Local Religion

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.

‘The Other Night I Had A Dream’ release party to be held today

By PETER KASPARI pkaspari@messengernews.net The Rev. David Grindberg is a man of many hats. Not only is he the pastor at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge and not only did he start his own publishing company, but he recently authored his very first children’s ...

‘Feed My Starving Children’ fundraiser gathers community to pack meals

For the second year, hundreds of volunteers are coming together to make sure children in other countries are able to enjoy a meal this holiday season. Feed My Starving Children is a worldwide organization that sends food to places across the globe to help children that don’t have enough ...

King Ringer Handbell concert is Nov. 27

Kick off your Holiday season at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church when it hosts the King Ringer Handbell Ensemble in concert at 4 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the church, 1436 21st Ave. N. The ensemble will perform “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “He is Born”, arranged by John Behnke. A ...

The importance of good liturgical music

The director of music at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City will be a keynote speaker at an upcoming liturgical conference in Fort Dodge.The conference, to be held by Holy Trinity Parish, will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 15 at St. Edmond Catholic School, 801 N. 22nd St. Check-in will start at ...

Stephen Ministry beginning at FDCF

An international ministry that provides one-on-one counseling is starting up at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility in what leaders believe is the first time the ministry has joined up with a prison.Stephen Ministry began more than 30 years ago, according to Stephen Leader Larry Lubinus, of ...

Behm to lead St. Edmond kids to Christ

When the school year began for St. Edmond Catholic Schools last week, students and staff not only welcomed the new school year, but also a new priest for both the school and the parish.The Rev. Patrick Behm joined Holy Trinity Parish as priest and school chaplain for St. Edmond in August.Behm ...

Sonshine Singers Fall Ministry is Sept. 11

The Sonshine Singers will be providing their Fall Ministry at 4 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium.This very popular event, held for the last two years at the Middle School, has been so well received by the audience that we will once again provide music that will stir ...

Behm to lead St. Edmond kids to Christ

When the school year began for St. Edmond Catholic Schools last week, students and staff not only welcomed the new school year, but also a new priest for both the school and the parish.The Rev. Patrick Behm joined Holy Trinity Parish as priest and school chaplain for St. Edmond in August.Behm ...

Trinity UMC blessed with new pastor

The Rev. Dr. Michael D. Blackwell, who was recently hired as lead pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church, knew he wanted to make an impact on people's lives, especially those who were struggling, after learning about Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s.Blackwell was born in Philadelphia in ...

Donut Man featured at Home Fest at First

First Presbyterian Church's celebration next week is all about bringing people "home.''The church will host Home Fest at First with doors opening at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at 1111 Fifth Ave. N.Rob Evans, the Donut Man, will perform at 4 p.m. in a concert especially for 3- to 10-year-olds.The 641 ...

A different kind of VBS

Odds are, when most people think of vacation bible school, they think of something that's exclusively for children.But St. Olaf Lutheran Church is doing something different with their vacation bible school this year.Known as Life University, this year's class will have activities for both ...

‘Blank Pages’ concert is Friday

Northfield Church of Christ presents "Blank Pages" in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday at the church in hopes of bringing the community together. The church is located at 2933 N. 15th St. The event is free.Blank Pages is a Christian pop rock band based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Growing up, Blank ...

Affirming first responders: Church commends police, others after tragedy

Thanks to the chaplain for the Fort Dodge Police Department, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod has passed a resolution in support of police in response to the killing of officers in Dallas July 7.The Rev. Al Henderson said the support has meant a lot to the officers.When it passed, "as quickly ...

Wheels of Hope partners with FDCSD

First Baptist Church in Fort Dodge is partnering with the Fort Dodge Community School District to provide transportation to students for summer school.The church's Wheels of Hope first started in 2013 in conjunction with Upper Des Moines Opportunity to provide transportation to the needy."The ...

A trip to Tanzania

Hanna Lara and Andrea Blocker didn't plan on going to Africa this summer. But when the opportunity came up, they weren't going to turn it down.The teens from Grace Lutheran Church will travel to Matembwe, Tanzania for a three week mission trip beginning July 21. The group includes nine youth ...

Sister Annette George celebrates Golden Jubilee

Sister Annette George, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, of Dubuque, will celebrate her Golden Jubilee (50 years) on June 25, at Mount St. Francis Center in Dubuque.George is the youngest of eight girls born to Albert and Ann George in Fort Dodge, Iowa. After graduation from Briar Cliff ...