Communities dwell in hope of future church dinners

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The Redfield American Legion hosted Team Derek's American Heart Association fundraiser.


Things are starting to get back to normal. The stores now have plenty of bathroom tissue and paper towels just as in the past. Our crisis must be clearing. Even in healthcare you can now get masks, gloves, gowns and hand sanitizer.

There is nothing like shutting off supplies of these items to nearly non-existent levels and then having your government demanding that entities who provide medical services use them. Even the county, state and federal health departments cannot share information. Their lack of working together is very disappointing.

I can now get a haircut. I tried to get in Friday, but Sarah Smith at the Perry Barber Shop was booked up Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She had appointments open Monday. She had 36 haircuts per day for 12 hours lined up for the first three days. No income for two months can be hard. I will have to get there next Saturday. I can almost put my hair in a pony tail.

Let’s get to dinners. The last ones that I could enjoy were in March, and then these disappeared by the middle of the month. I know that the Heartland Warriors 4-H group was going to have a soup dinner at the Minburn United Methodist Church at the end of March. This did not happen.

Erly Chapel by Winterset did not have their chicken noodle dinner, which is usually in April. The Bounton breakfast for April along with the Perry Fire Department breakfast did not happen in April either. Nor did the Washington Township meal and pie auction.

I know that the Rippey 150th Anniversary Committee was going to have a fundraiser at some point. This was canceled. I wonder whether the Rippey celebration will be postponed to next year.

The Rippey United Methodist Church ice cream social is scheduled for June. I bet that it will be canceled. Maybe the September one will be held. I know that there was to be a dinner at the Christian Church in Woodward. This was not held.

The Rippey UMC and Grand Junction Presbyterian Church usually have dinners on Memorial Day. It is not likely that these will occur or any services anywhere. We will see what July holds.

I bet that there will be no Fourth of July celebration in Perry.

The month of April started with the Perry Knights of Columbus Fish Fry on April 6. This was well attended. On April 7 I attended the Minburn American Legion Fish Fry, which was held at the Washington Township School. This event was packed. I think that this was for the Dallas County Freedom Rock, which has had its troubles. I happened to sit next to Van Harden from WHO radio. I did not notice this until I had sat down.

On April 13 was the Perry Knights of Columbus Fish Fry. This was first to be held, then canceled and then held again. There was a good turn out. I even had a good conversation with Father David Polich, who served Perry for many years at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

On the next morning, I went early and attended the Trinity Lutheran Church Green Eggs and Ham breakfast for St. Patrick’s Day. They served me early, and then I went to the Dallas County Republican Convention held in Waukee. Monies raised were for missions and church needs.

That evening Dan and I attended Team Derek’s eighth annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association held at the Redfield American Legion. This event featured a soup dinner and then an auction to raise funds for the American Heart Association. It was a well attended event.

There have been no more such dinners, and probably it will be some time before we have any others. Hopefully in June.

Make sure to support local restaurants when you can. They are starting to open up. Make sure to give your regular offering to your church. They should be opening up in June as well and maybe in July for the United Methodist Churches. Take care!

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