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Dwight Palmquist, pastor from the Philippines, will share his adventures and stories at 6 p.m. Friday at the Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church. -Submitted photo.

Dwight Palmquist at Crosslake Church

CROSSLAKE—Dwight Palmquist, pastor from the Philippines, will share his adventures and stories at 6 p.m. Friday at the Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church, 13919 County Road 36, Crosslake.

There will be a light dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a time of sharing by Pastor Dwight and a time for questions and answers.

Outdoor gospel concert planned

MALMO—The Benson Family Singers will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Malmo Evangelical Free Church, near the junction of highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs.

The Benson Family Singers, of Faribault, are a family music group, including Peter and Rachelle, along with three of their sons, David, Aaron, and Luke. They have a unique ministry consisting of barbershop, bluegrass, and gospel music. They specialize in tight acappella harmonies and also play a variety of instruments, including guitar, banjo, bass, violin and mandolin.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina planned

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

Vacation Bible school planned at Living Savior Lutheran Church

LAKE SHORE—Living Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Shore is accepting registrations for vacation Bible school.

"The Armor of God" is the theme this year. Vacation Bible school will be from 5-8 p.m. July 16-19. This will be free to ages pre-kindergarten to sixth grade.

There will be a family dinner from 5 to 5:30 p.m. with a special family night Wednesday.

Call the church at 218-963-9733 or the VBS director at 218-851-8510 with questions or to pre-register your child/children. Registration will also be accepted on opening night at 4:45 p.m. The church is about 4 miles off Highway 371 on County Highway 77 North between Bar Harbor and Cowboy's.

Pancake breakfast planned

HILLMAN—Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman, will have a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 23.

Cost: adults, $8; under 10, $4; younger than 5, free.

'The Shower of Stoles Project' to be shown

The Reconciling Ministries group of Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd will be hosting a showing of "The Shower of Stoles Project."

The Shower of Stoles is a collection of more than 1,000 liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people of faith. These religious leaders have served in 32 denominations and faith traditions in six countries and on three continents. Each stole contains the story of the person who is active in the life and leadership of their faith community in some way: minister, elder, deacon, teacher, missionary, musician, administrator or active layperson. This extraordinary collection celebrates the gifts of GLBT persons who serve God while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The public is invited to view the exhibit during the following times: 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. July 22 at the Brainerd Public Library; and 10 a.m. to noon July 23 and July 30; and noon to 3 p.m. July 27, all at Park United Methodist Church.