Dramatization portrays life of Katherine Von Bora Luther

Marlene Zenker, Hot Springs, Ark., and the wife of the late Alton Zenker, former bishop of the Central Southern Illinois Synod, ELCA, will be performing a historical dramatization portraying the life of Katherine von Bora Luther, the wife of Dr. Martin Luther at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at First Lutheran Church, 800 N. Seventh St. in Bismarck. 

Parking can be found in the Bismarck High School northwest parking lot.   

Marlene Zenker, dressed in the austere black clothing of the 1500s, shares her knowledge of Von Bora Luther and that period in history. Zenker will tell of her life as the wife of the unwitting founder of the Lutheran Church. A spunky young lady born of German nobility, Von Bora Luther was educated in a convent and became a nun. Feeling unworthy, she fled the religious life.

A freewill offering will be taken.

Friesen to speak at Christian Women's Club on Thursday

Lucille Friesen of Selkirk, Manitoba, will speak at the Christian Women’s Club meetings on Thursday. Her theme is “Living Life Without Fear.”  

The Brunch Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Bismarck Eagles Club, 313 N. 26th St. The theme is “Joyful Melodies” with music provided by Don Engbrecht, of Bismarck. The cost is $8; make reservations by calling 701-258-3397. 

The Midday Connection will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Municipal Country Club, 930 N. Griffin St. in Bismarck. The theme is “A Fresh Start” and music is provided by The Master’s Plan Quartet. Cost is $10 and reservations are necessary by noon on Tuesday by calling 701-751-2869.  

The After 5 Group will meet at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Country Club. The theme is “Everything Old is New Again” with a presentation by Vintage Soul, Unique Gifts, Jennifer Bechtold, Mandan.  The cost is $12; reservations can be made by calling 701-202-5570.

Messiah Lutheran Church to hold Rally Day on Sunday

Messiah Lutheran Church, 1020 Boundary Road, north of Sanford on Sunset, will kick off Rally Day on Sunday, with activities for adults and children. 

The fall worship season begins Sunday with many opportunities for worship, fellowship, Bible class, confirmation, Sunday school, Messiah Chancel Choir, hand bells and youth events. Divine Services will be held at 9 a.m., followed by a potluck and root beer floats at noon.  Kids’ activities include face painting, train rides, bouncy house, games and prizes throughout the morning. Come and meet Pastor Zellers, who was installed Aug. 27. 

The community is invited to attend.  For more information, call 663-8545, email messiahsecretary@midconetwork.com or access messiahmandan.org.  

Unitarian Unviersalist charter members to share stories

Charter members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Church, Joyce Conrad and Betty Mills, will share their favorite stories, themed "In the Beginning....," from the founding of this now-65-year-old Fellowship. Karen Van Fossan will facilitate, and the music leader is Andrea Ficek Falcon.

Conrad also is a founding member of the UU Fellowship of Southern Maryland. She has also been a member of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C., the UU Church in Arlington, Va., and the Washington Ethical Society in Silver Spring, Md. Mills is a conversationalist, retired newspaper columnist and coauthor of "Mind If I Differ?: A Catholic Unitarian Dialogue."

Worship services are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 818 E. Divide Ave.

Fall dinner at Menoken church marks 70th anniversary

St. Hildegard Church in Menoken will be hosting its 70th annual fall dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The homemade dinner will feature traditional sausage, roast beef, buns and pies. The event includes games, bingo, music, sale of home baked goods, fresh garden produce, religious crafts and a raffle.

The cost of the meal will be $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 10 and free for children 3 years and younger. St. Hildegard Church is located along Highway 10 and is 10 miles east of Bismarck.  Sunday Mass at St. Hildegard Church will be at 10 a.m. Sunday.

St. Mary's church in Medina to serve chicken dinner Sept. 24

St. Mary's Catholic Church of Medina will be serving a chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Medina Legion Hall. The menu includes oven-baked chicken, baked potato, side dishes, relishes, dessert and beverages. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for those 5 and younger.

Bismarck Salvation Army to offer Vacation Bible School

The Bismarck Salvation Army will offer Vacation Bible School Friday and Saturday, September 22-23.

The campout-themed weekend is for children 6-17 years old. The “campers” will participate in Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, and will enjoy arts and crafts.

The Vacation Bible School will be held Fri., Sept. 22 from 4 – 8 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 23 from    10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Salvation Army Worship and Service Center, 601 S. Washington Street in Bismarck.

The completion of the Bible school program will be capped off Saturday with a family cookout from 4 – 6 p.m. A program fair will also be held at this time as an opportunity to meet the pastors and learn about our youth and family programs and opportunities.

You can register your child online at SalvationArmyNorth.org/bismarck, in person at the Worship and Service Center, or by phone. Volunteers are also needed to help make this event a success. For more information call Lt. Christina Wise at The Salvation Army, 701-223-1889 ext. 101.

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