July 26, 2008

Blessed Events: Lutheran Men in Mission to Meet

By Qianna Bradley, Omaha World-Herald, Neb.

Jul. 26--More than 600 men will meet at the Qwest Center Omaha and Hilton Hotel next weekend for the Lutheran Men in Mission conference.

The three-day event begins Friday, August 1, at 7 p.m. and ends Sunday, August 3, at 11:30 a.m.

Coming of Age is the theme of the gathering, which celebrates the ministry's 20th anniversary and the fact that it is becoming self-supporting.

The group, based in Chicago, is the men's organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. About 7,000 men across the country are part of the organization, said Doug Haugen, director.

"Our ministry is about every man having a closer relationship with Jesus Christ," Haugen said.

A number of national speakers and musicians will take part in the conference. Tom Osborne, athletic director at the University of Nebraska, will speak Aug. 1. Peter Mayer, lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett, will perform Friday.

There will be on-site registration before the conference begins Friday at the Qwest Center. Cost is $150 for the weekend. For the single day of Aug. 2, the cost is $75.

Go to www.elca.org/lmm for information on the ministry.

For more information, e-mail Les Robbins at [email protected]

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Southern gospel group Ernie Couch & Revival will perform a concert today at the East Side Christian Church.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the church, 331 W. Bennett Ave. in Council Bluffs.

Admission is free; voluntary offerings will be received. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

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Join First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue as the congregation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of its present church.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, July 27, the church will meet in its former location at 2202 Franklin St., which is now a historical site.

After the service, the congregation will meet across the street at Washington Park for a picnic.

Child care will be available during the service at the church's current location, 1220 Bellevue Blvd. South.

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Pella Lutheran Church will hold a healing and communion service Aug. 10.

The church is at 303 S. 41st St., and the service is at 10 a.m.

Prayers will be offered for healing. Fellowship will be afterward.

This service takes place on the second Sunday of each month.

For more information call 342-1669.

--Contact the writer: 444-1351, [email protected]


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