Events – Religion Calendar






LUNAFEST for Peacebuilding
Wednesday, April 24, 6 (pre-screening festivities); 7 to 9 p.m. (films); 9 to 10:30 p.m. (VIP After Party)
Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Ave. S.
Enjoy eight short films by, for and about women while supporting the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, aka “Peacebuilding.”
This year, Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins has graciously accepted our invitation to be our honorary LUNAFEST chairwoman.
Instigated in 2010, Peacebuilding now has over 2,500 Peacebuilding graduates. 80% of our graduates are women, 33% are from community of color, and the LGBTQ community is well represented. 50% of our trainees request scholarship assistance. Peacebuilding’s Trainee Scholarship Fund ensures racial and economic diversity at all our community trainings.
Before the films and during intermission, we’ll sell $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win seven gift baskets filled with gift cards, service vouchers, and cool merchandise each worth over $1,000. Cash, check and credit cards payments are accepted.
After the films, those who purchase VIP tickets are welcome to join us for the After Party across the street at the Riverview Café! Your VIP ticket gets you tasty savory appetizers, sweet treats, your choice of beer or wine, and more LUNAFEST peacebuilding laughter, inspiration, and hope.
To purchase tickets with cash or check payable to MN Peacebuilding, visit Ten Thousand Villages–the Original Fair Trade Retailer, 520 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul.
Peacebuilding always welcomes financial contributions large and small as together we are Making Minnesota the Peacebuilding Power State for All!
The content of this year’s films includes swear words. LUNAFEST indicates that the films are suitable for adults and 13+ teens.
LUNAFEST: Minneapolis ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Literary Witnesses: Carolyn Forché
Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church (sanctuary)
Nicollet & 19th Ave. S.
Activist, poet, editor and translator Carolyn Forché closes out the 21st season of Literary Witnesses with an April 26 reading from “What You Have Heard Is True,” a devastatingly lyrical new memoir that explores her journey into human rights work in El Salvador. The work is beautiful, benefiting from Forche’s graceful poetics and her gift for storytelling. Author Claudia Rankine says the book “marries the attentive sensibility of a master poet with the unflinching eyes of a human rights activist.” True also forces Americans to acknowledge the role our nation has played in human rights atrocities committed abroad. This is truly the poetry of witness. Forché is a professor at Georgetown University and the author of four books of poetry: “Blue Hour,” “The Angel of History,” “The Country Between Us” and “Gathering the Tribes.” She lives in Maryland with her husband, photographer Harry Mattison. Co-sponsored by Rain Taxi, the evening will conclude with a reception that includes sales by Birchbark Books and signing by the author.

Epworth Rummage Sale
April 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Epworth UMC
3207 37th Ave. S.
Come and see if you can find new uses for gently-used items donated by our congregation at a price you’ll love! Proceeds from the sale  provide the funds for the mission programs sponsored by Epworth United Methodist Women. There will be treats for sale in the kitchen during this event.

Middle East Peace Now
Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. (refreshments); 10 a.m. (presentation and discussion)
St. Stephen Lutheran Church (Chapel)
8400 France Ave. S., Bloomington 55431
Alice Rothchild will speak on “Silencing Voices that Criticize Israeli Actions.”
Dr. Rothchild has written three books that address the Israeli/Palestinian issue, and in 2013 she released a documentary film, “Voices Across the Divide.” She was one of the featured interviewees in the film “Jews Step Forward,” which was the Middle East Peace Now (MEPN) March Forum feature. *@AliceRothchild
For information call 612-250-0788 or go to

“People vs. Politicians”: A Talk by Hedrick Smith
Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
4100 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 55409
Hedrick Smith is coming to the Twin Cities for a week of events. Come to hear his talk, “People vs. Politicians.” Co-sponors are Clean Elections Minnesota and American Promise.

Celebrate Our Pastor and 1st Lady
Sunday, April 28, 9:30 a.m. & 4 p.m.
Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
2600 E 38th St.
We will celebrate our Pastor Billy G. Russell and 1st Lady Theresa Russell’s 18th year Anniversary. Please come and join us, as we celebrate the gifts that God has blessed Greater Friendship with.

Sunday School Planting Day
Sunday, April 28, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Epworth UMC
3207 37th Ave. S.
Epworth will kick off our summer garden with our Sunday School Planting Day! Have your little ones join us during Sunday School to help us plant our initial seeds that we will transfer to the garden later in the year. This is in preparation for our Weed & Water Wednesday, when we invite school-aged kids to join us for watering and weeding the gardens, as well as a story, crafts, games and a snack!

Bible Play at Mindekirken
Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.
Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
924 E. 21st St.
Children of all ages will participate in the presentation of the Easter story—with music written by Norway’s famous composer Egil Hovland! and musical direction by our talented organist, Jordan Buchholtz.

“The Indian System” by Sheldon Wolfchild
Sunday, April 28, following 11 a.m. worship
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Bartsch Room)
2730 E. 31st St
The film portrays the 19th century system that allowed white traders, like Henry Sibley, to defraud Indians of their treaty payments, making the traders rich and leaving the Indians with nothing in exchange for their land.
A light lunch will be served.

Holy Name Rummage Sale
Thursday, May 2, 4 to 8 p.m. (preview sale, admission $1 per person)
Friday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 4,  9 a.m. to noon (bag day, $3 per bag)
Holy Name Catholic Church
3637 11th Ave. S. in Minneapolis
We have books, clothing, furniture, household items, jewelry, toys and more. Check out our Oval Room with nicer items! For more information, call 612-724-5465 or visit our website at
(Take 35W to the 35th/36th Street exit and go east to 11th Avenue. Turn right and the church is in the middle of the block on the left side of the street.) There will be signs for the sale at the side door.

Annual Estate and Rummage Sale
Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (bag time 12 noon)
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4101 37th Ave. S.
Lunch is served with the best sloppy jo’s and homemade bars available for purchase. Stop by and check out what we have.

Hymn Festival: Manz Centenary
Friday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S.
Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts presents a hymn festival marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of former Mount Olive Cantor Paul O. Manz. The festival honors the life and ministry of this giant in Lutheran hymnody, whose ministry ignited vigorous and meaningful singing across denominational and geographic lines. He is credited with creating the hymn festival program tradition, now frequently used by church musicians, which combines creative hymnody, interpretive improvisation, and reflective spoken thoughts.
A reception in the church’s Chapel Lounge follows the hymn festival. This event is free and open to the public; a freewill offering may be received to support the Music and Fine Arts program.
For further information on this event and on the Music and Fine Arts program, please contact Dr. Cherwien at 612-827-5919, or

Free Community Clothing Giveaway, & Free Lunch
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
2600 E 38th St.
All are welcomed.

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