Matter of Faith 11/9/19

Fr. John Schultz retired ELCA Lutheran Pastor,

retired Catholic pastor

Matter of Faith 11/9/19

JUBILEE FALL FESTIVAL: An event will occur Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish, 1712 Highland Ave. The dinner menu will include chef carved pork loin, baked chicken, vegetables, potatoes, rice pilaf, rolls, desserts, milk and coffee. Dinner costs are $10 for adults, …

CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE: Zion United Methodist Church in Chippewa Falls is having a Christmas craft sale on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will include holiday decor and gifts, porch pots, a bake sale, lunch, thrift items and house plants. The church is located at 1102 Superior St.,…

The Beloved Community is not built by one brick or simply in one day. It is built by showing up for our neighbors with a casserole, a ride to the doctor or polls, or listening to one another’s concerns. It is about relationships with one another and our planet home. Small acts like recycling…

HAM & SCALLOPED POTATO MEAL: An event will take place Sunday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, S12860 Coon St., Osseo. It will also feature a bake and craft sale. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for ages 5-10. For more information, call 715-579-7606.

I had the happy circumstance of spending a whole week in Rome recently. I like good food and beautiful churches, and there was a lot of both to be enjoyed. I had some rigatoni with pesto that I will never forget. I also had a prayer experience I will never forget.

STEPHEN MINISTRY: Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore, Eau Claire, will host a half-day introductory workshop Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. regarding a lay ministry known as Stephen Ministry.

ANNUAL CORN FEST: St. Joseph’s Parish in Rock Falls will hold its Annual Corn Fest Sunday, Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ECKANKAR SOUND OF SOUL: The Sound of Soul event will be held Monday from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Chippewa Room of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL: An ice cream social will be held from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church, 6118 County Rd. M, Elk Mound.

A year ago, Lake Street United Methodist Church hosted the first monthly Ecumenical Inclusive Ministry IM Church for people with cognitive disabilities, their friends and families.

NEW PASTOR: Michael D. Hollmann has been ordained and installed as a new pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 3307 State St., Eau Claire.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL: An ice cream social will be held from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church, 6118 County Rd. M, Elk Mound.

CHURCH SHINDIG: St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 11358 Highway Q, Chippewa Falls, is hosting its annual shindig from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

The folk singer John Prine wrote a song with the refrain, “Father, forgive us for what we must do. You forgive us and we’ll forgive you. We’ll forgive each other ‘til we both turn blue, and we’ll whistle and go fishin’ up in heaven.”

During June, which is Pride Month, queer Christians like me remember the biblical story of Peter and Cornelius. Set during a time when early followers of the way of Jesus were fiercely debating the inclusion of Gentiles, the story offers a powerful lesson for Christians today. These early fo…

WOMEN’S LUNCHEON: The Eau Claire Women’s Connection is hosting its July luncheon on Tuesday, July 16, at the Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, 828 Club View Lane, Altoona.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: The First United Methodist Church, 1221 Wesley Drive, Rice Lake, will be holding its annual Strawberry Festival for the community on Tuesday, July 9.

When one of us whom God has brought into existence connects meaningfully and compassionately with another, God is glorified. I see this happening with great frequency around me:

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.

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.

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…

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.