Faith briefs for the week of March 31

Fare For All, Easter Lutheran celebrate first anniversary
Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan is celebrating the first anniversary of its partnership with the Fare For All program 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11.

Fare For All sells packs of groceries for up to 40-percent off grocery store prices. It’s a community-supported, budget-stretching program open to everyone. The more people who participate mean the more buying power, and the lower the price of the food.

Only one year into the program, the Fare For All site at Easter Lutheran has sold nearly 2,000 food packs and served almost 1,500 households in the community.

One Tuesday a month, the church transforms into a traveling grocery store. The goal is to provide the same meats, fruits and vegetables found at the grocery stores for less and passing on the savings to the people who need it most. The program gives people who don’t need food support the opportunity to help just by purchasing the food to keep it less expensive.

Fare For All buys fresh produce and frozen meat in bulk from wholesalers. Volunteers prepackage the food into packs ranging in price from $10 to $25. The Produce Pack includes 16 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for $10. There are two sizes of frozen meat packs: a Mega Meat Pack (eight to nine frozen meats) for $25 or a Mini Meat Pack (four frozen meats) for $11.

The month of April is bringing a few special additions to the Fare For All program at the Easter site. A Spring Brunch Box will be available for $25. The box includes a boneless half ham, pork sausage, turkey breakfast links, maple pork bacon, turkey bacon, frozen broccoli, frozen hash browns, shredded cheddar cheese, and shredded Colby jack cheese. Only 70 Spring Boxes will be available.

In addition to the Spring Brunch Box, the Shoe Bus will be stopping by. The Shoe Bus offers new and gently used shoes for $2 (size 0-6.5) and $5 (size 7 and up). Funds raised by the bus also help provide food to people in need. People interested in helping with the program can bring new or gently used shoe donations to the bus.

Easter Lutheran Church is at 4545 Pilot Knob Road. Call 651-452-3680 for more information.

Lenten, Easter services at The Well
The Well, a United Methodist Church, with campuses in Rosemount and Apple Valley, will hold the following services:

Palm Sunday, April 9: Modern worship in Apple Valley, 9:30 a.m.; Cantata (celebration through music and dance) in Rosemount, 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Easter Sunday, April 16: Modern worship in Apple Valley, 9:30 a.m.; Traditional worship in Rosemount, 9 and 10:30 a.m.; Contemporary worship in Rosemount, 10:30 a.m.

The Rosemount campus is at 14770 Canada Ave. W. The Apple Valley campus is at AMC Classic Apple Valley 15 movie theater, 15630 Cedar Ave. S. Visit www.thewellmn.church for more information.

Chorale performs at Eagan church
The River Heights Chorale will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Easter Lutheran Church, 4200 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan.

The performance is part of the chorale’s 2017 spring concert series. The concert is free, but tax-deductible donations are welcome. More information is at www.riverheightschorale.org.

Lenten, Easter services at Spirit of Life
Apple Valley’s Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church will present special services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday. The church’s pastor is the Rev. Robert Smith, and the music director and accompanist are Kyle and Kate Frost.

On Palm Sunday, April 9, at the 10 a.m. service the congregation will celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the distribution of palms. The church’s Adult Choir will perform, including additional singers who have joined the choir for the season. An Easter egg hunt for children will follow the service.

Maundy Thursday, April 13, will feature retelling of the story of Jesus’ Last Supper with a meal beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring something to share for the meal. Communion will be served as part of the meal.

On Easter Sunday, April 16, to commemorate Jesus’ resurrection, there will be special music from the Adult Choir at the 10 a.m. worship service. Also performing will be the Handbell Choir and youth instrumentalists. Communion will be served.

The theme for the church’s Lenten season has been “Life Together.” Sunday sermons as well as Wednesday evening devotions have all centered on this theme. The Wednesday evening gatherings have begun with a “kid-friendly” meal at 6 p.m., with the devotions at 6:30 p.m. A different church group has been hosting each of the suppers. The final one will be on April 5.

Everyone is invited to any of these programs. Spirit of Life is located at 14401 Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. For more information, call 952-423-2212, or visit www.spiritoflifeav.org.