An Obituary and Video

Rev. John D. Hogenson-Rutford 11/3/58 to 1/4/17 John let his light so shine before others…and, more than anything else, John wanted his life to make a difference. He was born in Owatonna, MN. He attended St. Anthony Park Elementary and graduated from Murray High School, Gustavus Adolphus College and Luther Theological Seminary. He served Grace … More An Obituary and Video


11/3/1958-1/4/2016 John let his light so shine before others! What a difference it has made. With the new year, John has started his new life in heaven. The full obit will be published on Sunday. Service of Celebration details will be available later this week at and on CaringBridge. Thank you for ALL of the … More Untitled

God Came Down, Down, Down…Merry Christmas

Some years ago Stillwater Minnesota High school Senior Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with an Osteocarcarcenoma that eventually took his life.  This remarkable young man’s response was amazing.  He wrote a song that quickly became a hit – one that I downloaded immediately. The song is called “Clouds”.  In the song Zach sang about “falling into … More God Came Down, Down, Down…Merry Christmas

Claiming Your Miracle – by Kelly Hogenson McKenzie

Tis the season for believing in miracles! As I watch the Christmas season unfold through the eyes of my almost three-year-old, I, too, am filled with wonderment. From the baby Jesus, to Santa, to the Polar Express, he delights in the magic of it all. His curious faith and ability to accept that each one … More Claiming Your Miracle – by Kelly Hogenson McKenzie


My CaringBridge posts may be infrequent for some time as I go through radiation and the deep tiredness that follows.  My tumor is now making more and more choices for me. Thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement.  Please keep Ruth and the girls in your prayers. I have a new website where I … More Website