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To contact Denise Gaard, Parish Nurse

call:  218-847-5656






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Walk to Jerusalem
Join the Walk to Jerusalem       

A church wide program to increase the health of body, mind, and spirit.  January 22 – Easter 2023


The Walk to Jerusalem is a 12-week imaginary walk that encourages members to increase physical activity, spiritual growth, and cultural awareness through a virtual tour to Jerusalem.  Participants exercise the physical body by activity, exercise the spiritual body by praying and exercise the mind by learning about countries and cultures. 

This walk is for all ages, toddler on up!  All types of exercise will count, even day to day walking around.  A few examples of activities include cleaning house, shoveling snow, skiing, biking, etc.   

The distance from First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, MN to Jerusalem, Israel is approximately 6,220 miles.  We have 12 weeks to get from Detroit Lakes, MN to Jerusalem, Israel. 

Beginning this month on Sunday the 22nd, you can help First Lutheran Church reach Jerusalem by Easter.  Log your mileage, steps, and/or exercise time weekly.  Log sheets will be available in the office for you to use.  These sheets can be dropped off each week in the office or placed in the offering plate during worship.  You can also email your miles to Denise at, make sure to include your name and number of miles in the email.  You can join the program at any time during the 12-week period. 

There will be a large world map in the Narthex outside of the Sanctuary marking our progress each week.  Some of the regions we will be walking through include Detroit, New York City, the Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca, Morocco, Algeria, Cairo, and finally Jerusalem.  There is information on all these areas and more available in the church office. 

There are weekly devotionals available also.  The devotionals are included with the log sheets and can be picked up in the church office.   20 minutes of devotionals a day will count as one mile of walking. 

So, to wrap things up… the Walk to Jerusalem is a 12-week program starting January 22nd and ending Easter Sunday.  Anyone can participate.  20 minutes of any type of exercise counts as one mile, including daily devotionals.  Email or drop off your log sheets weekly.  Progress of our walk will be shown on the large map in the Narthex each week.  Have fun with this.  Join as a family, couple or individual.  Call Denise at 218-847-5656 with questions.  

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Health Care Directives/Advance Care Planning


Advance care planning is the process of making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you are unable to speak for yourself. It guides family and healthcare providers to follow your documented preferences for care.  If you have questions regarding your health care directive, call Denise at 847-5656.  Your decisions matter!  Write your health care directive today.

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