Faith briefs for the week of Aug. 4

Free document shredding at Advent UMC
As part of the fifth annual Advent Cares Day, Advent UMC in Eagan will have a free document-shredding event 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 19.

The event is for personal shredding only, no businesses. Two bags per person. Shredding is free, but donations to defray the cost are welcome.

Advent Cares Day started five years ago when the church was celebrating its 30-year anniversary. Instead of celebrating internally, church members wanted to thank the community. This year, over 100 members will be going out into the community to do jobs at local organizations such as washing windows, landscaping at schools, leading worship services at senior centers and packing meals at Feed My Starving Children.

Garage sale at Christus Victor
Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 7510 Palomino Drive, Apple Valley, will hold its annual garage sale Aug. 11-12.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12.

Customers can pay $3 per family and shop 9-10 a.m. Friday before the official opening.

For more information, call the church at 952-454-6927.

Castle Rock UMC hog roast
Castle Rock United Methodist Church will hold its annual hog roast 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20.

Cost is $14 for adults, $5 for ages 6-10, and free for ages 5 and under.

A silent auction will be held 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The church is at 27890 Delft Ave., Castle Rock. With road construction on Highway 3 and County Road 86, consider taking Cedar Avenue to County Road 86.

Buddhist temple to host event
Watt Munisotaram has invited 130-150 monks from around the world to help it perform a consecration of the Buddhist temple’s new Reflection Pond during a series of events Aug. 11-13.

On Aug. 11, major activity starts at 4:30 p.m. with beverages and dinner and vendors will be on site. A procession around the Reflection Pond starts at 6 p.m. when there will be a blessing dance. At 7 p.m., there will be a candle lighting and welcome speech. At 8 p.m., a flower offering, Deva blessing, youth blessing and dance, and candle dance will take place. At 9:30 p.m., lighted candles will be floated in the pond, which the public can participate in.

On Aug. 12, there will be a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony, including a saluting of the flags, chanting, Apsara dance, and speeches by guest of honor. At 10:30 a.m, there will be a rice bowl offering and blessings with alms food offering (lunch) to Buddhist monks and ritual blessings. Vendors and music with culture festivities will be throughout the day. At 6 p.m., there will be a procession around the temple with Buddha relics. At 7 p.m., a golden cloth from the Thormachak Stone will be unwrapped, followed at 8:30 p.m. with a candle ceremony with Ladies of Honor, Deva, Archars and youths blessings. The candle ceremony will end with a procession to have the candles floated on the Reflection Pond, which is open to the public. There will be entertainment with live music and dance after that.

On Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m., there will be Buddhist ritual chanting followed from 10:30-11 a.m. with offering alms bowl and food (lunch) to Buddhist monks and ritual blessings. At 3 p.m., there will be a closing chanting to end the ceremony.

Watt Munisotaram is at 2925 220th St. E. in Hampton. For more information, call 651-463-3101.

Women’s luncheon
Minnesota Valley Christian Women’s Connection will hold its August luncheon 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at GrandStay Hotel & Conference Center, 7083 153rd St. W., Apple Valley.

Speaker Gina Stanley will share “When Your Plans Fall Apart,” the saga of calling off her wedding 30 days prior. Pam Walters, crime prevention specialist with the Apple Valley Police Department, will share safety and security facts.

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