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Pope sets up Vatican panel to study female deacons issue

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has set up a panel to study whether women could serve as deacons, a role now reserved to men.The Vatican said Tuesday Francis "after intense prayer and mature reflection" decided to set up the commission, with 12 members - six men and six women - including ...

Local/World Faith Briefs

Ice cream social is Sunday in MinneotaSt. Paul's Church in Minneota will have an ice cream social from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday. Barbecues, coney dogs, pie, ice cream and beverage will be served. Everyone is welcome.City OKs permit for former laundromat to be used as mosqueLEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) - ...

El Paso evangelist sets up drive-thru prayer service

This is an AP Member Exchange shared by the El Paso Times.EL PASO, Texas (AP) - El Paso evangelist T.C. Bryant uses unconventional methods to show God's love for people.For many years, his nonprofit organization, J.C. is Lord Ministries, has raised funds and put up billboards around the city ...

Here’s a Thought for July 22

retired pastor, Grace Life ChurchSafety and unityAnother great helpful verse today spoke to me out of Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. I would like to share some thoughts for us to consider on two important words; safety and unity. ...

Here’s a Thought for July 15

retired pastor, Grace Life ChurchDo we think?This verse really spoke to my heart today. Proverbs 12:18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Then a number of other verses flooded my mind. Verses like Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of ...

Gilbert priest retiring from a higher calling

This is an AP member exchange shared by the Mesabi Daily NewsGILBERT (AP) - When Charles Patrick Flynn was growing up in Ireland, he found a role model in the Catholic priests who mixed with the Irish farmers and showed concern for the common good. The young Flynn soon knew what his calling ...

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Peer ministry support group meets July 25Beginning Experience of SW MN/Marshall, a peer ministry support group for widowed, separated and divorced people, is offering its "Coping With Life Alone" Series for 10 weeks beginning July 25. The Monday night sessions begin at 7 p.m. at the First ...

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Cycle Sunday is July 10 in LambertonThe 12th annual Cycle Sunday is planned for July 10 at Central Park in downtown Lamberton. Cycle Sunday, an event geared for motorcycle riders and their machines, is sponsored by the Lamberton Church of Christ. It is intended to be a non-denominational event ...

First Lutheran confirmation

Photo courtesy of PhotoworksTwenty-seven young men and women were confirmed May 1 at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. Pictured are, from left, front row: The Rev. Julie McCain, Mia Schnaible, Malia Bloemker, Jack Pedersen, Zachary DeVaan, Rebecca Downing, Elizabeth Voit, Nicholas Kayser, ...

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The search for perfectionThe editorial, "In a perfect world . . ." appeared in the Independent, June 18, 2016.First on a list "that paints a picture of a perfect world" was: "In a perfect world, we wouldn't judge men who want to be with another man or women who want to be with another woman. We ...

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Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir to perform MondayA group of about 40 high school singers who make up the 2016 Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota.The concert is free and open to the public.Chosen from applicants from all ...

Here’s a Thought for June 17

Avera Marshall Regional Medical CenterGod is our papa!The year was 1973. I was in my first year of seminary, when I first heard the pop rock setting of the Our Father prayer or popularly known as "The Lord's Prayer" recorded by Sister Janet Mead, a member of the religious order of Sisters of ...

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Ahlers to be ordained to the priesthood for the Catholic Diocese of New UlmDeacon Garrett Ahlers, the son of Richard and Mary Ahlers of Marshall, will be ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend John M. LeVoir, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm, at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at ...

Faith briefs for June 10

CDA to have installation of officers MondayThe Catholic Daughters of the Americas will have installation of new officers at the 5:30 Mass Monday. A priest appreciation potluck will take place after Mass, with a meeting to follow.Community worship service planned Sunday in Milroy City ParkA ...

St. Michael’s First Communion

Submitted photoSt. Michael's Catholic Church in Milroy celebrated First Communion May 1. Pictured are, from left, front: Griffin Zick, Leah Lightfoot, Elijah Lightfoot, Greta Shofner and Noah Kesteloot. Back: the Rev. Robert Mraz and teacher Char Lightfoot.

Christ Evangelical confirmation

Submitted photoThe following young people were confirmed on May 1 at Christ Ev. Lutheran Church.Front: The Rev. Keith Schreiner, Lenei Estrada Palmer, Ashley Mauland, Claire Martinson, Brooke Mauland. Back: Paxton Schultz, Sarah Werner, Kiah Hoflock, Abigail Pullman, Rachel Schwarz.

First Lutheran graduates

Submitted photoFirst Lutheran Church helped 20 seniors celebrate with a senior reception and baccalaureate worship service on May 15.

Here’s a Thought for May 20

Living Word Lutheran ChurchThe phrase, "may you live in interesting times," has never been less true than it is today. Even as many of us know personally someone who has become a victim of terrorism global poverty is in rapid decline.At the same time - in spite of the spread of violence and ...

Local/national faith briefs

Senkyr, Haiar accepted to SPIRITUSThe Southwest Minnesota State University Newman Club and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church announce the acceptance of two of its members to SPIRITUS, Elizabeth Senkyr (Franklin) and Anna Haiar (Sioux Falls, S.D.). SPIRITUS is a Wisconsin-based ministry team whose ...

Here’s a Thought for May 13

Retired pastor of Grace Life ChurchWhat is the will of God in the world today?Would I be foolish to think I could know and convince all what is the will of God in the world today? How quickly and easily we may proclaim to whatever happens that it must be the will of God. Not all that happens in ...