Church Calendar published July 31, 2021

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Lake Florida Mission

SPICER — Lake Florida Mission Church will have a 151st anniversary celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1. The day will start outdoors with guest speakers.

Jim Molenaar will reflect on “What Does the Lake Florida Church mean to me.” Pastor Vernon Anderson will provide a historical summary of the pastors who served the church.

Carolyn Mankell Sowinski will answer questions about her recent book, “Lake Florida Mission Covenant Church Cemetery” which identifies each person buried in the cemetery, with a focus on the immigrants, basic genealogical information, links to descendants also buried in the cemetery, identification of veterans, victims of the 1918-1920 flu pandemic and victims of the 1878-1880 diphtheria epidemic.

There will be time for a cemetery memory walk before regathering in the church at 3 p.m. for music by Lee and Carol Roisum and a message by Pastor Douglas Mankell. Cake, coffee, and a time of fellowship to follow.

Historic Salem Church

PAYNESVILLE — The 52nd annual Salemfest begins with a potluck picnic at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8. Bring food to share; all plates, cups, utensils and beverages will be provided. Program at 2 p.m. featuring Bonse Aba, a men's quartet from Paynesville Lutheran Church.


The 100th birthday of three of former Salem church members will be celebrated: Dr. Lowell Gess, Vernice Heitke Evans and Vivian Heitke. Each of them lived in the Salem community at one time, and attended the Salem Church before moving away. Birthday cake and ice cream will be served after the program in honor of the centenarians.

The church is located north of Paynesville at 28547 220th Street.

Litchfield Area Christian Women

LITCHFIELD — The Litchfield Area Christian Women will have a “Flowers, Flowers, Flowers” brunch at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Rita Weber of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will share her story about how she took advantage of adversity and discovered God’s plan for her life. Tickets are $5. Reservations must be made by noon Aug. 10. Call Barb Werner at 320-693-2504 .

St. John Lutheran

ATWATER — St. John Lutheran Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 15, at the church north of Atwater. Following a pulled pork lunch, there will be a short program at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford, president of the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, speaking. There will be time for socializing to follow.

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