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Meetings planned for Gospel discussion in Farmington

Richard Raschke believes there are some good lessons in the Gospel that don't get nearly enough attention.

For the past 24 years, he's been trying to fix that, and over the course of several weeks in November and December he's bringing his message to Farmington.

On Nov. 8, Raschke and Jason Munckton held the first of five weekly public gospel meetings at Riverview Elementary School. The meetings are free and open to the public. There is no collection taken. It's just a chance to talk.

"Myself and Jason and some others that are connected with us feel that there's a - it's kind of hard to express this, but there's kind of a simple side to the gospel that we don't hear so much anymore," Raschke said. "People need to hear this. Some people find that it helps their heart or their emotions or their feelings just to listen to this simple side to the gospel truth."

As an example, Raschke points to Matthew 5: "Blessed are the poor in spirit and blessed are the meek and blessed are the merciful."

"Those are important words, but those are words that people don't talk about too much," Raschke said. "Because I think they're so familiar to us, it's easy for a person to forget how deep they really are."

Raschke and Munckton cover a territory that stretches from White Bear to Red Wing. Others cover other parts of the state holding similar meetings. The pair usually has a few meetings set up at a time, then moves on to other areas when the series has run its course.

The meetings typically include Raschke and Munckton each leading about 25 minutes of discussion interspersed with hymns. They're not trying to recruit anybody to a new church or a new way of life, they say. They just want to have the discussion.

Raschke said it's the reaction he gets from people who attend that is his biggest reward.

"They appreciate what we're sharing," he said. "When they come back to us later ... they might mention that it's applicable to their lives or they found something in it that's helpful. That's the part that's rewarding to us."

Upcoming meetings will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 at Riverview Elementary School. For more information call 612-460-7725.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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