June Fundraising Dinner in Minnesota!
The Spirit was moving at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center fundraiser at St. Michael’s church in Roseville, Minnesota on June 4. Months of event planning by the Northern Wings Committee of Spirit in the Desert came to fruition in the form of lively conversations among supporters during the consuming of delicious beverages and appetizers preceding the buffet dinner. Dinner was followed by singing and a presentation by a panel of Spirit in the Desert veteran retreatants who spoke about their rich experiences at Spirit over a period of many years.
Bob Zaske from our incredible Northern Wings Committee also provided general background remarks and silent auction procedures for eager auction bidders. Auction items ranged from concert and travel experiences to beautiful textiles.
Executive Director, Richard Andersen, brought updates from the desert through his recollections regarding some of the many organizations that are hosted by Spirit in the Desert each year. Richard observed that not only Lutherans and Lutheran churches are finding their ways to Spirit. A growing number of other denominations are also finding a home at Spirit for their church activities. Spirit in the Desert is increasingly becoming the home of military veteran service organizations serving victims of PTSD as well a key location for the international organization, Institute for Healing of Memories, which was spawned in South Africa during the time of the anti-apartheid movement and addresses peace and justice issues world-wide.
Richard expressed deep gratitude to Spirit’s donors and supporters who consistently support the important spiritual mission of Spirit in the Desert. The Holy Spirit was acknowledged and thanked for guidance and for playing an unceasing transformational part in all of the work performed at Spirit in the Desert. We bade farewells and gave thanks to retiring board members, Tammy Devine and David Tiede. A highlight of the evening’s close was the reading by Jean Larson of her original poem regarding her personal discovery of Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center and the meaning that her visit to Spirit has had for her.