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Church News for Nov. 3

Ten youth from Bethlehem Lutheran Church were confirmed. Pictured from left to right are Marcus Lindholm, the Rev. Sarah Marshall, Sam Roberts, Chloe Munsch, Jonah Macejkovic, Meagan Tollefson, Katie Praught, Luke Meyer, Jenna Lee, Emily Rhoda, Noah Meyer, and the Rev. Dr. Mark Skinner. Submitted photo.1 / 2
The Rev. Drew Bakken2 / 2

All Saints Sunday at Bethlehem Lutheran

Sunday is All Saints Sunday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd. Services will be 8:20 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Sunday or there will be a 6:20 p.m. service Wednesday to remember loved ones who have died in the faith. Names of loved ones who have passed will be read and candles may be lit after communion.

For more information, contact the church at 218-829-3330, email or visit

Monthly multi-denominational worship and prayer time

Note the fall time of the monthly multi-denominational worship and prayer time.

The group will meet 2 p.m. Sunday at Park United Methodist Church, 315 Sixth St. N., Brainerd. Bring a Bible and a friend.

Park in the west parking lot and use the west door entrance.

The theme of the event will be using the verses in the Bible from Isaiah 61, 1 Timothy Chapter 2, Isaiah 58: 1 A, 2 Chronicles 7:14, 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 28:18-20 and Philippians 2:10-11.

We will spend time in prayer for International Day of Prayer for the persecuted believers all over the word. We will read Isaiah 61.

First Lutheran Church to host New Pathways

First Lutheran Church will be hosting New Pathways Nov. 5-12.

Anyone interested in giving back to our community by helping serve the homeless, contact our church office at 218-829-9552.

Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls to host supper

LITTLE FALLS—The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will host a Franciscan Harvest Supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 11 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

Ticket prices are adults, $10; children 5-12 years, $5; children under 5 years, free. Dinner tickets will be available at the door or by calling 320-632-2981. Proceeds from the Franciscan Harvest Supper will benefit St. Francis Health and Wellness Center and St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls, sponsored ministries of the Franciscan Sisters.

For more information, contact 320-632-2981 or

St. Francis School Foundation dinner was a success

The 2017 St. Francis School Foundation Dinner was recently held at Madden's Wilson Bay Lodge, with over 175 in attendance.

Keynote speaker for the event was Father Seamus Walsh, former pastor and superintendent of St. Francis Catholic School.

Natasha Johnson, St. Francis alumni, shared memories of her school days and the impact St. Francis School has had on her life. Attendees were entertained during the social hour by student Sam Ruttger on the piano; during dinner a performance by the St. Francis School Trash Can Band and vocal accompanists was enjoyed by the attendees.

The annual event is chaired by Cassie Spitzley along with a dedicated group of committee volunteers. More than $112,000 was raised through the generosity of Foundation supporters. The St. Francis School Foundation has played a key role in the school expansion project, tuition assistance and technology advancements. The objective of the Foundation is to ensure the school has financial stability for the future.

Pancake breakfast planned

HILLMAN—A pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 12 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman.

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

Thanksgiving dinner planned

Cascade United Methodist Church will be having a Thanksgiving dinner at noon Nov. 23.

For reservations, call 218-534-3507 or email

The church is between Crosby and Deerwood on highways 6 and 210.

Bakken to be LCC senior pastor

NISSWA—Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, has extended a call to the Rev. Drew Bakken to be the next senior pastor.

Originally from Stillwater with a stop-over in Austin, Texas, Pastor Bakken received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire in 1997. Following that he attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul where he received his Masters of Divinity in 2002.

Pastor Bakken was ordained in the Northern Illinois Synod and served his first congregation in Rockford, Ill. He has also served at All Saints Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America and most recently at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. At Mount Olivet, Pastor Bakken served as the Lead Pastor of the church's West Campus in Victoria.

Pastor Bakken is married to Colleen, and they have three children: Nathan, Abigail and Rebecca.

The installation service for Pastor Bakken will be during both the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sunday.