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Organist to present concert, workshop

Concert organist Gail Archer from New York City will perform music by Buxtehude, Bach, Sowerby, Franck and Messiaen at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Archer will present a pre-concert lecture and slide show starting at 7 p.m. on European organs from 1450-1770. She also will present an organ workshop for students in grades five and older on Oct. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Suggested donation at the door for the Friday concert is $10 adults, $6 students and seniors, and $20 families. The Saturday workshop, which is presented by the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is free and no registration is necessary.

Call Kristy Giere at 288-2649 for more information.


Event features fair-trade goods

A fair featuring fairly traded handcrafts from artisans in developing regions around the world will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rochester.

International food will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The church is at 2124 Viola Road N.E. Call 289-0959 for more information.

First female pastor to be installed

The Rev. Karna Hagen, the first female pastor in the history of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester, will be installed at all of the church’s morning services Sunday.

Hagen will be installed at the 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 10:45 a.m. services at Gloria Dei and at the 10 a.m. service at Glory to God, a second-site ministry of Gloria Dei that meets at Rochester Athletic Club.

A potluck lunch celebration also will be held at noon at Gloria Dei’s fellowship hall.


A recent graduate of Luther Seminary, Hagen’s previous ministry experiences include working as an ELCA camp counselor and a youth minister. She has also traveled to India and Nepal as part of a music ministry team.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is at 1212 Twelfth Ave. N.W. Rochester Athletic Club is at 3100 19th St. N.W.

Choral Evensong set

A Choral Evensong will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday Calvary Episcopal Church in Rochester.

Evensong is the office of sung evening prayer in the English Collegiate tradition. A cello recital by Dr. Paul Vance of Winona State University will follow the service. 

The church is at Second Street and Third Avenue Southwest.

Latin Mass scheduled

The Rev. Jerome Verdick will celebrate the monthly Rochester Tridentine Latin Mass at 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Rochester.


The Low Mass will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

The church is at 11 Fourth Ave. S.W. Contact Don Hagler at (507) 288-3478 for more information.

Bible reference at center of firing?

DES MOINES, Iowa — An instructor at an Iowa community college claims he was fired after he told his students that the biblical story of Adam and Eve is a fairy tale and should not be interpreted literally.

Steve Bitterman, 60, said officials at Southwestern Community College in Red Oak sided with a handful of students who threatened legal action over his remarks in a western civilization class.

School President Barbara Crittenden would not comment on whether Bitterman was fired over the Bible reference, saying it was a personnel issue.

— Compiled by Matt Russell

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