Faith

Here’s A Thought for Jan. 5

‘What do you mean by ‘epiphany,’ exactly?’ “Epiphany,” when it’s capitalized, is the name of the major celebration within Christendom of the three wise men or Magi coming to see the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. This is usually celebrated on Jan. 6, which in the Western church ...

Finding her calling

MARSHALL — The Rev. Anne Veldhuisen of Christ United Presbyterian Church believes that being a minister is her calling and the fact that she is a woman has never been a stumbling block for her. Veldhuisen became the pastor at Christ United Presbyterian Church In January 2015. In 2014, her ...

Here’s A Thought for Dec. 29

The choice Once upon a time the gods gathered for their regular assessment of humanity. It was determined that the human race had become unnecessarily encumbered with too many things to think over, much to worry about and even more to plan. The accomplishment of tasks was decreasing rapidly ...

Here’s A Thought for Dec. 22

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a Christmas song recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby. Originally written to honor soldiers overseas who longed to be home at Christmastime. This song is sung from the point of view of a soldier stationed overseas during World War II, writing a letter to his ...

Churches cooperate to support parishioner in need

MARSHALL — It was a miracle in the making, according to organizers. The fundraiser for Antonio “Tony” Rodriguez was a success because two churches worked together on it. Event organizer Patty Ebnet was at the hub of communication as plans fell into place for the Nov. 18 event held at ...

Here’s a Thought for Dec. 8

“Christ Jesus, His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose wounds we are healed.” (I Peter 2:24) It was during the Christmastide of 1975 in East Germany, that I took notice that the Christmas trees both in ...

Faith Briefs for Dec. 8

Cookie walk Saturday at Holy Redeemer Holy Redeemer CCW’s cookie walk will be at 9 a.m. in Carlin Hall at Holy Redeemer Church. New buckets are $12, or bring in your old bucket and pay $10. You pick the cookies to fill the bucket with. The event includes a visit from Santa, crafts and more. ...

Here’s A Thought for Dec. 1

“Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus Come!” (Revelations 22:20) This is the Christian’s ultimate prayer, the final longing that we hear in the Bible. Interestingly, in fact all of creation joins this chorus of waiting and longing — “The whole creation has been groaning in travail together ...

Local/National Faith Briefs

Cookie walk is Saturday at St. Stephen St. Stephen Lutheran Church of Marshall (1301 S. 4th  St.) will be hosting its annual  cookie walk from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. There will be a  variety of Christmas cookies, bars and candies — your choice — sold by the pound. Kids can enjoy the craft ...

Here’s A Thought for Nov. 20

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 118:1 What’s your favorite Thanksgiving song? Do you have one? With the celebration of our national Thanksgiving Day this week, many people in churches, schools, and other events will sing the traditional harvest song, ...

Here’s A Thought for Nov. 17

“Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”— Jesus in Matthew 10:16 Someday there will be no more violence and no more tears as “sorrow and mourning shall fly away.” (Isaiah 51:11); there will be a day. Since there is no tomorrow in heaven, “someday” on earth will have to ...

Faith Briefs for Nov. 17

Thanksgiving meal offered at Bethel Fellowship in Minneota Bethel Fellowship invites the public to a free community lunch at noon Thanksgiving Day at Bethel Fellowship in Minneota. Pancake breakfast raises funds to Camp Foley Camp Foley pancake breakfast is from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Dec. 3, ...

Radiant Life Church hosts Operation Christmas Child

MARSHALL — The gift boxes are out and ready to be filled. Many area churches and youth groups are preparing special gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child. “Last year, the gifts went to tropical countries all around the world,” Radiant Life Relay Center Coordinator Pat Heck said. ...

Here’s a Thought for Nov. 10

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the world celebrated! Why? Because World War I was over. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation to celebrate Armistice Day ...

Faith Briefs for Nov. 10

CDA to meet Monday The Catholic Daughters of America will meet Monday at Hill Street Place following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. A light lunch, co-chaired by Mary Pat Middleton and Yvonne Girard, will take place followed by a meeting and a drawing for free dues. There will be kits available for ...

Area clergy recognized at Legacy Luncheon

MARSHALL — The Marshall Area Legacy Foundation paid tribute to all the area church pastors Monday at a luncheon with special entertainment held at the YMCA in Marshall. “Pastors are the lamplighters of the world,” master of ceremonies John Drown said. He asked all the pastors in ...

Faith Briefs for Oct. 27

Holy Redeemer Faith Formation students selling wreaths, garlands Holy Redeemer Faith Formation students are selling balsam fir wreaths, garland, crosses, arches, swags, candy canes and mailbox huggies. Pre-orders are being taken now and the greenery will arrive the week of Nov. 17. To place ...

Here’s a Thought for Oct. 27

What does repentance mean to you? “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Our sisters and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church believe that sacramental confession requires three “acts” on the part of the penitent: contrition ...

Being passionate and compassionate are Christian

Many of the local Christian churches use contemporary music, with loud music, and their congregations almost dance during the services, showing how they are moved holistically by the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t until the winter of 2015-16, that I had started studying various aspects of the way ...

Martin Luther 500th anniversary to be highlighted

Starting Oct. 27 the Marshall Seventh-day Adventist Church will study what the Bible has to say about Christianity’s future. A documentary-style series, “A Pale Horse Rides,” hosted by Voice of Prophecy speaker/director Shawn Boonstra, takes a Bible-based approach. Boonstra recently ...