Church Briefs

Larson leads sing-along event

BAYPORT — Bethlehem Lutheran Church hosts “Hymns and Beer” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 13, providing a unique opportunity for fellowship and refreshment at the Hesley Jensen American Legion Post No. 491 in Bayport.

Bethlehem pastor, the Rev. Rich Larson, sings with “Three Saints and a Sinner,” a musical group from Bethlehem Lutheran Church featuring three guitars and a singer. They will sing “old favorites” as well as more recent hymns. Song sheets will be available.

Larson said the inspiration for Hymns and Beer came from Humble Walk Lutheran Church in St. Paul, which holds its own “Hymns and Beer” events at Shamrock’s Pub in St. Paul, which Larson attended.

“I thought, ‘I could do that,’ ” Larson said.

Admission is free and food and drinks will be available.

“Come and hang out,” Larson said.

Visit or call 651-439-3450 for more information.

Group sings at 2 churches Sunday

The Croix Chordsmen Barbershop chorus will be sing at two area church’s Sunday as part of their community service projects.

The Croix Chordsmen are scheduled to sing in six area churches this summer when many regular church choirs are on vacation. The group has a wide selection of sacred songs in their repertoire.

This month, the group performs an 8:45 a.m. mini-concert at Woodbury United Methodist Church on Steepleview Road. Then they will travel to the Grace Lutheran Church on Old Hudson Road in St. Paul.

Chorus members will travel to churches in Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Cottage Grove, Maplewood, St. Paul and Spring Valley and Somerset, Wis., according to chorus director Matt Hall of from New Richmond.

The Chordsmen also will be among several hundred other area barbershop singers singin the National Anthem at the Aug. 4 Twins game against the Houston Astros at Target Field.

Their regular rehearsals are Tuesday nights at the Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Stillwater. Men who like to sing are welcome to stop by and sing along with the chorus, or just relax and listen.

Burgers, fixings at church supper

Hamburgers and all the fixings, pasta salad, baked beans and dessert are on the menu Sunday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s Second Sunday Supper.

The meal, served at 5 p.m., helps create a social connection in the St. Croix Valley. Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 490 Fourth St. in Bayport.

Priest talks about Israel, Mideast

The Rev. David Smith, a Catholic priest, retired theology professor and founding director of the Justice and Peace Studies program at the University of St. Thomas, discusses “Israel: Colonial Invasion or National Return” at the Stillwater Critical Thinking Club’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the FamilyMeans office, 1875 Northwestern Ave. in Stillwater.

Smith first visited Israel in 1968 while a graduate student in Rome and studied for two years at Jerusalem’s Ecole Biblique in the mid-1970s. He was a member of a Michigan Peace Team of third-party non-violent peacemakers in Gaza in summer 2005 and in the West Bank in fall 2007.

Smith is co-author of the book “Understanding World Religions: A Road Map for Justice and Peace” which studies the ways various world religions interact to support or interfere with justice and peace, with the Israel-Palestine conflict as a case study. He has traveled worldwide to study poverty, justice and peace.

Church hosts blood drive

St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 407 S. Fifth St. in Stillwater hosts the next Stillwater-area community blood drive from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 14.
Call Sally at 651-439-5286 with questions or for information about the drive.