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The next free community dinner will be on Dec. 8, with chicken on the menu. Reserve your meal by noon on Dec. 1 by calling or emailing the church office. Please leave a clear message with your name, phone number and the number of meals requested. If asking for delivery, include your address. The committee reports that they served a record 377 Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 10. The count since the dinners started in 2012 is now over 15,000. That's amazing! 

Volunteers needed

Volunteer tree fluffers are needed on Sunday, Nov. 28, to fluff the church's Christmas tree after the morning worship service. Garland, wreaths, and lights will be added to the sanctuary for the holidays, too. 

Bloodmobile

The Red Cross blood drive website notes that "Your donation is urgently needed." First Lutheran Church in Red Wing will host the bloodmobile on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 and it will be at St. Pius V Church in Cannon Falls on Tuesday, Dec. 7. It will return to Vasa on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. Registration is required. Check out the Red Cross website to make an appointment and learn of other upcoming blood donation sites and dates. The need is continuous, since blood products have a limited shelf life. Thank you for doing what you can.

To keep informed about happenings in Vasa, check out the church's website.  The office phone number is 651-258-4327; be advised that office hours are limited. Please leave a clear message and phone number, and someone will return your call.  Email the church at any time: office@vasalutheran.org. Reach Pastor Maureen at: pastor@vasalutheran.org. Sunday School happens at 9 a.m. at the Lutheran Center.  Sunday morning worship services are at 9 a.m. at the church and available on YouTube, and the Wednesday evening service is at 6:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Center. Have coffee and conversation with neighbors on Tuesday mornings at the Lutheran Center, about 9:30. All are welcome at these events.  Masks are recommended. Beginning in November, the Vasa Museum is open by appointment only.  Contact any member of the museum board or the church office for more information.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we can reflect on just how we have been blessed. The pandemic has taught us to be grateful for even the small things.   

And so, Dear Readers, I hope you are healthy and safe. Until next week, may your joys be many and your cares be few!

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