Religion briefs: Nov. 25
Thanksgiving Eve worship planned at American Lutheran
WORTHINGTON — American Lutheran Church, 915 Winifred St., will have a Thanksgiving Eve worship at 6:30 p.m. today.
The offering will go to the Community Christmas Baskets.
Following the service, there will be a pie social hosted by youths who will participate in a 2016 mission trip to Nashville, Tenn.
Live Nativity shares the Bible’s promise of salvation
LAKEFIELD — A Live Nativity will be from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School Activity Center, 620 Bush St., Lakefield.
The presentation will reveal the promise of salvation through Bible scenes from Adam and Eve to the birth and life of Jesus.
Musical entertainment will be provided, and a meal of barbecues, chips, cookies and beverage will be served.
A free-will offering will be taken to support Immanuel Christian School.
#507 Youth Rally set for American Lutheran
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area Youth Ministers Association has scheduled the next #507 Youth Rally for Dec. 2 at American Lutheran Church, 915 Winifred St.
The rally will begin with free pizza at 6:30 p.m., followed by the rally from 7 to 8 p.m.. The rally is intended to unite students and encourage them in their walk of faith while exploring the evening’s theme, “True Reality.”
For more information, phone 376-5264.
Cookie Sale coming up at Trinity Lutheran in Slayton
SLAYTON — The annual Cookie Sale will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2105 King Ave., Slayton.
In addition to cookies, other baked goods and crafts will be sold, and there will be a raffle for a quilted wall hanging.
Rolls and coffee will be served for a small fee.
Snow date is Dec. 12
Ninth Christmas Tree Tea coming up in Windom
WINDOM — The ninth annual Christmas Tree Tea will begin at 9:15 a.m. Dec. 5 at the First United Methodist Church, Windom.
Tea, coffee and homemade goodies will be served, with a program at 10 a.m.
Tickets are required; contact Judi Ray, (507) 831-4294 or 822-2214; or the church office, 831-3284.
Donation Auction raises funds for local Christian school
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Christian School, 1770 Eleanor St., will have its annual Donation Auction fundraiser on Dec. 5.
The lunch counter opens at 11 a.m., serving pizza, barbecues, beans, chips, homemade bars, pies and beverages.
Live and silent auctions, featuring items donated by local businesses, school families and supporters of the school, begin at 11:30 a.m.
Items up for auction include toys, tools, handcrafted items, baked and canned goods, a variety of meats and gift certificates.
All proceeds benefit the school and help decrease more than 50 percent of tuition costs per student.
Tickets available for Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner
WORTHINGTON — The Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner will be Dec. 6 at First Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave.
Seatings will be at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m..
Advance tickets are available at Hy-Vee, Ax Photo and the church office, 376-6148; also at the door.
Experience the ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ in Lakefield
LAKEFIELD — The “Journey to Bethlehem” will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 401 Seventh Ave. N., Lakefield.
The church’s sanctuary will be softly lit with Christmas music playing in the background, offering a place for attendees to meditate on the real meaning of Christmas.
Scandinavian and other ethic foods will also be served in the church’s fellowship hall.
First United Methodist offers Financial Peace course
WORTHINGTON — First United Methodist Church, 408 11th St., will offer its third class session of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning in January.
A preview class is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 3 in the church’s Fellowship Hall.
Financial Peace University is a biblically-based course that teaches God’s way of handling money through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities.
It can help participants get out of debt, manage their money and spend and save wisely.
The class sessions run for 90 minutes every Sunday for nine weeks beginning Jan. 10.
Day care will be provided at no cost.
Membership kits are available through the church office or can be ordered online (shipping cost is saved it you pick up at the church office).
For more information, contact the Rev. Daren Flinck, 372-2939, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising event planned for Rising Hope Ministries
WORTHINGTON — “Unfrozen Hope” will be the theme for a fundraiser dinner for Rising Hope Ministries, which will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Worthington Christian Church, 1501 N. Douglas Ave.
Rising Hope Ministries is a non-profit organization that aims to help young people in the Worthington area who are either falling through the cracks at school or are already entangled with the juvenile court system.
The fundraiser will include a silent auction, dinner, ministry presentation and entertainment by Rachelle Hope, daughter of Alan Greene, founder of LifeLight Ministries.
Guests will learn about the programs and services Rising Hope Ministries offers, such as support groups, a kids club and individual counseling.
“This is a great opportunity for our local community and supporters to learn about this ministry and how they can get involved as we head into 2016,” said Kristin Walerius, founder and executive director of Rising Hope Ministries.
For more information or to reserve free tickets, contact Walerius by emailing email@example.com; or phone 329-6036.