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Hegstad to speak at adult forum

Dan Hegstad will be the speaker at First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Adult Forum after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. He will demonstrate Chi Kung, a similar practice to T’ai Chi Chuan but much easier to learn. This moving meditation, when practiced regularly, is known for its healing and calming benefits, including lower blood pressure, improved focus, relief from anxiety and better overall health. 

End of Life Planning seminar

BAXTER — First Baptist Church, 7398 Fairview Rd., Baxter, will offer an End of Life Planning Seminar at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Use east door. Professionals will answer questions on health care directives, financial planning, wills and trusts and funeral planning. There will be a presentation at 9 a.m. by Essentia Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center and one at 10 a.m. by attorney John Erickson.  

FLC annual meeting

First Lutheran Church, Brainerd, will hold its annual meeting at 11:45 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. All confirmed members (aged 16 and up) are asked to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to elect new council leaders and to help set the course for FLC’s ministry in 2011.

Seminar at First Lutheran

On Jan. 30, there will be a seminar at First Lutheran Church  featuring psychologist and author Rick Gertsema. Gertsema is the author of the book “Peaceful and Practical Parenting.” His presentation is intended for parents, grandparents, teachers, day care providers and anyone who works with, lives with or cares for children. Come at 1 p.m. for a social time. The presentation will run from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Afterward, stay for question and answer time with the author. Cost is $2.50 per person.

Trinity Lutheran to hold semiannual meeting

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will be holding its semiannual meeting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Church president Don Wennberg will be presiding at the meeting that will include various reports from pastors, staff and committees. 

Worship services with Holy Communion will be held at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Pastor David P. Holte preaching. At 9:30 a.m. there will be an education hour for all ages. A coffee hour will be held between services.

Rev. Daley to speak

BAXTER — Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baxter will be having a special guest preacher at 9 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Steve Daley from Sauk Rapids will be preaching on Jesus as the fulfillment of prophecy. He will also lead the adult Bible study at 10:15 a.m.  Daley, a scholar of both ancient Greek and Hebrew, has served as a minister for 12 years and currently serves as pastor and principal at Petra Lutheran Church and School in Sauk Rapids. 

Christian education at Lord of Life 

BAXTER — Several classes will be offered during the annual “Four Weeks in February” education program. The following classes will run at different days and times.

“Walk Through the Bible — A Closer Look.” Several pastors will lead the group in taking a deeper look as revealed through the passionate story, history, wisdom, poetry and geography of the Old Testament. The teachings will follow  the thread that weaves through the creation accounts to prophecies of the coming Christ. This is basically a 12-week course; participants are welcome to sign on for Four Weeks in February to test the waters. There are two sections: Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“First Communion.” Join with fifth graders (or older) and their parents in this study of Holy Communion. It is planned to be a  parent-child opportunity.  Following the class sessions, students will be invited to receive their first Holy Communion. Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“End of Life Decisions.” A pastor and several community leaders will present content and lead discussions regarding some of the many questions that need to be answered concerning end of life arrangements, medical care, long term care, family involvement, etc. This is a timely opportunity to learn more about caring for elderly parents or one’s own life. Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“Impacting Your World with the Light of God.” Get more involved in taking a deeper look at Gospel lessons from Matthew as Jesus, the Light of the World, is revealed to humanity. What is God’s will for my life? God’s will often is not what is learned from the world around us. There is an opportunity to study more closely what it means to have a stronger, more meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.

“Marriage Enrichment.” Join four couples who have been meeting monthly since October and are now inviting more couples to join the group. Meetings are very informal. The hour begins with a short devotional followed by reflection and sharing about the joys and challenges of marriage. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

BAY Rally 48

Brainerd Area Youth for Christ presents BAY Rally 48 at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Tornstrom Auditorium. Admission is free (love offering will be received to cover expenses). Speaker will be Dan Hubbard. Music will be by Caleb Brown. Theme: “Prove it: To Him, to yourself, to the world.”

Women’s Bible study  

A six-week women’s Bible study called “Walking by Faith — Lessons Learned in the Dark” starts at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in Brainerd. This video-driven study contrasts the evidences of walking by faith and walking by sight and is open to women of all ages. The cost of the workbook is $12. Author and speaker Jennifer Rothschild knows not everyone sees 20/20. Although she is physically blind, God has taught her to see that living a life based on faith rather than sight requires us to look at our situations through a lens that filters out what is seen and, instead, focuses on what is unseen.

For more information and to register, contact Lois Hokanson at (320) 632-3284 or This Bible study is sponsored by a group from Grace Covenant Church of Little Falls.

Community chorale rehearsals begin

LITTLE FALLS — St. Francis Community Chorale will begin rehearsals at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls. The choir welcomes all adults who love to sing, there is no charge to participate, only a willingness to sing and have a good time. You do not have to take lessons at the Music Center to participate or be associated with the Franciscan Sisters.

The St. Francis Community Chorale is under the direction of Barb Stumpf. The chorale will be presenting a Spring Chorale Concert on at 7 p.m. April 29. The concert will feature a mixture of styles of music.

All adults are welcome to join the chorale; there are no auditions. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Music Center. For more information, contact the Music Center at (320) 632-0637 or visit the web site at You may also call the directors Barb Stumpf at (320) 632-8372 or Vicki Spofford at (320) 632-2360.