New pastor headed for Bethel Lutheran 

The Rev. Jon Walla will be installed Sunday as the new pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church.

Walla and his family spent the past five years serving a church in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is a Fargo native.

Walla is the church's fifth pastor since 1967. Bethel's previous pastor, the Rev. Tim Jenks, served at the church for 16 years but moved to California last summer.

Sunday's instillation will take place at 3 p.m. A meal will follow.

The church is at 615 E. Turnpike Ave. in Bismarck.

UU church unveils schedule

The Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Church has announced its February schedule. All services take place at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday's service will feature Dean Conrad, who will speak on "the art of being second best."

The Feb. 14 service will feature four Congolese refugees who recently resettled in Bismarck. They will talk about their journey to America.

The Feb. 21 service will feature Ursula Conrad, a retired public health nurse and returned Peace Corps volunteer, and Dan Christ, who is retired after a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. They will speak on "this I believe; this I do."

The Feb. 28 service will feature the Rev. Karen Van Fossan. She will speak on "bumper sticker theology and the future of our faith." The service is also an "In-Gathering Sunday," when the church formally welcomes new members and affirms its commitment to co-create beloved community.

The church is at 818 E. Divide Ave. in Bismarck.

Guest to preside at St. Paul Lutheran 

The Rev. James Naumann of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Jamestown will be the guest pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church for Lenten services.

He will be at the church for the Ash Wednesday service Feb. 10, as well as the 7 p.m. services Feb. 24 and March 9.

"Cross Examinations" is the theme for the Lenten sermons. Naumann will use questions asked by Jesus to his disciples, Judas and Pilate during Holy Week as lessons for today's world.

The church is at 2510 E. Divide Ave. in Bismarck.

Christian Women's Club meetings set

Sue Hamilton will be the speaker for the three Christian Women's Club meetings on Thursday.

The 9:30 a.m. Brunch Group will meet at the Bismarck Eagles Club, 313 N. 26th St. The theme is "Heart of Love Brunch" and the cost is $8. Reservations should be made by noon Monday by calling 701-258-3397.

The 12:30 p.m. Midday Connection will meet at the Municipal Country Club, 930 Griffin St. in Bismarck. The theme is "Happy Hearts" and the cost is $10. Reservations should be made by noon Tuesday by calling 701-222-8558.

The 6 p.m. After Five Group will meet at the Municipal Country Club. The cost is $12. Reservations should by made by noon Tuesday by calling 701-202-5570. Bring a spouse or guest for Valentine's entertainment and door prizes.

Lenten fish fries planned in Mandan

The Knights of Columbus have several fish fries scheduled for Christ the King and Spirit of Life churches in Mandan.

The meals include deep-fried fish and jumbo shrimp, macaroni and cheese, potatoes, coleslaw, buns, drinks and dessert.

Christ the King will host the fish fries from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and March 11. The church is at 505 10th Ave. N.W. in Mandan.

Spirit of Life will host the fish fries from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, March 4 and March 18. The church is at 801 First St. S.E. in Mandan.

Atwell to speak at Lenten retreat

The Rev. Basil Atwell will speak on "The End of the World" at the Simple Lenten Retreat for Women held Feb. 27 at St. Mary's Central High School.

The event includes Mass, breakfast and lunch, two talks, a question-and-answer period, confession and Eucharistic adoration. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration is $25 or $15 for students. It must be completed by Feb. 19 by mail to 708 First Ave. N.W., Mandan, ND 58554.

For questions, call 701-471-9633.

St. Mary's is at 1025 N. Second St. in Bismarck.

Atwell is a monk of Assumption Abbey in Richardton and serves as pastor of St. Peter Church and Saint Bernard Mission School in Fort Yates on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Trinity Lutheran selects leaders

Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck selected new leaders at its annual meeting Jan. 31.

Terry Mertz is the new president; Steve Schilling, first vice president; Jim Lewis, second vice president; Cindi Bussiere, Ken Evenson, Mark Burman, council; Rick Bucholz, audit; Dick Hansen, trust fund; Donna Jean Becker, Carol Houser, Margaret Fiechtner, Dwight Offerman, Jerry Doan, nominating committee; Don and Sandy Peterson, convention delegates.

Trinity is at 502 N. Fourth St. in Bismarck.

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(Reach Amy R. Sisk at 701-250-8267 or amy.sisk@bismarcktribune.com.)