The seminary planned a surprise event for Dale yesterday in order to recognize his 40 years in the ministry. His mother and aunt came down for this and their excuse for being here was the previous night's performance of the Gospel of Mark. This day was some time in the planning and the past week was the hardest to keep secret. I left at a quarter to 6 yesterday morning to pick up two large sheet cakes from Kruta's in Collinsville. Explaining why I had to head out so early was quite the convoluted story...which he actually believed.
But it went well, he was totally shocked and the morning was lots of fun.
It began at the end of morning chapel with Dr. Kloha calling him to the front to explain what was going on.
Members of his first congregation from the duel parishes of Venedy and New Memphis Illinois came and had their picture taken. Holy Cross in Collinsville had people there as well.
Over to Koburg Hall for cake and other refreshments.
Each of the cakes had the names of places he has been in his 40 years.
Phil Herr from Collinsville spoke
At some point Dale got pretty teary-eyed.
Got me up there for a couple of nice remarks and jokes
A funny fun gift from Paul and Jeanette from Venedy. A box which when you pulled up on the ribbon, one two dollar bill after another came out. She told him she wanted him to see what 40 years looked like, thus...40 two dollar bills all taped together in a roll.
A cute idea.