Messenger Newshttp://www.messengernews.netTop Headlinesen-usSun, 30 Aug 2015 22:46:39 EDTSun, 30 Aug 2015 22:46:39 EDT Covenant to bless backpacks school beginning or already in session First Covenant Church will celebrate a blessing of the backpacks at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday during worship hour. All children are encouraged to bring their school backpacks. First Covenant Church is at 201 Ave.Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDTSpecial service for Martens is Sunday Rev. Matthew Martens will retire on Monday from Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. A special worship service followed by a program will be held Sunday to mark his last day. The public is welcome to attend.Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDTGrace Lutheran to hold worship in the park on Sunday Lutheran Church will hold its annual Sunday Worship in the Park at the main shelter at the John. F. Kennedy Memorial Park on Sunday, with worship starting at 9:30. The Rev Matthew Martens will deliver his farewell message.Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDTGood Shepherd Lutheran pastor to retire Shepherd Lutheran Church will honor its retiring pastor the Rev. Lyle Hansen at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 23. Hansen and his family moved to Fort Dodge in 2000 when he became senior pastor at Good Shepherd.Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDTMcGuire Bend to host Ice Cream Social - The McGuire Bend UB Church annual Ice Cream Social will be Aug. 21 at the Stratford City Park. Serving will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Ice cream, beefburgers, chips, pie, bars and drinks will be available for a freewill offering.Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDT