New Vicar for St. Bartholomew's

BEMIDJI-St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church recently welcomed the Rev. Matthew M. Cobb as their new priest-in-charge. Cobb comes to St. Bart's as a seminary educated, ordained Episcopal priest. He has done much work in and outside of the Episcopal Church, including extensive international travel, broad pastoral care expertise and has experience at the Minnesota Diocesan level, according to a release.

"My vision is not to introduce anything new," Cobb said in a release. "But to pressure-cook what is already there; to make it tender, attractive, and easy to digest. After all, we are to 'Be Communion' and that means both generosity and compassion in a time of fragmentariness."

Cobb, his wife and daughter now reside in Bemidji. In early 2018, he was called to the St. Peter's and St. John's Parishes on Leech Lake reservation. Cobb has plans to create within St. Bart's an 'Indigenous Theological Formation and Training Center' for the region.

St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church is located at 1800 Irvine Ave. Call (218) 444-6831 for more information, or visit

Bemidji area Aglow to host retreat April 6

BEMIDJI-The Northwest Minnesota Area Aglow is hosting a retreat on Saturday, April 6, at Mt. Zion Church, 414 Lincoln Ave. SE in Bemidji, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The speaker will be Dana Enright from Little Chute, Wis. Enright is the regional director of Aglow's North Central Region. She is a bold prophetic speaker and her love for God and His people resonates mightily as she calls people into their true identities, a release said. Registration is $20 (includes lunch). For information or to register,call (218) 586-2612. Registration deadline is Monday, March 25.

Bishop Sirba to lead service in Squaw Lake

SQUAW LAKE-Bishop Paul Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth will lead a healing service at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Squaw Lake at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.

The service, similar to other events that have been held around the diocese, is intended as part of the Catholic Church's response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal. The bishop is expected to pray with parishioners and answer questions as a way of continuing the healing process. Counseling will also be available.

Father Thomas Galarneault, the parish's pastor, says the purpose of the event include acknowledgment that abuse happened and asking forgiveness of those hurt by abuse, directly or indirectly, as well as seeking healing within the church.

For more information, contact the parish at (218) 743-3255.

Bemidji Area Women's Luncheon

BEMIDJI-Area women are invited to the Christian Women's Luncheon at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 18, at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE, front entrance.

Along with the meal, the program will feature Kimberly Dawn Nyborg, radio host from Psalm FM 92.7 speaking on "When you care enough to give...being a Caregiver." Cost of meal & program is $12. To make a reservation, call Linda at (218) 444-4709 or Carolyn at (218) 751-4597. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Bemidji Baptist - 50 & Better

BEMIDJI-Bemidji Baptist Church will host a Bible Study for anyone 50 yrs old and 'better', followed by a special meal, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at 2130 Paul Bunyan Drive SE. For more information call (218) 751-9311 or visit for details.

Zion Lutheran to hold Lenten supper and worship

BLACKDUCK-Zion Lutheran will hold a midweek Lenten soup supper and worship on Wednesdays, March 20, 27 and April 3 and 10. Supper will begin at 5 p.m. with worship starting at 6 p.m., each night. Zion Lutheran Church is located at 217 Main St. NW, Blackduck. Contact (218) 835-4530 for more information.

'Faith Discovery' at New Salem

TURTLE RIVER-Starting Wednesday, March 13, New Salem Lutheran Church will offer "Faith Discovery," a spiritual learning opportunity for youth and their families. Since many young families travel for various activities on the weekend and may not get to Sunday School as often as they would like, this midweek gathering similar to Sunday School was created for families to participate together. While the program is geared more toward children in the fourth grade and older, all are welcome. The "Faith Discovery" evenings are scheduled for the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month during the school year and begin with a simple supper at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. by scripture readings, discussions and other activities to foster faith growth.

For more information, contact the church at (218) 586-2262. New Salem Lutheran Church is located at 7491 Island View Drive NE, Turtle River.

Lenten services in Turtle River

TURTLE RIVER-New Salem Lutheran Church in Turtle River will host midweek Lenten services on March 20, 27 and April 3 and 10. The services will start at 7 p.m. and focus on the "I am" statements of Jesus.

All are welcome to come and share in this time of worship and reflection.

New Salem Lutheran is located 10 miles north of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 71.

Fish fry dinners in Laporte, Nevis

BEMIDJI-The Knights of Columbus Mother Teresa Council will hold a Fish Fry Dinner 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at St. Theodore's Church, 580 County Road 39, Laporte.

The menu consists of fish, coleslaw, french fries or homemade chips and coffee and lemonade. The cost is $10 per person, but not more than $30 for a family. Proceeds go toward Council activities in the communities. Everyone is welcome. For questions, call (218) 407-7862.

Lenten services at Trinity Lutheran

CASS LAKE-Trinity Lutheran Church, at 6810 U.S. Highway 2 W, invites the public to join them for worship and fellowship this Lenten season. The March 13 through April 10 services will be at 5:30 p.m. with a light soup supper afterward at 6 p.m. All are welcome. For questions, contact Orin Jensen at (218) 547-4823 or

Ministry of Caring Caregivers Conference April 25

BEMIDJI-The Ministry of Caring Caregivers conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive S. The keynote speaker will be Steve Zvonar, Board Certified Health Coach and Chiropractic Doctor focused on Functional Medicine, presenting 'Engaging in the Power of Emotion to Live a Purposeful Life.'

During this day-long conference, Dr. Zvonar will lead an interactive program to explore the positive side of four key emotions: anger, sadness, fear and happiness.

Registration fees are: $90 before April 23 then price goes up to $100, $35 for Students. Fee includes snacks, lunch & full-day presentation designed to meet MN Board of Nursing Continuing Education requirements for 6.5 CEUs. To register, call Cheryl Yarnott at (218) 214-0805.