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Torrey Zimmerman poses for a photo at Crossroads Church in Albert Lea. — Kelli Lageson

rossroads Church is a growing church, and its leaders don’t want to become a large, cold church where congregants can’t work on their faith. Its new associate pastor, Torrey Zimmerman, wants to make sure people feel comfortable and can be active in their faith. He has some experience with this, as his last church, in Anchorage, Alaska, was even larger than Crossroads. “You can choose to come to church and be anonymous, but others want support,” Zimmerman said. “We want to make small environments for that to happen.” Zimmerman said he hopes to create small groups where people can connect with others and continue to work on their faith. “The Christian life is meant to be lived out,” Zimmerman said. Zimmerman, 39, moved to Albert Lea in January with his wife, Clare, and three children, Ana, 12, Grace, 8, and Eric, 5. Clare works from home. He said they’re still adjusting after living in Alaska but like the Albert Lea area so far. “We had gotten used to living with mountains all around,” Zimmerman said. He said that while Albert Lea is small, it also seems close-knit. He’s excited to continue to get to know parishioners, of which there are about 700 at Crossroads. “I’m excited about the opportunity to lead and to follow,” Zimmerman said. Zimmerman said he used to work in the corporate world, and said he had a clear sense of calling. That brought him to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill. “When God says go, you go,” Zimmerman said. He said the interview process with Crossroads was quick, and he was glad that parishioners were confident in him. “It’s an amazingly warm place,” Zimmerman said. Zimmerman said he will do some administrative work as well as direct pastoral work. He’s hoping to learn more about church leadership because one of his long-term goals would be to be a senior pastor. “For the time being, I’m very happy,” Zimmerman said. He spoke highly of the church’s volunteers and said they’re committed and passionate. He also appreciates the children’s ministry, and the church’s history of being involved in the community. “We’re just really thrilled to be here,” Zimmerman said. — Kelli Lageson

Meet 5 young

Christians from the area Lucas and Mandy Schuster Age: Lucas, 24, and Mandy, 27 City: Albert Lea Church: Albert Lea Vineyard Church Favorite Bible verse: Lucas: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3. Mandy: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11.

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A marriage of 2 religions Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 320 W. College, Albert Lea, MN 507-373-6097 Sunday worship: 9:00 a.m. Sunday school & Bible study: 10:30 a.m. We follow only God’s Word. Hear & delight in Salvation through Christ alone!

First Lutheran Church

301 W Clark St. • 373-6424 ELCA

8:00 a.m. Traditional Worship 9:15 a.m. Blended Worship 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship 9:15 a.m. Sunday School 6:30 p.m. Thursday Chapel Service

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Taryn Israel-Nechanicky and her husband, Mark Nechanicky, come from two different religious backgrounds but incorporate both into their marriage. Israel-Nechanicky practices Judaism, and Mark practices Christianity. Israel-Nechanicky grew up in a diverse metro area so it wasn’t uncommon for several religions to be practiced. When the Michigan-native moved away to college and started her first teaching job she became a minority at a mostly white Christian school. On their first date, their religions came up in conversation. The fact that Israel-Nechanicky was Jewish didn’t really bother Mark, who grew up in Albert Lea. “He’s just the kind of person that likes to learn about new things,” she said. When he was in college, Mark toured Eastern Europe and had visited two concentration camps, so he already had knowledge about some Jewish history when they met. “We found that we have very similar values

as far as how our families raised us even though we have different religion,” Israel-Nechanicky said. Before getting married, the couple took an inter-cultural class. They learned that all marriages are inter-cultural in some way because there are two different family cultures coming together. Because they each valued their own religious background, they decided they could make it work and would raise their daughter, Anais, now 2, knowing where they both come from. “Religion is not a huge issue yet,” Israel-Nechanicky said. “For a two and a half year old, to them everything is sacred.” The family mostly attends a local Methodist church, but when they have the chance, they go to a synagogue in Rochester. Israel-Nechanicky said she is very fortunate because both of their families have been accepting from the beginning. “There’s bigger issues than dogma that both our families are interested in,” Israel-Nechanicky said. “We’re looking at

the person. Truly we are all one and truly we have very similar values about love and peace and all the universal things that transcend religion.” Israel-Nechanicky said that when she is at the Methodist church she feels welcome and can have a spiritual experience because it isn’t building specific, but she misses being able to attend a synagogue more often. She said there hasn’t been any problems with each practicing their own religion. “We’re open to each other’s different traditions,” Israel-Nechanicky said. “We don’t have the belief that there is only one right way to do things or there is only one path to God. Our openness and respect of each other’s traditions and heritage has made it work for us.” While the Nechanickys support each other by going to both religious places, they don’t consider themselves both Methodist and Jewish. They each respectfully opt out during parts of the services that would

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require them to state they have a certain belief. Israel-Nechanicky said in history there has been so much pressure to convert Jewish people to be whatever the majority religion is that she is weary of assimilating too much. The Methodist church and the synagogue are aware there are inter-religious couples and they work to make the other partner feel welcome. At the synagogue the Nechanickys attend, a Christian prayer is said during holidays because they know it’s important to educate and not exclude the partners. At the Methodist church, Israel-Nechanicky has become the first Jewish bell ringer and has taken the confirmation classes to the synagogue as a learning experience. She said it is good to learn about other religions especially since Christianity and Judaism have a history together. They share the Old Testament, and just because one learns doesn’t mean they have to practice or believe in it. — Brandi Hagen

Daphne Hamborg, new pastor at Bear Lake Concordia Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Conger, said she’s always been interested in theology. The Tribune did a profile piece on her in September of 2011. — Sarah Stultz

Nancy Overgaard, new chaplain at Thorne Crest Retirement Community, said she’s looking forward to serving all faiths at the nursing home. The Tribune did a profile piece on her in December of 2011. — Kelli Lageson

8:00 a.m. Sunday Traditional 10:30 a.m. Contemporary 9:15 a.m. Education Hour 6:45 p.m. Thursday Worship 924 Bridge Ave., Albert Lea, MN 507-373-8609 •


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Father and daughter travel to Haiti F

ERGUS FALLS — Annie Berger, daughter of Fergus Falls physician Lonnie Berger, always wanted to go on a medical trip with her father to help people in need. This desire was fulfilled from Feb. 6 to Feb. 15 when a 22-person Church of the Nazarene group worked on the construction of a new clinic and assisted at an older medical facility in Haiti. Lonnie practiced at Albert Lea Medical Center when their family lived in Albert Lea. Annie said she was excited for the trip to Haiti as it would be a fatherand-daughter medical trip. “This will fulfill one of the wishes on our bucket list,” she said before she left. “We’ll travel as a team, one being a doctor (Lonnie) and the other a physician’s assistant (Annie). We’ll work with

two nurses and a sonographer from our team along with a Haitian doctor and nurse.” Some team members from Fergus Falls worked in an older clinic while others painted, roofed and built benches for the new clinic. The new clinic was dedicated on Feb. 12. Haiti is a Caribbean country that occupies the western, smaller portion of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. The death count was estimated at 220,000. Thousands of people were injured and thousands more were left homeless. “I’m looking forward to working in the medical clinic with the Haitian physicians,” said Lonnie. “We’re able to bring muchneeded medicines along

with us from donations we’ve received from the community, family and friends.” Annie was born in Fergus Falls when her father worked there as a chiropractor. She and her father and mother, Kathy, and four siblings later moved to another community. Her father attended medical school, graduated and moved back to Fergus Falls in 2011 after residing in Tyler, west of Marshall. Annie graduated from Albert Lea High School in 2006 and Gustavus Adolphus College in 2009 with a degree in health fitness. In December 2011 she obtained a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She previously spent four months in South

Africa on an internship, caring for children infected with HIV. Annie and her father first learned about the Church of the Nazarene trip to Haiti in June 2011, during a Sunday worship at the church in Fergus Falls. “My father and I looked at each other, and we each knew this was an opportunity we needed to take as a father and daughter,” said Annie. The Church of the Nazarene group was part of an organization called Work and Witness. They served in Bleck, Haiti, in the mountain regions near the Dominican Republic border. Each person on the trip had two suitcases, one for personal belongings and the other for supplies for those in need in Haiti. Hand sanitizers, soap and other supplies were badly needed. — Tom Hintgen

Annie, a physician’s assistant, and Lonnie Berger pose for a photo They traveled to Haiti to volunteer at a medical facility earlier this month. — Submitted photo

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SALEM LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA) 115 N Washington, Albert Lea, MN

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invites you to worship with us. We are a 147-year-old congregation whose members voted to leave the ELCA and joined the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

We are pleased to announce that Pastor Kent Otterman is leading our worship service. Our worship service begins at 8:00 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Please come and worship with us and join us for fellowship and coffee following the service.

Bringing people together & BECOMING disciples for christ We invite you to worship with us this week! sunday worship • 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Hope to see you soon.

We are located off exit 2 on I-35, approximately 6 miles south of Albert Lea at 12881 757 Ave. We are handicappedaccessible.

We Are Five Individual Churches Working Together To Share Christ in Our World By Sharing Staff and Resources We Strengthen Our Congregations and Communities

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Silver Lake Lutheran Church – Rural Northwood, IA Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11:00 a.m Winnebago Lutheran Church – Rural Lake Mills, IA Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m.

wednesday worship • 6:00 p.m. Pastors: Rev. Todd M. Walsh, Rev. Andrea J. Myers

Bethany Lutheran Church – Joice, IA Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Worship 9:00 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church – Scarville, IA Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Worship 9:30 a.m. Lunder Lutheran Church – Rural Albert Lea

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Sunday, February 26, 2012 • Albert Lea Tribune • Page 5 Match the letter to the church Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church Albert Lea Vineyard Church Ascension Lutheran Church Calvary Baptist Church Central Freeborn Lutheran Church Christ Episcopal Church Concordia Lutheran Church, Pickerel Lake Faith Baptist Church First Lutheran Church Grace Christian Church Grace Lutheran Church New Life Christian Church Our Father’s House Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Salem Lutheran Church Seventh-day Adventist Church St. Theodore Catholic Church Trinity Lutheran Church United Methodist Church of Albert Lea Zion Lutheran Church


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Christians from the area

Continued from Page 1

Elisha Marin

Age: 19 City: Albert Lea Church: Grace Christian Church Favorite Bible verse: He has two; one is Matthew 28:19-20: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The other is the entire Chapter 17 of Acts.

Alex Jahnke Age: 17 City: Albert Lea Church: St. Theodore Catholic Church Favorite Bible verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all yours ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

James Winnes Age: 26 City: Albert Lea Church: Crossroads Church Favorite Bible verse: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2.

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residents $63,675 in 2011, at a time when 41 percent of adults say it’s hard for their family to pay for medications. Thousands of prescriptions go unfilled simply because they are too expensive to fill. But free FamilyWize prescription discount cards,

provided by United Way of Freeborn County, address this problem. Last year, this partnership cuts residents’ costs of medicines by an average of 35 percent. The FamilyWize card saves an average of $20 per prescription. Those savings oftentimes mean the difference between taking a medicine or skipping it.

United Way of Freeborn County is part of a nationwide grassroots effort in conjunction with FamilyWize Community Service Partnership. The free cards are accepted at 95 percent of pharmacies nationwide, including all major chains. Using a card to save on prescriptions doesn’t require enrollment or personal infor-

Important facts to know • 16 percent of Americans weren’t able to fill a prescription in 2010 because of cost. That number is estimated at 21 percent for 2011. • Patients not taking medicine as prescribed cost the U.S. health care system roughly $290 billion per year in extra treatment and related costs. • Every dollar spent on medication decreases total health costs to patients, insurers and government health programs by about $10.10 for people with high blood pressure, $8.40 for congestive heart failure patients and $6.70 for those with diabetes. • There were more than 100 million Americans in 2011 who were uninsured for all or part of the year — about 35 percent of the population. • FamilyWize is free, does not require enrollment or personal information and is available to anyone. Discounts vary depending on the drug, but the program can save up to 75 percent. Average savings are 35 percent.

mation, so they’re ready to use the minute you receive one, according to Dan Barnes, co-chairman of FamilyWize. “This helps people who have no insurance the most, but it can also help people with insurance if it doesn’t cover their medicine,” Barnes said. “It’s easy, like using a coupon. Just take it to your local pharmacist, and they’ll know exactly what to do to automatically apply all the savings available to you.” To get your FamilyWize discount card, call 507-373-8670 or visit familywize. Cards are also available at Curt’s Pharmacy, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Shopko, Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, Sterling Drug, Walgreens and Walmart. — Kelli Lageson

Answers to “Name that Church” from Page 4 and 5


Match the letter to the church Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church Albert Lea Vineyard Church Ascension Lutheran Church Calvary Baptist Church Central Freeborn Lutheran Church Christ Episcopal Church Concordia Lutheran Church, Pickerel Lake Faith Baptist Church First Lutheran Church Grace Christian Church Grace Lutheran Church New Life Christian Church Our Father’s House Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Salem Lutheran Church Seventh-day Adventist Church St. Theodore Catholic Church Trinity Lutheran Church United Methodist Church of Albert Lea Zion Lutheran Church

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First Lutheran Church set aside $2,193.81 for a nursing home. First Board of Directors elected. Board chose…”St. John’s Lutheran Home” as name. St. John’s Board purchases 10 acres on Highway 13 and Elmira. C. Scriver Pederson installed as first Chaplain and Superintendent Rite of Groundbreaking for St. John’s Lutheran Home. Women’s Auxiliary Organized with 150 women. St. John’s Lutheran Home opened with 72 beds. East Wing Addition adding 72 additional beds. St. John’s Foundation was incorporated. Annexes completed adding 62 additional beds. Building of Chapel, office and therapy areas. Luther Place Condos open. Broke ground for Knutson Place Apartments. First tenant moves into Knutson place. Dedication of Sheltering Arms Memory Unit. St. John’s purchases 52 acres of the former country club site.

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