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Festivals and bonfires

Posted October 09, 2013 in Community Featured, Norwalk
A St. John’s parish member and Reverend John are caught goofing around  at a past fall festival.

A St. John’s parish member and Reverend John are caught goofing around at a past fall festival.

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning to rust, the days are becoming cooler, and the farmers are getting ready to harvest their crops. Although these things signify the end of a carefree summer, they welcome the start of fall activities at some of Norwalk’s local churches.

There’s still time left to mark your calendars for St. John the Apostle Catholic Church’s annual fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. Gourmet dinner tickets for Saturday evening will be sold for $13 each or two for $25. There will be drawings, raffles, a silent auction and a live auction. Sunday morning, the Knights of Columbus will serve a pancake breakfast. Baked goods will make mouths water as kids enjoy games like bingo and a candy walk. To buy tickets or ask questions call the church at (515) 981-4855.

But of course, what would fall be without a bonfire? Fellowship Community Church knows better than to leave this question unattended to. The Youth Fall Blitz, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, will be a “night of fun and fellowship,” according to Youth Pastor Travis Scheffers. The event costs $10 and is open to all young adults attending sixth through 12th grade. The money will cover transportation to Winterset’s corn maze for games and activities as well as the ride back to Norwalk where a bonfire will take place at the church. There will be food and s’mores.

“We’ll get to know one another and have a good time,” says Scheffers, who can be contacted at (515) 981-0699 for additional information.

Fellowship Community isn’t the only church planning to light up the October skies. Crossroads Church will have its Youth Bonfire on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Naturally, gooey marshmallows squished between two graham crackers and a chunk of a chocolate bar will play a strong role in the evening’s events. But while the youth open their mouths wide to taste this campfire treat, they will also open their ears to listen to guest speaker Steve Laman who, due to his cerebral palsy, travels in a wheelchair and communicates through a Pathfinder. This doesn’t stop him from volunteering with special needs children or acting as Crossroads youth leader. He will be discussing the all-important concept of self-esteem. Those interested in attending can contact Teresa Downs at (515) 287-8580.

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