Katie Machmer recently passed to glory. Her family has given a book of pencil art to the church – art connected with the history and life of people along the Danube River in Europe. There is a section of art that in German is called – Die Flucht – the fleeing of people from advancing armies in World War Two. One page caught my eye – of a mother with children fleeing, passing by a large crucifix, a cross with Jesus’ body on it. The cross is on an angle, having been damaged by war. And under this shadow of the cross the family are fleeing. This is Katie’s own story – at age 26 fleeing her village in what is now Serbia, fleeing with her two little children in horse drawn wagons – going through 5 countries to eventual safety. That image is stuck in my mind.