Faith briefs for Nov. 29

Candle lighting ceremony part of Dec. 8 service at St. Stephen

The Marshall Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of children, regardless of age, who have died. The chapter is joining with hundreds of organized memorial services around the world in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

The local candle lighting will be part of a special service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1301 S. 4th St. in Marshall and will feature a message of hope, readings and music. Candles are provided. We encourage attendees to bring a photo of their loved one. Refreshments will be served after the service.

To contact the Marshall Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, call Lorinda Peters at 507-532-7337. For more information about the national organization, call toll-free 877-969-0010 or visit

Christmas programs presented Dec. 8 at First Lutheran

First Lutheran children will present their Christmas programs at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Pre-K through sixth-grade TLC students will present “The Christmas Story” program.

Slayton Community Band annual concert Dec. 8 at Christ Lutheran

The Slayton Community Band will present its annual Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton. Special music will feature Heidi Winter. A free-will offering will be received to benefit the Murray County Food Shelf.