ST. PAUL’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH
474 Yalick Road - PO BOX 802
DALLAS, PA 18612
The next issue of the GOOD NEWS will be the October 2014 issue. The deadline for all submissions
will be Noon on Sunday, September 21st.
Please remember that items for the Saturday and Sunday bulletins are due in the church office by Noon on Thursdays.
Please remember to ask permission from the person you are placing on the prayer list.
Pray for the Congregations of
Faith United, Nescopeck and
St. James, Zenith.
Pray for Shut-In Members: Margrit Hislop, Bruni Bayer.
Pray for those suffering illness:
Members: Julia Crispell, Maryan Daily, Catherine Grieshaber, Colin Grube, Hank Henry,
Peter & Kay Hometchko, Gail Ide, Andy Kaskus, Deborah Krohn, Dolores Leehan, Ray Mancke,
Olivia Marquart, Vic McCarty, Cheryl Myers, Carole Pyle, John Reishus, Dianna Smith, Shirley
Templin, Tabitha Walters, Betty Weaver, Bertha Williams.
Family & Friends: Veronica Bashaw, Larry Berdis, Amy Bush, Nicole Cadwalader, Martha Cease,
Alicen Cheshire, Chris Crawford, Beth Cunius, Norm Darling, Gladys Debesis, Nancy & Bob Decker,
Susan Diedrickson, Mary Flaherty, Joe Galardi, Jim Grady, Emma Horensky, Audrey Jenkins,
Andrea Kaskus, Ronald Kaskus, Mildred Kelly, Dan Kopen, Alicia Mack, Luana Maross, Michelle
Martin, Marilyn & Carl Matthews, Margaret McGiffin, Edna Morgan, Walter Roberts, Rodney Samson,
Nancy Sandt, Betty Schultz, Niki Cheskiewitz Shotwell, Debbie Sobeck, Linda Van Gorder, Joe Vereb,
Gordon Wight, Richard Wilbur, and Bobby Zeigler.
Pray for military personnel: Brian Bayer, Katie Dale, Brian Rigez, Paul Rigez, Adrianne Rigez,
Paul Hiller, Andrew Hiller, David Dymond, William B. Phillips, Jerry Price, Phillip Miller, Matt Lipo,
Joe Walsh, Robert Stevens, Adam Wendoloski, Joshua Knobel, David Spangenberg, Lt. Commander 04
Shaun McAndrew, Cpl. Christopher Avery, Major Cindy Ruckno, Major Kevin Andersen, Captain Frank
J. Michael, Jr., Daniel Worthington, Michael Tanner, Stanley Brudnicki, Charles Brudnicki, CDR Chris
Petrock, Jason Reed, Ethan Jacobs, Pvt. Kevin Fritzges, Dustin Siperko, John Feher, Aaron Coburn,
Justin Thomas, Specialist Steven J. Martin, Private Esme Molina, Michael Hoffman, Matthew Yurko,
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- Secretary’s report was accepted as presented.
- Treasurer’s report was accepted as presented.
Budget Update: St. Paul's finances as of
*General Fund - does not include Special Appeals or
Mortgage Retirement Phase III Campaign:
1/1/2014 to 12/31/2016: $ 84,204.99
Total Received to Date: $ 12,439.00
Loan Obligation Balance: $399,433.86
Monthly Loan Payment: $ 2,929.88
Property: Roof has been repaired; exterior doors have been refinished.
Landscaping: Dead tree near end of driveway needs to come out; bids being solicited.
Fellowship: Busy summer with Summerfest and VBS.
Old Business: Reviewed Summerfest: Cancer Walk and Blood Drive were both very successful. Discussed plans for God’s Work Our Hands Sunday; sign-ups will be coming out for the projects. Any fundraising projects for the Youth Gathering in Detroit in 2015 need to be approved by council.
New Business: Letter of Agreement with SCID was approved; looking into updating church website; thanks to Pastor Rothrock for his three months of service.
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JUST COME NEAR
Rev. Stuart Sacks was serving in Paraguay when Rafael, a Maka Indian, came and sat on his porch. Sacks, who’d been inside eating, went out to see what the man wanted. Rafael said, “Ham, henek met,” which means “I don’t want anything; I have just come near.”
The pastor, not understanding the significance of that statement, again asked what he could do for Rafael. But the answer was the same.
When Sacks later shared the incident, a veteran missionary explained it was Rafael’s way of showing honor. He didn’t need anything in particular; he just wanted to sit on the pastor’s porch. He found satisfaction and pleasure merely by being near him.
Sacks points out that the phrase “Ham, henek met” also reveals the heart of true worship. When the Lord asks “What brings you here, my child?” we don’t need to mention or ask for anything specific. We can reply that we simply want to come near our God.
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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you.” So said St. Paul as he was concluding his second epistle to the Christians in Thessalonica. Those sentiments are what I would leave with you as this summer comes to an end. St. Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians is a short one -- so was my summer of 2014 with the Christian sisters and brothers of this congregation.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of the ministries that you do. It was great to be with some people who were a big part of my life for almost 15 years at the close of the last century. Just so it was wonderful to meet many new Christians whose love and joy I will carry in my heart forever. Thank you all for allowing me to share in your lives.
By the time you read this epistle Pastor Grube will be back in your midst. I thank him for allowing me the unique opportunity of a very short ministry. Now that he is back I pray God’s blessings on you and him as old and new ways of serving God are carried out together.
The Lord be with all of you.
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A WORD OF THANKS
Our sincerest and deep thanks to Pastor Rothrock for leading us in worship, guiding our congregational council through its administrative duties and visiting our sick, homebound and grieved while Pastor Grube was on his sabbatical. Although we missed Pastor Grube during the summer, we were very fortunate to have Pastor Rothrock throughout this time. His devotion and commitment to our congregation was evident every week. Thanks, Rocky. Please feel free to worship with us whenever you have a free Saturday night or Sunday morning.
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JUNE DORCAS SOCIETY HIGHLIGHTS
The business meeting was called to order following a covered dish picnic with 23 members present; Barbara Shafer and Susan Woodling were hostesses for the evening. Chris Bellezza led devotions on a theme titled History of Flag Day.
Lois Gdovin reviewed names of people to whom she had recently sent cards and the following names were given to also receive cards: Margie Hislop, Herb Bonnice, Ellie Rodda, Catherine Grieshaber, Guy Grube, Bill Redline/Joan Niedjaco, Hugh Lamberton and Dick & Betty Glass.
The Secretary’s report for May was read and approved with no corrections. Helen Carey gave the Treasurer’s report for May.
1. Summerfest -- Baked goods should be at church by 1:00 pm on Friday, 25 July in order to be packaged and priced. Dorcas will provide a themed cooking basket for the Silent Auction; items should be brought to the Parlor before Thursday, 24 July in order for the basket to be wrapped.
2. Quilt Show and Tea -- Saturday 23 August from 1:00 to 4:00 pm; tickets will be $7.00. Small tea sized cookies and scones were requested.
3. Spring Rummage Sale wrap-up -- It was suggested that prices on Vera Bradley and Coach handbags and also designer jeans should be higher. It was decided to continue using the IOU list in the kitchen; everyone is on the honor system. Hours were also discussed and following discussion, a motion was made to allow the choir members to shop Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm; Friday hours to be 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and opening again in the evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm; Saturday to be Bag Day from 8:00 am to noon; motion passed. It was also decided that Jewelry should not be moved but should stay in the hallway; we will keep the Parlor in mind if more space is needed and the Narthex could be used for other items besides the Bake Sale if additional space is needed.
4. Additional estimates will be obtained for replacing the Narthex carpet; further discussion was tabled until September.
There was no New Business.
Hostesses for September meeting will be Cynthia Mahalick, Chris Bellezza and Fran Dierolf. Meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, 9 September.
Carol Fett, Dorcas Secretary
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QUILT SHOW & TEA UPDATE
Our second Quilt Show & Tea, held on 23 August, was a huge success. We displayed over 100 quilts and had over 100 guests who just raved about the whole event. We thank all the women who worked so hard on the beautiful and tasty tea sandwiches as well as the lovely assortment of cookies. Thank you to those who brought quilts to display. We had such an array of talent throughout the Sanctuary and Narthex. We appreciate deeply the help of everyone who was involved. At the moment we had a profit of $893.
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† IN MEMORIAM †
May the light and promise of
shine in the lives
of the family and friends of
Rest eternal grant them Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon them.
We also remember:
Ann Golightley, sister of Fran Dierolf, who passed away in July;
Jim Williams, brother-in-law of Marty Bisher, who passed away in late July;
Fred Shafer, brother of Howard Shafer, who passed away in August.
May God comfort all who mourn.
Keep in Touch
Update your 2014 Church Directory!
Chuck and Gail Koup have recently moved. Their new address is
456 Schoolhouse Rd.
Tunkhannock, PA 18657-5907
Their telephone and email remain the same.
Don and Helen Carey have moved recently, too! Their new address is
36 Ridgway Dr.
Dallas, PA 18612-9277
Their phone number remains the same.
We welcome Beatrice Pritchard to the St. Paul’s family as a transfer from St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church
in Nazareth, PA. Beatrice is Judy Loeffler’s mother. Her address is
31 Elizabeth St.
Dallas, PA 18612-1710
and her telephone number is 570-675-5782.
May their new homes bring them peace and joy!
Cheryl Brosious has a new email address, effective on September 1: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Phillips and Melissa Duceman were united in marriage on August 16th at the Eisenhower Chapel
on the Penn State Campus. Robert is the grandson of Howard & Barbara Shafer. We pray for God’s blessings
as they begin their married life together!
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“GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS” SUNDAY
DAY OF SERVICE
“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -- one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbors. On Sunday, 7 September, the nearly 10,000 congregations of this church will gather to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people.
Our congregation will be part of this Day(s) of Service by:
Families baking cookies on Saturday, 6 September beginning at 9:00 am and delivering them on Sunday, 7 September to nursing homes and fire and police departments;
Cleaning up Rice Cemetery on Sunday afternoon;
Assisting a family with minor repairs to their home Saturday/Sunday afternoons;
An ongoing project has been to collect diapers for the Women’s Resource Center of Susquehanna County; St. Luke Reformation, Noxen, is assisting with this project;
Collecting socks for our Head Start children here at St. Paul’s.
It’s not too late to help. Please sign your name on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex and/or place packages of diapers and socks in the baskets in the hallway.
Pick up your “God’s work. Our hands” shirt in the Narthex while they last!
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BIBLE STUDY TO RESUME
Wednesday morning Bible Study will begin on September 24 at 10:00 am with a study of the book of Romans. Please sign up on the sheet on the Narthex table so we know how many resource books to order. We hope to see you there!
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FALL ROAST BEEF DINNER PLANNED
The first of two fall Roast Beef Dinners is scheduled for Saturday, 20 September in the Social Hall. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the dinner: Adults at $10.00 and $5.00 for children under 12. Take-outs will begin at 3:30 pm and dinner will be served starting at 4:00 pm. Our dinners are well-known throughout the Back Mountain community and many helpers are needed to make them successful. Please use the sign-up sheet posted in the Narthex to signify that you are willing to help...whether it is to provide a dessert or work for an hour, two hours, or all evening long!
Please note that our last Roast Beef Dinner for 2014 will be held on Saturday, 1 November.
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HARVEST HOME SERVICES
On Saturday/Sunday October 11/12 our Sanctuary and Narthex will be decorated for our annual Harvest Home Services by members of the Art & Environment Committee. Our attention will be focused on the bounty God provides us from the field and orchard, and the rich harvest of that bounty for our health and well-being. A special “Harvest Home” envelope is included with this newsletter and by direction of the Social Ministry Committee monetary donations will be directed to a local food bank (to be determined). Canned goods may also be brought in to use in our display; these will be shared with the Back Mountain Food Pantry and we ask that you place them in the “shopping cart” which is located in the hallway between the Narthex and the Social Hall by Wednesday, October 8.
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“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”
-- Corrie ten Boom
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FOOD PANTRY UPDATE
The Back Mountain Food Pantry is in need of the following types of items:
cereal of all kinds, canned fruit, canned potatoes, canned tomatoes, and spaghetti sauce (glass jars okay).
These items represent an ongoing need at the pantry. Please remember to check the “use by” dates. You may place your donation in the shopping cart in the hallway just outside of the Social Hall.
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FALL RUMMAGE SALE SCHEDULED
It’s hard to believe but Dorcas’ fall Rummage Sale is almost here and it’s time to start cleaning out attics, closets, dresser drawers, and garages as the ladies will be setting up for the sale soon. The sale is set for Friday/Saturday, October 3/4. Friday’s hours will be from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and then again from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Saturday’s hours are from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm (Bag Day all day).
We will be accepting good, clean useable clothes, household items, dishes, pots & pans, holiday decorations, books, games, &c., and they may be brought to the church starting:
Saturday Sept. 27 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Sunday Sept. 28 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Monday Sept. 29 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday Sept. 30 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday Oct. 1 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday Oct. 2 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Please note: We will not accept encyclopedias, computer/printer equipment, cribs, child car seats, or large appliances. Also for Saturday/Sunday drop off times, please use the back door (by the garage) to bring items into the Social hall; the 2:00 pm drop-off time on Thursday is set so that the ladies have time to price items and get them ready for display.
Homemade baked goods are needed for the bake sale and may be brought to the church on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (morning).
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Our Fall rummage sale is fast approaching (October 3/4) and we are looking for donations of jewelry.
Please call Lois Gdovin (570-675-3254) if you have some items to donate.
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ANNUAL CHOCOLATE CANDY SALE
St. Paul’s “candy makers” are preparing for their eighth annual candy sale in October. The candy will be made the week of October 20 and will be ready for pick-up Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, October 26. Candy being made includes chocolate covered raisins, chocolate covered peanuts, and chocolate covered peanut/raisin, each for only $7.00 per pound. Chocolate covered cashews will also be available for $8.00 per pound. All types are sold in one pound packages only. We are scaling down our production a bit this year so it will be important for you to place your orders by signing the order form in the Narthex (look for it around the middle of September); extra order forms will be available, so feel free to pass them out to your relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors. These order forms should be turned in to Carol Fett, Ruth Ide, Barbara Shafer or Helen Carey no later than Sunday, October 5.
We need everyone’s support to make this fundraiser a success as all proceeds benefit St. Paul’s ministries. Toward the end of September a sign-up sheet will also be on display for volunteers to help make the candy...no experience necessary; on-the-job training provided!
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Q: What did the elephant say when the Volkswagen ran into it?
A. “How many times have I told you kids -- don’t play in the street!”
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“Voices raised to you we offer;
Tune them, God, for songs of praise.”
ELW Hymn #845
We invite you to participate in our music ministry. Our choirs provide a wonderful opportunity to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ while sharing the Christian fellowship.
The Chapel Choir is structured for children ages 4 through 4th Grade. Rehearsals begin on Thursday, September 4 at 6:45 pm.
The Emmanuel Choir is geared for youth in Grades 5 and up. Rehearsals resume on Sunday, September 7 at 9:15 am.
The Senior Choir (no age limitations!) - Our first rehearsal for the Fall will be on Thursday, September 4 at 7:30 pm. Please note that there will be no rehearsal on Thursday, September 18.
The Chime Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings between services at 9:45 am. If you are interested in ringing on a “substitute/as needed” basis, please contact Connie Wilt (570-696-4238). Our next rehearsal will be Sunday, September 7.
Your continued support of our music ministry is greatly appreciated!
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HELP WANTED: WORSHIP ASSISTANTS
Our worship leaders are great! They are dedicated, conscientious people who love our congregation and volunteer to serve by leading us in worship. BUT ... we need more volunteers. Please consider sharing your gifts by volunteering to be an Assisting Minister, and Acolyte or Crucifer. Training is offered and you will find that you will receive a great deal of pleasure in any of these ministries. For information concerning Assisting Ministers, Acolytes or Crucifers, contact Frank Mariano at email@example.com, Amy Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Heidi Schukraft at email@example.com.
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“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
-- Helen Keller
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PLAN AHEAD FOR TRUNK OR TREAT
It’s Trunk or Treat time again at St. Paul’s! On Saturday, October 25 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, the church parking lot will be transformed into a trick or treating “neighborhood”. Bring your car, truck, trailer, &c., come up with a theme, decorate your vehicle, and get some treats for trick or treating. Feel free to also bring food to share with everyone. Kids -- and adults -- should come in costume prepared to trick or treat around the parking lot. There will be prizes for best costumes and cars. Pizza and soda will be provided as we wrap up the festivities.
If it rains, we will move the whole party into the Social Hall.
If you have any questions or would like to help out in any way, please contact Trish and Keith Brosious at 570-378-2016.
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OKTOBERFEST FOR LDR PLANNED
Lutheran Congregational Services announces the 6th Annual Oktoberfest benefitting our Lutheran Disaster Response - Eastern PA program on Saturday, 20 September from 12:00 to 6:00 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glenside, PA.
Oktoberfest will feature delicious German food and beers, traditional German dancing, music, children’s activities and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 each, and are available by calling 215-884-3005. Further information and tickets are available at www.stpaulsglenside.org.
LDR-EPA’s disaster preparedness education touches thousands of lives. Over the last six years, Oktoberfest has raised more than $80,000 for LDR-EPA to enable them to offer invaluable assistance to individuals and families affected by natural and man-made disasters.
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“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
-- Maya Angelou
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ELCA GOOD GIFTS
[Ed. Note: This is the third in a series of articles to spread the good word about what Good Gifts can accomplish.]
Last year $3.9 million, in the form of the more than 15,000 gifts, was raised to support the mission and ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) through ELCA Good Gifts. Your generous gifts are already changing lives. Here’s a glimpse of what your gifts helped make possible last year.
Pastor Knox of Zambia knows first-hand just how dangerous malaria can be. Any given week, members of his congregation would come down with the preventable, treatable disease.
He knew it was time to do something about it. And the ELCA Malaria Campaign helped provide that opportunity. Pastor Knox was trained in the signs and symptoms of malaria and the best practices on how to prevent it -- like how to use an insecticide-treated bed net. “Before the malaria program came to our village, people had been using nets in the wrong way -- for fishing, or as sleeping mats. This was a big problem,” he says.
In Zambia, the ELCA Malaria Campaign is working with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia and the Lutheran Evangelical Church in Africa. Thanks to your gifts, entire communities are learning about how to protect themselves from malaria and getting the tools they need. Pastor Knox says, “Our risk of malaria has gone down. It used to be that there was always one person in a household who was down with malaria and not able to work. And poverty is a big issue for us. But that is changing.”
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One day a little boy asked his pastor-mom why she always bowed her head for a moment before starting to preach. The mother, delighted that her son was so aware of what went on during worship, answered, “I pray for God to help me deliver a good sermon to the people.”
Alas, her delight was short-lived and fizzled at the child’s response: “So why doesn’t God ever answer?”
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IN THE MAILBAG
Dear St. Paul’s Lutheran,
The prayer shawl is lovely - thank you so much for your kindness and for thinking of me! I’m a great admirer of beautiful needlework and this is truly stunning!
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To St. Paul’s Lutheran Church:
Thank you so much for your financial gifts to ELCA World Hunger. We are so grateful for all that you do to support these ministries through education, action, and giving! The peace of Christ be with you always.
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THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!
These days, there’s a smartphone app for just about everything. But what about spiritual concerns? Where can you turn?
Depressed? Try the joy app. Read Isaiah 51:11.
Tired? Try the renewal app. Read Isaiah 40:30-31.
Unsettled? Try the peace app. Read Philippians 4:7.
Unloved? Try the love app. Read Romans 8:38-39.
Worried? Try the refuge app. Read Psalm 46:1.
Fearful? Try the power app. Read 2 Timothy 1:7.
Guilty? Try the forgiveness app. Read Colossians 1:13-14.
Praying? Try the prayer app. Read 1 John 5:14-15.
The Scriptures are Gods storehouse of meaningful applications for what we face every day. Think of the Bible as the iTunes Store of spiritual apps. Best of all, everything’s free!
-- Timothy Merrill
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To our friends at St. Paul’s:
Thank you for the outpouring of cards, calls, and memorial gifts that you all so kindly offered after the passing of our mother, Kay Redline.
St. Paul’s holds such a sweet and happy place in our family’s hearts, so it’s no surprise the comfort we felt when we heard from so many of you. Those of you who have had the privilege of knowing Frank and Kay Redline as a couple will certainly rejoice with us as we consider the beautiful reunion that Mom’s passing has provided.
We felt the strength and the support. Heartfelt thank yous, genuine hugs, and sincere smiles to our St. Paul’s family.
The Redline kids,
Sue Redline Knowles
Jane Redline Smith
Kathie Redline DeCesaris
Nancy Redline Giraldi
Joan Redline Niedjaco
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Because of a back injury, a teacher had to wear a plaster cast around his upper body. It fit under his shirt and wasn’t noticeable at all. On the first day of school, still wearing the cast, he walked confidently into a classroom full of rowdy students.
After giving a lecture and assignment, the teacher opened the window and busied himself at his desk. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he grabbed his stapler and stapled the tie to his chest. Needless to say, the teacher had no trouble with discipline that year.
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“Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang best.”
-- Henry Van Dyke
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