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Study group helps with understanding Bible

October 11, 2008
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer

Bible study every other Monday at Epworth United Methodist Church looks back at the roots of Christianity and who God is through the scripture.

Cathy Sonnicksen, an ordained minister and Bible scholar, leads the group with one goal in mind: ''We want to be changed by what we hear in Jesus' name.''

The small group of women study the tabernacle and the symbols for Jesus found there, such as the light of the world and the bread of life - candles and manna.

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-Messenger photo by Sandy Mickelson
Cathy Sonnicksen, right, leads a Bible study class every other Monday morning at Epworth United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge. Learning about the symbolism of the tabernacle are Alice Hovik, left, and Lenore Tegland.

''In the tabernacle, everything has a meaning,'' Sonnicksen said. ''Jesus is revealed in the Old Testament and pictured in the New Testament.''

After Jesus came into the world, she said, there was no need for the temple, so the walls were torn down. Now people can worship the Lord directly rather than offering their praise and worship through the high priests, she said.

Group members have been involved in more than study of the tabernacle for quite a while now. All have been part of the planning for Epworth's 100th anniversary celebration, which will be at the 10:30 a.m. services Oct. 19.

Lenore Tegland has created table decorations for the dinner.

Ruth Humphrey and Alice Havlik, along with Bob Hottman and Paul Green, detailed the history of the church, and Humphrey proofread the book.

Colleen Sexe and Edna Quilen, president of United Methodist Women this year, helped wherever and whenever needed.

Sonnicksen created a book of remembrance, including the history, stories from church members and former members, and interviews with homebound and nursing home residents.

A cookbook with 600 recipes and seven categories was pulled together by Sheila Eldredge, with Tegland and about a dozen other women working on the project. That cookbook is available at the church for $15.

Where there was a job, there were people to do it.

''Doesn't it help to know we are not alone in this life?'' Sonnicksen asked, turning the conversation back to Bible study. ''Jesus intercedes for us every day. We pray for one another; that's how we intercede for one another.''

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