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10A Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 Feather River Bulletin Transplanted Lutheran minister finds new home warm Minister Susan Anderson Traci Bue Staff Writer tbue@plumasnews.corn Calling the locale of her new congregation and Ameri- can Valley home "warm," the recently arrived pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Quincy is unfazed by the re- gion,s seasonal cold weather and snow. Ordained minister Susan Anderson hails from Wiscom sin where ice hockey, ice fishing and a particular foot- ball game referred to as the "Ice Bowl" are the winter norm. Swapping one winter for another, Anderson accepted a calling in this small moun- tain town, and after a four- day drive with husband John Gunderson and two dogs in tow, all arrived by design, Thanksgiving Day. Anderson.is a graduate of . the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., with a B.A. in social work and an A.A. in nursing. She was ordained in 1992 and has served a pro- gression of six congregations, (three calls, two congrega- tions each). She said Quincy has a lot to offer people in terms of vari- ety and cultures and inhabits "one of the healthiest congre- gations in their Synod," with 140 members. The gentle-voiced minister said the best thing a pastor can do when coming to a new congregation is "listen and visit with as many of her con- gregation as possible to get to know them, what their mis- sion, their values and gifts are," adding, "It takes about a year to get a good sense of the congregation., Andersor agreed that tradi- tional religious texts can thwart the interests of some | :7 ..... .... OVER 72,000 SQ. FT. OF FLOOROVERING, IN STOCK, AT ROBBINS. BUY NOW FOR THE BEST DEAL, AND HAVE INSTALLED NOW OR WHEN THE HOLIDAYS ARE OVER. No job is too big or too small 2830 MAIN STREET, SUSANVILLE [ .257,7788 * cA LIC 448528 modern-day seekers and that the language of Christianity struggles to keep up with the expressions of today's cul- ture, "to keep things relevant, yet maintain the integrity of the gospel," which she said doesn't change. "The gospel calls us to live life that reflects the love of God, to reach out to those less fortunate, to use the gifts God has given us in such a way that more people will come to know their blessings ... and believe in Jesus Christ." When not in the pulpit, the pastor enjoys reading and knitting. During times of in- ner struggle, Anderson said she turns -- where else -- to God's word, particularly Psalms because "that's where God speaks directly to us and there's always something new to read." Because it's a reminder of God's close relationship to man, Psalms 139 is her favorite prayer. ',It speaks to how well God knows us ... recognizing that we are God's creation. We are not unfamiliar to him ... he struggles with us," she said. The new pastor said she is still learning what gifts this congregation has, which will determine its direction, but hopes to follow in the steps of admired fellow pastor Mark Hansen who leads a large church in Chicago with "grace, dignity and integrity." Quake rocks Quincy Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com Had it been a night earlier, residents might have mis- taken the 4.5 earthquake that shook the Quincy area Friday morning at 4:19 a.m. as the sounds of Santa and his reindeer landing on their roofs. As of Monday, Jan. 29, no injuries or damage had been reported. The slow shaking trembler was centered two miles northeast of East Quincy and four miles east-northeast of Quincy, in the vicinity of Carol Lane. The United States Geological Survey Web site classified it as a "light earthquake." The quake was felt throughout Plumas County and as far away as Oakland. By 4:45 a.m. there were 44 reports on the USGS Web site, some from the Sacramento area, with one Susanville responder saying he had light damage with moderate shaking. Earthquakes of this size are often felt, but rarely cause damage. Ten minutes later 225 re- sponses had been recorded at the USGS Web site, including the Oakland one about 175 miles from Quincy. A couple of small after- shocks in the 2.5 range were also noted. By 7 a.m. most of the 340 re- sponses at the USGS Web site were from Quincy, Magalia, Paradise, Nevada City and the Grass Valley area. Three aftershocks were recorded at 4:30 a.m., 4:41 a.m. and 5:12 a.m., decreasing in intensity from 2.6 to 2.0 on the Richter scale. NEW HOMES . GARAGES CARPORTS * REMODELS BASIC IMPROVEMENTS SMALL JOBS I ONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lie. #453927 (s30) z83-xo3s