Faith briefs for the week of Feb. 24

Women’s luncheon set March 9
The Minnesota Valley Christian Women’s Connection’s March luncheon will be 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at GrandStay Hotel & Conference Center, 7083 153rd St. W., Apple Valley.

Laurie Kimball will present “Moving On,” where she explores tips about moving on physically, emotionally and spiritually. She also will share learning styles in “See, Say, Do: Which are you?”

Cost is $17.50. Reservations/cancellations: Jan at 651-434-5795 or [email protected]. Sponsored by Stonecroft (

Handbell concert in Rosemount
The Chancel Handbell Choir performs a concert 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at The Well, 14770 Canada Ave. W., Rosemount.

Free-will donations will be taken to help maintain the handbells and equipment. For more information, call 651-423-2475 or visit

Light in the Forest event
Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran Church and School, 2950 Highway 55 in Eagan, hosts an evening of family fun 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

Those attending the Light in the Forest event can hike trails lit by luminaries. If it snows, they can hike in their snowshoes.

Participants can work with family members to make a luminary to take home and also warm up with hot cocoa.

The event is free. For more information, call 651-454-1139.

Foghorn Stringband performs
Foghorn Stringband, based in Portland, Oregon, will perform 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at St. James Lutheran Church, 3650 Williams Drive, Burnsville.

Stephen “Sammy” Lind, who grew up in Burnsville, is a member and one of the founders of this old-time band, which performs all over the world.

A $15 donation is suggested for admission to the show.

Maha ShivRatri celebration
Minnesota Hindu Milan Mandir, in collaboration with Sathya Sai Center of South Minneapolis, will host the celebration of Maha ShivRatri Feb. 24-25 at Milan Mandir, 501 Walnut St., Farmington. The celebration begins at noon on Feb. 24 and ends at 6 a.m. on Feb. 25.

Feb. 24 activities:

• Noon to 1 p.m., Shiv Aarti and Puja (main temple)

• 1 p.m. to midnight, “Om Namo Shivayaa” continuous Japam (Shivala)

• 6 p.m., Shiva Parikrama – Parade around Mandir (inside building)

• 7-8 p.m., Shiva Puja (main temple)

• 9 p.m., first Prahara, Lingam worship – Dhar with milk

• 9 p.m., Shiv Bhajans and Shlokas

• 12 midnight, second Prahara, Lingam worship – Dhar with curd

Feb. 25 activities:

• 2 a.m., third Prahara, Lingam worship – Dhar with ghee

• 4 a.m., fourth Prahara, Lingam worship – Dhar with honey

• 4:30 a.m., Shiv Stotram

• 6 a.m., Aarti

There will be non-stop Bhajans and Kirtan throughout the night.

Individual worshiping of Lingam available all day for walk-ins. Bring items for worship such as flowers, milk, fruits, ghee, bael and paan leaves, honey, etc. Shiva Puja includes, Bhajans, Dhoons, Havan, Abhishekam, Chalisa, Aarti.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the event. For more information, call 651-365-0331.

Get to know Somali neighbors
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and Lutheran Social Services Refugee Services of Minnesota will present Knowing Our Neighbors: Somali Dinner and Stories 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at Shepherd of the Valley, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley.

The event aims to create greater understanding of the needs of refugees fleeing from persecution and beginning new lives in the United States.

Guests will partake in a Somali dinner of salad, rice and sambusas (pastries stuffed with meat or vegetables) and hear inspiring stories from LSS staff about the courageous journeys of refugees who have made their way to safety.

Schedule: 5 p.m., informal social time; 6 p.m., Yusuf Abdi, program director, LSS Refugee Services; 6:30 p.m., dinner; 7 p.m., Fatuma Elmi, LSS employment counselor; 7:30 p.m., Cate Anderson, LSS volunteer coordinator.

Limited seating is available. Cost is $5. Registration is required by March 5 at