July 6, 2009

God bless the six people who went to an organically-grown strawberry patch near Bowlus and in about three hours picked two hundred pounds of berries. We have had many meals with fresh berries on the menu. They are so good. Again, thanks, pickers.

Last week I forgot to report on the Blood Drive here at the convent. Though we did not reach our goal of 260 units, we did receive 231 units…and that can help a lot of people needing blood. May God bless each of the donors and of course all the staff and volunteers who worked together to make the drive a success.

Also, last week we had a special evening presentation by Rev. Robin Hoover, Ph.D. He is the director of Humane Borders and he spoke about their work. What an informative talk. Two of our Sisters, Audrey Jean and Kizzie, work with this group. You can read more about it on the web: www.humaneborders.org.

Wednesday morning I went to Nisswa to attend the funeral for Larry Fyle, brother of our Sisters, Sharon and Blanche. He was a member of the local fire department for a long time. My first clue to that was when I came to the church and saw two BIG fire trucks parked in front. The boom of Fire Truck #1 was lifted high and a USA flag was suspended from it. Larry was also quite a fisherman. May he be enjoying life with the Lord. Peace, blessings and comfort to his family.
On returning from Nisswa, I worked at Coborn’s for a couple hours at the brat sale. The proceeds went to Oasis-Share-A-Meal. Many groups volunteer to serve a free meal every Thursday evening at First Lutheran Church to all who come. In a couple weeks, the Franciscan Sisters and Employees will furnish the meal.

I was at two nursing homes Thursday…The Lutheran Home here in Little Falls and Bethany in Brainerd. I was very impressed with all the beautiful flowers and plants that welcome guests. At the Lutheran Home, there is a little garden that I had never before seen. Around the edges of the big cement slab are about 25 large clay pots. In the pots, residents planted tomatoes and flowers and many other plants, too. Each pot has the name of the gardener. There is something so healthy about digging in the dirt and watching the plants grow.

And of course, the big event of the weekend was the West Union 4th of July Parade. There were maybe a few less groups in the parade, but it was a very nice 40-minute parade. Following the parade there was a short program in the city park and then a pot-luck lunch for everyone. Lots of people stayed to eat and to visit. There was a marching band. Then members of my family were part of the Kazoo Crew marching band. They even did a few formation routines. It was a good day.

Let us keep Bishop John Kinney in our prayers. He will have his second back surgery on July 10th. May the surgery go well and may his healing go fast. God bless you, Bishop, and the surgeons and your other care-givers, too.

God bless you. Peace and goodness.
Sister Mary Lou


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