Local/National Faith Briefs

Choir to visit local church

Christ Ev. Lutheran Church 208 W. Marshall St., will act as host to the 50-voice men’s choir of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

This free program includes traditional and contemporary religious music. Chorus members accompany the choir with a variety of musical instruments.

The Seminary Chorus, directed by Prof. James Tiefel, has toured throughout the country in its 88-year history. Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, located in suburban Milwaukee, Wis., prepares pastors for the worldwide mission of WELS. WELS is the third largest Lutheran church body in the U.S. with about 1,300 churches in 49 states and 370,000 members. Headquartered in Waukesha, Wis., it carries out mission work in 23 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.wels.net.

Christ Lutheran Church is also affiliated with WELS.

Food4Kids Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is Sunday

A Marshall Food4Kids Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at Living Word Lutheran Church — 800 Southview Court East, Marshall. Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic breadstick, a vegetable and dessert will be served. The suggested donation is $8 per adult and $4 ages 5-12. Ages 4 and young are free. Meals are available for take out as well.

Marshall Food4Kids, a nonprofit weekend backpack food program, was founded in 2013 by several area churches to help hungry children in Marshall. About 530 children are currently enrolled and more are regularly being added as funding allows. Examples of non-perishable, kid friendly foods the program provides are granola bars, cereal, crackers, trail mix, juice, raisins, apple sauce and fruit cups.

Catholic Daughters to meet March 18

The Catholic Daughters of Americas will have their March meeting a week later because of the Parish Lenten Mission. Plan on attending the Catholic Daughters of Americas meeting on Monday in Roncali Room Hall following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. A light lunch will be served followed by the business meeting.

Lunch is served Thursdays at St. Ann’s

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

Bill requiring school elective Bible course OK’d in House

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation to require all Florida public high schools to offer elective courses on the study of the Bible has been approved by a state House committee.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Kimberly Daniels of Jacksonville cleared a House Education panel Thursday on an 11-3 vote. Daniels said the intent was not to teach a specific religion in school but rather to emphasize the Bible’s role in history, culture and the founding of the U.S. government.

Opponents raised concerns that such Bible classes might be subject to lawsuits over the constitutional separation of church and state. Others said the course should also teach holy books from other religions, such as Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Daniels said 10 other states currently offer similar Bible courses in public schools.

Judge approves Louisiana school religion lawsuit settlement

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement in a lawsuit over religious activities at a Louisiana school system.

U.S. District Court Judge Maurice Hicks Jr. on Wednesday approved an agreement reached in January between the Bossier Parish School District and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

The group sued the school district in February 2018 after several parents complained their children had been subjected to unwanted religious messages.

Hicks’ order calls for the school board to revise part of its religious expression policy.

Both the school district and the group said the decision was a victory.