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Does anyone remember when, as a young child, how you thought of running away from home? It might have been part of the past in each one of us. And it might seem to be a need nowadays again.

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Christian Womens’ Club will be held on Sept. 17 at 12:30 p.m., at Wahkon Inn. There will be lunch, and speaker Steve Tadevich of Eden Prairie on “Diamonds Are Not Forever.” Special feature will be Eileen Peterson of McGrath who will play and sing. Cost is $10. Read more

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With the end of the month of August, we mark the beginning of another season. Within the month of September, we will welcome the fall season and witness a return to school in one way or another. Read more

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Money has become available at Onamia Bethany Lutheran Church for individual scholarships, church organizations, or other community projects. Applications are available by calling Bethany at (320) 532-3366 or speaking to a church member. Deadline for applications is September 15, 2020. Funds … Read more

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One of the critical components in the fight against COVID-19 is the matter of testing. There are issues with how much testing is really needed, how much it will cost, and who really needs to be tested. Read more

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In the lakes country, we have the privilege of spending time on the water in our boats. With powerful engines, we can go great distances in a little amount of time. Even so, if we are not careful, we can find ourselves in trouble if the storm clouds bring in sudden winds and rain. Read more

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Christian Womens’ Club will be held on Aug. 20 at 12:30 p.m., at Wahkon Inn. There will be lunch, and speaker Karol-Rae Rokola of Grand Rapids will speak on “Empty Dreams: from Barren to Bountiful.” Special feature will be the annual craft and bake sale. Cost is $10. Read more

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Les Parr will be speaking at the Vineland Native American Chapel on Aug. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Les and his wife Yvonne were missionaries in Rwanda for over 10 years. He has accepted a position as the Director of Student Affairs at the Mokahum Bible School which is affiliated with Oak Hills Center… Read more

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Anyone who has hung around a church long enough has either been to or avoided going to a meeting. While they may induce groans or yawns, they do seem to be a necessary part of being a community. Meetings offer a chance to share all the joys and tensions that arise when we live and serve together. Read more

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Three members from Trinity Lutheran Church in Isle received special graduation quilts from the church’s quilters to recognize their academic accomplishments. Pictured with Pastor Mark Maunula (center) are Carly Gallion (left) and Emma Dangers (right). Carly will start her basic training at N… Read more

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Last week I referenced what has become known as “The Great Commandment” – Jesus’ response on what he saw as the core of scripture. Jesus, always a fan of going above and beyond, actually shares two commandments – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all y… Read more

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Josiah David Mueller recently received the rite of confirmation at Trinity Lutheran Church, Isle. His chosen Bible verse was Romans 12:21 - “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” He is pictured with Trinity Pastor Mark Maunula and Trinity member LeAnn Gregoire, Kettle Riv… Read more

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The Onamia United Methodist Women’s Annual Pie and Ice Cream Social is canceled due to health and safety concerns related to coronavirus. We appreciate your past support, look forward to future events and wish you all a safe and healthy summer. Read more

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A psychiatrist wrote about an encounter he had with a well-groomed, well-dressed, middle-aged man. The man came for his first session and sat down answering the standard first-interview questions in a soft, controlled voice. Read more

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Miriam Mueller, music director at Trinity Lutheran Church and private piano instructor, held her students’ annual recital at Trinity recently. Senior Emma Dangers chose the theme, “Anything But Country,” and the individual pieces reflected that. Emma not only played the piano but performed a… Read more

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Hebrews 12 says, ““[1] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, [2] looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for… Read more

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Holden Lutheran Church regrets that they are going to cancel their Auction/Pig Roast in August due to COVID-19. Watch for updates on their Lutefisk Dinner in October. Read more

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My prayer for you in these days is to remind you of God’s goodness, faithfulness, love, grace and mercy. I want you to see that, regardless of the circumstances you may find yourselves in, regardless of the happenings in your world today, regardless of where you might find yourself today, Go… Read more

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Glen Community Church will resume church services Sunday, July 5, in the church with social distancing. There will be a 9 a.m. service with masks required and a 10:30 a.m. service where masks are optional with an outside coffee fellowship time in between. Read more

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Jesus would always care for body, mind, and spirit together, as an interconnected unit; but if it became necessary for Him to prioritize, He would always give first priority to care of the soul (spirit), second priority to care of the emotions (mind), and third priority to care of physical h… Read more

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Faith Lutheran Church in Isle will begin their Wednesday “Come to the Water” services on Wednesday, July 1, at 6 p.m. Read more

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Over the past few months and weeks, our state and our country have been feeling the pains of what has been a very trying and fear-filled 2020. COVID-19, race riots, race relations, job loss and financial burdens are amongst some of the top stressors in our lives today. Read more

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Each year, I am forced to choose an insurance policy that will supplement my Medicare. I always hope I am choosing the right one that’s suited to my needs and what may occur in the coming year. That’s true for whatever type of insurance I am purchasing, whether car insurance or house insuran… Read more

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“F.O.C.U.S,” an acronym to offer help for one to use in re-focusing and to stay focused as we live in the world. Our life in this world was the beginning of an eternal being that would live on for all eternity, an eternity in heaven with God our Heavenly Father or an eternity in hell with Sa… Read more

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So, how do we know if our “focus” is in or out of focus? What we are looking through has to be the correct lens in order to be clearly or properly focused. Many people think it’s only what they use for a lens to look through that would make them in or out of focus. However, it’s not just the… Read more

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So let’s “focus” on the words of Jesus in the Bible. In John 14:6, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is truth, and all truth is based upon and tried by the Word of God. John 1:1-5 establishes the Word and Jesus as o… Read more

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The Catholics Bishops of Minnesota and Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) said last Friday they would defy Gov. Tim Walz’s order to remain closed and at 10 people for a capacity. They stated beginning on May 26, they would resume services with a limited occupancy of 33% and enact safety protocols. Read more

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I want you to think on a word that has a variation of meanings and applications as used in today’s life by people – the word “focus.” As we think about focus in life, being created by God and for God’s purpose, it should give a focus that contains and maintains a clearer meaning than in our … Read more

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Each day I think of how much better off I am than the VAST majority of the world’s population, in relation to Covid-19 (and almost every other measure as well). “At least I’m not in a refugee camp…or a jail…or a care center.” “No one in my family has the virus.” “I still have a job.” Read more

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No Masses will be offered until further notice. The churches can be open for personal prayer according to the schedule provided by the pastors. Only 10 people will be allowed in the church at a time. Social distancing guidelines must be observed. Do not enter the church if you are feeling il… Read more

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Holy Cross Church in Onamia will be open for private prayer from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. seven days a week, effective immediately: May 8, 2020. Read more

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In forty years, I served churches in a variety of settings, from countryside to inner city. One thing all churches seem to have in common is “Sacred Cows” – those artifacts that might not seem to make much sense, as in the color of the pew cushions, but because someone’s Grannie Myrtle help … Read more

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Pastor Kerry Johnston, of Isle Evangelical Free Church, said they have been sharing the Gospel via Zoom like many churches have amid the pandemic and have now began drive-in church services. Read more

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Have you ever read a passage of scripture that smacked you upside the head and you thought, “Really?! How is that possible?” One verse that used to make me throw my hands up in despair is the line in which Jesus commands his followers to “Be perfect, as your Father in Heaven is perfect. (Mat… Read more

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Vineland Native American Chapel will continue to hold drive-in services until the Governor’s shelter-in-place order is lifted. Services are held at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Read more

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We can learn a lot by looking at the etymology of the words that we use in our everyday conversations. My word for today is “companion.” The word “companion” comes from the Latin com, “with” and the Latin panis, “bread.” A companion is literally a person with whom one eats bread. Read more

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This year marks Trinity Lutheran Church’s 100th year serving God’s people. The outdoor sign proclaims the anniversary motto, and there is a commemorative banner and a plaque inside the structure with the same message. Several special events are planned throughout the year. The first occurred… Read more

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Vineland Native American Chapel held their first drive-in church service on Easter Sunday and will continue to hold drive-in services until the Governor’s shelter-in-place order is lifted. Services are held at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Read more

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Easter Sunday looked a little different this year at local churches. Father Gregory Poser of Holy Cross Catholic Church said the shelter-in-place order has certainly kept the church from its social aspects. “Humans are social beings, so it’s really constraining,” he said. But the order has c… Read more

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“Resurrection means new life.” Those are the words that we use when we try to explain the Resurrection to the children in our Faith Formation classes. Resurrection means new life for Jesus and for each of us. When Jesus rose from the dead his Heavenly Father gave him “a life with no more suf… Read more

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Closing church doors during a pandemic doesn’t mean closing the church ministry. Local churches have been creatively bringing the message of faith to their congregations via YouTube videos, Facebook live streaming and a number of other unconventional ways amid the shelter-in-place state mandate. Read more