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Have you ever felt like you’ve been kicked in the stomach and just cannot breathe? Well, I think that is the way the whole Edinburg community and beyond feel. I know we felt that way when we received an email from brother Dave last week (we were on vacation) that Jerry Jonasson had died in Ontario, Canada due to a water related accident. The horrible grief everyone feels is overwhelming. Jerry was only 22 years old. Jerry worked at the bank and this last year, I for one got to know him not as a young high school kid, but as a young adult who was so very sweet, generous and friendly to everyone. I looked forward going to the bank and having Jerry help me with my transactions.

Jerry was an outstanding athlete in high school participating in all the sports programs. It is not surprising at all that 60 – 70 friends of Jerry’s came from all over---California, Chicago, New York and Colorado---to join in a pick-up game of flag football played in honor of Jerry’s memory. It is amazing how FACEBOOK and TWITTER joined all of these young guys in one goal: To come to Edinburg. About 150 friends and family were at the game to watch. What a wonderful tribute. Jerry was much loved by everyone. Over 500 people attended the funeral last Friday, the 18th and about the same number of mourners came to the prayer service the night before. Our prayers and sympathy go out to Duane, Marjie, Mara, Rachel and all the rest of the family. You all are close in our hearts.

We just got back last Tuesday from a 12 day vacation to Alaska. We took a 7 day cruise and then a 3+ day land trip to northern Alaska. There is nothing nicer than being pampered on a cruise ship. I was a nervous wreck about having an outside stateroom with a veranda. (I have fears of high places and edges). We were on Deck 6. Thankfully, when I went out on the balcony I saw all the life boats placed just below us. That was great as I did not have to look directly down into the water. I know this kind of fear is silly, but to me it is very real.

It is unbelievable all the wonderful food and entertainment that is provided on a cruise ship. We had the most attentive stateroom steward. We would go to dinner every evening to return to our beds all turned down with little candies on the pillows. I was feeling so guilty over all this attention that every morning I made sure every corner of the stateroom was in place so Bernard would not have to spend too much time straightening up after us.

The cruise was wonderful, but the land excursions were the “icing on the cake”. Alaska is beautiful. The quaint villages we visited were terrific (minus all the diamond stores). We spent a day and an evening in Talkeetna. This is the village the television program “Northern Exposure” was patterned after. This little hamlet was as off-kiltered as it was portrayed on TV. This was a good thing! We took excursions to the Yukon in Canada, the Tundra in Alaska and Denali National Park. The rugged beauty of the landscape was breathtaking. Anchorage is a beautiful city absolutely draped in flowers. Every light post and every inch of garden areas were jammed packed with gorgeous flowers. It was amazing to see. The highlight of our trip was a 4 hour white water rafting excursion on the Nenana River. We were on the water for 2 ½ hours. I spent most of the time screaming. The first wave sent me sprawling backwards in the raft. My glasses went flying and Brian, the guide had his hands full trying to get me upright. After that I learned how to “duck” whenever a wave came my way. I was drenched to the skin even though I had a “dry suit” on. What fun that was! We got back to the lodge about 10:30 pm and then went with 2 other couples to eat dinner. We finished eating about 11:45 pm, walked outside into sunshine. You would have thought it was 11:45 am! Daylight was 24 hours a day. It was great, but don’t know if it would be as wonderful during the winter with 24 hours of darkness.

Gardens (both flower and vegetable) are flourishing around the Edinburg community. I understand there has been plenty of rainfall this last little while. Now we need the sunshine.

We are looking forward to next Wednesday evening (the 30th) for our city “Art, Hobby and Collection Fair”. It will be great having local people display their hobbies and/or crafts. I am urging brother Dave to show his “Shower Cap” collection. He has caps from all over the world. Maybe he will even consider wearing a few of them. The Halls will be providing food for everyone in celebration of the 60 years their Edinburg potato wash plant has been in operation. It looks to be a fun night for everyone who comes.

Vera Brandvold should be back from Germany any day as will Harold and Alida Flom. They went to Arkansas and the surrounding area for 3 weeks of vacation.

A special hello to our cruise dinner partners; Rex and Kathy from Indiana, Van and Phyllis from Pennsylvania and Dave and Rose from British Columbia. We had great food, great conversations and great people to dine with every evening. Also a hello to Paul and Barbara in Ohio---our raft partners in the white water excursion. It all was great fun.

A happy 50th anniversary to Paul and Ina Sigurdson and also to Ruth and Greg Hall on their 39th anniversary this Saturday.

Have a great day and we will talk later.


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June 24, 2010

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Church Bulletins

1. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

2. The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing: "Break Forth Into Joy".

3. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

4. Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and the deterioration of some older ones.

5. The peacemaking meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to a conflict.