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Local Religion

St. Paul to hold prayer vigil before trial

The congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church is inviting the Fort Dodge community to join it in prayer Sunday as the trial of the man accused of killing the Rev. Al Henderson nears. ‘‘We want to be able to take the opportunity to provide support for the families and the ...

Holy Trinity Parish receives legacy gift

Holy Trinity Parish was the recent recipient of a legacy gift from the late Randy L. Durschmidt, of Fort Dodge. In 2016, Mr. Durschmidt established The Randall L. Durschmidt Charitable Remainder Unitrust with Holy Trinity Parish Foundation as the sole beneficiary. Upon his death in December of ...

Black history runs deep at Second Baptist

Black inventors played key roles in developing things like the elevator, open heart surgery and the cell phone. Charlene Washington, of Fort Dodge, will talk about some of those famous inventions during a virtual Black History Service on Sunday hosted by Second Baptist Church. The service ...

Drive-thru pancakes

Pancakes, butter and syrup have always been part of the Shrove Tuesday tradition for the Episcopal Church, according to the Rev. Kistine Leaman. Shrove Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. “It is a tradition in the Episcopal Church to have ...

Silent night

HOLSTEIN — Stepping into the Battle Center Church is a spiritual experience in more ways than one. The past permeates this space, where there’s no electricity, plumbing or climate-control system. No regular services have been held in this small, white, wooden building southwest of ...

Reception planned for Musselman

The congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge will mark the upcoming retirement of its longtime secretary and administrative assistant, Karen Musselman, with a drive-by reception Sunday afternoon. The reception will begin at 2 p.m. at the church, 1436 21st Ave. N. The ...

Lighthouse Ministries to mark 50 years

The congregation of Lighthouse Ministries in Fort Dodge will celebrate their church’s 50th anniversary on Sunday with a special service. The date holds significance for church members because it was the birthday of the first pastor, the late Rev. Kenneth Fogelman. The service will be ...

‘Outcast Catholic’ — diocesan podcast launched

Two priests of the Diocese of Sioux City, the Rev. Shane Deman and the Rev. Travis Crotty, have launched a new weekly podcast, “Outcast Catholic,” to reach those who may feel outcast or to those who may feel that the Catholic Church is no longer relevant, or outcast. Deman, director of ...

Hill starts as Fort Dodge Police Department chaplain

As the lead pastor at First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. Austin Hill, along with the rest of the staff, has made it a priority to invest in the greater Fort Dodge community over the past several years. In fact, part of the job description for the staff now includes spending at least 10% ...

St. Paul welcomes new associate pastor

The Rev. Jonathan Jahnke knew when he was just a kid that he wanted to share the love of God with others. His father, who had grown up as a farm boy, has been a pastor for more than 30 years. Growing up in West Fargo, North Dakota, Jahnke watched his dad preach at the pulpit every Sunday ...

Trinity United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor

Trinity United Methodist Church welcomed pastor Jena Finch-Manchester on Wednesday. And while many avoid switching jobs or relocating during a pandemic, the Rev. Finch-Manchester has taken it in stride at a unique time as ministers navigate their changing pastoral roles. In formal ...

Holy Trinity hosting virtual vacation Bible school

Holy Trinity Catholic Parish is kicking off an alternative vacation Bible school program next week. Due to concerns over COVID-19, Holy Trinity will be hosting a virtual VBS for kids in grades preschool through third grade. “Adventures in Church” is the theme for this year’s VBS, and ...

Sidewalk Communion in Webster City

WEBSTER CITY — It’s been challenging for churches and worship communities during the pandemic restrictions. Worship services, circle meetings, choir practices, youth group outings and other familiar segments of spiritual life were put on hold amid government restrictions. Churches had ...

Catholic masses still on hold in Sioux City Diocese

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have decided to continue to suspend public masses because of the COVID-19 pandemuc. They issued this statement on Tuesday explaining the situation: Our Dear People: Since the ...

Shepherding the congregation during the coronavirus pandemic

Sunday begins the start of Holy Week, a special time in Christianity that typically attracts the biggest crowds of the year to churches around the world. That will look much different this year due to COVID-19. Monsignor Kevin C. McCoy, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish of Webster County, has ...

Hill serves Fort Dodge Fire Department as chaplain

When the Rev. Al Henderson died last fall, his absence left a gap at the Fort Dodge Fire Department. Henderson, the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, had been the chaplain for the Fire Department, as well as the chaplain for the Fort Dodge Police Department and the Webster County ...

Webster County EMA to host church safety seminar

Webster County Emergency Management will host a safety seminar for county churches and faith-based organizations on March 28. Information at this session will be focused on safety measures, response plans, evacuation routes and overviews of nationwide safety protocol programs in use across ...

Women’s conference to be held at Lizard Creek Ranch

Fort Dodge area churches and Kinship Christian Radio will be co-sponsoring the Refresh Women’s Conference on Feb. 29 at Lizard Creek Ranch & Conference Center, 1762 Johnson Ave. The conference will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and lunch will be served. “It’s basically to ...

Pastor Em comes to St. Olaf

The Rev. Emily Sauer, the new pastor at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, usually goes by a less formal name. It’s even on her desk, spelled out in Scrabble letters glued to a Scrabble tile holder that welcomes visitors to her office. “Pastor Em” the little sign reads. She wasn’t ...