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Four area churches merge into United Lutheran Church


Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

We are four rural congregations joining together through the power of the Holy Spirit and prayer to share Godís loving ministry. We will teach and invite others while encouraging and equipping Godís children to grow in Christian faith.

-United Lutheran Churches mission statement-

Arendahl, Grace, North Prairie and Pilot Mound have decided to merge into one unit called United Lutheran Church. Communities need not fear that their local church might close. Although they are joining together, each church will still remain open. All four will share two pastors so that each church will have services every Sunday and occasionally on Saturday.

This isnít exactly a new and hasty idea. The congregations have been working on uniting for the past two years. The churches are small and by coming together they hope to provide more opportunities for their parishioners. Sunday school events as well as separate Bible studies for men and women are just a few of the functions they plan to organize.

When it comes to making decisions for United Lutheran, each congregation votes on proposed ideas. Three delegates from each church meet to discuss the ideas. If questions arise, the matter is brought back to each church council and then voted on.

"Everything has to pass each church," states parishioner and former county commissioner Don Boyum.

The Southeast District is very excited about the union because itís the first in the area to try this approach. Other churches are observing to see how it will work out for the "Four Point" church. Instead of closing churches and asking congregations to go to one church, this provides a convenient and cost effective way to keep all churches open for worship. Some may be skeptical, but everything seems to be working out for the better. "Itís been really going good," comments Boyum.

Two experienced ministers will be helping the United Lutheran Church in its transition. Ron and Janet Warnes were pastors for six years at another four point church in northwestern Minnesota. The couple attended Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary and both have also served as missionaries and hospital chaplains.

Ron Warnes grew up in the Hastings/Minneapolis area and has a B.S. in Agriculture Economics. He was ordained in 1992 and has served on numerous community and synod committee .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Alley vacated, cooperative development moves ahead

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The public hearing on the vacation of the platted alley behind the old school building was first on the agenda of the Lanesboro City Council meeting on July 7.

Eric Ruen, president of the Bethlehem Church Council, presented the ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Bonding, street improvements and travel expenses

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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A busy agenda engaged the council for all of three hours with Mayor Pro-temp Mike Gartner conducting the meeting in the absence of Mayor David Pechulis.

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates laid out his recommendations for sel ..... 
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Rushford Council chooses cemetery road for generator site

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council held a special meeting Monday night, July 7th to continue discussion of site selection for the cityís planned back-up generator. At their June 23rd meeting the council felt the issue deserved a special meeting because of all ..... 
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Committee will present final report on Preston Recreational Facility on July 21

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The Steering Committee for the proposed Root River Recreational Facility in Preston will make their final report to the Preston City Council at their July 21 meeting.   The committee has been looking into the feasibility of b ..... 
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County Poor Farm served the needy in years gone by

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Before the days of nursing homes and the welfare system, counties in Minnesota used county farms, more commonly known as ďpoor farmsĒ, to take care of the elderly and down trodden. Located near Henrytown on the Amherst, Canton township line, Fillmore ..... 
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Friendship Wagon Train raises over $36,000 for Camp Winnebago

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Rains kissed our cheeks, winds echoed our enthusiasm, the sunís rays warmed sullen times . . .

As individuals, our lives are but fleeting images through destinyís doors. But, uniting as a family to help others, we have been mold ..... 
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Extension and 4-H leaders concerned over programís status

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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"We push 4-H because it touches almost 500 kids,Ē stated Judy Frank, Fillmore County Extension Committee chairperson. Frank, County Extension Director Jerry Tesmer, and Luann Hinike of the SE District Extension Office, came before the commissioners a ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Warrants issued for ATV thefts in Rushford

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Warrants for the arrest of three men wanted in connection with the theft of ATVís and other vehicles in five states were issued in Fillmore County District Court on June 27.

Juan Carlo Sanchez, 47; Abel Carcasco Zamora, 51; and ..... 
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