Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, June 12, 2000

St. James Lutheran celebrates 125 years

St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, will observe its 125th anniversary with a two-day celebration Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18.

Friends, former members and current members, will gather at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 17 in Humphrey Hall, located in the local high school, to hear world-renowned motivational speaker Randy Munson.

Munson will present a special Gospel Magic program for the anniversary celebration, beginning at 7 p.m.

Munson, son of Lois Munson and the late Roger Munson, lives in Rochester, Minn. He grew up in Howard Lake and is a former member of the church and a graduate of St. James Lutheran School.

A gifted performer who has been entertaining audiences across six continents for more than 25 years, Munson is not only a professional speaker and magician, but one of America's top clowns. Munson has won 40 national and international entertainment awards, and his likeness has been displayed in the Clown Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian Instituion.

Munson has made televised appearences internationally and has been featured on major network broadcasts. His live performances include the Minnesota Vikings halftime show, Bally's Grand in Las Vegas, Disney World in Florida, and the White House, Washington, D.C.

Munson's refreshing blend of inspiration and practicality, delivered with warmth, humor and magic, has propelled him into the Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame, He has been the double-header presenter with such international figures as IBM Chief Executive Officer Lou Gerstner, and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

Not surprisingly, Munson has garnered 12 gold medals in the international speaker olympics, an IBM award for excellence, and is listed in the Who's Who of Professional Speaking. Munson shares his insights from platforms around the world and through numerous articles and books, including Break-Out Creativity that he co-authored.

For the 125th anniversary, Munson will join in the celebration with a fun-filled Gospel Magic show that underscores the significant role played by St. James Lutheran Church for the last 125 years and the future.

On Sunday, the celebration continues with festival services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Gary Lodholz, who was the congregations's first assistant pastor and serving St. James from 1973 to 1977. Lodholz is presently the pastor of a dual parish, Trinity, Philips and Zion, in Kennan, Wis.

The Sunday services will be followed by a dinner in the church and school's newly constructed fellowship hall. A pie and ice cream social will also be offered in the afternoon.

Memorabilia and items of interest will be on display in a special history room to enable all to enjoy and reminisce over the past 125 years of blessings at St. James.

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