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Church delivers river baptisms


Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Faith & Worship

Root River Community Church in Rushford is home to an interesting and old-fashioned tradition: river baptisms.

On Sunday, May 16, Root River Community Church began its weekly service as usual. Walking into the church before the service started, everyone congregated in the lobby, including the Pastor, and any first-time guests were spotted and welcomed immediately (including myself). Individuals new to the church were offered heartwarming gifts; a Root River Community Church mug, a pen, and a business card.

A few minutes before 10:30 a.m. the doors to the service were opened. There were no pews, but instead, comfortable chairs. I noticed there were only a few Bibles, as well. When the Praise and Worship Service started we were greeted with a live band made up of church members.

The band instruments included the keyboard, a guitar, bass, drums, and three vocalists. The songs that they played were upbeat and contemporary, and the words to the songs were projected on the walls for those who didn't know them. The members of the church danced and sang along to the music, some standing with arms open to the sky.

After a few songs and words, the Pastor, Reverend Peter Enns began his sermon. He then welcomed new members to the church and sent the children to Children's Church, a section made for children ages three to eleven. The service continued and Pastor Enns began his topic for the day; "Why Should I Not be Baptized"

In the midst of the topic for the day, Pastor Enns said that he would be performing three baptisms, one the last of his sons, then he continued to finish his speech for the day. The band played again, and we sang along. We then proceeded to file out of the church and down to the Root River, about a two to three minute walk. Pastor Enns, now in shorts, the first out of the "to-be-baptized", and two helping members entered the water, which I can only imagine was freezing. One by one he then baptized the two members and his son in the river.

We walked back to the church and I got a chance to speak with Pastor Enns. He said they've done baptisms in the past and will be likely be doing more in August. The church itself was built in its current location in 2005. It's first service was held on June 5, 2005 with no carpeting. Then in 2007 the church flooded and they had to redo the lower part of the building.

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Preston churches host fundraiser dinner

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Faith & Worship

Preston's annual Progressive Ecumenical Dinner will be held Monday, June 27, 2011. This event, meant for one and all (ladies and gentlemen alike), is sponsored by the Preston churches. The evening begins with appetizers at 6:00 p.m. at St. Columban' ..... 
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Something to guide us

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Faith & Worship

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." John 14:6

During World War II, the English government knew that Hitler was planning to invade Britain. They encouraged people to prepare for the invasion in several ways: they established a ..... 
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Mabel Bible school walking on the wild side

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Faith & Worship

It's gonna be a bamboo blast! Kids ages Pre-K-6th grade are invited to Panda Mania where they will discover that God is wild about them! Join us June 13-16 at Mabel First Lutheran Church. We're walking from 6:00-8:00 pm each evening. Families are in ..... 
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Cowboy Church musicians performing on March 11

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Faith & Worship

The Cowboy Church Musicians will be performing at a Musical Jam featuring gospel, country, and blue grass on Friday, March 11 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the LeRoy Center for Creative Arts on Main St. (Hwy 56) in LeRoy. Performers will include the LeRoy ..... 
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World day of Prayer 2011

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Faith & Worship

Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 4, 2011. The women of Chile have written the service around the theme "How many loaves have you?" They ask us to enter a process that dr ..... 
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Lanesboro promotes caps for good program

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Faith & Worship

The Knitting Ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro, MN, is participating in the Caps for Good Program. Save the Children and the Warm Up America! Foundation are asking Americans across the country to pick up your knitting needles and cr ..... 
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Fountain hosts live nativity

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

Just as the last meatball was served and the last lutefisk was boiled at the big October supper, the Fountain Lutheran Church, along with sister church Root Prairie Lutheran Church, began organizing their Live Nativity event for the Christmas season ..... 
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Christmas at Historic Lenora Church

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

There will be special Christmas services at the 1856 Lenora United Methodist Church. Here is the schedule:

• December 19th 5:00p.m. and 7:30p.m.

• December 22nd 5:00p.m. and 7:30p.m.

The services will feature traditio ..... 
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