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150th anniversary of serving God in the community

St. Paul Lutheran Church on County Road 17 is celebrating their 150th anniversary.  On March 2, former Pastor Paul Schlief delivered the Sunday message.  On May 11, St. Paul was honored to have Bishop Lohrmann for the morning service.

A special invitation has been sent to former confirmation graduates of St. Paul for the August 3 worship service.  Former Youth Group members and organists have also been invited for the service.  The Youth Group and Sunday school choir will be participating in the service.

St. Paul will have a float in the Apple Festival in Oak Harbor on October 11.  On October 26 a special Homecoming Service will be held at the church.  A son of the church, Pastor Timothy Nahls, will be present at that time.

Everyone is always welcome and especially on these dates.  Morning services on August 3 and October 26 will begin at 10:30 a.m. with lunch following.

St. Paul Church was started in 1864 by Rev. Christopher Raths, who had been born in Germany in 1807.  He became a teacher and then came to America in 1840, studied to be a minister and was ordained in 1858.  Rev. Raths served as pastor of St. Paul for 28 years from 1858 until his death in 1886.  He and his wife and buried in the Roose Cemetery, southeast of Oak Harbor.

 

The current pastor is Cheryl Wessel who has been with St. Paul since 1998.

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Camp Sabroske: Oak Harbor’s hidden gem

Caileigh Moyer with Cobalt Blue and volunteer Breanna Hutson with Denver standing on the outskirts of the pond at Camp Sabroske.

At 4405 W Toussaint North in Oak Harbor sits 112 acres of land that Camp Sabroske calls home. This land was donated in 1960 by Elin Sabroske specifically to be used as a youth camp and that is one of its purposes today. Camp Sabroske is also a camp ground with 30 RV sites with electric and water hook ups available, there is tent space available on all 112 acres, a lodge for events, an in-ground pool, a pond with paddle boats and catch and release fishing, dorms, cabins and horseback riding. The camp is truly a hidden gem in northern Oak Harbor.

The camp is owned, operated and run by Doug Moyer and his family; Doug’s wife, 8 children and 2 foster children. Camp Sabroske is a non-profit 501 C3 Christian campground. The family lives on site at the camp and performs all maintenance on the grounds. Doug also has his pastoral degree and runs the youth camps at Camp Sabroske.

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B-C-S School District announces open houses

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District looks forward to welcoming students and families for 2014-2015 school year open houses at the following buildings:

For R.C. Waters Elementary School (grades K-3): August 25 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Special Incoming fourth grader open house at Oak Harbor Middle School: August 12 from 6-7:30 p.m.

For all students who will attend Oak Harbor Middle School (grades 4-7): August 21 from 6-7:30 p.m.

For Oak Harbor High School (grades 8-12): August 20 from 6:30-8 p.m.

 

 

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