 am

WAM will meet at ST. John's Lutheran church of rural Starbuck on June 5th coffee at 9:30 am program at 10 a.m. Rev Scott Groud will be the guest speaker via DVD.

Karen and Mark Janachovsky will be celebrating their 50th birthdays today (Sat) from 3-7 pm at their home 15763 510th Ave. Donnelly.

The red hatters will meet at Sax’s café on June 7th at 9 am. Please bring Twins memorabilia to the meeting

The Don Com club will meet on June 7th at the community hall.

A memorial service for Kurt Kruize will be held at the Hancock H.S. gym at 1:30 pm on June 6th

There will be Little league games at Aanerud field in Donnelly at 6 pm on the following days June 1st, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd. The June 1st game will feature the pirates vs. angels the 7th the tigers vs. royals, the 8th cubs vs. the brewers

The following is a list of area graduates followed by their parents and grandparents where known.

Mikell Dunn (Lowell and Sandy) Verle and Della Dunn; Vivian Johnson, MAHS

Wade Backman (Steve and Cathy) Liz Aschman; Vi Wulf, MAHS

Maria Cin; (Jerry and Wanda) MAHS

Ashley Meglenberg (Loren and Kayleene) Jack; Marge Kleinhans MAHS

Alex Plocker (Mike); Lloyd Plocker MAHS

Kelli Pry (Dave and Cora) MAHS

Nicole Gillespie (Curt and Judy) Vivian Bjorlin (C-A)

Jake Long (Sherman and Sheree) Adolph and Virginia (WCA)

Ryan Flatten (Jeff and Christine) Ron and Sharon Papesh (Hancock)

Higher Ed/other

Beth Larson (Larry and Corrine Larson -Tufton); Bertha Larson (UM-TC)

Bennet Smith (Mark and Pat) (with honors) Henning and Darlene Awsumb Caroline Smith (UMM)

Gayle A. Poepping (Deb Scott of Donnelly and Paul and Norah Poepping of Annandale). (Basic military training in TX.)
Eric Rundquist (Bemidji State University)

Danni Graff (Keith and Brenda Graff); Arven and Joann Graff (NDSCS)

Tracey Kloos (Paul and Gail) Herb and Carol, Jerry and Sylvia Schmidt (Mn state community technical college Fergus Falls)

Toni Hughes, (Alex tech,) Dani Kloos (regency beauty institute st cloud.)Tom Kloos (Ridgewater College Willmar. ) (Phil and Kris) Herb and Carol, Beatrice Fermoyle

Brian Wall (Jim and Bonnie) (with honors) msctc St. Cloud

Akayla May Werk was born on May 12th to Duane and Courtney Werk of Donnelly grandparents are Roger and Betty Werk of Herman great grandfather is Lloyd Plocker of Morris

Randy Backman and Melissa Ziemba of Houston, Texas, are engaged and plan to be married on July 10, 2010. Randy is the son of Doug and Carol Backman, of Alberta, and grandson of Liz Aschman. Melissa is the daughter of Gene and Kathy Ziemba of Beloit, Wis.

Evelyn Giese of E.L. passed away on Apr 28th. Family members that survive her include a brother in law Wally (Marlys) Giese and their family.

Dell James Fynboh, 66, of Oroville, Calif. and Spicewood, Texas, died May 15, 2010 at his home in Texas. A nephew Greg (Naomi) Fynboh and family of Donnelly are among the family members that survive him

Jim and Lou Eystad at Courtney Vogel’s graduation party in Morris on May 22nd. On the 23rd they attended the graduation party for Shawn Lein and the S.S. picnic at the Eden Reformed church in Herman. On the 25th they were among the volunteers that attended the coffee party for older Americans at the sr. center.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


My aunt Pearl (Albert) Anderson passed away this am. she was not only my aunt but also had been my "mom" for the past 22 yrs and I will miss her a lot.the funeral will be held on tue June 1st at Kong. at 11 am visitation on May 31st from 4-8pm at the funeral home in Morris.

Monday, May 24, 2010

little league

there will be little league games at 6 pm at aanerund field in Donnelly every Mon and Tue eve beginning tonight and continuing through June 22nd. There will be no game on the 31st. for more info visit the Morris Little league website.

Friday, May 21, 2010


The Donnelly all town rummage sales continue tomorrow Sat in Donnelly, I was in today and here is a list of those that I found :Rose Athey (in garage in alley) Larry Wilke,Maus (Donnelly Hall) Eystads and Bisterfields

donnelly news

Next edition May 22nd –may 28th

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news
Weather news: After several weeks of cool cloudy damp weather the weather took a dramatic turn for the better last Fri when the sun came out and temps have climbed into the 70 & 80’s. Farmers are busy in the fields my neighbor figured they would be done planting the beans by the end of the week.
STJ/KONG PARISH NEWS; Parish bible study “A shepherd looks at the good shepherd and his sheep” by Philip Keller will meet at Kong at 7 pm on May 27th. Due to the food distribution there will be NO a.m. study. We also made tentative plans to meet on June 2nd and 9th

May 23rd is baccalaureate sun. Parish grads will be recognized during services and during a brunch at Kong at 9:30 am.

There will be joint services on May 30th at 8:30 am at Kong.

The SW MN WELCA synod convention will be held on June 11 &12th a portion of the offering will be health kits
There is a box at Kong to donate items for it until June 1st. Items wanted include dark colored hand towels and wash clothes, bath size bar soap, adult size tooth brushes (NO TOTHPASTE) wide size comb metal, nail file or nail clipper with file and band aides.

Congratulations to Mason and mark Dunn for earning perfect attendance pins for the yr from the parish S.S.

The May issue of Meyer Mission news is now out. Copies are available in the narthex of ea parish as well on my blog site.

An open house baby shower for Brooklyn Kaye Koehntop, daughter of Kyle and Mandi Koehntop, will be held on Sunday, May 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Morris Senior Center. They are registered at Target.

There will be a free food distribution in Donnelly on May 27th at 11 am at the fire hall. Anyone who wants to help should call 1 800-492-4805 .If you eat you qualify to get the food. There will also be food distribution in Morris and Hancock later in the day.

The citywide garage sales continue today in Donnelly.

Wednesday, May 26, 1 p.m.: Seeing Modern Art. Michael Eble, Associate Professor of Studio Art and HFA Gallery Curator at UMM, will explain what to look for and how to see it. Morris Senior Community Center. Sponsored by Learning Unlimited.

Congratulations to Gary Huebner on his new job as service manager for Valu Ford and Mercury of Morris. His parents are the late Fred and Gladys Huebner

Congratulations to Nicole Gillespie who recently was recently named co recipient of the Fred Waring Award at the C-A sprint arts festival

Joseph David Lonergan was born on May 10, 2010 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Michael and JoAnn Lonergan of Morris. Grandparents are David and Elsie Lonergan of Donnelly and Melvin Shackelford from Revillo, S.D. Great grandmother is Grace Derby of Herman.

Logan Ronald Gramith was born on May 6, 2010 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Alisha and Matthew Gramith of Morris. Grandparents are Ron and Sue Wevley of Donnelly and John and Kari Gramith of Norwood Young America. Great grandparents are Esther Wevley and Elizabeth Ascheman of Morris.

The Morris Tiger boy’s track team came in 2nd at the Little Crow track meet held recently in New London. Tyler Rouske is a member of the 4x100 relay team, which finished first. He also placed 5th in the sprints and was a member of 4x200 relay team that finished 6th.

May 14th a good crowd was on hand for the ice cream social at the WWV. Lynn Shultz provided the music; afterwards I visited Mary Dripps at her home in Morris. She was telling me some of the “perks” that went with having your Dad as janitor of the school. In the eve it was off to the Eagles Club for the Habit for Humanity spaghetti supper fund raiser. En route home I stopped into visit my aunt Pearl (Albert) Anderson

May 15th a good crowd was on hand for the umm commencement ceremony. Bennet Smith gave a very good address en route home I stopped in to visit Sam and Dorothy Jordheim.

Pearl A. Anderson and I were among the family and friends who attended the funeral service for Delores Root on May 18th at Assumption Catholic church in Morris.

I plan on using my column next week to recognize area grads. I will again be using a variety of sources (parish newsletter, area papers personal observations etc) to list as many of the grads (H.S. and higher ed) from the Donnelly area as possible. If you have a grad you would like to me to recognize please let me know or vice versa.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

new church neeeds


We need financial help in birthing an already growing mission start in the Morris, MN. area. And we’d like to be on the “list” for receiving benevolences from any congregation (s) looking to “give to a mission cause”. While Morris has two well establish ELCA churches, a significant number of local Lutherans have become disenfranchised and are seeking alternative worship locations, because their churches have chosen to remain mute to the assembly decisions in August. So we publicized an invitation to worship with us at a local community hall for traditional Lutheran worship and 68 came. At our next monthly worship, 86 came. We have outgrown our meeting hall, and found a location where we will be meeting WEEKLY by July.

We have been offered a FREE, vacant, 55 year “young” Lutheran country church (Good Sheppard rural appleton) that seats over 200, for moving it to a new location. It’s solid to move and in wonderful condition, equipped with pews and altar furnishing, and stained glass windows. Maximum cost to move 20 to 25 miles is about $ 47,000 (max) plus utilities (lifting/cutting overhead power lines) plus a new foundation for $12,000, plus the cost of a good lot. (?), checking it out. To me, it looks like a million dollar building (to build today) that can be had for $150,000 to $200,000, and a wonderful worship facility.

But more than the physical plant is the people of the area who are attending, whom we recently surveyed. Of the 44 completed replies, (some completed by couples) most answers were in the 40’s range, people said they wanted and would support a new mission start and would join.

We have had 100 ReClaim Hymnals donated, as well as a holy Communion set, and other supportive gifts.

We would welcome any further inquiry into the opportunities the Lord is opening for this mission start. We plan on becoming a LCMC church, as a sister church is doing in Alexandria, MN with our neighbor Pr. John Beem

Please confirm reception of this letter, and anything else to:

(Rev) Norman P Olsen (ret)

(320) 239-2618

Monday, May 17, 2010

meyer misssion news

DSCN2499.JPG: A farewell meal with LCMS missionaries, Andrea Herman, the Heineys, and the Norton family in Siguiri, Guinea.

DSCN2452.JPG: Etienne, Benedict, James (kneeling, Emile and Linda during a training session in Kissidougou.

DSCN2395.JPG: Church service in Karana, Guinea. Pastor Alfred in red, white & blue shirt on the right.

DSCN2386.JPG: Slash and burn agriculture on the mountain near Karana in Nzerekore region of Guinea. Could erosion be a problelm?

DSCN2305.JPG: Linda teaching on the subject "to have enough water." Rev. Julien is the interpreter at Gueckedou, Guinea.

DSCN2339.JPG: In Gbottoye, the old man on the right had seen good conservation methods produce better crops.

Walk as Children of Light
May 2010

Dear Friends:

In Minnesota a snow storm can cancel a church service, but in Guinea it was a credit offering by loan agents that was causing church members to think they could not come to services on a Sunday morning in Karana, Guinea. What a deal! The credit group was offering a loan of 100,000 Guinea Francs with a repay of 120,000 Guinea Francs to be repaid in 6 months.

Pastor Alfred Salloe said it was an attack by Satan, and after a prayer for the Lord’s will to be done, Alfred went to discuss the matter with the church leaders. Linda and I remained in our truck discussing another heavy issue that had been laid upon Linda.

Pastor Alfred had told us that the new believers asked him if it was alright for them to send their daughters to receive the cultural female circumcision. Alfred answered them by saying he wanted to do a Bible study with them on the matter. Alfred then asked Linda to do a Bible class study about female circumcision.

Linda had been preparing for the Bible study on Saturday, and now Sunday morning came and we possibly would not hold church services because of a loan scheme! It looked as though the “World” was winning.

We have been told that initiation rites used to be for training young men and women in preparation for marriage and about their roles as husband and wife. Sadly traditional animist beliefs are entwined with practical training and the whole system becomes physically and spiritually harmful in its treatment of young women.

Pastor Alfred returned saying that church services were on. He continued by saying the loan offering would probably be opened for applicants a bit later and we should proceed quickly so our members could attend church and then hurry away to apply for credit. Does this remind you of Sunday NFL game pressures on our USA pastors?

Linda’s Bible study began with Psalm 139:13-14 “For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well;” RSV

Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Gen 1:31a “And God saw everything he had made, and behold it was very good.”

There is no instruction from God in the Bible requiring female circumcision. He has made the woman’s body in a good way as He planned. No alterations necessary!!

The practice of female circumcision causes scar tissue and makes giving birth more difficult if not dangerous. Some circumcisions cause uncontrolled bleeding. Infections including HIV/AIDS can result causing infertility and even death. Because of the sensitive nature of the subject, those of you who want to learn more about the subject can probably look it up on the internet.

From a spiritual point of view, there is potential for the victim to be more open to demonic spiritual attack, as those performing the circumcision keep the tissue removed or sell it to a witch doctor; this can be used by witch doctors and other dark-side operatives to bring harm on the young woman for years into the future.

As Linda was sharing the dangers to young women as mentioned above, one of the women in attendance became agitated and expressed her disapproval of the message. We could not understand the language, but later learned that woman was one who profited from the practice. After a bit of discussion, Linda was asked to continue and the woman remained quiet. It was good the disturbed woman did not leave the Bible study and could hear all of what was said on the subject.

Space does not permit us to cover the whole study here, but Linda addressed the problems of peer pressures with fear of rejection and criticism using Isaiah 41:10 and Romans 8:38 & 39; what is a good wife using Proverbs 31; the spiritual battle we are all caught in using Ephesians 5: 8-11 “Walk as children of the Light”. We could not tell at that service what the immediate response was. We know they heard the truth from scriptures and we trust the Holy Spirit to make the changes in His time.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory
that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4

Since we are near the close of our full time missionary service, we said our goodbyes to many friends in Guinea. We heard from many that the training was generally well received and several commented upon how things we taught had helped them.

Pastor Etienne made a remark that most warmed our hearts. He said, “Knowledge is more valuable than money.” He and his wife now more carefully manage their rice crop and finances with the result they see things improving slowly.

Emile, also at sessions in Kissidougou, said he used to have to work hard for others clearing farms just to get enough for him and his family to eat; but now as a result of the training, he is the one hiring others to work on his farm.


Thank God for safe travel into Guinea and for the opportunity to do agricultural training sessions and say “Good bye” to our friends. We pray the people whose lives we touched, directly or indirectly, will continue to apply and share knowledge and Biblical truths with others.

We thank LCMS World Mission leaders and staff for being great people to work with and for. They have always been open and honest in communications, forgiving when things did not always go well or as planned; supportive when we had health issues and fair in their financial support.

We thank each of you for your prayers, love and encouragement over the years. We hope to travel and thank supporters face to face over the next months and years, but be assured that you are each appreciated.

We thank God for His guidance and protection over the past 16 years as he gave us the opportunity to serve in several countries within Africa.

Pray for safety as we fly back to Minnesota May 28-29th and as we adjust to living in a different culture—the USA!


Thank you to all who have contributed gifts “for the support of Delano and Linda Meyer.” Address (without our name on envelope) to: LCMS World Mission, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7295. Inside the envelope designate your gift for us on the check or in a note.

To contribute to our LCMS World Relief & Human Care project, “Agricultural Training in West Africa”, designate & send checks to LCMS World Relief and Human Care, 1333 S. Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122-7295.

In Jesus our Risen Savior and Lord,

Delano & Linda Meyer

Note this change of address since we are leaving Sierra Leone on May 28, 2010.
Our new address is:
Delano and Linda Meyer
61203 150th St.
Chokio, MN 56221

We plan to continue using:

Friday, May 14, 2010

donnelly news

Next edition May 15th –may 21st

Welcome to another edition of the Donnelly news
Weather news: We had a nice weekend but much of the last week has been cloudy cool and wet with rain off and on most days. The rain has meant that little planting has been accomplished in the past week.
STJ/KONG PARISH NEWS; Parish bible study “A shepherd looks at the good shepherd and his sheep” by Philip Keller will meet at St J @ 10:30 am and Kong at 7 pm on may 20,27th. Please note this is a change from what was announced in the newsletter.

There will be joint services on May 16th at 11 am at St J. The ss kids will be singing and awards will be given out, teachers and adopted grandparents will be recognized.

May 23rd is baccalaureate sun. Parish grads will be recognized during services and during a brunch at Kong at 9:30 am.

The SW MN WELCA synod convention will be held on June 11 &12th a portion of the offering will be health kits
There is a box at Kong to donate items for it until June 1st. Items wanted include dark colored hand towels and wash clothes bath size bar soap adult size tooth brushes (NO TOTHPASTE) wide size comb metal nail file or nail clipper with file and band aide.

An open house baby shower for Chris and Janelle Smith will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2-4 p.m. at the Donnelly Hall. Chris’s parents are Leon and Marilyn

I was asked to announce that the red hatters are to bring twins memorabilia to their next mtg in June.

Congratulations to the Sax’s café team of bowlers for winning the Hi-Lo league championship at Lakeview lanes. Joan Fults, Carol Kummorow and Denna Heuer are members of that team.

Congratulations to Bennet Smith who was chosen to be the student speaker at the umm commencement ceremonies being held today (Sat) @1:30 pm

Congratulations to MAHS SB team for winning their invitational on May 8th Beth Holland is a member of that team.

The Herman cub scouts recently had their blue gold banquet. Kenton Long and Landon Strand were two of the scouts honored for all the badges they had earned during the last year.

On Apr 17th several st co 4-h teams competed in the state general livestock project bowl in Foley. The Jr. Team coached by Jon Moser finished in 7th place

The sr team coached by Lee Johnston finished in 6th place; Natalie Johnston, Kendra Sperr and Jake Moser are all members of that team.

The sr horse team received 8th place, Cammi Aanerud is a member of that team

Jr. Horse team finished in 11th place, Sydney Sperr, savannah and Rebecca Aanererud are members of that team.

Congratulations to Brooke Gillespie who was 1st place winner in her class of the chokio legion auxiliary poppy poster contest.

Emily Lynn Zaske was born on April 29, 2010 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, to Matthew and Elizabeth Zaske of Donnelly. Grandparents are Bill and Lynette Zaske of Renville and Rick and Deb Lorenz of Bovey. Great grandparents are Wayne and Mildred Zaske of Renville and Lilly Propp of Slayton.

Brooklyn Kaye Koehntop was born on May 11th to Kyle and Mandi Koehntop. Grandparents are Parker and Renee Kloos of Donnelly and Roger and Bonnie Koehntop of Morris; great grandparents are Herb and Carol Kloos of Donnelly

The st co gen soc met at the library on May 6th. The next meeting will be in Sept. I donated a typewriter for use in the gen room. We also recently donated microfilm updates of the Morris, Hancock and Chokio papers. Earlier in the day I took in the open house at Design electronics in Morris. Enroute home I stopped in to visit Denny Anderson at his home in Donnelly. He asked me to say thanks to Rendsville 4-h club for the May basket he received from them.

On May 8 Lois Maked presented a program “using timelines for your gen research at the schs history museum

Citywide garage sales in Donnelly start on May 21st and continue on May 22nd. More info call 246-3262 or 246-6271

Danny Frank spent some time over the weekend visiting his mother Shirley and other family and friends in the area.

The Donnelly Community club had a very lengthy meeting on May 10th at the Donnelly Hall as we continue to make plans for the bee and other events as well as the upkeep and repair of the buildings on the grounds. Due to a conflict the next meeting will be June 7th.


Delores Root of Donnelly passed away on May 13th. Her funeral will be held on May 18th at 10:30am at Assumption Catholic church in Morris

To send condolences to the family, visit and click on obituaries.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


there will be spaghetti feed at the Eagles Club on May 14th to benefit the local habit for humanity build in Morris from 5:30 -7pm. free will offering

Thursday, May 6, 2010


The Nat Day of Prayer meeting in Morris has been changed to 11 am at the library.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

parish events

Bible study st j 10:30 am Kong 7pm May 6,13,20,27

May 9th is reclaim sun

May 16th joint services at St J at 11 am last day of ss, adopted grandparents event awards will be presented and teachers recognized.

May 23rd is baccalaureate sun with grad recognized at services and a brunch at Kong at 9:30 am. Tom and pearl horning will be playing and singing at st j

May 30th begins the summer schedule with joint worship at Kong at 8:30am

KLCW on May 6th at 1; 30 pm

Confirmation on May 12, 19 at 4 pm

Seekers at Kong at 9:30am at Kong on May 19th

Book club at Ennen’s on May 26th at 1:30pm

Word alone ministries will meet on June 5th at St J of rural starbuck coffee at 9:30 am program at 10 am

West central Lutheran worship service will be held on June 13th at 100 at the Hancock community center