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Murdock News November 14, 2018

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Marvin Knits Hats!!

A LOT of Hats in fact. So many that Ramona was caught giving away his hat collection. 

While I was attending the Veterans Day program at the Elmwood-Murdock Elementary I ran into Ramona Oehlerking with a tote of very colorful knitted hats. Of course, I was curious and found out MARVIN had knitted them.

Yes, Marvin Oehlerking is extremely talented and a little "passionate" about his hats. How did it start? 

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Well, last year they went to visit his brother in law in Florida for a week and he had started knitting hats and taught Marvin. This kicked it his new hobby and now he collects yarn (he doesn't need any more yarn I was told) and sometimes makes 2 hats a day. 

Yes, you heard right. Calculate that by the number of days in a year and you can see why Ramona was donating them to the school for the kids that come to school without hats. They will also be sent home to needy families. They are so colorful, fun and soft. What a great gift they will always remember. 

I didn't count how many were in the tote, but there were dozens! All colors, some with pompoms, some without.

Marvin has made hats for all sizes and even has some very tiny infant hats. Some have been donated to hospitals in the area to the nursery and NICU units. 

According to Marvin's wife Ramona, he shows no sign of slowing down.

The hats keep getting churned out and I think it's GREAT!

 Veterans Day Celebration

Once again the Elmwood-Murdock School did a wonderful job in recognizing our communities veterans and teaching our students the importance of Veterans Day and patriotism. 

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The day started at the high school with a program which included the Elmwood American Legion Post 247 presenting the colors. The National Anthem was played by the high school band and was one of the best renditions I have ever heard them play. The band may be small than in previous years, but the sound is very rich. 

I was particularly interested in listening to the high school choir as they have a new choir director Mr. Grinvalds. The choir sang one of my favorite songs for Veterans Day "Flanders Field".

The Oxbow Quilters also presented a Quilt of Valor to Aaron Rhodd who served for six years in the Army including a tour in Afghanistan.

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The Gretna American Legion Riders were the special guest speakers this year and they taught everyone the importance and meaning behind each fold of the American Flag. I had never heard this before and was truly touched with the meaning behind each fold.

Please share this with your friends and family. This should always be remembered and never forgotten. If you have ever attended a full military honor funeral the significance of the flag presentation is one you will never forget. 

My Dad's flag sits on my desk, and my Father-in-law received his military funeral on Memorial Day weekend this year. Thank you to Don Klaumann and the Gretna American Legion Riders for this important presentation. 

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The day continued at the Elmwood-Murdock Elementary where the Junior High Band band played and the Elementary kids sang a patriotic song for their parents and veterans in attendance.

M.I.T- Murdock Improvement Team News

M.I.T. is excited to announce that the new Murdock Improvement Team leader is Mary McHugh. She will announce M.I.T. events which will be broken down with M.I.T. co-leaders heading each task.

For instance, our Christmas in Murdock already has the following Murdock Improvement Team co-leaders and activities:

Laura Riki and FBLA will place the wreaths on doors down the main street. They will set their own date/time.

Dan Murdoch will need many volunteers to help set up the dozen decorated trees on December 1st at 9 A.M. (This may change according to weather that morning.)

Mary McHugh will head the flower planter decorating activity so make plans now on which planter you’d like to decorate…fun!

Contact Mary to let her know which planter you would like to be responsible for decorating. We have ten planters to beautify.

Having everything in place the end of November or early December would be a reasonable goal.
Downtown Murdock will be all festive for the holiday to bring smiles to many!


Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is NEXT week!!??

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Where did the time go? Time to plan on attending the biggest celebration in the area, the Holiday Extravaganza the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

There is so much to do, so it's best to plan your day starting off with pancakes at the fire hall. 

Santa arrives at 10:00 am so get there early for pancakes and photos with Santa. It's an annual tradition you don't want to miss.

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This is a photo of my grandbabies from last year,...just a shameless plug. I can't help it, I LOVE my Grandbabies, and yes, they are TWINS. BUT, as you can see it's the perfect photo opportunity to get pictures with Santa.

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Then head over to Candy Cane Lane at the Community Center to purchase baked goods, cookies and holiday treats.

Hay Rack Ride

The hayrack tour of Elmwood leaves from the G.A.R. Hall and will probably give you historical facts about Elmwood you didn't expect. 

If you have little ones that love Spiderman and Disney Princesses then go to The Quonset for lunch and  get photos with superheroes and Princess Photos.

Craft Fair

That doesn't even cover half of what is planned for the day! Did I mention the Elmwood/Murdock Backpack Craft Fair at the Elementary school, or the Living Nativity, balloon artist, 


Seriously there is a make and take door hanger class at the Thairapist hair salon, Starry Night parade and soup supper. Invite your friends, invite your family. It's a perfect opportunity for the family to come home and celebrate and spend time together.

Shop local, get your Christmas presents and support small business owners in your community. I know I've gotten a lot of my shopping done early just by stopping by Bits N Pieces, Iron Horse Antique Emporium, and the Craft Fair.

Check out the Holiday Extravaganza Schedule below

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Saturday, December 8th

1:00 pm - 3 pm

Join us as we welcome Santa back to Murdock!

Start by getting your picture taken and then make some crafts and have some snacks and hot cocoa while we print your picture! You are welcome to take your own picture as well! As always, this is a free event!

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High School Blood Drive

Join the Elmwood-Murdock FCCLA in our mission to Give more life at the Elmwood Murdock High School Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 27th from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Not only can your one donation help up to 3 patients, but it will also go towards providing the class of 2019 with scholarship money!

Give the gift of life

At this blood drive, the Red Cross will have a FREE t-shirt while they last!

All blood drives in Elmwood and Murdock are set up with enough days between drives that you can donate at both.

Blood is desperately needed at this time. There is a critical shortage due in part to Hurricane Michael.

The need will not diminish especially with winter weather leading to increased accidents. Please consider helping out. If you need another reason why to donate, please watch the following video:

We can work with you today in setting up an appointment and what time would work best for you, please call the school at 402-867-2341 or register for an appointment online at Of course, walk-ins are always welcome!

Don't miss the Elmwood Murdock One -Act version of the play Godspell

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There is a wealth of information on the new Elmwood-Murdock website. It is updated on a daily basis by various teachers and department heads.  

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Thanksgiving Eve Service

November 21, 7:00 pm

Annual Trinity Soup Supper

The Annual Soup Supper was held last Sunday to a record number of members, guests, visitors, and friends.

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In addition to the chicken soup, chili and potato soup was our famous Trinity pies and desserts. If you went home hungry it was for a lack of trying.

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Christmas Eve program practice has begun and there will be over 30 children who will perform on Christmas Eve.

Church Bell History and Repair

It is easy to take for granted the sound of the church bell at the beginning of service. It has always been there. Someone is always at the ready to pull on the rope and receive a glorious sound in return.

However, lately pulling on the rope has not been easy, nor as effective. Something was wrong. Church bell experts were brought in to inspect and advise. 

This is the first time many, if not most of us have even seen what the bell actually looks like up close. So here are some very interesting photos and diagrams of how a bell actually works and the history.


The Trinity Lutheran Murdock church bell was donated by the women of Trinity Lutheran and installed in 1906.

The bell weighs 1,200 pounds and was cast at the Stuckstede Bell Foundry our of St. Louis. 

Over the years age and weather have taken its toll on the bell, the bearings, the bell deck, and the wooden bell wheel. As you can see in the photo below a spoke of the bell wheel is actually broke. 


Trinity Lutheran Church loves the sound of the church bell that starts service each Sunday and will be fundraising to repair and restore the bell so it can be enjoyed for many more generations.


A display with more information and photos is located in the church fellowship hall. 

This week the theme was "What do you want to leave (LEAF) to Jesus?" What leaves you fearful, worried, and angry. How can you let go, and leave it to God? 

Next week I will post our bulletin board of "Leaves"

Please feel free to join us every Sunday

9:15 Sunday School & Bible Class

10:30 am Divine Service  

Listen to the weekly sermon anytime at Pastor Brent Kuhlman's Blog    

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Worship Time: 9:30 am Sunday

Children's Sunday School: 9:55-10:30

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