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of Churches

Alexandria United Methodist. . . . . . . . 7 Alexandria Covenant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Bethesda Lutheran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Church in the Pines. . . . . . . . . . . 11 Calvary Lutheran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Catalyst Covenant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Chippewa Lutheran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Christina Lake Lutheran, Evansville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Cornerstone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 East Moe Lutheran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Ebenezer Lutheran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Emmanuel Episcopal. . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Fahlun Lutheran, Nelson. . . . . . . . . . 26 Faith Lutheran, Evansville. . . . . . . . . 27 Faith Lutheran, Miltona. . . . . . . . . . . 28 First Congregational UCC. . . . . . . . . 30 First Lutheran, Kensington. . . . . . . . . 31 First Lutheran, Alexandria. . . . . . . . . 32 First Presbyterian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Good Shepherd Lutheran. . . . . . . . . 36 Gospel Light Baptist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Grace Lutheran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Church for the Harvest. . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Immaculate Conception Catholic. . 42 Lake Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Lakeland United Pentecostal. . . . . . 44 LifeRight Outreach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 4 The Churches of Douglas County • 2021

Reach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Living Word Lutheran. . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Love INC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran. . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Mount Carmel Ministries. . . . . . . . . . 52 New Life Christian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 New Testament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Osakis Lutheran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Oscar Lake Lutheran, ELCA. . . . . . . 56 Our Lady of the Seven Dolors. . . . . 57 St. Ann’s Catholic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Our Savior’s Lutheran. . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Rose City Free. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Shalom Lutheran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Solem Lutheran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Spirit Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 St. John’s Evangelical. . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 St. Luke’s Lutheran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 St. Nicholas Catholic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 The Church of St. Mary. . . . . . . . . . . 68 St. Paul’s Lutheran of Moe Township. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran. . . . . 71 Trinity Lutheran, Carlos. . . . . . . . . . . 72 Trinity Lutheran, Holmes City. . . . . . 73 Trinity Lutheran LCMS, Evansville. 74 West Moe Lutheran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Zion Lutheran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

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The Churches of Douglas County The Churches of Douglas County, a publication of the Echo Press, is an informative guide to the churches and church organizations in our county. It includes contact information, clergy members, church beliefs, mission statements, membership information, photographs, and historical information for the churches that have chosen to participate in this directory. Thank you to all the churches and generous sponsors who made this church guide possible.

Publisher: Diann Drew • Designer: Lori Mork Echo Press | www.echopress.com (320) 763-3133 a publication of the Echo Press

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Alexandria United Methodist Church 2210 Sixth Avenue E. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 763-2642 EMAIL: office@alexumc.org WEBSITE: www.alexumc.org CLERGY EMAIL: PastorGary@alexumc.org STAFF: Gary Taylor, Pastor Ginger Mayer, Admin. Assistant Megan Lens, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries Michael Klumper, Custodian MEMBERS: 225 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 9 a.m. Sundays Sunday School: 10 a.m.

OUR CHURCH: Building upon its rich Wesleyan heritage of social justice ministry, the United Methodist Church continues to proclaim grace and freedom in the name and spirit of Jesus. We are a community of faith in action, a giving church, actively giving church, actively addressing community and world concerns. Current ministry outreach includes: •Fellowship Gardens - free organic raised bed gardens •Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool-innovative curriculum and design fosters a strong relationship between children and nature. •Lectionary-based Bible studies •Book- and video-based discussion groups-engage emerging Christian concepts •United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) - addressing global concerns •Wood Fired Oven - Community gathering on Wednesday nights in the summer. MISSION: Alexandria United Methodist Church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Alexandria Covenant Church 4005 Dakota St. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 763-5659 EMAIL: ecc@alexandriacovenant.org WEBSITE: alexandriacovenant.org STAFF: Trinity Opp, Senior Pastor Dave Mergens, Pastor of Adult Formation Gregg Donnelly, Pastor of Connection and Care Brian Farka, Pastor of Student Ministry Sarah Erickson, Director of Middle School Ministry Nancy Holm, Director of Worship Ministry David LeVahn, Director of Technical Ministry Chanda Winkels, Pastor of Elementary Children’s Ministry Julie Barnes, Director of Preschool Children’s Ministry SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. Traditional worship; 9:30 and 11 a.m. Contemporary worship. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. (Sept.-May for 3 years old through adult)

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OUR MISSION: • To be a people of God who are committed to Loving Jesus, Becoming Like Jesus and Sharing Jesus with the world. WE BELIEVE: • Jesus Christ is the center of all life and people can find new life in a relationship with Him. OUR MINISTRIES: • We have many ministry groups serving in the areas of adults, children, youth, hospitality, local and global missions, small groups and many more. Special weekly ministries include Celebrate Recovery, Awana for children and youth groups for teenagers. Visit alexandriacovenant.org for more information. OUR HISTORY: • Founded in 1946, Alexandria Covenant Church started out small – 13 charter members meeting in a home. It now includes more than 1,200 regular attendees.



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Bethesda Lutheran Church

1204 No. Nokomis NE Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 763-5164

EMAIL: bethesdachurch1204@gmail.com WEBSITE: bethesdaalexandria.org CLERGY: Pastor Jerry Lanes PASTOR EMAIL: pastorlanes@gmail.com MEMBERS: 393 baptized members SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Saturday worship, 5 p.m. Sunday worship, 9:30 a.m. Youth Night, Wednesday 5 p.m. (Sept-May)

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OUR MINISTRIES: Bethesda’s ministries identify programs and activities that allow members of Bethesda to care and provide for the needs of others, focusing on the needs of those outside the church, in the community, and in the world. Some of those include Douglas County Food Shelf, ELCA Disaster Response, the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, missionary sponsorship and more. OUR VISION AND MISSION: A Congregation: Growing in faith. Gracious in love. Generous in mission. Gathered and sent to proclaim and serve Christ.

The Church in the Pines

3992 Highway 27 W. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 760-6190

EMAIL: churchadmin@thechurchinthepines.org WEBSITE: www.thechurchinthepines.org CLERGY: Jay Jensen, Jeremy Lanctot, Eric Schmidt, Neil Thielke MEMBERS: 300 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sundays: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Nursery (ages 0 to 5) second service only.

OUR MISSION: • To share the powerful simplicity of the gospel to the broken, hurting, searching and lonely and introduce them to their Savior. • Disciple the body of Christ on the magnitude of the finished work of the cross. • Establish a solid foundation of what it means to be a child of God. Thoroughly understanding who and whose they are in Christ. • To disciple the body of Christ to live out their promised victorious life while utilizing their God-given gifts to walk out the Great Commission in our community. STATEMENT OF FAITH: God’s Word is our guide. www.thechurchinthepines.org/whatwe-believe CHURCH VISION: The Church in the Pines is an oasis of loving nurture where the body of Christ learns to fully understand and live out their true identity in Christ.

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Calvary Lutheran Church

605 Douglas Street Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 763-5178

All Are Welcome! No matter who you are or where you’ve been, you are welcome here!

FAX: (320) 763-1459 EMAIL: office@calvaryalex.org WEBSITE: www.calvaryalex.org

At Calvary, you’ll be welcomed into a friendly, casual environment by people who are excited to see you. All you have to do from here is come as you are and find out more for yourself! Our goal is to lead people to a lifelong faith in Jesus Christ. At Calvary, you don’t need to have all the answers. You don’t need to be perfect. We want you to come as you are and let God work in your heart. At Calvary, we believe there are three ingredients to a lifelong faith: Worshiping. Connecting. Serving. This is what we do and we can’t wait to join you on your journey of faith!

CLERGY: Hans Dahl, Lead Pastor Angie Larson, Executive Minister MEMBERS: 2,149 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Join us online anytime at www.calvaryalex. org, or YouTube (calvaryalexandria). Or, join us Sunday on Facebook, calvaryalexchurch (9 a.m.), in Alexandria on Charter Cable Channel 181 (9 a.m.), or 99.3 FM Radio (10:30 a.m.). Memorial Day-Labor Day, join us for Calvary at the Lake, in-person worship at Luther Crest Bible Camp. Find out more at www. calvaryalex.org.

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Catalyst Covenant Church P.O. Box 188 Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 766-5725 EMAIL: jimblacksongs@icloud.com Look us up on Facebook at www.facebook. com/CatalystCovenantChurch STAFF: Jim Black, Lead Pastor, Church Planter SCHEDULE: 10 a.m. Worship Gathering at Common Ground Coffee House, Upper Room 516 Hawthorne St. Alexandria, MN 56308

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OUR CHURCH: • At Catalyst, we want to enjoy life together by connecting with God and loving and serving others. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be a certain age. And don’t feel the need to pretend about anything. Catalyst Covenant Church is a place where God meets people who are far from perfect. So anyone is welcome, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. • We are a community striving to love God, each other and our neighbors, which is not an uncommon goal in words but in the actual obedience to His words. • Give us a call or stop by to have a cup of coffee and worship with us!

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Chippewa Lutheran Church 6655 County Road 7 NW P.O. Box 32 Brandon, MN 56315 (320) 834-4875 EMAIL: chippewalutheran@gmail.com WEBSITE: www.brandonmn.com/ChippewaLutheranChurch.htm CLERGY: Pastor Steve Junker and Pastor Troy Tysdal MEMBERS: 221 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 9 a.m. Sunday School: 10:15 a.m.

OUR MISSION: • “Reaching our Community for Christ.” • It is our desire at Chippewa Lutheran Church to be faithful to Jesus Christ and obedient to His Word. It is with thankful hearts that we give Him the glory for His help. OUR BELIEFS: • We believe the Bible to be the true, inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God. We hold that the Bible, as a whole and in all its parts, is the true Word of God, regardless of man’s attitude toward it. We also administer the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. OUR CHURCH: • We are a member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). We are not a synod, but an association of free and living congregations.

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Christina Lake Lutheran Church 22156 County Road 24 NW Evansville, MN 56326 (218) 948-2218 EMAIL: christina@gctel.net CLERGY: Rev. Dr. Mark Erickson, pastormarkerickson@yahoo.com MEMBERS: 120 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sunday Service: Jan. 1-June 30, 10:30 a.m. July 1-Dec. 31, 8:30 a.m. Communion: First Sunday of the month.

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OUR CHURCH: • All are welcome. We offer Sunday Services, Ladies’ Aid, Confirmation, Sunday School, fellowship and more. • Christina Lake Lutheran Church was founded in 1871 and is located on the scenic road between Evansville and Battle Lake. It is nestled in the midst of a historic cemetery, one mile east of Melby. • The church’s original name was St. Christina, and it was organized on the eastern shore of Lake Christina. Its present sanctuary is the second; the first was destroyed by fire in 1958. The present sanctuary is fully air conditioned. • It is the mother church of 16 other congregations in the area and features stained glass windows by the German-American artist Dieterich Spahn. • Christina Lake Lutheran Church celebrated its 130th anniversary of its cemetery in 2008. • Church membership is drawn from Douglas, Grant and Otter Tail counties.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1427 Lake St. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 763-6721 WEBSITE: ChurchofJesusChrist.org and ComeUntoChrist.org CLERGY: Bishop Rogers MEMBERS: 230 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 10 a.m.-noon Sundays OUR MINISTRIES: Young Men/Young Women/Activity Day, Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.

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Cornerstone Church

202 Seventh Ave. E. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 762-1565

EMAIL: office@cornerstoneofalexandria.com WEBSITE: www.cornerstoneofalexandria.com CLERGY: Darryl Knappen, Senior Pastor 320-766-9162 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 10 a.m. Sundays Amazing Grace Cafe: 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays Teaching/Application Time: 11:15 a.m. Sundays Fellowship Lunch: Noon, 2nd and 4th Sundays OUR BELIEFS: • “We believe the Bible is the Word of God, which is fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. This means that it is our only authority in matters of faith and conduct.” OUR CHURCH: • Cornerstone is a family-integrated Baptist Church, meaning we believe in families worshiping, meeting and studying

together. We believe that the church is a family of families, where the church family (composed of singles, grandparents and families) is supporting the nuclear family in their spiritual development. We do this by encouraging fathers to be the spiritual leaders (pastors) of their homes and mothers to nurture and nourish the next generation to walk with God for His glory. • We are also a church that is highly committed to the Great Commission, which commands us to make disciples of all peoples. To accomplish that task, we plan on engaging 100 percent of our members to the task of evangelism, which is the proclamation and spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. • You will experience a worshipful blend of songs that makes Jesus the focus of our adoration during worship services. Our services are not the traditional liturgical type; rather, worshipers are encouraged to participate in singing easy-to-sing songs once they catch the melody. OUR MINISTRIES: • Some of Cornerstone’s ministries include Heartbeat Bible Studies and partner ministries with Trout Lake Camp and ZEMA (Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa).

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East Moe Lutheran Church

3531 E. Moe Road NW Garfield, MN 56332

EMAIL: moelutheranparish@gmail.com WEBSITE: www.moelutheranparish.org CLERGY: Jerry Peterson, Pastor (320) 766-7674 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 10 a.m. Sundays Check by phone, church sign, email or website for current time. Sunday School is at West Moe

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OUR CHURCH: • East Moe holds true to its Lutheran heritage through Word and Sacrament, incorporating traditional worship service. OUR HISTORY: • East Moe was built in 1882 on land donated by Hans Pederson. On Sept. 3, 1882, the first worship service was held. • It was organized as Ostre Moe (East Moe) May 28, 1886, with 172 members. • In 1888, the congregation was officially incorporated as Ostre Moe Norkse Evangeliske Lutherske Menighed.

Ebenezer Lutheran Church,LCMS 13070 County Road 6 NW Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 834-2595 WEBSITE: Find us on Facebook, ebenezerleafvalley CLERGY: Scott Brown, Pastor SERVICES: Please call for service times. OUR MISSION: • To proclaim God’s love to a hurting world.

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Emmanuel Episcopal Church 602 12th Ave. E. P.O. Box 231 Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 763-3201 EMAIL: episcopal@centurylink.net WEBSITE: www.alexmnepiscopal.org CLERGY: Rev. Tom Sinning, Pastor SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Sunday School: 9:30 a.m., first and third Sundays of the month Please visit our website for times and information about adult classes, special services, activities and events. OUR MISSION: • Emmanuel welcomes everyone who wants to become closer to Jesus Christ. Our services are traditional and based on the Book of Common Prayer, but we are forward in our thinking and embrace all who seek a church home. A variety of music, Scripture readings and prayers are part of our worship experience.

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OUR MINISTRIES: • We participate in many projects that benefit people in our area. Emmanuel founded and still heavily supports the Douglas County Food Shelf. We have several ongoing service projects through which we reach out to charities and missions both locally and in the greater community. • We have Godly Play-based Sunday school, Bible study and seasonal activities. Several times a year, we have meals for anyone who is looking for good food and friendly people. • After church each Sunday, we have an informal coffee hour where we get to know each other better. OUR HISTORY: • Emmanuel Episcopal is one of the oldest churches in Alexandria. It was founded in the fall of 1859 by Bishop Henry Whipple. Like many frontier churches, services were held in homes. • The first church building was consecrated in 1875 at the corner of Fifth and Fillmore. The building was used until the current church building was constructed in 1966. We invite you to come and worship with us.

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Fahlun Lutheran Church 3550 County Road 74 NE P.O. Box 724 Nelson, MN 56355 (320) 763-9500 EMAIL: oursavioursfahlun@gmail.com CLERGY: Jeremy Pedersen, Pastor (sharing with Our Saviour’s Lutheran) MEMBERS: 65 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 10:30 a.m. Fifth Sundays combined worship with Our Saviour’s. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m.

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OUR MISSION: • It is the mission of our church to carry the Word of God to all people. We will strive to help those in need and to be a rock for them to lean on and a shelter for them to feel safe. OUR MINISTRIES: • The Women of the Word meet once a month. • We joined the Augustana District of LCMC. OUR HISTORY: • Our church organized May 31, 1871. • Our present building was built in 1891. • A pipe organ was installed in 1909 and is still being used. • The church is decorated in Swedish traditional at Christmas. • We will celebrate our 150th anniversary on May 23, 2021.

Faith Lutheran Church, Evansville “Grace Through Faith Ministries Parish” 526 State St. NW Evansville, MN 56326 (218) 948-2574 or (320) 834-4589 EMAIL: faithlc@gctel.com WEBSITE: www.gracethroughfaithministries.com CLERGY: Pastor Marcus Kunz, interim MEMBERS: 390 baptized SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: 9:30 a.m., also available online 8 a.m. every day on Gardonville Channel 4 and Selective TV 21.4 Check website for updated scheduling. MISSION STATEMENT: • “Growing together in Christ to minister, to love and to serve.”

WE BELIEVE: • We are a faith family, a faith community, an ELCA Christian body called by God to love and support each other, as well as our surrounding community, through acts of love and service. We are a family because we recognize that, through the gift of Holy Baptism, we are all beloved children of God. We are all members of God’s family through Jesus Christ. • Therefore, we all love and support each other through worship, prayer, conversation, visitation, acts of service and fellowship activities. We are excited for the opportunities that the Holy Spirit is opening for us! • Come join us in our faith journey. Let us together continue to trust in grace and renewal and reflect the love that God has shone upon us. • Please check out our website and find us on Facebook at “Grace Through Faith Ministries” for all our ministry, adult and youth opportunities.

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Faith Lutheran Church ELCA, Miltona 5500 County Road 14 NE P.O. Box 123 Miltona, MN 56354 (218) 943-2891 EMAIL: faith310@midwestinfo.net WEBSITE: www.faithlutheranmiltona.com CLERGY: John M. Riggle, Pastor Cell: (712) 449-0027 Email: johnmriggle@gmail.com SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Weekly on Sunday mornings MISSION STATEMENT: “Our mission is to worship God by loving and serving our neighbors and making disciples of Jesus Christ.”

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MINISTRIES: • Worship • Choir • Bells • Sunday School • Confirmation • Bible Study • Fellowship • Service • Outreach OUR CHURCH: • Faith Lutheran Church is a welcoming, energetic, and growing congregation. Our mission is to worship God by loving and serving our neighbors and making disciples for Jesus Christ. We offer a safe place to explore questions of meaning, purpose and belonging … brought together and growing in Christ. • Faith Lutheran is 9/10 of a mile east of Minnesota State Highway 29 on Douglas County Highway 14 NE.


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First Congregational United Church of Christ

221 Seventh Ave. W. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 763-3341

EMAIL:office@firstcongregationaluccalex. com WEBSITE: www.firstcongregationaluccalex.com CLERGY: Rev. Dr. Jill Sanders MEMBERS: 165 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 10 a.m. Sundays (broadcast on KXRA AM at 11 a.m. the first Sunday of each month) Communion: Second Sunday of each month OUR MINISTRIES: Our ministries include meaningful worship on Sundays for all ages, small group experiences for children, educational and spiritual growth for all throughout the year, local and global mission projects, and women’s group meetings.

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OUR MISSION: • To demonstrate God’s presence, strength, faithfulness and love, collectively and individually, in God’s world. WE BELIEVE: • We believe our worship and service, in the name of Jesus Christ,are our top priorities. • We believe “God is Still Speaking” through Scripture inspired by the Holy Spirit. • We believe all people are created in the divine image of God, regardless of age, ability, culture, race, gender or orientation. All are loved and welcomed at First Congregational Church. OUR CHURCH: • Find us on Facebook at “First Congregational United Church of Christ, Alexandria,” where people believe, belong, and become. • Watch us weekday mornings, 11:45 a.m., on cable TV Channel 181. • Watch us live on Sunday mornings on YouTube: http://tiny.cc/firstcongo

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EMAIL: 1stluthe@runestone.net WEBSITE: Neighbors in Faith - First Lutheran Church, Kensington Facebook page CLERGY: Pastor Irving Arnquist SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sunday service varies between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. ~ Check Neighbors in Faith Facebook page

OUR MINISTRIES: • Naomi Bible Study meets the second Tuesday of every month at church. • Ladies WELCA meets most months on the first Sunday at 10 a.m. at church. • Choir Practice on Wednesday at 6 p.m. • Prayer Partner Brunch is on the first Saturday in December. • Country Fair is held in September. • Meatball dinner is on the first Sunday in March. • Salad Luncheon is held in May. • Hog Roast is on the first Sunday in October. • Soup and sandwiches are served at 6 p.m. before Lenten services.

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First Lutheran Church, Alexandria 1655 18th Ave. W., Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 762-2196 EMAIL: admin@firstlutheranalexandria.com WEBSITE: www.firstlutheranalexandria.com CLERGY: Greg Billberg, Lead Pastor Kari van Wakeren, Associate Pastor MEMBERS: 2,433 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: *Worship times subject to change Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:30 a.m. Facebook Live Sunday 10 a.m. Facebook Live Legacy of the Lakes Gardens – Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend. Wednesday 6:15 p.m. Facebook Live Broadcast of our services: KXRA – 1490 AM / 100.3 FM at 10 a.m. Sundays Public Access TV channel 181 – Daily at 10:45 a.m. PURPOSE STATEMENT: In the heart of Alexandria, you will find First Lutheran Church. For over 137 years, First

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Lutheran has been a faithful presence in Alexandria. Besides being a center for worship and ministry, it has long served as a place where numerous groups from the community come together and meet. First Lutheran is a welcoming place. The people who gather and make this their church home are everyday people, young and old alike, who find joy and purpose in being the church together. Worship is at the center of who we are. We gather at least four times to worship on a weekend. You’ll find a variety of approaches to the worship services. Our prayer is that worship would inspire, encourage and enable us to know Jesus better and to reflect his love in our lives. In the summer we add a service and move two of our services outdoors. First Lutheran is invested in its ministry to children and youth. Our music program is dynamic and has a long and rich tradition. We are a growing congregation that is willing to try new things and excited to move ahead. We look forward to the future and see that our best days are yet to come. MISSION STATEMENT: First Lutheran Church is a vibrant Christian Community where faith and life meet through worship, learning and serving in Jesus’ name.






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First Presbyterian Church 101 W. Oak St. Osakis, MN 56360 (320) 859-4550 EMAIL: osakispc@midwestinfo.net WEBSITE: www.osakispresbyterian.org, Facebook: Osakis Presbyterian Church CLERGY: Vacant at this time MEMBERS: 24 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sundays in person and Facebook Live OUR MISSION: Share God’s Word and Spread His Love.

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OUR MINISTRIES: First Presbyterian is a mission-oriented congregation contributing year round to local organizations such as Douglas and Todd County Food Shelves, Backpack Attack, Meals on Wheels, Eagle’s Nest and Hands of Hope, and globally through our Presbyterian Mission Organization and other missions. OUR CHURCH: • Our congregation began on October 29, 1900 and is centered around Jesus Christ throughout our inspirational worship, caring fellowship, engaging Bible study and faithful witness and service in and around Osakis. Through God’s blessings, we share his spirit with all whom we meet. • Plan to join us for our Friendship Table meals, held several times throughout the year, our Pie and Ice Cream Social, held during Osakis Festival or for our free community Thanksgiving dinner, held on Thanksgiving day.


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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (LCMS-Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) 2702 Hwy. 29 N. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 762-5152 EMAIL: goodshepherdalexsec@gmail.com WEBSITE: goodshepherdalex.com STAFF: Pastor James Walburg (vacancy pastor) MEMBERS: 567 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Bible Study: 10:15 a.m. Special Services/Ministry events: Please check the calendar on the church website.

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OUR HISTORY: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church was established on July 25, 1982. On July 8, 1984, groundbreaking ceremonies took place at 2702 Highway 29 N. A 12,000-square foot addition was dedicated on Oct. 29, 2000 OUR MISSION: “We are a caring community of believers connecting people to JOY.” As “Caring Believers Sharing JOY,” we invite you and your family to visit us at Good Shepherd. Together we will experience the Love of God through the teaching of HIS Word, fellowship activities, Bible study for all ages, Worship, Praise and Friendship.

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Gospel Light Baptist Church 1210 Broadway St., Suite #265 Alexandria, MN 56308 (218) 671-0993 EMAIL: pastorelbc@gmail.com WEBSITE: www.glbcalex.com CLERGY: Silas Clarke, Pastor MEMBERSHIP: 20 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sundays: Sunday School 2 p.m. Worship 3 p.m. Thursdays 6:30 p.m. ABOUT US: We believe in the authority of scripture and salvation by grace through faith.

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Grace Lutheran,Brandon A “Grace through Faith Ministries” parish

205 Central Ave. Brandon, MN 56315 (320) 524-2262 or (320) 834-4873 EMAIL: grace@gctel.com WEBSITE: www.gracethroughfaithministries. com CLERGY: Pastor Marcus Kunz, Interim MEMBERS: 387 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 10:30 a.m. Sundays Also available online and 8 a.m. Sundays on Gardonville Channel 4 and Selective TV 21.4. Check website for updated schedule. ABOUT US: Grace is a caring community of believers through Jesus Christ reaching out to you in God’s Love. We welcome all

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people who look to join us in worship and fellowship and seek to be a community which makes a difference in the lives of those around us. WE OFFER: Weekly worship that is Christ-centered. Worship music that assists us to praise our Lord and Savior. Youth and adult Christian education that is focused on God’s word. Opportunities for service in our community and world. Grace Beyond Our Doors is our mission group that actively seeks to provide members with opportunities to give and serve in our communities and our world. We pray that through these ministries, we may grow in love of God and in service toward others. Check out our website and find us on Facebook at “Grace through Faith Ministries” to keep up to date with our ministry, adult and youth opportunities.

Church for the Harvest 1910 Aga Drive #280 Alexandria, MN (320) 759-1400

FOUNDING AND SENIOR PASTORS: Mike and Rhonda Bartolomeo

EMAIL: office@harvestalexandria.com

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

WEBSITE: www.HarvestAlexandria.com

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SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook.com/HarvestAlexandria Instagram at HarvestAlexandria

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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

316 W. Third. Ave. P.O. Box F Osakis, MN 56360 (320) 859-2390

EMAIL: info@icosakis.org WEBSITE: www.immaculateconceptionosakis.org CLERGY: Father David Petron MEMBERSHIP: Approx. 300 families

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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Saturday evenings at 4 p.m.; Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. OUR MISSION: • We are blessed with a Catholic elementary school, St. Agnes. We offer Faith Formation classes to youth in grades 7-11 on Wednesday evenings and Family Faith Formation sessions to our families with children grades Kindergarten-6.

Lake Community Church 490 Voyager Drive 320-762-5424

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Services

EMAIL: pastorjon@lakecommunity.org

ABOUT US: We are a community of imperfect people with backgrounds of all kinds who are tackling life’s issues together. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, we have a seat for you. Come join us on Sunday morning.

WEBSITE: www.lakecommunity.org CLERGY: Jon Ewton - Senior Pastor Paul Peterson - Associate Pastor Melody Warren - Care and Pastoral Care Cory Shreve - NextGen Pastor

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Lakeland United Pentecostal Church

803 22nd Ave. E. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 201-1198

WEBSITE: lupci.org FACEBOOK: Lakeland United Pentecostal Church CLERGY: Roger A. Feiler SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sunday Morning at 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Classes at 7 p.m. OUR MISSION: • To build a body of believers who, through a firm grasp of the Word of God, saturate our city with the Good News until Christ returns.

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WE BELIEVE: • The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21) • In One God, who is infinite in power, holy in nature, possessing absolute, indivisible Deity, who became the suffering servant, Jesus Christ, to redeem mankind. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Ephesians 4:5-6, I Timothy 3:16) • To access Christ’s redemption, the believer must repent; be baptized by immersion in water, calling on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ; and be baptized (or filled) with the Holy Ghost, speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. This constitutes the new birth. (John 3:5, Acts 2:4, 37-39) • In a lifestyle of obedience to Biblical principles. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 4:24)

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LifeRight Outreach 1904 6th Ave. E. (Facility One) 1906 6th Ave. E. (Facility Two) Alexandria, MN 56308 (320)759-3930 EMAIL: info@lromn.org WEBSITE: www.lromn.org PASTOR’S EMAIL: liferightmn@gmail.com MEMBERS: 40-60 guests SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at 6:30 p.m. ABOUT US: LifeRight Outreach believes in building better lives in Christ. We provide transitional housing for up to 20 men.

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OUR MISSION: The LifeRight Outreach mission is committed to sharing with others how, through Christ, real life change is possible. We encompass spiritual, educational, and life skills development. OUR VISION: The LifeRight Outreach vision is to bring hope to the broken, hurting, lonely, and searching, through a personal relationship with Christ. CLASSES: Tuesday’s Open Bible Study gathers at 6 p.m. for supper, and study class begins at 6:30 p.m. in 1904 Building. Everyone is welcome to join us! ~ Blessings


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Reach Church

1310 North Nokomis NE Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 763-5224

OUR PURPOSE: To Love God, Love People, and Help Others Love God.

EMAIL: info@reachchurchmn.com

We accomplish that mission through Services, Small Groups and Serving Opportunities. Each one of these is vital to our church and each person that is a part of it. God did not create us to fill a seat. He created us to make a difference.

CLERGY EMAIL: nick@reachchurchmn.com WEBSITE: reachchurchmn.com STAFF: Nick Grey, Lead Pastor Reba Grey, Connections Pastor Kevin Taylor, Youth Pastor Patrick Hoffmann, Worship Leader Sarah Nold, Kids Director SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: In person Sundays 9:30 a.m. Also on YouTube or Facebook.

We are a church that is not about religion, but relationship. We strive to be a church that is known by its love. We are different because we are a church for people who don’t go to church. Our church is the perfect place for imperfect people. God is at work at Reach Church. If you haven’t visited, we invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to go after God with passion! YOU’RE INVITED!

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Living Word Lutheran 1722 16th Ave. E. Alexandria, MN 56308 (just south of Woodland Elementary School) (320) 762-1997 EMAIL: secretarylwlc@gctel.net or pastorlwlc@gctel.net WEBSITE: www.livingwordalexmn.org CLERGY: Nate Hanson, Interim Pastor MEMBERS: 171; avg. attendance 107 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sunday Worship: 9 a.m., Special Seasonal Services Summer Worship: Additional Wednesday Evening Service at 7 p.m. MISSION STATEMENT: • Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are Growing, Sharing, and Living in God’s Word, Jesus Christ!

OUR BELIEFS: • We are people who believe and confess our faith in the Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. • We trust and believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. • LWLC is committed to being a place where the Word of God is boldly proclaimed concerning salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone! CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: • We are people who believe and confess our faith in the Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. • We trust and believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. • LWLC is committed to being a place where the Word of God is boldly proclaimed concerning salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone! OUR HISTORY: • Living Word Lutheran Church of Alexandria, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), was formally established in February 2010. We built a new church building and moved into our current location in July 2013.

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Love INC of Douglas County Lakes Area

44 Glenn Road NW Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 759-3022

OUR MISSION: • To mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ.

EMAIL: director@loveincdouglas.org

OUR VISION: • Recognizing the value in everyone by investing in relationships to help achieve their God-given potential.

WEBSITE: www.loveincdouglas.org STAFF: Tammy Boushek, Executive Director Kristi Anderson, Clearinghouse Coordinator Tonya Christman, Ministry Coordinator CLEARINGHOUSE HOURS: We are a call in ministry. 9:30 a.m. to noon (M/W/F) 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (T/Th) WHAT IS LOVE INC? • Love INC (In the Name of Christ) is a Christian, volunteer-based nonprofit organization. Our purpose is to network local churches and link resources to help community members. Love INC addresses spiritual, physical, emotional and financial needs.

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OUR MINISTRY: • The Love INC Clearinghouse serves the purpose of screening and meeting basic needs such as clothing, personal care items, transportation, furniture, school shoes and school supplies, etc. • Christian volunteers are the “hands and feet” of Jesus. Not only do they provide donations and services, but they also develop relationships with those in need. • In addition, trained volunteers teach life skills classes such as boundaries, personal goal setting, parenting and money management. • Love INC’s “defining difference” is the opportunity to focus on the “whole” person and not just the need. This promotes alleviation of poverty and brokenness in our community and transforms lives in the name of Christ!

Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church On the corner of Fourth and Hintzen P.O. Box 52 Miltona, MN 56354 (218) 943-5252 CLERGY: Terry Finnern, Interim Pastor FAX: (218) 943-5138 EMAIL: mtcalvarystpauls@arvig.net MEMBERS: About 70 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 8:45 a.m. Sunday Communion: First and third Sunday each month Vacation Bible School: One day in June at Lutheran Island Camp Bible Study: Third Wednesday of each month OUR MISSION: • To proclaim a oneness with God through Jesus Christ our Lord, as taught in the Holy Scriptures. • Our mission is to give honor and glory to the Triune God and offer assurance of Christ’s love, forgiveness and eternal life. • Through His crucifixion and His glorious resurrection, Jesus Christ has made it possible for all believers to have eternal life with Him in heaven. OUR CHURCH: • Services include catechism instruction, pastoral counseling, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, adult Bible study, mixed choir, quilting.

• Special events: February, silent auction, soup/sandwich luncheon, pie and ice cream at the fire hall kitchen during the Miltona Tornado Days, third weekend in July. • The next time you come to visit beautiful Lake Miltona and the surrounding areas, please come and join us in worship and fellowship on any given Sunday. OUR HISTORY: • In 1942, area farmers and townspeople of Miltona, desiring a more centrally located church, erected the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. The cornerstone was laid in June of 1942. A membership of 30 grew to 150 during the first four years. • The name, Mount Calvary, was taken from the Latin form of the word Golgatha, which is Hebrew for “skull.” The place of Jesus’ crucifixion was called “Skull Hill.” (Matthew 27:33 and Luke 23:33) • In 1957, Mount Calvary and St. Paul’s (rural west Miltona) combined to form a single parish. • In 1983, the church expanded its original structure to include a narthex, balcony area, new entrance and pastor’s study. Sidewalks and railings were also added. • In 2004, a ramp was added, providing handicapped accessibility to the narthex and parish hall, plus two restrooms and a cloakroom.

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Mount Carmel Ministries

800 Mount Carmel Dr. NE Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 846-2744

EMAIL: info@mountcarmelministries.com WEBSITE: www.mountcarmelministries.com SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sundays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend Please call 320-846-2744 for worship times.

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ABOUT US: Mount Carmel is a place of rest, renewal, and recreation where people experience Jesus. Open year-round, Mount Carmel sits on beautiful Lake Carlos in Alexandria and hosts family camps, adult camps, spiritual retreats, concerts, congregation renewal weekends, Bible studies, and much more! Join us on Sundays during the summer for outdoor (and sometimes indoor) worship and brunch, or register for a week of Family Camp. Visit our website for more information.

New Life Christian Church 1910 County Road 82 SE Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 763-7051 EMAIL: office@your-newlife.com WEBSITE: your-newlife.com PASTORS: John Taplin, Head Pastor Blake Saathoff, Associate Pastor Sue Ronning, Women’s Ministry Coordinator Tracey Anderson, Office Manager Tom Bock, Custodial Coordinator Wayne Claassen, Worship SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sundays: 9 and 10:30 a.m. in person, and live at 9 a.m. on our Facebook page and KOOLTV website (Kooltv-mn.com) OUR MINISTRIES: • AWANA: Wednesdays at 6:25 p.m. (follows the school schedule) • Youth Group: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays; Junior High 6:30-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Common Ground.

• Seniors Bible Study: Tuesdays at 2 p.m. • Ongoing small groups • Men’s breakfast, Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. • Dads and Lads: Each May • Baudette Family Camp: Each June • Women’s Retreat: Each April OUR MISSION STATEMENT: “Helping people discover new life in Jesus Christ.” ABOUT US: Gathering Together, Growing Together, Going Together We’re saving a seat for you! We don’t care how you’re dressed, how many tattoos you have or what candidate you voted for. We’re a church full of broken, imperfect people with every kind of story imaginable, and we’re saving a seat for you. Join us as we join with Jesus in bringing hope to the central lakes area.

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New Testament Church

2505 Highway 29 N. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 762-2444 Fax: (320) 762-0547

EMAIL: info@ntcalexandria.org WEBSITE: ntcalexandria.org CLERGY/STAFF: Michael Loween, Pastor Peter Reishus, Pastor Jaci Loween, Christian Ed. Director Amanda Reishus, Children’s Leader Dyann Schumacher, Office Manager SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. To view services online, see website. For Youth Group, Children’s Ministry, Sunday School, Bible Studies, see website OUR HISTORY: • New Testament Church in Alexandria began in 1979 in the former Central Junior High School in Alexandria (now the Douglas County Services Center). More than 100

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people met that first Sunday to worship the Lord, listen to His Word and encourage one another in their faith. • The church moved into its present building near Lake L’Homme Dieu on Highway 29 North in 1983. • In 1984, New Testament Christian School was founded for the purpose of providing a sound academic education for children through a Christ-centered atmosphere and curriculum. The school offers classes for children in grades kindergarten through 12. OUR MISSION: New Testament Church seeks to be a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led and Spirit-empowered church. Its mission is to: 1. Minister to the Lord by worshiping in spirit and in truth. 2. Minister to one another in humility and love. 3. Minister to the world through local evangelism and foreign missions. To accomplish this, the church teaches the Bible as God’s standard for people’s lives, and it urges them to grow in their relationship with God.

Osakis Lutheran Church 310 First Ave. E. Osakis, MN 56360 (320) 859-2350 EMAIL: olcsecretary@arvig.net WEBSITE: www.osakislutheranelca.com CLERGY: Rich Fitzer, Pastor MEMBERS: 251 households WORSHIP & SUNDAY SCHOOL: Sunday, 10 a.m. OUR CONGREGATION: • Osakis Lutheran has a contemporary worship service on the first and third Sunday of the month and traditional worship on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. Quarterly, we have a youth band that leads worship. • There is a Lutheran World Relief Quilting group that meets every other Monday morning.

• Pathfinders confirmation meets on Wednesday evenings beginning with a meal. • We are part of the Backpack Attack Program feeding project through the local elementary school. • Osakis Lutheran supports and participates in Habitat for Humanity, MN Foodshare, ELCA Global Missionaries, Douglas and Todd Co. food shelves, Lutheran World Relief, Operation Bootstrap Africa, and Lutheran Social Service helping more than 85,000 people annually throughout Minnesota. OUR HISTORY: • Osakis Lutheran was organized in 1930, as First English Evangelical Lutheran, with 50 members. • The first regular place of worship was the Osakis Opera House. • The current building was built in 1953, with an addition in 1987, and a fellowship hall in 2003.

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Oscar Lake Lutheran Church, ELCA 14619 Church Road W. (On County Rd 7 SW) Farwell MN 56327 (320) 283-5570 - church or (320) 866-5678 - parish office EMAIL: macjac@gctel.net, clergy srensink@charter.net, secretary WEBSITES: www.facebook.com/trinityoscarlake www.popecountyareachurches.com CLERGY: Julie Carlson, Synodically Authorized Minister MEMBERS: 144 baptized SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 9:30 or 11 a.m. alternating every other month with Trinity Holmes City. See website for current service times and location of activities shared with Trinity Lutheran Church. Church School: See website for current time and location Confirmation: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, alternating location

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Bible Study: 1:30 p.m. See website calendar for monthly meeting date ABOUT US: Oscar Lake is a warm, welcoming country church with more than 150 years of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in rural Douglas County. Our famous Swedish meatball supper is held the second Wednesday in September and the men’s pancake breakfast is the first Saturday in March. Bi-annual mission trip with Trinity Lutheran to an orphanage in Mexico. We partner with Trinity Lutheran, Holmes City to hold an annual youth auction with proceeds going to support youth and mission activities. Oscar Lake is the oldest chartered Lutheran church in the NW MN Synod, ELCA, established 1866. We partner with Trinity Lutheran, Holmes City.

Our Lady of the Seven Dolors

16921 County Road 7 NW Brandon (Millerville), MN 56315 (320) 876-2240 EMAIL: sevendolors@gctel.net

WEBSITE: www.catholicchurches-bmup.org CLERGY: Father Peter VanderWeyst

MASS TIMES: June-Aug.: Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Sept.-Nov.: Saturdays, 4 p.m. Dec.-Feb.: Sundays, 8:30 a.m. March-May: Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. St. Ann’s and Seven Dolors are clustered with Sacred Heart in Urbank and St. Williams in Parkers Prairie

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St. Ann’s Catholic Church 402 Nelson Ave. N. P.O. Box 256 Brandon, MN 56315 (320) 834-5095 EMAIL: stanns@gctel.com WEBSITE: www.catholicchurches-bmup.org CLERGY: Father Peter VanderWeyst MASS TIMES: June-Aug.: Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sept.-Nov.: Sundays, 8:30 a.m. Dec.-Feb.: Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. March-May: Sundays, 10:30 a.m. OUR MISSION: • Growing together in God’s Love.

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Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church

P.O. Box 75 100 S. Nelson St. Nelson, MN 56355 (320) 762-0140

EMAIL: oursavioursfahlun@gmail.com WEBSITE: www.oursavioursfahlun.org MEMBERS: 65

Campfire worship each Wednesday at 6 p.m. May-September ABOUT US: We affiliate with Lutheran Congregations in Mission in Christ (LCMC), www.lcmc.net and its Augustana District (www.augustanadistrict.org). We will celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2021.

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sunday worship at 9 a.m. with service streamed on Facebook Live and www. oursavioursfahlun.org.

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Rose City Free Church 16241 County Road 14 NE Eagle Bend, MN 56446 In the community of Rose City (218) 943-4241 EMAIL: mdr.ralph@gmail.com

OUR CHURCH: • Traditional worship style or song and personal application of Scripture. • Preaching the Word of God for more than 130 years.

CLERGY: Ralph Erickson, Pastor

OUR PURPOSE: • To MEET Jesus. • MEET: Mature, Equip, Evangelize, Together.

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sunday Worship Service: 10:45 a.m. Sermon-based study groups meet at various locations during the week.

OUR MISSION: • For others to MEET Jesus.

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Shalom Lutheran Church

681 Voyager Drive Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 762-8641

EMAIL: shalomlutheran@gctel.net WEBSITE: www.shalomlutheran.org CLERGY/STAFF: Pastor David Fleener pastordavidshalom@gmail.com Director of Children and Youth Ministries: Amber Whipkey shalomyouth1984@gmail.com Office Administrator: Amber Whipkey shalomlutheran@gctel.net SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Our service is streamed live on Facebook under shalomlutheranchurch, and also on our website at www.shalomlutheran.org/worship. ABOUT US: Shalom Lutheran Church provides an all-arewelcome hospitality that permeates through all our ministries. We believe God is calling us to invite people into a deeper relationship with Christ, so they may discover true peace, and follow Him in compassionate service. WE ARE: A family of God, a friendly-close knit body of Christ, with a ministry for everyone by everyone.

Grounded on God’s word and provide education, growth, and learning for all ages. Servant-minded and intergenerationally seek outreach and mission in our community and in the world. Passionate about music. We focus on harmonizing diversity and using music as an expression of our faith and a way to share Christ with others. OUR MINISTRIES: • Christ-centered worship • Adult Choir • Spirit of Shalom Band • WELCA (Women of the ELCA) • Men’s bible study • Adult bible study • Children’s choir • Vacation Bible School • Youth Faith Time (Pre-K – 9th grade on Wed. Evenings) • Cross Training (Gr. 6-8) • Go Deep (Gr. 9-12) • Quilting • Book Club • Food Shelf • Lutheran World Relief • Bread for the World • Habitat for Humanity • Operation Bootstrap Africa • Love Inc, and much more!

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Solem Lutheran Church 9159 County Road 1 SW Kensington, MN 56343 Solem Preservation Peggy Huntley, (320) 986-2478 Marlys Jensen, (320) 965-2763

OUR CHURCH: • Located in the southwestern corner of Douglas County, two miles north of Kensington on County Road 1. • The Solem Preservation Association was formed with the goal of providing for the preservation of the church. • Three fundraising events are held annually: 1. In May, a “Welcome Home” church service and potluck dinner are held with former members taking a part in the service. On this day, the Cemetery Association and Preservation Association also hold their annual meetings. 2. In June, in conjunction with Runestone Days (Father’s Day weekend), the Solem Preservation Association Board puts on an “Old Fashioned” BBQ, pie and ice cream social on Sunday at the church following the parade. 3. In the fall, a Harvest Festival is held with different programs each year. • Solem can be rented for baptisms, weddings, reunions, funerals, meetings and more from May through October.

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• Solem has kitchen facilities for serving catered meals and coffee, a beautifully furnished chapel, indoor bathrooms and a large dining room. • Upkeep is ongoing, and the Preservation Board is working on several projects. New windows were installed in the dining room and kitchen, the church was sided with vinyl siding, the water pump was replaced, a new kitchen roof and kitchen range were installed. OUR HISTORY: • Solem Lutheran Church was established May 21, 1876, and closed its doors on June 2008. It served the area for 132 years. • The Olof Ohman family lot (Lot #1) is in the Solem Cemetery, which surrounds the church. • Ohman, a Swedish immigrant, discovered the Runestone on his farm in 1898. The Ohman farm and today’s Runestone Park is one mile east across the fields from the church.

Spirit Life Church 912 State Hwy. 29 N. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 219-6005 WEBSITE: Spirit-Life.org EMAIL: connect@spirit-life.org PASTORS: Jeff & Natasha Ferguson SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sunday, 10 a.m. His Kids - Explore (kindergarten-5th grade) begins after worship. His Kids - Discover (nursery-preschool) available during worship. For more information about our men’s, women’s, youth, young adult ministries and our small group gatherings see our website.

OUR CHURCH: Spirit Life is a spirit-filled, non-denominational church. We are passionate about God’s Word and following His Holy Spirit. You can expect to be welcomed like family, experience intimate worship, and be taught the truth of God’s Word that is relevant to your everyday life. OUR VISION: To raise up believers to intimately know their God, obediently respond to His Word, confidently hear His voice, and faithfully follow His Spirit... To reach the lost and disciple the found. OUR MISSION: To lead all people into God’s love, family, and purpose. We look forward to seeing you soon and pursuing life in His presence together.

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St. John’s Evangelical Church 101 Park St. P.O. Box 18 Garfield, MN 56332 (320) 834-2248 EMAIL: stjohn@gctel.com CLERGY: Jeffrey Ross, Pastor SCHEDULE OF SUNDAY SERVICES: Worship: 9 a.m. Communion: every Sunday Fellowship: 10 a.m. Sunday School/Bible Class: 10:15 a.m. OUR HISTORY: • St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church was begun as a bold new venture, when on Jan. 15, 1910, families from Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Leaf Valley, strove to form a new congregation in Garfield under the leadership of the Rev. William Bartz. • The building was dedicated after services on Oct. 2, 1910, and was the first church

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constructed in Garfield. Mr. Julius Linser thoughtfully donated land for a church cemetery. • A parsonage was completed in 1922, and in 1925, St. John’s Lutheran Church and School were pleased to become members of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. • On the occasion of the congregation’s 60th anniversary in 1970, a new church site and building were dedicated to the glory of God. Two cornerstones mark the occasion – the original cornerstone from 1910 and a second (having marked the 1944 basement completion), which became the 1970 cornerstone. • St. John’s boasts modern facilities and single-level accessibility, with a large fellowship hall, beautiful stained glass windows, an inviting sanctuary, an education wing, a nursery and a spacious kitchen. • St. John’s has a history of 100 years serving the Garfield, Alexandria and surrounding area. Come and see for yourself what blessings God has in store for you at St. John’s!

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St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

201 E. Ida St. P.O. Box 35 Garfield, MN 56332 (320) 834-2285

EMAIL: stlukesgarfield@gmail.com WEBSITE: www.stlukeschurchgarfield.org CLERGY: David L. Gran, Pastor Sue J. Davidson, Associate Pastor David Wallin, Visitation Pastor SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays Holy Communion, second and last Sundays of the month Sunday School/Senior High Bible Study; 9:45 a.m. Sundays (3-year-olds through grade 12) Adult Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays Coffee and Fellowship between services OUR MISSION: • Our mission is to bear witness to the good news that sinners are put right with God by faith alone in Jesus Christ. Looking to the cross of Christ, we resist any corruption of this gospel. We proclaim God’s Word as law and gospel for the redemption of His people. May God help us to live our lives to His glory and honor.

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WE BELIEVE: • We understand the Church of Christ to be the people of God who gather around Word and Sacrament. • We believe that faith comes through Holy Baptism and lives are changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. • As an LCMC congregation, we believe we are free in Christ and accountable to each other. • We are rooted and grounded in the divinely inspired, inerrant Word of God and the Lutheran Confessions. OUR CHURCH: • St. Luke’s Church was started by Swedish immigrants in 1869. The congregation was first named Lake Ida Lutheran Church and was located north of Garfield. After the church burned down in 1921, the congregation relocated to Garfield, on land donated by the Salstead family. • St. Luke’s is a mother congregation to Calvary Lutheran in Alexandria. • The present 1922 building was added on to in 2007 and again in 2013 to meet the needs of a growing congregation. • We are the body of Christ called by the Truth of the Gospel, enlightened by the Holy Spirit and sent to be the hands and feet of Christ.

St. Nicholas Catholic Church 9473 County Road 3 NE Carlos, MN 56319 (320) 852-7041 EMAIL: stnickbelleriver@gmail.com WEBSITE: www.stnicholasbelleriver.org CLERGY: Father David Petron MEMBERSHIP: Approximately 172 families

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Sunday at 8:30 a.m. OUR MISSION: • We offer many opportunities for our members to take part in different events within our parish life. • We offer Faith Formation classes to your youth in grades 1-11 in our Wednesday evening programs, with occasional intergenerational events planned for the entire parish.

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The Church of St. Mary 420 Irving St. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 763-5781

OUR MISSION: “Our Mission is to Know, Love and Serve God by Living the Eucharist.”

EMAIL: stmary@stmaryalexandria.org

AT A GLANCE: • 2,295 registered households • 5,498 Baptized Catholics • 224 elementary school (K-6) enrollment • 490 faith formation (Pre-K-Grade 11) enrollment • 1,600 average weekend Mass attendance

WEBSITE: www.stmaryalexandria.org FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ stmaryalexandria/ CLERGY: Fr. Steve Binsfeld, Pastor SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 8 and 10 a.m. Sundays 5 p.m. Saturdays 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays Sunday School (Little Saints): 9:50-11 a.m. Sundays for children 4 years old through kindergarten (End of September through Sunday before Palm Sunday)

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OUR MINISTRIES: • Explore the Ministry Handbook at www. stmaryalexandria.org for a description of ministries.

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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Moe Township 3491 County Road 7 SW Kensington, MN 56343 WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/saintpaulsmoetownship EMAIL: michael.peterson@knutenelson.org CLERGY: Michael Peterson, Pastor (320) 304-1371

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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship and Adult Bible Class at 7 p.m. Wednesdays Communion on second and fourth Wednesdays each month. Online worship services may be viewed at the St. Paul’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/saintpaulsmoetownship OUR HISTORY: • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was founded in 1900 by Finnish immigrants and today continues to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. • “Relying on God’s Word, Together We Rejoice.”

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

718 Victoria Drive Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 762-1644

EMAIL: schneum@hotmail.com WEBSITE: www.stpaulalex.com CLERGY: Michael Neumann, Pastor MEMBERS: 175 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: Worship: 9 a.m. Sundays Bible Class/Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Sundays Online at YouTube.com (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Alexandria, MN) OUR MISSION: “As a family of believers and disciples of the Savior, Jesus Christ, we exist to proclaim Jesus’ Word of forgiveness and life to nurture believers in their faith and to bring the lost to Christ.” OUR MINISTRIES: • Monthly Kids’ Day (ages 3-13), Confirmation Class (grades 6-8), Youth Group, Jesus

Cares Ministry (for developmentally disabled), Book Study Group (twice monthly), Bible Information Class (available on request).

OUR CHURCH: • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is a Christ-centered church affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. OUR HISTORY: • St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church was established in 1968 as a mission of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and soon became self-supporting. • In 1971, the church was built, and a Sunday school and fellowship wing were added in 1985. • Since 1976, at which time the parsonage was built, St. Paul’s has been served by a full-time pastor. • In 2004, an addition was completed, providing added worship area, Sunday school rooms, including a cry room, a covered drive-up, no-step entrance, handicapped-accessible bathrooms, a youth activities area, a new kitchen and improved facilities for fellowship.

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Trinity Lutheran Church, Carlos 16 N. Douglas Ave. PO Box 26 Carlos Mn 56319 (320) 852-7530 EMAIL: trinitylutheran89@gmail.com CLERGY: Interim Pastor MEMBERSHIP: 150 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: 10 a.m. Sundays (Memorial Day-Labor Day) 8:45 a.m. Sundays (school year) Sunday School: 9 a.m. OUR MISSION: Share the Good News with everyone

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WE BELIEVE: By grace we are saved OUR MINISTRIES: Sunday school, adult Bible class, Trinity Lutheran Church Women, Men’s Club, Vacation Bible School, quilters. OUR HISTORY: • Immanuel Lutheran Church and Bethany Lutheran incorporated July 2, 1969, to form Trinity Lutheran Church as an independent congregation. • In 2008, Trinity voted to join the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. • We have made improvements to the outside of the church in 2016 with new siding and a new roof.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Holmes City 5966 County 4W SW PO Box 18 Holmes City, MN 56341 320-886-5678 EMAIL: macjac@gctel.net CLERGY: Julie Carlson MEMBERSHIP: 150 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: 9:30 a.m. and on Zoom

ABOUT US: Trinity is a small and diverse fellowship of Christ’s body caring for one another, the community and the world. We began in 1875, recently enlarged our fellowship area and continue to maintain Noah’s park, a children’s playground and picnic area. We also offer: • Sunday School • Confirmation Classes • Women’s Bible Study • Farmers Market and Community Breakfast • Bible School • Youth Auction • Mission Trips

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Trinity Lutheran Church LCMS, Evansville

19237 County Road 53 Evansville, MN 56326 (320) 876-4021

MAILING ADDRESS: Trinity Lutheran Church, c/o Julie Lenarz, 2921 Deer Run NW, Garfield, MN 56332. CLERGY: Pastor Roger Lange, vacancy pastor MEMBERS: Approx. 85 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: 9 a.m. Sunday services with fellowship, Bible class and Sunday school following. ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY: second Sunday in July North of Millerville, ¼ mile north of Co. Rd. 24 or 6.3 miles north of Co. Rd. 5

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OUR MISSION: “Christ is our Cornerstone.” We seek to honor and glorify the Triune God, to carry out His Will, sharing our faith in Jesus with others, to encourage growth in Christian faith and to live a life of expressing love and service to God and our neighbor. OUR VALUES: We value the preaching and teaching of God’s word, the country church, each generation, thriving friendships, celebrating and being partners in world missions. OUR HISTORY: Organized in 1892 and joined LCMS in 1968

West Moe Lutheran Church 16249 County Road 8 NW P.O. Box 244 Brandon, MN 56315 (320) 524-2210

EMAIL: moelutheranparish@gmail.com WEBSITE: www.westmoechurch.org (to view online services) and also to contact us; on Facebook under West Moe Lutheran Church-Brandon, MN CLERGY: Maddie Elliott SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: 10 a.m. Sundays beginning March 7, 2021 with social distancing. Please refer to our website for any time changes. Sunday school is with packets and online for children until we can safely resume in person. OUR CHURCH: West Moe Lutheran Church offers a modern worship service in a historic setting. The church is rich with history and full of tradition. We hold true to our Lutheran heritage through word and sacrament, incorporat-

ing traditional and nontraditional worship services. We welcome you to come and worship with us! OUR HISTORY: West Moe Lutheran church was founded in 1867, in what is known as Moe Township of Douglas County. Originally the church was called Our Saviors Congregation of Holmes City. In 1872, the name was changed to Moe Congregation. The church building started construction in 1876 and was completed in 1889. Norwegian was the sole language for nearly 50 years. “We look forward to thanksgiving and anticipation to the years ahead, and to the promise of God’s presence among us, and his Blessing upon us, as we work and pray together.” Through the years this church has been richly blessed. Surely, the presence of God is in this place.

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Zion Lutheran Church

300 Lake St. Alexandria, MN 56308 (320) 763-4842

EMAIL: zionchurch@zionalex.org WEBSITE: www.zionalex.org CLERGY: Rev. Paul Dare, Senior Pastor Rev. Don Wilke, Visitation Pastor SCHEDULE OF SERVICES: September- May, 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. June-August, 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Watch online at zionalex.org or Watch on TV: Charter channel 181, Gardonville channel 4, Selective TV channel 21.4 ABOUT US: Worship at Zion has the simple focus of bringing Jesus to you as he comes to us by His Word and sacraments. Many people think of worship as something that we do. We believe that worship begins with what God, in grace, does for us. In His house, He forgives us, He speaks to us His Word of truth, and He renews and refreshes us to live for Him. We then respond to what He

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does for us with our prayers and praises. While most people would call our worship services “traditional,” on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month we sprinkle in songs with different instrumentation and a more modern sound. But whether it is during the sermon, prayers, or songs, we always strive to serve you with Jesus, His gifts, and the truth of His Word. If you visit Zion, you will find that we are a friendly, fairly traditional bunch of folks who love the Lord and seek to love one another and our community. Without any question, you are welcome here! Most importantly, you are welcome to join us as we gather around God’s grace that is found in Jesus Christ. “Grace” means “gift.” At Zion, we all come as broken people living in a broken world to receive the gift, the grace, that we need most. In fact, our church’s tagline is “gathering in grace.” We sincerely and warmly invite you to come and join us as we gather in the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Serving Alexandria and the surrounding area for over 125 years!

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