*****UPCOMING EVENTS*****

Monday, December 16, 2019 

Minneapolis Chapter 

Remembrance Candle Lighting

 St. Joseph Parish 8701 36th Ave. N New Hope 

(same location as regular meetings)

Social Hour begins at 6:00 p.m.     Program begins 7:00 p.m.

                                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This event takes the place of our regular Chapter Meeting       Parents, siblings, grandparents, family 

and friends are invited to join us 

 

The evening begins at 6:00 pm with sign-in at the front door; social time begins with refreshments, apple cider and coffee until 7:00 pm. A free-will offering will be appreciated to help offset the costs. Ornaments are provided (one per family) which we will personalize with your child’s name. You may hang it on the memory tree and afterwards, take home as a memento. 

The remembrance candle lighting program begins at 7:00 p.m. with beautiful music as well as readings by our members, followed by lighting of candles in remembrance of our children, grandchildren, and siblings. The evening will conclude with our photo presentation. 

To include your child/grandchild/sibling’s photograph in the slide show, please email a photograph to Steve at sch2450@hotmail.com. Send a high quality .jpg for best results. The DEADLINE is December 1. You DO NOT need to send us a photo of your child if you have already sent one in previous years; we still have it. 

If you would like to participate in the program by reading a poem or prose, email Gloria at  with your name, the title and author of your selection. The DEADLINE is December 1 to be included in the program. 

This is our largest event honoring our children, grandchildren, and siblings. We would appreciate your help! If you are able, come early to set up or stay after to help clean up. You may donate your family’s favorite sweet or savory finger foods, fruit or veggie tray, crackers or cheese, cookies, bars, or apple cider. To lend a hand, sign up at our November 18 meeting or call Carol at 763-542-8528. 

If we need to postpone due to severe weather, we will post a notice on our Chapter Facebook page and channel KARE11.

On the 2nd Sunday of December, bereaved families everywhere have the opportunity to remember their children so that their lights may always shine!

 

Light a candle in your home at 7:00 pm, and join the wave of light circling the globe, time zone to time zone, remembering all children who have left too soon.

 

Every year you are invited to post a message in the online Remembrance Book which will be available, during the event, at TCF’s national website, www.compassionatefriends.org

 

The Remembrance Book will be open to post a message Sunday, December 1st through Monday, December 9th.  Photos can be posted on TCF’s Worldwide Candle Lighting FB page.

 *****PAST EVENTS*****

----SEPTEMBER 2019----

MINNEAPOLIS CHAPTER ANNUAL WALK TO REMEMBER

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019

12:00 - 2:30pm

BASSETT CREEK PARK NORTH SHELTER

6001 32nd Ave N in CRYSTAL, MN

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 29 for our annual Chapter Walk to Remember. We walk to remember our children, siblings, and grandchildren who have died. Invite extended family and friends to join us. 

This is our Chapter’s annual fund raiser. There is no fee to walk, but donations are appreciated. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax deductible. Funds received are used to support our chapter’s many activities that assist families after the death of a child. 

Join us at beautiful Bassett Creek Community Park in Crystal, (same park as last year). The official park address is 6001 32nd Ave. N, between Douglas Dr. N and Hwy 100. See our Walk location instructions below: 

WALK LOCATION INSTRUCTIONS: IMPORTANT - Do NOT use the park entrance off 32nd Ave N. near the ballfield. Turn south off 32nd Ave N. onto Welcome Ave., then turn right, towards the parking area off Welcome Ave., near the playground. Meet at the picnic shelter near the parking lot, just down the asphalt trail. 

Check-in begins at Noon; we’ll start the walk at 12:30. It’s just a quick, less than 1-mile jaunt around the pond on an asphalt trail, but we can go around as many times as you want. 

Invite family and friends to join us for friendship and healing. It’s heart-warming to see a family wearing matching t-shirts; others brought balloons pinned to their shirts that “lifted” their shoulders. This scenic venue offers free parking, picnic shelters, disc golf, volleyball, a memorial garden with benches, a new playground area, dog park, and more. 

We will carry the names of our children on bibs provided by the chapter. If you are unable to join us, please submit your child’s name and someone will be honored to carry your child with us on our walk (email your child’s name to tcf.mpls@gmail.com). 

THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MINNEAPOLIS 2019 WALK TO REMEMBER

is also a fundraiser to aid our mission.  Participants are encouraged to seek

donations that will go to our Minneapolis Chapter to support outreach and

Chapter activities. The attached PDF file is a form to record donations collected,

then bring with you to the walk. Any amount helps! 

----OCTOBER, 2019----

                   TCF REGIONAL CONFERENCES

          Visit www.compassionatefriends.org/events for registration details

 

DEEP IN THE HEART OF HOPE - Houston, TX 

October 4-6, 2019

Norris Conference Center 

Houston City Centre 

Houston, TX 77024

$50/person For all Sharing Sessions and Workshops

$25 For Candle Lighting Dinner

$25 For Walk to Remember

 

MEMORIES OF LOVE, MELODIES OF HOPE - Nashville, TN 

October 18, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - October 19 @ 5:30 PM

Conference: Christ Church Nashville 

Sleeping Rooms: Four Points Sheraton—Brentwood

$95/person includes speakers and workshops as well as Dinner and Candle Lighting on Friday; and Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE     JULY 19-21, 2019

Save the date for next year’s TCF National Conference in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel.  Join other bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents who have found this to be a heart-warming, hopeful experience. 

Watch for details to be announced on registration and room reservations at the TCF/USA Facebook page and national website under News and Events: www.compassionatefriends.org.

 

Balloon Release & Picnic 

Monday, July 15, 2019

                             

                                           

 

 

                 

 

 

Experience a release of grief as we send our balloons into the sky. It’s a powerful symbolic image, lifting our pain as we watch the balloons dance out of sight. 

Please note the earlier start time of 6:00 pm. The location for the Picnic and Balloon Release is the same as our regular meeting place: 

St. Joseph Parish Community, 8701 36th Ave N, New Hope, MN 

Once again, the Chapter will prepare all the food for the picnic. All you need to bring is your beverage. The Chapter will provide the main course, side dishes, dessert, and dinnerware, and Balloons. A donation will be appreciated to help with expenses; suggested $5/per person; 10 & under are free. 

We would appreciate a few volunteers to arrive early to help set up the serving line, and/or stay after to help clean up. When you RSVP, let us know if you are able to help. 

If July is a Remembrance month for you, please bring a memento or photo to display on the Remembrance Table. 

Please RSVP so we can more accurately estimate food and balloons needed. RSVP by JULY 8, by Email: tcf.mpls@gmail.com or call our Chapter phone number and leave a message, (612) 444-1301. 

Members and extended family are invited to join us on Monday, July 15, at 6:00 pm for our annual Picnic and Balloon Release ceremony.  This event will take the place of our regular July meeting, but has an earlier start time of 6:00 pm. Dinner will be first, followed by the Balloon Release.  Event will take place rain or shine;  we will dine indoors.

DINE TO DONATE 

July 11, 2019 5 pm - 9 pm 

Plymouth — 494 / Bass Lake Rd. 

6175 Quinwood Lane N. Plymouth, MN 

Supporting the Minneapolis Chapter of TCF 

We’re excited to partner with Culver’s Restaurants using their “Dine While You Donate” program. 15% of their net sales during our event at their Quinwood Lane, Plymouth location will be donated to our Minneapolis Chapter. This is our first fundraising effort to take place outside our chapter meetings and events. 

We encourage you to spread the word and invite friends, family, co-workers, (basically everyone) to join us for dinner and/or a treat on Thursday, July 11 from 5 pm–9 pm. The more people who dine, the more our Chapter earns! All customer sales in the dining room as well as the drive-through will count towards our grand total. Who knew donating could be so tasty and satisfying. 

Save the date and make plans to join us! We need your help to make our fundraiser a huge success! 

----DECEMBER 2018----

CANDLE LIGHTING PROGRAM

Monday, December 17, 2018

Social Hour begins at 6:00pm; Program begins at 7:00pm

Our chapter's annual memorial candle lighting program is Monday, December 17 at our regular meeting location, St. Joseph Parish Community in New Hope. This event takes place of our regular Chapter Meeting.  Parents, siblings, extended family and friends are invited to join us.  

 

The evening begins at 6:00pm with sign-in at the front door; social time begins with refreshments, apple cider and coffee until 7:00pm.  A free-will offering will be appreciated to help offset the costs.  Ornaments are provided (one per family) which we will personalize with your child's name.  You may hang it on the memory tree and afterwards, take home as a memento.

The remembrance candle lighting program begins at 7:00pm with beautiful music as well as readings by our members, followed by lighting of candles in remembrance of our children, grandchildren and siblings.  The evening will conclude with our photo presentation.  

To include your child/grandchild/sibling's photograph in the presentation, please email a photograph to Steve at sch2450@hotmailcom.  Send a high quality .jpg for best results.  THE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 1.  You DO NOT need to send us a photo of your child if you have already sent one in previous years; we still have it.

If you would like to participate in the program by reading a poem or prose, email Gloria at tcf.mpls.editor@gmail.com with your name, the title and author of your selection.  THE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 1 TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM.

This is our largest event honoring our children, siblings and grandchildren.  We would appreciate your help!  If you are able, come early to set up or stay after to help clean up.  You may donate your family's favorite sweet or savory finger foods, fruit or veggie tray, crackers or cheese, cookies, bars, or apple cider.  To lend a hand, sign up at our November 19 meeting or call Carol at 763.542.8528.

If we need to postpone due to severe weather, we will post a notice on our Chapter FaceBook page and channel KARE11.

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Sunday, December 9 at 7pm TCF Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of our children, siblings, and grand-children. As candles are lit at 7 pm local time, hundreds of thousands of persons honor the memory of all children gone too soon. You are invited to post a message in the Remembrance Book which will be available during the event at TCF’s national website, compassionate friends.org. 

WORLD WIDE CANDLE LIGHTING

December 9

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Each year on December 6th at 7:00 pm a candle lighting memorial is held at the Maple Grove Angel of Hope statue. The public is invited to attend this short, simple, secular outdoor ceremony in memory of children who died at any age. Candles will be provided. Attendees are invited to bring a white flower to leave at the base. Afterwards, hot drinks and treats will be served across the street inside the Childhood Center. Participants are encouraged to arrive early and car pool as parking is limited. Additional parking is available across the street at the Arbor View Early Childhood Center, 9401 Fernbrook Lane and at the Grove Christian Center, 14320 93rd Ave N. For more information contact Maple Grove Parks & Rec. Dept. at 763-494-6504. 

ANGEL OF HOPE        

December 6

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 Minneapolis Chapter Walk to Remember 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Bassett Creek Park, Crystal MN

Check-in begins at Noon; Walk begins 12:30 p.m. 

 

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 23 for our annual Chapter Walk to Remember. We walk to remember our children, siblings, and grandchildren who have died. Invite extended family and friends to join us. 

This is our Chapter’s annual fund raiser. There is no fee to walk, but donations are appreciated. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax deductible. Funds received are used to support our chapter’s many activities that assist families after the death of a child. 

Join us at beautiful Bassett Creek Community Park in Crystal, (same park as last year). The official park address is 6001 32nd Ave. N, between Douglas Dr. N and Hwy 100. See our Walk location instructions below.

WALK LOCATION INSTRUCTIONS: IMPORTANT - Do NOT use the park entrance off 32nd Ave N. near the ballfield. Turn south off 32nd Ave N. onto Welcome Ave., then turn right, towards the parking area off Welcome Ave., near the playground. Meet at the picnic shelter near the parking lot, just down the asphalt trail. 

Check-in begins at Noon - We’ll start the walk at 12:30. It’s just a quick, less than 1-mile jaunt around the pond on an asphalt trail, but we can go around as many (or few :) times as you want.

 

Invite family and friends to join us for friendship and healing. It’s heartwarming to see a family wearing matching t-shirts; others brought balloons pinned to their shirts that “lifted” their shoulders. This scenic venue offers free parking, picnic shelters, disc golf, volley-ball, a memorial garden with benches, a new playground area, dog park, and more. 

We will carry the names of our children on bibs provided by the chap-ter. If you are unable to join us, please submit your child’s name and someone will be honored to carry your child with us on our walk (email your child’s name to tcf.mpls@gmail.com).