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Elim Church hosts 116th annual Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration

Roy Hope, gospel recording artist, will perform July 4th at Elim Lutheran Church in Osakis. (Contributed)

Elim Lutheran Church in rural Osakis will host its 116th annual celebration on July 4th.

The main feature of the event will be a patriotic program presented by Roy Hope, gospel concert and recording artist. His performance begins at 10:30 a.m. at the church, located at 16307 141st Street, east of Osakis.

Hope is a native of South Dakota and began his full-time ministry after working with Billy Graham’s World Wide Pictures organization arranging film premieres.

Following the program, a potluck dinner will be served at noon. The day then continues with old fashioned games and activities to be enjoyed by all ages. This celebration has been a long standing tradition for many generations at this picturesque country church located in rural Osakis. Everyone’s welcome to enjoy the day filled with fun, fellowship and, of course, pie and ice cream. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs.


Hope’s recording and singing ministry is based in Sinai, South Dakota. He shares a unique blend of hymns, contemporary gospel songs, and adds a touch of country western flavor to his varied repertoire. Touring throughout the United States, Norway and the western provinces of Canada, Hope has performed more than 200 concerts a year since 1971. Along with the singing and concert ministry, Hope has produced more than two dozen recordings of his own, in addition to producing for a variety of other artists.

Roy and his wife Rose have four grown children and seven grandchildren in the Minneapolis area.