Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, April 3, 2000

Pastor staying in bell tower for fundraiser

In an effort to raise money for disaster relief in the United States and around the world, the Rev. John Hogue entered the bell tower of Evangelical United Church of Christ, Lester Prairie, after Sunday worship April 2.

Hogue intends to remain in the bell tower until his congregation can raise $1,000 and 50 disaster kits.

The money raised will be given to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, which helps families and communities who have suffered the results of severe disasters regain economic stability, and is used for community projects such as farming, public works projects, and roads.

Disaster kits include basic essentials such as health and sanitation items and cleanup items to be used by families to clean up their homes immediately following a disaster.

Last year, the United Church of Christ gave over $3.1 million dollars for One Great Hour of Sharing. Donations will be accepted at the church and should carry the notation One Great Hour of Sharing.

Beginning Wednesday, April 5, the Evangelical United Church of Christ, Lester Prairie, will offer an additional worship service on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The service, which will last approximately 30 minutes, will be focused on the Holy Spirit for spiritual healing with laying on of hands in a format called the Taize style.

Taize is psalm singing, Bible readings, silence, and prayer, and does not include a sermon. The public is welcome to attend these unique worship services. For more information, call the church at 320-395-2320.

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