Douglas church hosts bluegrass service, breakfast

Douglas Methodist Church will host a Bluegrass Gospel Service with pancake feed and brunch, featuring the Clay Hess Band, on Aug. 18.

The service begins at 9 a.m., followed by brunch at 10 a.m.

Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 5-10, and free for younger children. Proceeds from the brunch will go toward the church’s remodeling project for accessibility.

The church is at 6507 75th St. NW, Oronoco. More info: 507-281-3526.

Join historic Lenora church service

Everyone is invited for an informal worship service at the historic Lenora United Methodist Church near Canton in Fillmore County.

The service is at 3 p.m. Aug. 18. The 1856 church will be a special place to be on a summer afternoon. Rumor has it there may be some root beer and ice cream!

Please bring some non-perishable food with you for local food shelves. A free will offering will be received for the care and work of the church.

People who come to Lenora often comment on the simple beauty of the old church. Hymns will be played on the old pump organ.

For more information, please contact Pastor Mark Woodward by email:

Salem Road Covenant to host movie under the stars

The public is invited to a movie under the stars on Friday night, Aug. 23, at Salem Road Covenant Church.

The congregation will be showing the classic film “Mary Poppins” at 8 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

You’re encouraged to bring your lawn chair and a blanket. You also may want to bring some insect repellent in case the chorus of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” doesn’t keep the little critters away. If the weather is inclement, the movie will be moved inside the church.

Salem Road Covenant Church is located at 3401 Salem Road SW in Rochester. For more information, call 288-9601 or visit

Franciscan Spirituality Center offers inspiring programs

Best-selling author and research professor Brené Brown has inspired millions of people with her work on courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy.

Steve Spilde, a trained spiritual director on staff at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, has studied her work through The Daring Way training and certification program and is ready to help people learn how to "show up, be seen and live brave" through a series of programs and retreats at the FSC, 920 Market St., La Crosse, Wis.

Daring Companions, a nine-month series for personal growth and transformation using the research of Brown, will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evenings starting Sept. 16. Spilde will co-facilitate the sessions with FSC spiritual director Deb Hansen. Participants will learn through readings and videos and be invited to share their personal stories in a confidential setting. The goal is to experience empathy and mutual support as group members discuss the relevancy of the content to their lives, Spilde said. Cost is $180 for the entire program.

Daring Greatly: A Group Experience is a five-month group progress to explore and practice the work Brown. The program includes three weekend workshops and weekly email support. Gatherings are October 4-5, Dec. 6-7 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the spirituality center.

“Many of us want deeper and more intimate relationships, a life inspired by courage and freedom, and work motivated by meaning and purpose. Yet, we spend much of our effort trying to shield ourselves from the vulnerability these experiences require,” Spilde said.

Participants will be encouraged to overcome their fear of vulnerability and practice living with courage.

Cost is $300 for five-month program; overnight accommodations are available for an additional fee.

For more information or to register, please call 608-791-5295 or visit

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