Local/National Faith Briefs

Soup & Sermon is Wednesday at Holy Redeemer

Holy Redeemer will be hosting Soup & Sermon on the first six Wednesdays during the Lenten season. Serving soup begins at 11:45 a.m. and the sermon will be at 12:05 p.m. in Carlin Hall. All faith denominations are welcome to attend.

First Lutheran Youth High Adventures trip fundraiser March 27

First Lutheran Church’s Youth will be involved in a Community Impact Fundraising Event Monday, March 27, at the Marshall Pizza Ranch. First Lutheran Youth will be on hand to greet customers, answer any questions about their summer high adventures trip and bus tables at the Pizza Ranch that evening.

The Pizza Ranch will donate 10 percent of guest checks and 100 percent of the tips between the hours of 5-8 p.m. to First Lutheran Youth’s 2017 High Adventures trip to Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in Montana. Everyone in the community is welcome to come out to the evening.

Jesus Cares Ministry fun and games event is March 30

The community is invited to a Jesus Cares Ministry fun and games event from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Samuel Lutheran School Gymnasium, 500 Village Drive. The evening includes family friendly gym games, table games, puzzles, activities, crafts, snacks, and prizes at no cost. Learn about Jesus Cares Ministry of Christ Ev. Lutheran Church and meet some new friends. Feel free to bring family, friends, and staff. This event is for individuals of all ages and levels of ability including those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. For any questions or more information call Melanie Werner at 507-532-0460 or email her at mel.werner21@gmail.com.

Parish dinner is Sunday at St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Tracy Parish Dinner is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday in the parish hall. Menu includes roast beef, roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, pie, cake and beverages. Hot dogs will be available for children. Take outs will be available and deliveries in city limits by calling 629-3841. Adults are $10, K-6 are $4 and preschool may eat for free. There also will be a raffle at 1 p.m. with the silent auction from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch served in Slayton

The Court Queen of Peace is serving lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. during Lent on Thursdays at Divine Mercy Hall, St. Ann’s Church, Slayton. The menu includes a pulled pork sandwich, salads, assorted desserts. Take-outs are available by calling 507-227-3068.

Nebraska lawmakers pass bill to repeal religious garb ban

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill to lift the state’s ban on public school teachers wearing religious clothing including habits, hijabs and yarmulkes in the classroom.

Senators gave the measure final approval Thursday with a 39-5 vote. Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer, of Norfolk, introduced the measure after a nun in his district was rejected for a substitute teaching job because her faith calls for her to wear a habit.

The bill seeks to repeal a ban enacted in 1919 under pressure from the Ku Klux Klan. Thirty-six other states had similar bans, and all but Nebraska and Pennsylvania have repealed them.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha opposes the measure, arguing that all displays of religion are inappropriate in public school classrooms.

Court OK of student-led school board prayers to be appealed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans will be asked to reconsider its ruling allowing student-led prayer at school board meetings.

On Monday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in a Texas case that such prayers don’t run afoul of the prohibition against government-established religion.

The American Humanist Association, a plaintiff in the case, disagreed. Monica Miller, a lawyer with the group said in an interview Wednesday that a request for a hearing by the full 15-member court will be filed in the next two weeks.

Conservative groups are applauding the decision. “This is a stinging rebuke to groups that want to cleanse America of prayer,” Mat Starver, chairman of the Florida-based Liberty Counsel, said in a Wednesday news release.

At issue are student-led prayers sometimes offered at meetings of the Birdville Independent School District’s board meetings in Texas.