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IOA SUNDAY, JAN. 15,2012 From e one SIDNEY HERALD Community looks to God BY LOUISA BARBEll SIDNEY HERALD In the lasf few weeks, coun- ty residents have experienced a number of trag~lies. Vehi- cle and sports accidents re- sulting in death, a'school bus that caught fire and caused serious injuries, a missing school teacher later con- firmed deadand culminating with the Triangle Nite Club burning down. What is going on? Why is it happening? How~do we make sense of it all? "Stuff just seems like it's piling up here," said Matthew Nelson, Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church youth and worship pastor. "It's just re- minded me again that we re- ally aren't in as much control of things as we think we are." Nelson is one among many pastors and community members, as well as others nationwide now, that are praying for the families who are going through e~otional- ly draining times. And such times can lead otaetg Ques- tion one's faith, cr Peeps wonder, what kill:Of'God, if there is one, would let such things happen. Pastor George Karros of Pella Luther an~ has dealt with a~i~ily crisis, and is per~c~tl~ touched by the eveal~s~hat have recenfly~ ~~zith- in this tight-~c0rtlCri~Tl]ty '~bsolute shock, of course. Numbness," he said of learn- ing of teacher Sherry Arnold's disappearance. '~nd then of ~ wonder- ing what we can do and how can we minister to people." Karres' church, Iike St. Matthew's Catholic Church and Trinity Lutheran LOUISA BARBER I SIDNEY HERALD Sidney youth, from left, Madison Jurgens, Brianna Wilcoxon, Sher- ry Arnold's daughter Holly Papineau and Coffin Moran attended a youth service Wednesday evening at Pella Lutheran Church. Church, organized services Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the former for youth and latter for the pub- lic, specifically for Arnold's coworkers. "Our concern is how to minister," Karres said while preparing Sunday's sermon. "We're trying to be pastors, but also we're hurt- ing ourselves." The pastor was contemplat- ing Psalm 139 during the Her- ald's visit, which speaks of God,s omniscience: " even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you." Karres reflected on the re- action from the community; amazed and yet not sur- prised. "Our services were pretty slim on Sunday as you can imagine," Karres said, "and it was because a lot of our good people are teachers or they felt they had to be there (at the search), and I had to say, ~bsolutely. It's where you needed to be.' "He hoped that as he received "overwhelming support" when he went through per- sonal struggles so have the families that are suffering. "I hope the family's experienc- ing that. They are being prayed for and loved beyond belief, and that's God," he said. Karres likens the last few weeks to how he felt and how the nation reacted after Sept. 11, 2001. And seeing the black clouds of smoke rising from the Triangle took the cake. "We're horrified. We're shocked. We don't know what's coming next," he said. "Why God would allow this, I just have to try to remember what I believe and say I be- lieve it still. Even when we don't see, God is still here. God still loves us." Karres and other pastors have been encouraging their congregations to pray and to reach out to each other to share in groups; students to students, teachers to teach- ers. "We can't do everything, but we can do what we can," he said. "We can pray, we can support those who are on the front lines if we're not on the front lines and be an encour- agement to each other. '~nd just pray Whatever will be, God will be with us." Fire destorys popular spot in Richland County FROM PAGE IA burger, $3.75 for a large T- bone steak and $1.50 for a chicken fried steak. Paladichuk notes the aver- age wage at that time was $1 an hour plus tips. She would work in the dining room until the band started playing. Then she wotl~ S~vVQas a barmaid or sometimes a bar- tender. ~ :~ . ,~ , It was a ~I~:~ter closing at 2 a.m we would have to wash and shine all the bar glasses, so sometimes we didn't get out of there till 3-4 in the morning," Pala~ichuk said. ~ ' ~ Frounfelter added, "I worked like a dog. I would go home and couldn't see. But it was fun, and I enjoyed every minute." She said the Triangle would feature some of the best bands around. "They had live music every night, usually a local band like the Dishon ~io or the Maslowskis," Paladichuk said. "I remember once we had Bobby Bare and a lady had him autograph her bare shoulder. I was just appalled that anyone would do that in public. Wow, how things have changed!" Gedrose commented Satur- day night was the biggest night as far as bands. Unlike nowadays, everybody did a ton of dancing. She said it was a friendly bar and usually few fights. "When you work behind a bar, people get friendly." Paladichuk said most of the customers were ranchers, and there was a family feel- ing between them and the Triangle's employees. Some- times more famous people, however, made a visit to the Triangle. "I remember once when I was serving a bunch of guys from Helena, including Gov. Babcock, and just as I was fill- ing his coffee cup he pushed his chair back and I spilled coffee all over his shoulder," Paladichuk said. "He was very polite about it, but I could have died of embar- rassment." Some visitors, however, couldn't be seen, Olson said. She noted many workers who closed had encounters with "the happy ghost." Olson added, "I don't know if the ghost was from Fort Peck or where she came from." But employees heard noises or saw bar stools or chairs move without any explana- tion. "It usually only happened when one or two people were there," Olson said. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. * 406-433-1402 Home Design Center, 111 S. Central, Sidney Hardware Center, 114 W. Main, Sidney Law officials keep working on case FROM PAGE IA community are in Nancy's and my thoughts and prayers. She will always be remem- bered as a wonderful daugh- ter, mother, wife, teacher and a beloved member of the Sid- ney community." An email from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont said, "Sharla and I are deeply saddened by today's tragic news. Sherry was a beloved member of the Sidney community whose legacy as a mother and a teacher will not be forgotten. Sharla and I have Sherry's family and the entire Sidney community in our thoughts and prayers." Arnold's family called Sher- ry a "go-getter" who was "never late" and many ap- pointments she had she ar- rived ahead of time. A leader, planner, referee, a best friend, beloved daughter; she was a "wonderful wife" and "fantas- tic mother," Gary said. She was strong, he said. She defeated cancer six years ago. "She was a survivor. She came out of the cancer sur- gery 11 and a half hours, and she surprised the doctors. They expected her to have to walk with a brace, and when she said no, she meant no, and she learned how to walk without the brace- and not only walk but jog and run." Area pastors lead residents in the community service. An "exemplary" illustration Her stepdaughter, Cather- ine Arnold, said she's remind- ed of Sherry's attitude when she thinks of her battle with cancer. If one didn't already know, they wouldn't suspect she had cancer. "Because she was always focused on every- body else," she said. '~knd that's how she was, every sin- BILL VANDER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD lord's prayer during Friday's gle day ,She never once A community prayer serv- ice was held Friday night at Sidney High School, a few hours after teachers gather- ing for a private service at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. 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