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Local Religion

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 ...

Fort Dodge pastors offer hope, reassurance

Wow. What could possibly be said? As a fellow pastor, on my way home from our own Wednesday evening church programs, I was shocked when I heard the tragic news of what happened to the Rev. Al Henderson. How could something like this happen in our town? At a church, no less? It could have ...

Candis Streit

St. Edmond second-grade teacher to be honored

A veteran second-grade teacher at St. Edmond Elementary School will be honored on Sunday by the Diocese of Sioux City. Candis Streit will receive the Excellence in Education Award at the Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools. She is in her 33rd year of teaching second ...

Former St. Edmond leader Walsh to get diocese honor

The Rev. Patrick Walsh, who led Catholic schools in Fort Dodge for about 10 years, will be honored by the Diocese of Sioux City later this month. Walsh will receive the Clergy Award at the Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools on Sept. 22.. He became president of St. Edmond High School ...

UNIFIED, an experience

There’s a long list of local churches and faith groups that will be participating in the Aug. 20 UNIFIED Worship Experience at Iowa Central Community College. During the evening, students will be able to learn about the churches and groups, enjoy a worship event with everyone and maybe ...

New to the collar, new to Fort Dodge

The Rev. Kristine Leaman, the new priest at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Fort Dodge, came to her calling later in life after serving in a completely different capacity. “I was a psychiatric nurse,” Leaman said. “Which I was for a million years, give or take.” Towards the end ...

First female bishop of Western Iowa Synod to be installed

SIOUX CITY — Bishop Lorna H. Halaas, the first female bishop in the 31-year history of the Western Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will be installed during a formal ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 at First Lutheran Church, 3939 Cheyenne Blvd., Sioux ...

Holy Trinity Parish welcomes new priest

The Rev. Brian Feller, the new priest at Holy Trinity Parish in Fort Dodge, thought about being a priest from a young age. But after his roundabout journey to priesthood, he doesn’t pretend to know the future. That includes why God brought him to Webster County, where the bishop assigned ...

Ordained

WEBSTER CITY — It was a special day at Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City on March 10. Not only did the congregation welcome a new associate pastor, but also had the opportunity to witness her ordination. The Rev. Gina Sterk will serve Trinity in addition to South Enes Lutheran ...