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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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Planning ongoing for reuse of Dairy and Farm buildings

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Sheila Craig, Preston Historical Society, lead the discussion at the city council’s December 8 meeting presenting early plans for reuse of the now vacant former Dairy and Farm building at 304 Fillmore St. East. Plans are in the works to possibly ..... 
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Bells will be ringing

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Bells will be ringing for the Salvation Army in Preston on Friday, December 18 at the F&M Community Bank, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Preston Foods, 4 – 8 p.m. 100% of the money collected in Fillmore County will be available to be distributed in Fillmo ..... 
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Up-Up And Away

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Up-Up And Away On a perfect fall afternoon in October, a huge Phoenix balloon rose into the sunny sky with three passengers and a balloonist. The passengers were John and Bernie Finke and Sama Karram, an exchange student from Israel/Palestine, who ..... 
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PACF Give to the Max Day followup

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

On Thursday, November 12, the Preston Area Community Foundation participated for the 4th consecutive year in Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual great day of giving. During that 24 hour period, the Preston and Fountain communities raised a r ..... 
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Doris M. Gatzke

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Doris M. Gatzke Doris M. Gatzke, age 91, of Preston, Minn., passed away peacefully at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center on Friday, November 20, 2015. Doris was born July 9, 1924, in Fountain, Minn., the daughter of Lewis and Selma (Finseth) Peter ..... 
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Evelyn Rein

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Evelyn Rein Evelyn Nora (Biel) Rein, 92, of Preston, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Evelyn was born December 30, 1922, in Ridgeway, Iowa, to parents, Leo and Nora (Seelye) Biel. Evelyn was taken ca ..... 
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Larry Hahn

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Larry Hahn Larry L. Hahn, 70, of Grand Meadow, Minn. died on Friday November 13, 2015, following a lengthy illness with lung cancer at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center, where he had been a resident for one day and a prior resident at Meadows A ..... 
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Farmers to receive documentation of USDA services Local offices issue receipts for services provided

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Agriculture

Preston, MN, October 21, 2015 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Jane Ray reminds agricultural producers that FSA provides a receipt to customers who request or receive assistance or i ..... 
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