Westridge United Methodist Church in Norfolk performed a "Blessing of the Animals" in the Westridge Garden on Oct. 6.

One hundred years ago, the desire to teach and preach in the “language of the country” caused a few Missouri Synod Lutherans to leave their church, buy a plot of land and establish a new congregation.

Members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norfolk rolled up their sleeves on Sept. 8, to participate in “God’s work. Our hands.” The event is a service day in which nearly 9,100 Evangelical Lutheran Church of America congregations take part each year.

HOOPER — The seventh annual “God’s Work. Our Hands” Polka Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of rural Hooper. A combined worship service with Elim Lutheran Church-Swaburg will be held at St. Paul's beginning at 10 a.m. St. Paul's is located at 1843 County …