A prayer for the port

The Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers is hosting the annual Blessing of the Port on Thursday at the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center, 600 S. Lake Ave.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the brief service beginning at 5.

The service will include a forecast for the 2014 shipping season, a blessing of all who are involved in the Twin Ports, a musical tribute to mariners and refreshments to follow.

The service is open to the public.

Sledding pastor

While many of us may have been thinking of heading south this winter, the pastor of a church in Twig headed north — on his snowmobile.

Pastor Brad Shannon of New Life Covenant Church completed his nearly 2,000-mile ride from Twig to Churchill, Manitoba, at 6 p.m. on Thursday as planned, his wife, Brooke Shannon, said in a message via Facebook.

He had to backtrack a couple of times because of inaccessible routes, and he experienced cold weather, wind and snow and suffered minor frostbite, she wrote, “but all is well.”

Brooke Shannon and the couple’s three young children arrived in Churchill earlier after making the trip via a Chevrolet Suburban and by train after the road ended.

The journey, titled “New Frontier Expedition,” raised $23,000 toward the church’s drive to build a new home.

The family began their return journey on Saturday evening.

Not so blue holiday in Superior

A church in Superior is trying to make the holidays a little less blue by offering people a service themed to let people know “they are not alone.”
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will host a “Blue Christmas Service” at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The service is described as a “quiet, healing service (that) will bring together those who are grieving, hurting or otherwise struggling with the Christmas season.”

There will be soft music, candlelight and comforting readings.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is at 1924 Wyoming St.

Fresh fish

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.

Help with hunger

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 cindarjohn@aol.com or (218) 590-7053.

Veg out this fall

Chilly nights. Check.

Color-changed leaves. Check.

Bounty of vegetables. Uh, check!

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.

Bread and Torah Project

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.

For information, call (218) 724-8857.

Pipe organs and pizza

Have you ever wondered how the keys on an organ keyboard make sound come out of the giant pipes? Have you ever wanted to try playing music with your hands and your feet at the same time? Or change the sound to a trumpet, a flute or a whole orchestra by pulling or pushing levers?

If you’re a student in grades three through 12, you can do it on Saturday in Duluth — plus have a pizza lunch, at no cost.

The Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is hosting Pedals, Pipes and Pizza starting at 9 a.m. at Elim Lutheran Church, 6101 Cody St. Bus transportation will be provided to the sites of two other organs.

The preregistration deadline is today. Call Carol Donahue at (218) 879-3456 or go to arrowheadago.org.

Church treasures can be yours

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.