Faith briefs for the week of Sept. 8

Prayer walk for human trafficking
A prayer walk for human trafficking victims will be held 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in front of Hope Community Church, located at 9623 162 St. W. in Lakeville. The event is being held by the Hosanna! Church Kingdom Justice group and other area churches working together to abolish human trafficking. All interested in participating in the prayer walk are welcome.

The prayer group dedicated to the human trafficking abolitionist movement will also gather at 6 p.m. every third Thursday of the month for prayer together at Faith Covenant Church, 12921 Nicollet Ave. in Burnsville.

Outdoor service at Cross of Christ
Cross of Christ Community Church, 8748 210th St. W., Lakeville, will hold an outdoor service 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, followed by lunch. All are welcome. Call 952-469-3113 for information.

Scholarship winner
The Margy Hulslander Tribute Scholarship committee of Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley, presented a $500 scholarship to Kaitlyn Stock. She is a graduate of Rosemount High School and is an active volunteer at the church and many other community organizations.

Advent UMC serves the community
Almost 150 volunteers worked at over 15 different locations across Eagan and the surrounding communities as part of the fifth annual Advent Cares Day of service. Volunteers gathered Saturday, Aug. 19, at Advent UMC in Eagan before spreading out across the community and beyond to help with projects at area organizations.

Volunteers did landscaping projects and park clean-up at Caponi Art Park, Lebanon Hills Park, several Eagan city parks and at Greenleaf and Glacier Hills elementary schools. Volunteers at Pinewood Elementary assembled binders that will benefit students and teachers at elementary schools throughout District 196.

At Feed My Starving Children in Eagan, a group helped to pack 106 boxes which will provide 22,896 meals (feeding 63 kids for a year). At Cub Foods Eagan East, a team provided complimentary grocery bagging.

Projects at senior living complexes in Eagan included conducting worship services at Brookdale of Eagan and The Commons on Marice in addition to an accordion concert at New Perspectives. Volunteers washed windows at Good Samaritan Society in Inver Grove Heights, a Living Well Disabilities Services home in Mendota Heights, and at Eagan Art House where they also did various other projects.

At Dakota Child and Family Clinic, volunteers stripped and waxed floors while a team at Dakota Woodlands did cleaning projects.

At the church building, 3945 Lexington Ave. S., free document-shredding services for community members was provided through Veteran Shredding. Over 78 people participated with an estimated 3,600 pounds of shredding.

Volunteers also helped bag 306 pounds of donated dry dog and cat food at Advent UMC that was then delivered to the Open Door. As part of this year’s Advent Cares Day, school supplies were collected and donated to Northview Elementary and items for United Methodist Committee On Relief Health Kits were collected and delivered to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Illinois.

Advent UMC first organized Advent Cares in 2013 in celebration of the church’s 30-year anniversary. Financial assistance to help with expenses during Advent Cares was provided by grants from the Eagan Foundation, Thrivent Action Team and Advent UMC’s Outreach Committee. Lunch and water were provided for the volunteers through donations from Byerlys/Lunds, Cub Foods, Kowalski’s and HyVee. The Eagan Girls Swim & Dive Club provided additional volunteers.

Activities resume at Spirit of Life
Sunday school and Wednesday after-school activities are resuming at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley.

Sept. 10 will be Kickoff Sunday at the church. Following the 10 a.m. worship service, Sunday school classes for all ages will meet at 11:10 a.m. Children and youths are invited to join the prekindergarten- through second-grade class, the third- through fifth-grade class, the sixth- through eighth-grade class, or the ninth- through 12th-grade class. An adult class is also scheduled.

Spirit of Life’s Meet in the Middle (M&M) after-school program will resume Wednesday, Sept. 13. M&M will start at 4:30 p.m. for children in pre-K through fifth grade. Activities will include outdoor and indoor play, singing, Bible study and crafts. Middle school-age and older youths may be helpers or do their homework at the church from 4:30 p.m. on.

As part of M&M, at 6 p.m. children, youths, parents and all adults are invited for a family-style dinner and devotions. At 6:30 p.m., the sixth- through eighth-grade and the ninth- through 12th-grade youth groups will meet, and the adult vocal and handbell choirs will rehearse.

The church is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. For further information, call the church office at 952-423-2212, or visit www.spiritoflifeav.org.