'Retired' pastor comes to Bay City church's rescue
BAY CITY--Pastor Gene Hasselquist professes to love life, so much so he's determined not to let retirement get in its way.
Hasselquist had retired in 1987 as pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Red Wing, where he'd arrived in 1970. Ever since, he's found plenty to keep him busy, not the least of which is serving the congregation of Tabor Lutheran Church in Bay City over the past year.
"They had a disagreement and Pastor Wilson wasn't going to serve them anymore," he explained Friday about how he came to be called for preaching duty, referring to William Wilson at nearby Svea Lutheran in Hager City. "But the bishop allowed them (Tabor members) to stay together."
So the "retiree" now preaches once a month, visits shut-ins and gives communion, he said.
Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 26.