Local Religion

St. Mark’s to host Revival 2017

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Fort Dodge will be the site of an event today intended to energize the faith of congregation members and others in the community. Revival 2017 is ‘‘an opportunity to gather together local congregations to reawaken and rediscover God’s Holy Spirit at work ...

Rev. Dennis Niles

LifeGate Fellowship to debut in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT – A new church will offer its debut worship service next Saturday in Humboldt. The LifeGate Fellowship service will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the R. Wesley Carlson Auditorium in the Humboldt High School. ‘‘I think people are going to find LifeGate to be a wonderful, refreshing ...

Sonshine Singers to perform fall ministry

The Sonshine Singers will perform its fall ministry beginning at 4 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St.. ‘‘This very popular event, held for the last three years at the middle school, has been so well received by the audience that we will once again provide music ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

The Rev. Jennifer Osheim-Owen, right, visits with Helen Nibel, left, at Friendship Haven, recently. Nibel is a resident at Friendship Haven. Osheim-Owen is the new chaplain there.

Friendship Haven’s new pastor has a ‘listening ear’

By CHAD THOMPSON cthompson@messengernews.net As new chaplain, Jennifer Osheim-Owen is there to listen and support residents at Friendship Haven. “I walk in a room and I don’t want to take your temperature or give you meds,” she said. “I don’t want to do anything other than to ...

Calvary UMC celebrates 150th

STRATFORD — One hundred fifty years ago, a Methodist church was founded in a frontier village called Hooks Point. Though that town is no longer there, the church is still around. What is now Calvary Methodist Church moved as the population shifted into Stratford, and will hold a ...

Ribs, chicken and gospel

Ribs, chicken and pork loin will be on the menu as Second Baptist Church in Fort Dodge celebrates its 130th anniversary on Aug. 11-12. Church Chairman Steve Clayton said everybody can come enjoy music, preaching and celebration over the weekend, or just come for the food. “Spend a ...

Icky’s celebrates reopening today

A center that provides a place for young people to play games and socialize will reopen after donations came in to help fund it. Icky’s Youth Center, 125 N. 27th St., had been open until early June, when a lack of funding caused it to close, according to Caleb Carlson, director of ...

Redenius, Jennifer

Writing with faith in Christ

LAKE CITY — Young adults face a host of exciting and sometimes intimidating challenges when they leave home. Deciding how to live out their faith is one of those challenges. Jennifer Redenius, a Lake City author, tackles that issue in her new book, ‘‘What Now? A College Student’s ...

Westside Church of Christ to hold VBS

Westside Church of Christ, 1132 A St., will be having Vacation Bible School from this Sunday, June 25, through Wednesday, June 28. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. The theme will be “Love Brings You Home,” and members of the Hobbs Street Church in Athens, Alabama, will be ...

FD Salvation Army honored

The food pantry operated by the Salvation Army in Fort Dodge has been honored for its efforts. The food pantry has been inducted into the Food Bank of Iowa Hall of Fame for distributing more than one million pounds of groceries through its partnership with Food Bank of Iowa. The local pantry ...

Jade Green helps orphans in Guatemala

By JOE SUTTER jsutter@messengernews.net The kids at Casa Angelina orphanage in Guatemala have shocking stories to tell. “The kids have all been sexually or physically abused by family members, or they’ve been in prostitution rings,” said Jade Green. Green, a Buena Vista ...

Lord’s Cupboard gave food aid in wake of storm

After an extended power outage forced many Fort Dodge residents to dispose of the contents of their refrigerators and freezers, the Lord’s Cupboard provided vital food supplies. On May 16, Fort Dodge was hit with 70plus mph winds that devastated neighborhoods and left thousands without ...

First Presbyterian welcomes Steinbach

A pianist who performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City will be featured during a Friday evening concert at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge. Richard Steinbach performed his solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall on June 12, 2015. He will be joined at the Fort Dodge concert by Gabriel ...

Lending a hand: Salvation Army calls attention to poverty, works to help

The Salvation Army in Fort Dodge will mark National Salvation Army Week beginning Monday and continuing through May 21. Local members of the organization are joining Salvation Army members from across the United States in asking Americans to learn about the needs of the millions of people ...

Mother to speak at Lifetree

An exclusive filmed interview with the mother of Amish schoolhouse shooter Charles Roberts will be screened at Lifetree Cafe at noon and 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Cana, 18 S. Third St. The program, titled “Amazing Grace,” features an interview with Terri Roberts, who was embraced by the Amish ...

Churdan Catholics to lose Columbkille

For two long months, the Rev. Jeff Schleisman carried around the burden of knowing that St. Brigid Catholic Church in Grand Junction will close for good as a worship site in 2018 after 145 years as an active parish. “I was to remain quiet,” Schleisman said Jan. 13, a day after the diocese ...

Clergy Appreciation Week is Feb. 3-9

In observance of Clergy Appreciation Week, the local Fort Dodge Civitan Club is asking the citizens of the city to say thank you to their ministers for their service and dedication they do. The idea for Clergy Week is to help promote world brotherhood and religious understanding among all ...

Frances Adams has been a member of the CDA for 80 years.

Frances Adams recognized for 80 years in CDA

Frances Adams has been a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Court No. 216, Holy Trinity Parish, since 1936. She is one of 46 life members of Court No. 216 (members for 50 or more years), making her a member for 80 years. She celebrated her 101st birthday in ...

Peters’ nativity collection on display at St. Olaf

-Messenger photos by Chad Thompson Dave Peters, of Fort Dodge, holds up a porcelain nativity scene at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 239 N 11th St., recently. Peters, a former Fort Dodge Senior High math teacher, has been collecting different nativity scene displays for the past five years.