April 20, 2012
The Alpha Study Club met on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at the home of Deb Wentzien. President Shirley Young opened the meeting with a reading by Viola Klemuk titled “The Precious Lily”. Fifteen members answered roll call by sharing their favorite moment for Easter 2012. The minutes were approved as corrected. The treasurer’s report was given. The Social Committee announced that we will be having our Spring Fling on May 8th in Grinnell. We will meet at the west end of United Methodist Church parking lot to car pool at 9:30 a.m. We will first tour the historical bank, then proceed to lunch at the Pepperdine Café with a representative for the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce and have the afternoon free to shop if we desire. Shirley shared with the group a book “The Good, The Bad, and the Silly” by Doug Peterson. This is a great children’s book from the Veggie Tales Series with a lesson in making Good Choices. Emma passed a cartoon that was in the Sunday paper regarding book clubs which gave everyone a chuckle. JoAnne Sash from the program committee then introduced Joan Raum who then gave her book review on “The Sacred Acre. The Ed Thomas Story” by Mark Rabb with the Ed Thomas Family. On a Sunday in May 2008, an F-5 tornado struck the town of Parkersburg, Iowa, killing eight people and destroying 250 homes and businesses within 34 seconds. The next day, Parkersburg’s beloved football coach, Ed Thomas, made a stunning prediction: ‘God willing, we will play our first home game here on this field this season.’ One hundred days later, the home team scored a victory on the field they dubbed ‘The Sacred Acre,’ serving as a galvanizing point for the town to band together and rebuild. But just as Parkersburg was recovering, another devastating tragedy struck. While working with a group of football and volleyball players early one morning, one of Ed’s former students walked in and gunned him down point blank. Ed Thomas was 58. The murder of this hometown hero spread across national news headlines. Ed’s community and family reeled from shock. Yet the story doesn’t end here. The Sacred Acre” reveals how the power of hope fueled by an extraordinary example of forgiveness inspired not only the residents of Parkersburg but people across the country. Shirley then closed the meeting with “Timely Tip on Beauty” by Charles Dickens. Deb then served the ladies homemade ice cream accompanied with homemade cookies and bars, coffee and punch. The next meeting will be April 24th at the home of Sue Storjohann.
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