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DL's First Lutheran Church to host first summer festival June 14

Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church, located at 912 Lake Ave., will host its inaugural Summer Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Friday, June 14. There will be a luncheon of pulled turkey sandwiches and potato salad served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (File photo)

For many years, Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church has been holding a Friday salad luncheon as part of the community's Northwest Water Carnival festivities in July.

This year, however, the congregation has decided to try something a little different.

"We're doing a summer festival instead," said event organizer Glenette Olson. "And we're holding it a month earlier."

The First Lutheran Church Summer Festival is set for Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The festivities begin with a bake sale and "used treasure" sale in the recreation room, on the church's lower level.

"It's probably best to use the back entrance," said Olson, noting that the front entrance to the church accesses the sanctuary on the upper level, while the back entrance, next to the parking lot, opens directly into the lower level, which includes the church office, kitchens, fellowship hall and recreation room.

The used treasure sale, meanwhile, will include a little bit of everything — except clothing. There is no set cost for these items, Olson said; everything is by free will donation.

Proceeds from the sales, which both continue until 3 p.m., will go toward the church's ongoing kitchen remodeling project.

At 11 a.m., the First Lutheran Church Women (FLCW) will host a luncheon in the church fellowship hall. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for all kids age 10 and younger, with proceeds to benefit ongoing FLCW charitable projects and expenses. Tickets will be sold at the door, and serving continues until 1 p.m.

Like the recreation room, the fellowship hall is on the church's lower level, and is accessible through the rear entrance. First Lutheran Church is at 912 Lake Ave. in Detroit Lakes.

Also next weekend

This coming weekend also marks the start of a couple other faith-based events in Detroit Lakes.

Thursday, June 13, marks the start of the Fifth Annual Detroit Lakes Bible Reading Marathon, which continues in Peoples Park through June 18.

During the six-day event, roughly 500 people will be taking turns reading from the Bible for 10-15 minutes, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. The goal is to complete every chapter of both the Old and New Testaments, Genesis to Revelation, over the course of approximately 84 hours.

Though it's open to readers of every age, organizer Barry Schoder says that he is paying particular attention to younger readers this year.

"Last year I started actively recruiting young people, and we had 40 of them," Schoder said. "This year my goal is to get 300 kids and 200 adults reading."

Anyone who would like to sign up to participate should call or text Schoder at 972-757-0078.

The inaugural Prayer Walk of Faith takes place on Father's Day — Sunday, June 16 — from 3 to 6 p.m.

Organized by local resident Barbara Stambach, the walk will begin at Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of Highway 10 and Washington Avenue.

"We'll sing and walk together," she said. The city will provide security at the intersections along the route "to make sure that the crosswalks are safe," she said.

The event is intended to be open to people of all races, ages, occupations and faiths as well as physical and mental abilities.

"It's open to everyone — vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel," she said. "People are all different flavors, but we're all really good."

Stambach said God inspired her with the vision for this event.

"It happened on the night of May 2," she said, adding that she was becoming so frustrated by all the violence and negativity that she was seeing on television that she just turned the TV off and went into her bedroom to have a quiet meltdown.

At that point, she said, she decided to have a little conversation with God, asking him why he wasn't doing more to end the conflict and violence.

"I would do anything to protect my kids," Stambach told God, adding that she then heard his voice in her head, responding, "Well then, why don't you do something?"

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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