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Church youth groups bring May Day cheer

By Staff | May 15, 2020

Two Rugby church youth groups spread May Day cheer last Friday when they delivered potted flowers to area residents staying at home.

First Lutheran Church’s Lutheran Youth Organization and St. Therese the Little Flower’s Catholic Youth Organization delivered plants to members of their congregations and community for May Day.

First Lutheran Pastor Sharon Baker said the LYO put together baskets with potted plants supplied by Rugby Greenhouse and added cards from the church’s Sunday school students.

“They’re really cheery now,” Baker said of the baskets of flowers ready for transplant in flower beds.

“We just wanted to remind people in this time that we’re apart, that we’re together in God’s love and who doesn’t smile over flowers?” Baker said.

Baker said the basket delivery “was my idea because back in the day, May Day was sort of a big thing. People would bring baskets and ring doorbells and run. I thought in this time of social distancing, particularly, ringing the doorbell and running is probably a good idea,” Baker said with a laugh.

“We had Sunday school students who made the cards,” Baker said. “The girls that made the cards were Helen Medalen and Addy Westphal and Adella Maus.”

Baker said Mandie Medalen, First Lutheran’s Sunday school superintendent, coordinated the card making efforts.

“They made the cards, which are all very colorful and lovely,” Baker said. “These are our delivery people,” Baker said of the three LYO students putting boxes of flower baskets on a table. “They’re super willing.”

Rugby High School students Anna Johnson and Tesha Sobolik made the May Day deliveries, along with Tesha’s sister, Marnell Sobolik, who attends Ely Elementary School.

The high school students said they would use their own cars to make the deliveries. “We split up (the route through town),” Johnson said. Tesha’s taking one side of town and I’m taking the other side of town.”

“We hope to brighten people’s day up and bring a little cheer,” Tesha Sobolik said. “We’re bringing flowers to people who’ve either had a rough past couple of months or just a rough day, so we’re hoping to brighten up their day a little bit.”

Marnell Sobolik said she was happy to help and get outside for a while.

Baker and the students said the baskets would go to “our church family members.”

Johnson said the group “tries to do service projects often. That’s what LYO is.”

Members of the Catholic Youth Organization met in their church’s north parking lot with potted flowers that evening.

“It’s the month of Mary and blue is the color of Mary, so we’re planting flowers in blue pots. Since it’s May Day, we’re dropping them off at people’s doorsteps,” said CYO member Kiara Larson.

Larson said the flowers would go to “whoever you want – your grandma or a favorite teacher.”

“You can at least brighten up someone’s day,” she added.

CYO member Kimberlee Leier said, “We’re planting (the flowers) in solo cups. Each person will put the plants in a solo cup and write a message on a solo cup and drop them off at a house.”

“For me,” Leier said, “I know a couple of teachers that have been really engaged with me throughout all of this and worked super hard, and this is like an appreciation gesture. I know, for instance, my teacher Mrs. Johnson really loves flowers. But she wasn’t sure the greenhouses were going to be open in order to get them. So I’m going to take this to her.”

CYO Coordinator Lisa Volk divided the work areas up into “stations” to maintain social distancing.

“At each station will be people who’ve been quarantined together, like been in each other’s bubble (to make deliveries),” Leier said.

“Everyone likes to see flowers,” said member Alyson Mundahl. “I know my grandma likes flowers. Her name is Lorraine Mundahl.”

“She’d be really happy to see something like this, I feel. All these people who’ve had to stay inside, they can see something new,” Mundahl added.

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