Entries by Paul Johansson

In Remembrance of Joel Robert Peterson

Central, We give thanks to God for the life and memory of Joel Robert Peterson. Joel was born on June 23, 1967 and died on March 8, 2017. Joel is survived by his children Adam and Samantha and their mother, Tonya Marthaler, parents Robert and Donna, brothers Todd, Peter, Ned (Diane), sister Heidi and nieces […]

In Remembrance of Charles (Chuck) Gruhl

Central, We give thanks to God for the life and memory of Charles (Chuck) Richard Gruhl. Charles Richard Gruhl, 77, died Wednesday, March 8, at his home with his family by his side. Chuck was born November 6, 1939 to Frederick (Bud) and Mabel (Johnson) Gruhl in Hawley, MN.  He graduated from Hawley High School […]

Martin Luther, Sticks and Myths about Refugees

Central, This Sunday we are so grateful for the special guests that will be with us all morning!  Pastor Johan and Sonja Hinderlie will lead our three worship services at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00AM in the Sanctuary.  Johan and Sonja assume the identity of Martin and Katie Luther from the Reformation five hundred years ago. […]


Central, ASH WEDNESDAY begins ‘THE BROKEN WAY’ journey to the Cross. On the cross our Lord was broken, He took our sin and suffering, He took our alienation, He was abandoned by all, for you and me.  The cross is the heart of the gospel. Elie Wiesel, tells of the time when he was in concentration camp […]

In remembrance of Duane Urness

Central, Thanks be to God for the life and memory of Duane Urness. Duane died on February 23, 2017 at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kathleen: daughter, Michelle (Jeff) Loberg; grandchildren, Kelli, Emily and Nicholas: sister, Inez Buetow (Earl); many nieces and nephews. Funeral service is Tuesday, […]

Transfiguration mystery, wonder and amazement

Central, This Sunday is TRANSFIGUATION SUNDAY! Our Epiphany journey of the MIRACLE OF MERCY comes to a fitting end as we:   join the disciples in mystery, wonder, amazement and awe and HEAR the voice on the Mount of Transfiguration declare; “This is my son, the Beloved; LISTEN TO HIM!” and, just like the first […]

Prayers for the Guys Get Away

Guys, Please pray for the 44 guys who will be on the GUYS GETAWAY this weekend. Pray for our SPEAKERS Mark Johansson and Curt Hinkle as they lead us deeper into Micah 6:8. The focus is Justice, Kindness and Humility. Pray for SMALL GROUP LEADERS Neil Gagnon, Bob Ruprecht, Ed Studniski, Mark Beard, Nicholas Goodwin, […]

Kaycee Stanley and Mercy Cares for the Lost

Central, This Sunday Kaycee Stanley, Director of Student Ministries, will be sharing on MERCY CARES FOR THE LOST! One of the four marks of our Discipleship Pathway is SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS! We want to know God’s heart for people who do not yet know Him. Be praying for Kaycee as she brings […]

Guys, Nearly forty guys have signed up for the GUYS GET AWAY on February 24-26 at Timber Bay! Curt Hinkle, Director of Great River Area Young Life, and Mark Johansson, Clinical Psychologist, leadership consultant and President of CareProfiler, will be our leaders. Curt and Mark will be co-leading three sessions on Justice, Kindness and Humility […]


Central, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Tomorrow we exchange cards expressing love or appreciation for one another. For us St. Valentine’s day has become a day we connect with love, romance and friendship. We give hearts to one another because we carry one another in our hearts. According to tradition, on February 14, 269, a young man […]