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As the church is out of step with the world, so is the church’s calendar. Tradition has passed on to us a series of readings summarizing the Bible. Originally, the same readings would occur every year. More recently, a three-year series has also been developed. The readings are meant to guid…

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“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ.” That’s how St. Paul put it. Faith comes from the preaching of the Word of Christ to those who hear it. It’s that simple. God’s Spirit works through the Word to convict us of our sin through the Law. Having no hope in ourselves, the … Read more

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Wes Murrell, designer of Trinity Lutheran Church’s 100th Anniversary logo, is pictured beside its signage on the church lawn. Although some major celebrations have been postponed because of the pandemic, other anniversary items using that logo have been produced and distributed to congregati… Read more

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This year has been trying in so many ways. The latest problem centers around an election which hasn’t been decided as I write this article and may not be decided by the time you read this article. There is a great divide in our country over politics. Another troubling situation is the rise o… Read more

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The other month, I was listening to a podcast where 5 Fs were used to summarize the person’s life and outlook. These weren’t five failing grades but rather focused on Faith, Family, Food, Fun, and Fitness. This is an interesting way to view life and how to put things in their proper order. Read more

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In the Jewish faith, one of the celebrations God instituted is the Feast of Tabernacles in which the people were to go to Jerusalem and spend time in small encampments called booths or tabernacles. This was to remind them of the time when they were pilgrims dwelling in the desert before God … Read more

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In this day and age of “Black Lives Matter,” our country is having a renewed discussion about racism and prejudice in all its forms. The fact is that it has existed for a very long time. There is evidence of it in the Bible stories we often read as well. In our church in Vineland, I recently… Read more

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LuLu, the smallest member of Onamia United Methodist Church, recently stuffed the church’s new Little Free Pantry. The project was funded by the Early Childhood Coalition and in part by the Initiative Foundation, a regional community foundation. LuLu is the daughter of Shannon and David Smith. Read more

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Everyone seems to enjoy a good story – especially one where a difficult or dangerous situation is turned into a happy ending. The Readers Digest often has exciting stories that show God’s hand in bringing victory from tragedy. They refer to these as “miracle stories.” The Bible is full of su… Read more

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Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday School and older youth gathered recently to begin their season of Biblical study and activities. They are pictured in the church’s education building watching a puppet show narrated by Sunday School superintendent Laura Horsch. Observing is another instructor, … Read more

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Christian Womens’ Club will be held on Oct. 15 at 12:30 p.m., at Wahkon Inn. There will be lunch, and speaker Heidi Studer of Dent, Miinn., on “My New Amazing Grace Story.” Special feature will be Sharon Elg with her presentation of “The Queen of Clean.” Cost is $10. Read more

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In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus protested against a kind of prayer that focused on the one who prayed rather than evidencing a commitment to make things right in the world. The trouble in our English translation is that we begin by saying “our Father,” which focuses on us more than on God. Prayer… Read more

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I read an devotional in “Our Daily Bread” written by Jennifer Benson Schuldt in which she describes a painting of a body of water in which the sky and landscape are invisible in the background, but are clearly and exactly reflected in the water. She points out that Jesus is sort of like that… Read more

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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. Read more

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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