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A Terrible Parable

Each week I am presented with a choice of what to preach. I usually turn to the lectionary (a 3-year cycle of weekly biblical texts) to determine which scripture to focus on. Each week of the lectionary offers a text from the Hebrew Testament, a Psalm, a text from one of the gospels, and a text from one of the eipistles (like Romans, Philippians, etc.). There are times when one of the texts presents difficult themes or is a part of the Bible that we would prefer to ignore.  The Gospel text this week (Matthew 22:1-14) is one of those texts. Rather than choose a different text (and arguably an easier one to preach) I think this can be a great opportunity to unpack a parable that seems simply terrible.

A king invites absolutely everyone to a wedding feast but then throws out one guest into the darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Why? For not wearing the correct clothing! How does that reflect our loving God or the radical welcome we attribute to Jesus?
Come explore and question this text with us and consider what it might mean for us in this time and place.

Pastor Leslie has posted her sermons online so you can access and share them! Click here to access the manuscripts. Selected sermons are uploaded to the church website:
Sunday, October 15

Hosts: Shirley Barten & Deb Lundberg
Ushers: Cheri Maxwell & Kathy Ogden
Greeters: Deb Griffith & Dan Hegstad
Counters: Tracy Lyons & Mabel Schultz

Sunday, October 22

Hosts: Jolene Hojem & Tracy Lyons
Ushers/Greeters: Karen Ford, Erik, Kai & Kyd Lukanen
Counters: Nancy Gould & Lowell Johnson
Please join us for the annual FALL CLEAN-UP
Tuesday, October 17
4-6:00 pm
This Week
Thursday, October 12
5:30 pm – Committee Meetings
Friday, October 13
10:30 am – Book Group
11:30 am – Clergy Cluster @ Brickhouse
Sunday, October 15
8:30 am – Choir Practice
10:00 am – Worship
11:00 am – Fellowship
11:15 am – Sunday School
Tuesday, October 17
4:00 pm – Fall clean-up
Wednesday, October 18
9:30 am – Prayer Circle
11:30 am – Men’s Group @
Sawmill Inn
7:00 pm – Council Meeting
Friday, October 20
10:30 am – Book Group

October 15 – Barb Stokke
Readers are needed for the remainder of October. If you would like to be a reader, please talk to Pastor Leslie.

New Church Directory and Photos

Dan will be taking pictures again this Sunday, October 15th and also Sunday, October 22nd. If you are unable to attend either of these dates, you can contact Joey Halvorson and she will come right to your home, or location of your choosing! To schedule a time with Joey, call or email her directly (218-851-5755 or  If you want prints of your photos you are welcome to the files at no charge. Joey will cook ‘em up with Photoshop and then you can print them as you like. You’ll have a fine set of photos just in time for Christmas. Joey and Dan are offering their services at no charge and are suggesting a donation to the church. This is open to all church members and friends of the church.

Minnesota’s most creative auction is coming to our Russian dinner (IF you help).
We would like to offer interesting and fun ideas (Time and Talent) without having to spend great Treasure! Do you knit, crochet, make cards, kayak, sew, carve, take pictures or have another talent? Would you be willing to house sit or take care of an animal for a short period of time? What about hosting a themed dinner or game night? We are looking for fun and ways to share and participate together. Please think about a talent/service/activity you would be willing to donate.

An organizer for this auction is needed. someone to collect the offers and display them during the dinner. 

This is a great opportunity to both raise money for the church and have fun together!
A box for donations is located by the church office.
If you/family/friends are in need of coats, please attend
the distribution at Westgate Mall on Saturday, October 28th.
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