Freshwater Community Church

By John Braland A friend called late at night to inform me his marriage was in trouble and he needed to meet. So we met early the next morning to talk, pray, and come up with a plan. After we met, I arrived at the office to start working through my tight schedule. First was […]

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Freshwater Community Church in St. Bonifacius, Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia, and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America are among the local places that will serve as one of 4,000+ sites nationwide collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for hurting children around the world during National Collection Week, Nov. 17-24. National Collection Week marks the high […]

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The NLN Report SPECIAL TO THE PATRIOT   Yes, he had heard that back home in Minneapolis it has been one of the worst winters since the late 1800s. But Tim Bristol, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF, of Waconia, was feeling no pain. When the NLN Report caught up with him last January, he and […]

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By Rev. John Braland Dr. Angela Duckworth defines “grit” as “passion and perseverance to achieve long term goals.” Grit is courage. Grit is determination. Grit is a willingness to overcome obstacles. People with grit have the tenacity to stick with their goals long enough to actually achieve them. Margaret M. Perlis lists five characteristics of […]

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By Dr. John Braland Before having children, Kathi and I went on dates, socialized with friends, and ran errands anytime we wanted. One time we watched a mother and her kids have a meltdown at Target. Kathi and I rolled our eyes and thought, “We will never let our kids do that.” We were wrong, […]

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Freshwater Waconia is celebrating its Grand Opening on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. with a service and a party. Freshwater Church began in 1999 as a daughter of Parkside Church. It rented the St. Boni Community Center every Sunday for the two and a half years, setting it up and tearing down for church […]

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