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Religion briefs: July 31


Special service set for Sunday in Round Lake

ROUND LAKE — A special summer service with a theme of “Standing on the Promises ... In Christ Alone,” will be at 10 a.m. Sunday at Round Lake First Presbyterian Church.


Paul Soulek, a Round Lake native, and friends will present the community sing-a-long service.

A potluck dinner will follow the service; chicken will be furnished

Belmont Lutheran Church plans ice cream social

LAKEFIELD — Belmont Lutheran Church will host its annual ice cream social from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Barbecues, ice cream and homemade pies will be served, with a free-will offering taken.

Belmont Lutheran Church is located north of Lakefield on Minnesota 86, then 6 miles east on Jackson County 16 (840th Street); from Jackson, take U.S. 71 north, then 3½ miles on Jackson County 16 (830th Street).

For more information, contact Cindy Erickson, (507) 847-2514.

American Reformed hosts hymn sing, block party

WORTHINGTON — The American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave., will have an old-fashioned hymn sing event Sunday.

The congregation will also host its annual Area-Wide Block Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13.

The event will include a kiddie tractor pull, inflatable bounce house, kiddie train rides, tractor hay rides, motorcycle rides, bingo, free food, music and devotions.

The church is located at 1720 N. Burlington Ave., Worthington.

Presbyterian Women serve salad supper

LISMORE — The Presbyterian Women will host a salad supper Monday at the Lismore American Legion.

Supper begins at 6:30 p.m., with a short skit to follow.

A free-will donation will be taken.

Backpack distribution slated at Westminster

WORTHINGTON — The annual distribution of backpacks and school supplies will be from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 7 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 230 Clary St.

This service project, supported by local merchants, churches, civic groups and individuals, is intended to ensure that all children in Nobles County start school with the supplies they need. It is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Movie showing coming up at Worthington Christian

WORTHINGTON — A showing of the movie “God’s Not Dead” will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Worthington Christian Church, 1501 N. Douglas Ave.

“God’s Not Dead” is a Christian drama film that was released in theaters this past spring. Directed by Harold Cronk, it stars Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A. R. White and Dean Cain.

Okoboji Bible Conference gets under way Saturday

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — The 80th Okoboji Bible Conference will open Saturday with a concert by Jason Gray at 7:15 p.m. in the historic Tabernacle on the conference grounds in Arnolds Park.

This year’s conference is grounded in this Bible verse, Isaiah 54:2: “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.”

On Sunday, worship services will be at 10:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. The conference continues through the following week. Christian Life communities — adult electives on different topics — are offered on weekday mornings. Programs for youths are also offered, and nursery care is available during most sessions.

Speakers include Gavin Johnson, pastor of Citylight Church in Omaha, Neb.; Charles Van Engen, professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.;  James Grout, national Christian Missionary Alliance youth director based in Colorado; Tim Breen, lead pastor at First Reformed Church, Orange City, Iowa; Ethan Batschelet, with World Gospel Mission, Honduras; and Rick Porter, Okoboji Bible Conference executive director.

Slated to perform during the conference are the Annie Moses Band and Denver & The Mile High Orchestra. The Women’s Luncheon will feature speaker Lauren Talley, a gospel singer and author.

For more information or to reserve tickets for the Women’s Luncheon, call the conference office, (712) 332-2883; email office; or visit  A complete schedule of conference events and activities can be found online.