Church Briefs 9/26/13

‘Graceful Journey’ session at Trinity

Trinity Lutheran Church and the Minnesota Council of Churches offer a new program to help people face aging, care giving, and the end of life.
The United States faces an age wave with 10,000 people turning 65 every day. Ninety percent of people will die of disease and therefore, need some level of care. The vast majority of that care is delivered by family members. Yet Minnesotans might not be prepared for the age wave.
Graceful Journey helps people care for each other through illness, death and grief. Presentations include information on advance care directives, what those directives do not cover, what decisions you or loved ones should make in advance and how to have difficult end-of-life conversations with reluctant partners.
Join Trinity Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6 and 13 to learn more about how you and your loved ones can experience the end of life as a more graceful journey.

Trinity offers Enneagram session

Trinity Lutheran Church offers an “Introduction to the Enneagram” workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 5. Cost is $40 and the session is open to the public.
Led by Jody Thone, Trinity’s director of on purpose ministries and owner of The Center for Good Work, an executive coaching firm in Stillwater, the half-day retreat introduces the nine distinct personality types of the Enneagram. Participants learn how an understanding of these personality types can help them overcome inner barriers, realize their unique strengths and discover their deepest direction in life.
The Enneagram model of human personality uses interconnected personality types to promote self-understanding. It is one of the most popular tools for personal growth and spiritual transformation, used in both business and religious settings.
To learn more about the Enneagram workshop, visit To register, log on to and click on “Register” at the bottom of the page. For more information about this workshop or other Trinity classes, call 651-439-7400.

Church hosts 2-day ‘Fall Festival’

LAKE ST. CROIX BEACH — The Church of St. Francis of Assisi at 16770 13th St. South in Lake St. Croix Beach holds is annual Fall Festival Oct. 5-6 at the church.
Saturday’s schedule includes a pet blessing at 10 a.m., barbecue rib dinner and other food, craft booths, silent auction, bingo, door prizes and entertainment from 6 to 9 p.m.
The festival continues from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with food, desserts, a coffee cafe, craft booths, silent auction, cake walk, raffle, a kid’s store and games. Call the church at 651-436-7817 for more information.

Bethlehem Lutheran hosts Sunday supper

BAYPORT — Chicken pot pie, salad and dessert is the menu for Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s monthly Second Sunday Supper at 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the church located at 490 Fourth St. in Bayport.
The meal is provided to create a social connection in the St. Croix Valley and all are welcome. Call the church at 651-439-3450 for more information.

Lake Elmo church hosts two events

LAKE ELMO — St. Lucas Community Church in Lake Elmo holds two fund-raiser events this month and in November, church officials announced.
The first is a dine-in or take-out spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the church located at 1195 Manning Ave. North. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 10 and free for children younger than 5 years of age. Proceeds benefit St. Lucas youth missions and outreach programs.
The church also seeks crafters and artists interested in participating in the St. Lucas Craft Boutique Nov. 1-2. Organizers are accepting applications for handmade arts and crafts. Home party and commercial items will be limited.
Forty booths with electricity are available at $40 per space with a maximum of three spaces per vendor. Exhibitors are encouraged to bring their own tables, table coverings and display fixtures. Chairs are provided.
The sale is 3 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. St. Lucas youth will operate a concession stand and bake sale. Concession and booth proceeds to to church youth programs.
Call St. Lucas at 651-436-6021 for more information.

Eat waffles, help church

OAKDALE — The Guardian Angels Catholic Church Men’s Club holds an all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church located at 8260 Fourth St. North in Oakdale.
Beside waffles prepared by Dad’s Belgian Waffles, the menu includes sausage, milk, juice or coffee and a variety of toppings. Cost is $8 for persons 13 years of age and older, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 years and children ages 5 and younger eat free.
Breakfast proceeds go toward new shingles for the historic church.

Compiled by Stillwater Gazette staff