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FAITH

The Scandia Lutheran Church in Averill, Minnesota, held its last worship service on July 17. It sold off everything that was accumulated in 123 years of service, from the altar to the communion service set to even the metal coat racks that hung in the vestibule.
“Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” Say thank you to those mentors who shaped who you are today.
The organization has resumed its house-to-house method of ministry and is planning in-person conventions for 2023.
"Here in our success-driven world, we’ve come to hold up youth and vitality as the only coveted stages of life. So death has become something to fear; something from which to run. When in reality, death is one of the only truly equitable facets of our lives because it is inevitable for all of us."
Rally Sunday in decades past called for much more pageantry, including even parades! Not unlike how schools treat the start of fall school now.
"Looking up into the starry sky, I pondered, 'God had time to create not only our Milky Galaxy, but The Phantom Galaxy 32 million light years away, and an untold number of more galaxies in between … and yet our Creator is personally aware of me! How can that be?'”

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Whether it’s coming together in a family’s loss or after a frightening medical diagnosis, or collectively celebrating the birth of a grandchild or the 90th birthday of a parent, faith communities offer a readily available and supportive extended family to endure life’s hurts and to magnify the joys.
"I didn’t want to forgive the thief who stole my wallet that I had left on top of our car in Colorado Springs, Colo., as we were returning from a family trip. I didn’t want to give up the anger. But, as the days have passed since the theft ... a magical transfiguration is taking place."
A summer trip offered a much greater appreciation of the vastness of God’s creation on earth, while also putting things into perspective.

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