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Faith events: Sounds of the Harvest, Fields of Faith coming up

Students gather for Fields of Faith on the Alexandria Area High School football field in 2016, an event sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This year's event is set for Wednesday, Oct. 11. (Contributed)

Sounds of the Harvest Festival

Ebenezer Lutheran Church of Leaf Valley will hold its 12th annual Sounds of the Harvest concert featuring Heaven Bound Trio, a local Christian music group.

The trio, made up of Kelly Martin, Sonia Heibel and Randy Heibel, is celebrating is 20th year together. They perform at church services and local events. They sing original songs as well as familiar pieces.

The free concert will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the church. Afterward, the church will serve desserts and old-fashioned egg coffee. A free-will offering will be accepted.

Fields of Faith

Several hundred teens and adults are expected to gather at the Alexandria Area High School football field for an event called Fields of Faith from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Begun 10 years ago by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the event will include a band with worship songs, testimonies of faith, and a message challenging students to read the Bible. It's aimed at students in sixth grade through college, but adults are welcome too, said Dee Novotny, an adult volunteer with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Last year, close to 600 people attended, and buses from surrounding towns have added to the throngs, Novotny said.

The event is led by students, she said. After the event, students are welcome to warm up and eat pizza at NorthStar Christian Academy, 3888 Pioneer Road SE in Alexandria.

Meatball supper

Glenwood Lutheran Church will hold a meatball supper from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at its church at 206 East Minnesota Ave. in Glenwood. The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-10 and free for ages 4 and under.

Lights of Honor

Ecumen Bethany Community is holding a Lights of Honor Celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, in its chapel. The special service and fundraiser allows worshippers a way to honor someone whose life impacts them, remember a loved one who has passed, or celebrate a person or special occasion in their life. The annual All-Saints service provides the opportunity of reflection, while also raising funds for the Bethany campus for landscaping upgrades. Honor lanterns cost $50 and can be purchased at Order forms are also available at Ecumen Bethany Community, 1020 Lark Street, Alex. For questions, call 320-763-2192 or email

Love INC begins classes, plans auction

The local chapter of the nonprofit, church-supported agency Love INC has started a "Transformational Tuesday" ministry aimed at long-term transformation for volunteers and clients.

The ministry is intended to show everyone that they have capacity and potential to do more with their lives and live up to God-given gifts and skills. Two of the four transformational ministry classes, Affirming Potential and Faith and Finances, began this month. A third class, Boundaries, will launch next week. Those who would like to participate in community transformation may call 320-760-3966 or email

Also, Love INC will hold its annual Time, Talent, and Treasure Fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Holiday Inn. The event will include testimonies, a live dessert auction, and community Christian fellowship. A few tickets remain. Call 320-491-7089 if interested.