Local Religion

St. Edmond students honor the Virgin Mary

St. Edmond Catholic School elementary students honored the Virgin Mary Tuesday with a living rosary and May crowning."We're taking our mother, the mother of God into our home and into our hearts," said the Rev. Frank Lona to St. Edmond elementary students. "So it is proper and fitting that we ...

First United Methodist Church celebrates centennial

First United Methodist Church is celebrating the centennial year since the church was dedicated May 3, 1915."We'll have a special service," said Brent Meyers, chair of the worship committee at First United Methodist. "We'll have some reading of the history of the church and we'll have some ...

Gill meets pastor she put through Seminary

Vi Gill never thought she would meet the Rev. C.P. Varghese, who she put through seminary in the 1970s.But Varghese, of Bengaluru, India, visited Gill Tuesday and Wednesday at the Marian Home after the two lost contact for decades."I never thought I would meet him and he never though he would ...

Century-old cross ‘belongs’ in new home

The cross from the steeple at Full Gospel Lighthouse Church, which was demolished in March, now looks over the sanctuary at Lighthouse Ministries."Our older members really appreciate the fact that it's here," said the Rev. John Elkin. "It's part of our history coming here."The cross stands ...

FD church helps in Romania

Members of First Evangelical Free Church visited Romania in March to help mothers and their children live better lives.The Rev. Jon Shields is one of six church members who went on the mission and partnered with River of Life in Romania."It was an experience we won't soon forget," Shields ...

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 ...