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Hoodland Lutheran starts Tuesday services with new format posted on 07/31/2017

Pastor Don Voeks started leading the congregation at the Hoodland Lutheran Church more than three years ago and through the years has heard from people in the community who can’t make the Sunday morning service, but would like to be able to. Starting on Tuesday, Aug. 1, Voeks and the church will offer a new service, featuring different music and a new format designed to draw in some of the younger mountain population who are busy during weekends with work.

“I really do like the idea of doing new and different things,” Voeks said. “It challenges me to find new ways to present the gospel and hopefully it challenges the people who are part to think in new ways also. This is really a service designed for those people who work on Sunday, but would like to come to a worship service.”

For the new service, at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the church (59151 Hwy. 26 in Brightwood), Voeks noted the pews will be arranged differently from the traditional straight lines focused at the altar. Instead, they will be set in a circle with Voeks offering a short introduction to a sermon and opening it up to a larger discussion among church goers, rather than a standard lecture.

“Hopefully that will encourage some interaction between people,” Voeks said, describing the service as “more casual” than most church services. “I would hope to get some discussion about what other people think about it.”

The music will have a different vibe, too, with Tim Carlisle offering some older styles of church music with a jazz clip.

“He is much more improvisational, so we’re looking forward to him having more free reign,” Voeks said. “We’re hoping we’ll be able to experiment more and do some different things.”

Voeks added that attendees will also have the opportunity to help shape the new service, including moving it to a different time slot, if needed. And he hopes that the new service will offer attendees a chance to enlighten and enrich each other, rather than just Voeks taking the lead.

“None of us has the truth,” Voeks said, noting he hopes to think deeper about his own spirituality as a result of the added service. “We need to be open and able to listen to each other and hear how each other responds to Jesus and the gospel.

“That’s my real point and what I really hope to have happen.”

Hoodland Lutheran Church holds a regular service at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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