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Murray Newsletter - June 2, 2010


New Friends

Amazing Crafts

Wild Games

Lip-smacking Snacks

Swashbuckling Bible Adventures

Incredible Music

At Murray Christian Church

304 W Young St


Murray Presbyterian Church

105 W Main St

Both in Murray, Nebraska

Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 18, 2010

Preschool through kindergarten:  9:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. at MPC

Kindergarten through 6th grade:  9 a.m. - Noon at MCC

For more information, please call either

Pastor Larry Hammons at MCC, 235-2527


Pastor Jeff McDonald at MPC, 235-2754




The Conestoga FFA Officer Team attended Chapter Office Leadership
Training (COLT) in Aurora, Nebraska on May 20-22.  COLT is a conference
to teach FFA chapter officers new ways to better themselves as well as
their FFA chapter in the coming year.

This year’s COLT theme was Launch into Leadership.  At the COLT
conference, seven Conestoga officers “launched” into three days of
workshops, all of which were led by State FFA officers.  The officers
were taught how to be an effective leader and how to plan chapter
events.  Officers also bonded with other FFA chapters through various
games and activities.   Throughout COLT, the Conestoga Officer Team
came up with several new ideas for the chapter’s upcoming year including
the creation of a Conestoga FFA Newsletter.

The Conestoga officers competed in Opening Ceremonies at COLT and
received first place.  Last year’s reporter, Shannon King, also received a
Gold Award for her efforts in the 2009-2010 chapter scrapbook.
Conestoga officers at COLT were President Shannon King, Vice President
Abigail Wehrbein, Sentinel Tanner Miner, Secretary Liz Rice, Treasurer Kate
Nutzman, Parliamentarian Georgia Stawniak, and Reporter Shelby Rohlff.
The next activity for the Conestoga is on June 5.  The chapter is volunteering
at a Physicians Mutual’s company picnic and launching of a new Animal Planet
television show sponsored by Physicians Mutual.

Contributed by
Shelby Rohlff
Conestoga FFA Reporter





















Saturday, June 26, 2010

7:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Plattsmouth High School Football Field & Track

Rain or Shine - if necessary the walk will be moved into the high school

There will be music and games for even the smallest - a bounce house, too!
Bring your tents and sleeping bags and camp out with us under the stars!
A night you're sure to remember!

For additional information: or 402-393-5801

Your 2010 Relay Committee


Mark your calendars so you can plan to go and support the following

teams at these fun events:

Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5, 2010 -
Thundering Herd is sponsoring a garage sale (8 AM to 4 PM - both days) in
Bellevue at 13412 S. 31st Circle.

Friday, June 4 (8 AM to 5 PM) & Saturday, June 5, 2010 (8 AM to 1 PM) -
Kris' Krew is sponsoring a garage sale at 10186 Sydney Lane in
Lakeview Estates (North of Beaver Lake). They will have a $3 Bag Sale from
1 PM to 2 PM on Saturday, June 5th.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 -
LD's Warriors is sponsoring "Rock-N-Race For A Cure" at Rolling Thunder Drag Strip. Gates open at 1 PM and admission is $10 per person.

Friday, June 11, Saturday, June 12 & Sunday, June 13, 2010 -
Thundering Herd is sponsoring a craft booth at Springfield Days.
Hours: Friday - 5 PM to 10 PM - Saturday & Sunday - 8 AM to 4 PM.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 -
Carol's Crusaders is sponsoring their annual Blackjack Run. Sign up is from
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Plattsmouth Keno and the cost is $10 per hand.
Motorcycles and classic cars welcome!

Info about fundraisers - the dates and particulars - can always be found at,  where they will be listed in the left-hand
column at the fundraiser tab.

Thank you for your continued support!







Registration is now open for the 2010 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska. Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler. The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

Fiddle Camp for Beginners is Monday, June 14 - Friday, June 18. This camp includes some of the basics and fun of fiddling, such as performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, and jamming. Fiddling styles include bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Klezmer, old-time, and newly composed tunes by the campers. Movement and singing are included in the experience.

Fiddle Camp for Intermediate/Advanced Fiddlers is Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 16, 2010. Campers will discuss picking tunes for contests, performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, playing for dancers, back-up fiddling, arranging twin fiddle pieces , and jamming. Many fiddling styles will be represented, including original compositions by the campers.

Each day is scheduled from 9 AM - 1 PM. Registration is available on line at

For more information, contact Deborah Greenblatt at







"Happy Paws" Plattsmouth Animal Advocacy Group is participating in
the Buccaneer Bay Garage Sales on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Sales start
at 8 AM to 4 PM.

Since the group does not have a garage we (the volunteers) will be on the
main road (Buccaneer Blvd.) coming into Buccaneer Bay and before the
clubhouse on an open lot. If the wind cooperates we will have our Happy Paws Banner displayed at our site. Please stop by and see what treasures we have to offer (all to benefit the shelter animals, of course).

Speaking of treasures ......... are you familiar with the old saying,  "One man's trash is another man's treasure"?  We are looking for generous people to donate some treasures to our cause. If any of you would like to "find new homes" for some of your items we would love to take it off your hands!  All we ask is that you make arrangements to get it to us at least the day before and that you mark them with appropriate prices.

The coordinators for this fundraiser are Fred & Judy Schlingman. Their phone number is 402-298-8042. Please contact them with any questions and any donations for the sale or the shelter. (Be sure to wish Judy a Happy Birthday too!)

We really appreciate all of your continued support.




are on the calendar on the right side of this page.

Also, see 'Latest Events' list below the calendar.

Scroll across event to see more details.





Southeast Soccer Club will be accepting registrations at:

Murray Christian Church
304 West Young Street
Murray, Ne


Thursday, June 10th, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 24th, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Players are accepted from anywhere, as long as they want to play soccer!

Fall season starts towards the end of August and ends at the end of October.

Registration deadline July 1st

Please bring a copy of player's birth certificate and a small school photo.

Birthday Cut-Off dates:
Players minimum age: 4 years old by August 1st
Players maximum age:  18 years old by August 1st

U5 & U6:   4 and 5 year olds playing  "Micro" soccer in  3 vs 3 - style,
and taught   basic skills, but the main objective is that they have FUN! 
Fee:  $20

U7 - U14 - Players must be 6yrs old by August 1st and can NOT be
older than 13 by August 1st. These are our recreational players and
they will play games in Bellevue, Plattsmouth, Murray, and possibly
Papillion, Springfield, and Nebraska City,  (if enough kids sign up to have a team). 
Fee: $45

ENSA - We are now starting to have some of our younger age groups
play in this league, because it can be more challenging for the kids. It
does require a bigger committment from the kids and parents because
it's possible that games will be played in Elkhorn or Blair and possibly
other outlying communities; and their games may be on weekday evenings. 
ENSA Fee: $55

Registration forms are available on our website at if you would like to mail it to us at the
address on the form.

For more information, contact Fran Cutler by either email or phone, or 235-3170.



Children’s Theater Auditions at Lofte in Manley

Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “King Arthur’s Quest” 
will be held on Monday, June 14, 2010 from 10am to 12pm at the Lofte Community Theatre near Manley.

There are roles for students entering 1st grade through 7th grade.  There is no
cost to participate in this production. Those wishing to audition must arrive by
10am and be prepared to stay for the whole two-hour session.  The first rehearsal
begins 15-30 minutes after auditions. There is no guarantee that everyone
who auditions will be cast in the play. This is a group audition.  No advance
preparation is necessary, but a smile always helps!

The first rehearsal will begin at approximately 12:30pm on Monday, right after
auditions.  Subsequent rehearsals will take place at the Lofte each day that
week (through June 19) from 10am to 2:30pm.  Although not all actors will be
needed at each session, they should make sure they have a clear schedule
for the entire week.  It is important that each child attends ALL rehearsals
required for their role.   A detailed schedule for each child/role will be distributed
after auditions.

The Missoula Children's Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula,
Montana. This year they will work with more than 65,000 children across the globe.  Missoula’s residency week at the Lofte Community Theatre is made possible by Home State Bank of Louisville.

The Lofte will hold two public performances on Saturday, June 19th, 2010.  The first is at 3pm, the second at 6pm.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

More information about “King Arthur’s Quest” can be found on the Lofte’s website,

The Lofte Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization
supported in part by The Cooper Foundation, The Midlands Community Foundation,
and the Cass County Visitors Promotion Committee.  The Lofte Community Theatre
is dedicated to providing opportunities for area residents of all ages to participate
in the creation process and companionship of live theatre in rural Nebraska and to
enjoy the social, artistic, and educational benefits of this art form.


Weeping Water First Christian Church 2010 Concert Series...

continues with an afternoon concert on June 6, Sunday at 1PM featuring
Song Garden's Garden Creek Label Recording Artist Wess Adams.

Relevant, relational, real music that’s easy listening, pleasing to the ear,
with clear lyric that challenges human values & goals. Our Purpose is to
direct the audience to Focus on Our Creator, His Purpose. We are growing
Purpose-Full Posse Members, to “Round-Up the Strays Before the Last Days”!
Our Theme is Cowboy & Western, our musical style is reminiscent of
Gene Autry, Eddy Arnold & Danny Gaither mixing retro in an up-to-date style
that is current in Southern Gospel. In-other-words REAL, content specific lyric
proclaiming Eternal Truths that challenge passive understanding calling for
Purpose-Full Surrender of self and commitment in Faith Trusting wholly in Jesus.
The Legendary , Ben Speer, recognized Wess' abilities, placing him on staff
for Ben Speer's Stamps/Baxter School of Music in Nashville, TN. Wess Adams
is from Nashville TN area.

The concert iwill be after a Potluck at noon with burgers/hotdogs availale.

Free admission and will be located at the First Christian Church, 306 W. H St.
with a love offering taken for the ministry.

For more information contact 402-269-5508.


Otoe County Genealogical Society June Meeting

The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host its June 10th meeting
at the Otoe County Museum of Memories at 366 Poplar Street in
Syracuse, Nebraska, at 7:00 pm.

The society will have a short meeting, and will then be sorting and cataloging
hundreds of 150 year-old criminal and civil case files from the Otoe County
District Courthouse and establishing a searchable database for future
research.  The museum's genealogical reference area will also be open to
anyone who wishes to research his or her family history.

If you need more information, you may email Otoe Genealogical Society @


The CASS COUNTY GOING GREEN Recycle Trailer will be located in the
southwest corner of the Murray Rural Fire Dept.'s parking lot the following dates:

May 29 - June 4
June 12 - 18
July 3 - 9
July 24 - 30
August 14 - 20
September 4 - 10
September 25 - October 1
October 15 - 22
November 6 - 12
November 27 - December 3
December 18 - 24

(The Waste Management recycle bins located behind Town Hall are for
Murray residents only, although Murray residents may also use the
Cass County Recycle Trailer.)


"Heaven Can Wait" Kicks Off Lofte's 34th Season

The Lofte Community Theatre will begin its
34th season with Harry Segall's classic, "Heaven Can Wait."  It is the
story of a loveable prize-fighter, Joe Pendleton whom is snatched into
the afterlife before his time.  In an effort to rectify the situation, his guardian
angel returns Joe to earth in the body of an elderly millionaire. 
"Heaven Can Wait" has all of the ingredients of a lighthearted comedy
while also asking important questions about life and true love.

The original stage play "Heaven Can Wait" has been made into several
movie versions over the years.  The most well-known was the 1978 film
starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie.  The original movie, 1941's
"Here Comes Mr. Jordan"  received two Academy Awards for Original
Story and Best Screenplay.

Directed by Kevin Colbert, the production stars Jamion Biesterfeld of
Louisville in the starring role of Joe Pendleton.  His well-meaning heavenly
guide is played by Bob Pinkerton of Weeping Water.  Other cast members
include Theresa Massoth and Mark Sievering of Murray; Mark Sheldon,
Tim Sorensen and Jeff Johnston of Elmwood; Anna and Levi Stroebel and
Silvia Conley of Omaha; Melinda Mead and David Willingham of Plattsmouth
and Hope and Dave Hibler of Manley.

The production runs May 28-30, June 4-6 and 10-13. Tickets are $16 and
can be purchased by calling the Lofte Box Office at (402) 234-2553 or online
at  Please note that season tickets for all five of the Lofte's
stage productions can still be purchased for $60 through June 13.



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