Church Briefs 10/31/13

Strengths Retreat for high schoolers
Wouldn’t it be nice to know what you’re really good at — and how you can live a life that celebrates those strengths?
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a Living Your Strengths Retreat for high school students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 1-4:30 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited.
All students will take the Clifton StrengthFinder assessment prior to the retreat. During the retreat, they’ll learn what their unique talent combinations mean for their relationships with parents and friends, as well as their achievements in school and in life.
The retreat will be led by Jody Thone, President of The Center for Good Work and Director of On Purpose Ministries for Trinity Lutheran Church, and Rev. Grady St. Dennis from The Center for Servant Leadership at Gustavus Adolphus College.
To register, call Kelsey Mans at 651.439.7400 ext. 144 by Nov. 7 to obtain a StrengthFinder assessment code.

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.

Women’s event at Afton church
Shepherd of the Valley church invites women to its annual women’s event 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 16. The event theme is “something’s missing” and will feature speaker Suzie Umbel, who will help participants look deeper into the Bible and compare themselves to the “wandering Israelites” grumbling their way through the desert. Umbel will share that God has provided more than enough to satisfy human needs.
Tickets cost $15 if purchased by Friday, Nov. 1. After that they cost $20.
Shepherd of the Valley is at 14107 Hudson Road S., Afton.
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National Lutheran Choir performs
The National Lutheran Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. The performance will include choral classics, poetic offerings and remembrance an reflection. The choir will perform with guest conductor Craig Hella Johnson and organist and pianist Bill Chouinard.
Tickets cost $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $20 for students.
St. Andrews is at 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi.
For tickets and information, call 888-747-4589 or go to

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Nov. 3
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will present the second of its series at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Tickets are available by calling the St. Paul Chamber Ticket Office; 651-291-1144.

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
St. Cecilia Choir Festival Nov. 11
All are invited to celebrate the feast of St. Cecilia, patron saint of music and musicians, with the Twin Cities Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Nov. 11 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale.
Eight choirs from around the diocese will join for this festive evening of song.
Free will donations appreciated in support of Twin Cities National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 8260 4th Street N., Oakdale.