Unfortunately, this event has been postponed. We will be rescheduling soon.
Spring is here, unfortunately causing lots of water and damage. I sit on sandy soil so house and hubby are high and dry. Other people and places–less so. And I am taking a trip to southern Minnesota–where lots of snow and rain have made life uncomfortable for so many. Hopefully, this melt will slow down soon, floods will recede, and white, yellow, and lavender-blue wood-sorrel will sprout on the Midwest prairies.
As I said, I am heading south over the weekend of April 6-7. Many of you remember that I earned a grant from the United Methodist Church’s General Commission on Archives and History to research and write about the life of one of my minister’s, Reverend Mary MacNicholl. She served almost entirely in Minnesota from 1950-1971.
I’ve learned so much about this woman. As a child living in Merchantville, New Jersey, Mary MacNicholl felt an early call to become a minister, and told her kindergarten teacher her plans. We have no idea what her teacher might have thought or said to her; it was the early 1920’s, women just received the vote, and many became hopeful for their futures. Yet, if the woman tried to discourage her, Mary stood fast to her goals and let nothing dissuade her. Truth be told, Miss Mac seldom swerved on her path, even if she had to side-track around a few boulders to get where she needed to go.
I am bringing the story of Reverend Mary MacNicholl’s story back to one of the churches, the Wykoff United Methodist, where she first preached in Minnesota in the 1950’s and where she became the first ordained woman minister of the Methodist faith in 1958 in Minnesota The woman minister’s courage, strength, endurance, perseverance, and quality of character impressed many. Just as important, Reverend Mary MacNicholl, Miss Mac, Miss Mary, Mary Mac–paved a path for so many to follow.
If you are in the area, come and learn about this inspirational woman.
Wykoff United Methodist Church, Wykoff, Minnesota.
April 7 at 10 a.m.
I’ll be posting again soon. I have a big event in St. Cloud at the Convention Center the last weekend in April. More to come.