St. Mark's hosts monthly dinner Wednesday

St. Mark’s would like to invite the community for its monthly supper, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Everyone is welcome to this event every month on the second Wednesday unless otherwise posted.

We will be serving Top the Baked Potato with beef Stroganoff and creamy chicken/vegetable toppings. Sides will include salads, broccoli and a variety of desserts. Beverages include coffee, tea and water.

Coleen Fowler will be entertaining guests with keyboard sing-along requests and she will also feature movie music. Please give your requests to Coleen when you arrive so that she can be prepared.

The Lake City Girl Scouts will be there to help prepare, serve, help those who are in need and clean up. Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance. Last month’s scouts who helped were Melissa Jones, Cadie Wolf, Elizabeth Wolf, Leader and Jena Kutina, leader.

Autumn Ridge debuts Time for Women

Thursday will be the first monthly meeting of the season for A Time for Women at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester.

The group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Common Grounds Cafe. All women are invited to attend.

Pastor Karen Foster will be sharing an interesting devotional titled "Turtle Time." Judy Anderson will be interviewed about her unique hobby of painting on stones she calls "Stone of Art."

Come and enjoy a time of inspiration, learning and connecting with others. Refreshments will be served.

For questions or more information call or text 507-2269-7653 and leave a message. Find us on Facebook at

Douglas church hosts breakfast, bake sale

Douglas Methodist Church will hold a breakfast and bake sale, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the church, 6507 75th St. NW.

The menu includes scrambled eggs with ham, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, sausage, and a beverage.

Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids 5-10, and free for kids 4 and under.

Join Lighthouse church's 'Fall Kick-off Saturday'

Lighthouse Community Church, 179 West Third St., Zumbrota, will be hosting their “Fall Kick-Off Service” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

Ministering in music will be “2 Copper Coins,” a group of friends who have come together to play a mix of Christian music including contemporary, gospel, and traditional Christian hymns.

The band consists of Peggy Ryland (keyboard and vocals), Joel Thorland (guitar and vocals), Sarah Jystad (cajon and vocals), Art Rew (fiddle, mandolin, and vocals), Carol Schiell (upright bass), and Kevin Rotschafer (on sound).

In addition to the music, Pastor Jan will be sharing a message from God’s Word, “What About Our Problems?”

A free-will offering for their ministry will be received.

A potluck dinner will follow the service.

Women & Spirituality Conference coming to Civic Center

Women, supporters and spiritual leaders are gathering at the Women and Spirituality Conference, Sept. 21-22, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

The two-day event promises to be a transformational weekend with workshop opportunities, music, dance, a Makerspace for creating art, and so much more! Friday evening before the event will be free and open to the public, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., to allow people to share in the conference’s common space and enjoy the opening celebration.

Rev. Judith Laxer of Gaia's Temple is this year's keynote speaker and will present 'Inanna's Journey: Letting Ourselves off the Hook,' a deep dive into the story of the Sumerian Goddess and her journey of redemption, trust, faith and healing. The conference’s workshops cover timely topics such as healing, nutrition, self-care, aligning with your own purpose and self-empowerment. What is the work you were born to do? Now is the time to start your journey in a supportive atmosphere of sister travelers.

The Exhibit Hall features sacred art, jewelry, stones and tools for your journey. Learn about and experience Reiki healing, massage and intuitive energy work.

The Women & Spirituality Conference was founded in 1981 through a collaboration between the Mankato State University Departments of Religious Studies & Women’s Studies and the United Christian Campus Center. The conference was moved to Rochester in 2017.

The conference organizers strive to provide a supportive and nurturing setting for a dialogue of caring and mutual respect between and among people from many spiritual and religious traditions. The conference does not advocate or exclude any view and continues to foster an understanding and celebration of similarities and differences.

Registration for the conference is $28 for one day, or $38 for the weekend. More information about the conference can be found at

Women's group hosts September luncheon

Rochester Christian Women’s Connection invites you to "A Happy September Luncheon," 11:45 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Eagle's Club, 917 15th Ave. SE.

Jane Hein, a wellness physical therapist at Mayo Clinic, will speak on healthy and therapeutic exercises. Elly Lutz, of Woodbury, will give a presentation, “What Do We Take For Granted?" Living and working in a third world country gave Elly a new way of looking at her world.

The cost to attend is $15 per person and includes lunch. Reservations are needed by the Saturday before the luncheon. Call Jan 507-288-1144 or email Marlene at

Elkton church hosts supper

St. John's Lutheran Church of 65033 220th St, Elkton (located off I-90 at Elkton exit #189), will hold its annual Ham & Beef Supper on Sept. 18.

Meals will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meals are served family style. The cost is $10.

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