Faith briefs for the week of Aug. 25

Kids Camp at Spirit of Life
The youngest children at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church’s recent Kids Camp show off the church sign along Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. Sunday school for all ages will begin Sept. 10 at the church. Photo by Shari Shaw


Growing Through Loss series
A four-week Growing Through Loss series will be offered by the Interdenominational Coalition of South Suburban Churches 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 18 through Oct. 9, at Church of St. Thomas Becket, 4455 S. Robert Trail, Eagan. Suggested donation per session is $3.

Topics include: “Grief – Moving Through but not Moving On,” “When Does Grief Become Depression?,” “Joy in the Journey: Using Music to Grow Through Loss” and “Special Days Bring Special Challenges.”

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

The next series will be held on Tuesdays in April and May at St. James Lutheran Church in Burnsville.

Churches kick off AWANA
A free Aug. 30 barbecue dinner event to kickoff a new multi-church season of AWANA youth ministry in Apple Valley runs 6-7:30 p.m. at Christ Church on Johnny Cake Ridge Road and McAndrews Road.

Led by South Suburban Evangelical Free Church, the host site for the Wednesday night events this school year, the effort involves two additional Apple Valley fellowships, Christ Church and Hope Church, as well as Cornerstone Missionary Fellowship in Burnsville.

The national AWANA program stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, and focuses on scripture memory, athletic games, activities and counsel time. There is a modest fee to participate in the Wednesday night program, which starts Sept. 6 and runs through the school year.

AWANA is available for children ages 3 through sixth grade. Contact South Suburban Evangelical Free Church for more information at [email protected] or 952-431-5466.

Women’s luncheon
The Minnesota Valley Christian Women’s Connection will hold its September luncheon 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at GrandStay Hotel and Conference Center, 7083 153rd St. W., Apple Valley.

Speaker Sally Hjelle will present “Accentuate the Positive…Eliminate the Negative.” She will share in both word and song how she learned this in life. Hjelle also will show her handcrafted accessories available for purchase.

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

Community meals at Grace
Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley will serve community meals Mondays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25. 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.