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Candidates waiting, but not asking, for a call: Fargo-based Lutheran synod to elect bishop this weekend

May 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

GRAND FORKS — Although pastors from Grand Forks and Grafton are nominees to be elected this weekend the new bishop of the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America during a meeting in the Alerus Center, you won’t se…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Zion Lutheran boys’ basketball team first at Martin County Invite

December 27, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

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Annual Election Day lutefisk supper more about food than politics

November 4, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR Forget Republican or Democrat. At the Vinje Lutheran Church lutefisk and meatball supper, held every year on Election Day, people align themselves with two different but equally polarizing parties: butter or cream sauce.
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Beloved pastor retires after years of spiritual guidance

July 30, 2012 in The Daily Republic

After the Lord, the Rev. Dave Astrup was the most honored presence Sunday at the Mitchell First Lutheran Church’s 10 a.m. service.
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Local Lutheran pastor plans to retire at end of July

July 17, 2012 in The Daily Republic

The Rev. David Astrup, senior pastor since 1996 at First Lutheran, Mitchell, will retire at the end of July. A luncheon honoring Astrup and his wife Pat will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 29, in First Lutheran’s Family Life Center. Continue Reading

Maple Lake, Minn., baptisms attract many

June 11, 2012 in DL-Online

Cody Olson wanted to go the whole enchilada in his baptism Sunday in the waters of Maple Lake, choosing “full immersion,” over having water simply poured over his head. “It seems more religious,” he said beforehand. “You’re not only washing sins away, you’re washing everything away.” Continue Reading

Lutheran body plans jubilee

June 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A small Lutheran denomination that began in the Red River Valley half a century ago is back where it started to celebrate its 50th anniversary this week. Continue Reading

New pastor hired for Mitchell, Armour Lutheran churches

April 17, 2012 in The Daily Republic

On Sunday, the Rev. Craig Benson will be installed as the pastor of Amazing Grace Free Lutheran Church in Mitchell and St. Peter Lutheran Church in rural Armour. Continue Reading

Sex charges against ex-pastor stir online controversy for Minnesota Missouri Synod Lutherans

April 16, 2012 in DL-Online

A spirited discussion is taking place on a website written by and used by members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod promising possible controversy this week at a district convention in Alexandria, Minn., over how the conservative denomination will respond to growing reports that church officials allowed the lay pastor to be hired near Bemidji despite his 1983 conviction for sexually abusing a minor. He was arrested last month on similar charges.
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FAITH: EGF Bible conference today … Unitarians film discussions .. Veggie Tales in Crookston

February 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

he Rev. Jerry Moan will speak on “It is Written,” at a Mid-Winter Bible Conference continuing today from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Christ the King Free Lutheran Church, 1913 Third Ave. N.W., East Grand Forks. Continue Reading