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On Sunday, May 22, five young people will be confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Palmer, Alaska. Our Lord called these children of God in their baptisms to faith, to forgiveness, and to salvation through Jesus. These students have studied through 3 years of confirmation classes. Their class instruction included lessons on the stories of the Old and New Testaments, and included a year of summary of the Christian faith as found in Luther’s Small Catechism. Their class instruction studied for a year about living as a child of God. Having been baptized, and having been instructed, these young people now have the opportunity to commit themselves to God.

I have installed nightlights with motion detectors throughout my home. They permit me to get out of bed during the night and go anywhere in my house without having to turn on a light switch. Every time I get up and walk through the house, I remember Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Often I hear a joke about how churches love to complain and it’s funny. It’s funny because it’s the truth. We love chatting about the things we’re unhappy with in ministries, preaching styles, choice of worship music, and even flower arrangements. 

“An old adage says that a man can live 40 days without food, three days without water and eight minutes without air, but not a moment without hope.” What about hope?

The young prince lived tranquilly in his defenseless abode. He had harmed no one and was threat to none. He was the heir apparent. He lived peacefully, non-aggressively toward all.

Every weekend in The Indiana Gazette, find this roundup of family- and community-related events hosted by churches in the Indiana County area.

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Eighteen young parishioners of Bethel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, are expected to be among the Twin Towns Area’s collective class of 2022. In anticipation of the high school graduations, Wahpeton-Breckenridge’s “seamstress sorority” did what comes naturally.

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DUNKERTON – Jane and Larry Kies, Missionaries at Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe, will speak about their work on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 301 South Washington Street in Dunkerton. Their appearance is sponsored by Mt. Hope UMC, Waterloo and Grace UMC, Dunkerton. The program is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Kies and missionary work. Cookies, lemonade, and coffee will be served after the program.