Faith briefs for the week of July 21

Messiah welcomes new pastor

Rev. Kurt Klaus will be installed as senior pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Lakeville on Sunday, July 30, at 2:30 p.m. A welcome reception for Klaus and his wife, Jodi, will follow the installation service.

“With great enthusiasm, the congregation welcomes Pastor Kurt Klaus’ vision and leadership. He has exceptional abilities in the areas of preaching and teaching. We are very fortunate to have him as our new shepherd leading our flock,” said Rick Bussler, congregational president.

Klaus received his undergraduate degree in secondary education, focusing on broad field social studies, from Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin. He attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis where he earned a master of divinity degree. Since his ordination in 2004, Klaus has served as a mission pastor in Missouri and most recently as senior pastor at Messiah Lutheran in Mounds View, Minn.

Along with serving these congregations, Klaus has authored and presented numerous video Bible studies such as the “Engage” series from Concordia Publishing House and “Noah” for Lutheran Hour Ministries.

The Klauses have one son, 17-year-old Braeden.

Messiah Lutheran Church is located at 16725 Highview Ave. in Lakeville. For more information, call 952-431-5959 or email [email protected]

Garage sale at Rosemount church

Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 14980 Diamond Path, Rosemount, will hold its annual garage sale Aug. 2-4.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3; and 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 4 ($5 bag sale on most items).

Summer Salon at Burnsville church

Summer Salon, a chamber concert of classical music, will be presented 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, 701 E. 130th St., Burnsville. A silent auction will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Julie Amacher, Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s host and producer, will host the evening of chamber music. Featured participants are cellist Valerie Kahler and violinist Andrea Blain (classical MPR hosts), the Dolce Wind Quintet, pianist and composer John Kuntz and soprano Shruthi Rajasekar.

A donation of $20, checks and cash only, is suggested. Concert proceeds will support church music and worship programs.

The event is open to the community. For more information, call 952-890-7877.

Guest speaker at Spirit of Life

Apple Valley’s Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church will host a second guest speaker, Shannon (Skelly) Schott, on the problem of human trafficking. The event is scheduled 7 p.m. Monday, July 31.

Schott, formerly of Eagan, is lead program specialist with Teens Against Human Trafficking, a program of the Iowa nonprofit YSS Inc. She will introduce attendees to human trafficking in the Midwest, with a focus on the youth perspective.

Participants will learn about the process of recruitment, grooming and control and what indicators may point to human trafficking. Attendees will also learn what risk factors make young people more vulnerable to trafficking. Finally, Schott will describe efforts to prevent human trafficking and to identify victims in schools and youth-serving organizations.

Schott is a 2012 graduate of Eagan High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Benedict, where she was active in social justice issues.

Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 952-423-2212.