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"After a couple of years of celebrating apart because of the pandemic, and also for having just lived through another rancorous national election, we all could use the joy and hope and anticipation that is promised us in Christmas, in the birth of a mighty little king born in a manger."
First Lutheran Church was founded by Norwegian immigrants in 1872.
"I like that we are still discovering creatures previously unknown to us even though we are supposedly firmly into our golden scientific age. It’s a good and humbling reminder of our place in the order of things. ... I marvel at a God who would create us in his image, but still take the time to fashion the prehistoric-looking conger eel — it’s real, look it up! — for purposes I will never comprehend."
Even a pastor needs divine reassurance every once in a while.
Duppong, a native of Haymarsh, N.D., recently joined such saints as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Joan of Arc and Jesus’ own apostles as being singled out for their lives of heroic virtue. The former North Dakota State University student died on Christmas Day 2015, at 31, after an arduous battle with colon cancer.
"(I)n the Lutheran tradition ... We believe all believers are one big collection of saints, and we especially are grateful for those saints who precede us in death and now guide us from the other side of eternity. The observance of All Saints Sunday is a venerable tradition that can evoke a lot of emotion."

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The daylong conference, “Still Living with the Doctrine of Discovery," will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, at Dakota Medical Foundation.
Devlyn Brooks writes: "Having the privilege of participating in discussing how complicated these young peoples’ lives are today, we had it easy. These kids face daily pressures and circumstances that force them to grow up way faster than previous generations."
In this week's column, Roxane B. Salonen shares the stories of readers who have given or received the Eucharist while in the hospital or otherwise unable to attend Mass.

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