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Helping Christian boys

As deadly shootings focusing national attention on the plight of American boys and young men, the Unity Foundation is holding a one-day summit for parents, church leaders and teachers of boys and young men.

Called "The Helping Christian Boys Thrive Summit," it will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Lake Geneva Christian Center, 605 Birch Ave., in Alexandria.

Speakers are Michael Gurian, a New York Times bestselling author of "The Wonder of Boys," and Tim Wright, pastor of Community of Grace in Arizona, which he founded in 2005.

"Our boys need us now in ways they have not before," Gurian says. "They are being raised in a very complex world and many of their support systems and developmental frameworks have crumbled. As we bring our passionate attention to boys today, and come together to nurture, support and educate them well, we give a gift not only to them, but to our families, communities and culture."

The summit will look at what boys need and how they are needed, how to protect their emotional lives and how to to call them to follow Jesus, among other topics.

Tickets are available at Common Ground Coffee House or the Mustard Seed Market, with more information and registration at helpingboysthrive.org/Alexandria.

Unity Luncheon features Arizona pastor

Arizona pastor Tim Wright will speak about helping Christian kids thrive at the Unity Foundation's monthly Faith @ Work Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Broadway Ballroom.

Wright, a Lutheran pastor since 1984, has trained pastors and church leaders throughout the U.S. and has written six books, including, "Searching for Tom Sawyer: How Parents and Congregations Can Stop the Exodus of Boys from Church."

The Unity Foundation says he will use the latest in brain-science research and Biblical insights to examine how to boys and girls thrive in an increasingly challenging world.

Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased at the Common Ground Coffee House, Mustard Seed Market or at the door.

For more information, contact 320-491-6471 or UnityFoundationAlex@gmail.com.

Spring salad luncheon

First Lutheran Church of Kensington is inviting the community to its annual WELCA

Spring Salad Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. The menu includes a wide variety of salads, as well as homemade buns and meatballs.

Salad supper and music

St. Petri Church of Brandon will host a salad supper and music from Schjei Country from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at 3142 County Road 15 NW in Brandon. Anyone who wants to come is welcome, and a free will donation will be accepted.