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Kids' Crusade features clown, mime

The annual Kids' Crusade at Valley View Assembly of God Church in Lake City will run four consecutive evenings, starting Sunday July 21. Comedian Ben Christensen and his wife, Christine, will share the gospel through comedy, juggling, puppets, magic, Bible stories and music, organizer Carol Meyer said.

Parents are encouraged to attend with their children; children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Children age 3 through those who recently completed sixth grade will have chances to win prizes each night. All kids present Sunday night will receive a prize, and there will prizes for adults and teens Wednesday, the final night.

Ben Christensen has performed all over the USA, both with his one-man show and as a part the Circus Hall of Fame and "LOL (Laugh Out Loud) Show."

He is a comic juggler, magician and world-class entertainer. He took first place in a diabolo (Chinese yo-yo) competition at the MONDO, took gold at a World Clown Association convention and walked away with the trophy at the talent competition for the International Fellowship of Christian Magicians. In 2013, he was named master clown by the World Clown Association.

Christine Christensen is a professional mime and dancer. She started performing at age 13.

For more information about this year's crusade, contact the church office at 651-345-3432 or

Bible school set at Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church will hold "Kingdom Rock" vacation Bible school July 22-26. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registrations are due July 8. Visit and click on the vacation Bible school link.

English Lutheran has backyard theme

Where Kids Have a Blast Serving Jesus" is the theme.

Registration forms are available at the church or online at

Sunday supper will be served

Sunday Supper/Loaves and Fishes is a full meal prepared and served free of charge and open to everyone. It is being served at 5 p.m. July 14, 21 and 28 at the First United Methodist Church, 403 East Ave.

Comfort someone praying

People who knit or crochet are invited to help make prayer shawls. They are blessed in prayer and made available to those who need healing and encouragement.

Groups will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday July 11 at 1845 Bohmbach Drive; 5:30 p.m. Tuesday July 16 at English Lutheran Church, Ellsworth; and 5:30 p.m. Thursday July 19 at First Lutheran Church, Red Wing.

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