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Why the New Year’s resolution? Why do we do a New Year’s resolutions? What is it about the turn of the calendar that brings us so much excitement? If you really think about it, nothing changes from Dec. 31, 2022 to Jan. 1, 2023 other than the last number in the date. We change out the old calendar for the […]

Frank Capra earned his wings with ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Article written by Jay Copp courtsey of The Big Pulpit Director’s name might not ring a bell with younger viewers, but his timeless movies are full of themes and plots close to his Catholic heart. This December, millions of Americans once again will gather in front of their TVs to watch It’s a Wonderful Life. The poignant dramatization of an […]

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What kind of a child was this? In today’s world and throughout human history there have been miraculous births, where children have survived incredible medical odds to come into this world. There also have been famous children born who have garnered attention from the masses because of their influential parents. There have been many extraordinary births, but none rise to […]

‘Away in a Manger’ at Grafton Lutheran Church

Little ones huddling around a microphone while singing “Away in a Manger” during Grafton Lutheran Church’s Christmas program last Sunday are, from left, Emma Wysocki, Betsey Eng, Kase Koehmstedt, Lydia Lokken (hidden), Addy Gerszewski and Duke West.

From the Pastor’s Desk

I am willing to bet that almost all Christians have heard or sung the time-honored Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” The familiar melody of the hymn and the text developed separately. The composer of the melody is a bit difficult to pin down. What is known comes from a 15th century manuscript from France. The English text comes […]

The patience of Advent

Written by Fr. Samuel Keyes, courtesy of The Big Pulpit The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom. I don’t think I ever appreciated these lines before moving to a semi-arid climate in Southern California. These American southwest climates are not all that different from the deserts of Isaiah’s imagination. It’s an appealing […]

Invite 196 churches to pack 272,000 meals for children

Invitations have been sent to 196 Northern Valley churches to join the Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) non profit organization in packing 272,000 meals March 24-25, regional committee chairs Bruce and Jodie Storhaug announced. Packing will take place in the Minnkota building in Grand Forks. “To pay for the ingredients we will need $76,000,” the co-chairs said. All funds raised […]

From the Pastor’s Desk

Isaiah 7:10-14 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-24 “What shall we name baby?” Different cultures at different times have various customs and ways of naming children. In some European countries, they are named after their grandparents. In America, parents often name their children after themselves or even after movie stars. (I have a brother named “Dennis” after Dennis Day, a movie star […]

St. John’s Christmas Extravaganza

Decorating cookies at St. John’s Christmas Extravaganza in Grafton on Sunday are, from left, are Darla Hanson, Raya Hanson, Jayse Demester and Gabriel Dumas.

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Christianity has celebrated the liturgical season of Advent for at least 1500 years. “Advent” is Latin for “to come.” The name refers to the “coming of Christ.” In modern times the season of Advent is four weeks long and has two distinct parts. The first part is focused upon the “second coming of Christ,” when Christ returns in judgment at […]


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