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

Many crafts, holiday items and treasures will be available, and the church bakers have prepared a cornucopia of breads, cookies, lefse, bars, pies and more.

A salad luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Entrance to the bazaar is free, and lunch is $7.50.

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CELEBRATING NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE: First Presbyterian Church, 2112 Rudolph Road, will celebrate Native American Heritage Month on Sunday. The 10:30 a.m. worship service will feature hymns, songs and prayers drawn from the traditions of First Nations peoples.

The church seeks to remember and honor the people who lived on this land long before the church was here — paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of First Nations.

The importance of communal life (versus Western European individualism) and a reverence for the web of creation are values that can inform all peoples and help us build mutual understanding, reconciliation and wholeness.

All are welcome to attend.

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GUEST SPEAKER: Share “A Course of Love” with its first receiver, Mari Perron, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Unity Christ Center 1808 Folsom St.

Perron will share her experience, discuss some major themes and answer questions. Students of “A Course in Miracles” also are welcome, as well as anyone interested.

“A Course in Miracles” is a course of mind training and right thinking, and “A Course of Love” is “a course for the heart” and guides one to wholeheartedness.

The public is invited to attend, and a freewill offering will be accepted.

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SHOEBOX COLLECTIONS: This month, sites in the Chippewa Valley will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week.

Between Mondays, Nov. 12 to 19, local volunteers hope to collect more than 5,200 gifts to contribute to Operation Christmas Child’s goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Here are local collection sites:

Eau Claire: Peace Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave.

• 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.

• 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17.

• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

• 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

Lake Hallie: Landmark Christian Church, 4140 126th St.

• 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, Nov. 17.

• 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

• 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

• 1 to 4 p.m. Friday.

• 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

• 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

Ladysmith: First Church of Christ, 701 Menasha Ave. E.

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday, Nov. 19.

• 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

• 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17.

• 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

Menomonie: Oak Ridge Lutheran Brethren Church, 620 24th Ave. W.

• 5 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

• 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 17.

• Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

• 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 612-359-7025 or go to

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

The guild will welcome Bill Callaghan, president of the Chippewa Valley Local Authors and author of “Raised With Praise.”

His book was to be a tribute to his parents but became much more. With his humor and inspirational stories, Callaghan wrote a legacy, a memoir and a parenting book all wrapped up in a story of faith.

Callaghan grew up in Milwaukee, and he had worked in his family business in Osseo since 1980. He also is a husband, father, teacher and inventor.

The WWCWG meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month from September to May at the church. The group offers Christian fellowship, practical advice, networking and training opportunities for writers.

For more information about membership and fees, go to, contact Sheila Wilkinson at 715-839-1207 or send an email

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CHURCH BAZAAR: The ladies of First Presbyterian Church of Chippewa Falls have scheduled their annual bazaar with shopping from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 130 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls.

The bazaar will include a candy shop filled with homemade sweets, bake sale featuring hot soups too, book corner complete with vintage cookbooks and trash ‘n’ treasures for sale.

The traditional ham loaf dinner including the ham loaf, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, roll, dessert and beverage will be available from 4:30 to and 6:30 p.m. The cost of dinner will be $10.

For more information, call 715-723-5717.

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INCLUSIVE MINISTRY: IM Church is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Lake Street United Methodist Church, 337 Lake St.

IM Church is an ecumenical, inclusive ministry created by a coalition of several faiths working together to provide a monthly message of God’s love and a meal for people with cognitive and other disabilities.

Unlike a traditional church service, IM Church is broken up into three components: a short interactive learning session that previews the sermon message; a short worship service with music, where people can participate as they choose; and a simple meal and fellowship afterward.

IM Church meets at 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month at Lake Street United Methodist Church. Services for the coming months will be on Sundays, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17 and March 17.

From staff reports

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