The cross and the altar in Spirit of Faith worship center symbolize the fusion of the old and the new. Rian Boschee, of Woonsocket, handcrafted the cross, formerly hung in the United Methodist Church in Woonsocket. Stephen Davis, of Woonsocket, and Aaron Roth, of Letcher, handcrafted the altar specifically for the new Spirit of Faith church building. An altar discovered by Pastor Rhonda inspired its design.

“Saved by grace, gathered in faith, called to serve” is the mission statement of the Spirit of Faith Lutheran-Methodist Church of Woonsocket. The congregation held the much anticipated dedication service of its new church building on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Bishop David Zellmer of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) dedicated the worship center as a holy space. He expressed his appreciation for all the work done to make the day possible and challenged the congregation to raise up disciples in Jesus’ name. Bishop Zellmer credits Spirit of Faith for being a unique congregation that demonstrates how two faiths can come together. Each congregation gave up something precious to them to build something brand new.

…Read on and see more pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

A conglomeration of business owners got together to display their talents at an open house on Monday night. Trish Gates Photography has opened a studio in the old newspaper office in Woonsocket, and she had some friends join her to promote their business ventures, as well. Pictured are the young female entrepreneurs from left: Liz Brooks and Tasha Hagman of Gypsy Sky and Rustic Arrow Designs selling earrings, Trish Gates with her photography business, Sovanna Beekman selling wine glasses and signs with creative sayings and pictures, JoLynn Foos with her cake ball business and Amanda Kilcoin, owner of Rustic Razor on Woonsocket’s Main Street, who will be doing hair and makeup for photo shoots with Trish.

On Sunday, Jan. 13, a couple of very old Sanborn County papers were blowing around the Express Stop in Woonsocket. They were literally blowing around outside until Lenna Schreiner, store employee, retrieved them and brought them inside. 

…Read details about what was in these pages and see pictures of them in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.