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Mabel First Lutheran celebrates 125 years


Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Faith & Worship

Mabel First Lutheran Church will celebrate their 125th anniversary with a variety of events on June 11 and 12. Photo by Janet Sanden

The Mabel First Lutheran Church will be celebrating their 125th anniversary on June 11 and 12. During the celebration, those who served God in the past will be remembered. The ministries of the congregation today will also be acknowledged, and they will consider where they are called to be in the future.

Saturday’s events will include a cemetery walk featuring storytelling by local actors and actresses dressed in period costumes, an afternoon service with special music, an ice cream social, and a production of the one-man play “Witnesses” by Curt Cloninger. Jonathan Swenson, an ordained minister, actor, and founding director of the Paraphrase Theatre will perform the play. Swenson travels to events across the country to share stories about God’s love. The play portrays eight characters from the Bible who responded to Jesus.

After the Sunday service, a catered dinner will be held at the Mabel Community Center. Reservations can be made at mabelfirst.org and are $12 a plate. Children 5 and under eat for free.

A 125th anniversary cookbook is for sale at $15 a copy. The cookbook features recipes collected from the members of the church. Also for sale is a full-color history and directory book that was put together specifically for the 125th celebration. The book is available for $5. Aprons embroidered with the church name and logo are being sold in two different colors (brown and orange) and sizes for $12.

Since the congregation has a rich history of serving the Lord, the theme verse for the celebration is John 12:26 “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be.”

The church was the product of several local congregations, the oldest of which was begun in 1871. The church has been in Mabel for 125 years. The church building was completed in 1926. Grant Melby, who did lots of construction in the area, built the church.

“We want to reach out and touch the community with the power of God’s Word.” said Pastor Elliot Malm. Pastor Malm has been ministering at the church since October 2014.

“Witnesses” One actor, eight characters, a fresh look at Jesus

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Faith & Worship

A stingy innkeeper with a Bronx accent, an Italian Lazarus who likes pasta, and a joyful Simon Peter on Easter Morning… all these characters and more come to life at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Mabel First Lutheran Church with the dramatic pres ..... 
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Grace Place Ministries Grand Opening

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Faith & Worship

Grace Place, in Rushford, has expanded their community offerings by opening a Grace Place Ministries center on Mill Street. A grand opening and Chamber of commerce ribbon cutting was held Tuesday, May 17 in the new facility. Photo by Kirsten Zoelln ..... 
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Worship celebration to take place May 15 at Lenora Church

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Faith & Worship

The Lenora Pioneer Church Society is happy to announce that the Lenora United Methodist church will be the site for a spring worship service on Sunday, May 15 at 3 p.m. This will be the first worship-oriented event at the historic church in 2016. ..... 
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ELCA Women’s Spring Gathering of the Root River Conference

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Faith & Worship

Come Saturday, April 30 to Highland Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Peterson, for Inspiration and Fellowship. Our theme is “Glorifying God through our Achievements”. The speaker is Rob Severson, formerly from Harmony. An offering will be ta ..... 
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World Day of Prayer to be held March 4

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Harmony Faith & Worship

Friday, March 4, is this year’s World Day of Prayer 2016, which will be hosted by the Harmony United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Guest speakers Rita Wilson and Joni Clemens will do a presentation on Cuba, sharing Cuba’s history and rich cultura ..... 
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First Baptist Church of Preston welcomes new pastor

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

After searching for a pastor for almost two years, First Baptist Church of Preston welcomed Pastor Stuart Weist and his family. Stuart and Michelle Weist are originally from San Diego, Calif. After having twin sons Nicholas and Eric, they decid ..... 
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Historic Lenora Church to collect new tennis shoes at Sept. 20 service

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in All Faith & Worship

The Historic Lenora United Methodist Church will have a special worship service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 20. The details of the service are being worked on now, but the Lenora Pioneer Church Society wants to get the word out to the public tha ..... 
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Hesper Lutheran Church celebrates 150 years of faith

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Faith & Worship

Hesper Lutheran Church will mark its 150th anniversary during a weekend of special events June 6-7, 2015. On Saturday, June 6, there will be an informal social time with ice cream and strawberries starting at 3 p.m. to look at pictures and other me ..... 
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