Faith briefs for the week of March 17

Spirit of Hope to host InVocation choral ensemble
Spirit of Hope Catholic Community will host the Minneapolis-based a cappella choral ensemble InVocation in concert Friday, March 31, starting at 7:30 p.m. A freewill offering to benefit Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Refugee Services will be collected. A reception will follow the performance and light refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public and all are welcome.

InVocation draws upon the rich and varied musical histories of its members to present concerts that draw listeners into the beauty of song. InVocation is a joy-based endeavor with a charitable purpose: to offer the gift of song to raise funds for local charities. The ensemble hopes their music will call forth a response from within each listener to contribute to the betterment of our communities, our nation, and our world.

Spirit of Hope is co-located with St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 2035 Charlton Road, in Sunfish Lake.

For more information, call 651-760-8353 or visit

Fish fry at Church of St. Michael
The Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington, will hold a fish fry 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the church social hall.

The meal will include all-you-can-eat fried Alaskan pollock, potato side, coleslaw and rolls, along with juice, coffee and milk. Ice cream also will be provided.

Goodwill offerings will be accepted. All proceeds will go towards Church of St. Michael charitable causes.

Growing Through Loss series
The Interdenominational Coalition of South Suburban Churches, comprised of 14 south-of-the-river churches, will present a five-week Growing Through Loss series 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, April 18 to May 16, at Church of St. Joseph, 13900 Biscayne Ave. W., Rosemount. Attend one or all sessions. Suggested donation is $3 per session.

Call Barb Korman, 651-452-8261, or email [email protected] with questions.

Topics will include:

April 18 – Loss and Grief: It’s a Busy Intersection

April 25 – A Different Kind of Grief

May 2 – When Will it End? Dealing with Multiple Losses

May 9 – Stories from the Journey of Grief

May 16 – Remembering and Honoring Our Loved Ones

The next series will be held on Monday evenings, Sept. 18-Oct. 9, at Church of St. Thomas Becket in Eagan.

Wife behind the badge
Glendale United Methodist Church, 13550 Glendale Road, Savage, will host a community forum 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, that offers a different perspective on police work.

Jennifer Swartout, a police officer’s wife, will be the featured guest speaker. Swartout makes presentations around the metro area on the challenges faced by police families. She has also authored a children’s book titled “Little One Behind the Badge.” Members of the local police community and the Savage mayor will also be in attendance.

Glendale’s community forums are a place to hear about today’s relevant issues. There will time for questions and answers after the presentation.