Faith briefs for the week of July 7

Garage sale at St. John’s
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville, will hold its Epic Sale July 13-15.

Sale hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 13; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 15 (bag sale, $5 per bag or three bags for $10).

For more information, call 952-469-4916 or visit sjlcl.org.

Community meals at Grace
Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley will serve community meals Mondays, July 10 and 24. Dining hall doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served from 6-6:30 p.m.

These meals are for senior citizens, single-parent families, families in transition and all others in the surrounding community seeking a healthy meal in a relaxed atmosphere. Although the meals are free, donations are accepted.

For more information, call the church at 952-432-7273. Grace Lutheran Church is located at the intersection of Pennock Avenue and County Road 42.

Women’s luncheon
The Minnesota Valley Christian Women’s Connection will hold its July luncheon 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at GrandStay Hotel and Conference Center, 7083 153rd St. W., Apple Valley.

Speaker Kelly Davis will present “From Mess to Message.” After spending 30 years in a religious cult, Davis will share how God got her out. She also will speak on indoor air quality. Nancy Hanks will sing patriotic music.

Cost is $17.50. To RSVP, call Jan at 651-434-5795 or [email protected]. Sponsored by Stonecroft.

Orphan choir returns to AV church
The Matsiko World Orphan Choir will perform at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, July 16, at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, 14401 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley. All are welcome.

The Matsiko choir is currently made up of 27 of the poorest orphaned and at-risk children from Nepal, India, Liberia and Peru. Their ages range from 5 to 16. The children, with their 11 adult leaders and teachers, will stay in the homes of Spirit of Life families from July 13-18, as the choir will also perform at other venues in the Twin Cities area.

The choir is the flagship vehicle of the International Children’s Network. According to Don Windham, ICN founder, “Orphaned and vulnerable children are auditioned annually and selected from a pool of hundreds before leaving their home nations to travel for the first time in their lives. These chosen few become part of a one-year U.S. world orphan choir tour. They have a chance to break the cycle of poverty, taking better control of their futures.

“It is our intent and purpose that through this experience every child in Matsiko World Orphan Choir will positively change their lives, villages, nations and the world. The songs they sing and the hearts they touch change lives here in the United States and in their home countries through this shared experience that is so unique and motivating to all,” he said.

“Some of these kids had never experienced electricity or worn shoes,” Windham continued. “They receive daily educational development during the tour, guaranteeing their advancement to the next level upon their return home.”

The choir has sung at such places as Disneyland and SeaWorld and has entertained crowds at the Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle Seahawks and even the Rose Bowl games.

“We are fortunate to have the Matsiko choir return to our church to perform for the fourth time. The church and some of our members have become sponsors of some of the children,” said Nicole Fischer, a Spirit of Life member.

For further information on Matsiko’s visit to Spirit of Life, call 952-423-2212. For further information on Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, visit www.spiritoflifeav.org.