The 2014-2015 school year is history. This means that some parents will need childcare for their young school children. Let’s suppose that one set of parents has two children. One just finished kindergarten and the other second grade. They can no longer take the bus or be dropped off at school for the day. Both finances and time may be a factor with this family. Somebody needs to be with them. Ten years down the road the whole picture will change. Larger families have more hurdles. We have known a couple of families who have taken in abandoned street children. If you go down to the Union Gospel Mission or some of the other safe houses, you can get a real feel for their situations.
Some older people read a lot. Others like to sit around and visit with other old folk. We see some who walk an hour or two each morning in the Maplewood Mall or outside. With old age generally comes more flexibility. Some of these people in their 60s, 70s and even 80s can give us really good ideas.
Recently, Norma and I were at a memorial service for a very dear friend who was 90 years old. He was a retired science teacher from Century College. He was listed as being active in his church, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Union Gospel Mission, St. John’s Hospital and The Gideons International. The Union Gospel Mission Ministry Center was the perfect place to remember Gerald.
We celebrate Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. They have all come and gone. Other holidays are special also, but in a different way. These three are all God-centered. Others may involve our nation, state, county, city or even our neighborhood. Then of course, we have family or individual celebrations. I remember well my 80th birthday. We had a family picnic in the park. Celebrations are enjoyable and memorable. They come and go.
The St. Odilia Adult Faith Formation program and The National Center for Fathering will present a three-week program entitled “The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers” on Wednesdays, April 15, 22 and 29, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.
The Lutheran Church of Peace, 47 Century Ave. S., Maplewood, welcomes the community to its 49th annual soup and salad luncheon April 18. An offering will be collected for charity. There are two seatings, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities will host a workshop entitled "Chalk Talk" with documentary photographer Wing Young Huie, United's artist-in-residence, on Wednesday, March 25, from 1- 3 p.m. The fee is $25.
The St. Odilia Men’s Club will host “Ham It Up” bingo on Friday, March 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., in the courtyard. Guests will have a chance to win hams, cash or both. Refreshments and desserts will be available. All proceeds support St.
On Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m., the Baha’i community of Roseville will celebrate ‘Naw Ruz,’ which coincides with the Vernal Equinox and marks the beginning of the spring. The free potluck dinner will start at 7 p.m.