• Erica Barnes

News for 5/2/2018


St. John Lutheran Church

Each spring St. John Lutheran Church chooses an organization to partner with and commits to making it their year long mission project, doing fundraising events throughout the year. This past Sunday, April 29, the church finished their year and presented a $12,000 check to Dalton Carter who is the assistant program manager at Crossroads Center Rescue Mission. This organization is in Kearney and Hastings, Nebraska and provides shelter, vocational rehabilitation, and meals for the homeless.

Dalton attended church this Sunday and accepted the church's donation. A reception followed the church service where members could visit with Dalton more about the progress of the organization.


Pictured are Dalton Carter and Pastor Lorna Paulus. Photo by Melissa Westbrook.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 was the date for St. John’s Lutheran Church Spring Tea. St. John’s Lutheran Church of Kensington was also the host church for the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Convention, all held in the parish hall. The hall was decorated in an Easter fashion with spring floral touches and hints of Pantone’s color of the year.

Linda McDowell, WELCA President at St. John’s gave the “Welcome” to 31 guests. The program was presented by Amy Terrill’s FCCLA girls, Sharon Topel and Adalynne Haresnape of Smith Center. Their presentations were on crocheting mats for the homeless out of plastic shopping sacks and suicide prevention. Sharon Meyer shared her talent by playing the accordion for the special music portion of the program. She was accompanied by Dawn Meyer on piano. Pastor Lorna Paulus shared Abigail’s story for the Bible Study portion of the program. Mary Struckhoff told of the history of planning the Spring Tea leading to the Color of the Year presentation.

The business meeting was held. Greetings were given by Kara Jecha, Central State Synod Representative, of Timken, KS,. Door prizes of fresh blooming plants were won by Dawn Meyer, Maycee Westbrook, Wanda Rahjes, Karen Freiling, Pastor Lorna Paulus, and Casandra Gibson. Refreshments of angel food cake and fresh fruit was served and enjoyed by all who attended.

A big “Thank You” to everyone who came together and worked so hard to make the Spring Tea and Convention so special and enjoyable.

Submitted by Mary Struckhoff, WELCA Justice Officer

KHS & TRHS Alumni

“So we gather here at high school, we’re the Thunder Ridge Longhorns. We’re the smartest in the country and the toughest in the land. We don’t know where we’re going, but we will find our way. So we will cherish friends and good times, Blue and Silver come what may.” -TRHS song

The annual Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 26th at the American Legion in Kensington. Honor years are those ending in 8 and 3. Hopefully you have received your official invitation in the mail. If not, perhaps you need to see if your mailing address needs updated. Please contact Staci Foreman at the High School office 785-476-2217 or email sforeman@usd110.net. You can also find information on the alumni Facebook page: Kensington Alumni.

Did you know?

Recognizing 10 years, the Class of 2008 was the last to graduate as Goldbugs. And so, it was fitting that their class motto was “They Saved the Best for Last”. Graduates of the Class of 2008 included: Wyatt Bauman, Ashley Bertholf, Nolan Burns, Jacob Christie, Alysha Dodds, Erin Ferguson, Lindsey Grauerholz, Trevor Haas, Andrea Hill, JayDee Hudson, Aubrey Hunter, Randall Irving, Ethan Kuhlmann, Megan Kuhlmann, Ethan Lamont, Derek Mai, Melissa Nonamaker, Ryan Schirm, Craig Wolf, and JoAnn Yoxall. Twenty-one graduated but they will never forget Jesi Sue Gordon, the one they lost too soon



Germantown Cemetery Meeting

The Germantown Cemetery meeting will be held Tuesday, May 8th, at 7:00pm at the cemetery. Any interested parties are welcome to attend.

American Legion

Serving the Friday Night Special from 6:00-8:30pm, May 4th:

The special for this Friday night at the American Legion will be baked honey pecan chicken, twice baked potato casserole, and pea salad. For dessert we'll be having pumpkin pie. We'd be happy to reserve a table for large groups or to make to go orders for your family. Please call us at 785.476.3204. Kim will be back this Friday night and would love to see everyone!

There are posters up around town of a Cinco De Mayo night scheduled for Saturday May 5th. We are going to need to postpone the event for a later date because of unforeseen circumstances. We will let you know when it is rescheduled.

Thunder Ridge School News

Important April Dates:

Wed. 2: MS Achievement Assembly/Art Open House/5th grade Wax Museum @ 8:30am (MS gym); 5th-8th Physicals @ Phillipsburg 1:45pm

Thur. 3: 4-8 Spring Music Program @7pm (MS gym); Last day for 8th grade & Pre-K!

Fri. 4: 8th grade trip to Big Apple; HS Track @ 3:00pm Mankato

Sat. 6: HS Graduation Ceremony @3pm (HS gym)

Mon. 7: 8th Grade Promotion @7pm (MS gym)

Tue. 8: MS Honors Program @8:30am (MS gym); PTL Track @ Lincoln 1:00pm; Last Day of School – Dismiss @ 12:15pm

Thurs. 10: NPL Track @ 3:00pm Rock Hills (Mankato)

TR HS/GS Menus:

Daily choice with meal: breakfast- milk or juice, fresh/canned fruit, cereal; lunch- Salad, fruits & veggie bar, served daily. *Note: Menus are subject to change.

Wed. 2

Breakfast: French Toast Sticks w/Syrup

Lunch: BBQ Beef on bun, oven fries, baked beans, diced peaches

Thur. 3

Breakfast: Breakfast Quesadilla w/Salsa

Lunch: Turkey & Cheese Sub, sweet potato bites, watermelon, yogurt (9-12)

Fri. 4

Breakfast: Breakfast Bar

Lunch: Cook’s Buffet

Mon. 7

Breakfast: Mini Cinnis

Lunch: Cook’s Buffet

Tues. 8

Breakfast: Pancake/Sausage on Stick w/Syrup

Lunch: Cook’s Buffet

Kensington Library News

Come see the teapot collection currently on display. Karen Pollock has collected numerous, unique and colorful teapots over the years and has brought some (not all) to share with us this month.

Please be sure to sign your kids up for our summer reading program. Sessions will start the first week of June with Pre-K through 2nd grade on Tuesdays and 3rd through 5th grades on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00pm. We don’t want your kiddos to suffer the summer slump. Keep them reading at the library with Libraries Rock!

Swim Team/Swimming Lessons

Call Amy Abbott at 720-384-7776 to sign-up for swim team or if you have any questions. Also, swimming lessons will begin June 11. Contact Amy for more info.

Weekly Inspiration

Nothing is permanent. Don't stress yourself too much because no matter how bad the situation is... It will change.

Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.

Prayer is the bridge between panic and peace. Amen!


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