Point News – February 8, 2023
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Already in the month of February, but the weather has continued to be nice. Of course that could change anytime. Enjoy every beautiful warm sunny day that comes along.
You probably noticed I never got my column finished last Monday morning as there was no weekly prayer. Instead, I had a ride in the new Jerseyville Ambulance headed to St. Charles, St. Joseph’s Hospital. Justin and Brian on the 5 a.m. ambulance run took great care of me and the severe pain I was having in my right shoulder. My granddaughter, Ashley Kirn, was on duty, she called my Cardiologist, Dr. Ziaee, and he stopped by before going to the office and ordered various blood tests and x-rays. Tests all came back fine, no heart attack, pneumonia or fractures. I was dismissed and went home with my daughter, Cyndi Axford, who had driven up from Chesterfield and I stayed there until Wednesday afternoon. I saw my regular physician on Friday since pain was still present, looks like therapy is next for me. Been doing well with pain patches and pain pills so far. Many thanks to my wonderful neighbor, Barb Hagen, who has been checking on me, getting my mail and putting my pain patch on every day.
On Saturday morning, Annie Hagen accompanied her daughter, Debbie Kamp, to Alton to shop. That afternoon they were joined in Jerseyville by her niece, Lisa Williams, of Hardin where they enjoyed a movie and afterwards had a delicious dinner at the Chinese Restaurant. They took in another beautiful sunset on the drive home. The day together was to celebrate Annie’s recent birthday Feb. 2.
Shelley Kinder; her mom, Gerry Kinder; and Shelley’s four grandchildren, Piper and Henry Wittman of Jerseyville and Vivienne and Van Welsh of Marshall, Ill. enjoyed Disney on Ice at the Enterprise Center on Friday evening. The children especially enjoyed the front row seats. What a great treat for everyone!
Gerry Kinder of Golden Eagle celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday at the Brussels American Legion Hall. Her daughters and son, Susan Kennedy, Shelley Kinder and Bruce Kinder and their families hosted the event. Many family and friends were present to enjoy the day with her and partake of the luncheon and birthday cake. Many more “happy and healthy ones,” Gerry!
On Sunday, Dennis and Shelly Scherer of Wright City, Mo. came to my house after church and I accompanied them to Jerseyville to the new Hawthorn Inn Assisted Living facility. There we attended the 85th Birthday celebration of John “Bill” Kamp. Bill and Anita recently moved there and it indeed is a great place to call home. His daughter Tammy, son-in-law Gary Kronable and their daughter and son-in-law, Trey and Jena Isaacson, and family hosted a wonderful luncheon, complete with various desserts, birthday cake and ice cream. Approximately 50 relatives and friends were present for the afternoon. Also attending from this area was Greg and Agnes Kamp, along with Jane Kamp and daughter Alyssa and Danny Kamp. Everyone had a great afternoon together and we wish Bill “many more happy and healthy years” ahead.
After leaving the birthday celebration, Dennis, Shelly and I visited with Mark and Glenda (Kinder) Stucker in Jerseyville. Glenda and Shelly were classmates beginning in first grade when Glen and Mildred Kinder lived in Golden Eagle. Enjoyed the visit with them, as well as a tour of their beautiful home. What was once Mark’s “Man Cave” in the finished lower level has now been transformed into a huge sewing room. Glenda showed us many of her beautiful finished quilts as well as others she is working on. Enjoyed a couple hour visit with them before heading back to Calhoun.
After church services at St. Matthew’s on Sunday, Annie Hagen enjoyed the day with all her children and most of the grandchildren, great grandchildren and a niece to help her celebrate her recent 86th Birthday at her home in the Deer Plain area. Those present were Debbie and Blake Kamp; Shannon and Jason Jackson; Melinda and Vince Smith; Brooke Smith who drove in from Indiana to spend the weekend with her family; Luke and Abbey Smith and their children, Grant and Nolan; Keith and Rita Hagen; Kevin Hagen; Kyle and Kris Hagen; Lynne and Mike Adams along with their, children, Piper and Graham; and her niece, Lisa Williams. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal and an afternoon of visiting. Many more “happy and healthy ones,” Annie.
Despite a cold and icy Monday morning, the funeral of Ervin Nolte was held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Brussels with Rev. Robert Weise officiating. After coming in from the cemetery, a wonderful hot meal was held in the church hall and served by many of the Dorcas ladies. Deepest sympathy to his wife, Rita; son, Mark (Jennifer) Nolte; grandchildren, Ellie and Blake; and sister, Bernell Weigel, all of Golden Eagle.
George Taylor of Golden Eagle received word on Thursday morning of the sudden death of his younger brother, John Taylor, age 63, who resided in St. Peters, Mo. According to his wishes, he was cremated and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Deepest sympathy to his son, John; daughter, Rachel; and brother, George Taylor.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, Feb. 18. This is the annual St. Mary’s School Benefit held at the Brussels American Legion Hall. Drive-thru Chicken Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m., along with silent auction, card draws, grand raffle, drop bucket tickets and Mega Money Raffle all online from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a Brussels After-Prom Aluminum Can Drive at St. Mary’s Parking lot. All money made from the can collection will go towards providing a chaperoned, alcohol-free night of fun after the prom at a bowling alley in St. Peters, Mo. Cans can be dropped off at the parking lot or call one of the Seniors, Juniors or their parents to pick up from your home. Students will also be making trips to bars in the county to pick up cans. Thanks for your help with this.
Prayer For Valentine’s Day:
Heavenly Father, we want to thank You for the precious gift of Love that You have given to the world. Thank You for blessing us every day with this love. May this day be full of love and send us strength to love even when times are tough. Standing on Your promise that “Love endures all things.”