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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 ...

Sonshine Singers prepares for final ministry; performances set for this week

The Sonshine Singers is preparing a musical farewell after 20 years of bringing the word of God to the community through song. The group’s final regularly scheduled ministry will be Feb. 14-16 at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St. The Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 performances will ...

AREA CLERGY TO BE HONORED

In observance of Clergy Appreciation Week, the local Ft. Dodge Civitan Club is asking the citizens of the city to say thank you to their ministers for their service and dedication they do. The idea for Clergy Week is to help promote world brotherhood and religious understanding among all ...

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to celebrate Advent season

This December, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 1007 First Ave. S., will again celebrate the Advent season with the inclusion of special music at each of the four Sundays of Advent leading to Christmas. The liturgies will include the following: First Sunday of Advent on Sunday will feature ...

Harvest festival to return to St. Thomas Aquinas

WEBSTER CITY — St. Thomas Aquinas will host their annual fall-themed function with the Harvest Festival this upcoming Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., located at 1000 Des Moines St. in Webster City. The church had hosted the Harvest Festival back in 2013, but had done other smaller ...

Harvest Homecoming:

When Pastor Marvin Smith was first asked to move to Fort Dodge and lead what became today’s Harvest Baptist Church, he said no. Within a week, he changed his mind. He and his family moved to Fort Dodge and he started as pastor on the last Sunday of October 1993. The congregation will ...

Local church and businesses team up to help single moms, widows

New Covenant Church together with Fort Dodge Transmission, Laughlin Auto Repair, Advance Auto Parts, and O’Reilley Auto Parts are teaming together for a free oil change for widows and single moms with minors still living at home. This is an event that New Covenant has been involved in since ...

A new calling

The Rev. Nathan Peitsch, associate pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church since 2010 — is answering a new calling — he’s leaving to become the pastor at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran in Ute. Aug. 12 will be his official last day in Fort Dodge. Peitsch has enjoyed his time with St. ...

Three Bridges gospel group to perform in Fort Dodge tonight

Three Bridges, a trio noted for blending two distinct gospel music styles, will perform in Fort Dodge tonight. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in First Covenant Church, 201 Ave. H. The church is located north of Iowa Central Community College on U.S. Highway 169. A freewill offering will ...

Area residents attend Missionary League convention at Camp Okoboji

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of Iowa West District held its 38th biennial convention June 28-30 at Camp Okoboji in Milford. More than 350 people attended. The theme for the gathering was ‘‘On Christ the solid rock I stand,’’ based on the gospel of Matthew, chapter seven, ...

Fort Dodge couples lead fundraising dinner for Catholic schools

Two Fort Dodge couples have been named the 2018 chair couples for the 22nd annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools, according to an announcement from the Diocese of Sioux City. They are Dan and Roxanne Flattery and Dave and Debbie Flattery. Dan and Dave Flattery are ...

‘I absolutely believe the Lord sent him to me’

A troubled past and the help of a police officer led the Rev. James Rogers to where he is today — serving as a pastor at Westside Church of Christ in Fort Dodge, 1132 A St. “It was 32 years ago, a police officer that led me onto the road of recovery and became a very dear friend,” ...

Durand called to serve in Van Meter

For the Rev. Edward Durand, leaving Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge is bittersweet, not only because he’ll miss his congregation, but because it was also his very first congregation as a pastor. Durand, who has served as Prince of Peace’s pastor since the summer of 2009, ...

One Night Music Circus

High energy, chart-topping Christian artists will pitch their tent in town next week for an evening of family entertainment. The 1 Night Music Circus, at Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus April 14, will feature the Grammy nominated Sanctus Real, along with Juno ...