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Faith Briefs: Sept. 15, 2018

Blessing of the backpacks

First Lutheran Church, Red Wing, will have its annual blessing of the backpacks — and bookbags, briefcases, etc. — at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sep 19, worship services. Students as well as teachers and others are invited to bring their gear.

Eat at a Community Meal

The Community Meal/Sunday Supper will be served at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at First United Methodist Church. The host congregation also will provide the servers this weekend.

The free meal open to all.

GriefShare meets Monday evenings

GriefShare, a nondenominational grief support group, will hold its second session Sept. 17 at First Lutheran Church. Facilitated by people who have experience loss, GriefShare is there to offer hope and encouragement.

Sessions will be 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 3.

For more information, call Suzy at 507-398-3729 or Susan at 651-388-4109 or visit

Library books can be delivered

In cooperation with the Red Wing Public Library, Faith in Action volunteers are matched with individuals unable to get to the library. The volunteers will pick-out books, deliver to an individual and then return them through the Book House Call program. Timing is arranged with the receivers and the volunteers. For information, call 651-327-2400.

Take the Road to Recovery

Faith in Action offers the Road to Recovery program. This is the only out-of-town transportation service provided by Faith in Action in Red Wing and is for individuals receiving radiation treatments for cancer.

The office coordinates with family, church, and public health in assuring the patient has adequate transportation from Red Wing to treatment at Minneapolis or Rochester. For information, call 651-327-2400.

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.

Interfaith group helps others

Faith in Action in Red Wing is an interfaith volunteer program serving seniors and those in distressed circumstances. The organization's goal is to help individuals in the community remain independent.

All services are provided by caring volunteers, with no charge to the recipient. Services include local transportation, friendly visiting, library books, respite care and caregiver support group. The only out-of-town transportation offered is for radiation treatments.

For information, visit or call 651-327-2400.

Time to change your church listing?

September is traditionally when service times change.

If you need to change the name of a pastor or update a service time on this page, please send information to

The deadline is Wednesday at noon.