SWEETHEART PANCAKE BREAKFAST: St. Peter School’s 17th annual Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 11358 Highway Q, Chippewa Falls.

America is flush with personal stories, those bits and pieces of history often told ‘round a crackling campfire or on a grandma’s warm lap. Nonetheless, as memories gray and young’uns colorful images fade, repeated tales stretch — with a wink or two.

Two decades ago, work began on the first new fully illuminated Bible — The Saint John’s Bible — to be created in centuries. Each of the roughly 800,000 words of the Holy Scriptures were gracefully written by hand, and artists used their gifts to illuminate those words beautifully.

CHRISTIAN WRITERS GUILD: The Western Wisconsin Christian Writers Guild invites writers to join them at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church, 123 W. Hamilton Ave., for an evening of critique. Recommended by writers, editors, and publishers, this is key to progress in your skill…

DAY OF MINDFULNESS: A traditional day of mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Schoolhouse at Simply Dunn, E4606 Highway C, Downsville.

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.

MID-WINTER BREAKFAST: The St. James the Greater K of C Roundtable will be serving its mid-winter breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 2502 11th St.

NEW PASTOR: The Rev. Karen Behling Sunday is joining Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1300 Mansfield St., Chippewa Falls.

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.

PASTOR INSTALLATION: The Rev. Mary Erickson will be installed as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, 2226 Eddy Lane, at the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service.

QPR TRAINING: First Presbyterian Church, 2112 Rudolph Road, is hosting suicide prevention training for adults and youth at 4 p.m. Sunday. The session will run about 90 minutes.

LUNCH & DISCUSSION: All are welcome to attend a soup and sandwich luncheon followed by a discussion at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rice Lake First United Methodist Church, 1221 Wesley Drive.

It’s a new year and a chance for new beginnings. At this time of year, we often review our plans and goals for the months ahead. It’s an opportunity for us to think about where we want to focus our time and energy. Let’s take this time to think about peace and goodwill for all people. It’s s…

WRITERS GUILD: The Western Wisconsin Christian Writers Guild invites writers to join them at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church, 123 W. Hamilton Ave., for a new year of connecting and communicating with new projects and plans.

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

I attended a pre-Christmas concert a few weeks ago. It was performed by a community choir made up of people with physical and cognitive disabilities and their friends. I have friends in that choir, so I go to these concerts as often as I am able. The choir director commented throughout the c…

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: More than 5 million people have positively changed their financial future through Ramsey Solutions’ Financial Peace University.

IM CHURCH CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: At 2 p.m. Monday, a special IM Church Christmas Eve service will be at Lake Street United Methodist Church, 337 Lake St.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Martin Luther King, 1963

EXPANSION COMPLETE: This weekend, Jacob’s Well Church, 3211 N. 50th Ave., Chippewa Falls, is opening its new 19,200-square-foot worship center for three worship services — 5 p.m. today and 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

“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.

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

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.

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.