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Faith Briefs: Jan. 6, 2018

GriefShare begins new session

GriefShare, a nondenominational grief support group, will begin meeting at First Lutheran Church in Red Wing starting Jan. 8. Meetings take place each Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall January-March. This support group is led by facilitators who have experienced the loss of loved ones. You can call Tina at 651-301-1548, Suzy at 507-398-3729 or visit for more information.

Church Women United chapter dissolves

After months of prayers and discernment, members of Red Wing Church Women United have decided to end its active participation in the international organization. The local group notified area congregations and distributed all remaining funds between five entities: HOPE Coalition, Red Wing Youth Outreach, C.A.R.E. Clinic, Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity and Hispanic Outreach of Goodhue County.

While Church Women United's peace and justice themes continue to resonate with local woman, chapter members noted that the ordering and processing of related materials had become challenging and community participation in events and celebrations has declined in recent years.

Three Sunday Suppers planned in January

The Community Meal/Sunday Supper will be served three times this month. All meals are at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. The schedule is Jan. 14 with PEO Chapter ET serving, Jan. 21, with Seventh-day Adventist members serving, and Jan. 28, with United Lutheran members serving.

This free meal is open to all.

Do handwork to help others

People who knit or crochet are invited to help make prayer shawls. They are blessed in prayer and made available to those who need healing and encouragement.

Groups will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday. Jan., 11, at 1845 Bohmbach Drive and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at English Lutheran Church, Ellsworth. English Lutheran's quilt group will not meet in January or February.

First Lutheran's Quilting Group meets at 1 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the Old Fellowship Hall.

Bonhoeffer group to meet

The Bonhoeffer Society of Red Wing, will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at First Covenant Church.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the first Germans to recognize and resist Adolph Hitler's capacity for evil. Bonhoeffer wrote extensively during those years. The Bonhoeffer Society of Red Wing has been discussing those writings in chronological order for the past four years. This year the group is building on that foundation to discuss a wide variety of topics of contemporary interest, such as the development of the American character and ideals, the relation between church and state in the US, and the role of the church in helping to shape the guiding principles of a democracy

Meetings are open to anyone.

Faith in Action seeks drivers

Faith in Action is looking for volunteers to drive individuals to various appointments. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, call 651-327-2400. The office is located at 1407 W. Fourth St.

Share events taking place

Area churches are welcome to contribute items to the briefs, which run every weekend on the Religion page.

The Republican Eagle prefers to have people submit items via email to, including a phone number in case there are questions. The deadline is noon Wednesday..

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