Crawfordsville News

The Wyman Community Club met Monday, March 5, at Ainsworth Four Corners for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Ten members were in attendance. Present were Ruth Erwin, Margaret Patterson, Frieda Finke, Pauline Richardson. Carol Steele and Billie Jo Rose from Crawfordsville; Robert Davis from Wayland Jane Kaczinski from Washington and Ray and Shirley Hendrickson from Iowa City.

The group will meet again on Monday, April 2, at 11:30 a.m. at Ainsworth Four Corners.

The White Cloud Club met for a ?Date Night,? Tuesday, March 6, at 6 p.m., at the El Oasis in Winfield. Eight members attended and some brought their ?date? or a guest.

Attending were Jolene and Andy Colthurst, Joyce Huff, Frieda Finke, Betty and Gene Lintz, Pat and Gene Miller, Pauline and Floyd Richardson. Shannon and David Sells and Margaret Patterson and guest, Ruth Erwin.

Everyone had an enjoyable evening and dinner.

The club will next meet Tuesday, April 3, for a 11:30 a.m. lunch at Ainsworth Four Corners with Shannon Sells as hostess.

Pastor Jason Collier of the United Church of Crawfordsville and the Ainsworth Community Church recently returned from a trip to the Holy Lands. The trip was opportunity paid by the Knights Templar. He was sponsored by the Zerubabbel Commandery #68 in Albia. They raised funds to send the first Iowa pastor since the 90s. He was the only pastor from Iowa. It was a great learning experience with 50 other pastors from the United States. They had three shepherds from the United States that kept them safe and organized and were also provided with an incredible guide and a bus driver that took care of the rest.

Jason and his roommate Tom, from California were able to do something out of the ordinary by spending the night in the church of the Holy Sepulchre. This is the church that is now closed due to protest. He visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Sea of Galilee, Ruins of Capernaum and Nazereth to name a few.

Some highlights of the trip were shopping in Jerusalem, the gondola ride at Mygda, floating in the Dead Sea and Baptismal Remembrance in the Jordan.

This trip was entitled the Knight Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage: a Pilgrim?s Journey for Christian Ministers and was held Feb. 12-22. He flew from the Quad City Airport on Feb. 10 to O?Hare in Chicago and from there to JFK where he spent the night in New York and attended church with a former exchange student of his, Caio Callari and his wife from Brazil and then onto Tel Aviv, Israel. Caio works at the Empire State Building. They took Jason to the building in which they live and it is called Via 57 West in New York City and is a very interesting pyramid-shaped tower block which rises 467 feet in the air and is 35 stories tall.

Jason is extremely grateful for this incredible and once-in-a-lifetime experience.