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MN Christian convention features former Howard Lake pastor, firefighter

March 2, 2009

By Lynda Jensen

HOWARD LAKE, MN – A familiar face and dynamic speaker is featured at the annual Minnesota Christian Convention this year in St. Cloud – Mike Kilgallin.

Kilgallin, who is president of Crossroads Christian College, formerly served in the early 1980s as pastor at Howard Lake Christian Church.

“We love that community,” Kilgallin said. “In addition to serving the church, I was a volunteer fireman and (wife) Debbie was involved in many community activities – great memories for us,” he added.

Kilgallin will bring home the theme of renewal at the convention with insights and motivation toward renewing the mind and transforming the lives of attendees.

Three areas he will touch upon are:
• Renewal of the church (Revive us again)
• Renewal of the heart (Change my heart, Oh God)
• Renewed through Christ (In Christ alone)

Since the ‘80s, Kilgallin has been busy with numerous endeavors. He earned a bachelor of arts from Lincoln Christian College (Lincoln, Ill.), where he eventually worked in the business department and staff development there.

He has an master of arts degree in philosophy/theology from Lincoln Seminary and an master of business administration degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Kilgallin will join another local person, Dennis Entinger of Howard Lake, at the convention since Entinger is one of about 15 people who are coordinating the event.

Much is planned for convention

The convention is set for Friday and Saturday, March 6-7 at the St. Cloud Civic Center, with the theme “God of Renewal.”

The MN Teen Christian Convention is also set during that time. The web site is http://www.mnconvention.org/

There are numerous activities scheduled for ages 4-100. Some of these are:

• Inspiring, entertaining messages for adults from God’s word by Kilgallin.

• Uplifting, God-centered worship for adults, led by a dynamic worship team with leader, Scott Jasmin, featuring a blend of traditional and contemporary styles that will please all tastes in worship.

Also listed are special music by groups from throughout the state of Minnesota. Practical workshops will be available to give attendees the “how to” answers by showing that the Bible provides the answers for a daily walk with Christ and ministries in the church.

• Phenomenal Teen Convention, which will be combined with a SnoFeast this year. The theme is vision, based on James 1:23, 24

• Fireside worship

• Pizza cafe

• Faith in Action service projects on Saturday morning

• Skiing and/or boarding at Powder Ridge in Kimball

• Time to renew friendships from camp and meet new friends

• Children ages 3 years through fifth grade can participate in activities with the theme “metamorphosis.”

Lessons will be on David and Goliath: change from fear to trust; Abigail and David: change from revenge to peace; and Jesus’ death and resurrection: change from death to life through God’s great gift of forgiveness.

The children’s program is a highlight of the convention. There are lessons, crafts, super worship at their level, lots of games and fun, and everything is age-appropriate. Children are learning at their own level, while parents are learning and relaxed in knowing that the children are well cared-for.

• Infants and toddlers are lovingly cared for in activities geared especially for them.

• Saturday noon luncheon Update sponsored by MCEA.

How much does it cost?

• Registration fees: adults: $25 (1 person); $45 (two adults in a household). Children – infants to grade 5: $5 (maximum of $15 for children per family). Registration fees increase by $5 if you wait to register at the convention.

• Optional Saturday MCEA noon luncheon update. Adults: $10; children 12 and under: $5

• Teens convention: $30; lift tickets at Powder Ridge: $14; snowboard rentals: $19; ski rentals: $14.

The convention is set for Fri-Sat

The Minnesota Christian Convention “God of Renewal,” will be in St. Cloud at the St. Cloud Civic Center Friday and Saturday, March 6-7. Mike Kilgallin is the featured speaker. There are numerous activities scheduled for ages 4-100. The MN Teen Christian Convention is also set during that time.

Check out the link to the home page of the Minnesota Christian Convention.


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