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Faith briefs, March 8

'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, discussion and other activities to foster faith growth.

For more information, contact the church at (218) 586-2262. New Salem Lutheran Church is located in Turtle River, 10 miles north of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 71.

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. 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 purposes 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 on March 18

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 reservations, call Linda at (218) 444-4709 or Carolyn at (218) 751-4597. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Zion Lutheran to hold

Lenten supper and worship

BLACKDUCK—Zion Lutheran will hold a midweek Lenten soup supper and worship on Wednesdays, March 13, 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.

Bemidji Area Aglow

to meet March 9

BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Aglow will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 9, at Beltrami Electric, 4111 Technology Drive NW, in the Community Room. The power and inspirational gifts of the Holy Spirit will be presented by Judy Larson. Come to learn about these gifts and how they are expressed. All are welcome.

Porta to present series

on Life of Stephen

BEMIDJI—Mt. Zion Church of Bemidji will host a seminar series on the Life of Stephen, presented by Chuck Porta of Ram's Horn Ministries, in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Porta has been a pastor, evangelist, and traveling Bible teacher for more than 40 years. His weekend Life of Stephen series is an offshoot of his eight-week Life of Paul series that he has presented in many churches nationwide. Sessions on Stephen will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 (with light lunch provided); and on Sunday, March 17, as part of the regular worship service at 10 a.m. The seminar sessions are free and open to the public; participants may give a freewill offering in support of the speaker. Mt. Zion is located at 414 Lincoln Ave. SE.

Lenten services

in Turtle River

TURTLE RIVER—New Salem Lutheran Church in Turtle River will host midweek Lenten services on March 13, 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 is having two Fish Fry Dinners in March, one held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at Our Lady of the Pines, 205 Main Street, Nevis.

The second will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at St. Theodore's Church, 580 County Road 39, Laporte.

Both dinners include 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 mjensen@arvig.net.