There was no Rader Report last week as Jim and I took off for Tilden, Nebraska, for a Whitwer family reunion. The 10-hour drive went without incident, but for about 70 miles of that drive all exits were blocked off because of the floods. It was depressing to go mile after mile and find water completely covering the fence posts. I will not complain about rainy days again after seeing firsthand what those families are going through.
Thrivent is collecting money to assist farmers there. For every $2 you give, they will donate a dollar. Help is desperately needed. No crops can be planted, and homes and equipment are underwater in many places. There will be no income, only expenses for them this year. The reunion was wonderful, but we cannot forget the rest of that trip. Please help if you can.
Meanwhile back in Rader, there were many things happening. The Immanuel Cemetery Committee met last Sunday after the potluck at the Rader church. There were 16 members and one guest present. Hoover Case, Kathryn Langdon and Lewis Rader were all voted in for another three-year term. Susan Smith was voted in to fill the financial committee position that had formerly been held by Lloyd Hendrix. The Cook and Keesling families’ filled more than a couple pews at Immanuel’s morning service. It is great to have visitors.
Winona Lehe from Columbia and Judd and Julie Hisle were weekend guests at the Larry and Kathryn Langdon home. Judd and Julie are from Clearwater, Kansas.
Ed and Lisa Rader, from Illinois, rode to Rader on their motorcycles and spent some time with the Helping Hand Quilters. The club sends a thank you to Clara Beal for donating fabric for future quilts.
Michael and Connie Kays had been camping most of last week but became a little concerned when winds got so strong that they actually rocked the camper. They did return home safely.
Betty Terry had Ronnie and Lou Terry visited her from Phillipsburg on Saturday.
The Conway Class of 1951 held their reunion at Twilight Church last week. Leona and Barb Medlock attended along with 13 classmates. It was agreed that the guys did such a great job of putting it all together that they were appointed to do the planning for next year. Cards were sent to those who were unable to attend.
Barb Medlock along with family and friends went to the Ha Ha Tonka Park this past weekend. The weather was perfect and they had a great time.
I hear that Redeemer Lutheran Church in Springfield names a specific church each week and says a prayer for that church and community. We thank them for their prayers for Immanuel Rader during last week’s service.
Olive Sauer had been scheduled for a surgery before I left, but had started running a high fever so it was called off. I hear that the surgery has been rescheduled for June 5. Please put her and David on your prayer list.
Dixie Bowman became Mrs. Steve Leonard on Saturday afternoon. They said their vows before family and friends, but the honeymoon will have to be later in the year as it is hay baling time and that must come first. Congratulations to the newlyweds.
There will be a fish fry fundraiser for the Seers in July. More on that later. Next Sunday, June 9, at Immanuel will be a donfirmation service where our teens confess their faith before the congregation and become members of the church. There will be a coffee and cake reception afterward. Family and friends are invited to come to the 10 a.m. service.
Immanuel had their church service at Bennett Springs Park on Sunday with about 50 people attending. Thank you to Dale and Sondra Caffey for getting everything organized and to everyone else who helped set up and clean up. Dale was the chef manning the barbecue, and it was all delicious. We could not have asked for better weather.
Happy birthday wishes go out to Joshua Wood, Kim Medlock, Skyler Storie, Jordan Boren, Danuel Jeimberg, Cari Nutt, Patsy Boyd, Rebecca Strickland, Taylor Caffey, Michael Hedge, Diane Whitwer, David Medlock, David Terry, Curtis Williams, Auston Terry, Marlie Jackson, Amanda Lewis, Andrea Horton, Ray Brisbois, Chris Langley, Alexandria Wood, Joseph O’Connor and Madison Horton.
The Red Hat Chattering Chicks will meet Friday at the Burger King in Marshfield. Be there by 11:30 a.m. and bring a friend.
Count your blessings and have a wonderful week.