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St. Paul Lutheran Church – East Friberg located 2 miles north of Weetown on County Highway 43 will be having a hunter’s service on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Craig Palach. Soup, bread and dessert supper will be served starting at 6 p.m. Free-will offering for […]

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The Women of Grace United Methodist Church will hold their annual “Christmas from the Attic” on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This “elegant rummage sale” of gently used Christmas and fall decorations will be held at the church located at 1100 Friberg Ave. in Fergus Falls (near the YMCA). Items are not priced […]

Eagle Lake Lutheran Church, 6 miles south of Battle Lake on Highway 78 and a mile east on County Highway 81, will host a free Election Day stew feed on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 5 – 7 p.m. A free-will offering with donations will be accepted for the Battle Lake Food Shelf and the backpack […]

Grace Lutheran Church in Erhard will be hosting singer Greg Hager Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. as a part of the Grace Concert Series. Hager is a Nashville-produced musician playing western, country, cowboy and gospel songs and has recorded and released seven albums of 100% original music. A free-will offering will be collected and […]

The Lutheran Church has, since her birth, been called ‘the singing church.’ Luther himself had a very high esteem for music and church hymns. “Music is an outstanding gift of God and next to theology.” [What Luther Says, Plass, CPH, p.979] Luther wrote many hymns in German, restoring the music of the church to the […]

Grace Lutheran Church of Erhard, 726 Fergus Avenue, Erhard, will be hosting their 15th annual chicken dinner Saturday, Oct. 26, from 4:30-7 p.m. The menu will include chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, coleslaw, bread, desserts and beverages. A free-will offering will be collected at the event and everyone is welcome to attend.



Singer songwriter Ann Reed will be performing at the Sunday morning service at the Unitarian Church of Underwood on Sunday, Oct. 27. Her message will be around “Gifts of Age”. Ann has been performing for more than 35 years with her rich voice; telling stories from the human experience and sharing songs that find a […]

Once again, Hope Lutheran Church (1309 Stony Brook Road, Fergus Falls) is having its annual fall supper on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5-7 p.m. The menu will include ham, raisin sauce, potatoes, corn, coleslaw and desserts. As well, several quilts and unique items will be available on a silent auction. A free-will […]

Noreen Hautala, a representative of Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), will be speaking at the Unitarian Church of Underwood on Sunday, Oct. 20. Her talk is titled “Whiteness and Reconciliation.” SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working on racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to […]

Augustana Lutheran Church in Elizabeth (201 W. Prairie Ave.) has postponed its annual fall bazaar until Saturday, Oct. 26 due to weather. The bazaar will begin with a bake sale at 8:30 a.m. The lunch and bazaar will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. The lunch will feature vegetable beef dumpling soup, pulled-pork […]

The Catholic Daughters Gummy Bear Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Service Food and after the church services at Our Lady of Victory Church Oct. 12 -13. Gummy Bear candy will be handed out in exchange for a free-will donation. The money collected will go towards an estimated $10,000 […]

The 29th annual Lectureship in Preaching will be held at Lutheran Brethren Seminary, 1036 W. Alcott Ave., Fergus Falls, on Monday, Oct. 7. The speaker will be Rev. Matt Popovits, founder of Matt Popovits Ministries, a resource ministry which offers insightful yet simple answers to the spiritual questions of skeptical people. Popovits is a writer, […]

It has been said before that without its people, a building is merely bricks and mortar.  When you fill a building with people, they become vibrant places from which to come and go, or in the case of Bethlehem Lutheran Church…a place for its ministry to grow. Recently, the congregation completed a $743,077 capital campaign […]

Basswood Baptist of rural Richville would like to invite the public to join them for an evening of music on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. The church will be featuring the gospel group known as Beyond Blue, a four-member country, bluegrass style band consisting of guitar, bass, banjo and mandoline. A free-will offering will […]

Grace Lutheran Church in Erhard will be hosting The Woodpicks Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. The concert is a part of the Grace Concert Series. A free-will offering will be collected with refreshments and fellowship following the concert.

First Lutheran Church, located at 402 S. Court St. in Fergus Falls, will be hosting a pipe organ fundraising concert on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. The original organ was installed in 1924 and rebuilt in 1972. The organ had 27 ranks, 1,870 pipes and two octaves of chimes. When the organ was rebuilt, […]

First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake, 505 W. Holdt St., is hosting a community-wide “Blessing of the Animals” service on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m.  The service will be held outside the church; in the event of bad weather, the service will move inside and only small animals (no horses, cows, goats, donkeys, etc.) […]

On Sept. 22, pianist/composer Larry McDonough and flutist Carol Berquist will present the Sunday morning program “Resistance” at the Unitarian Church of Underwood. As a national expert on landlord and tenant law litigation, McDonough is deeply committed to social justice issues. He helps coordinate Dorsey and Whitney’s award winning pro-bono program which provides free legal […]

Augustana Lutheran Church in Elizabeth (201 W. Prairie Ave.) will be holding their annual fall bazaar Saturday, Oct. 12. The bazaar will begin with a bake sale at 8:30 a.m. The lunch and bazaar will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. The lunch will feature vegetable beef dumpling soup, pulled-pork sandwiches, pie, […]

Sverdrup Lutheran Church, located at 209 Southern Ave. E. in Underwood, will be hosting its annual bazaar Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The theme of the bazaar is “For the Beauty of the Earth.” Bring your family and friends to enjoy morning coffee and breakfast, a delicious lunch topped off with […]

On Sept. 22, at the Unitarian Church of Underwood, Lindsey Peck Scherloum will talk about her project, “The Color of Strength,” which focuses on a community of Somali Bantu refugees in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scherloum is a multidisciplinary artist whose social engagement practice has landed her in relationships with diverse communities and tackling hard topics like […]

Isaiah Bai arrived in the United States in September of 2012 after more than a dozen hours in a plane from Shanghai. He landed in Eugene, Oregon, to attend University of Oregon and major in business. He was 18 years old and had plans to get his degree, work in business and return to Shanghai, […]

St. Paul Lutheran Church, located at 26141 300th St. in rural Fergus Falls, is hosting their fall festival on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Before the festival, there will be a 10 a.m. worship service with Lee Brenna and Friends. Lunch will be available as well as baked goods, produce, games and prizes. […]

A Holy Spirit seminar will be presented at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings this fall. Have you ever wondered about the third person of the Trinity? What should I know about Him? What difference does it make? Have you ever wanted to be comforted and loved? Have you ever […]

As questions arise about immigration in the United States and the best steps that should be taken, one Christian denomination has chosen to declare itself on a national level a sanctuary denomination. On Aug. 7, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), declared itself a sanctuary denomination, committing to supporting and sheltering migrants entering the […]

Column: Guest Column: By Eric Uggerud Sometimes you just know you’re not home. I’ve lived in foreign countries. I remember longing for – among many other things – Taco Bell. There was just nothing like it where I lived! But what about that feeling that you’re never home. On the outside, things could be going […]

Fergus Falls Christian Women’s Club will meet for a continental brunch on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. at the Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA. Music will be by Caleb Larson and our special feature will be Stan Carignan sharing about Habitat for Humanity.  Speaker is Tina Young from Watkins.  Her talk titled “Joyful Living […]

Grace Lutheran Church of Erhard will be hosting Paul and Kara Fladland as a part of their concert series Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will refreshments served after the concert. A free-will offering will also be collected.

The University of Aberdeen, Scotland, has announced that Jacqueline Lee Hall Broen has been awarded a doctorate in theologically-informed environmental ethics. She’s also the most senior female student to have earned a Ph.D. from King’s College, a part of the University of Aberdeen, in 500 years. Broen is the granddaughter-in-law of E.M. Broen, the founder […]

In April, Children of St. Peter, a nonprofit group that helps the poor and underprivileged children and families particularly in the village of San Pedro Las Huertas, Guatemala, spoke at Our Lady of Victory Church. The group was reaching out to the community to help aid in educational costs for these children. Since that speech, […]

The public is invited to a Hymn Sing at the Dalton Opera House in Dalton, on Sunday, Aug. 25 at  6:30 p.m.     Joni Wasberg will lead the hymn sing.   Come for an enjoyable evening singing your favorite hymns!   There is no charge for this event.  There will be ice-cream treats served following.  […]

Recognizing a problem and doing something about it are two different things! Missionaries Dirk and Bobbie Currier will be speaking at Abundant Life Assembly of God on Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Dirk and Bobbie Currier were formerly pastors in Chicago,  for four years and in Perham. For 14 years and are now missionaries overseas […]

The opening service of the 2019-20 academic year for Lutheran Brethren Seminary will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26, at Lutheran Brethren Seminary, 1036 W. Alcott Ave., Fergus Falls. The evening speaker will be Rev. Nick Mundis, director of the North American missions department of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. Following the […]

This fall Hillcrest Lutheran Academy will be seeing a few changes when students return for the 2019-20 year as the school announced a change in curriculum and a new partnership with Morning Son Christian School. The formation of the partnership will be a complete classical continuum of Christian education from prekindergarten through 12th grade. The […]

Tonseth Lutheran Church will hold its annual garbage can supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. The menu includes steamed Polish sausages, steamed garden vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage and rutabagas), corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, creamed cucumbers, desserts and beverages. A free-will offering will be accepted. A portion of the proceeds […]

As summer draws to an end and stores start filling up with school supplies many us will reminisce on the fun had these past months. Between family lake trips and lazy days inside with the air conditioning, summer is always a favorite time of year for most students and adults.    For Ken Desselier these […]

Basswood Baptist Church in Richville (38188th Street) will welcome in the musical stylings of The Garms Family Sunday at 7 p.m. David, Kris, Ben, Taylor, Leesha, Sam, Jayme and Caleb Grams blend their talents, beautiful harmonies and fun personalities to orchestrate a time of worship and joy. The Minnesota family tours full time and presents […]

Come see the Central Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge choir perform songs of hope and tell their stories of redemption and healing at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 26141 300th St. in Fergus Falls, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. For more than 25 years, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to teens […]

Nidaros Lutheran Church WELCA, Clitherall, will be hosting their annual guest night on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. The special guest speaker Kevin Wallevand will be presenting “Stories from the Heartland.” Kevin has been a reporter at WDAY TV since 1983.  He is a native of Vining. His series and documentary work have brought […]

On July 28, Chris Hyslop will speak at the Unitarian Church of Underwood. His topic is “Certain Seeds are Being Sown.” Chris will lead us to consider how ungrounded certainty can lead to unfounded fear. Looking at the last 20 years living and working on conflicts from the Balkans to Myanmar, how can certainty lead […]

On Sunday, July 21, Dr. Marta Adelsman will be speaking at the Unitarian Church of Underwood. She will explain what “Non-violent Communication” is (by its developer, Marshall Rosenberg). How do we unknowingly communicate with violence and how can we enable more peaceful experiences? The presentation will be followed by a free one-hour workshop from 12-1 […]

First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake is excited to again host the Red River Worship Christian music group Friday, July 26 from 7-9 p.m. The church is located at 505 West Holdt Street, or four blocks west of the Dairy Queen on County Highway 83. Red River Worship is a six-piece band that performs at […]

Good Shepherd Church in Fergus Falls will be teaming with Inspiration Point Christian Camp to hold a day camp from Monday, July 29 through Thursday, Aug. 1.  The camp is free and is open to all students entering grades 1–6.  To register, call 218-736-6926 or go to www.goodshepherdlbc.org.  Please register by July 22.

Christian historical romance novelist and local author Kelly Aul will speak at the Fergus Falls Public Library on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. Aul will discuss becoming a published author, her novel “Unspoken Pursuit” and inspiring and teaching others how to make their publishing dreams come true.

The Benson Family Singers will be performing at Grace Lutheran Church in Erhard Wednesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. The Benson Family Singers are a family music group from Faribault. Peter and Rachelle, along with their four sons, David, Aaron, Luke and Paul have a unique ministry consisting of barbershop, bluegrass, and gospel music. Everyone is […]

Column: Theology in the Trenches: By Joni Woelfel I have been musing lately about the twists and turns in life, the roads not taken, the complexities of what could have been, of what is and the role of fate in our lives. I am wondering about the “if only’s,” the “thank God I didn’ts” and the […]

Are you ready to party? Wherever Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans brings its music, the result is a happy, wonderful musical party. This is not the same old New Orleans jazz band. “This is the head turnin’, foot stompin’, hand clappin’, voice shoutin’ and leg dancin’ high-spirited and extremely talented Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans!” Doreen Ketchens […]

On Sunday, June 23 Cedar Walters will speak at the Unitarian Church of Underwood on “There is No ‘Away’: Consumption and Waste from Global and Local Perspectives.” Cedar is the public information and education officer for the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department. She will give an overview of rampant consumerism and the global waste […]

Column: Theology in the Trenches: By Kathleen Kjolhaug My last three columns were about Mary’s Miracle. When I first interviewed Mary, I’d just finished this column the night before not knowing anything about her story. Yes, miracles truly do abound and I was able to gift back to her the very words you are about […]

Calvary Free Lutheran Church will host the Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Choir in a performance on Sunday, June 16, 2019, during their 9:30 a.m. worship service. For more than 25 years, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to teens and adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. They are one of […]

The Kempters, a hand-made family bluegrass gospel band, will perform on Sunday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at Basswood Baptist Church, 38188 340th St., Richville. The group lives in and has a strong following at home in central Alabama. A following not limited to Alabama, but has extended from Dollywood to New England, from South […]

During the month of April, Bethlehem Lutheran’s mission team collected donations for Mahube-OTWA, a community action agency in Fergus Falls. Mahube-OTWA is a private, nonprofit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors representing low income, public and private sectors of the community. They provide services for low income and elderly persons living in Mahnomen, […]

Sam Miltich will present a program exploring the intersections of mental health and creativity through jazz, deepening our understanding of interconnections at the Sunday morning service on June 9 at the Unitarian Church of Underwood. Sam Miltich is a self-taught jazz guitarist raised in the north woods of Minnesota.  He has played from Iron Range […]

In the wake of longtime Comet coach Gregg Preston’s step back from coaching this winter Hillcrest is launching a new training program. In one of his final acts as coach, Preston passed along a final message to Hillcrest students and staff during graduation weekend, highlighting 1 Corinthians 10:31, telling athletes and staff that motivation for […]