A quick update on how we are doing and encouragement to HOLD ON through it all!

 

Hello from Nashville, Tennessee!  What a difference a few days can make in our lives!   It seems like all was looking up and then the bottom fell out of everything boggling the minds of every American at the rapidity and extent of life as we know it changed.  Right now the world is essentially at a standstill. 

 

Nashville is known as one of the top entertainment cities of the US and now it feels more like a ghosttown.  The past month it has been deluged with devastating flooding, a deadly tornado killing several dozen with hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed leaving many homeless or without employment, and now the Coronavirus.  Like many areas of the U.S., the virus has engulfed our local area and the health department has ordered all to shelter in place for two weeks to help stop the spread at this time when the U.S. has reached a bleak milestone.  With all of that being said (and I know you have heard it over and over), we see much panic and fear gripping a great number of people. 

 

My memory is drawn back to the month of December and as I always do, I was praying and asking God what is coming in the new year.  What do I need to know to move forward in the next year (2020)?   As I prayed for weeks, it seemed like heaven was silent.  My daughter, LaDawn, kept asking, "Mom, what is God saying about next year?"  I didn't have an answer and then finally the second Sunday, January 12th, Larry and I were in the car on the way to church.  Actually I was agonizing and wondering, what do I need to know about this coming year?  Then...BOOM...like a lightning flash came two words---"HOLD ON!"  I was physically taken aback and pleaded, "God, what does that mean? Hold on?"  God began to speak to my heart, "Hold on---when things are falling apart.  Hold on to your faith---stay firm.  Don't be moved.  Hold on---when fears try to wear you down.  Hold on to your beliefs---don't compromise.  Hold on to my Word.  I promised I would never leave you nor forsake you.  Hold on---I will see you through.  Call on Me!"

 

Now, as we have had difficult experiences in the past month, when Larry and I struggled with the flu and bronchitis, various attacks on our family, hearts breaking, the flooding, the deadly tornado, and now the worldwide pandemic----I get what God was telling me and our family---HOLD ON!  With God, we will go through it.

 

Could it be that God could take what was meant to destroy and instead see a mighty harvest of life as America turns back to Him?  Could it be that we would once again see God as the one true God in us and our families as there is a removal of the other gods of convenience, entertainment, comfort and money that have sadly pulled us away from Him?  Just thinking...

 

God wants us to now (no choice because we have to stay home)..."Be still and know He is God."  We are finding out what it could mean when God lifts His hand of provision and protection on America.  God help us---not to groan through this but to go and grow through it!  

 

 

Gloria


REFLECTION

 


RECIPE

With some extra time at home, maybe now is a great time to try all those recipes that you have set aside to try on a rainy day!

 

SALSA CHICKEN SOUP

1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed

1    14 1/2 oz can chicken broth

1 3/4 cup water

1 tsp chili powder

1 cup frozen corn or canned corn

1 cup of favorite salsa

Shredded Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack cheese, optional

 

In a large saucepan, combine chicken, broth, water and chili powder.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 mintues.  Add corn; return to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and corn is no longer tender.  Add salsa and heat through.  Garnish with cheese if desired.  Makes 6 servings so double if needing a larger portion.

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WE ARE SAFE AND SO IS OUR FAMILY! We thank the Lord for His protection, but Nashville needs prayer today and in the days to come.

Hello from Tennessee!

 

We have felt so loved and cared for as so many of you have reached out to find out how we are due to the recent tornadoes that hit last night, in Nashville.  We are so very pleased we are able to report that all our family is okay.

 

But I will say, it's the first time I heard a train, with no train coming.  It was a tornado passing over.   It is a sound I won't forget soon.

 

We are thanking the Lord for safety.  Please pray for all those who are affected by the tornado and those that are experiencing grief and loss due to tragic deaths.?  We need you, Lord, so desperately.

 

Gloria

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We all enjoy a wonderful LOVE story, but how many of us know that all of our stories don't always look like the movies. Our story is no different; it didn't exactly start out as a fairytale and definitely hasn't always been one, but we are more in LOVE today than ever. Enjoy hearing about how our story began....

 

 

 

 

 

Hello from Tennessee!  Wow....we had a blast of winter here a few days ago.  It is very unusal to get snow in Tennessee where we are at, but we got 4 inches which makes us giggle when we think of our winters in South Dakota.  Two flakes of snow here shuts down schools and events! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tennessee blizzard!Larry went out to scrape off the car.  

 

 

 

Valentine's Day is almost here, and I thought I would share our story of how we made the decision to tie the knot!  We laugh about it now, but it was very serious time for us back then.  We are very thankful for the decisions we made.....enjoy the story!

 


"I Don't Like You!"

 

I was stunned and shocked by Larry's response! We had been dating for several months and I was thinking about the future and thought, come on, LARRY, really in this relationship, where is it going? I was 21 years old, which back in the 50's and 60's was getting too old to get married. I had determined that if he wasn't talking marriage or going to bring it up that he maybe wasn't serious about our relationship and I would move on. As the old saying goes, "There are more fish in the pond."

 

On a spring night in 1965, he brought me out to his parents farm. We ate, chatted, and his parents later went upstairs so it was just the two of us sitting on the couch. This determined Norwegian wanted to know the future for us. We had talked about his call to full-time ministry on the road and I knew that when he would leave again in a couple days, he would be gone for three months. There still were no hints as to the future so I softly approached him, "Larry, we've been dating for months, and you have never talked about the future or where this relationship is going."


To my disappointment he just sat quietly and emotionless. Again, I pressed him, "Do you like me?" To my total shock he looked at me and calmly said, "NO"!   Those next few seconds seemed like hours. My heart just about stopped, and then he smiled his big huge grin and said, "I don't like you, I LOVE YOU!" My heart fluttered with emotion.  

 

From that night we began to make plans for our wedding. To us, this was life's biggest decision for us, next to being born again. We knew this was the one time decision "till death do us part," and it was a serious one. I would like to say that our courtship was a path of roses.  It wasn't!  In fact, it became a bit 'testy.'  Larry was scared that I would marry him just to be in the limelight of a well-known ministry and to be on the stage singing. He actually made everything sound so bad that there were nights I would cry, "God, are you sure about this?  We have both prayed for God's mate for our lives since we were both teenagers. God, please confirm again that this is the one."


As Paul Harvey used to say, "...and now the rest of the story." 

 

Closer to the wedding date, the more intense he became. He was less carefree and lighthearted. I was deeply concerned! This was serious. He wanted this to be God's relationship, and he was really worried about if I could handle the road with all it struggles and challenges. (Years later when I shared this story to my mother she said,  "Missy, God knew he was preparing you for this. God knew if you could handle growing up with 10 brothers, you could handle everything and anything you would face on the road. You are a tough Norwegian.")  I questioned him why he was so uptight as I never saw him that way before and he said, "Honey, when I say I DO at the altar, I will change." Oh, I thought to myself, now what?


Well, from the moment he said "I do," Larry held true to his word. He returned back to the happy, fun loving Larry I was accustomed to. He truly is my best friend, and a great father, grandfather and great grandfather to our family.  How blessed I am every day that he treats me like a queen (I probably don't deserve it all, but I sure do like it. I think he has spoiled me.)  


God knew our hearts and our desires. Psalm 37:4 says, "Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."  To take delight in the Lord means to fully commit your life to Him, not just part of it. To take delight in the Lord means to worship him, to engage in His Word , to spend time in His presence to hear His voice. To take delight in the Lord means to ask God to give you a pure, tender and loving heart. 

 

Jeremiah 24:7 is my prayer for Larry, I, and our family, as well as, for you dear friends, "I will give them a heart to know me that I am the Lord."    May we all have a heart that longs to know the Lord!

 

Have a Happy Valentine's Day knowing you are loved so much!

 

Gloria


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RECIPE

One of my favorite cakes of all time is the Red Velvet Cake my mom used to make.  It is the perfect dessert to celebrate someone you LOVE with its vivid color and scrumptious taste!  You can top it with cream cheese frosting for the perfect pairing.

 

RED VELVET CAKE

2 1/2 cups cake flour

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 cup corn oil

2 eggs

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cocoa

1 tsp vinegar

1 tsp vanilla

2 oz red food coloring

Mix all of the ingredients together and pour into a 9x13 inch cake pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

EASY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a bowl using a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the butter and mix for about 30 seconds-1 minute until well combined and smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue mixing until mixed well.  Spread on your cake.

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January is past and February is steam rolling ahead! As we near Valentine's Day, may our hearts be pure before you!

Happy February to you!  I can hardly believe a month of this year is already history.  It seems like I just put away the Christmas decorations and here we are speeding towards Valentine's Day.  When I was younger, my "older" friends (LOL...as I am now) used to always admit and tell me that the older you get, the more quickly days, weeks, months and life flies by.  I guess I must now confess that I am older because I think the same thing. 

 

A couple of days ago I went to CVS to pick up some refills of medications.  I was welcomed by red foil hearts, lace hearts and paper hearts suspended from the ceiling dancing in mid-air as if all jockeying to get my attention.  Guess what?  It worked!  I walked aisle after aisle viewing all the shelves littered with red satin heart boxes, sparking red foil boxes along with every kind of chocolate and candy imaginable.  Down and across from that long aisle of candy were hundreds of Valentine's cards.  It seemed the company was doing everything conceivable to convince me that LOVE IS IN THE AIR.  Of course, Hallmark, Russell Stovers, Hersheys and numerous companies want you to buy all the goodies to celebrate the holiday!

 

How crazy is this?  Just two minutes ago on my phone came a news alert.  This is what the headline states, "A Detroit woman bit off a man's tongue after she asked him not to use his tongue when kissing but he did anyway."  That's not fake news°that's stupid news.  Excuse my venting!

 

Then I saw another "crazy" as we were driving down a highway here in Tennessee last week as I was looking at all the Nashville entertainment billboards, which are many.  The one that caught my attention said, "TN attorney offers free divorce for Valentine's Day."  (I chose not to use the attorney's name).  How sad and sick is this world becoming?  As if the divorce rate isn't skyrocketing the way it is, this attorney offers disgruntled couples a "gift" of a free divorce.  God, help us!

 

God's heart must be broken seeing all that is going on and the way in which LOVE has been perverted and the true meaning discarded.  Jeremiah 17:9 in the NLT states, "The human heart is the most deceitful of all things and desperately wicked.  Who really can know how bad it is?"  God knows and He showed us true LOVE anyway sacrificing Himself for me, for you and for the entire world!

 

My daily prayer is found in Psalm 19:14, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer."  Lord, help me keep a pure heart and one that honors you.

 

Have a great week and be sure to check your email for my next week's web telling about Larry's and my two love stories and how Larry and I decided to "tie the knot".  You will laugh and see how God was in our "strained" pre-marriage journey!

 

Gloria

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Happy New Year! May 2020 find us growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ and sharing the GOOD NEWS with others!

Greetings from our home in Tennessee to you!  Our home office just got pummeled with a good ol' fashioned three day snowstorm.  We will take green grass and temperatures in the 60's, especially after seeing some of the photos of the snow piles left behind!

 

 

We came across this little "announcement" and thought we would share it with you!

 

 

 

FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR "2019"!

 

It is with our deepest heartfelt sympathy I want to inform you about the death of our beloved friend and sometime enemy Mr. 2019.  He is survived by 12 wives, 52 children and 365 grandchildren.  The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 31st of December at 11:59 PM.  

His family members asked me to inform you that he accidentally died with ALL your problems, sicknesses, disappointments, frustrations, untimely deaths, shame, disgrace, barrenness, discouragements, failures and rejections.

Yet, his successor, Mr. 2020, will give : life, good health, abundant blessings, epace, joy, righteousness, promotions and breakthroughs.

May God bless you to have a prosperous New Year!

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It is truly our prayer that in this New Year, you will have the opportunity to leave behind the things that easily entangle us and instead pursue the Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength!  There is truly nothing else like living as a child of God, in the freedom that He provides and in His strength made perfect in our weakness!   May you have 20-20 vision in the New Year seeing clearly the Gospel and accepting His most priceless gift to you!

 

Gloria

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Christmas wishes from our home to yours!

 

Let's face it—Christmas, unfortunately, can turn into a Christmas crisis. Things can easily escalate from fun to feuds, inspirations to exasperations, from giving to non-forgiving. Please allow me to share this article with you and then I encourage you to share it with your family to remind everyone—Christmas is about the joy of a child being born to become our Savior and Prince of Peace when we keep CHRIST in CHRISTMAS.

 

'Twas The Fight Before Christmas

 

'Twas the fight before Christmas, And all through the house, Not a creature was peaceful, Not even my spouse. The bills were strung out on our table with dread, In hopes that our checkbook would not be in the red.

 

The children were fussing and throwing a fit, When Billy came screaming and cried, "I've been bit." And Momma with her skillet, and I with the remote, She said, "You change one more channel and I'll grab your throat." When on the TV there arose such a clatter, I sat up on the couch to see what was the matter.

 

When what to my wondering eyes should appear, The cable was out, it was my worst fear. "The Cowboys, the Celtics, the Raiders, the Knicks, Without the sports channel I'd soon need a fix!" And then in the midst of my grievous sorrow, I remembered the times I had promised, "tomorrow°"

 

"Not now, my children, but at some soon time, Dad will play with you, and things will be fine." Now under conviction, I looked at my wife, Where was my kindness? Why all the strife? My heart quickly softened; I now saw my task, Some love and attention was all they had asked.

 

I gathered my family and called them by name, And told them with God's help I'd not be the same. We'll keep Christ in Christmas and honor His plan. No more fights before Christmas—on that we will stand.

 

My children's eyes twinkled; they squealed with delight. My wife gladly nodded; she knew I was right. It was the fight before Christmas, but God's love had come through, And just like He does, He made all things new.

 

by Tony Cooke and David Beebe

www.tonycooke.org

 

 

This Christmas, let's be intentional to remind ourselves this is a season to share love, joy and the gift of forgiveness. It's the season to forgive the past and look forward to the future. We will be celebrating Christmas in Nashville with family and look foward to all the opportunities for memory-making!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

 

Gloria

 


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RECIPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Dipped Sugar Cookie Sticks

1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookies (or your homemade recipe)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

8 oz white candy coating (almond bark), cut into pieces (from 20-oz package)

2 tablespoons red, green or white decorator sugar crystals, decors or sprinkles

 

Heat oven to 350°F. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes to soften. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper.

In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Add flour; stir with spoon or hands until well blended. Place cookie dough on cookie sheet; press into 15x8-inch rectangle. With pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut dough into 30 (4x1-inch) sticks (do not separate).

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes. Cut into 30 sticks with pizza cutter or sharp knife. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks, separating into cookie sticks. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, melt candy coating as directed on package. Dip one end of each stick into candy coating; dip or sprinkle with sugar crystals.


 

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A Tennessee "snowstorm", sweet Thanksgiving memories and thanks to you for helping keep the Gospel going!

I have to chuckle, here I am in Tennessee where usually the temperatures are nice and moderate in the 70's.  However, last night, we got a strong "taste" of the cold front that moved through.  The temperature dropped from 64 degrees yesterday to 7 degrees wind chill, and we even were surprised to wake up to a slight dusting of snow.  They have cancelled most of the schools in the area due to the "snowstorm" and as you can see by the picture, this "snowstorm" is certainly not quite like the South Dakota snowstorms we are used to!   I am sure my Midwesterners can find some amusement out of this like I do!

 

 

 

 

 

Regardless, it turned from fall to winter overnight.  The freezing rain that came with the snow is certainly not fun so it is a good idea to stay put.  Again, I am reminded how "tough" we Midwestern people are!  I think of all the farmers, ranchers, construction workers that continue working in cold, blustery and often dangerous conditions because you just do what you have to do!  I don't, however,  miss bundling up the kiddos in their snowsuits in the old bus in order to keep them warm overnight in the freezing temperatures.  I've grown a little soft!  HA!

 

 

 

 

 

With Thanksgiving arriving, we are so thankful for God allowing us the privilege of being in ministry and seeing so many lives changed by being able to share the simple Gospel message this past year and all the years prior! 

 

Larry continues to witness daily to people, one on one, which is certainly his niche!  I love to see him in his element with the twinkle in his eye as he begins to share the Gospel!  He keeps on going and going winning souls for Jesus!

 

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving!  Truly  remember to give thanks that we are free in America ot worship!   

 

As we enter into this Thanksgiving season, I wanted to share this article with you...some favorite memories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD....FOR HE IS GOOD!

 

 

Thanksgiving always brings back memories of my childhood. With a family of 13—there was always a hustle and bustle for Mom and I to get ready for the big day; there was an immense amount of baking to be done. The previous day she would bake white bread, dark bread, wheat bread, dinner rolls, buns, filled bismarcks, donuts, several varieties of pies, cinnamon rolls and bars. The kitchen and dining room looked like a city bakery! The dining room table, the top of the chest freezer, and all the counters in the kitchen and stove were covered with baked goods just waiting to be devoured. You would think it would take a while, but with our large family and guests, it barely made it two days before it was all gone!  Then mom, bless her heart, the day before Thanksgiving would take out a 25 pound or even bigger turkey and begin the preparation process for the oven. She placed it in the oven about midnight on low heat, getting up every two hours to baste it so it would be super moist.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Day would arrive and while the turkey was nesting and roasting in the oven, my dad and brothers would go on their traditional hunting excursion, returning home about 2 PM. The aroma literally sucked them into the house as they returned. The smell of the turkey made their taste buds dance and tested their patience while they waited for mom and I to get the mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing and side dishes completed and on the table. It was always precious to hear the Thanksgiving prayer offered up for God's goodness to us as a large family, for coming into our lives, and as mom would always say "bring us the 'Joys of Salvation'. "

 

 

After the prayer there was an exuberant chant "pass the turkey!!!!" For the next couple hours we sat there eating till we thought we would bust. This would be accompanied by roars of laughter, teasing, and squealing by siblings as we would all tell stories on each other. It was warm. It was close. It was cherished. It was home. It was togetherness.

 


Thanksgiving is different now, as mom and dad are in heaven. The families have grown and have spread out here and there, but we still have the abundant memories of a family who gathered, loved God, depended on God, called on God, believed God for the answers to countless prayers and gave ecstatic thanks over the answers we received for needed miracles! Yes, Lord, we give you thanks this Thanksgiving and every day, for Your goodness to us!

 

Gloria

 


 


CHUCKLE  -  A Little Thanksgiving Humor

May your stuffing be tasty,

May your turkey be plump,

May your potates and gravey

Have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious

And your pies take the prize,

And may your Thanksgiving dinner

Stay off of your thighs!


RECIPE

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

2 cups unsifted flour

3/4 firmly packed brown sugar

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts, divided

1/2 cup margarine or butter, melted

3 eggs, beaten divided

2 teaspoons vanilla, divided

1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened

1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 16-oz can pumpkin or 2 cups fresh pumpkin

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice*

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, 1/2 cup nuts and margarine until crumbly.  Stir in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla; mix well.  Press onto bottom of 15x10 inch jelly roll pan.  Bake 15 minutes.  

Meanwhile, in large mixing bowl, beat cheese until fluffy.  Beat in sweetened condensed milk, remaining eggs, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and remaining vanilla until smooth.  Pour over prepared crust; sprinkle remaining nuts on top.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until set.  Cool to room temperature; cut into bars.  Store in refrigerator.

*If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, an approximate equivalent is 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger and 1/4 tsp cloves.

 

 

 

 

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Checking in from Nashville!

 

Hello from Tennessee! May I add hello from sweltering Tennessee.

It is been up near 100° plus humidity for weeks, and over two months without rain so we no longer have a lawn it looks like a dried up pasture. We are praying for rain here.  

On the other side of this subject I hear that where we move from, and Sisseton South Dakota, they have had rain, rain, rain and more rain - and they are expecting up to 12 inches of snow this weekend, so if I have to weigh it out I'd rather be here ...as snow in October can be a long, long, long winter back there in South Dakota.


We arrived back here from our tour back in the Midwest a week ago, and no grass growing under our feet. As soon as we got home we helped our daughter Ladawn move out of her house so she's been in for seven years so it was a family project to help get her out. It's amazing how much "stuff" we can gather from year to year. It seems like Larry and I have been moving for three years straight. I was joking with him and told him we are to start the "The L &G" moving company!  We are getting pretty good at it but our bodies are starting to feel it.

 

 

 


We have been so busy I forgot to post the actual article I had in our hometown paper about our being inducted into the South Dakota country music Hall of Fame. So here it is:

 

 

September 14th - What a momentous exciting evening!  Larry and I, along with the "Lundstroms" were inducted into South Dakota's Country Music Hall of Fame.  We flew from Nashville, TN, to Minneapolis, MN, and then journeyed onto the little community of South Shore, SD, where the ceremony took place. 

It was so much fun getting back together with several of the Lundstrom's and having a live band that consisted of Leon Lundstrom on drums, LJ Lundstrom on lead guitar, Londa Lundstrom Ramsey on keyboards and vocals, Larissa Lundstrom on vocals,  Wade Johnson (Sisseton) on bass guitar, Albert Svendal (Minneapolis) on steel guitar and Larry and I on lead vocals.  We sang some of the first songs that Lowell Lundstrom had written in the late 50's and 60's.  The Lundstrom's produced almost 70 albums through the years.

Wini Iverson, who was in charge of the induction, informed me that we had been inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame.  The Lundstrom's were nominated by Sherwin Linton, mid-America's country music legend, who has been performing for over 60 years.  Sherwin and his wife, Pam, were close friends of Lowell and Connie Lundstrom through the years. 

 

When we received the information for the inductees, it read, "To be nominated, one must be 70 years or older."  Ouch!  That stung!  I don't mind being 75---I just don't want to see the numbers in print. Ha! Anyway, we were honored, to say the least, to be inducted and to receive the prestigious award.

We are grateful to the Lord for allowing us nearly 60 years to sing the songs about Jesus that changed the Lundstroms' lives and destinies.  Through the combined ministries of Lowell and Larry, there have been over one million recorded decisions made for Christ.  That is the greatest reward yet!

People ask if we are retiring, we plan to slow down, but we are going to keep on keeping on, singing and preaching until we can't!

 

 

What an honor!

 

 

 

 

It was also so nice seeing our granddaughter in Minneapolis for a few hours while we were there for the Lundstrom gathering at The Father's  House.

 

 

 

 

Have a blessed start to your October!

 

 

Gloria

 

 


 

 

 


RECIPE

Snickerdoodle Bars

2 pkg. crescent rolls

8 oz. cream cheese

¾ c. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

 

Pat 1 package rolls in bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Spread on rolls. Top with other package of rolls. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

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September has been full of celebrations thus far! First in Oak Creek, WI, celebrating 40 years of ministry for my brother and his wife, Rev. Jerry & Sherry Brooks. We are so proud of them!

We had so much fun as we were inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame! Having the "Lundstrom's" back together was a true delight!

 

 

Another Milestone!

 

September has been full of excitement and celebrations! 

We were so privileged to be able to share at the banquet honoring my brother and his wife, Pastor Jerry and Sherry, for 40 years of serving at their church, Oak Creek Assembly of God!  We are so proud of them for their total dedication to winning the lost all these years ! 

There are three of the Brooks' siblings that have served in full-time ministry and it was a joy to be all together to celebrate this milestone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 14th---What a momentous exciting evening!  Larry and I, along with the "Lundstroms" were inducted into South Dakota's Country Music Hall of Fame.  We flew from Nashville, TN, to Minneapolis, MN, and then journeyed onto the little community of South Shore, SD, where the ceremony took place. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was so much fun getting back together with several of the Lundstrom's and having a live band that consisted of Leon Lundstrom on drums, LJ Lundstrom on lead guitar, Londa Lundstrom Ramsey on keyboards and vocals, Larissa Lundstrom on vocals,  Wade Johnson (Sisseton) on bass guitar, Albert Svendal (Minneapolis) on steel guitar and Larry and I on lead vocals.  We sang some of the first songs that Lowell Lundstrom had written in the late 50's and 60's.  The Lundstrom's produced almost 70 albums through the years.

 

 

 

Wini Iverson, who was in charge of the induction, informed me that we had been inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame.  The Lundstrom's were nominated by Sherwin Linton, mid-America's country music legend, who has been performing for over 60 years.  Sherwin and his wife, Pam, were close friends of Lowell and Connie Lundstrom through the years. 

 

 

When we received the information for the inductees, it read, "To be nominated, one must be 70 years or older."  Ouch!  That stung!  I don't mind being 75---I just don't want to see the numbers in print.  Anyway, we were honored, to say the least, to be inducted and to receive the prestigious award.

We are grateful to the Lord for allowing us nearly 60 years to sing the songs about Jesus that changed the Lundstroms' lives and destinies.  Through the combined ministries of Lowell and Larry, there have been over one million recorded decisions made for Christ.  That is the greatest reward yet!

People ask if we are retiring, we plan to slow down, but we are going to keep on keeping on, singing and preaching until we can't!

Gloria



RECIPE

Oven Baked Apple Pecan Pancake

3/4 cup pancake mix

1/2 cup milk

3 eggs

1/3 cup sugar

2 large tart, cooking apples, pared and thinly sliced (about 3 cups)

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1 tsp cinnamon

 

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine pancake mix, milk, eggs and one teaspoonful sugar; mix well.  In a skillet, saute' apples in melted butter over medium heat until tender.  Remove from heat.  Transfer apples to glass pie plate and add pecans.  Pour batter over apples and nuts.  Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter.  Cover foil or you can leave open.  Bake at for 10-12 minutes or until pancake is puffed and sugar is melted.  Loosen side of pancake from skillet or pan; cut into wedges.  Serve like a pancake.

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"Look to the Lord and his strength; seek His face always."  Psalm 105:4

 

For almost a week, we have heard the name Hurricane Dorian and it has become synonymous with records breaking and horrific damage.  We have been seeking the Lord, and we ask you to join us that the violent storm would further head into sea and will not make landfall in the U.S.  We rejoice that its path deviated from Florida, but we continue to pray the Lord would direct its path away from the coast.

We also ask that you join us in prayer for the nation of the Bahamas that was hit savagely.  We have had numerous opportunities to minister there and our hearts are saddened by the images we see coming through the news media.  Please pray for our brothers and sisters there that there would be no more loss of life, that recovery would be quick and that the Lord would comfort the brokenhearted and give strength to the weak!

Thank you!  We never underestimate the power of prayer as people join together to see His face!

 

We have a busy few weeks ahead of us and just wanted to share them with you!

 

This weekend, September 8th, we are delighted to join my brother, Jerry, and his wife, Sherry, as they celebrate 40 years of ministry at their church, Oak Creek Assembly of God.  I so appreciate their hearts to serve faithfully, their continued passion to see the lost saved and how they have stayed true to the Lord in their calling.  They are dedicated, passionate and amazing examples of servants to the Lord!

 

 

We will then make our way back to the Sisseton office.  September 13-15, we are excited to be inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame along with the Lundstrom Family.  We are truly delighted to be able to present the Good News through music and give honor to Jesus!  We are so thankful and feel privileged that we have been able to serve the Lord in this manner for over 50 years.  Truly the Lord is good!

 

 

After that delightful weekend, we will have more to celebrate.  We will join Pastor Londa Lundstrom Ramsey along with more of the Lundstrom family to give thanks for five years of ministry at The Father's House.  We praise God that the Gospel continues to go forth!

  

 

 

Please keep us in prayer for strength and safe travels these next few weeks!  Thank you for being there and thank you for being part of our story....because of your faithful prayers and support, we have been able to continue to share the Good News!

 

Gloria

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