Faith Focus: Tour new church building in Marion

January 14, 2019

Tour new church building in Marion

An old congregation with a new location is hosting an open house event Jan. 20.

Marion Road Christian Church, formerly Marion Church of Christ, opened its new location, 4051 50th Ave. SE, at the interchange of U.S. Highway 52 and Marion Road, in early December.

“We just wanted an opportunity to let people in the neighborhood know we’re here and to come worship with us,” said the Rev. Rick Walston, church pastor.

The old church property, in Marion village, belonged to the church for 150 years. The new location, besides being more visible, offers a 250-seat auditorium, large multipurpose fellowship hall, offices and classrooms. The 14,000-square-foot building was built over 15 months on land the church bought in 2005.

“This has been 13 years in the making,” Walston said.

The open house begins at 1:30 p.m. with a dedication service, followed by tours and refreshments. The church, though, opened for services on Dec. 9. Attendance at services has averaged about 170 since then, but historically average attendance at the church is about 115, Walston said.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school is at 9:15 a.m. In addition, most Wednesdays during the year the church hosts a supper and classes starting at 6 p.m.

Find more information at the church website, marionchurch.com, on Facebook or call 507-288-1063.

Covenant Church hosts Alpha Film Series

Rochester Covenant Church will host showings of the Alpha Film Series, a global perspective on the Christian faith, along with a weekly supper and discussion time, beginning Wednesday and continuing through late March at the church, 4950 31st Ave. NW, Rochester.

Believing that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view, Alpha begins each evening with light supper from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by short films and discussion. There is no cost. Infant/toddler childcare and activities for grades K-12 are also available at this time. Adults of all ages are warmly welcomed to attend.

More than 24 million people in 160 countries have gone on Alpha, an 11-week series of interactive sessions that freely explore the big questions of faith and life, along with the basics of the Christian faith. Each session includes food, a talk, and good conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.

The course looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. It’s just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together. To learn more about the Alpha Course or the Alpha Film Series, go to www.alphausa.org or contact Rochester Covenant Church at 507-289-2990, office@rochcov.org or go to www.rochcov.org.

Supermarket Saturday is Jan. 19

Oasis Church will hold Supermarket Saturday, in partnership with Channel One Food Shelf, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19.

You must present a photo ID with birthdate to pick up food at Oasis Church. You can visit only one Channel One food site per month. If you have any questions, call 289-8596.

Oasis Church is at 1815 38th St. NW in Rochester.

Presbyterian Church hosts luncheon

The Presbyterian Church of Oronoco will hold a church luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The menu is delicious homemade hot dishes, salads, and desserts.

The church is located at 20 Third St. SW, Oronoco. A goodwill offering will be collected.

Learn tools of forgiveness at retreat

“Forgiveness: An Invitation for New Possibilities” is the title of an upcoming retreat day at Assisi Heights in Rochester.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 26, the day-long retreat will focus on how to keep your “inner harvest” clear and bright by releasing resentments and imprisonment from the past, so that you can accept the invitation to new freedom.

Are you a person who is struggling with a past wounding? Do you ask, “Where is God in all this inner pain and suffering”? Do you wonder about your image and/or belief in God or a Higher Power? Can you find peace with yourself and in your life? Maybe you just want a get-away-place for a cold Saturday in January. This retreat may be just right for you!

Sister Linda Wieser has been teaching meditation, offering Spiritual Direction and serving as a Certified Life Coach for over 30 years.

Registration is $40 and includes lunch for those who have preregistered/prepaid. Admission is $45 at the door.

Register online, tinyurl.com/ydxqyphf, or call 507-529-3524. Assisi Heights is at 1001 14th St. NW.

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