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;\\; I]0D p0int00 fh0 way t0 Rlelt[R, [UH[R [IVIIq00 WITNESSES OrtonviUe Presiding Overseer a.m. Public Meeting and p.m. Book Study. :30 p.m. Theocratic School and Meeting to Help 3APTIST Ildhs north of Correll) (320) 596-230O J. Blackman, Pastor School 9:45 a.m.; a.m. 4th Sundays: 1 p.m. Praise 4th Thursdays: 7:30 p.m. LUTHERAN Alban Township Synod) Behling, Pastor 8:45 a.m. Church Service; School. CATHOLIC City, SD Fr. Ray Otto, OSB - 605/432-4623 605/862-8319 8:30 a.m. GOD Ortonville Werner, Pastor :00 p.m. Bible Study & ):30 a.m. Sunday School; ). 'S LUTHERAN Marietta Pastor a.m. Worship; I0:00 )I. . PAUL, s LUTHERAN Nassau Steve Olson 0:30 aim. Worship; 9!30 I. ***** SEVENTH-DAY north on Co. #25, in Township Glass, Pastor 532-3113 a.m. Sabbath School; ). a.m. WCCO Ch. 5 or Is Written" speaker: 6:00 a.m. "The Quiet Yankton, SD, Bill &er; 9:30 a.m. "The '" WNAX, , speaker/director Lonnie CHRIST OF DAY SAINTS St. Willmar, MN ;-2442 10:30 a.m. Sacrament 30 a.m. Classes. Center open Sunday- SD Sunday of Month prayer. UNITED Larry Kasten g Worship. ***** SD Pastor 3:5:30 p.m. Lenten p.m. World Day Lutheran, e II meets at L. 7:9:30 a.m. Communion; 10:30 School and n; 12 noon UMW nner with foreign presenting the pro- 8:9:30 a.m. Sewing; with brown bag OF CHRIST Pastor 7 p.m. Lenten Kropfl, pastor p.m. World Day a.m. Sunday School; Bdlingham Friedrich Bible Study; 4:15 Class (SP); 7:30 (SP). a.m. Sunday School; unfold to protect and provide your family with peace. ,, , InIm III I These Weekly Church Notices, Courtesy the following firms Come and Worship THE LORD Enjoy the Fellowship Tom's Service, Odessa, MN PRO AUTO We Build Toys for the Big Boys. Ortonville, MN , (320) 839-2911 U.S. FANCY HONEY ELLINGSON'S INC. ODESSA, MN 56276 . BIG STONE COOPERATIVE Clinton. Ortonville. Milbank 1-800-325-1132 or (320) 325-5466 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion. ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN Bellingham Pastor Robert A. Friedrich March 1-6:7:30 or 7:35 a.m. "By the Way" on KDIO radio. March 3:4:15 p.m. Confirmation Classes; 7:30 p.m. Lenten Service; ACT. March 6:9:30 a.m. Open House Wedding Shower for Michelle Wollschlager and Chris Redfield. March 7: 9 a.m. Holy Communion; 10 a.m. Sunday School; 12:30 p.m. Lutheran Hour, KLQP. TRINITY LUTHERAN Ortonville Richard Boehnke, Pastor Tues., March 2: Circuit Pastors Conference, Benson; 7 p.m. Life Light; 7 p.m. Board of Education; 7:30 p.m. Evangelism. Wed., March 3:2 & 6 p.m. Life Light; 3:30-5 p.m. 9th Gr. Confirmation; 7:30 p.m. Lenten Service. Thurs., March 4: 1 p.m. Northridge Bible Study; 1:30 p.m. Quilting. Sun., March 7:8:30 & 11 a.m. Divine Services; 9:45 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class; 9:45 a.m. 6th, 7th, 8th Gr. Catechism; 11 a.m. Radio Broadcast. Mort., March 8:7 p.m. Altar Circle. ABIDING FAITH FREE LUTHERAN Ortonville Rev. David Hinrichs, Pastor Wed., March 3:7:30 p.m. Lenten Adventure Worship. Thurs., March 4:2 p.m. Sew & So; 7:30 p.m. Church Council. Fri., March 5:4 p.m. Deacon's Retreat. Sun., March 7: 9:15 a.m. Adventure Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Adventure Worship - Making Family Relationships a Priority. ORTONVILLE UNITED METHODIST Ortonville Rev. Larry Kasten, Pastor Wed: 9:30 a.m. Prayer Group at Marie's; 3:45 p.m. Confirmation; 7 p.m. Lenten Service, Rev. Lloyd Berger, guest speaker; 8 p.m. Choir practice. Thurs: 12 noon Men's Study at THOLE DISTRIBUTING ORTONVILLE Ortonville Independent CLINTON CO-OP FARMERS ELEVATOR ASSOCIATION Ron Schlimme, Manager CLINTON, MN PHONE 325-5404 Clinton State Bank THE BANK THAT UNDERSTANDS E. CLINTON Hasslen Const.; 2 p.m. United Methodist Women. Fri: 1 p.m. World Day of Prayer at First English. Sun: 9:30 a.m. Worship; 10:30 a.m. Sunday School. FIRST ENGLISH LUTHERAN Ortonville Daniel L. Hermanson, Pastor Tues: 7 a.m Squares; 8:30 a.m. Day of Love. Wed: 7 a.m. 8th & 9th Gr. Confirmation; 10 a.m. Staff; 3:15 p.m. Children's Choir; 5:30 p.m. Steeple People; 7 p.m. Lenten Worship; 8 p.m. Sr. Choir. Thurs: 12 noon Brown Bag. Fri: 1 p.m. World Day of Prayer; 1:10 p.m. Northridge. Sat: 4:30 p.m. Vespers Northridge. Sun: 8:15 a.m. Holy Communion; 9:15 a.m. SS, Adult Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion; 4:30 p.m. KDIO Broadcast. ZION UNITED METHODIST Bellingham Rev. Jon Marburger, Pastor Wed., March 3:6:15 p.m. Parish PPR at Bellingham; 7:30 p.m. Parish Lenten Service, Bellingham. Fri., March 5:9:30 Bible Study; 2 p.m. World Day of Prayer at Rosen. Sat., March 6: Parish Youth and Adult Ski and Snow Tubing at Andes Tower. Sun., March 7:8 a.m. Worship; 9 a.m. Coffee Fellowship. Thoughts for life Information Prodded By Local MCCL Written By Carol Karels 4000 people showed up for the January March for Life despite the freezing rain conditions. Among the 60 politicians present were St. Paul mayor Norman Coleman and House Majority leader Steve Sviggum. One of the speakers, Denise Walker who is a law school graduate, spoke of her abortion while in college and the years of enduring the emotional and physical side effects of her decision. It seemed so easy. The abortionist never mentioned alternatives. A living example of why we need the "Women's Right to Know" bill. Contact Representative Doug Peterson, Torrey Westrom and Senator Charles Berg. We have to speak for the women who can't and for all the babies who didn't make it. Birthdays I As Taken From The Big Stone American Legion Auxiliary Birthday Calendar Tuesday, March 2 Rodger Bergland, Reena Bagne, James Kelzer, Mark Bergeson, Gwen Marie Koll, Sally Puder, Tim Stenzel, Jessica Cornelisen, Laura Iverson, Elizabeth Rheingans Wednesday, March 3 Ana Joy Lindholm, Rodney Morris, Verden Gerber, Bill Hoel, Janis Sellin, Marjorie Olson, Elaine Cartwright, Andrea K. Kelly, Don Hinneberg Thursday, March 4 Mildred Thymian, Jason Mitchell, Daniel Johnson, Carol Knoll, Alexis Danielson, Ashly Marie Thielke, Jason M. Stovall, Sara Davis Wolner, Lori Lundberg Friday, March 5 Gregory Dimberg, Dean Van Hout, Janice Bengtson, Amber Fraasch Saturday, March 6 Gladys Trebil, Marian Magee, Beatrice Homan, Matthew Kyle Magee, Debra Henneberg, Chad Bengtson Sunday, March 7 James Lindholm, Stan Lynne, Calvin Leuthardt, Dustin David Leger, Jessica Mielitz, Nicole Cornelisen, Esther Schlagel, Alexa Grace Soboleski Monday, March 8 Ruth Koehntopp, David Bruce McCarthy, LaRae Mack Schaffer, Tamra Gerber Paulson, Barbara S. Ewing, James Novak, Justin George, Karin Bender, Gwendolyn "Babe" Hegge, Kent Stotesbery, Jason Emde, Matthew Ryan Gerber, Ross John Gerber, Jordan Ann Gerber, Gary Henneberg Tuesday, March 9 Becky Holtquist, Katie Jo Hedge, Tucker Thomas, Rosanne Swigerd Aesoph, Kristi Pattison, Jeff Howen, Jillaine Clark, Kim Dragt Bolsis, Ashley Ann Peterson, Doug Orvik Wollschlager- Redfield vows set April 24th Gary and Dee Wollschlager of Bellingham, announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Marie, to Christopher Dewayne Redfield, son of Dewayne and Sharen Redfield of Hull, IA. Michelle is a 1994 graduate of Ortonville High School and a 1996 graduate of St. Cloud Technical College. She is employed with Johnson Memorial Health Services in Dawson in the Medical Record Department. Chris is a 1994 graduate of Lennox High School and a 1996 graduate of Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, SD. He has currently accepted a position at Valley Farm Equipment in Milbank, SD as a Salesman. An April 24th wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville, with Rev. Robert Friedrich performing the ceremony. Prairie Five menu Reservations may be made by calling the Senior Center. When requesting a meal call the Senior Center the day prior to eating at 839- 3555 before 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 Polish Sausage, Boiled Potatoes, Sauerkraut or Wax Beans, Pie, Whole Wheat Bread Wednesday, March 3 Creamed Turkey, Baking Powder Biscuit, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit 2, 1999 INDEPENDENT "...Think About These Things" by Rev. Wilfred C. Hansen PASTOR AT LARGE "And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 E-mail has added a special kind of joy to our lives, for it has increased sharing between us and our children and grandchildren. This is especially important in our family, for we are separated by so many miles. Yes, we use the U.S. mail and the telephone, but e-mail adds an important new dimension. This past week brought mail from 32-year-old grandson Brendon, serving in the Air Force for the past 10 years and stationed in England. Memories of when he spent summer with us in Ortonville and at the lake came flooding back. We have always shared our lives and values with our grandchildren,. We rejoice that they are now sharing with us. The message from Brendon follows: Hello everyone. This came across my e-mail, I liked it and thought I'd share it with you. THE WATER BEARER A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master s house, the cracked pot carried only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and half pots full of water in his master s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it l.rceived to  a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. I am ashamed of myself, and ! want,to apologize to you;' Why? asked the bearer. What are you ashamed of?" "I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes Water to leak out all the way back to your master's hour. Because of my flaws, you have, to do all of this work, and you don t get full value from our efforts, the pot said. The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load and so again apologized to the bearer for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flow- ers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always know about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to dec- orate my master s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house. The moral of the story is: ,Ea, ch of us has our own unique flaws. We are all cracked pots. Dont be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and take advan- tage of them, and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in your path- way.  out boldly, knowing that in our weakness we find strength. Thursday, March 4 Pork Roast/Gravy, Boiled Potatoes, Lettuce/Banana Salad, Ice Cream, Rye Bread Friday, March 5 Baked Fish, Make-A-Head Potatoes, Peas 'N Carrots, Birthday Cake, Whole Wheat Bread Monday, March 8 Pork Steak, Mushroom Sauce, Baked Potatoes/SC, Broccoli, Cookie or Bar, Rye Bread Tuesday, March 9 Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Scalloped Corn, Pudding/Topping, Whole Wheat Bread Credit is Just a Leap Away.= MASTERS of MN, INC. ASSET # 4 o CARING NI00,IGHIIORHOOI): YOUNG PERSON LXl IJULNCI,S (AILING NIAGIIBOILS Our 'town with a heart' is the perfect size for knowing your neighbors. Do you know your neighbors by name? That's a great start! Surveys show that young people thrive in communities where people know each other and have a feeling of ownership with the local youth. In a healthy town you will hear, "That's  neighbor!" or "I'm so proud of our kids." Protecting our youth happens when we celebrate with them on their victories and let them know we are disappointed when they don't meet our expectations. II I I II ] II II Page II ;\\; I]0D p0int00 fh0 way t0 Rlelt[R, [UH[R [IVIIq00 WITNESSES OrtonviUe Presiding Overseer a.m. Public Meeting and p.m. Book Study. :30 p.m. Theocratic School and Meeting to Help 3APTIST Ildhs north of Correll) (320) 596-230O J. Blackman, Pastor School 9:45 a.m.; a.m. 4th Sundays: 1 p.m. Praise 4th Thursdays: 7:30 p.m. LUTHERAN Alban Township Synod) Behling, Pastor 8:45 a.m. Church Service; School. CATHOLIC City, SD Fr. Ray Otto, OSB - 605/432-4623 605/862-8319 8:30 a.m. GOD Ortonville Werner, Pastor :00 p.m. Bible Study & ):30 a.m. Sunday School; ). 'S LUTHERAN Marietta Pastor a.m. Worship; I0:00 )I. . PAUL, s LUTHERAN Nassau Steve Olson 0:30 aim. Worship; 9!30 I. ***** SEVENTH-DAY north on Co. #25, in Township Glass, Pastor 532-3113 a.m. Sabbath School; ). a.m. WCCO Ch. 5 or Is Written" speaker: 6:00 a.m. "The Quiet Yankton, SD, Bill &er; 9:30 a.m. "The '" WNAX, , speaker/director Lonnie CHRIST OF DAY SAINTS St. Willmar, MN ;-2442 10:30 a.m. Sacrament 30 a.m. Classes. Center open Sunday- SD Sunday of Month prayer. UNITED Larry Kasten g Worship. ***** SD Pastor 3:5:30 p.m. Lenten p.m. World Day Lutheran, e II meets at L. 7:9:30 a.m. Communion; 10:30 School and n; 12 noon UMW nner with foreign presenting the pro- 8:9:30 a.m. Sewing; with brown bag OF CHRIST Pastor 7 p.m. Lenten Kropfl, pastor p.m. World Day a.m. Sunday School; Bdlingham Friedrich Bible Study; 4:15 Class (SP); 7:30 (SP). a.m. Sunday School; unfold to protect and provide your family with peace. ,, , InIm III I These Weekly Church Notices, Courtesy the following firms Come and Worship THE LORD Enjoy the Fellowship Tom's Service, Odessa, MN PRO AUTO We Build Toys for the Big Boys. Ortonville, MN , (320) 839-2911 U.S. FANCY HONEY ELLINGSON'S INC. ODESSA, MN 56276 . BIG STONE COOPERATIVE Clinton. Ortonville. Milbank 1-800-325-1132 or (320) 325-5466 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion. ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN Bellingham Pastor Robert A. Friedrich March 1-6:7:30 or 7:35 a.m. "By the Way" on KDIO radio. March 3:4:15 p.m. Confirmation Classes; 7:30 p.m. Lenten Service; ACT. March 6:9:30 a.m. Open House Wedding Shower for Michelle Wollschlager and Chris Redfield. March 7: 9 a.m. Holy Communion; 10 a.m. Sunday School; 12:30 p.m. Lutheran Hour, KLQP. TRINITY LUTHERAN Ortonville Richard Boehnke, Pastor Tues., March 2: Circuit Pastors Conference, Benson; 7 p.m. Life Light; 7 p.m. Board of Education; 7:30 p.m. Evangelism. Wed., March 3:2 & 6 p.m. Life Light; 3:30-5 p.m. 9th Gr. Confirmation; 7:30 p.m. Lenten Service. Thurs., March 4: 1 p.m. Northridge Bible Study; 1:30 p.m. Quilting. Sun., March 7:8:30 & 11 a.m. Divine Services; 9:45 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class; 9:45 a.m. 6th, 7th, 8th Gr. Catechism; 11 a.m. Radio Broadcast. Mort., March 8:7 p.m. Altar Circle. ABIDING FAITH FREE LUTHERAN Ortonville Rev. David Hinrichs, Pastor Wed., March 3:7:30 p.m. Lenten Adventure Worship. Thurs., March 4:2 p.m. Sew & So; 7:30 p.m. Church Council. Fri., March 5:4 p.m. Deacon's Retreat. Sun., March 7: 9:15 a.m. Adventure Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Adventure Worship - Making Family Relationships a Priority. ORTONVILLE UNITED METHODIST Ortonville Rev. Larry Kasten, Pastor Wed: 9:30 a.m. Prayer Group at Marie's; 3:45 p.m. Confirmation; 7 p.m. Lenten Service, Rev. Lloyd Berger, guest speaker; 8 p.m. Choir practice. Thurs: 12 noon Men's Study at THOLE DISTRIBUTING ORTONVILLE Ortonville Independent CLINTON CO-OP FARMERS ELEVATOR ASSOCIATION Ron Schlimme, Manager CLINTON, MN PHONE 325-5404 Clinton State Bank THE BANK THAT UNDERSTANDS E. CLINTON Hasslen Const.; 2 p.m. United Methodist Women. Fri: 1 p.m. World Day of Prayer at First English. Sun: 9:30 a.m. Worship; 10:30 a.m. Sunday School. FIRST ENGLISH LUTHERAN Ortonville Daniel L. Hermanson, Pastor Tues: 7 a.m Squares; 8:30 a.m. Day of Love. Wed: 7 a.m. 8th & 9th Gr. Confirmation; 10 a.m. Staff; 3:15 p.m. Children's Choir; 5:30 p.m. Steeple People; 7 p.m. Lenten Worship; 8 p.m. Sr. Choir. Thurs: 12 noon Brown Bag. Fri: 1 p.m. World Day of Prayer; 1:10 p.m. Northridge. Sat: 4:30 p.m. Vespers Northridge. Sun: 8:15 a.m. Holy Communion; 9:15 a.m. SS, Adult Bible Study; 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion; 4:30 p.m. KDIO Broadcast. ZION UNITED METHODIST Bellingham Rev. Jon Marburger, Pastor Wed., March 3:6:15 p.m. Parish PPR at Bellingham; 7:30 p.m. Parish Lenten Service, Bellingham. Fri., March 5:9:30 Bible Study; 2 p.m. World Day of Prayer at Rosen. Sat., March 6: Parish Youth and Adult Ski and Snow Tubing at Andes Tower. Sun., March 7:8 a.m. Worship; 9 a.m. Coffee Fellowship. Thoughts for life Information Prodded By Local MCCL Written By Carol Karels 4000 people showed up for the January March for Life despite the freezing rain conditions. Among the 60 politicians present were St. Paul mayor Norman Coleman and House Majority leader Steve Sviggum. One of the speakers, Denise Walker who is a law school graduate, spoke of her abortion while in college and the years of enduring the emotional and physical side effects of her decision. It seemed so easy. The abortionist never mentioned alternatives. A living example of why we need the "Women's Right to Know" bill. Contact Representative Doug Peterson, Torrey Westrom and Senator Charles Berg. We have to speak for the women who can't and for all the babies who didn't make it. Birthdays I As Taken From The Big Stone American Legion Auxiliary Birthday Calendar Tuesday, March 2 Rodger Bergland, Reena Bagne, James Kelzer, Mark Bergeson, Gwen Marie Koll, Sally Puder, Tim Stenzel, Jessica Cornelisen, Laura Iverson, Elizabeth Rheingans Wednesday, March 3 Ana Joy Lindholm, Rodney Morris, Verden Gerber, Bill Hoel, Janis Sellin, Marjorie Olson, Elaine Cartwright, Andrea K. Kelly, Don Hinneberg Thursday, March 4 Mildred Thymian, Jason Mitchell, Daniel Johnson, Carol Knoll, Alexis Danielson, Ashly Marie Thielke, Jason M. Stovall, Sara Davis Wolner, Lori Lundberg Friday, March 5 Gregory Dimberg, Dean Van Hout, Janice Bengtson, Amber Fraasch Saturday, March 6 Gladys Trebil, Marian Magee, Beatrice Homan, Matthew Kyle Magee, Debra Henneberg, Chad Bengtson Sunday, March 7 James Lindholm, Stan Lynne, Calvin Leuthardt, Dustin David Leger, Jessica Mielitz, Nicole Cornelisen, Esther Schlagel, Alexa Grace Soboleski Monday, March 8 Ruth Koehntopp, David Bruce McCarthy, LaRae Mack Schaffer, Tamra Gerber Paulson, Barbara S. Ewing, James Novak, Justin George, Karin Bender, Gwendolyn "Babe" Hegge, Kent Stotesbery, Jason Emde, Matthew Ryan Gerber, Ross John Gerber, Jordan Ann Gerber, Gary Henneberg Tuesday, March 9 Becky Holtquist, Katie Jo Hedge, Tucker Thomas, Rosanne Swigerd Aesoph, Kristi Pattison, Jeff Howen, Jillaine Clark, Kim Dragt Bolsis, Ashley Ann Peterson, Doug Orvik Wollschlager- Redfield vows set April 24th Gary and Dee Wollschlager of Bellingham, announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Marie, to Christopher Dewayne Redfield, son of Dewayne and Sharen Redfield of Hull, IA. Michelle is a 1994 graduate of Ortonville High School and a 1996 graduate of St. Cloud Technical College. She is employed with Johnson Memorial Health Services in Dawson in the Medical Record Department. Chris is a 1994 graduate of Lennox High School and a 1996 graduate of Lake Area Technical College in Watertown, SD. He has currently accepted a position at Valley Farm Equipment in Milbank, SD as a Salesman. An April 24th wedding is planned at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville, with Rev. Robert Friedrich performing the ceremony. Prairie Five menu Reservations may be made by calling the Senior Center. When requesting a meal call the Senior Center the day prior to eating at 839- 3555 before 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 Polish Sausage, Boiled Potatoes, Sauerkraut or Wax Beans, Pie, Whole Wheat Bread Wednesday, March 3 Creamed Turkey, Baking Powder Biscuit, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit 2, 1999 INDEPENDENT "...Think About These Things" by Rev. Wilfred C. Hansen PASTOR AT LARGE "And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 E-mail has added a special kind of joy to our lives, for it has increased sharing between us and our children and grandchildren. This is especially important in our family, for we are separated by so many miles. Yes, we use the U.S. mail and the telephone, but e-mail adds an important new dimension. This past week brought mail from 32-year-old grandson Brendon, serving in the Air Force for the past 10 years and stationed in England. Memories of when he spent summer with us in Ortonville and at the lake came flooding back. We have always shared our lives and values with our grandchildren,. We rejoice that they are now sharing with us. The message from Brendon follows: Hello everyone. This came across my e-mail, I liked it and thought I'd share it with you. THE WATER BEARER A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master s house, the cracked pot carried only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and half pots full of water in his master s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it l.rceived to  a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. I am ashamed of myself, and ! want,to apologize to you;' Why? asked the bearer. What are you ashamed of?" "I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes Water to leak out all the way back to your master's hour. Because of my flaws, you have, to do all of this work, and you don t get full value from our efforts, the pot said. The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load and so again apologized to the bearer for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flow- ers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always know about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to dec- orate my master s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house. The moral of the story is: ,Ea, ch of us has our own unique flaws. We are all cracked pots. Dont be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and take advan- tage of them, and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in your path- way.  out boldly, knowing that in our weakness we find strength. Thursday, March 4 Pork Roast/Gravy, Boiled Potatoes, Lettuce/Banana Salad, Ice Cream, Rye Bread Friday, March 5 Baked Fish, Make-A-Head Potatoes, Peas 'N Carrots, Birthday Cake, Whole Wheat Bread Monday, March 8 Pork Steak, Mushroom Sauce, Baked Potatoes/SC, Broccoli, Cookie or Bar, Rye Bread Tuesday, March 9 Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Scalloped Corn, Pudding/Topping, Whole Wheat Bread Credit is Just a Leap Away.= MASTERS of MN, INC. ASSET # 4 o CARING NI00,IGHIIORHOOI): YOUNG PERSON LXl IJULNCI,S (AILING NIAGIIBOILS Our 'town with a heart' is the perfect size for knowing your neighbors. Do you know your neighbors by name? That's a great start! Surveys show that young people thrive in communities where people know each other and have a feeling of ownership with the local youth. In a healthy town you will hear, "That's  neighbor!" or "I'm so proud of our kids." Protecting our youth happens when we celebrate with them on their victories and let them know we are disappointed when they don't meet our expectations. II I I II ] II II Page II