Local Religion

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 ...

Kahl joins Grace Lutheran as pastor

Parishioners at Grace Lutheran Church will be welcoming a new pastor to their congregation Sunday when the Rev. Dan Kahl will be installed at a festival worship service.The service will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 211 S. Ninth St.Kahl is the 10th pastor at Grace Lutheran.He said he has ...

First Covenant to host The Browns

First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge is pleased to present National Recording Artists and Acclaimed/Award Winning Gospel Family The Browns on Tuesday night, June 14 with events beginning at 6 p.m.Since June 14 is Flag Day we will begin with a sing-a-long with the First Covenant Praise Team at ...

Churches plan Sunrise Service

Seven local churches are working together to host a Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday, March 27.This is the second year the churches have offered the service, according to the Rev. David Grindberg, of St. Olaf Lutheran Church."I think it just came out of some conversations between the pastors of ...

Thackery to be installed Sunday

The Rev. Nicholas Thackery, a pastor of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod recently accepted the call as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and will be installed at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the church.Thackery started out his academic career which led to his ordination through North Iowa ...

Bruce Perry to perform at Grace Lutheran

Grace Lutheran Church will celebrate Bruce Perry's 25th anniversary of music making as Jive for Five Brass Quintet joins organist and pianist Perry in concert at 3 p.m., Feb. 14 at the church, 211 S. Ninth St.. The combination of brass and the king of instruments will provide a festive ...

Crew brings options to youth ministry

Starting Sunday evening, members of the community will be able to try a new worship experience at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge.The informal services are called Crew.Instead of traditional worship service, or even a contemporary service, the Crew service will feature a variety of ...

Compassionate Friends of Fort Dodge remembering the lost

The death of a child is devastating and it's important to the family that the child always be remembered. That's why members The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of Fort Dodge will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have ...

Coming together to feed the hungry

An investment in a child is an investment in the future.For children in poor and developing countries, the future isn't always a sure bet, especially when they're starving and can't get enough to eat.However, people here can invest a bit of time or a few coins to give those children a chance ...

Badger Lutheran welcomes new pastor

BADGER - The new pastor at Badger Lutheran Church spent three years living in Guam before he began pastoring churches in the U.S.But he wasn't there on a religious trip, or as a missionary. Before being called to the ministry, the Rev. Scott Meier worked as a professional entomologist - ...

Callendar church hosts Dominick Cox

CALLENDER - Christian recording artist Dominick Cox, of Nashville, will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Callender.Cox is a solo artist and speaker who, under the name of Driven 11, performs with a variety of artists and bands from across the United States as he ...

Changing hands

A black shroud covers the pulpit at Emmanuel Baptist Church.The congregation's pastor of 31 years, the Rev. Jack E. Thompkins, died in August. The shroud in his honor will remain until Sunday, when the church installs his chosen successor - his wife, the Rev. Pamela Thompkins."Before he passed ...

Kossuth County churches merge

ALGONA - The Presbyterian churches in Algona, Irvington and Lone Rock have been trying something new.In celebration of one month of bringing the three churches together under one leadership structure in a unique way, a special service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lone Rock Presbyterian ...