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Our Savior Sunday-night program starts April 15

When people come to Lutheran Church of Our Savior's new night service, pastor Neil Ristow wants them to come with their thinking caps on. The church will launch the new Sunday night program April 15 and it's meant to be thought provoking.

To start with, program attendees will read and discuss the book Heaven is for Real. The book tells the story of a little boy who during emergency surgery claims to have visited heaven.

In the days after the surgery, Colton Burpo said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather, who died 30 years prior.

"It's intriguing," said Ristow of the book.

It's a popular book that many people are already discussing, said Ristow. The evening program will begin with dinner and the discussion. For the first night, tacos will be served.

"The people you eat with are the people you feel closest to," said Ristow.

After discussing the book, the group will take a few weeks to talk about death. One of the weeks they will have a panel including people from the medical community.

While some of the topics will be heavy, Ristow hopes the program will start valuable discussions. Furthermore, Ristow hopes people will come with questions.

Ristow said the church is always trying to find ways to meet the spiritual needs of its members and he hopes the Sunday evening program will do that.

Ristow isn't sure what attendance will be like at the new service. He said after a month or so they will reflect on how things have gone and decide whether to keep offering the program.

The program will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting April 15 at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 14980 Diamond Path.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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