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Child welfare leader to speak

A state leader in child welfare will speak at the Unity Foundation's monthly Faith @ Work Lunch from noon-1 p.m. Friday, July 19 at Broadway Ballroom.

Speaker Lisa Welter is the Minnesota state director of Safe Families For Children, a nonprofit, faith-based alternative to foster care.

In 2016, she helped spearhead an initiative to work with churches, community organizations and governmental agencies to recruit host families who could provide short-term care for children of families experiencing a crisis. Launched in Anoka County, the Connected Kids Initiative provided support that stopped short of the foster care system.

Welter has served as the Community Care director at Eagle Brook Church, America's ninth largest church, and spoken at the White House about child and maternal welfare.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Church hosts bazaar and luncheon

First Congregational UCC annual bazaar and luncheon will take place on Thursday, July 18. The bazaar, which dates back to 1926, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offer baked goods, gifts, books and theme baskets. The salad luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a take out option. This year's theme is "Blessings Every Day."

Kathryn LeBrasseur, one of the organizers, recalled how even in the 1980s, people stood in line and waited for the bell to toll 10 a.m. The event remains popular. This year, bakers have prepared more than 150 pies for the sale, she said, and will whip up lots of lefse.

The luncheon will serve its famous turkey pasta salad and German potato salad, she said.

The event ends with the drawing of the winner of this year's quilt.

The church, at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Elm Street, is handicapped accessible.

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