A prairie Pastor knows that on many Sundays during harvest season pews which are normally filled are left wanting for their weekly polishing. Last Sunday at Dalum, however, the church was filled as members of both the Hussar and Dalum congregations attended to help Pastor Dan Hendrickson celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of his ordination. Apart from the usual itinerary, the pastor began the service by taking time to speak about his personal journey, acknowledging the support of his parishioners and especially that of his wife, Paula, who he feels have been instrumental in his ability to fulfill his role as minister to these rural communities. The regular service also included the service of Holy Baptism for Jillian Rasmussen. Following a pot luck lunch in the church basement many of those in attendance returned to the Nave where a program honoring Pastor Dan included greetings from those unable to attend, comments by the minister who had ordained him twenty five years ago, an interesting and humorous biography of the pastor by Don Ostergard, a video presentation from his ordination and a gift from the many people who value his contribution to the spiritual well-being of those he serves.
The Senior Titans football team was in Medicine Hat last Friday evening where they met the perennially powerful Vikings of Crescent Heights High School. With a large student population to draw from and sound coaching, the Vikings are a formidable opponent. The Drumheller boys had early success running the ball but turnovers resulting in Medicine Hat touchdowns put the Titans at a 21 to 0 disadvantage early in the game. By the second quarter the Titans had regained their confidence and were able to score with a combined running and passing offence but it was not enough to overcome the Vikings who went on to win by a final score of 49 to 28. The next Titans game will be played in Drumheller on Wednesday, October 5, when they will face George McDougall High School from Airdrie.
We hear that Don & Carol Ostergard will be celebrating fifty years of marriage next month and Rita Pallesen tells me that she and Eleanor Jensen are in charge of a community list for the couple. Rita may be contacted at 403-823-9796 and Eleanor at 403-8239117.
It seems that every little cloud which blows through the area has some rain in it so the harvest is getting done in bits and pieces. In spite of their stop and start schedule the farmers are making progress and the yields are above average in our area. Last year there were no reports of field or equipment fires and we hope that the same holds true this year.
I am always interested in seeing and hearing about wildlife in our area and Alison Ostergard tells me that she recently spotted a Belted Kingfisher near their home. This area is well within its northern range but Kingfishers are more commonly seen by streams and rivers where their diet includes small fish, rather than near the ponds and sloughs of the prairies. They have an eye catching appearance which features blue, black and white markings and a shaggy head crest with the male being slightly more colorful than the female. An image of the Belted Kingfisher was featured on the 1986 series of the Canadian five dollar bill.
Birthday greetings this week go out to a former Dalum boy who is still seen in the community from time to time, Norman Paarup, one of many local folks who have made Calgary their home.
As you get older you’ve got to stay positive. For example, as I heard from one old fellow, “The other day I fell down the stairs and instead of getting upset I just thought, wow, that’s the fastest I’ve moved in years”.
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