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Hebrews 13:16   

"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. "

          2020 is coming to a close and for many of us it can’t come soon enough.  Other than the recent November WMF annual meeting the last time we gathered was for quilting back in March.  Even when WMF could not meet or hold social events that never stopped the mission work of the WMF.  Thanks to the financial plea for donations, WMF was able to meet its mission donations.  Quilts were made and distributed to our graduating seniors and Christmas families.  Thanks to Ann Romo, many lap quilts were made and given to several of our shut-ins, along with nursing homes in Pine Island and Cannon Falls.  Flowers were provided for Easter (due to the shutdown we donated the Easter lilies to the Zumbrota and Kenyon nursing homes), our confirmands, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We will get the 2021 WMF calendar of events put together and hopefully, we will be able to hold them.  I think we are all missing the ability to enjoy fellowship over a cup of coffee and a sweet treat.  We also miss seeing some of our members who are staying home to protect their health.  Emmanuel is blessed to have such a wonderful group of women who give their time, talent, money, and prayers in supporting the work of the WMF.  During these trying times we must always remember God is just a prayer away.  He hears us and is there for us. 

            On a personal note, I will miss my friend and mentor; JoAnn Loken.  JoAnn sat behind me up in the balcony for many years.  Years ago, she would have her great-grandkids with as she wanted to make sure they got confirmed.  I remember seeing JoAnn in Wanamingo on a Saturday morning in the summer.  Emmanuel had a funeral scheduled that afternoon and it being summer JoAnn was short of kitchen help.  She asked if I could help and I said yes, but she would have to tell me what to do and tell me she did.  She put all us ladies to work with: buns to slice, butter and put meat or funeral spread on, coffee to make, pickles to slice, cake to cut, tables to be set up and then we served the family and the mourners.  And we cannot forget about the cleanup after.  JoAnn wanted the meal served on real plates with real silverware, just like you would have if you had a nice meal somewhere.  Now there are dishes to wash and put away, tables to clean, garbage to empty, and getting the kitchen back in order.  At the end of it all I was tired, and I am 20 years younger than JoAnn!  I also knew that I would be willing to help JoAnn again, she was a wonderful teacher.  I will miss the funeral spread that JoAnn and Phyllis Forss would make.  I have the recipe, but it is not the same.  JoAnn would also supply her homemade sweet pickles and would be so kind and send some home with me.  She always got the buns from Don’s Grocery in Goodhue because they had the best……and they do.  I hope to honor the legacy left by JoAnn and all the other ladies that are no longer with us with continued participation in the work of the Emmanuel WMF. 

Tamra Berg

Goodhue County Christmas Project

A huge thank-you to the members of the congregation, HIS servants, and the WMF for their contributions to the Goodhue Christmas Family Project. We were able to help 3 families with 6 children by supplying them with food and gas gift cards, quilts, clothing and toiletries. Toys were supplied by Toys for Tots.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

God's blessings, Tamra Berg

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