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News for 12/11/2019 Honor Band

United Church of Kensington Christmas Program

Sunday, December 15, the United Church youth will present their Christmas musical called “The Christmas Express” written by Susie Williams, Celeste and David Clydesdale. Worship begins at 10:25 at the United Church at 204 West Cedar in Kensington and the musical will be performed during worship.

The delightful story is about the Christmas Express train that is making their annual journey to Bethlehem Pennsylvania to celebrate the birth of Jesus with a grand pageant there.  The question is who will God choose to ride the train on this special night. The audience will meet Mrs. Davis the pageant director and her students. The students will be joined with some special riders including a grumpy businesswoman who doesn’t believe in Christmas.  Through the special songs and narration the youth will share their joyful journey as God provides some special miracles on their train ride.  

Following the Christmas program, the church will provide hot beef sandwiches and party potatoes for lunch. Families attending are asked to bring either a salad or dessert.  The youth have been working hard on this special program and you are invited to come see their Christmas gift to the church.

Kensington Senior-Community Center

The Senior-Community Center in Kensington held their November potluck with eight people enjoying and evening of good food and fellowship. The December potluck will be held Saturday, December 14, with a meal at noon, followed by a gift exchange and fun activities. They have decided to have a “White Elephant” exchange this year. Bring something you have and no longer need or use for a gift. This item must be in nice shape and good condition for regifting. Please join us for our annual Christmas Party and an afternoon of fun and fellowship. Hope to see you there! Please call 476-2224 with any questions.

K-Town Kates Met

The K-town Kates met at the Community Center Friday, December 6, for their Christmas party. Tasty appetizers and hot cider furnished by the members were enjoyed before the meal of chicken fried steak, party potatoes, green beans, and Brookville corn prepared and served by Paula and Nick Haskett. Salads and desserts also furnished by the club members were enjoyed.

President Barb Grauerholz led the group in a game and then the gift exchange was held. Next year’s officers will be: Donna Westbrook, President; Doris Wiens, Vice President; Deb Bienhoff, Secretary; and Donna Johnson, Treasurer. Members and guests enjoying the evening were: Paul and Deb Bienhoff, Lee and Donna Johnson, Darold and Joyce Grauerholz, Bob and Donna Westbrook, Barb Grauerholz, Janet Hoverson, Georgetta Kinyon, Irene and Ijean Hilbrink, Ruth Levin, Carmen Rice, Loretta Struik, and Doris Wiens.


Photo by Robin Billings: (l-r) Jacob Barnes, Paul Ferguson, Mark Ferguson, Alexis Holling, Abigail Hardacre, and Thunder Ridge music instructor Annie Adams.

Lions Club Highlights TR Students

Monday, December 2, was Ladies' Night, so the club's spouses came to the meeting to enjoy the night's entertainment, which was a few TR band students who performed Christmas carols for the club. The band students were: Jacob Barnes on the baritone, Paul Ferguson on percussion, Mark Ferguson on the trombone, Alexis Holling on her flute, and Abigail Hardacre with her clarinet. These five students are members of the TR band who were sponsored by the Lions Club to attend the Kansas Lions Band Camp last summer. Between songs the students shared personal memories of the camp. Band director, Annie Adams, was also there and spoke about the band and music programs, upcoming events, and the music booster club. 

During the regular meeting that followed, the club discussed profits made at the pancake feed, donations given to the legion, sight foundation, and money spent to purchase FFA fruit for gift bags which will be delivered in December. The club also agreed to donate money to the TR highschool girls' and boys' basketball teams to help purchase part of the HUDL program. 

The club's next meeting will be January 5, at 7:00. New members are always welcome. To keep this active club a vital group, it needs to continue to increase its number of members. If you have a heart for serving others, come join them in January!

Thunder Ridge School News


KMEA Honor Students: (l-r) Paul Ferguson, Jacob Barnes, Mark Ferguson, Caleb Dodds, and Thunder Ridge music instructor Annie Adams.

KMEA Honor Choir and Band Program @ FHSU

Saturday, December 7, select students from TRHS had the great privilege of performing in the Northwest District KMEA Honor Choir and Band Concert. This amazing musical performance was held in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center at Fort Hays State University. One month prior to the concert, students had to travel to Hays and audition for this event. Students chosen to participate were Jacob Barnes and Caleb Dodds for choir, Mark and Paul Ferguson for band. 

Christmas Program for TRMS

Join us for the Middle School Christmas Program to be held on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00pm in the middle school auditorium at Agra. Come enjoy lots of great music and holiday cheer, everyone welcome to attend. The Christmas Program featuring grades K-3rd and high school choir and band was held Monday, December 9th. 

Thunder Ridge Calendar Events

Thur.12- MS BB in Agra vs. Northern Valley 4:00pm

Fri. 13- HS BB @ Osborne 4:00pm 

Mon. 16- MS BB @ Stockton 4:30pm; No TR Academy

Tue. 17- PreK/4-8 Christmas Program 7:00pm; No MS BB practice or TR Academy

Thur. 19- MS BB in Agra vs. Lakeside 4:00pm

Fri. 20- End of 2nd Quarter; Dismiss @ 12:15 for Winter Break; HS BB vs Natoma 4:00pm

Dec. 23-31 No School – Winter Break

Jan. 1-3 No School -- Winter Break

Mon. 6- School Resumes

Tue. 7- HS BB @ Osborne

Busy Bees Ask For Food Donations

When the Busy Bees 4-H members recite the 4-H pledge at club meetings, we are pledging “our hands to larger service”. This is a promise, which 4-H members make to give back to our communities, our country, and our world. This promise inspires members to step back from their own personal needs and give to others what we can. The Busy Bees are asking for your help and hope you will help us spread holiday cheer to our neighbors by donating food items for the local food pantry. The Busy Bees have helped decorate a “Giving Christmas Tree” at the library in Kensington with many helping hands. Food items can be delivered to the Kensington Community/School Library and placed under the tree. The library is open: Mondays from 8am to 7pm, Tuesday through Friday from 8am to 4pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. 

Kensington Library Holiday Hours

With Christmas and New Years falling in the middle of the week, we will be closed: Tuesday, December 24 through Thursday the 26th, also January 1st and 2nd. Special hours during the USD 110 holiday break include 2-7pm Monday evenings and 9:00am to 2:00pm weekdays. If you have any questions of concerns please contact Library Director, Erica Barnes, at 476-8185. 

We are looking for part-time help to fill-in at the library on occasion. This would not be very many hours, mostly Monday evenings from 4-7pm or some Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. Please contact Erica Barnes if you are interested in helping at the library. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mat Makers Celebrate One Year Milestone

Mat Makers met in December and realized they first met last December! In one year's time, they have delivered 48 sleeping mats to the homeless. They will meet again on Saturday, January 4, from 9-noon at the St. John Lutheran Church. If you want to crochet on your own, there is plarn (plastic yarn) already cut and rolled into balls in the church's hallway. Or if you'd rather come join the fun in person, mark your calendars for January 4!

Weekly Inspiration 

God doesn't give you the people you want, he gives you the people you need. - Unknown

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. - Mike Murdock

I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things. - Mother Teresa


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