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Fellowship examines how ancestors built foundation for today

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Church, 818 E. Divide Ave. in Bismarck, offers a service with speaker Rita Kelly on "Catherine, Napoleon, Lincoln, & Me: Being German from Russia Then and Now" at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. 

With peasant origins, Kelly’s ancestors would seem unlikely to have a connection to world-stage figures, but a series of actions by larger-than-life gamechangers prompted her German relatives to leave Germany for the Odessa area on the Black Sea in current-day Ukraine. Religion and politics figured heavily into the equation, eventually landing the vast majority of Germans from Russia in what was then called “The New World.” Kelly will reflect on the significant and complicated history of her ancestors’ migration — and the meaning she makes of it today.

Higher Power Lunch to hear of at-risk youth programming

First Presbyterian Church will host its first Higher Power Lunch for the new year on Wednesday at the church, 214 E. Thayer Ave. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. with luncheon service starting at 11:45 a.m.

Rhonda Styles-Rohde, of Charles Hall Youth Services, is scheduled to be guest speaker. Styles-Rohde is marketing and communications director for the organization and has 25 years of management and leadership experience. She also is active in the Surprise Church of Bismarck and is president of BisMan Stiletto volunteer organization. The Charles Hall Youth Services provides residential care for at-risk youth in North Dakota.

Higher Power Lunch is aimed at attracting business people from the Bismarck area to meet, eat, network and listen to a faith-based message geared to provide an inspirational break in the day. There is no cost, but reservations are encouraged by contacting the church by Monday at www.fpcbismarck.com.

-- Compiled from staff reports and press releases. Submit information to kimberly.wynn@bismarcktribune.com.

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