STAFF BLOG IN THE SPIRIT No one's mother really dies
Very beautiful words of wisdom and food for thought are often printed in a funeral service bulletin or one of those little obituary brochures. Phydella Bunny Bertsch was the mother of our good friend,... Posted on 5/20/13 at 1:50 PM
When Keyana Dunn has time to catch her breath, she loves coming back to Grand Forks where she was born to visit her grandparents Dennis and Kathy Dunn. “What she went through that I witnessed was excruciating pain,” Dennis said. “She is a trooper. She is quite the girl and pretty special.”
Sean Patterson stepped into the emcee’s shoes when his church, Grace Baptist in Grand Forks, served as a viewing site for the “Stepping Up” simulcast. Thousands of men across the country watched it the day before the Super Bowl.
Sometimes having to wait is annoying, but it recently paid off in a big way for me. I had time to reflect on someone’s words of wisdom which left me clothed in peace and reassurance. Both of which I needed.
Never will she leave — permanently. Never will she forsake — her people — her mother country. It is for them that Eunita Odongo is temporarily away, learning in the United States what she can do — with her heart and hands — to improve the lives of people in her beloved Kenya.
Even at the ripe young age of 7, the Rev. Bob Ludwig was dead serious about his piano lesson. So much so that he rolled out of bed to practice every morning from 6:30 to 7:30 before the school bus came to his country home near Culver, Ind.
The memory is as clear to me as if it’s happening as we speak. The door opens and in walks someone who brightens my day like a beacon in the night. She has come from her upstairs classroom to wrap an arm around me and assure me that all is well. She is my one and only sister!
For a homebody, I’ve been gone a lot lately. This year’s travels began the end of March with a trip to West Virginia when I was invited by John Reitmeier to be there when he met his biological brother for the first time.
We’re speaking here of Holy Family Catholic School whose name became Holy Family-St. Mary’s Catholic School in 2005 when St. Mary’s School in downtown Grand Forks closed its doors and its students were welcomed into Holy Family School.
For starters, I asked my grandchildren, Elyn and Ethan, if they knew the meaning of the word “multitude?” Two little heads shook from side to side.
Ethan just completed first grade and Elyn third. I guess those words are yet to come for them.
Last Sunday, after morning Mass and lunch, 10 women returned to the peaceful sanctuary of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks. They wore identical cross pendants and placed their chairs upfront in a semi-circle.
Natalie Mack Wavra no longer joins them, but because of her, this circle of faith, family and friendship will forever be unbroken. In quietness, the prayers began.
Crookston man finds his biological family at age 60 Anyone who knows John Reitmeier knows he’s never lost for words. Otherwise known as the Cool Site Pick of the Day guy for 1310 KNOX radio, Reitmeier has quick and witty comebacks for everything, stemming from many years in radio.
But on the evening of April 13, John was somewhat subdued as we neared a white house with a full-width front porch situated on a flower laden street in Charles Town. When John spoke it was softly. As our car pulled into the driveway, a man and his wife came down from the porch to welcome John. Over the past few months they had spoken on the phone several times and now, John, 60, and Michael Terry, 63, were meeting for the first time.
For what’s believed to be the first time in the history of an individual church denomination, a vow has been made to wipe out a devastating disease within a certain time period. The church body: United Methodist. The disease: malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The time period: three years.
Christened, “Imagine No Malaria,” this mission project has been wholeheartedly embraced by Thief River Falls United Methodist Church, which just last weekend exceeded $10,000 on its way to its total pledge of $20,000.
Sometimes we go looking for a story and sometimes the story finds us.
Such is the case with Andy and Jon Erwin, Birmingham, Ala., brothers who grew up playing with cameras in the studio where their dad was a television and radio broadcaster.
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