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‘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 ...

Nick Nurse to headline 24th annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools

SIOUX CITY — The Catholic School Foundation of the Diocese of Sioux City is pleased to announce Nick Nurse as the keynote speaker for the 24th annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools. The event will be held on on Sept. 12 at the Delta Hotels Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska. The ...

First Presbyterian welcomes new associate pastor

Congregants at First Presbyterian Church have been greeted by a new face at the pulpit lately. The Rev. Rebecca Dix, associate pastor for spiritual formation, joined the staff at the church, 1111 Fifth Ave. N., in September. Dix, a native of Aplington, attended Northwestern College in ...

Williamson to perform 15th Christmas concert at St. Paul

A musical holiday tradition will return to Fort Dodge when Christian music singer Jennie Williamson performs Dec. 15 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The free show will begin at 4 p.m. at the church, 400 S. 13th St. ‘‘Every single person is welcome,’’ Williamson said in a phone ...

First Covenant Choir to perform Christmas cantata

The First Covenant Choir, a 40-member group of vocalists at First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, will present its Christmas cantata ‘‘There is a Great Joy Coming’’ this weekend. The performances will be at 5 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 201 Ave. H. Featured ...

Healing the hearts

The Rev. Kendall Meyer, the new head pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge, skipped the dark shirt and collar on a recent day in his office to instead wear a bright blue “Saints” polo shirt along with several strings of blue and gray Mardi Gras beads. It’s not that he ...

‘Music is so universal’

About two years ago, New Covenant Christian Church Worship Director Anna Cummings was sitting around a table with her worship team discussing the idea to introduce an original song into a worship service. In May 2018, the worship team played the song live for the first time. “And then ...

From Rockford to Fort Dodge

After serving the community of Rockford, Illinois, for 15 years, the Rev. Anthony Clerkin was ready to move his family to a more rural area. “We wanted to move somewhere smaller,” Clerkin said. “Rockford is a very dangerous city. Our neighborhood was in a pretty rough area. We ...