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Iconoclastic pastor comes to Alexandria

An ordained Lutheran pastor whose boat-rocking ways have landed her on all sorts of national media will speak in Alexandria at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center.

Nadia Bolz-Weber is a tall, tattooed former comedian and drug addict who founded the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. Two of her books have landed on the New York Times bestseller list.

Calvary Lutheran Church has invited her to Alexandria to help kick off its four-week sermon series called "Saint and Sinner."

The event is free and open to the community. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Bolz-Weber has been interviewed by Terry Gross on National Public Radio and featured on the BBC World Service, The Washington Post, CNN and The Daily Beast, among others. Ordained by the ELCA, she has told interviewers she felt called to minister to outcasts and described the drug use and anger of her past.

Encouraging faith through music

Veteran praise and worship singer/songwriter Kelly Willard will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Alexandria Covenant Church, 4005 Dakota St. Willard has joined artists such as Twila Paris, Amy Grant and Steve Green for duets and background vocals.

"Come be encouraged in your faith through the message she brings to her music," the church said in a news release.

Willard will be joined by local pianist and composer Keith Martinson.

Regeneration Center deadline Friday

Friday, Oct. 27, is the deadline to register for the Regeneration Center's Annual Banquet. In ministry for 35 years, the center chose the theme "Restoring Relationships" for this year's banquet, set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 at the Holiday Inn. It will focus on its local jail ministry and testimonies of transformed lives. The banquet is free and includes dinner, ministry updates and a concert by Kelly Willard. A free will offering will be taken during the event. To register, visit www.regenerationcenter.org or call 320-759-0794.

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