The years are passing quickly. In 2018, I turned 70, and Ron and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. How did that happen so soon? At the same time we have so much to be thankful for!
In March, Beth and Steve Rempe welcomed their fifth child and our 10th grandchild - Anna Rae Rempe. Anna is sweetness personified. She is also facing some health challenges related to a rare genetic disorder called CDKL5. She seems to be making pretty good progress. We pray that God will continue to protect her and guide her growth and development.
My days seem very full with getting Mark to his activities; babysitting grandkids; church related activities; and our local Spina Bifida association. It’s a good life with good people, including you!
News from Ron
This last year brought us both joys and sorrow, challenges and changes. We hold up in our daily prayers friends and family who are marking their first Christmas alone, particularly my sister Mary and our life-long church member Alice Hagemeyer. Even though Stan and Ted were dealing with health issues, their departures came quickly and unexpectedly. We look forward to our joyful reunion in the presence of our Lord, whose birth we celebrate this season.
Last May the Lutheran Deaf Mission Society asked me to step into the position of their Executive Director. A decade or more ago the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod discontinued oversight and support of Deaf ministries, so our Deaf congregations formed the LDMS to carry on the work of providing resources and coordination for these ministries. I am finding that my primary task is fervent prayer on behalf of the churches and their ministers. In coming months my responsibilities will also entail a fair amount of travel.
My work with Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf, Gallaudet University campus ministry, and Deaf ministry in the Maryland Department of Corrections continues in full force. I am grateful for the assistance of Vicar (seminary intern) Andy Petajan, as he assumes more responsibilities in preparation for pastoral service.
News from Mark
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2018 has been another eventful year. I am so thankful and blessed that my health is good and I haven’t been to the hospital for an entire year.
I still volunteer for the Fairfax Falcons wheelchair sports team in Falls Church, Virginia. And I volunteer for a nursing home, The Village at Rockville. I enjoy what I do with both my volunteer jobs.
I am working with a job agency called SEEC that is trying to help me find a job. I have had some job interviews and I am still looking for a job. I will keep you posted.
During the summer time my family took two trips. The first trip was trip to Toledo, Ohio, for a church conference. On the way we visited with two of my sisters and their families in Illinois and in Wisconsin. Visiting with the nieces and nephew was such a fun time. Our second trip was our annual family reunion in the lakeside town of South Haven, Michigan. We spent a lot of our time in South Haven at the beach and watching the sunsets over the lake.