Church Briefs 10/24/13

Luther College Orchestra performs in Mahtomedi
The Luther College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Baldwin will present a concert at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, Minn. at 4 p.m. Sun. Nov. 17.
The program will feature internationally renowned pianist Du Huang, as soloist on Edvard Grieg’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A Minor. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The audience is invited to join the orchestra for a reception following the performance.
Also in the program: Prelude to Act III of “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner, “Pelleas et Melisande” Suite, Op. 80 by Gabriel Faure and “Les Preludes” by Franz Listz.
Symphony Orchestra, Luther’s largest and oldest orchestral ensemble is one of Luther’s four main touring ensembles with an annual tour schedule including a three-week residency in Vienna every four years.

Harvest Potluck Dinner & Dance
Come for the good food and stay for the dance! St. Mary’s Basswood Grove in Denmark Township is having an Autumn Harvest Potluck Dinner starting at 5:30 pm on November 2, 2013.  We are giving thanks to God for a plentiful year and a bountiful harvest. $6/Adults and kids under 10 are free.  The neighborhood is invited to join us and since we have neighbors in Afton, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Prescott, Stillwater, Woodbury and even in Marine-on-St. Croix – we are hoping to see lots of neighbors!!  The church is located at 8435 St. Croix Trail on county road 21. Bring the kids and your favorite dish to share. The dancing will start shortly after supper – 7:30 p.m. or so and we will be dancing (and probably singing) to The Back Porch Band from Afton.

Call for Art Submissions
The Oakridge Gallery of Gospel Art in Stillwater calls for two-dimensional and three-dimensional visual arts and literary submissions to an exhibition on the theme “Gloria In Excelsis Deo”, Latin for “Glory to God in the Highest!”.
Proclaiming one of the greatest praise choruses ever, “Gloria in Exclesis Deo” encourages artists and viewers to reflect on the highest glory of God of the Bible, especially during this season of Advent. Submitted artwork may include facets of Christ’s incarnation, celebration of Him, or the marvelous salvation plan of His Father. Guiding Scripture verses include: Luke 2:7-14, Rom 16:25-27, Phil 4:20, 1 Tim 1:17, Jude 1:24-25, Rev 4:9-11, Rev 7:11-12
Art Submission Deadline is Thursday, October 31 at 3 p.m. For guidelines and policies please call 641-439-0848 or visit
The exhibition will be on display Dec. 8-31, 1-3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 3-5 p.m. Sundays or by appointment by emailing [email protected] An opening reception will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

Irish tenor at Trinity Lutheran
On Sunday, Nov. 3, Trinity Lutheran Church  in Stillwater will host a concert featuring Anthony Kearns, a celebrated vocalist from Dublin, Ireland in a concert with the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Trinity Choir  under the direction of Dr. Kris Tjornehoj and Carol Carver.
The show is at 3 p.m. with general seating open at 2 p.m. The church is at 115 Fourth Street N.
Program selections will include Irish tunes, such as “O Danny Boy” and “Shenandoah,” plus “Christ on the Mount of Olives,” Coronation Anthem No. 4 “Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened” by Handel and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture.
Tickets cost $20 for general admission. They are available at

Guns in the state of Minn.
St. Peter United Church of Christ in Stillwater and Minnesota Council of Churches invite the community to attend a Nov. 6 conversation that will focus not on changing minds, but on softening hearts while discussing a divisive issue in Minnesota.
Conversations about significant issues can sometimes be emotional, pick-a-side and fight-it-out discussions that leave us feeling worse about the people we disagree with, and sometimes worse about ourselves. But there is a way to talk that feels open, honest and impartial, where you can actually be heard and learn about the people with whom you disagree.
Experience this for yourself on Wednesday, November 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Peter United Church of Christ in Stillwater.

Compiled by Avery Cropp – [email protected]