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Sunday, December 6, 2015 was a day of celebration for Prince of Peace
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Baxter, MN.
At the 9 A.M. Divine Service the congregation said
farewell to Rev. Micheal Bitz of Grey Eagle, MN, presented him with the gift of
a set of liturgical stoles and hosted a catered meal in honor of him and his
family. After Rev. Kevin Robson left in April to become the Chief Mission
Officer of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in St. Louis, MO,
Pastor Bitz served Prince of Peace part-time for eight months as Vacancy Pastor.
That same day at 2 P.M. the congregation welcomed Rev.
Gregg Coop at the Service of Installation led by Minnesota North District
President Rev. Donald Fondow. Fifteen area pastors participated in the ritual.
Following the service Pastor Coop and wife Lynette enjoyed cake, cookies and
ice cream with the congregation.
Rev. Coop is originally from Coon Rapids. He was
ordained in 1989 and served parishes in Long
Island, New York; North Mankato, Ham
Lake, and Mora, MN. He
also served as U.S. Navy Chaplain with the 3rd Combat Engineer
Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan.
He and his wife Lynette now live in Baxter.
The Coops have two children,
Andrew, a second year student at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
and Bethany, a junior Business Communications major at Concordia University Wisconsin.
Prince of Peace is located at
6311 Mildred Rd
in Baxter, MN. The congregation has been a member of
the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod since 1979. For
further information, please call the church office at 218.829.7092 or contact
Pastor Coop at email@example.com
the comic strip, Peanuts, creator Charles Schultz always has Linus appear with
his security blanket. It comforts him through the perils of everyday life. When
children are affected by traumas today in our community, now they can have a
special blanket to call their own.
Linus (www.projectlinus.org) has
been supplying handmade blankets in the USA since 1998 to over 4.5 million children
through hospitals and emergency personnel. On Wednesday, May 1st, 30
blankets were delivered to the Baxter Police Department by Prince of Peace Evangelical
Lutheran Church coordinator Renea Barclay. The Todd & Wadena Counties
coordinator Mary Brauch (218.895.5848) represented Project Linus during the
presentation. The blankets will be carried in squad cars for distribution when
of these blankets were made of fleece with crocheted or tied fleece edging.
Some blankets were crocheted of soft colorful yarn. Prince of peace has also
given blankets to Bridges of Hope (www.bridgesofhopemn.org)
for distribution to children with
critical medical conditions and children who have experienced death in their
of Peace (www.popbaxter.org) is located
at 6311 Mildred Road in Baxter. It has been a congregation of the Lutheran
Church Missouri Synod since 1979.