Local Religion

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 ...

‘Witnesses’ comes to Callender

CALLENDER - The worship drama, "Witnesses" will be performed at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church at 4 p.m. Oct. 12.The one-man play, written by Curt Cloninger, features professional actor and speaker Jonathan P. Swenson.Swenson portrays eight characters (historical and imagined) as each responds ...

St. Paul to mark Henderson’s years of service

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 400 S. 13th St., is celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of its pastor's ordination on Sunday.A program has been set to celebrate Allen Henderson's 25 years of service after the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday.Looking back on his years, Henderson remembers the ...

Community Choir to lead prayer vigil today

The Fort Dodge Community Choir will host a prayer vigil for the American pastor Saeed Abedini who has been imprisoned in Iran for the past two years. The event is at 3 p.m. today at Coppin Chapel A.M.E. Church, 329 First Ave. S.The choir was featured at a prayer vigil for Abedini on Friday at ...

Pedals, Pipes and Pie set

First United Methodist Church will host Rodney Barbour in an organ performance entitled "Pedals, Pipes, and Pie" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 127 N. 10th St.A reception with homemade pie, coffee and beverages will follow the concert. There is no charge, and a freewill offering will be ...

Building a web-based Bible study

George Wilkins wants to lead a Bible study that lets people react to the scripture and give their own testimony. To do that, he's learning how to create a website from scratch.Wilkins said his site, www.4thebelievers.com, is in the final stages and will go live in three or four weeks.It will ...

First Presbyterian to host Guatemala liaison

First Presbyterian Church will host Amanda Craft, currently a church liaison officer between the Presbyterian Church, United States, Guatemala and Mexico Friday through Sept. 21.She served for six years as a mission co-worker in Guatemala and also worked with the denomination's Young Adult ...

Minikis brings music ministry to Callender

CALLENDER - Andrea Minikis has recently joined Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Callender as director of music ministries.The newly established position entails orchestrating music for both weekly and special services. Minikis has experience in the fields of music ministry involving adults and ...

Algona church sets senior seminar

ALGONA - The First Presbyterian Church of Algona will be hosting its fourth annual Super Seminar For Seniors on Sept. 25 at the church, 101 N. Main St. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:45 a.m.The event, designed to share pertinent information of interest to ...