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Faith Briefs for Sept. 21

Alzheimer’s informational meeting at Christ Lutheran Church Christ Lutheran Church will offer a presentation that provides information that families and friends will want to know as they care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. The event titled: “It’s Alzheimer’s — It’s ...

The Rev. Mark Steffl returns to area to serve Holy Redeemer parish

MARSHALL — The Rev. Mark Steffl joined the staff at Holy Redeemer and the surrounding faith communities beginning June 26. Steffl came from the Church of St. Catherine in Redwood Falls where he served for 13 years. He is also serving St. Michael’s in Milroy and St. Mary’s in Tracy as ...

Called to serve: Pavek studying to be a pastor

MARSHALL — Having felt the call to ministry since he was in junior high, Marshall resident Greg Pavek has taken steps toward becoming a pastor. “I was pretty young, about eighth grade, when I felt the calling to seminary,” Pavek said. “I didn’t know whether it was to be a pastor or ...

Here’s A Thought for Sept. 14

Jesus does not call the qualified Jesus does not call the qualified he qualifies the called. If God called the qualified we would wait for the phone to ring for a very long time — since none of us is ever qualified to represent, serve or present ourselves (as ourselves) to God. Every ...

Local/National Faith Briefs

Catholic Daughters to meet Monday at Holy Redeemer The Catholic Daughters of Americas will have its monthly meeting Monday following the 5:30 pm. Mass at Holy Redeemer Church. The “Installation of Officers” and a reception for new members will take place in Carlin Hall. Lunch co-chairs ...

Local/National Faith Briefs

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd offered at Holy Redeemer The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a hands-on approach to Christian formation for children ages 3 through kindergarten and offered at Holy Redeemer on Tuesday or Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. beginning on Sept. 11 or 13. The ...

Making the move

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Driving tourists up to the top of Pike’s Peak is quite different from the Rev. Edsel Miller’s occupation in the Tracy/Garvin area. Miller said that after a lifetime of working with Christians, his mission field has changed. “Being suddenly thrust into the ...

Larsen named DCCW Woman of the Year

LAKE BENTON — Ardith Larsen was passed over last year for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s (DCCW) Woman of the Year Award, so she didn’t think that her name would be submitted again this year. But it was. At the spring DCCW convention in Redwood Falls, Larsen was recognized for ...

Here’s A Thought for Aug. 3

A thankful remembrance Reflecting on my tenure as the first board certified clinical pastoral care provider of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center within Marshall’s community since my retirement in August 2017, and preparing to move to Mankato, these words from a poem comes to mind, ...

Here’s A Thought for July 20

“When Jesus landed on the shore and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” (Mark 6:34) The shepherd’s heart for you In our Gospel lesson, Jesus is not telling a story about a shepherd. He is ...

Here’s A Thought for July 13

“So they (the 12 Apostles) went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.” (Mark 6:12,13) What is repentance? When the Twelve Apostles went out and preached, they weren’t telling the people and ...

Local/National Faith Briefs

Louwagie celebrates 50 years in the priesthood July 20 The Rev. Vincent Louwagie will celebrate 50 years of ordination Friday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. Mass followed by a meal and reception at St. Clotilde Church in Green Valley. Church group stranded by Haiti fuel protests returns to ...

Faith Briefs for June 29

Nashville-based quartet presenting free local concert Ground-breaking Nashville-based New Legacy Project will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Tracy Lutheran Church, 64 Rowland St. This is a non-denominational event and admission is free. Formerly the Blackwood Legacy, they are ...

Here’s A Thought for June 29

“some people came from the house of Jairus. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” When they the home of Jairus, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39He went in and said to ...

Here’s A Thought for June 22

“His mother (Elisabeth) spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John….” He (Zechariah asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” (Luke 1:60, 62) What’s in a name? Choosing a name for your baby has a lifelong impact and is ...

Cowboy church message emphasizes human connection

LAKE BENTON — Is it truly a “Happy Father’s Day when our Heavenly Father is ignored?” was one of the questions the Rev. Daren Junker of the United Methodist Church in Lake Benton asked during his cowboy church message at the Lake Benton Opera House Sunday morning. Junker, having ...

Faith Briefs for June 22

Quilt auction is Saturday at Shetek The 32nd annual Quilt Auction is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Shetek Lutheran Ministries Activity Center. SLM is located 8 miles north of Slayton on Highway 59, then 2 miles east on Valhalla Road. The quilt preview is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today and from 8:30-10 ...

Here’s A Thought for June 15

Why the mustard seed? “Jesus said: ‘What shall we say the kingdom of God is like? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grow and becomes the largest of all garden plants, which such big branches that the birds can perch in its ...

Here’s A Thought for June 98

What is the unforgivable sin? Jesus stated: “Amen.Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against (rejects) the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” During my hospital and nursing ...

Faith Briefs for June 8

Quilt auction is June 25 at Shetek The 32nd annual Quilt Auction is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Shetek Lutheran Ministries Activity Center. SLM is located 8 miles north of Slayton on Highway 19, then 2 miles east on Valhalla Road. The quilt preview is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, June ...