Church Briefs 01-09-20

Financial Peace University planned

BROOKINGS – First United Methodist Church will offer Financial Peace University starting Monday, Jan. 13.  

Financial Peace University is a nine-week program on personal finance. It is designed to empower participants to manage  money better, eliminate debt and build wealth. All material is biblically based and taught via video by Dave Ramsey. Area residents are invited to the first class on Monday at 6-7:30 p.m. in the church’s youth room at 625 Fifth St. Participants can decide from there if they would like to continue with the class. For more about the program, contact Gretchen Knutson at 692-4345 or at [email protected] 

Golden age meeting announced

BROOKINGS – Golden Age will meet at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 in the First Lutheran Church Chapel.

Lorraine Kracke will give a part-one presentation on the Holy Land. Part two will be delivered in February. 

All are invited. No church affilliation is required. Lunch will be served.

Coffeehouse tips go to Volunteer Service Bank

BROOKINGS – The Mission of the Month at the Mission Coffeehouse at First Lutheran Church for January is Volunteer Service Bank. 

For more than 20 years, the Volunteer Service Bank has been a part of the Brookings community. The organization gives people the connections they need to get involved with volunteering opportunities or by providing assistance to those in need. 

Many elderly, handicapped, youth and disadvantaged utilize the services of the Volunteer Service Bank. 

The Volunteer Service Bank was organized to help those in need. VSB can match needs with services in the community that can help you. From a ride to the clinic or hospital to tutoring a young child, the Volunteer Service Bank can help. For more information on VSB, call 692-6102.

‘Warm and cozy’ brunch planned

BROOKINGS – The Flandreau Christian Women’s Connection will host a “warm and cozy brunch.”

The event will be held from 9:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the William F. Janklow Community Center in Flandreau.

Dave Miller, of Sleep in Heavenly Peace in Brookings, will give a presentation on the work that his nonprofit does.

Musician Pam Rorvik-Albers of Flandreau will perform.

Kris Roberts of Brandon will deliver a speech titled “Stepping Out In Trust.” Roberts will discuss scary steps and how to trust again after being betrayed.

Reservations can be made by calling Sandy Sheppard at 530-1899, Betty McMahon at 997-2177 or Elaine Hoftiezer at 428-3679 or email [email protected]

Gustavus Choir to perform in Brookings 

SAINT PETER, Minn. – The Gustavus Choir, under the direction of Brandon Dean, launches its 2020 Midwest tour on Jan. 31. The choir performs at Ascension Lutheran Church in Brookings on Feb. 2, at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free; no ticket required. A freewill donation will be taken during the performance.

Featuring music from both classic and contemporary composers, the choir will also perform a commissioned piece by Elaine Hagenberg. The tour also includes stops across Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. The choir will also perform in the Twin Cities Jan. 25 and 26, prior to embarking on tour.

Established in 1932, the nationally renowned Gustavus Choir maintains an extensive annual touring schedule throughout the United States and travels abroad every four years. Over the past 40 years, the choir has appeared at cathedrals, conservatories, and cultural centers in Scandinavia, Russia, Asia, South Africa, and dozens of countries across Europe. 

Volga pastor publishes book on the church’s LGBT debate 

VOLGA – Rev. David Landegent, the pastor of First Reformed Church in Volga, recently published a book entitled, “Coming to Terms: Throwing Light on Words Used in the Church’s Debate Over Same-Sex Behaviors.” 

The book includes over 60 essays which look at how various words and phrases are used in the debate, such as grace, judging, binary, celibacy, fear, genetics, and more. 

The author, who has participated in a number of denominational discussions on these matters, never hides his conservative viewpoint, but he has appreciated the discussions and has tried to be a good listener. His primary hope is that both sides of this polarizing issue might understand each other better and how they come across to one another. 

This book addresses a very live issue in many denominations today. Recently, the United Methodist Church has found a way to work toward a gracious way of dividing up the denomination, and Landegent’s own denomination is in the midst of these same kinds of discussions. 

Landegent is a pastor in the Reformed Church in America. He grew up in South Dakota and has been a pastor since 1982, serving churches in Primghar, Iowa; Fulton, Illinois; and Holland, Michigan before moving to Volga in 2011. In addition to his pastoral duties, Landegent has been a weekly columnist in The Sunday School Guide since 1985, as well as its editor since 2002. He has also written  “A Year in Colossians: A 365-Day Devotional Commentary.” Both books are available through Amazon.


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