Music festival

Historic Solem Church, north of Kensington, will hold its annual Solem Fall Music Festival at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8. The event will feature traditional gospel music by Triple Grace, desserts, coffee and fellowship.

Triple Grace is a newly-named group from Evansville with vocalists Lisa Henrichs and Deb Berry and accompanist Mary Langlie on keyboard. The group has been singing together for about nine years, starting with fundraisers for their church, Calvary Covenant.

A free-will offering will be accepted. For more information, call 763-1796.

The church dates back to 1876 and its early services were held in Norwegian. Its cemetery includes the family plot of Olof Ohman, who discovered the Kensington Runestone on his farm in 1898.

Church changes name

The church formerly known as Living Waters, across from Casey’s Amusement Park in Alexandria, voted to change its name to Reach Church.

“You are probably asking why the name Reach Church?" said lead Pastor Nick Grey. "We did this because over the last year, God has been doing amazing things in our church. He has given us new life, new passion, a new identity and vision. And the vision God has given us is to reach people who do not have a relationship with Jesus yet.”

The launch service for Reach Church will be Sunday, Sept. 8 at 9:30 a.m. Reach Church is located at 1310 North Nokomis St. NE. For more information, call 320-763-5224.

Awana starts at two churches

This school year, two area churches will offer Awana, a non-denominational program of games and Bible lessons for kids.

Each church will start its program on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Alexandria Covenant Church, 4005 Dakota St., will offer its program each Wednesday through May 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. Children from age 3½ through fifth grade are welcome. To register, visit alexandriacovenant.org/awana.

New Life Christian Church, 1910 County Road 82 SE, will hold a family supper from 5:45-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, followed by registration. Its program will run from 6:25-8 p.m. each Wednesday through the end of April. It accepts children from age 4 through sixth grade. For more information, call 320-763-7051 or email office@yournewlife.com.

Equipping the Saints series

House of Prayer Church in Alexandria will offer an eight-week e-course, “Equipping The Saints,” designed to help people help others more successfully.

The course runs Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 16. The first course is titled “People Helping People” by Danny Silk.

While people are generally eager to help others, it doesn’t always work out as planned. These trainings are aimed at professional helpers as well as lay people, such as pastors, counselors, friends, life coaches and youth pastors.

Silk serves on the senior leadership team of Bethel Church in Redding, California and Jesus Culture in Sacramento, California and has written numerous books.

House of Prayer Church is at 3020 Rosewood Lane SE. To register, call 320-762-0828 or email hopci@hopci.com before Sept. 15. The class is open to anyone who wants to become more skilled at helping people.

St. Ann's holds fall bazaar

St. Ann's Catholic Church, 402 Nelson Ave. N. in Brandon, will hold its annual fall bazaar on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Lunch includes chicken and ham stuffing, mashed potatoes and green beans, pie, coffee and milk. The event includes children's games, a cake walk, bingo, a farmer's market and silent auction, with a raffle drawing at 2 p.m.