"Luther," a new motion picture chronicling the life of 16th-century religious reformer Martin Luther, will be shown at Chateau Theatres in Rochester starting Friday.

Co-sponsored by Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the reported $30 million movie stars Joseph Fiennes, who starred in "Shakespeare in Love," in the role of Luther.


The 2003 Minnesota Church Ministries Association convention, "Building the Church in Every Generation," will be held Oct. 10-11 at North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills, Minn.

The convention will feature sessions on recruiting and keeping volunteers, outreach and missions, adult and children's ministries and more.


Registration fees are $49 for both days, $35 for one day and $19 for a student for one day at the door.

There is a 20 percent discount for registrations sent by Oct. 4 from a MCMA member church and a 10 percent discount for non-member churches.

Send registrations to MCMA, P.O. Box 1186, Minnetonka, MN, 55345.

More information is available by calling 1-800-474-0326 or online at


OSTRANDER -- A special worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ostrander to celebrate the church's 45th anniversary.

A pork chop dinner will be served after the service and a program with guest speakers and special music will begin at 1:30 p.m.

There will be a free-will offering for dinner. Reservations are not required for the meal.



FRONTENAC -- A day of prayer will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Villa Maria in Frontenac.

The day will include meditation, prayer, presentations and music.

Lunch is included in $25 cost. Call 1-866-244-4582 for a reservation.


Wiccans are being asked to wear small purple ribbons to identify themselves during World Pagan Pride Days Monday and Tuesday. "Wear it in your hair, or pin it up to your shirt. Make it public!" said a posting on the online Minnesota Pagan News.


Brother Bertrand Hanf of Milwaukee, Wis., formerly of the Rochester area, celebrated 50 years as a Salvatorian brother in a special Mass at his home parish of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Simpson on Sept. 6.


Bertrand began his studies in 1950 at the now-closed Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz, Wis. He entered the Salvatorian Novitiate at Menominee, Mich., and professed his first vows on Sept. 8, 1953. He has served in many places, most notably the mission territory of southern Tanzania and at a number of Salvatorian parishes and institutions in New Jersey and Wisconsin. He is now retired.

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