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Pastor to share mission in Africa

Pastor Themba Mkhabela, a missionary with Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and supported by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 106 Osage Ave. in Bismarck, will be preaching at all services held today and Sunday.

Themba also will be presenting a special program, "In Mission Together: Locally and Globally," from 10 a.m. to noon today at the Lynne Center to highlight the work being done by the global church in Madagascar as well as the West and Central Africa region.

Themba, a graduate of the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., served as pastor for an ELCA congregation, the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for six years prior to accepting his current call. While serving in the Virgin Islands, he had an opportunity to serve in the Synod Council of the Caribbean Synod and Board of Trustees of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Colombia, S.C. He was also the dean of the Virgin Islands District of the Caribbean Synod for three years.

To find more information on the mission and ministries of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, visit

Advent retreat to be held on Dec. 10

The Oblates of Annunciation Monastery, Bismarck, will meet at Annunciation Monastery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 for an Advent retreat themed “Who is Mary?”

Sister Nancy Gunderson will offer a day of reflection and sharing on the mystery of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“In this Advent retreat, we will explore the mystery surrounding the mother of Jesus. Who is this woman who has had cathedrals named for her, art created about her and battles fought in her honor? We will ponder why she returns again and again," Gunderson said.

Oblates are Christian women and men of varied faiths who associate themselves with a monastery and live according to the Rule of St. Benedict as their state in life permits.

All are welcome to attend this free retreat and join the sisters for Eucharistic liturgy at 11 a.m., followed by a light lunch and the second portion of the retreat.

For more information, call 701-255-1520. 

Breakfast to benefit the Curtis family

A breakfast at First Lutheran Church, 800 N. Seventh St. in Bismarck, will benefit Jon Curtis and his family as he struggles with cancer of the tonsils and lymph nodes.

Sausage, eggs, pancakes, juice and coffee will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. In conjunction, there will be a silent auction and bake sale items offered.

Curtis was diagnosed in August and underwent surgery. He is doing chemo and radiation. There will be months of recovery and therapy ahead, which will impede his ability to pay for increasing medical bills and provide for his family.

Curtis and his wife, Shelly, along with their three boys, live in Bismarck, where he has been employed with Missouri River Contracting for the past five years.  

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