Presbyterian Women

All First Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Women circles met on Jan. 15. The fifth lesson of “Carved in Love” was on the sixth word or commandment, “Thou Shall Not Kill.” Not just referencing physical murder, the lesson included mental, spiritual and emotional murder. A definition of murder is the death of a body, or a spirit, or of hope for a future.

Lynette Krieger hosted Circle 1 in her home. Moderator May Wierenga gave the lesson. Wierenga led the business meeting. The minutes of the last meeting were read. Treasure Peggy Thomsen presented the treasurer’s report. A visitation report was given. Circle 1 is responsible for tables and devotions at the February Presbyterian Women luncheon. Wierenga announced “Gifts of Women” Sunday is scheduled for March 6. Ushers and other volunteers will be needed. The 2019 reading lists need to be turned into Sue Medsker-Nedderman. Darlene Payne and Jane Bauer are hosting the next meeting. Peggy Thomsen will be the lesson leader.

Bonnie Grams hosted Circle 2 in the church parlor. Eleven members were present. Mary Fisk led the business meeting. Fisk opened with prayer and introduced a new member, Barb Harrington. Betty Kooy read from the Yearbook of Prayer about young women ages 18-35 who are being trained to serve beyond the church. The December minutes were read. Mary Lewis gave a treasurer’s report. Pam Lay and Betty Kooy gave visitation reports. Pam Lay led the lesson and closed with prayer. Susie Graham is the February hostess, and Joy White will be the lesson leader.

Circle 3 met in the church library. Ten members were present. Medsker-Nedderman and Nan Huey were the hostesses. Katharine Davis was the lesson leader. Kathy Reimer gave the treasurer’s report, and Katharine Davis gave the minutes. Jill Kramer read the Least Coin story. The circle closed with the Mizpah Prayer. Davis is the February hostess, and Reimer will be the lesson leader.

The next PW luncheon is Feb. 5. Margaret Marsh will present a program on the 2020 Census. The next circle meetings are Feb. 19.

Hastings Writers’ Forum

The Hastings Writers’ Forum met at the Hastings Public Library on Jan. 11 with nine people in attendance.

Robin Buckallew announced that she is working to create a webpage for the group. Linda Cooke said she will work on the group Facebook page so that all members can add content.

Buckallew reminded members that items for the quarterly newsletter are due March 1.

Cooke asked if there was interest in taking part in a creativity course based on Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way.” Several members said they would start considering details of how to organize the course, possibly gathering after the regular monthly meeting.

The group also discussed the prospect of coordinating a writing retreat, possibly in March. Ideas were generated, but no decision made.

Fritz Buckallew pointed out that the book “Boom Town: A History of Oklahoma City” is available for check-out at the Hastings Public Library.

John Dobrovolny shared a poem from Ted Kooser’s column titled “We Are of a Tribe.”

Cooke reported that past member Shawn Farritor is recovering in Omaha after a heart-lung transplant.

Robin Buckallew issued a challenge to each one present to bring some writing to share at the next meeting.

Those in attendance shared from the following original works:

  • Elizabeth Musgrave: A psychological thriller about a woman whose identity is absorbed by another.
  • Alan Hartley: “The Prairie Speaks,” a poem about the landscape of the Sandhills; and “Memory,” a poem about the heartbreak of dementia. He reported that “Memory” has received positive feedback on an Alzheimer’s support website.
  • Fritz Buckallew: A recent addition to a series of humorous short stories, “It’s Pops!”
  • Robin Buckallew: A selection from her young adult novel “Leafy Tom.”
  • Marilee Aufdenkamp: Her latest historical novel, set in Omaha around 1927.

The next meeting is planned for Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at Hastings Public Library. Participants may share their work, but are never required to do so. Those who share decide whether they want feedback. Writers of all genres and formats are invited to participate in an encouraging environment.

Alpha Delta Kappa Mu

Alpha Delta Kappa Mu met Jan. 9 at Watson Elementary School.

Hostesses were Linda Wilkinson, Shelley Peters, Amanda Collins and Cathy Cafferty.

The program was officer reports.

President Karen Myers welcomed members.

Chaplain Julie Getzfred shared a reading titled “Each Day.”

Roll call showed 25 members and two guests were present.

The December minutes were approved as written.

Julie Simmons shared the treasurer’s report. She noted the total collected from the ways and means raffle. All were asked to provide recommendations for next years raffle. Myers shared a thank you for the corresponding secretary.

Altruism chair Diane Biere said the JINGO Christmas social was a success. She, Eileen Noll, Debbie Holmberg and Karen Valdes played JINGO with eight residents. She reminded all that the club will be visiting Champion Home again in April. January’s altruism was providing hygiene items for the Hastings High School food pantry. February’s altruism project will be making flowers for the lunch trays of Homestead residents. Members have the opportunity to volunteer to help at the Night of Excellence at the Hastings Middle School on March 26.

The budget committee is working on the 2020-2022 budget, which will be shared in February and March, and will be voted on in April.

Courtesy chair Sandy Brown sent out two Christmas cards to limited members who had moved recently.

Jan Herbek led the fraternity education activity which was cutting snowflakes with each cut reminding members of the officers and their duties for Alpha Delta Kappa.

Program chair Nancy Poppe reminded all that the Feb. 6 meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the middle school. Members should park on the west side of the building. The program will be on the S.T.E.M. program. The hostesses will be Linda Kuzelka, Jeanne Loch, Debbie Holmberg and Diane Biere. Altruism will be a craft project for shut-ins.

Scholarship information was sent to local high schools in December. Seniors who are going to major in education are eligible. The local scholarship is for $500; the state also has a $500 scholarship. Entries are due March 31.

Ways and means chair Cathy Cafferty reminded all that 70% of the money earned by Alpha Delta Kappa Mu goes back into the community.

State Convention will be in Grand Island on April 4 at the Midtown Ramada Inn. Member cost is $50 and all are encouraged to attend. Member Eileen Noll will be running for president elect for the state. Alpha Delta Kappa Mu will need to provide a $50 raffle item.

Initiation of two new members, Sandy Brown and Karen Valdes, and reinstatement of Laura Zabloudil was held. Members also voted unanimously to issue an invitation to another teaser to join the chapter.

Myers thanked the hostesses. The meeting ended with singing of “Lamp of Alpha Delta Kappa.”

Prosy Mills of Uganda presented a PowerPoint about her country. Uganda has a tropical climate and is about the size of Oregon. Its current population is about 14 million.

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