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Faith: Easter musical 'One Voice' back for 15th annual presentation

A 40-member cast from Light the Way Church, Cottage Grove, will present "One Voice," an Easter musical, for the next two weekends.

Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved for performances, which are scheduled at:

n 7:30 p.m. Fridays, March 14, and 21; and

n 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, and Saturday, March 22.

"It's a very emotional presentation," said Light the Way pastor John Magee. Because of the intensity of the crucifixion scene, he cautions parents against bringing children, 10 or younger, to a performance.

For tickets, call the church office and ask for the Ticket Line, (651) 459-4145. The church is located at Jamaica Avenue and 70th Street, Cottage Grove.

Zion Lutheran Church

French toast breakfast

The Men's Fellowship at Zion Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove, is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat French toast breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 16. Everyone is invited to attend.

Freewill offerings will be accepted, with suggested donations of $4 for adults and $2 for children, 11 and younger. The menu will include French toast, sausage, mixed fruit, coffee, milk and juice.

Net proceeds from the breakfast will be used for Men's Fellowship projects at the church and in the community. For details, call the church office at (651) 459-3010. Zion Lutheran is located at 8500 Hillside Trail.

Woodbury Lutheran

Youth will serve

Easter breakfast

Youth at Woodbury Lutheran Church will serve breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 23, at the church.

Proceeds from the breakfast will help provide scholarships for summer mission trips to Matoon, Ill.; Rapid City, S.D.; and Mexico, and it will also support local youth service projects.

Easter services will begin with a youth-led program at 6 a.m., followed by services at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary, with Genesis contemporary services at 9:30 and 10:50 a.m.

Woodbury Lutheran Church is located at 7380 Afton Road, off of Valley Creek across from Target. For details, go to

St. John Lutheran

Easter egg hunt for all

Parents in south Washington County are invited to bring their children, preschool through sixth grade, to the annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at St. John Lutheran Church, 1975 St. John's Drive, Woodbury, two blocks east of County Road 19 on Valley Creek Road.

The hunt is free and will take place on church grounds, weather permitting, or inside the church. For details, call the church at (651) 436-6621.

Two United Methodist churches vote to merge

Congregations at Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church, Cottage Grove, and Woodbury United Methodist Church, voted to merge effective July 1. The vote -- taken at both churches in special meetings March 2 -- was 196 in favor, 83 against and one abstention.

The blended parish has been under discussion by special task forces from both congregations for the past 18 months, according to Gary Christensen of Peaceful Grove.

A second election will be held May 18 to vote on the legal aspects of the merger. Until then, committees will continue to meet to organize the day-to-day details of operating a blended parish.

Ron Purcell, a member of the Peaceful Grove task force, said the mission of the new parish will be to "show our church love to all.

"We will be able to offer an extended family to everyone in south Washington County and beyond," Purcell said.

Woodbury United Methodist Church

Family Lent event

"Journey to Easter," a family event for Lent, will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, a no-school day, at Woodbury United Methodist Church, 7465 Steepleview Road.

Children, 4 years old through third grade, will make a craft, share a snack and hunt for Easter eggs as they hear the story of Jesus' life from Palm Sunday to Easter. A $3 donation is suggested along with a canned food item for the food shelf.

Preregistration is requested by March 17. For details, call Jan Slagter at (651) 738-0305.

Open Heart Church

Worship, healing

ministry night

All those in need are invited to an evening of worship and healing, 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Open Heart Church, 700 Summit Ave., St. Paul Park. For details, call (651) 768-0737.

Open Heart Church

Free bread, bakery

Need help with groceries this week? Open Heart Church, 700 Summit Ave., St. Paul Park, gives away free bread and bakery items from 6 to 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays every month. The next bread night is March 13.

For details, call (651) 768-0737.

Cottage Grove UCC

Easter worship schedule

Easter services at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ will be held:

Palm Sunday, March 16 -- The worship service at 10:15 a.m. will include the Sunday school choir. Brunch will be served after the service by church youth.

Maundy Thursday, March 20 -- Worship service with communion will take place at 7 p.m.

n Good Friday, March 21 -- A Tenebrae Service of Shadows -- the passion story told through drama and music -- is scheduled at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday, March 23 -- A sunrise service with communion will take place at 7 a.m. A celebration worship service is scheduled at 9 a.m. The JC Rock Praise Band will perform at both services.

First Sunday after Easter, March 30 -- An Easter Choral Cantata will be sung at worship at 10:15 a.m.

Cottage Grove United Church of Christ is located at 70th Street and Lamar Avenue, Old Cottage Grove, across from the Lamar ball fields.

For details, call the church at (651) 459-1501.