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First Baptist Church of Preston welcomes new pastor


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

Pastor Stuart Weist with wife Michelle and sons Nicholas, Eric, and Lucas. Stuart is the new pastor at First Baptist Church, Preston. Photo by LeeRoy Parks

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 decided they wanted to move to a small town in the midwest to raise their children. Stuart found a job in Tyler, Minn. working for a wind turbine company. Being 2000 miles away from all of their friends and family led them to begin attending the Lake Benton Baptist Church as a way to meet people. It was there that they realized their need for a Savior and were both saved and baptized, Stuart in November 2007 and Michelle in May 2008. Two years later, they welcomed their third son, Lucas.

Stuart felt God leading him to serve Him and when a visiting missionary gave an altar call for serving the Lord in ministry, he went forward. After that, he began meeting with the pastor of his church, Pastor Fish, to learn the basics of systematic theology while taking some modular courses at Central Seminary in Minneapolis. In 2012, he and his family moved to Plymouth, Minn. so he could attend seminary full-time. Stuart plans to graduate in May of 2016 with a Diploma of Bible and Theology.

During the summer of 2015, Stuart filled pulpits for various churches. He was starting to think about looking for a church to pastor, but hadn’t applied to any yet. Throughout the summer, three different pastor friends of his asked Stuart if he’d thought about applying at the First Baptist Church in Preston. The last one, LeeRoy Parks had been interning at the church while they searched for a full-time pastor, and he asked the Weist family to visit it on Labor Day weekend. That visit sparked an interest in Stuart. “I was really excited about it as my heart is with rural churches.” He was also impressed at the young ages of many of the members and the number of children in the church. “You can see the future for the church in the kids.” Stuart remarked.

Stuart sent his resume to the First Baptist pulpit committee and was asked to officially be a pastoral candidate at the church after an interview. A vote by the church members was unanimous in appointing him as their new pastor and Stuart and his family were welcomed to the church on December 1, 2015.

Having lived in Tyler, which is a town of about 1,200, the Weists had no qualms about moving to the small town .....
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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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World Day of Prayer is March 6

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

World Day of Prayer is March 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Preston Christ Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first ..... 
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Historic Lenora Church invites people to special service of Thanksgiving

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Canton Faith & Worship

The historic Lenora United Methodist Church in the small Fillmore County Village of Lenora will be the place to be on November 23 at 7 p.m. The lamps will be lit and the wood stove will give off heat in the old 1860’s era church building as peopl ..... 
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Canton Appreciation Dinner Sunday,September 28th

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Canton Faith & Worship

Canton is celebrating again! This time we are honoring Larry and Laurie Huber for donating the Canton Depot to the Canton Historical Society and back to the Community itself. Larry Huber is a railroad buff who knew it was time to save and restore ..... 
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Cowboy Concert

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Faith & Worship

The public is invited to a Country Gospel Concert presented by area musicians at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church (in the village of Fillmore) at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 21. This group of musicians has grown over the past few years through the ..... 
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Lenora Church hosts Pioneer Day

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Canton Faith & Worship

Historic Lenora Church invites people to Pioneer Day July 13, 2014 at 3 p.m. Historic 1856 Lenora United Methodist Church - Lenora, Minn. near Canton in Fillmore County - old fashioned hymn sing led by Home Spun of Harmony. Ice cream social, spin ..... 
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