September 6, 2008

Prairie Table Sets September Schedule

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Bismarck will hold Prayers for Peace at 7 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary of Good Shepherd's South Campus, Washington Street and Divide Avenue.

Prayers for Peace is held annually on the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, and includes contemplative music, candlelighting, scripture readings, and prayers, both spoken and silent.

Good Shepherd's music and worship minister Craig Schweitzer says that Prayers for Peace will blend ancient and modern elements of worship.

All are invited to attend.

For more information, visit

The next Craftmania crafting weekend at First Evangelical Free Church is scheduled for Friday and Sept. 13. Hours are 6-11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 13.

People are invited to work their favorite crafts during the weekend and share their skills with others.

On Sept. 13, a group will be working on making fleece blankets for the Children's Advocacy Center, which helps families and children who are dealing with child abuse. Organizers hope that giving children a soft blanket will send a message of caring from people in the community.

To participate, bring two pieces of coordinating fleece, 11/2 to 2 yards each, a ruler, and a pinking shears or scissors. Those attending also may bring a snack to share. Lunch on Sept. 13 is on your own.

First E Free is at 205 43rd Ave., Bismarck.

"North Dakota 101: An Orientation to the Northern Plains" is set for Sept. 25-26 at Sacred Heart Monastery in Richardton.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. for the program which is designed to help newcomers gain a greater understanding of North Dakota, its people, and life on the Northern Plains.

The program is sponsored by the North Dakota Conference of Churches. For more information, visit

The Women of First Presbyterian Church of Bismarck will hold a Fair Trade Merchandise Sale on the lawn at the church, 214 E. Thayer Ave., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13.

Items for sale will include gifts, jewelry, home decor and children's items made by artisans from across the globe. Equal Exchange coffee and chocolate will also be sold. Products sold through a "fair trade" process helps artisans and growers earn a fair wage for their efforts.

Proceeds from the sales will be used to support Presbyterian Women's activities and the parish nurse and other local charities. For more information, visit or call 223-6091.

Prairie Table Ministries, meeting at Faith Lutheran Church in Bismarck, will continue its Wednesday soup and Bible studies at the church, 1402 E. Ave. C.

Lunch and a study of the gospel of Matthew begin at noon and end at 12:45 p.m. The topics are: "Sheep and Wolves," Sept. 10; "The Gentle Yoke," Sept. 17; "Sabbath," Sept. 24, and "Parabolic Living,"Oct. 1.

"Late Nite Worship" begins at 7 p.m. Thursdays, also at Faith Lutheran.

The Rev. Scott Frederickson is exploring scheduling a gathering of youth ages 12-15 one Saturday a month. Those interested may contact Frederickson at [email protected] or 471-6997. For more information on Prairie Table Ministries, visit

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