Faith Focus: Pax Christi church serving breakfast

Pax Christi church serving breakfast

An all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, French toast, and sausage will be served at Pax Christi Catholic Church on Sunday, and the third Sunday of every month, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Tickets are $12 per family, or $4 per adult, $3 per senior citizen (age 62 and up) and $3 for children 12 and under. Kids in kindergarten and younger eat free.

The church is at 4135 18th Ave. N.W., Rochester.



Course promotes Jewish medical awareness

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present "Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas," the institute's new six-session fall 2013 course that will begin during the week of Nov. 10.

Rabbi Dovid Greene of Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester will conduct the six course sessions from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sundays starting Nov. 10 at Bais Chaya Moussia Hospitality Center, 730 Second St. S.W.

"Nowadays, at some point or another, everyone faces an extremely difficult medical decision that they aren't equipped to handle." said Rabbi Zalman Abraham of JLI's headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y. "Our objective with this course is to acquaint the public with fascinating Jewish perspectives on some of the most cutting-edge dilemmas in medical ethics."

In Life in the Balance, participants will ponder ethical questions about a range of topics ranging from end of life issues to preventive measures and respect due to the body after death. Questions include: Must we prolong life at the expense of immense suffering? Should we legalize compensation for organs to save the lives of those on the transplant list? And where do we draw the line between keen vigilance to safeguard one's health and pointless panic? The course will also explore ethical ramifications of fascinating new technologies such as digital autopsies, and uterine transplants.

"These important issues are critical to so many people's lives yet they are rarely discussed nowadays." said Rabbi Greene. "This is a unique opportunity that will benefit the wider community of Rochester, and we invite everyone to attend."

Like all JLI programs, Life in the Balance is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. The course is accredited to offer AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits for medical professionals, CLE credits for attorneys in most states, and AGD PACE credits for dentists. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 507-288-7500 or visit for registration and other course-related information.



'Ask Sister' Tuesday at Assisi Heights

Get answers to questions you have always wanted to ask, and learn what it means to be a Franciscan sister today.

"Ask Sister!," a panel of Franciscan sisters, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. N.W., Rochester.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

Register: or contact: Angie Grimm, event coordinator, 507-280-2195 or .


Assisi Heights class to help understand aging


The medical advances of the past century have extended lifespans. Learn in a seminar next week how to foster an understanding of the vital relationships between creative expression and healthy aging.

Sister Lauren Van Dermark, project director of a senior living community in Sarasota Springs, N.Y., presents "Aging Gracefully – Discovering the Unexpected Surprises," 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. N.W., Rochester. Admission is $15 per person.

Register: or contact: Angie Grimm, event coordinator, 507-280-2195 or .


Scouts to hold Ten Commandments Hike

The Hiawatha District of the Gamehaven Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host a Ten Commandments Hike with 11 faith communities in downtown Rochester from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Oct. 26.

Check-in is at St. John's Catholic Church, 11 Fourth Ave. S.W., between 8:25 and 8:50 a.m. The Hike is for all youth in boy scouting, girl scouting, American Heritage Girls, and faith-based youth groups, grades three and up.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit 11 different houses of worship and hike approximately 3.7 miles. Participants may not wear shorts.


Registration is underway. Cost of the hike is $4 per participant, payable with registration. Registration may be made by calling Gamehaven Council, 287-1410.

For more information, go to the Gamehaven Council website, , then click "News."


Sacred Heart holding turkey supper

Sacred Heart Oratory in Meyer, Iowa, will hold its annual turkey & pork supper on Oct. 27. The supper will be served from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The menu includes pork, turkey and dressing, potatoes and gravy, cranberries, corn, rolls, sauerkraut and pie.

Adults $9, Children ages 6-12 $4, preschool $2. All carryouts $9.



Reformation Sunday recital planned at Bethel

Organist Mark Rich will play a recital of Baroque music from the North German School of Composition on Oct. 27 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester. The recital starts at 6 p.m.

Four variations on "A Mighty Fortress" will be heard, along with other seldom-heard pieces from the North German literature.

The 62-rank Wicks organ at Bethel is ideally suited for Baroque music. When the organ was designed in 1964, the builders wanted to emulate the style of Arp Schnitger, a master North German organ builder from the late 1600s. In many ways the organ sounds and plays as if it were plucked from Baroque North Germany and transplanted to Bethel.

Rich graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ and church music from the University of Michigan in 2006. He lives and works in Rochester, and is active in the Chancel Choir and Orchestra at Bethel.

Bethel church is at 810 Third Ave. S.E.


Pre-death vigils subject of talk


Pre-death vigils have been occurring in every culture and community across time. But the vigil experience is rarely discussed because it is personal, and for some, intensely private.

"Stay with Me Awhile – Keeping Vigil Near the End of Life" is a presentation on the history and nature of the vigil, and what constitutes a healthy vigil. It will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 at Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. N.W., Rochester. Admission is $15 per person.

Presenter Mary Elizabeth Johnson, Chaplain Emeriti, Mayo Clinic-Rochester, provided spiritual care to patients and loved ones and staff for more than 30 years. Her clinical focus was on women with ovarian cancer and individuals experiencing infertility and pregnancy loss.

As an Assistant Professor in the Mayo College of Medicine, Chaplain Johnson's research interests have been the contribution of spiritual well-being to coping and adaptation in the setting of gynecological cancers.

Register: or contact: Angie Grimm, event coordinator, 507-280-2195 or .


Douglas church serving up turkey

Douglas Methodist Church wlll hold a turkey and dressing dinner fundraiser on Nov. 2 at the church, 6507 75th St. N.W., Oronoco.

The dinner runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes turkey and dressing, potatoes and gravy, squash, corn, rolls, beverage and pie. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12. Kids 4 and under eat free.

Take-outs are available. Call 281-3526.


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UCC welcomes new senior minister

The Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Rochester, has warmly welcomed the Rev. Teresa M. Roberts as the new senior minister.

Roberts was formally installed during a special service on Sept 22 with participation by local clergy colleagues and officials from both the Minnesota Conference of United Church of Christ and the Twin Cities Presbytery, reflecting her ordination as a Presbyterian minister and her dual standing with the United Church of Christ.

Roberts obtained her Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton with a concentration in pastoral care lay training. She most recently served as Intentional Interim Minister at Community Presbyterian Church in Rochester and previously as Associate Pastor at Wayzata Community Church, United Church of Christ in Wayzata, Minnesota.

Roberts has special interests in intergenerational education, service projects and family ministries as well as providing pastoral care to all ages.


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