Religion

Benefit concert June 6 at First Baptist

Child Evangelism Fellowship will be hosting a benefit concert featuring the band This Hope on Wednesday, June 6, at First Baptist Church, located at 200 3rd Street SW, in Minot. A freewill offering will be taken for this summer’s Christian Youth in Action program, one of CEF’s training ...

First Baptist Church XYZ to meet

First Baptist Church XYZ, a senior adult ministry for people who are over age 50, will meet at 2 p.m. May 24 in the First Baptist Church. David Kopp of Minot will present the program “Reflecting on God’s Hand.” Refreshments will be served. First Baptist Church is located at 200 3rd ...

Faith Conversations: Christian film surge shows gap being filled

Rick Solarski was only 16 when he started selling movie tickets and sweeping up buttered popcorn for cinema lovers here. Through the years, he’s seen a lot of changes in the business, including the relatively recent surge in faith-based films. “It’s definitely been an evolution,” ...

A great investment

In March, I shared this formula in this column: A great life is the product of a great investment in a great cause. The temptation, instigated and promoted by satan, is to make an average investment in great causes and to make great investments in average causes. In either scenario, the result ...

Minot Christian Women’s Club luncheon to be held Tuesday

The Minot Christian Women’s Club will hold a luncheon for area women from 12:15-2 p.m. Tuesday at the Grand Hotel in Minot. The ticket price is $13. The event includes the ladies sing group “Afterbeats,” a talk about mini gardens by Volz Vintage Garden, and speaker Debby Schmitz of ...

Hope for our hurts

Last week I read this quote from Jon Gordon, “We don’t get burned out because of what we do. We get burned out because we forget why we do it. Purpose keeps you fresh!” The next day I received an email reminding me why I am a pastor and why I write this column. I don’t do so to push my ...

Despite faith fall, Good News still very good

A new Gallup poll shows a continued decline in church attendance. “Fully 20 percent of all Americans now have no religious identity,” one writer noted grimly. This is troubling, if not unsurprising. But I’m here with good news, because against the backdrop of a self-satiated, ...

Reflections: Thoughts on the Book of Revelations

“Hey, Mom,” yelled Liam, “I forgot about my assignment for youth group!” “Eat dinner while you tell me about it,” said Mom. “We’re supposed to read Revelation 2:1-7 and decide what God likes and doesn’t like about that church,” said Liam. “I figured you knew so you ...

Rummage sale May 5 at Bethany Lutheran

The Bethany Lutheran Church annual rummage and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Caramel rolls and coffee will be served during the sale starting at 8:30 a.m. Funds raised from the sale are distributed to local charities every December by Bethany Lutheran ...

Mothers and Others luncheon set for May 12

Zion Lutheran Church in Minot will celebrate the annual “Mothers and Others” luncheon on May 12. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with a program to follow. Caring Edge, a developing program of Edgewood Vista, will be presented by Shannon Conroy and Carmen McLaughlin. Community ...

Vatican aims to keep charities, donations clean with new law

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's financial watchdog has taken on responsibility for evaluating suspicious donations to Vatican-based charities and foundations, an assignment that marks a new phase of Pope Francis' financial reforms. An annual report released by the Financial Information ...

reflections: Faith and Money

Although the word “Money” is in the title, I hope you will keep reading because I promise I will not be asking you to give me any money! Bible Scholar and theologian Mark Allan Powell, in his book entitled, “Giving to God: The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life” shares a ...

Minnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer. It is not the first time George Nathaniel, 54, has faced consequences ...

Women of the ELCA spring gathering set for April 28

“Hope in the Anchor for the Soul” is the theme for the spring gathering of the Western Prairie Cluster of the Women of the ELCA, which will be held Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bread of Life Lutheran Church in Minot. Each unit is asked to bring a prayer shawl for Hospice or ...

McCormacks to speak at XYZ event

First Baptist XYZ, a senior adult ministry for people in the 50 plus age group, will meet Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, located at 200 3rd Street SW, in Minot. David and Helen McCormack of Minot will present the program “God’s Miracles in Missions.” ...

“Friendship Night” May 2 at Hope Congregational Church in Granville

Hope Congregational Church in Granville will host a “Friendship Night” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. The program topic is “Pollinators in Your Yard and Garden” hosted by McHenry County Extension Agent Rachel Wald. Refreshments and fellowship in the church basement will be ...

Mette to perform April 16 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Michael James Mette, a Catholic musician who travels full-time with his family sharing the gospel through music, will perform in concert on Monday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 707 16th Ave. SW, Minot. Mette and his wife, Michelle, who are from St. Louis, Mo., ...

Rummage and Bake Sale April 14 at Bread of Life Lutheran

The Bread of Life Lutheran Church annual Rummage and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Caramel rolls and coffee will be served at 9 a.m., with a soup and bread luncheon beginning at 10 a.m. Funds raised from the sale support scholarships for youth and families ...

The point is purpose

In kindergarten, a member of the Williston Fire Department came to our school. Each of us went home that afternoon with a bright red firefighter hat. That was the absolute coolest item I owned, and I was convinced someday I would be a firefighter. A year later my dream career changed. I decided ...