Congratulations to Jenny Mellein, who graduated on Oct. 13 from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Accelerated Nursing program. It is a 12-month program to attain a bachelors of science in nursing. It was a tough 12 months, but she said her “family’s support was amazing.” She flew to Wisconsin for the one-hour ceremony to get her diploma in person, which was very affirming.

Bill and Linda Chertudi traveled by Amtrak’s Empire Builder to Whitefish, Montana, to visit their son and daughter-in-law James and Lily Chertudi and 16-month-old granddaughter Charlotte, a tiny little sweety who, I bet, was the main reason they went. They had a good time visiting and seeing the area. James and Lily are teachers there in Whitefish, a beautiful town near Glacier National Park.

Juandeane Skidmore and her daughter, Teresa Furutani, spent four days in Texas visiting with daughter Joyce in Austin. While in Texas, they got a chance to go to San Antonio’s gorgeous, exotic River Walk near the Alamo. Juandeane’s other daughter, Beth Turtle, has a new job with L’Oreal cosmetics.

A lot is happening at Pedee Church these days. Several people meet from time to time on Saturdays to cut firewood for people who may need it. Then on this next Saturday, they will meet at Daniel and Heidi Russell’s to work on rebuilding their pump house, as their project for Pastor Appreciation Month.

Friday at 11:30 a.m., the community is invited to join the women at Pam Burbank’s home at 14330 Kings Valley Highway for some quilting instructions (by me) and then spend some time to work on projects. Bring your sewing machine, project, and something to share for lunch. 

The church is also participating in filling shoe boxes for the Christmas in New Mexico Project. Call me at 503-838-3512 for information about what to include in a shoe box, then wrap the box and lid separately for Christmas, then return the box by this next week and I’ll send them off to the mission. We do have boxes available at the church.

Pedee’s 4-H club, the Tryoneers, are meeting every second and fourth Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m., at the church and this week did some pumpkin painting and made miniature pumpkin pies. Also, Pedee Church has started a youth group for the 8-year-olds and up, meeting on the remaining Tuesdays, which all the kids in the area that age are invited to come to. Heather Traglia will be leading the group, but sure would like a couple of helpers. If you can do that, come at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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