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Valley News and Views Page 7 August 22nd, 2013 That night on the Sea of Galilee when Jesus walked on the water while His Disciples struggled against high waves and contrary winds, Mark observed that Jesus "would have passed them by" (Mark 6:48). Here they were, in a fight for their lives, and Jesus was prepared to continue on and leave them to fend for themselves. When the Twelve saw Him walking they did not immediately recognize that it was Jesus. They, in fact, believed they were seeing "a spirit; and they cried out for fear" (Matthew 18:26). Perhaps they feared their lives were about to be taken. According to one commentary ("Barnes' Notes"), "It was a common belief among the ancients that the spirits of men after death frequently appeared to the living." It was not a spirit, it was Jesus coming to them to join Himself to their boat and step into their problem, with the intent of seeing them through yet another great trial of faith. How many times have you and I found ourselves in the midst of a trial that seems about to sweep over us and take us down, not just emotionally, but in reality (finances, health, family, marriage, etc.). We struggle and fight to save ourselves, and all the while Jesus seems as far away as the answer. What we are not aware of is He has been on the mountain praying for us, He has seen us "toiling in rowing" (Mark 6:48) with all our might and faith to reach the safety of a distant shore, and is presently walking toward us on the very waves we fear are about to destroy US. He's coming closer, but will pass you by if you don't call out to Him. Invite Jesus into your boat, and see the winds of trials fade away. By pastor leroy aufenkamp Obituary Paul Allan Kirkeby, 64. Michael Allan Kirkeby, age 64 of Grafton, ND died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at his home in Grafton. Michael Allan Kirkeby was born in Drayton, ND the son of the late Allan and Sylvia (Homer) Kirkeby. He graduated from Drayton High School and the North Dakota State School of Sciencein Wahpeton. Michaelenlisted in the United States Navy in 1968 and served 20 years, retiring in 1988 as a St. Chief Jet Mechanic. While in the Navy, he served in Japan, Guam and San Diego. Michael was united in marriage of Kathy Smallwood. The couple returned to North Dakota in 1993 and in 1994 they moved to Grafton. He worked at Strata for a time and then worked at Marvin Windows and Doors in Grafton from 1997-2013. Michael was an active member of the Walsh County Gun Club. He was an instructor for the youth trap shooting league and had just taken a group out to Minot, ND for a youth shoot. He was an avid curler at the Grafton Curling Club. Michael was just accepted to officiate curling and had officiated in Chicago and Wisconsin. He had just been selected to officiate at the ]unior Curling Trials for the Winter Olympics in Fargo. Michael is survived by his wife, Kathy of Grafton, ND; children: Allan Kirkeby, Grand Forks, ND and Lauren Kirkeby, Fargo, ND, his siblings: Doug (Susan) Kirkeby, Grafton, ND; Clare (Ken) Kish, Stevens Point, WI; Brian (Lila) Kirkeby, Olympia, WA; Shirley (Dave) Destache, Green Bay, WI. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Paul and Brad. Memorial services were held Sunday, August 18, at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton, ND. Memorials are preferred to the Walsh County Gun Club or the Grafton Curling Club. An online guest book is available at: www. The Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton was in charge of the arrangements. P The 2013 North Dakota Legislative Assembly was a good session for the Senior Citizen Meal Program. The Legislature increased funding to provide Senior Citizen Meals. For the first time ever, there will be enough funding for all agencies in the state who serve senior meals to receive federal/ state reimbursement for all the meals served. What this means to Pembina County Meal & Transportation is that we will receive $3.90 reimbursement for every meal we serve. In the past, we were only reimbursed for approximately 19,000 meals a year but we served between 25,000 and 26,000 meals. The remainder of our funding for the 6,000 to 7,000 meals came from Mill Levy funds, donations and fund raising. The average full cost to provide meals statewide is $8.00-$9.00. The $3.90 per meal is still only a part of that cost, but the increase to allow all meals to be reimbursed will be a huge benefit to our program and all the others like it across the state. What that means for our agency is that we will have funds to purchase new equipment when it is needed, without having to wait for donations or fund raising. It means we can keep up with the rising cost of groceries and other supplies. It means we can offer employees competitive wages that compare to other businesses in town and the surrounding area. The Legislature also increased Mill Levy Match funding, and public transportation funding. Legislators are realizing that it takes money to provide services that keep people independent and living in their own homes, and are stepping up to the place to provide the funding needed. Senior Meals Through Friday August 30th Thursday August 22nd Beans, Orange Slice and Fresh Chicken Strips, Potato Salad, Fruit Carrot Raisin Salad and Water Tuesday August 27th Melon Wedge Sloppy Joe on WW BUn, Cream Friday August.23rd ......... of' B c0ti" Soup; :'Ch0 ate Beef Stew, Baking Powder Pudding with Topping and Biscuit, Fresh BroccoliMedium Orange with Ranch Dressingand Wednesday August28th Cantaloupe Porcupine Meatballs, Mashed Monday August 26th Potatoes with Gravy, Sweet Tator Tot Casserole, Green Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce and Banana Thursday August 29th Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Pineapple Ring and Blueberry Crisp with Topping' Friday August 30th Salisbury Steak in Gravy, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Cabbage, Orange Slice and Grapes All meals served with whole wheat bread, margarine and 1% milk. Suggested donation is $4.00, Under 60, $6.75. Pembina County Meals and Transportation - Call: 454-6586 It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. -Thomas Jefferson Obituary Charles P. Raney, 58 Chief Master Sergeant (retired) Charles P. Raney, 58, passed away at his home in Lewisville, TX on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013. Chuck was born in Drayton, ND to Albert and Norma Raney on October 14th, 1954. He grew up in North Dakota and attended Unity High School in Petersburg, where he met the love of his life, Audrey Ellen Behm. He joined the Air Force in 1972, completing basic training at Lackland AFB, TX. Chuck and Audrey traveled the globe while Chuck proudly served his country for 26 years. They raised two children, Nicole Raney and Brian (Amy) Raney and enjoyed their four grandchildren Samantha, Layla, and Evan Raney, and Katherine Claire Drury. They e blissfully married for 37 years, until Audrey went to be with the Lord August 1 ith 2008. Chuck was a highly respected member of the Armed Services, loving husband, cherished father, devoted son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, and friend. He was a mentor, role model, and a source of strength and comfort for many. He will be deeply missed by all. Chuck is survived by his mother, Norma Raney of Fargo; his daughter Nicole Raney, Oklahoma City; Brian (Amy) Raney, Dallas, TX; grandchildren; brother Kent (Julie) Raney, Bismarck, ND; sister Kathy (Marv) Hauger, Grand Forks, ND; Mary (Frank) Pierce, Moorhead, MN; brother Craig (Jeanne) Raney, Billings, MT; sister Carol Raney, Fargo, ND; mother-in-law Phyllis Behm, Niagara, ND; brother-in-laws Gary (Deb) Behm and Randy Behm, Niagara, ND; and sister-in-law Brenda (Curt) Holmstrom, Arthur, ND; as well as the many nieces and nephews he loved. Funeral service will be at 11 am, with visitation beginning at 10:30 am, on Tuesday August 27th at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Niagara, ND. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association. The Drayton Cemeteery Association would like to thank the following for their memorial donations: JESSIE HALCROW MEMORIAL Mary Gardner Deane and Pare Scharmer David L. Petersen General Practice of Law Emphasizing: Estates mid Elder Law Planning. Wills and Trusts, Business Organizations and Services, Agricultural Law, Personal and Farm Tax Services, 1 t2 North Main Street - EO. Box 216 Drayton, ND 58225 Phone (701) 454-3515 : ........i!i!!I!iiiii! V 0 0 These Announcements Sponsored By ~i:~I::,~I~I~~, :~::