Faith briefs for the week of Sept. 15

Church to create columbarium, garden
A groundbreaking took place Aug. 26 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church for its new columbarium and memorial garden. The church has collaborated with Terraforma Design and Eickhof Columbariums to put together a plan for a sacred resting place where the cremains of loved ones can be interred. This fall construction will begin. Besides the columbarium there will also be a memorial garden for meditation and prayer. The Rev. Duane Paetznick said: “This columbarium and memorial garden is an expression of Christian faith and love. It honors the tradition of ancestors in the faith who believed in the burial of people close by the church where they had faithfully served and worshiped. With the changing trend from burial to cremation, Shepherd of the Valley has decided to continue that tradition with this endeavor. And now, this fall, our hopes and dreams will come to fruition.” Photo submitted.

Fundraiser for Dakota County homelessness
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will host “The Community Chest featuring Martin Luther: The Man, The Music and Other Shenanigans” 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15.

This production will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, in a style similar to “A Prairie Home Companion.” The evening promises to be fun and entertaining, full of good music, and a little educational.

Admission is $15, and all proceeds help alleviate homelessness in Dakota County. Register online at or buy a ticket at the door.

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is located at 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road in Apple Valley.

Growing Through Loss series
“Grief – Moving Through, but not Moving On” will be the topic on Monday, Sept. 18, at Growing Through Loss, a four-week series sponsored by the Interdenominational Coalition of South Suburban Churches.

Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of St. Thomas Becket, 4455 S. Robert Trail in Eagan. Speaker begins at 7 p.m. with small group discussion following.

There is no cost to attend, however, freewill donations are appreciated. For more information, visit, e-mail [email protected] or call Barb at 651-452-8261.

Norwegian lutefisk supper
Highview Christiania Lutheran Church, 26690 Highview Ave. W., Farmington, will hold its Norwegian Lutefisk Supper on Oct. 14.

The menu will include many popular Norwegian baked goods in addition to the traditional lutefisk and meatballs. Tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. Advance ticket sales only. Call Marilyn Suter at 651-460-4236 for tickets. The settings will be at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by Hutenanny, 2:15-3:15 p.m., and the Highview Country Singers, 3:15-4:15 p.m. and 5:15-6:15 p.m. There also will be a craft and bake sale sponsored by the Highview Christiania Quilters to raise funds to support their blanket and quilt missions.


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.