Matter of Faith:

Matter of Faith:

“Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” Matthew 3:1–2

CHRISTMAS CHORAL SERVICE: First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Chancel Choir will perform “Gloria” by Luigi Boccherini during the annual Christmas choral service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 310 Broadway St.

ADVENT BREAKFAST: The St. James the Greater Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Round Table is serving its Advent breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Parish Hall, 2502 11th St.

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CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: The New Auburn Community Choir will present its 2018 concert — “Agnus Dei” — as follows:

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COOKIE WALK: The 28th annual Christmas cookie walk will be from 9 a.m. to noon today at Christ Church, Cathedral, 510 S. Farwell St.

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An Advent box Carol B. Weaver received years ago from her mother serves as the impetus for a faith-based journey that guides readers into the Christmas season.

“TED Talks” are short lectures on a wide variety of topics that you can watch online (TED.com). Recently, one title caught my eye, “Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mail.”

SOUND OF SOUL: Eckankar invites the public to experience Sound of Soul from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the Chippewa Room at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.

CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK: Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, there will be a Christmas cookie walk at Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls.

BINGO PARTY: St. Rose’s Circle is hosting a bingo party on Sunday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 11358 Highway Q, Chippewa Falls.

NEW PASTOR: The Rev. Mike Van Zee of Newport, Tenn., has formally accepted the position of senior pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church of Menomonie.

GERMAN MEAL: A German meal will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1915 Hogeboom Ave.

CHURCH BAZAAR: Plymouth United Church of Christ, 2010 Moholt Drive, is holding its annual bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

NORWEGIAN DINNER: A kaffee lag and Norwegian meatball dinner will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 201 S. Sixth St., Cornell.

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.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Lake Street United Methodist Church, 337 Lake St. 

It is both a blessing and a curse to hang onto things. I moved down the block recently, and I have been feeling the curse rather than the blessing as I sort all my stuff and move it box by box to a new residence. I’m more than eight weeks into the process and still feel very unsettled becaus…

BAZAAR & BAKE SALE: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, German Valley, N40558 Highway O, Whitehall, is hosting its annual bazaar and bake sale from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

FILM SCREENING: People are invited to a free local screening of “This Day Forward” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Peace Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave.

In the face of large issues like poverty, addiction, homelessness and environmental concerns, we can often feel paralyzed or hopeless in our ability to make a difference. The truth is that it takes more than just my efforts or my neighbor’s efforts; it takes us all working together. 

What: “We All Do Better When We All Do Better,” a celebration of JONAH’s 11 years of activism and changing lives in the Chippewa Valley. 

PIE, ICE CREAM & COFFEE: Come, enjoy a day in Fall Creek and have a piece of pie to help pay for kids’ school lunches.

HARVEST DINNER: Holcombe United Methodist Church, 27841 Highway M, is holding its 14th harvest dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

COAT DISTRIBUTION: Winter coats, winter apparel and blankets will be available at no cost for anyone in the community in need from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Redeeming Grace Church, 312 S. Barstow St.

The Central American priest, Jon Sobrino, claims that the community of faith must always be “eccentric.” When I hear that adjective, the first thing I think of is a fellow wearing something like striped pants, a flowery shirt, suspenders and a fez on the top of his head. In short, I think of…

BUDDHISM IN DAILY LIFE: The Hay River KTC Buddhist Meditation Center, N14085 Highway VV, Ridgeland, will welcome Lama Kathy Wesley for a weekend workshop on Buddhism in Daily Life from Friday to Sunday, Oct. 7.

The welcome mat was on the step, and the welcome sign was on the door. So I stepped in. But there was no welcome. No one there to shake my hand. No one to say hello. No one to help me feel welcome.

CHURCH SUPPER: Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church, N3845 570th St., Menomonie, is holding a supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

The coincidence was a “Kodak moment,” a snapshot of a time long forgotten. For a grieving daughter, the unexpected encounter brought a vivid picture, one captured through the eyes of another.

CHARCOAL CHICKEN DINNER: The Altoona United Methodist Men are hosting “Milo’s Famous” charcoal chicken dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the church, 428 First St. W., Altoona.

SOUND OF SOUL: Eckankar invites the public to experience Sound of Soul from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Chippewa Room at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St. 

In the book entitled “A Guide to Retreat for All God’s Shepherds,” written by Bishop Rueben P. Job, there is a section he calls three spiritual acts. It could be taken that this is only for clergy and those in religious orders.

Carlson Pillow Cleaning Services will be at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 35900 Lee St., Whitehall, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.PILLOW CLEANING:

NORWEGIAN SMORGASBORD: An all-you-can-eat Norwegian smorgasbord will be from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church, 6118 Highway M, Elk Mound.

WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAYS: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1804 Highland Ave., invites people to fuel up for the rest of the week from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. at Worship On Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12.

He was strong, independent — a man who prided himself on handling life with a sense of control and ease. But on a wintry February day, the school principal found his world turned upside-down.

How do you go about joining a faith community? Are you someone who has moved to a new location? Have you not been a part of a church but feel an urge to fill the spiritual void in your life and to be a part of something greater than yourself? If so, the question of finding a congregation can…

DOUGHNUT FRY: The Jim Falls United Methodist Women is hosting its fall doughnut fry from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the church, 13883 Highway S.

My Facebook newsfeed has been flooded with back-to-school photos from around the country, from rre-K students to professors returning for their umpteenth year. It’s one thing to get ready for that first day as a parent, but we who welcome university students back to our community and congreg…

Mark Allan Powell, a New Testament professor and author of 16 scholarly books, has traveled the world and noticed how different communities hear different things when listening to the same biblical story.