RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
This is the COMFY AND COSY AND CHRIST-CENTERED Stadem Home-Place where we can share our Norwegian American Heritage with others. Also where we can meet others of different walks of life, via our guestbook or email, now that it is clear how FEMA and Homeland Security, the NSA, FBI, and the Military cannot save our woeful, under-judgment country from rapid self-destruction but only the Word of God, GOD'S COMMANDMENTS obeyed, can save us!
TIME FOR THE BIG PUSH FOR THE BARN/HERITAGE CENTER! WE NEED 100,000 DOLLARS FOR THE OUTFITTING OF IT!
The Bible tells us that when the Jews were restoring the Temple at one point, the priests
and elders actually had to tell the people to stop giving, they had too much! That is the way it ought to be, and will be, on PVF.
It is truly time to give back. Most of my dear loved ones in the relationship are still watching a few give, and they're not going to reap a blessing if they don't sow to God's work now.
Yes, we ALL have pressing needs, bills, commitments, agendas--just as the Jews did, but when called upon to give they gave OVERMUCH. They showed they forgot about themselves at least for that time in order to put God first, foremost, highest.
That is the spirit that pleases the Lord, who "by the way," gave us EVERYTHING, his very life. Who else has done that much for you, or me? No one, none but Jesus.
"How to Give" Suggestions:
Start with simple childlike faith in God, surrendering your heart to him as His child, yielding all he has given you so generously while considering it could all be swept away in a minute (as recently happened in Chile, Haiti, New Zealand, and now Japan) except for his grace and mercy.
Ready? Next, start with the lowest amount, give that, and keep moving up until you can't go any further, you just don't have the money. The "bell" in heaven sounds at that point, you've given truly sacrificially. Then give again, and again, and again. God will provide for your sacrificial giving!
Two previous gospel signs the Stadems and friends put up were in memory of Bob Ginther and Art Stadem, who died in a fatal plane crash in 1947.
Is there one? We build houses, business offices, churches, clinics, and factory and aerospace plants, all sorts of projects have been designed and built and financed by Stadem descendants; and we know in time all such structures will pass away, as they are temporal. Signs too pass away. But the Gospel they preached to travelers on the roads bears eternal fruit: souls saved and won to the Lord forever!
Is there one Stadem descendant who will re-erect the Gospel signs. Once we had two, three when including Tom's. Now we have none, if dear Tom's too has gone down. Who will step in and re-erect these wonderful, soul-saving signs? Pearl gave money to the fund at PVF for gospel signs several years ago, but so far nothing has been done. Who will re-erect the gospel signs? Who? Why not you?
Our roots were brought from Norway over the sea.
Stadems came to build new lives in the land of the free,
and settled first in Iowa's Worth County.
Kristine was the first to be born of our family,
but as soon as she bloomed a young wife and mother,
her petals closed early.
Slender, tall, of striking beauty,
her wedding cape flowed down gracefully.
Andrena was her daughter's name--
it's found in Norway just the same.
My mother too has her Aunt's name,
a link to Kristine, no little fame.
And Great Grand Aunt, she would be to me; I hold her picture,
a fine-stemmed rose with many buds
whose blooming she would never see.
And yet she was first,
like Christ her Namesake born,
and like Him she went before us all.
--by Ronald Ginther, Gr Grand Nephew of Kristine Stadem (Stadheim)
We will reprint some pages in this section, when there is time available to do it.
"I was on my way to school, riding the horse alone because Bernice was sick and couldn't go. She was only six and I was seven. We rode across country, not by the road, as that was the shortest way, and it wasn't far. But as we got to the hill just beyond the barn the horse laid down! I couldn't get him to go, so I tried all I could to get him going. I shouted, and "nudged" him with my foot, and "patted" him with my hand, but he wouldn't go. I had to run all the way to school so I wouldn't be tardy, but I made it on time. I looked back once on my run, and saw him get up and look back at me, then he went home. Evidently, he felt something was wrong when Bernice wasn't on his back, and he refused to carry me alone. He was okay the next day, though, and took us both all the way to school."
One day Pearl and her Mama went to town with the cows' cream to sell. It was very heavy stuff filling a big metal can, and so the can was not easy for a ten year old Pearl to lift into the back of the surrey, a horse drawn buggy which has an open back, not like the wagon. They had made the trip before in the surrey without a hitch, but this time it was going to be a bit different. Before they could reach town they hit a bump. Out fell the big can of cream and over into the ditch! The can came open and the cream spilled out! What to do? Cry over spilt cream? No! Pearl quickly scooped up all the cream she could back into the can. What saved it from being lost was that the cream spilled out on thick grass, so it didn't sink into the ground. Soon Pearl had most of it back in the can. They continued to town, and Mama, honest soul that she was in everything she did, told the man at the market what had happened. She was so concerned. Would he still want to buy the cream? Oh, that's no problem! the man assured her. He would put it in their Separator, a machine that cleaned and made it, removing all the bits of grass. So the cream was saved and Mama got the money they needed! Mama Stadem and daughter Pearl rode happily back to the farm with the money for the cream in Mama's purse.
Sven was going for his morning walk one day when he walked past Ole's house and saw a sign that said, "Boat For Sale." This confused Sven because he knew that Ole didn't own a boat, so he finally decided to go in and ask Ole about it.
"Hey, Ole," said Sven, "I noticed da sign in your yard dat says 'Boat For Sale', but ya don't even have a boat. All ya have is your old John Deere tractor and combine."
Ole replied, "Yup, and dey're boat for sale."
"Why do watermellons have water in them? Why because they were planted in the spring!"
"Why do cows wear bells? Their horns won't work!"
"Do you know what happens to a sheep when he goes to get a hair cut? He goes to the Baa Baa shop."
No Norwegian Garden can be complete without a bush or two of Norwegian donuts. Please follow the planting instructions:
Where to Plant
Any sunny location, preferably close to a coffee shop.
When to Plant
Any time of year is good, but iced donuts grow best when planted in the winter.
Plant in several rows, five feet apart and at least 10 feet deep. For best results use 2 NORWEGIANS, one to do the actual digging, the other to supervise and make out the reports for the Government Office of Agriculture--Donut Seed Division. Should you prefer glazed donuts, sprinkle each donut blossom with one teaspoon of sugar. Many diet-conscious Norwegians use sugar substitutes, however a touch of whipping cream creates a better flavor.
It is feared that individuals associated with the International Donut Institute of Transylvannia (IDIOT) may have mixed common breakfast cereal into our seed stock. For your own protection please test out your donut seeds. If they float in milk and go well with fruit like bananas (peeled), they are breakfast cereal. If they sink immediately like rocks and turn the milk a purplish and greenish color, they are Norwegian donut seeds.
If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied, dig up the seeds and return them this package UNOPENED, to the American-Norwegian Donut Seed Society for full refund, or the equivalent in value of pickled herrings.
THIS GUARANTEE IS VOID AFTER PURCHASE.
We have many new items, among them "Bernice and Russell Schaefer's Letter to Luther Svanoe," June 19, 1994, and Cora Fjelstad's Funeral Service and Bio.
Now here is a salvation-concerned message to a much younger, dying nephew of the Schaefers, the Schaefers' letter:
Yes, Sister--you have been a blessing in countless ways. To be the oldest wasn't always easy, I'm sure. It was such a highlight when you and Bob and the Kids would come home at Christmas, and other times too.
The others in the family liked your quotes too, like, 'He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.'
Yes, Pearl, I feel young too. Glad you do too. Liz is making tea for me and then I go play tennis. Sunday I take over the services at Freeman about 50 miles SW of S. Falls. They are a small group, but appreciative. Wish they would have a nice church as your little white church. My how nice it was to meet there [in the restored chapel of the Mt. Lutheran congregation where Pearl has been a member for 66 years] for Norwegian pancakes and the fellowship meeting. You did right to save it.
I'll let Liz write a little too. Love you! Greet everyone."
"Hi there, Pearl honey. Ron tells us you are a little more confined. But you have a beautiful new chair. We hope you are enjoying it.
We have to tell friends about our great 100 yr. old sis in Washington, and of the great children who put on the most wonderful party.
Leroy and I keep busy. Tomorrow, Steve's wife and I will go to 1st Lutheran Bazaar [First Lutheran Church was Pearl and Bob Ginther's church when they lived in Sioux Falls in the thirties, up to 1942]. It's the greatest. Then in the afternoon, Augustana [College] has a big game at their new stadium. Vets are being honored, so Leroy will go. Bless you hon. Keep up your good work. Love, Liz"
Eat and drink of Your Word.
To God we praise and us be blessed,
We then receive food in Jesus' Name.
Yew tak yust ten big potatoes. Den yew boil dem till dar done.
You add to dis some sweet cream an' by cups it measures vun.
Den yew steal tree ounze of butter and vit two fingers pinch some salt.
Yew beat dis very lightly, if it ain't gude it is your fault.
Den yew roll dis tin vit flour and light brown on stove you bake.
Now call in all Scandihuvians tew try da fine lefse yew make.
1 Lemon, 2 tsp flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp butter, 1 cup milk, 2 eggs. Cream butter and sugar, add, separate eggs, mix yolks with sugar and grated rind. Add cup milk and finish with beaten whites of eggs. Bake in 1 unbaked crust in moderate oven.
Don't be so over-awed by our culture and its media, not all Scandinavians, and not all Lutherans, support attacks on Israel and the dismemberment of its remaining, tiny territory to accommodate a preposterous, terrorist-led Palestinian nation that never before existed in recorded history!
In a parade in Jerusalem, Finnish Zionists (no doubt all dedicated Christians) show their ardent support of Israel and the Jews. We too, as Norwegian descendants, also support Israel and God's people ardently! We pray God bless and keep Israel, and protect God's people wherever they are, but especially those in Israel, where they are under constant, increasing attack by rockets and bomb-carrying terrorists of Gaza and Southern Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorists, as well as by hostile Muslim dictatorships all around Israel and the even more dangerous, fanatical Muslim mullahs of Iran! Whoever blesses Israel, will be blessed, God's holy word says. Whoever curses Israel will be cursed, God's Word also warns us. God set it up that way, and we respect God and His ways, for they are absolutely right, and men's ways are absolutely wrong then they come in opposition to God's holy, perfect ways and commandments. Thank God that some Scandinavians, our dear Finnish brethren, have got it right! They are a brave, shining example to all us Scandinavians, are they not?
Sadly, fewer and fewer Christian Scandinavians will agree, as Israel is continuing to be denounced by the world community and the United Nations particularly is attempting to label Zionism racist.
If you are a Zionist, according to an article in THE LUTHERAN, June 2009, you are "challenging our Lutheran commitments." This is the official ELCA publication, stating the position that the church body has taken regarding Christian Zionism. In other words, the ELCA is anti-Israel. How can this be, when Israel is the homeland of Jesus Christ our Savior? It is the land that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob promised to the Jews for their possession forever. That covenant is everlasting and God swore by Himself to uphold it, and so it cannot be revoked by man. How can we stand against our Lord's own people and covenanted land?
We would rather die than commit such a heinous crime! Nothing in the Bible or our own conscience could excuse us if we did such a terrible thing. Now we know that King David's kingdom and holdings extended far beyond what Israel's borders consist of today, but even then they did not comprise all that God had granted Israel his people.
But just consider the land presently in the hands of the Israelis. Is that land Israel's by rights? Or is it "occupied" illegally against international law? That is the claim by its Muslim neighbors, and the various terrorist organizations of Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah, and others.
The finest article we have read of many so far has to be "Where Does Israel Get the Right to Claim Palestine" by Wim Malgo, the 1974 Founder of Midnight Call Ministries. He lists nine reasons for Israel's right to Eretz Israel (its true name, not Palestine, which is a very derogatory Roman name used mostly today by Gentiles [though Wim Malgo uses it too, in order to frame the question as a Gentile would frame it), just as "marranos" is a term used for Portuguese and Spanish Jews today that translates as "swine"). Just this little bit to chew on: Wim Malgo writes: "The fact that Israel's rights are in heaven and on earth makes this people the greatest mystery of the millennium, but also the object of the hatred and miscalculation of the nations."
You heard probably that some marriages are "made in heaven." Well, this is the only nation "made in heaven." The Bible says so! No wonder the Gentile, Made-On-Earth-Only nations are envious, jealous, and even openly hostile to heaven-born Israel! Doesn't that explain it, why the Jews are so hated throughout the Gentile world today and for the last 2,000 years have been so persecuted? As long as an Israel exists on the map, as long as the Jews exist as a people, these facts shout in the face Satan the fallen archangel, the prince of darkness, who seeks and fights for total control over the world.
We will offer this article soon on-line. We also invite you to go to the fine, biblical-based articles from the same magazine when they come on-line here entitled: "God's Word is Our Great Heritage," by David R. Barnhart, Founder and Publisher of Abiding Word Ministries, "The Word, Committed to Its Authority," by Dr. Francis Monseth, Dean of the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary of Medicine Lake, Minnesota, "When Does a Church Cease to be a Church," by David R. Barnhart, and "What Does It Mean to be a Lutheran," by Calvin D. G. Willard, Pastor of Free Lutheran Church of Roseau, Minnesota.
Go to the Abiding Life Ministry's magazine, VINE AND BRANCHES, for the reports about them. You can reach this fine ministry and obtain free copies of its magazines, by going to the Abiding Life Ministry website.
Though still the largest Lutheran denomination, the ELCA membership has been declining by the hundreds of thousands. It will decline even moreso now, just as the Episcopal Church (USA) did after it endorsed practicing homosexual bishops. Pearl Ginther has not approved of sin and what the Bible calls sin. Imagine, having homosexuality taught to the children as something God can bless! That is simply horrific! Imagine, homosexual "marriages" being approved of, recommended, to children that are somehow just as good as the only one man and one woman marriage that God instituted in the Garden of Eden! Is Jesus going to approve of this? It is unthinkable.
To even entertain the idea that such practices are not sin and are now right and acceptable, that shows we have accepted the worldly views of the non-Christian, non-biblical culture, which is not holding to the truths of the Bible and has long abandoned the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, not to mention Martin Luther, and our own grandparents Alfred and Bergit Stadem!
You can go another direction on this if you choose, friend, but that is going another direction from the way God set in his word, the Holy Bible. No amount of laws, passed by church or state, can revise or change or annul God's Word. It is the utmost height of man's pride to think we puny creatures can change God's everlasting laws or come up with "something better" than the Ten Commandments to rule society and churches by! Scripture says that heaven and earth will pass away, but God's word will not pass away.
None of us asked for this issue, nor like to be involved in any controversy, but like Joshua of old we must stand with God, on HIS side, not man's. We must choose this day, regarding this issue, exactly where we stand, and God and the Bible is our choice! Only in God, only in support of the Bible, do we find safety and a refuge and solid grounds for lasting happiness. Pastor David R. Barnhart, of Canal Winchester, Illinois, has a ministry to individuals and churches to help them deal with this issue and to find the way through it to God's will for them. He has helped many churches and many people, and is available to come and speak and counsel and offer his help. You may contact him through his website and magazine.
Abiding Word Ministries, 6380 Rossmore Land, P.O. Box 275, Canal Winchester, OH 43110.
Or phone: (614) 834-5206. Or email: email@example.com
"Where does the time go? God has been so good to me to give me more years than I ever dreamed I would ever get, so have truly enjoyed every plus years looking forward to another glider ride Wayne has promised me 1 week before my 100th year. My, how I enjoyed the glider ride back when I was 90 years old!!!"
Joke: "Why does it get so hot in a stadium after a baseball game? Answer: all the fans have left!!!"
Joke: "I'm sure you know that seven days in bed make one weak."
Scripture: "God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."--Heb. 11:6
"Scripture: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."--Phi. 5:13.
Lovingly, Grandma Pearl