April 2, 2007

Dassel Cokato Ministerium keeps pastors connected

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

The Dassel Cokato Ministerium is a group of pastors from the DC area who get together for information and awareness, as well as fellowship.

The pastors meet once a month, alternating locations between Daniel’s Family Restaurant in Cokato, and Hojies Grill & Smokehouse in Dassel, from September to May.

Recently, the ministerium met at Daniel’s to hear about Olweus, an anti-bullying program, instituted in the Dassel Cokato school district this year, from the elementary school principals.

The ministerium sponsors the Dassel Cokato area food shelf and in May, a World Day of Prayer service.

During the summer, the pastors rotate leading the community services Sunday evenings.

Most of the pastors’ joint efforts are divided according to community. That is why the ministerium has two treasurers. The Rev. Lyndon Korhonen of Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church is the Cokato area pastors’ treasurer. The Rev. Doug Pierce of Lake Jennie Covenant Church of Dassel is the other treasurer.

The Cokato pastors sponsor the concert following the annual Cokato Corn Carnival parade in August.

The Dassel pastors sponsor the community Good Friday service in Dassel.

The ministerium’s main fellowship event is the “Pastors’ Masters” golf tournament at the end of May. The Rev. Keith Carlson of Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel is the defending champion, according to the Rev. Mike Nelson of the Grace, North Crow River and Redeemer Lutheran parish of rural Cokato.

Nelson is the ministerium’s current chairperson.

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