Faith & Charities 2017

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Souris Valley United Way making big strides

Souris Valley United Way has been an important part of the Magic City for quite a long time. And with the help of donations, SVUW is hoping to be around for years to come. SVUW was founded in 1930 as the Minot Community Chest, which at the time was the name of the United Way. In 1985, ...

Growing by leaps and bounds

The Pursuit, a nondenominational church in Minot, is not only one of the community’s newest church, but is also one of the fastest growing as well. The church was established in January 2014 by Pastor Tom Foisy. “It was a couple of families in a living room praying and dreaming of ...

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Across the wall of Ken Kitzman’s (to the left) office, are framed photographs of the hundreds of donors who have entrusted their gifts to the Minot Area Community Foundation. Each day, Staci Kenney, right, and members of the foundation are reminded of their responsibility to honor the visions of their donors.

Impactful giving

Over the span of 17 years, the Minot Area Community Foundation has established a trusting bond with its donors while building positive partnerships throughout the city of Minot. Ken Kitzman, president of the Minot Area Community Foundation, is proud of the foundation’s progress and honored ...

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Terri Philion, executive director of the Minot 
chapter of the American Red Cross, poses by a sign in the Red Cross office on March 22.

Serving at American Red Cross

The American Red Cross in Minot has been serving the community for 100 years. The first chapter had its beginnings in a group of women from Carpio who sought permission to start a branch of the Red Cross Auxiliary during World War I. Over the past decades, the Red Cross has changed and ...

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First Lutheran Church’s second parsonage.

First Lutheran Church is Minot’s first congregation

Minot’s First Lutheran Church was the first congregation in Minot when it was established in 1884 by the largely German and Norwegian Lutheran pioneers who had settled in the railroad town on the banks of the Souris River. According to a history of the church written for its 125th ...

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First Baptist Church is old but vibrant

First Baptist Church is 129 years old but it is vibrant, thanks to its multitude of young church members, said its pastor Rev. Barry Seifert. “We have a lot of young families (with) a lot of eagerness to grow and learn and be engaged in the community,” he said. “I think people want to ...

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Over the course of 18 years, St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation continues to provide financial gifts that provide life-saving tools and  defibrillators to the Ward County Sheriff’s Department.

The power of giving

Providing hope for the future by strengthening communities defines the intended impact of St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation. Throughout Minot, the shelves of food pantries are being filled as shelters continue to prepare beds for families in need. During the span of 18 years, the ...

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Sprucing up St. Leo’s

St. Leo the Great Catholic Church is the mother church of the Catholic world in northwest North Dakota, said the Rev. Justin Waltz, the current pastor. “It’s the first Catholic church in Minot,” said Waltz and has been an important symbol for Christianity in general in Minot. The ...