Your Town, April 21, 2014
I don’t remember many Easter egg hunts as a kid or sitting down to a ham dinner, but there is one Easter memory from my childhood that holds a special place in my heart.
It was an unusual Easter church service that year, with only five people in attendance — my mom and dad and my two sisters and me. It was during our time in Silverton in the early ‘70s and the pastor of our little church had been called to serve elsewhere, leaving the congregation with no regular services and, therefore, no Easter celebration either. But that didn’t stop us from hearing the good news.
My sisters and I wore new spring style dresses, and Mom combed our hair into fancy buns and bows. With Dad in his spiffy black suit and tie and Mom in a dress similar to ours, the five of us headed to the small church — a converted mobile home — with adhesive film “stained glass” window designs gracing several windows, and an old wooden cross out front.
My sisters and I sat in a pew up front and mom sat at the organ, playing our favorite hymns as we belted out “He lives, he lives!” with fervor and emotion, followed by “How Great Thou Art,” “He Walks With Me,” and other favorites. Though not as profound as a large church choir, the singing was loud and clear. Dad had a velvety tenor voice, and with Mom’s soprano joining in, you’d never know we girls were off key.
When we finished singing, Dad got up with his Bible and gave the sermon from the pulpit, telling the timeless story of sacrifice in Jesus’ crucifixion and the resurrection. I don’t remember my father’s words, but I remember him being up there, with a conviction in his voice.
As I look back, I realize “Easter” might not have happened that year if it weren’t for our father’s desire for his children know the enduring promise of eternal life.
And really, isn’t that what Easter is all about?
Members of Palisade American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 created hand-made Easter cards that were delivered to troops and veterans.
A total of 1,500 cards were made, with 737 sent to Colorado State Veteran’s Nursing Homes in Rifle, Fitzsimons, Homelake, Florence and Walsenburg, as well as the Fisher House, Pueblo Nursing Home, Family Health West, Trinidad Nursing Home, Palisade Living Center and the Denver and Grand Junction Veteran’s Affairs medical centers.
The additional 763 cards were donated to Operation Interdependence to send to troops overseas with their care packages.
The auxiliary members, senior members, junior members and volunteers spent 18 hours creating the cards. After a break, they will start working on cards for the Fourth of July holiday, to be mailed by mid-June.
Girls on the Run of Western Colorado will have its annual five-kilometer run beginning at 10 a.m. May 3 at Long Family Memorial Park.
More than 1,500 girls in third through eighth grades and their families will participate in the run, the culmination of the organization’s 14th season.
During the 10-week program that focuses on building self-esteem and improving emotional and physical health, “girls are empowered with a greater self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team building to help them become strong, contented and self-confident young women,” a news release said.
Coaches teach specific lessons such as dealing with body image and the media, resisting peer pressure, making healthy decisions and contributing to the community — all while training together to walk or run a 5k (3.1 mile) event.
Visit gotrwesterncolorado.org for more information.
Steadfast Steeds, 1411 S. 16 1/2 Road, Glade Park, will participate in the ASPCA’s Help a Horse Day event, competing for a chance to win one of five $10,000 grant prizes to assist with its efforts to protect mustangs in holding facilities.
The event is from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. April 26, and the public is invited to a free meet-the-mustang event and to help spruce up the property in preparation for the 2014 season opening. Visitors can take a tour, see previously wild horses and meet two fostered mustangs that are available for adoption. Volunteers can play and work — take gloves, closed-toe shoes a rake and shovel to help if you wish.
The nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community.
Visit steadfaststeeds.org or call 241-0939 for information or directions to the facility.
As part of the Plateau Valley Cancer Fund’s annual Memorial Day Walk/Run, the public is invited to purchase in individual butterfly to release, in memory of a loved one or friend.
The event will take place May 25 at the Collbran Rodeo Arena. The walk and run will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m., brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the butterfly ceremony at 1 p.m.
“The butterflies you purchase will emerge from their envelopes and alight on your hand for a moment before flying off, witnessing the majesty of life,” a news release said.
Cost is $20 for the first butterfly, $10 for a second one. Butterflies should be reserved by May 10. All proceeds will benefit Plateau Valley cancer residents.
The event is by donation and families, children and pets are welcome.
Call Joyce at 250-5188 or visit PVHeritageDays.com and click on “cancer fund” for more information.