September 21, 2008

Mills Speaking at UU on Sunday

Approximately 150 walkers gathered at Dakota Zoo on Sept. 14 for the seventh annual Footin' It For Fun Walkathon to benefit high- risk teens served by Charles Hall Youth Services. The event grossed an all-time high of more than $25,000.

Gail Hovden was the grand-prize winner in the individual category, raising $1,000. Alex Gallagher took second place in the individual category, and Alicia Streyle earned third place. All individual winners received special gift cards to area businesses, along with other gifts provided by local retailers.

A record 17 teams participated in this year's event. A team from MDU Resources Group took first place. Two Aetna teams tied for second place and raised close to $1500 together.

Prizes also were given to the five youngest walkers: Keeley Schiermeister, 2, Gabriella Bird, 3, Nathan Matthern, 4, Connor Trahan, 5, and Lyberty Hillerson, 5. Sylvester and Marian Danzl, ages 76, received prizes for being the oldest male and female participants. Robyn Bakkedahl from Montana received a prize for being the walker who travelled the farthest to participate in this year's Walkathon.

Charles Hall Youth Services provides residential group home foster care to at-risk youth, ages 12-18. Charles Hall owns and operates three group homes in Bismarck and serves approximately 100 youth each year.

National performer, comedian and storyteller Doug Brummel will appear Sept. 24-25 at St. Mary's Parish, 806 E. Broadway Ave., Bismarck.

All faiths and ages are invited to attend the programs, which start promptly at 6:47 p.m. each day. A different presentation will be given each day. Prior to the programs, a potluck is planned at 5:47 p.m. in Msgr. Feehan Hall, grade school gym.

Brummel travels throughout the country entertaining and evangelizing through his "Lighten Up!" parish family missions and renewals, community theater events and keynote presentations at regional and national conferences.

Brummel is the youngest of seven children born in Plano, Ill. Raised in a Catholic German farming family, Brummel credits his parents' example for his faith and love of laughter. His comedic influences include Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Red Skelton and Gilda Radner.

After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees, Brummel served as a youth minister for years and then as the director of retreats for a Christian Brothers Retreat House.

His own ministry began in 1992 and has evolved over the years into a multi-generational family-based ministry. Lighten Up! Ministries, LLC, aims to bring faith and family together and has been presented in nearly every state in the U.S. since 1994.

Lighten Up! presentations are given to individual churches for renewals and retreats, community celebrations and diocesan, regional and national events. Brummel's wife, Jennifer, serves as business manager for the ministry. The couple lives in Colorado with their five children.

He has spoken at events such as the National Catholic Youth Conferences, National Family Conferences, national and regional religious education conferences, statewide Knights of Columbus conferences, women's and deacons' conferences, church leadership conferences and National Conferences on Catholic Youth Ministry.

More information on Brummel is available at

For more information on his appearances here, call St. Mary's Parish at 223-5562.

Sunne Lutheran Church, rural Wilton, will host a Swedish Memorabilia display from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the church, six miles east of Wilton along Highway 36. Nels Backman will be present to provide conversation and guidance. Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public.

The monthly gathering of the Cowboys For Christ Fellowship will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kist Livestock on Memorial Highway in Mandan.

The presenter will be Darlene Red Elk Myers of the Rosebud Christian Center, Rosebud, S.D.

For more information, call Gordon at 255-2047 or 400-5936, or Ron at 222-1421.

The 14th annual Operation Christmas Child shoebox campaign is being launched in North Dakota with the September distribution of 13,000 preprinted shoe boxes to 14 cities around the state. First Evangelical Free Church, Bismarck, will be the shoebox pickup and drop-off site for churches and organizations in the region, which will include Burleigh, Morton, Emmons, Logan, McIntosh, Mercer, Oliver, Kidder and McLean counties.

Preprinted shoeboxes will be available at the First Evangelical Free as long as supplies last, beginning Sunday. Organizations and churches may drop off their filled boxes at Evangelical Free during National Collection Week on Nov. 17-24.

Ordinary shoeboxes wrapped with Christmas paper and plastic shoeboxes purchased at dollar stores are also widely used. The plastic shoeboxes are desirable because they are very durable and provide children with permanent storage for their personal items.

In 2007, 299 North Dakota groups packed 14,502 shoeboxes that were sent to orphanages and needy children in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Moldavia, Latvia, Estonia, Macedonia, Albania, Tajikistan, Georgia and Ukraine. Participants included Christian churches and organizations of all denominations, 4-H clubs, schools, retirement homes, high school Key Clubs and civic groups.

Shoeboxes are filled with small toys, climate-neutral clothing, school supplies, toiletries and candy for boys and girls aged two to 14. The boxes are transferred to major regional sites in Bismarck, Grand Forks and Moorhead, Minn., and relayed to Minneapolis where they are screened for appropriateness. They are then shipped overseas by Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian charitable and emergency organization headed by Franklin Graham.

Information about Operation Christmas Child is available at 800- 353-5949, [email protected] or

"Israel, the Sons of the Living God and their Feasts" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday by El David Assembly in Room B of the Bismarck Public Library. All are welcome to come.

Gateway Community Fellowship has changed locations and are now meeting in the East Heritage room at the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck. The fellowship still meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and have Children's Ministries available during the service. For more information about Gateway, visit

The annual fall dinner served by St. Martin's Catholic Church in Center is set for Sept. 28 at the Center Civic Center. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT.

The dinner includes creamed chicken, ham, pie and more. Activities include bingo, a cake walk, silent auction, craft and produce sale, raffle prizes, grab bag and kids' games.

The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for those 12 and under; preschoolers eat free.

The Church of St. Bonaventure in Underwood will hold its fall chicken supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28. The menu includes fried chicken, homemade apple crisp and much more.

The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, and free for those 5 and under. Matching funds will be provided through Catholic Aid Association.

Worldwide Day of Healing, a day devoted to physical and emotional healing, is set for today. Churches, ministries, and healing rooms worldwide are participating by opening their doors for people to come for prayer and healing on that day.

Bismarck participants include Healing Rooms of the Northern Plains, 1605 East Capitol Ave. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; New Song Community Church, 3200 N. 11th St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. and Word of Faith Church and Outreach Center, 1503 E. Divide Ave., 2 to 4 p.m.

Glencoe Presbyterian Church's fall bazaar and bake sale is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the church, 16 miles southeast of the University of Mary on Highway 1804.

A white elephant sale is included. Free coffee and bars will be served.

The Western North Dakota Synod G.I.F.T.S. (Growing In Faith To Serve) program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will have its next event Sept. 26-27 at First Lutheran Church, Minot.

"Discover your Dependable Strengths" will invite people to reflect on the positive experiences from their lives, tell their stories and discern together what they are being called to be.

Sessions will focus on learning more about yourself and how to teach others to identify their core abilities, talents and skills. Sally Peters and Patty Bales from the Center for Lifelong Learning, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., will be the presenters.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 with registration and continues at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, concluding by 3:30 p.m. A portion of this event is sponsored by the WND Synod Discipleship team designated funds.

Preregistration is necessary for this event as there is homework to complete before the event. Registration is $10; send the fee to WND Synod G.I.F.T.S., P.O. Box 370, Bismarck, N.D. 58502. For more information about the WND G.I.F.T.S. program or about the event, call Jan Zook at 701-377-3600 or e-mail [email protected]

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church invites the community to its third annual golf scramble Sunday at Tom O' Leary Golf Course in Bismarck. A shotgun start begins at 1 p.m. The cost is $45 per player or $15 per junior player (18 and under). This includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and meal at Good Shepherd following the scramble. Door prizes will be awarded.

Registration forms are available at the Good Shepherd South Campus at Washington Street and Divide Avenue and online at Participants need not put together a team but just register as individuals.

Supplemental matching funds of $2,100 are being provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Proceeds from this event support the ministries of Good Shepherd.

For more information, visit

Peace Lutheran Church in Linton will hold its Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 28. Serving is from noon to 1:30 p.m. The meal includes barbecued beef, baked potatoes, salads and vegetables, side dishes and pie.

All are welcome. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 6-12 and free for those under 6.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will make a contribution to the event.

Betty Mills will present, "Us and Them, or Is It Us or Them?" at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 818 E. Divide Ave., Bismarck.

Mills will take a look at how people choose sides and why it matters.

She is a charter member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and has served on both the Unitarian Universalist Association Board and the Prairie Star District Board. For nearly 25 years, she was a political columnist for The Bismarck Tribune and is currently a contributing columnist for the Prairie Independent.

Coffee is at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome. Child care is provided. Faith digest

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