passing judgement

Principally Speaking

My Grandma Myhrwold used to say, “There is so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of us, it behooves us all not to talk about the rest of us.” That repeated phrase made a lasting impression on me that continues to guide my way. To me it […]

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“You can tell more about someone, not by what others say about them, but by what they say about others.” This is one so worth repeating. As Francis Hodson Burnett said, “You learn things by saying them over and over and thinking about them until they stay in your mind forever.” In our society of […]

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You have learned over these nearly five years that I am a passionate Norwegian (with Swedish and Danish mixed in). Celebrating the Norwegian Constitution Day, Syttende Mai (The 17th of May), has been a valued tradition in our family for nearly 45 years. When our son, Andrew, was a little boy, I woke him up […]

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I used to teach with Sonja Tiedman in Forest City. Sonja recently retired, but I remember her as such a vivacious teacher, always showing such love and care to her students. She also had a great sense of humor and found joy so easily. One winter morning she listened as one of her students described […]

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Our daughter, Maria, is a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City. This congregation often holds church gatherings at the homes of various members. A recent get together was held at the farm of the parish nurse. Because Maria is plagued with migraine headaches, most often triggered by smoke, scents, and weather changes, she […]

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Wartburg College, local ELCA churches come together for ‘God’s Work, Our Hands’ on Sept. 8

Three Waverly groups connected to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will come together on Sunday, Sept. 8, to celebrate the ELCA’s “God’s Work, Our Hands” event by serving the community, worshipping together and enjoying fellowship. Across the country, thousands of ELCA members will be engaging in service work to make a positive change […]

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It started with a song, “The Fruit of the Spirit,” that we learned at worship. All the students and staff can now recite the fruits, based on Galatians 5:22-23, as the words flow through the recesses of our mind whenever we hear one of them: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.

Milestones Ministry

The foundation of the faith formation for our children and youth at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School is our Milestones Ministry Program. This program lifts up important faith moments and discipleship practices in our children’s lives. The Milestones Ministry Program nurtures the Christian faith, strengthens relationships, and creates the kind of bond that promotes […]

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A Place to Rest

St. Paul’s Cemetery is a picturesque, tranquil resting place for 870 souls, both members and non-members of St. Paul’s Church. The land for the cemetery was purchased in 1876, before our sanctuary was built. One of the first graves is someone who died in 1865 and was moved to the site after the church established […]