“Acres of Joy and Praise” was the theme of the Gladbrook Corn Carnival Community Service held on June 30 in the City Center. Leaders in charge of the service were Mary Winkelpleck, Rev. Robert Doner, both of Peace United Church of Christ, and Rev. Carol Kress of the Gladbrook United Methodist Church. Also recognized as assisting with the service were June Bessman, accompanist; Sara DeBerg, choir director; Terri Luhering, sound system; and Corn Cob Queen Sheresa Lynch. Rev. Doner based his message on Scripture from Ecclesiastes, which means teacher. He spoke of how many come back to Gladbrook during Corn Carnival to celebrate their roots. The whole of creation is about family - everything has its place. All of us has our place and we are His children. We have the opportunity to share this good earth. The Community Choir sang two beautiful numbers. They sang “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “To God Be the Glory”. Several readings were read. One particularly poignant story was “How I Learned the Meaning of Love”. It was written by Helen Keller, who was both deaf and blind. Prayers were said and the Community Choir closes the service singing “Until We Meet Again”. This service lends a beautiful closing to several fast paced days of Corn Carnival activities and catching up with family and friends.
Area singers joined forces to form the Community Choir, who sang during the Gladbrook corn Carnival Community Church Service. The choir was directed by Sara De Berg and accompanied by June Bessman. They sang “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “To God Be the Glory”.
Photo by Margaret Thomsen