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North Prairie Church to celebrate anniversary


Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

North Prairie Lutheran Church stands proudly as a rich part of Fillmore County history. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Area residents, along with past and present members of North Prairie Church, are invited to celebrate 160 years of church service.

Pastor Tim Larson of Willmar, Minn. will be the guest Pastor on Sunday, August 28, 2016 for a 10:30 am worship which will begin the special celebration of the church’s anniversary. Pastor Larson is the son of a former pastor at North Prairie Church, Pastor Percy Larson, who served at North Prairie from 1959-1968.

Undoubtedly, Pastor Larson has some fond memories of Fillmore County and will enjoy coming back to share in worship with area residents.

Exceptional music will also be a highlight of the celebration, as HWY 30 will provide entertainment for all with traditional gospel hymns.

A turkey dinner will follow the worship service, with a free-will offering. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit ELCA’s (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) World Hunger fund.

According to Diane Drinkall with North Prairie Church, “The first organized church service of North Prairie was held on September 1, 1856 at the Isaac Jackson home in Arendahl Township,” and grew from there.

The church’s facebook page, facebook.com/northprairielutheran, states that the church was established by Norwegian immigrants who settled in southeastern Minnesota.

According to Kathy Kramer Mosdal, who researched the church’s anniversary books, “Church services were conducted exclusively in Norwegian for many years,” until 1926 when the decision was made to use the English language for every third service. In 1950, it was decided English would be used for every worship service.

As with many rural churches these days, it can be a struggle to keep the doors open and membership numbers up. Such is the case with North Prairie Church located in Arendahl Township.

Lois Ulrich, lifelong member of North Prairie Church, says, “There are less people now” than there used to be years ago. “When I was a youngster, church was full on Sundays,” but that isn’t the case now, states Ulrich.

Drinkall explains that North Prairie is now part of a four part parish, called United Lutheran Parish, which includes Arendahl, Pilot Mound, Grace, and North Prairie churches. North Prairie and Arendahl have a joint service, each every other Sunday while Pilot Mound and Grace do the same.

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Live Nativity at Lanesboro United Methodist Church

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

From a “dirty” nativity with travel-worn shepherds to elaborate stained glass windows, people have many ways to tell the story of the first Christmas. On Sunday December 8, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the Lanesboro United Methodist Church will have an ..... 
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Lanesboro junior shares stories from Tanzania mission trip

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

By Mitchell Walbirdge The lifestyle lived in small-town southeastern Minnesota differs greatly from other regions of the world as 17 year-old Lanesboro junior Matthew Kiehne figured out after being immersed in Tanzanian culture for 16 days in early ..... 
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Matthew Kiehne returns from Mission Trip to Tanzania

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

The Minnesota Youth Servant Leader Institute (YSLI), in cooperation with the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and Good Earth Village Bible Camp, formed a group of eight youth (ages 16-21) from souther ..... 
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High Tea for High Waters Raises $1,300 and Immeasurable Hope

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

On May 12, women from the Lanesboro United Methodist Church hosted a “High Tea for High Waters.” Over 100 people gathered for delicate desserts, elegant table settings and time together. Through ticket sales and donations, the event raised $1,30 ..... 
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The Longest Night Service evening of Winter Soulstice

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and chu ..... 
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An old-fashioned cookie walk

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

By Barb Jeffers Cookies, cookies, and more cookies! The Bethlehem Lutheran Church WELCA of Lanesboro, Minn. held their annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, October 6. The event was held at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Lanesboro with hundreds of dozens of ..... 
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