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Earth Day Hymn Sing

Hymns of creation praise will be sung at an evening service on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Alexandria, 2210 6th Ave. E.

Selections have been made from Lutheran hymnals, The United Methodist hymnal and the New Century hymnal of the United Church of Christ. "Canticle of the Sun" from the Catholic collection will be included. People are invited to join the song and celebrate Earth Day whatever their faith tradition.

Saada to speak at Faith@Work Lunch

The founder and chairman of Hope for Ishmael, a Christian ministry that seeks to advance Israeli-Palestinian understanding and dialogue as well as to reach Muslims with the Gospel of Christ, will be the guest speaker at the Unity Foundation's monthly Faith @ Work Lunch at noon Thursday, April 25, at the Broadway Ballroom.

Taysir ("Tass") Abu Saada was born in Gaza, reared in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, ran away from home at the age of 17, joined Fatah in the late 1960s, and become a PLO sniper for Yasser Arafat. At Arafat's urging, he moved to the United States in 1974 to study at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

He married, became a restaurateur and in 1993 experienced a conversion to Christianity, and now has a love for the Jewish people he had hated so strongly in his youth.

Saada, who is the author of two books, also founded Seeds of Hope, a humanitarian organization that operates in Jericho and Jerusalem.

LifeRight Outreach banquet May 2

LifeRight Outreach ministry is hosting its sixth annual banquet Thursday, May 2, at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria. LifeRight Outreach offers help those who are dealing with an addiction or a life struggle.

Pastor Jay Jenson from The Church in the Pines will be the keynote speaker. The evening will include a special silent auction of theme baskets, a live auction and a local artist painting a large canvas that will be auctioned off.

A silent auction begins at 5:15 p.m., with the dinner and program starting at 6:30 p.m. RSVP for tickets by April 22 to Eileen at 320-766-9175.

Zion Lutheran welcomes new pastor

Rev. Paul Dare was installed as the senior pastor at Zion Lutheran Church on Sunday, March 10. Born in Chicago, he lived in central Illinois for a short time before moving at age 11 to Milwaukee.

Dare's wife, Rachel Dare, works as a speech therapist in hospital and rehab settings. Pastor Dare graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois in 1996 and from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 2000. He served as the associate pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Cloud before becoming their senior pastor in 2004.

The Dares have three children, Abby, Anna and Nathan.

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