First Lutheran Church may have canceled its lutefisk dinner, but for those Northlanders who cannot go without the taste of that lutefisk on their lips, there is a new hope: Elim Lutheran Church will have its own lutefisk dinner.
Elim Lutheran Church, 6101 Cody St., is selling tickets to its lutefisk dinner. The church is asking those interested to call the church office, (218) 624-2690. The dinner is set to run from 4:30-6:30 p.m. today.
The big day isn’t until Jan. 18, but the people of Salem Covenant Church want to get the word out early.
On that day, the West Duluth church will play host to its second Kids Against Hunger food-packaging day. The idea is to package highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casseroles to be delivered to help feed hungry children in the United States and abroad.
The first event, early this year, raised more than $10,000 and resulted in 50,000 family meals being packed. For 2014, the people of Salem seek to raise $15,000 to fund the packing of 75,000 meals. They’re looking for help both in money and volunteers from businesses, organizations and individuals.
They need 300 people to pack the meals between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Jan. 18.
To donate money, make checks out to Salem Kids Against Hunger, 339 N. 59th Ave. W., Duluth, MN 55807. To volunteer to be on a food-packing team or for more information, contact Cindee at email@example.com or (218) 590-7053.
Autumn is in full swing, and its flavors are being celebrated today at the St. Louis County Extension Garden Fest.
The program, which takes place at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Road in Duluth, has check-in at 5 p.m. and begins at 5:30 p.m. Interested parties will learn how to grow and cook the vegetables of fall.
Topics covered include:
* Successful gardening under tough conditions (variety selection, soil testing, how to extend growing season and other techniques)
* How to grow and prepare summer and winter squash
* Growing garlic in the Northland
* The Eh? desk’s favorite part: taste-testing veggie dishes prepared by the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of St. Louis County
Registration is $20 per person. Make checks payable to St. Louis County. Participants will get a resource guide and recipe book.
The Eh? desk has long lamented the dearth of good bagels in our fair region.
So the opportunity presented by the first annual Ilene Levin Scholars-in-
Residence Program is particularly intriguing.
Temple Israel in Duluth, 1602 E. Second St., is hosting Rabbis Linda Motzkin and Jonathon Rubenstein, of Temple Sinai in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and founders of the Bread and Torah Project.
At 6:45 p.m. today, learn to make bagels, help make a Torah scroll and learn about Jewish teachings and practices.
At 2 p.m. Friday, learn how to bake a challah. Participants get to bring home the goods. After that, at 4 p.m. there’s a study session with the rabbis and 5:30 p.m. Shabbat services. At 9:15 a.m. Saturday, there’s a Torah study with 10 a.m. services.
The Westminster Presbyterian Church has to go away soon, but it still can live on in any number of homes.
Brent Loberg with Sellers Auction in West Duluth is selling off any remaining pieces of the church he can starting at 10:30 a.m. today at 4441 Grand Ave. The crown jewel of the auction, no doubt, will be the main stained-glass window.
The church was damaged during flooding in June 2012 and will be torn down.
One of new Poet Laureate Deborah Cooper’s plans has been to mix poetry and sacred spaces. “In Darkness and In Light” is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Temple Israel, 1602 E. Second St., and will include a reading by poets Linda Glaser, Gary Boelhower and Cecilia Lieder and music by The Mood Sings.
Zaundia Klingbeil’s photo exhibit “The Many Faces of Alzheimer’s” are on display through February at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 835 College St., in Duluth.
Klingbeil’s photos chronicle and present the reality of people living with Alzheimer’s disease. She cared for her grandmother, Opal Cumlay, in her home for more than a year. Cumlay agreed to document her disease with images to help raise awareness and said she believed there would be a cure for Alzheimer’s in Klingbeil’s lifetime.
Duluth’s Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is holding its annual Reconciling in Christ Sunday this weekend.
The day celebrates Gloria Dei’s position of welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Sunday’s events begin at 8:45 a.m. with the adult forum in the Hillside Room. Kathy Hermes and Together for Youth people from Lutheran Social Service will talk about their recent Large Puppet Project. Gloria Dei hosts the weekly meetings of Together for Youth, a support group for GLBT youth.
At the 10 a.m. worship service guest Pastor Andres Albertsen will preach on the gospel lesson of “The Marriage in Cana.” Pastor of the Danish Lutheran Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1992 to 2011, Albertsen and his partner, Luis Alberto Banzer, celebrated their civil union in Buenos Aires in 2005. They married in Buenos Aires in May 2011 after Argentina legalized same-gender marriage.
At 3 p.m., Gloria Dei will host a Reconciling Works (formerly Lutherans Concerned) event in the Hillside Room. The event’s theme is “The Wedding at Cana (or is it Can’ta?),” with a panel talking about marriage from personal, political and theological perspectives.