Local Religion

The Epiphany

“Going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him.” This passage, from Matthew 2:11, tells of the moment when the divinity of the Christ child was first recognized by the three wise men or magi. It’s a moment that today has become ...

Gray, August, Kerr to sing in Humboldt Christmas show

HUMBOLDT — Three well-known Christian music singers will perform during a Sunday night Christmas concert in Humboldt. The Christmas is Coming Tour features Jason Gray, Chris August and Hannah Kerr. The show begins at 7 p.m. Sunday in the R. Wesley Carlson Auditorium at Humboldt High ...

Christmas Cantata set for First Covenant

The choirs of First Covenant Church will perform the annual Christmas Cantata on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17. The first performance will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 16. The second performance will be at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17. Both performances will be at the church, 201 Ave. H. This year’s Christmas ...

UMC Christmas Cantata Dec. 9-10

The Trinity Singers of Trinity United Methodist Church will present its annual Christmas Cantata. at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 10, at the church, 838 N. 25th St. This year’s Cantata is titled Receive the Babe and will feature the 30-member Trinity Singers as well as various solos by Jason Laird, Roger ...

Statue dedicated at St. Edmond

St. Edmond Catholic School has a new statue on display outside of the school. Ed and Hiedi Touney and family donated the statue, named Mary, Our Lady of Fatima. With the statue will be a permanent plaque that reads: “This statue of Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, is dedicated especially to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...