Mother Nature flipped the switch early on Tuesday morning, and we awoke to a white world. She delivered it with winds that howled during the night. Low temperatures are expected to reach nearly to the zero mark before the end of the week. What a difference a day makes! It was warm enough to be outside in a light jacket or sweater on Monday.
Vasa Lutheran Church has plans to make the December 13 free community dinner extra special. Diners will be welcomed at the Lutheran Center with an outdoor Live Nativity from 5:00 until 5:30. The dinner itself, featuring Swedish meatballs, will be served from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and it's OK to bring a friend. Mark the calendar! If you have your January calendar handy, mark the 10th, when the menu will be escalloped potatoes and ham.
Remember that the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the area several times in the coming days. There is a special need for blood during the holidays. Vang Lutheran Church in rural Dennison will host a blood drive on Sunday, December 10, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The bloodmobile will be in Red Wing on Tuesday, December 12, at First Covenant Church from noon until 6 p.m. It will visit Walgreens during the same hours on Friday, December 15. It is a good idea to make an appointment, although walk-ins are always welcome.
Vasa Lutheran Church will have its annual Children's Christmas Program on Sunday, December 17, at 10 a.m. at the Lutheran Center in Vasa. (The children will practice on Saturday, December 16, at 9 a.m.) There will be no activity at the church itself that morning. A meal will follow the program. Please bring a salad or dessert to share if you are able.
There will be no Wednesday evening activities at the Lutheran Center on December 20 and 27. The one exception is that there will be confirmation class at 7:15 p.m. on the 20th but not on the 27th.
The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day schedule at Vasa Lutheran Church: There will be no 9 a.m. service on December 24. Instead, worship services will be at 2 and 10 p.m. There will be no worship service on December 25.
The Presbyterian Church in Red Wing scheduled its Advent Organ Series on Wednesdays, November 29 and December 6 and 13 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. A free will luncheon of soup and sandwich precedes the concerts from 11:30 a.m. until 12:10 p.m. The church is located at 503 West 6th Street. The public is invited.
Head to the Lutheran Center on Tuesdays about 9:30 a.m. for coffee with Pastor Maureen. There is no study or agenda, just fellowship with neighbors. Everyone is welcome!
As we head into the holiday season, slow down, breathe, and don't stress about the small stuff. That's my advice to us all, dear readers. Let's enjoy the fellowship and the busy-ness, but not let it exhaust the body and soul! In your travels, be safe.
Until next week, may your joys be many and your cares be few!