Faith Briefs for Oct. 27

Holy Redeemer Faith Formation students selling wreaths, garlands

Holy Redeemer Faith Formation students are selling balsam fir wreaths, garland, crosses, arches, swags, candy canes and mailbox huggies. Pre-orders are being taken now and the greenery will arrive the week of Nov. 17. To place an order, call the Faith Formation Office at 532-3602.

Chili supper offered Sunday in Minneota

St. Paul’s Church in Minneota is having its annual chili supper 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday. Chili, bread, crackers, a bar and a drink will be served.

Election Day Dinner is Nov. 7 at Grace First

The 122nd annual Election Day Dinner is from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Grace First Parish in Russell. Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, beets, coleslaw and desserts will be available for $12 for adults and $6 for youth, 5-10. Carryout will be available. A country store will be available also.

Collection sites for global Christmas project announced

This month, several locations in the multi-county Worthington Minnesota Area Team will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child-joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.

During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20, Marshall residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.

This year, the Worthington Minnesota Area Team hopes to contribute more than 11,625 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.

“We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas,” said Regional Director Nicole Sheldon. “Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”

Local collection site: Marshall, Radiant Life Church, 500 S. Saratoga St. Monday, Nov. 13: 2-6 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 14: 2-6 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 15: 2-8 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 16: 2-6 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 17: 2-6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 18: noon-4 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 19: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 20: 10 a.m.-noon. Hours subject to change. A full list of area collection locations can be found online.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 612-369-7023 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

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