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Lay minister brings a welcome word to Michigan's Upper Peninsula

"We're thrilled because we have church now," says Bonnie Harrer of Copper Harbor, Mich. Residents of this remote village in Michigan's Upper Peninsula now have worship, communion, Sunday school and confirmation through a unique lay ministry program.

The Upper Peninsula is a sparsely populated region. Some small towns don't have enough people to support a typical congregation. The Northern Great Lakes Synod has responded with synodically authorized worshiping communities led by trained lay ministers.

The worshiping community at Copper Harbor, Mich., is one of these special ministries.


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