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Christian Arts Festival
EAGAN — The Trinity School at River Ridge Christian Arts Festival, themed In the Beginning: Reflections on Creation, will be held April 16-18.

The three-day festival will include a juried Fine Art Exhibition Gallery featuring original artworks from Twin Cities professional, advanced, and college-level artists. Included also will be a series of public events, lectures and workshops for all ages at no charge.

Greg Wolfe, publisher of Image Journal and author of Beauty Will Save the World, will serve as keynote speaker and as a judge for the Festival.

Trinity School is located at 601 River Ridge Parkway.

Learn more at www.tsrrARTS.com.


Assessing missions in China
ARDEN HILLS — Transform Minnesota will hold the seminar “Christianity, the Church and Missions in China” from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 10 at North Heights Lutheran Church.

The session is designed to filter through all of the stories of great persecution while tempering it with signs of growth and openness.

The discussion will cover the varied regions and people groups encompassed in this vast nation.

Panelists will include Joann Pittman, senior associate with China Source, which engages the Christian community with critical knowledge for collaborating with and serving the Chinese church and society.

The event is sponsored by TCAMP, a leadership network for pastors, field workers, agency leaders, donors and volunteers who have an interest in global and cross-cultural missions.

The group meets every other month. The May 14 meeting at Cross of Glory Church in Hopkins will explore what is happening in Europe.

North Heights is located at 1700 W. Hwy 96.

Learn more at transformmn.org and click on the programs link or send an email to TCAMP@transformmn.org


Missions re-imagined
ROSEVILLE — One Hope and Substance Church will host the Reimagine Mission Workshop on March 17 at the church.

The workshop, designed for church leadership, is meant to stimulate participants’ understanding of missions while presenting practical tools to re-imagine global and local mission programs. Facilitators aim to provide connecting opportunities with other leaders while helping to refine and sharpen vision and mission strategy.

The church is located at 2776 Cleveland Ave N.

For more information, call Substance Church at (651) 340-5511.


Fighting human trafficking
MOUNDS VIEW — Bethlehem Baptist Church and WAR International (Women at Risk) will host the seminar Anti-Trafficking 101 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 21 at Bethlehem’s North campus.

The seminar will explore local implications and how citizens can help combat the epidemic.

Featured experts include officials with Homeland Security, police officers, human trafficking survivors, and the president of WAR.

The $30 registration fee includes lunch and materials.

The church is located at 5151 Program Ave.

Learn more at www.warinternational.org or call (616) 855-0796.


Easter prayer vigil set
ST. PAUL — Pro-Life Action Ministries will host a Good Friday Vigil from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3 at St. Paul Health Center, a local Planned Parenthood clinic.

Fifteen area pastors of various denominations will lead the reading of Scripture and prayers every half-hour throughout the day. There will be free parking off-site and free shuttle service provided.

According to organizers, the vigil is the largest in the nation. The Vandalia Street clinic, they said, is the country’s third largest abortion provider.

The clinic is located at 671 Vandalia St.

Learn more at www.plam.org or call (651) 771-1500.


Prayer breakfasts scheduled
MINNEAPOLIS — To commemorate the 64th annual National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday of May, two prayer breakfasts are scheduled for the Twin Cities.

The West Metro National Day of Prayer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 7, at the Medina Entertainment Center. This 18th annual event will feature former U of M and NFL football player Ben Utecht whose inspiring story was told in a Refreshed magazine cover feature in August 2014. Utecht will also sing. Worship will be led by Tonia Hughes and Pastor Carol Skjegstad of Calvary Lutheran Church will be the emcee.

Tickets are $20 ($25 after April 20). See the ad on page 31 of this issue of Refreshed.

For more information, call (763) 473-3730 or (763) 231-2983.

The Minnesota Prayer Breakfast will hold its 55th annual event from 7 to 8:30 a.m. May 14 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Workshops offered following the breakfast will run from 9 to 10:15 a.m.

Christian leaders from across the state are expected to attend this morning of prayer and fellowship.

The cost is $300 for a table of 10.

Learn more at www.minnesotaprayer.org.


Chris Tomlin to appear at Target Center
MINNEAPOLIS — Chris Tomlin’s Love Ran Red tour, with Tenth Avenue North and Rend Collective, will make a stop at the Target Center at 7 p.m. March 28. The tour is named for Tomlin’s newest release and will feature some of the singles from that album, plus past hits.

One of Christian music’s most prolific singer-songwriters, Tomlin has With nine albums, 12 No. 1 radio singles, a Grammy Award and eight additional nominations, three Billboard Music Awards and 21 Dove Awards.

Tomlin also has 15 of the Top 100 CCLI songs, with four of them in the top 10.

Tickets are $27, $37 and $57.

Learn more at www.christomlin.com.


Southern Gospel convention
BURNSVILLE — The Twin Cities Quartet Convention—2015 will be held April 24 and 25 at Discover Church.

The Southern Gospel convention will feature the Chancellors Quartet, Sweetwater Revival, Living River Quartet, Master’s Voice, Still Water, 4 His Love, Higher Power Quartet, Shoal Creek Revival Quartet, Higher Call Quartet and the Garms Family.

The concert is being promoted by the Chancellors Quartet,

Formerly called Crossroads Church, the venue is at 14300 W. Burnsville Parkway.

Advance tickets are $20 per day or $35 for both days. At-the-door tickets are $22.

Learn more at www.twincitiesquartetconvention.com or call (952) 736-2500.


C.S. Lewis play gets 2-day run
MINNEAPOLIS — The Fellowship for the Performing Arts presents C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” for two shows only on April 24 and 25 at the Pantages Theatre.

The production is traveling to several locations across the country, including Salt Lake City, Seattle, Chicago, Milwaukee and Grand Rapids.

“‘Showcased in an imaginative stage design that transforms the world of the play from bleak and dark to lush and beautiful, ‘The Great Divorce’ takes audiences on a fabulous bus ride from a suburb in Hell to a celestial new world on the outskirts of Heaven,” the troupe’s website says.

Based in New York, the Fellowship for the Performing Arts is known for its traveling production of C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters.”

Ticket prices range from $29 to $89.

The theater is located at 710 Hennepin Road.

Learn more at www.greatdivorceonstage.com.


Benefit breakfast for More Than Music
MINNEAPOLIS — More Than Music will present its Hope for the Hurting Breakfast Benefit on May 9.

The ministry sponsors free concerts in correctional facilities, juvenile detention centers, and chemical dependency centers. More Than Music also hosts large-scale benefit concerts for partner nonprofits, raising thousands to further their work.

Over the past five years, More Than Music has produced more than 75 free concerts, raising in excess of $110,000 for a variety of worthy causes.

Learn more at www.morethanmusicinc.com or call (651) 226-8268.


Student Day at the Capitol
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life is hosting its Student Day at the Capitol beginning at 8:30 a.m. March 10.

The event is designed to provide students in grades seven to 12 with unique pro-life experiences by meeting with state legislators. The event runs through 3 p.m.

The cost is $10 and includes lunch.

The contingent will meet at the Kelly Inn, 161 St. Anthony Ave.

Learn more at www.mccl.org or call (612) 825-6831.


Radio station has new name
EAGAN — Long-time Christian radio station KKMS has changed its name to AM 980 The Mission. Station executives said the name change better reflects the station’s vision.

The format—which features pastors, Bible teachers, family-focused ministries, and local programming—will remain the same.

“By now identifying ourselves as AM 980 The Mission, our hope is to give our very loyal listeners a very clear understanding of what we are trying to accomplish as a radio station and for the body of Christ in the Twin Cities,” said Nic Anderson, general manager of Salem Communications Twin Cities.

The station does so, he said, by sharing the gospel, supporting local pastors and leaders and providing resources to the Christian community.

“It’s our mission to find new and local Christian leaders to be the next generation voices in sharing the Good News on-air,” he added.

The name change came just a week before Love Worth Finding Ministries announced that AM 980 The Mission had received its Radio Station of the Year for 2014. The award was presented in late February at the annual National Religious Broadcasters Convention.

The station has been in operation since 1996.

Learn more at www.am980themission.com.