Local Religion

Abortion survivor to speak at Holy Trinity, St Mary’s

A woman who survived an abortion as an unborn baby will speak at two area churches on Dec. 2. Melissa Ohden, of Sioux City, survived a saline infusion abortion in 1977 at about seven months gestation. Today she is a pro-life speaker and author. She will be present for a private event for ...

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Capt. Rick Hamelund, of The Salvation Army, holds two Red Kettles that will be used during The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign this winter. The campaign kicks off Nov. 16 and goes through Dec. 23.

Salvation Army prepares for the holiday rush

By PETER KASPARI pkaspari@messengernews.net The Salvation Army in Fort Dodge is looking to make the holiday season a little more cheerful for families and individuals who may not be able to afford it. A number of events are being planned to help raise money and buy presents for low-income ...

Norwegian feast planned at Badger Lutheran Church

BADGER – The Badger Lutheran Church will hold its 110th Norwegian supper from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday at the church, 127 Second Ave. S.E. The menu includes lutefisk, lefse, potatoes with gravy, meatballs, green beans, cranberries, flatbread, gumme, fruit soup, spritz, kringla, ...

Trunk or Treat at United Church of Christ

BELMOND — The United Church of Christ will hold “Trunk or Treat” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the church parking lot. Trick or treat in a fun, safe environment.

Morgans to bring musical message to First Covenant tonight

Gospel music artists Phil and Pam Morgan will perform at 7 p.m. today at First Covenant Church, 201 Ave. H. The performance will be a multimedia presentation combining close family harmony and instrumentals. The couple’s message is summed up in their signature song ‘‘Take a ...

Morgans to bring musical message to First Covenant

Gospel music artists Phil and Pam Morgan will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at First Covenant Church, 201 Ave. H. The show will be a multimedia presentation combining close family harmony and instrumentals, according to an announcement from the church. The couple’s message is summed up in ...

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Dennis Ramthun, left, of Ramthun Trucking, speaks with Ellie Menz, disaster relief coordinator, as they prepare to load a truck of supplies that will travel to Houston, Texas, which was recently hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Dennis Ramthun, left, of Ramthun Trucking, speaks with Ellie Menz, of Lutheran Family Services, as they prepare to load a truck of supplies that will travel to Houston, Texas, which was recently hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Lutherans help with hurricane relief

By PETER KASPARI pkaspari@messengernews.net When Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, Texas, and devastated the city last month, a local group of Lutherans came together to help get survivors the supplies they needed to recover. Iowa District West of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, in ...

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Volunteers from New Covenant Church are shown here from a previous event where they provided free oil changes to widows and single moms with minors living at home.

Help for widows and single moms

Volunteers from New Covenant Church are planning to offer free oil changes to widows and single moms with children living at home. The church is partnering with Fort Dodge Transmission, Laughlin Auto Repair, Advance Auto Parts, Johnston Auto Supply and O’Reilley Auto Parts to offer the ...

-Submitted photo Sgt. Mike Manthorne of the Sioux City Police Department leads the procession of police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel into St. Mary’s Church for a previous Blue Mass celebration.

Special mass set for police, firefighters, EMS personnel

STORM LAKE — Law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and members of the public are invited to a special service to pray for first responders on Monday at St. Mary’s Church in Storm Lake. The third annual Blue Mass will begin at 7 p.m. in the church at 320 ...

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 ...

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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 ...