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New pastor at Westminster

Pastor Carolyn Mowchan, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has served two churches in the Twin Ports. One, Faith Lutheran, took in another congregation, Gloria Dei Lutheran of downtown Duluth, after its building caught fire last year. Soon, she will begin work with a congregation who lost their building in the 2012 flood: Westminster Presbyterian Church of West Duluth.

Pastor Mowchan retired from Faith Lutheran Church on the east end of Duluth after Gloria Dei moved in. Faith had experienced slow and steady decline and could no longer continue as an independent congregation. Still they were able to offer its blessing to the congregation of Gloria Dei.

A celebration and blessing for this new ministry will take place with denominational leaders from the Presbytery of Northern Waters and the Northeast Synod of Minnesota, ELCA on Sunday, Feb. 5 during the 11 a.m. worship at Westminster, 9030 Beaudry St. All are welcome.