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Coming up against the culture isn’t always easy. Some people liken it to swimming upstream or going against the tide. Most often, once in the water, it’s just easier to go with the flow so to speak. That is, unless the flow takes us too far out and we don’t even realize the danger we’re in. …

Federated Church, Fergus Falls, is serving as the fiscal host and receiving the much-needed donations needed to operate the community food shelf on an interim basis. “Because the City was able to get the food shelf operating temporarily, new funds are needed to purchase the food,” said Rev. …

We are all adjusting so much in these days. Just think how different life is today than it was even a week ago. Had any of us ever used the phrase “social distancing” before?

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As government and health officials urge Americans to avoid gatherings, with events being canceled and schools closing, churches are working to continue providing services to parishioners during this Lenten season.

Supporting mitigation efforts and protecting our church community, First Lutheran Church leadership has decided to cancel worship service on  Wednesday, March 18.

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The Lenten Fish Fry at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church is a go for Friday evening at 207 North Vine Street in Fergus Falls.

Talking about issues can be beneficial to both the individual and the community they inhabit. Sometimes problems that are in someone’s everyday life go unnoticed for a number of reasons. For young people, things that impact their lives are not as well known by those that can currently make t…

On Sunday, March 15, Otter Tail County attorney Michelle Eldien will speak at the Unitarian Church of Underwood. Eldien says “Mental health and chemical dependency are two areas that affect almost all we do in our office.” Treatment is expensive and involves long term commitment and support …

Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Fergus Falls will continue its long tradition of Lenten Fish Fries. The fish fries are Fridays during Lent beginning Feb. 28 through April 3. 

On Sunday, Feb. 23, documentary artist Nik Nerburn will present his recent research and a selection of photographs from the private collection of Michael Loreno (former owner of The Spot Panini and Wine in Fergus Falls) at the Unitarian Church of Underwood. The collection of photographs was …

The community is invited to a free showing of the family-friendly movie called "Overcomer" about a basketball coach who reluctantly becomes a running coach to a young girl with asthma, and both find themselves on a journey of self-discovery and their true identity. This recent release is get…

Beginning Experience, a support group for divorced, widowed or separated has a 10 week session called “Coping With Life Alone” beginning March 16, 2020. 

Sometimes getting mail can be a good thing. A paycheck, a birthday card or coupons. Other times it is unwanted items like bills, special business offers or credit card offers. And yet other times you receive things that are not anticipated. For Federated Church in Fergus Falls, a postcard wa…

On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Roe v. Wade, stating that women have a right to choose whether or not to have abortions without excessive government restriction. Since then, each year, the March for Life Education and Defense Fund has organized a March for Life in …

Take control of your money with Financial Peace University (FPU)! This nine-lesson course uses biblical wisdom and common sense to help tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you! 

On Sunday, Jan. 19, Anna Wasescha will speak at the Unitarian Church of Underwood on  “The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals” developed by the United Nations.  These global goals are as relevant in our region as they are anywhere in the world. West Central Initiative has a new three-year st…

Lutheran Brethren Seminary’s J-Term will be held at Lutheran Brethren Seminary, 1036 W. Alcott Ave., Fergus Falls, on Monday, Jan. 20 – Wednesday, Jan. 22. There is a great lineup of presentations this year! The discussion on Monday, Jan. 20 is of the biblical (both Old and New Testaments) t…

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.

Be Grace United Methodist’s guest at their 37th annual Christmas Day dinner.  The church is in the midst of preparing for the yearly Christmas Day dinner and would like community members to be a part of the celebration.  What started as a very small event the first year, has now blossomed in…

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 […]

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, […]