Faith Focus: Reformation Sunday recital planned at Bethel

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.


Lighthouse to host 'Friend Day'

Lighthouse Community Church, 179 W. Third St., Zumbrota, will host its bi-annual "Friend Day" at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday.

Ministering in song (Gospel bluegrass) will be "Courier," the husband and wife duo of Patrick and Susan Anderson, of Blaine. Patrick plays lead guitar and Susan plays upright bass. Joining them on violin and guitar will be their grandsons, Tyler and Nick Kiage.

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

In addition to the music, the Rev. Jan Fischer will be sharing a message from God's Word, "What is Your Goliath?"

A potluck dinner will follow the service.



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 .



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.


Rochester church hosts prayer walk Sunday

Put on your walking shoes and exercise your faith Sunday when Emmanuel Lutheran Church, a new mission congregation of the North American Lutheran Church, hosts a prayer walk.


The walk coincides with Reformation Sunday. Join us as we pray for the welfare of our city; its people, businesses, organizations, schools, faith communities, healing centers, and leaders.

The prayer walk will begin at 4 p.m. at Oasis Church, 1815 38th Ave. N.W., Rochester. Feel free to join us in prayer from your home even if you aren't able to walk with us, or sit in Oasis' worship space and walk with us in spirit.

For more information, visit .


Comedy group to perform at Autumn Ridge

Acclaimed improv comedy group Fish Sticks will perform in a benefit for Paulos Group in Haiti on Friday at Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester.

The performance, at 7 p.m., is an age-appropriate comedy performance geared for families.

In addition, you can learn more about the great work that God is doing in Haiti through the Paulos Group. There will be an opportunity to give to Paulos Group at the event.


Tickets are $5. Purchase online at .


Remember departed loved ones Nov. 4

Saturday, Nov. 2, marks the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, the day to remember loved ones who have passed on to eternal life.

The public is welcomed to join Assisi Heights for a Vesper Service at 7 p.m. Nov. 4, titled "Remembering Our Loved Ones." The event will be in Lourdes Chapel.

The purpose of the service is to pray and remember the stories of our dearly departed and give thanks for the legacies they left to us.

You may send an email or call Angie Grimm with the name(s) of loved ones to be remembered: or 507-280-2195.

Assisi Heights is at 1001 14th St. N.W., Rochester.



Class helps caregivers battle burnout

"Compassion Fatigue: A Painful Blessing of the Workplace" is the title of a three-week learning session for health care and public service providers and volunteers, to be held at Assisi Heights starting Nov. 5.

The event is held Nov. 5, 12 and 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $45 for all three sessions.

People who work in healthcare, public service, or as volunteers within the community can become consumed by their caring roles.

Without the guidance and recognition of their stressed-out feelings, these persons may feel overwhelmed. This can result in difficulties — not only in their workplace, but also in their personal roles and relationships.

Sisters Mary Eliot Crowley and Ramona Miller will work with participants to identify the underlying causes of compassion fatigue. They will share keys to moving through compassion fatigue, which will provide inspiring changes as they are put into action. Their goal is to help the caregivers continue to serve in their caring role with new energy and purpose.

Classes will be at Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. N.W., Rochester. Register online at or contact Angie Grimm, event coordinator, 507-280-2195 or .


Session to cover lives of Assisi saints

"In the Footsteps of Francis and Clare Virtual Retreat: A Guided Experience," is the name of a two-day session to learn about the lives of Francis and Clare of Assisi, saints who left a legacy of writings that remain as classical literature.

The classes are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Assisi Heights, in Rochester. Cost is $60 for both sessions, including breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Optional overnight accommodations Friday cost $35.

Presenters Sisters Ramona Miller and Mary Eliot Crowley, have extensive experience leading pilgrimages to Assisi, Italy.

Assisi Heights is at 1001 14th St. N.W. Register online at or contact Angie Grimm, event coordinator, 507-280-2195 or .


News items for Faith Focus are due by Monday prior to Saturday publication. You may email information to or mail to Faith Focus, Life section, 18 First Ave. S.E., Rochester MN 55904. Be sure to include event locations and contact information.

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