ICE CREAM SOCIAL: An ice cream social will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 105 S. Holly St., Elk Mound.

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION: The public is invited to join the Eau Claire Deanery’s eighth annual Corpus Christi procession on Sunday, June 23.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: The Blessing of the Animals will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 16, on the church lawn at First Presbyterian Church, 2112 Rudolph Road. If it rains, all animals will be welcomed into the Fellowship Hall.

PIE & ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Plymouth United Church of Christ, 2010 Moholt Drive, is hosting a pie and ice cream social from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

I love reading Dear Abby. I find the issues and questions people ask to be interesting, sometimes sad, but sometimes amusing. Not too long ago I read about a man wondering what was the correct way to put the top sheet on the bed. Do you put the pattern side up (that was his opinion), or do y…

CLIMATE CHANGE SERIES: The JONAH series on climate change continues with the following presentations:

PIE & ICE CREAM SOCIAL: The third annual pie and ice cream social will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral, 510 S. Farwell St.

Messiah Lutheran Church, 2015 N. Hastings Way, is sponsoring vacation Bible school free for all children, ages 3 through eighth grade 8, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 10 to 14.

'SENIOR SCAMS': The public is invited to attend "Senior Scams" at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 1221 Wesley Drive, Rice Lake.

DOUGHNUT FRY: The Jim Falls United Methodist Women is having a spring doughnut fry from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Jim Falls United Methodist Church, 13883 Highway S.

HAM DINNER: Holcombe United Methodist Church, 27841 Highway M, is hosting its 23rd annual ham dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19.

Have you had a chance to take a retreat? We both experienced wonderful retreats during a week in late April; though, they were in different U.S. states and focused on different religions. Our spirits were uplifted by spending quiet time in prayer, alone and with friends. (Bob was with a comm…

‘NU-TU-U’ SALE: Chetek Lutheran Church, 1419 Second St., is hosting a “nu-tu-u” sale from 8 to 10 a.m. today.

IMMIGRATION STORIES: During the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 12 worship service, First Presbyterian Church, 2112 Rudolph Road, will premiere the first of a series of stories of immigration.

SPAGHETTI DINNER & SILENT AUCTION: The third annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction benefiting Sofas for Service will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Saving Grace Lutheran Church, 2124 Eastridge Center.

We have all seen the news recently about the great cathedral Notre Dame burning in Paris. It was sad to see. It was also interesting to hear a number of references made to this happening during Holy Week — the week when Christians focus on Jesus dying on Good Friday and then being raised fro…

SOUND OF SOUL: Eckankar invites the public to experience Sound of Soul from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Monday in the Chippewa Room at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.

GRILLED CHICKEN DINNER: First United Methodist Church, 1221 Wesley Drive, Rice Lake, is holding a grilled chicken dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

I heard rain against the window before I knew I was awake. It was February and I thought it was too early to rain. Then I remembered. Jerusalem. Olive Tree Hotel. I was in the Holy Land, and it would be our last day. After many sunny days in the 60s, today our luck ran out. By unhappy coinci…

THRIFT SALE: Tainter United Methodist Church, N7584 690th St., Colfax, is holding a thrift and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

The annual grilled chicken supper will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, S12166 Hillview Road, Eleva.

Inspiration comes with many faces. When a mother kisses a baby’s nose and snuggles her close, we hunger for the beauty of face-to-face intimacy fueled by a pure love. In the hospice ward, an elderly man holds his wife’s hand and stares into her eyes communicating without words; our inner lon…

During Holy Week, we encounter the pain and suffering of Jesus on the cross. In our own life, we also encounter pain and suffering. As we celebrate Easter, we are able to look at these encounters in the light of Resurrection. Everyone has faced suffering. We suffer ourselves, know someone wh…

PRAYER GATHERING: The next Baha’i prayer gathering will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Center, 3701 E. Clairemont Ave.

FISH FRY: St. Mary’s Assumption Parish, 911 W. Prospect St., Durand, will host its Good Friday fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the church basement. The facility is handicapped accessible.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Since the days of the Reformation, good theology and good beer have gone together. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, people can buy a beverage and join together in discussing “Do human beings really have free will?”

WRITERS GUILD: The Western Wisconsin Christian Writers Guild invites writers to its meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church, 123 W. Hamilton Ave.

Recently I rediscovered a "secret" that's been known for thousands of years, taught in the sacred wisdom of many cultures including my own, written about in hundreds of books (some I've read!). It's something I've learned and taught, preached and practiced, and repeatedly forgotten.

FISH FRY: The St. Olaf Men’s Club is having its all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Father Agnew Parish Center, 2407 North Lane.

As he prepared to give his sermon recently, Omar Atia went over the parallels between his mosque in southwestern Indiana and the two in Christchurch, New Zealand, where dozens of Muslims died in a terrorist attack during communal prayers.

BAKE & THRIFT SALES: Plymouth United Church of Christ, 2010 Moholt Drive, is holding a huge bake and thrift sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

EXPLORE ECKANKAR: “The Power of Gratitude,” the ECK light and sound service, will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 31, at The Center, 3701 U.S. 12.

LENTEN BREAKFAST: The St. James the Greater Catholic Church K of C Roundtable is serving its Lenten breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Parish Hall, 2502 11th St.

FISH FRY: The St. Olaf Men’s Club is having its all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Father Agnew Parish Center, 2407 North Lane.

EXPERIENCE TAIZÉ: People are invited to Experience Taizé at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1804 Highland Ave.

As many will know, last week the United Methodist Church met to discuss issues related to sexuality and to see if there was a way for us to remain a united church, given our differences. The issues centered on whether individual ministers should be permitted to perform same-sex marriages and…

LASAGNA DINNER: The youth at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 601 Fall St., are holding a lasagna dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.