Community Interest

Love was in the Air at New Melle Baptist Church

By Wen Glidden

Nestled just outside of town you’ll find New Melle Baptist Church (4900 W. Hwy. D.)  On the rain drizzled night of February 25 they hosted their third annual Circle of Love banquet honoring many of the heartbeats that make this community tick, the people behind the businesses and churches and their customers.

Church representative Mary Lou Rogers presided over the celebration reminding us all of the small things that make great impact: a restaurant offering the service of a hot meal at the end of a busy day, advice on home improvement or repair, helping hands to provide beauty services, and places of worship to help make sense of it all. 

Over 70 community members filled the themed tables and all were treated to a catered dinner and dessert, live music sing-along, and gift giveaways provided from the honoree area businesses and churches.  Most importantly, new and renewed connections were made that keep us a loving and vibrant community.

Among those in attendance and/or participating in the gift exchange were: The Bavarian Smoke Haus, Bodywise Pilates Studio, Contractors Flooring Supply, Catala Facial Retreat & Boutique, The Red Beauty Salon, Deja Du Hair & Nail Salon, Friedens Peace UCC (Paster Karen Eck), Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (Fr. Tom Miller), On the Go Hauling, Grace Hauling, New Melle Dental, New Melle Sports and Recreation, Piazza Deli & Pizzeria,  Porky Joerling Trucking, The Quarry Wine Garden, Tidd Realty, SEMO Pest Control and Straatmann Feed Store. Members of the New Melle Fire Dept. could not come as they were called out on a call, but when the event was over, New Melle Baptist Church dropped off dinner and desserts to the firemen along with a thank you for their great service to our community.

According to SCORE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), for every dollar you spend at a small business, 67 cents stays in the local community, and a majority of that (44 cents) goes to the small business owner and the wages and benefits of their employees. The benefits don’t stop there, either. Small businesses reinvest 23 cents of every dollar into other local businesses.  Source: 

Roger’s said, “New Melle Baptist church would like to thank all who came to help us recognize and honor all the local businesses who serve us daily in so many different ways.  Please join us on Sundays for 9 a.m. Bible Study and 10:15 a.m. workshop; and /or Wednesday night Prayer and Worship from 6-7 p.m.”

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Some of the business owners who attended (L-R) front: Patrick Straatmann - Straatmann Feed Store; Sheila Sanders - Piazza Deli; 
Carla Brakensiek - Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique; Sarah Hayek - The Red Beauty Salon; Mary Kay Husman and Mitch Kluwe -
Semo Termite and Pest Control. Back: Pam Joerling and Porky Joerling - Tidd Realty and Porky Joerling Trucking;
and Beverly and George Beseda - Bodywise Pilates and Contractors Flooring Supply. 

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Over 70 people attended and enjoyed a delicious buffet and wonderful hospitality.

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Fr. Tom Miller from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church,
Gary Schneider - On The Go and Grace Hauling, and
Patrick Straatmann - Straatmann Feed.
(Pastor Karen Eck from Friedens UCC in the background.)

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Vicky Curriston and Michael Yonovak - The Quarry Wine Garden.

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Mission Director Brent Campbell.

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Mary Lou Rogers - Master of Ceremonies.

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Chareissa Newbold

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Phil Newbold