Singer Andrew Walesch will perform a concert of music at St. Anne’s Church cafeteria in Kimball, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. The concert is sponsored by the Kimball Public Library. People may call (320) 398-2211, ext. 13, to make meal reservations as part of the senior dining hour at the church. Walesch will perform classics from the American songbook and favorite jazz standards. His appearance is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
For more information, contact the Kimball Public Library at (320) 398-3915.
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.