Thank you God for bestowing us with good and safe days for our Summer Festival and Chicken Dinner last weekend. Thank you, the people of St. Joseph of the Lakes, for a wonderful day too!!! It was truly a beautiful day on many, many levels. I have heard several compliments on music and the homily at the Festival Tent Mass. The Pig Roast on Saturday evening and our traditional Chicken Dinner made for some good eating at the Festival along with the addition of the fresh cut French Fries and everything else. Again this year "Metro Jam" filled the dance floor and it was a lot of fun to see so many stay around for our annual fireworks show. Our very own "Saints of Swing" and "Java Soul" provided wonderful entertainment as we enjoyed all of our Festival activities and games on Sunday afternoon. Thank God the rain held off until most of the stuff was taken down and put away.
On behalf of the community, I would like to thank the 2014 Festival Committee: Jerry Bauer, Evelyn & Tom Bohl and family, Ted Brausen, Carl Cahloon, Maggie Carney, Eileen Couture, Bob DeBlieck, Bob Determan, Mark Dobias, Joe George, Gene Hauer, Dan Henke, Marv Kiffmeyer, Mike Kueppers, Pam & Hal Leibel, Dave Lorier, JJ Lunders, Mary Ann & Jerry Lund, Bill Lynch, Ken & Monica McDonald, Jan & Terry Meyer, Laurie Miller, Andi & Steve Million, Rick Mitzuk, Jeff Olson, Jacque Patterson, Mary Pehoski, Janine Quitter, Donna Rooney, Jeff Rutz, Chris & Brian Sauter, Dave Schleicher, Vicki Strangler, Kelly Summerville, Tina Summerville, Rick Thompson, Kelly Thurmes and Sue & Rick Zaczek. And a very special thank you to our outgoing Festival Chair John Carney. I have heard several times over the weekend how impressed people are with how the Festival has grown and developed over the past couple of years. I also heard someone say, "John knows how to throw one heck of a party". Again I would like to thank the countless volunteers who set-up, worked, cleaned-up and who donated items for the success of the Festival. I would also like to thank our staff who supported the Festival Committee, especially Amy Moore, John Johnson, Anne Serwe and Darlene Newman. In a couple of weeks, when all the bills have been paid, we will be able to report how well we did financially. From my perspective and everything I heard, it was a very successful day and a true celebration of who we are as a faith community. I am also very happy to announce that Chris & Brian Sauter are our new Festival Chair couple. They shadowed John very closely this year and are very excited and already gearing up for Summer Festival 2015.
At the Festival this year, we christened our new permanent pavilion. As many of you know this was the dream of Clarence Schleicher and the Men's Group and has been in the planning and funding stage for many years. The pavilion replaced the Festival BINGO tent and will be used for many outdoor activities throughout the year. On behalf of the parish community, I would like to thank the Men's Group, Council of Catholic Women, Knights of Columbus, Summer Festival proceeds and a couple of private donations who provided funding in part for the project. We couldn't have done this without the hard work of contractor/parishioner Tim Cleveland, his crew from the Knights of Columbus and the Men's Group who volunteered their time, talent and prayers. Special thanks as well to Terry Meyer and Kelly Summerville, for their extra hours in overseeing various phases of the project. And Scott Robinson from A&L Sod for the donations of fill and sod so that it was ready to go before the Festival.
The Summer Festival means our new year of ministry and programming is right around the corner. The planning is well underway so we are ready to go in late September. St. Joseph of the Lakes leadership is comprised of the parish council, commissions and committees. Along with the staff, this is where the work of the parish happens. We occasionally call forth the gifts of members to serve in parish leadership positions. We are looking for new membership for all our our ministry leadership groups. For those who are interested in getting involved on this level of leadership a process of discernment is beginning now through early fall. If you are interested or have any questions, please give Amy Moore a call.