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Outdoor gospel concert

MALMO - Malmo Free Church will present the Alzen Family in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Brad and Denise Alzen and their six children are winners of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association 2006 Family Area Talent Contest, the Alzen Family plays bluegrass and gospel music the whole family can enjoy.

Malmo Church is located near the junction of highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the north east corner of Lake Mille Lacs.

Light of the Cross Lutheran Church events

GARRISON - Come enjoy brats or hot dogs with the Men's Breakfast Crew of Light of the Cross Lutheran Church at the Garrison Super Valu Store from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 11, and Saturday. At 9 a.m. Sunday there will be a communion worship with coffee fellowship to follow the service. Garrison SuperValu is located at the corner of highways 169 and 18 just west on Monroe Street. Light of the Cross is located two blocks west of the SuperValu store.

VBS at Grace United

PEQUOT LAKES - Grace United Methodist Church of Pequot Lakes will have vacation Bible school from July 14-17. The theme will be Wilderness Escape. Kids will learn about the life of Moses and the spiritual and physical trials of the Israelites. The program is for children of all ages and parents are encouraged to transport and assist their children Tuesday and Wednesday to Deep Portage and Star Lake. Registration begins on Monday at the church at 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. There is a participation fee of $20 per student.

Grace UMC is located two miles south of Pequot Lakes on Highway 371. Email questions or pre-register at

VBS at The Log Church

CROSSLAKE - Vacation Bible school will be 9 a.m. to noon July 21-24 at The Log Church, 37218 County Road 66, Crosslake. Go Fish Theme is SHINE. VBS is for ages 3 through entering sixth grade next year.

Family X-perience Evening will be 6:30-8 p.m. July 24. Contact the Log Church to register at 218-692-4141 or email to

Lord of Life events

BAXTER - The Caring Friends Group of Lord of Life will host a brat (with all the trimmings), chip and soft drink fundraiser Sunday after the 9:30 a.m. church services.

Lord of Life's next opportunity to serve at the Soup Kitchen will be Sunday.

All church members are encouraged to consider volunteering to help with this ministry.

Concert at Communitas

From 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday, gather for a Midsummer's Night BBQ and Music evening with the Clark Family at Communitas. The church will provide the meat, buns, beverages and dessert (ice cream sundaes) so people could bring baked beans, potato salad or coleslaw to go with the pulled pork sandwiches. Food service will begin at 5 p.m. and music will follow with four 45-minute sets every hour beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Choir to perform

The Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Choir will perform at 9 a.m. Sunday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd. The choir is composed entirely of residents in the long term drug addiction treatment program. Residents from all over Minnesota tell how they have recovered from substance abuse and alcoholism through the rehabilitation program. Anyone can attend this event. More information at or by calling 829-3330.

Annual community service set for Sunday

As the Pillager Fair comes to a close, the First Lutheran Church of Pillager will have its annual community service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Fairgrounds Pillager Community Center followed by KC's famous chicken dinner with the trimmings at noon. Advanced tickets at KC's are $7 and $8 at the door.

For more information call Pastor Hector Merced, 218-251-0309; or Arnie Cole, 218-851-6434.

First Lutheran Church events

Join us in celebration of Pastor Kristin Oltmann's ministry Sunday after the last service at approximately 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, Brainerd, for a potluck. Oltmann will be moving her ministry to Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

LITTLE FALLS - The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Centering Prayer is an ancient and contemporary way of prayer. In a small group, persons gather for 20-30 minutes to pray in quiet, listening with openness to God's presence and action in our lives. Centering Prayer is experiencing a relationship with God as well as a discipline to foster that relationship. It is a movement beyond conversation with God to communion with God. That is followed by "Lectio Divina," a reflection on the coming Sunday Scriptures. Come, the third Thursday of the month, gather with sisters and members of all faiths to ponder God's presence in your life, and open yourself to receive the gift of a closer union with God. No need to pre-register. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email

Prince of Peace rummage sale

BAXTER - Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 6311 Mildred Road, Baxter, will have its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12. All proceeds are going toward the purchase of additional handbells.