Church briefs, 09-05-19

Coffeehouse tips help Crisis Rescue International

BROOKINGS – The Mission of the Month for September at the Mission Coffeehouse at First Lutheran Church is Crisis Rescue International. 

The mission is the belief that no child deserves to be trafficked. No child deserves to be sexually exploited. CRI seeks to end the trafficking and exploitation of children completely. 

And the organization works to provide the best possible care to survivors. Crisis Rescue International was started in 2009, when David Farmer saw a young girl in the Red Light District of India. 

After asking locals why, he was told she was being punished for not cooperating with her owners. 

Farmer then walked out of a brothel with eight girls, took them to a church he was staying at, and started the process of providing for their care. 

Gregg Stern, a resident of Brookings, met Farmer in 2013 and now makes two trips a year to India. More than 500 children have been saved through this ministry. 

All gifts to CRI are tax deductible. For $35 a month, you can provide for a child. All donations go toward the care of these children. There are no administrative fees. For more information, visit Stern loves to speak at churches and civic organizations. He may be contacted at the Powershop Gym.

Golden Age meeting announced

BROOKINGS – Golden Age meets at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 in the First Lutheran chapel

Phil Wagner will present the program about the Brookings County Museum in Volga. He will bring several items of interest along.

All are welcome. There is no age limit or required church affiliation. Lunch will be served.

WOW for kids in Aurora

AURORA – WOW (Worship on Wednesday) for kids will start Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Impact Church in Aurora

Every Wednesday kids can enjoy food, games and fellowship from 5:30-7 p.m. WOW is open to all students grades kindergarten through fifth grade

New ‘convener’ for Brookings Ministerial Association

BROOKINGS – The Rev. Dorthy Tufte, director of chaplaincy service for the United Living Community, is relieving the Rev. David Schoeld, pastor of First Lutheran Church, as convener of the Brookings Ministerial Association.

When Sister Elaine Garry, pastoral associate at St. Thomas More Catholic Church and BMA convener for five years, turned over the post to Schoeld about one year ago, he agreed to serve for one year.

Tufte has been in her post at ULC for the past three years. As a chaplain, she represents all faiths and each denomination.

“Chaplaincy is a ministry of presence, comfort and helping another to find meaning and God in the midst of their journey,” she explained.

Her personal faith participation is at Brookings First Assembly of God.

Tufte received her initial ministry credentials from Assemblies of God in the late 1990s and has been ordained since 2004. (In the Assemblies of God, a candidate receives their initial credentials and then fulfills further education and experience requirements to be licensed and then ordained.)

In 2015 and 2016 respectively, she received a Master of Divinity: Pastoral Care and Counseling and a Master Certificate: Spiritual Direction from Sioux Falls Seminary. 

The BMA will hold its first fall meeting, with Tufte as convener, on Sept. 25 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 726 Sixth St.


Support groups at First Lutheran

BROOKINGS – The Rev. Stephen Palo recently announced that First Lutheran Church will host a pair of support groups,

The first of six sessions of the Touchstone Grief Group will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the First Lutheran Church conference room.

Also a dementia support group will be held in October with the first of 10 sessions at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in the church conference room.

Both groups will be facilitated by Palo.

For more information, contact Palo at 692-6251 or  [email protected]

All-city church bowling league slated

BROOKINGS – Abundant Life Church is organizing and all-city church co-ed bowling league.

The contests will run at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays from Sept. 23 through Nov. 18.

Each week three-person teams, 16 year olds and older  will compete at a cost of $30 per week per team. 

Scores and standings will be kept until the end of the season with prizes awarded and 25% of the prooceeds going to local charities.

For more information, contact the Rev. Joe Ganahl at 695-9444 or [email protected]


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