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Community Service Aims to Serve

For individuals who break the law in Pierce County, the Heart of America Community Service Program has, for many years, offered an alternative to a jail sentence.Three counties, Pierce, McHenry and Bottineau, formed the program as part of the court system, and one commissioner, the sheriff and ...

More Than An Auctioneer

This past month Rugby's Mike Ostrem participated in an auctioneering competition, the Greater Midwest Livestock Championship, in Herreid, S. Dak. where he placed eighth out of 24 contestants. Held every year, the competition rotates among six upper midwest states. Entrants came from all over ...

Pastor’s Corner: Inheritance

The mention of an inheritance is apt to turn our thoughts toward property and possessions, or to simple hard, cold cash. And while tangible stuff with a limited life-span may tend to capture our attention when the topic is "striking it rich," a recent family reunion arrested my thinking. I was ...

Remembering 9-11-01

As far as I know, I was the only North Dakotan in the part of the Pentagon that was hit on 9/11. Lt. Gen. Jerry Sinn of Minot, who had an office down the hall from me, was away on a trip. A native of Rugby, I had just moved back to DC from N.D. the year before. I was active in ND ...

Pastor’s Corner: The Importance of Easter

On resurrection Sunday we celebrate the fact that God sent His Son as a substitute for our sins.Many times I fear that Christians get wrapped up into the holiday of Easter without fully appreciating and understanding what really took place on resurrection Sunday. Easter is the celebration of ...

Pastor’s Corner: Remembering one of God’s servants

Last Saturday, I had the great honor to attend the graduation ceremony of my father-in-law, Wayne Steinbrecher. By that, I mean his homegoing or funeral, as is more the common term. I refer to it as graduation because of the life he lived and the great expectation he had of seeing Jesus face to ...

Pastor’s Corner: Confess, renounce, find mercy

A young man that I know wanted to be a war hero badly. He would volunteer for combat duty in Iraq, but for one reason or another, he never got selected. After combat operations stopped, he began to tell "war stories" about his combat experiences. The stories had gotten bigger and bigger to the ...

Pastor’s Corner: Knowing the Shepherd

The story is told of a famous orator who was the guest at a special gathering where he received many requests to recite favorite excerpts from various literary works. An old preacher who happened to be there asked the orator to recite the Twenty-third Psalm. (The Lord is my Shepherd) The ...

Pastor’s Corner

Following the Good ShepherdI recently had the opportunity to preach through Psalm 23. It is a psalm that many of us are very familiar with; some might even have it memorized. The psalm deals with the relationship between God and us. In Psalm 23 we are compared to sheep, and God is our ...