Brookings-area church briefs published 09-21-23

Posted 9/21/23

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Brookings-area church briefs published 09-21-23


Griefshare sessions underway in Brookings

BROOKINGS — Griefshare began on Aug. 20 at Brookings United Church of Christ.

Griefshare is a faith-based curriculum designed to help individuals through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

This 13-week program will meet every Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.

All are welcome to begin attending at any point since each session is “self-contained” and not based on prior weeks topics.

Participants can register online at or call the church office at 605-697-2882. Brookings United Church of Christ is located at 828 Eighth St. S.

Mission Coffeehouse tips go to Share the Warmth

BROOKINGS — The Mission of the Month for September at the Mission Coffeehouse at First Lutheran Church is Share the Warmth.

Winter is coming, and the public is invited to help keep Brookings warm. Share the Warmth is a one-day event to provide free winter outerwear items to people in need in Brookings County.

The event is organized by The Salvation Army of Brookings County and takes place on Oct. 11, at Old Sanctuary (928 Fourth St., Brookings).

Each year, Share the Warmth relies heavily on donations from community members, including new and gently used winter items as well as monetary donation. For items, the focus for donations is on new and gently used winter coats for all ages. The Share the Warmth event is free and open to anyone living in Brookings County.

Although the focus is to serve school-age children, if there are individuals and families in need, it is the mission of the organization to serve as many people in need as possible. To receive items at the Share the Warmth event, registration is required and open until Oct. 6. Individuals can register online at

Ham supper, country store in Elkton

ELKTON — The Elkton United Parish is holding its annual ham supper and country store on Sept. 27.

The event will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Elkton United Parish Church at 710 Cornell St. in the southwest conre of Elkton.The cost is $13 for adults and $5 for youths ages 5-12. Those under 5 eat for free

The menu will include: Ham, mashed potatoes and ham gravy, sweet potatoes, coleslaw, cranberry salad, fresh corn, seasoned green beans and homemade pies.

Bible study at Pioneer Lutheran to focus on minor prophets

WHITE — Pioneer Lutheran Church will offer a Bible study of the minor prophets beginning Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. with the focus on Hosea. The study will meet every other Saturday at 9 a.m. through the fall covering six of the 12 prophets.

Everyone is invited to attend, study, and enjoy fellowship at 20108 474th Ave. in White.

Fall festival planned at Pioneer Lutheran in White

WHITE — Pioneer Lutheran Church is hosting its annual fall festival on Sept. 24 beginning at 4 p.m. at the church, 20108 474th Ave., in White.

Participant can enjoy music, buggy rides, silent auction and a meal (4:30 to 6 p.m.). The live auction begins at 6 p.m. Join in for fun, food and fellowship. Free will donations will be accepted.

Grief group planned at Ascension Lutheran in Brookings

BROOKINGS — If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you are invited to Touchstone Grief Group, led by the Rev. Stephen Palo at Ascension Lutheran Church in Brookings on Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., Sept. 25-Nov. 13.

As you journey through the wilderness of grief, you ask yourself: “How do I live, now?” “Why did this happen?” “Why has life slowed down?” “When will my grief end?” “Am I going crazy?” “When will I stop bursting into tears?” “Who am I….now?”

The group will explore these questions, and those that you bring to the group.

It will discuss touchstones for finding hope and healing, look at the six needs of mourning, dispel some myths about grief, learn to embrace the uniqueness of your grief, create a safe place for you to receive support and be heard.

To sign up, call Palo at 605-692-6565 or email

Harvest bazaar, supper in Bruce

BRUCE — Grace Free Lutheran Church in Bruce invites the public to its annual fall supper and bazaar on Oct. 7.

Serving is from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes Swedish meatballs, lefse, apple crisp and more.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-10.

Children younger than 5 eat for free.

Take-out meals will be available on the east side of the church. Call 605-727-5445 during festival hours to order. The church is accessible to those with handicaps.

The bazaar will include lefse, baked goods, craft items and garden produce.

There will be a drawing for the Grace Quilter’s annual fundraising quilt for a donation of $1 for a ticket of $5 for six tickets.