Messenger Newshttp://www.messengernews.netTop Headlinesen-usTue, 1 Sep 2015 20:36:21 EDTTue, 1 Sep 2015 20:36:21 EDT Covenant to bless backpackshttp://www.messengernews.net school beginning or already in session First Covenant Church will celebrate a blessing of the backpacks at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday during worship hour. All children are encouraged to bring their school backpacks. First Covenant Church is at 201 Ave.Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDTSpecial service for Martens is Sundayhttp://www.messengernews.net Rev. Matthew Martens will retire on Monday from Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. A special worship service followed by a program will be held Sunday to mark his last day. The public is welcome to attend.Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDTGrace Lutheran to hold worship in the park on Sundayhttp://www.messengernews.net Lutheran Church will hold its annual Sunday Worship in the Park at the main shelter at the John. F. Kennedy Memorial Park on Sunday, with worship starting at 9:30. The Rev Matthew Martens will deliver his farewell message.Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDTGood Shepherd Lutheran pastor to retirehttp://www.messengernews.net Shepherd Lutheran Church will honor its retiring pastor the Rev. Lyle Hansen at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 23. Hansen and his family moved to Fort Dodge in 2000 when he became senior pastor at Good Shepherd.Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDTMcGuire Bend to host Ice Cream Socialhttp://www.messengernews.net - The McGuire Bend UB Church annual Ice Cream Social will be Aug. 21 at the Stratford City Park. Serving will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Ice cream, beefburgers, chips, pie, bars and drinks will be available for a freewill offering.Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDT