Local man helps others with their Bucket Lists
The Christmas season is full of Holiday spirit, giving presents and spreading cheer.
But for one local man, that spirit is a year-long quest.
It was last July when Tom “Rudy” Ruether, owner of the Pearl Lake Lodge in Marty, was reading a story about a woman who had cancer and had started a Bucket List of things she wanted to do before she died.
Some of the things were simple – like spending a weekend at a cabin. Ruether realized that he could help this woman scratch off at least that item from her wish list.
So he called the reporter who wrote the story and offered his cabin for her use. The reporter called the woman Michalene Sullivan of Hillman, and told her of Ruether’s offer.
Inspiring choir is composed of teens and adults recovering from drug and alcohol addiction
The Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge (MnTC) Choir will perform during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 15, at the St. Cloud Salvation Army, 400 Highway 10 South.
The MnTC Choir includes teens and adults who are recovering from a chemical addiction. The choir is known statewide, having performed at more than 230 churches in 2012.
The choir’s contemporary Gospel and Praise songs will be accompanied by inspiring client stories of addiction recovery. Afterward representatives from the program will be available to answer questions about the programs of Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge.
This free event is open to the public. For more information, call Major Lee Morrison at (320) 290-8150.
Everyone is invited to “Sing for Joy,” a Christmas Program to be held at the Historic Salem Church near Paynesville, Saturday, Dec. 21.
Sleigh rides with real reindeer will be available from 3-4:15 p.m. The program begins at 4:30 p.m.
Coffee, cider and Christmas cookies will be served after the program and everyone will receive a goody bag filled with fruit, candy and nuts to take home. Gifts of toys and non-perishable food items are welcome and can be placed under the brightly decorated tree for delivery to the Paynesville Community Center. A free-will offering will go for the restoration and preservation of the church and grounds.
The anticipation lingered in the air. Everyone had been questioning how much money one group of kids could raise in four weeks. The final cents were being counted … six, seven, eight. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, the world would be changed by a group of students.
Kirby St. John, the youth pastor of Breakthrough, at River of Life: Assembly of God Church in Cold Spring, Minn., had announced the final tally of the money. A whopping $22,013.18 had been raised for Speed the Light (STL) 2013.
Black lights, confetti, balloons, music, and fireworks filled the dark room. Shouts of praise toned out any silence left. “It’s so fun to bless people we don’t know personally, but we know we are making an impact,” said Desiree
St. John, wife of Kirby.
Possibly millions watched the CMA Christmas show Monday evening on ABC, with lots of country and music stars singing their favorite Christmas songs. A true “star” of the two-hour show was Tatum Libbesmeier who got to meet Luke Bryan as her Make-A-Wish wish. Above, Tatum with Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty”after the show; he signed and gave her his headband. Above right, Luke and Tatum after the show; he’s wearing her “Fight” bracelet. At right, Tatum and host Jennifer Nettles after the show. At far right, Luke and Make-A-Wish sponsor Macy’s treated Tatum to a makeover and a new outfit; Luke signed both of her brand-new boots. Luke has promised Tatum and her girlfriends a “girls’ night out” when he plays in Fargo in February; he’ll fetch them by limo at her Herman home.