Faith Focus: Learn what the ’12 Days of Christmas’ really means

January 6, 2019

Learn what the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ really means

The public is welcome to learn the real meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas at 6 p.m. today (Saturday) at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Most people know the song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” but few people know the meaning behind the words of this song. Christmas is not just a day. It is a season that is 12 days long. Each day has a Bible reading and a song to go with it. Here are a couple of hints: God is my true love, Jesus is the partridge, and the cross is the pear tree.

The Service is at the Oasis Church Building, located at 3819 18th Ave. NW, Rochester. For more information, call Rev. Dave Steffenson, 507-206-3048.

Enjoy community supper at St. Mark’s in Lake City

Wednesday, Jan. 9, will be the date of the first community supper of the new year at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 110 S. Oak St., Lake City.

Serving will begin at 5 p.m. preceded by thankful prayer. Enjoy a home-cooked meal until 6:30 p.m. prepared by members of St. Mark’s.

Enter McNairy Hall at the side handicap accessible entrance at the end of the parking lot. Everyone is welcome to join us for ecumenical camaraderie, fellowship, family and friends, and joyful music played by Betty Smith on piano.

The menu is Top the Baked Potato with taco topping or creamy chicken, broccoli, Caesar salad, assorted desserts and beverages. This is one of the favorite menus enjoyed by those who have joined us in the past.

The Lake City Girl Scouts earn their community service awards by helping with preparation, serving and clean-up, and are happy to help in any way to serve you. Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance — it’s their part of Girl Scout service. Last month those who helped were scouts Emma Hager, Rorey Hoyer, Carline Jones and leader, Jena Katina.

St. Mark’s is the church with the historic red door across from Patton Park. Everyone is welcome!

Meet an author with a mission

Dominic Galati, Jr. is a man with a mission! He was on the road to success when he had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. He is the founder and president of Compelled 2 Go Impact Int’l, a leadership training ministry.

Galati has partnered with more than 1,600 churches, and trained nearly 15,000 pastors, Christian leaders and laity in personal impact. This ministry has touched nearly 250,000 families with the gospel, in 15 countries.

Dominic has just published his brand new book, “Hope 2 the Rescue,” which combines the biblical command to evangelize and the modern-day mandate to reach people in ways that work in today’s culture.

Galati will be ministering at Valley View Assembly of God Church on Friday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m., and on Jan. 12 beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast, then at noon over a working lunch until 1:30 p.m. Then, on Sunday morning, he will share his message at the 10 a.m. worship service.

Handouts, worksheets, pamphlets and booklets will be available. Also a workbook packet will be available for the Saturday session for each person attending.

Valley View Assembly of God is located at 305 W. Grant St., Lake City. For more information, call 651-345-3432 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A time for women at Autumn Ridge Church

Have the holidays stressed you out? We have just the program for you at the next “A Time for Women” meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Autumn Ridge Church.

Jennifer Burden is sharing an insightful devotional, “Leaning on Jesus, When Life Gets Harried.” Burden is a marriage and family therapist and developmental psychologist. In addition, Lisa Bailey will speak about “Healthy Choices for Life.” Bailey is a physical therapist with more than 16 years of experience.

A Time for Women meets the second Thursday of the month during the school year from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Common Grounds Cafe at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester.

For more information call or text 507-269-7653. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/a.time.for.women.

No fees or reservations required. Refreshments are available. Open to the public.

Cello-organ duo will perform at St. John’s

The Svyati Duo, the only regular cello and organ duo in the United Kingdom, will be in Rochester to offer a concert at the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

Since forming Svyati Duo in 2009, Rebecca Hepplewhite (cello) and Julian Collings (organ) have gained international critical acclaim, both for their concert performances and commercial CD releases. Heralded as “exemplary” performers by Fanfare Magazine, their concert engagements have taken them to venues throughout Europe, the United States of America and Asia.

Rebecca and Julian maintain a diverse and exciting repertoire, from Baroque sonatas through to substantial romantic and contemporary works, and are committed to performing music that displays the diversity of their instrumental combination.

Their program in Rochester will include works by Antonio Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, Josef Rheinberger and Ástor Piazzolla. The program is open to the public. A free-will offering will be collected. St. John’s is at 11 Fourth Ave. SW, Rochester.

For a promotional video, visit www.svyatiduo.com.

Explore compassion at pair of workshops

Assisi Heights in Rochester will host a pair of workshops next week centered on the theme of compassion.

• “Meditation: Embracing Compassion” is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Jan. 9.

Meditation is a practice of quieting the mind to bring forth clarity and tenderness, while cultivating forgiveness and love. It is a mindful practice of being aware and awake to the present moment. It demands of you to be truly present and at-one with those around you and with what you are doing. We open ourselves to the mysterious and silent space within. It is an opportunity to explore the meaning and methods of mindfulness, drawn from a range of traditions and approaches.

The time begins with a short guided meditation followed by silence. A bell will ring every 15 minutes allowing you to enter or exit as needed. All spiritual paths are welcome.

Donations appreciated. Register online, tinyurl.com/ycoeybnc, or call 507-529-3524 to register.

• “Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10.

This workbook offers a proven way to accept yourself, build inner strength and survive. This science-based workbook offers a systematic approach to breaking free from destructive self-judgements and self-imposed impossible standards to cultivate our wellbeing. It is based on the authors, Kristen Neff and Christopher Germen’s, groundbreaking eight-week experience of mindful self-compassion (MSC). This series includes guided meditation, informal practices to do anytime and anywhere and memorable stories of people to address relationship stress, health concerns, and anxiety.

This discussion is co-sponsored and led by the Leadership Team of Compassionate Rochester MN.

$20; pre-registration suggested.

Register online, tinyurl.com/yadbmb7n, or call 507-529-3524 to register.

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