Local Religion

A look back: Swedish Evangelical Lutheran

A historic Fort Dodge congregation that began in 1870 recently lost its second parent church building within a year. The recent demolition of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church on the west side of the Des Moines River marked the disappearance of what was originally built as the First Swedish ...

Seven churches unite for Easter service

Seven Fort Dodge churches are worshipping together on Easter Sunday."We want to be able to celebrate the unity that we have," said the Rev. Austin Hill, lead pastor at First Presbyterian Church. "We wanted to celebrate this on the highest holy day of the year and do it together. Our calling in ...

Program provides food around the world

The Fields of Opportunities and Dreams project, based in the Holy Trinity Parish, has finished its 10th year of working with the Foods Resource Bank, a Christian nonprofit food production program.One person who helps with the project is Wayne McMannus."We have a world population 7 billion ...

Good Shepherd offers Lenten twist

Instead of giving up something this Lenten season, members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are giving back.The congregation is doing random acts of kindness each week and anonymously keeping track of what members have done."We asked them to turn in their ideas and keep it anonymous," said the ...

In Clarion, class at church

CLARION - United Presbyterian Church in Clarion is providing an opportunity for residents who don't speak English to learn it.The free class meets weekly on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and is taught by Tamara EnTin, who is also a teacher at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School."There are a lot of ...

Exploring Christianity

St. Olaf Lutheran Church is offering a 10-week course, called Alpha, to give people a safe place to explore Christianity.The program, which starts April 12, will allow people to tackle tough questions such as: Where is God in this world when there is such horrible suffering? said Joseph Daiker, ...

Quilts for hope

EAGLE GROVE - A group of women from Eagle Grove and Vincent churches work together to provide quilts, kits and hope for those in need around the world.Those women, from New Hope Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove and South Enes Lutheran Church in Vincent, distribute the quilts and kits as part of ...

Back to school for the Holy Spirit

Jim McColley has started the path to becoming a minister."It's been something the (Holy) Spirit has been pushing me toward my whole life," said McColley, who has been a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge for 34 years,He started the first class of a three-year seminary program called ...

St. Olaf mission repairs Nicaraguan wells

A group of 10 people from St. Olaf Lutheran Church left Friday to repair wells in Nicaragua.Members of St. Olaf have been doing missions in Nicaragua for 15 years, but this is only the second year they've worked on wells with Living Water International."What we're doing with Living Water is ...

An 18-year path from personal pain

CALLENDER - After a devastating divorce, the Rev. Jon Rollefson turned to a Bible-centered divorce class to help his healing process.While taking DivorceCare, Rollefson, pastor at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Callender, learned how to handle the emotions that come with a divorce.It also ...

Goldfield center holds holiday lock in

GOLDFIELD - Crossroads Youth and Family Center is hosting a New Year's Eve "lock-in" event from Wednesday at 8 p.m. to Thursday at 11 a.m.The event is open to all youths in kindergarten to sixth grade."The kids technically stay up all night, but they usually crash before 2 or 3 in the morning," ...

Prairie Lakes Church takes root

Prairie Lakes Church has sunk its roots in Fort Dodge and plans to bless the community starting Dec. 24 with its Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m.The new church, which also has campuses in Cedar Falls, Grinnell, Osage and Waterloo, has a very simple vision, said the Rev. Kyle Dana, the ...

Algona Presbyterian Adult Choir to perform

ALGONA - Through music and narration the Christmas story will be shared as seen through the eyes of the Judean shepherds when the First Presbyterian Church Adult Choir presents "The Shepherd's Story" at 3 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the church, 101 N. Main St., Algona.During the musical presentation, ...

Grotto named diocesan shrine by bishop

WEST BEND - The Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend was designated a shrine by Bishop Ralph Walker Nickless, of the Diocese of Sioux City, in October."What designating it as a shrine does is it lifts the status of the Grotto," said the Rev. Thomas Hart, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Church ...

Gospel quartet to sing at Callender

CALLENDER - The Brethren gospel quartet will be performing at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 504 James St., Callender.The Brethren consists of three men from Story City and one from Nevada have been together off and on for more than 15 years.The singers are predominantly a ...

St. Mark’s celebrates 120th anniversary

St. Mark's Episcopal Church is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its church building with an Olde English Tea Nov. 8."It's a real watershed moment," the Rev. Richard Graves said. "We are blessed to have a beautiful church. It's one of the real religious architectural jewels of our ...

TLC Quilting benefits hundreds

ALGONA - TLC Quilters for God, a ministry through Trinity Lutheran Church, reaches many, young and old, through their quilts.With as many as 25 members, both women and men, TLC Quilters will again give out 75 quilts this Thanksgiving to the elderly and another 100 quilts to children at ...

New Covenant celebrates 30 years

As part of Project Celebration that commemorates 30 years of ministry in Fort Dodge, members of New Covenant Christian Church will hold a community outreach event on Oct. 18 that features free document shredding and a free lunch.The Rev. Josh Carmody, the church's youth pastor, said the church ...

Former orphanage to be repurposed by LFS

A former orphanage in Fort Dodge will be dedicated as a ministry resource center for Lutheran Family Service.To celebrate this change, Lutheran Family Service will host an Oktoberfest Celebration on Oct. 8.The celebration will include an annual meeting and dedication service to begin at noon; ...

Jive for Five to play at Grace

Jive for Five Brass Quintet and organist Bruce Perry will present a concert at 3 pm, Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. The program will feature works of Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner and J. S. Bach as well as familiar hymn tunes.The concert is a celebration of ...