KRLC Recent Events


We are excited about all that God does through this little church each year. We are an active congregation and God surprises us by all He does as we walk by faith on our journey together. This recent history was compiled from the Secretaries minutes and the annual Congregational Reports. The history of our church in the earlier years is further summarized on the Church History page.

Knife River Lutheran Church​​ Recent Events

2019

  • Laurie Jackson retired in October after nearly 30 years of service as our church custodian! We celebrated with an appreciation brunch and enjoyed stories from her years of service, ending with the rousing hymn Laurie, Laurie Hallelujah that had many in stitches and a few shedding tears of joy! What fun!

  • Our annual Fishcake Dinner was another success against all odds. We served nearly 300 meals even though we had no heat in the building (yes, the furnace was out again)! But we were rejoicing in our new kitchen as it was fully functional and used to make meatballs and other goodies.

  • Our September Fall Food and Fun Fest was certainly an extravaganza!!! And we raised over $7,000 towards our kitchen renovation. Young and old tried their luck at the cake-walk while Delores and Carol kept the music playing and the cakes coming. The yard sale kept on going with treasures galore and lots of helpers. The real fun and laughter was found at the dunk-tank while Captain Plunger-Sword, the African Queen, Princess Kate, Sir I.M. Mature and the Swedish Chef plunged into the cold water several times!!! The mini-farmer's market was full of the bounty from God's creation. Our chef extraodinaire kept everyone fed, we had fund face painting and games for the kiddos, and a rousing silent auction. Wow, what a fun and glorious day!

  • KRLC contributed almost $700 to the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf! We also have five members who volunteer weekly - thanks Kay, Diane, Lillian, Scott & Anne!

  • Knife River wins the 2018 Holy Cow Award!!! Our average per person giving toward world hunger was the highest in our synod for the first time ever!!! Thanks to the youngsters who inspire us to give to those who are hungry in developing nations. Holy Cow...what God can do through our little church!

  • Fellowship farewell for DeWayne and Maurine Rubedor in May as they move south.

  • Celebrated Palm Sunday with our traditional waving of palms as the children entered the sanctuary and the men served a glorious pancake breakfast following the service.

  • Good Friday Tenebrae service foreshadowed the joy to follow at we celebrated Easter with festive music from bells, choir, piano, organ and clarinet!

  • Easter

  • Seven new members were welcomed into our church family on June 30th.

  • Garden service in June 30th with guest speaker Dan Schutte talking about gardening.

  • Most everyone joined in to wear red celebrating Pentecost and we even had red balloons and of course gave away red flowers to each family! We were so blessed to listen to John 3:16 in eight different languages...all at the same time! We have many very talented members who can speak multiple languages! How lovely it is to hear God's word and feel the Holy Spirit move through others.

  • Hymn-based sermons in July taught us how some of the good-old favorites came about in such unusual ways and how they teach us about God's hand in our lives too.

  • VBX was a huge success with 13 children attending at no cost to them. The Noah's Ark skit on Friday evening was not to be missed! And the VBX children raised $581.09 for God's Global Barnyard, which will purchase 11.6218 goats to help with world hunger!

 

 

2018

  • Celebrated our 90th Anniversary with a wonderful program on June 10th, with presentations on the historical eras of the congregation. Also produced a commemorative 90th Anniversary book. Read the 90th Anniversary Celebration Program here.

  • Dedicated the Columbarium after the service on September 16th.

  • 17 children participated in Vacation Bible School.

  • Celebrated Lyle Northey's 80-1/2 birthday (he skipped out of town on his 80th) as well as celebrating all the many blessing that Lyle has provided to the church.

  • The congregation unanimously approved the kitchen remodel project.

  • Heard the inspiring tale (told by Carol Carlson) about the search and finding of one of our community's members', Raymond Martinson, resting place in the Normandy WWII graveyard. Raymond is memorialized within a stained glass window in the sanctuary. When Raymond died our church would have been less than 20 years old. This was a story of a how small group of us working against all odds through persistence and faith located Raymond's gravesite to give remembrance and reflection at his graveside. It highlights our deep sense of community and faith through our history. We just passed our 90th anniversary more than 70 years later and if our faith in the Lord can bring us together through the long years in far off lands there is nothing that this faith cannot do.

 

 

2017

  • The mortgage was paid off and we had a ceremonial mortgage burning celebration after church in June.

  • Phase 1 of the Columbarium was completed.

  • Updated the Church Constitution.

  • Lyle Northey stepped down as church President at the January annual meeting. Many thanks to Lyle for his years of service to the church. Bjorn Ojard stepped into the role of President.

  • The Creation Care Team continued to guide us as we switched over to LED lights.

 

 

2016

  • Seven children went through First Communion instruction and received their First Communion.

  • Endowment scholarships for post-high school education were given Spring and Fall for 5 different young people.

  • Held three Memorial Garden worship services over the summer.

  • Worship attendance hit another high, averaging 59 each Sunday.

  • Celebrated Pastor Susan's 30th Anniversary of her ordination with a special program and brunch on June 12th.

  • Held our second largest ever Fishcake Dinner, serving around 420.

  • Were again able to double-tithe between Synodical giving and a category of local and world outreach giving.

2015

  • The church took in 21 new members - a record! Worship attendance increased to an average of 58 each Sunday. Both of these buck the national trends in traditional churches!

  • New church directory was issued, thanks to Jim Allert!

  • Lyle Northey took over as church President at the January annual meeting. Many thanks to Steve Carlson for temporarily stepping in as church President when Marv Holt moved out of that role.

  • Mike Stiff stepped down as church Treasurer at the end of the year and Michael Dent stepped up to fill that role. Thanks to Mike for his many years of serving in that demanding role.

© 2015 KNIFE RIVER LUTHERAN CHURCH.

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