Speaker at Dordt

Dordt College’s First Mondays Speaker Series will welcome Timothy Brown to campus on Oct. 2.

Brown will speak at 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at Dordt College with a presentation titled, “The Formidable Discipline of Daydreaming: An Exercise in Spiritual Theology.”

In the evening, Brown will deliver another presentation, “In Our Beginning is Our End: Another Exercise in Spiritual Theology.” A question-and-answer time will follow the evening talk, held in the Science and Technology Center classroom SB1606 at 7:30 p.m.

Brown has been the Henry Bast professor of preaching at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, since 1995, teaching a range of courses in preaching, including “Ancient Future Preaching” and “Keeping and Talking the Word.” On July 1, 2008, he became the seminary’s 11th president.

The First Mondays Speaker Series brings thinkers, writers and cultural leaders to Dordt College to discuss with the campus and broader community ideas that will stretch our imaginations, grow our understanding, and help us re-form our world in God-honoring ways.

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Rummage sale

The community is invited to attend St. John Lutheran Church’s 2nd Annual “Nearly Free” Rummage Sale Parking Lot Party, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will be in the north parking lot of the church, at 2801 Jackson St., and will include a community rummage sale, entertainment by The Dakota Road Band from 10 a.m. to noon, and a free lunch. At the rummage, blue canvas bags can be purchased for $1 and filled with items. Larger items will be reasonably priced.

Pancake breakfast

First Christian Church, 2101 Jackson St., will have its Pancake Breakfast, Bake Sale and Bazaar on Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs cooked to order and a beverage. Biscuits and gravy will also be available. Cost will be $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets will be available at the door or from church members.

Food assistance

Grace United Methodist Church has for several years served students at Spalding Park Elementary with a weekend backpack of food three weekends each month. This year Grace and the Food Bank of Siouxland have teamed in sponsoring "The Feed a Family Mobile School Food Pantry" once a month. Personnel from Grace and from the Food Bank will be present at Spalding on Sept. 26 from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. in the school gym to assist about 150 families with shopping for 35-40 pounds of meat, vegetables, fruit and other foods.

Purls of Faith

The Purls of Faith knitting group has begun meeting at Grace United Methodist Church, 1735 Morningside Ave., every Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the church parlor and at 6:30 p.m. in the church library. Free materials and instruction are provided for beginning knitters. More advanced knitters share patterns and help each other as they knit for themselves and for charities. Anyone interested in knitting is invited to join the fun. Knitters from several churches are already involved. For further information call Glendy Nichols at 212-9410.

Appreciation service

Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C., 610 Center St., will have an appreciation service for Mother Ann Brown at 3 p.m. Sunday. Special speaker will be Glenn Ford, from Lincoln, Nebraska. Come and let us fellowship together, and show our appreciation. Pastor Douglas Glass is pastor. George and Grace Naylor are the founders.