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Paul Koehler

Vicar to be installed at St. John’s

MOTLEY — Paul Koehler, Baxter, who recently returned from the Seminary in St. Louis, will be installed as vicar of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Motley during the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship. Area pastors will be participating.

Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship presentation set

Standing on the Side of Love: Corri Woodwick of the GLBT Equality Coalition will present an update on local actions and events for and by people who appear to be “different.” Sponsored by the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the presentation will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Nisswa Community Room (attached to the Nisswa children’s’ library).

World Day of Prayer scheduled March 4 

NISSWA — World Day of Prayer in the lakes area will be hosted by Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, at 10 a.m. March 4. In case of inclement weather the service will be March 11. Child care will be provided. Following the ecumenical service, a Chilean lunch will be sponsored and served by members of Lutheran Church of the Cross. The theme will be “How Many Loaves Have You?”

Taize Prayer from 6-7 p.m. Thursday

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Taize Prayer from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Gather for an hour of prayer to experience Christ’s presence. Encounter the mystery of God through the beauty of simplicity. Allow yourself to be open and receptive and let the prayers permeate your mind. Hear scripture readings, prayer petitions and songs initiated by a song leader. Relax deeply and healing and transformation happens. The prayer of Jesus “that all may be one” is your special invitation to come. People of all faith traditions are welcome. For more information, call (320) 632-0668 or e-mail

Bluegrass concert planned Sunday

CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church will host its monthly community Bluegrass concert at 6 p.m. Sunday. Area musicians will share gospel songs on a variety of instruments including the mandolin, fiddle, guitars and more. No charge but an offering will be received to help with expenses. For more information call Pastor Gary at 692-HOPE.

UCC adult forum

CLC Spanish instructor Jan Kurtz will lead First Congregational United Church of Christ’s adult forum on Sunday after the 10 a.m. worship. Her topic is “Traveling in Mexico as a Non-Tourist.” Last spring Kurtz and others from CLC participated in a study and home-stay trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico. They attended Spanish classes, lived with Mexican families and visited nearby cultural and historical locales including the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and the Cortes Palace. They also visited the Pequenos Hermanos orphanage, which has long ties to Brainerd through Phyllis and Joe DeRosier’s many local fundraising festivals.

Franciscan Order donates to Faith in Action

LITTLE FALLS — The St. Francis of Assisi Franciscan Order of Little Falls donated $1,000 to Faith in Action to be used to build ramps, from the Leona Horak Memorial Fund.

The Secular Franciscan Order is a way of life for men and women who are called to take an active part in the mission of Christ to bring the good news of salvation to the world.

Faith in Action, which is a division of Horizon Health Inc., Pierz, provides seniors and people with disabilities the opportunity to remain safe and independent in their own homes. Faith in Action volunteers builds ramps, makes home modifications, shop, cook, drive or just check in on neighbors with long-term health needs. The program also raises awareness and provides resources for family caregivers for support and respite. In addition to the actual ride or an afternoon of respite, volunteers offer hope, dignity, and added security to people who rely on them. Volunteers provide an outlet for socialization and, for many, support through trying times if they don’t have anyone else to turn to. 

If you would like to become one of the volunteers for Faith in Action or if you or a loved one are in need of any of the volunteer services, contact Jessica at Horizon Health at (800) 224-6451 or (320) 468-6451.

AWANA crock potluck fundraiser planned

NISSWA — Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Dr., Nisswa, will be having a crock potluck fundraiser for its AWANA program after the 10:15 a.m. March 6 service. The public is invited to attend.

Renewal of the Mind Ministries

R.O.M. Ministries is a Christian-based support group for people dealing with mental illness. Based on Romans 12:1-2 (Renewal of the Mind) we will seek God’s help in the Bible for direction with spiritual and physical help for mental illnesses. You do not need to be a Christian or a person with a mental illness to attend.

Meetings will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Sawmill Inn beginning March 7.

Weekly subjects include “The Grace of God-beyond Love,” “Position of Grace,” “Practice of Grace,” “Broken and Beautiful,” “The Holy Spirit Within,” “Behind Closed Doors,” “Reconciliation,” “Capturing all Thoughts,” “Your Will, Your Way, by Your Power and for Your Glory,” and “Accepting an Abundant Life.”

Lori Shepherd will facilitate this group. God has used these principals to help her deal with depression for nearly 20 years. She has no formal training and this group is intended as a peer support group in addition to your professional treatment.

Each week will include a Bible study, time for sharing struggles, support and prayer. Bring Bibles and pens. Call Lori at 829-1308.

Cash bingo set at Holy Cross Church

HARDING — Cash bingo will be held in the church basement of Holy Cross Church of Harding starting at 1:30 p.m. March 6. Cost is $5 a card for 20 games; single winners will receive $10 (ties will split). Soft card winners will receive $25 and the last game of the day will be a black out with the winner getting $25. There will be lunch and refreshments.

Bethel Lutheran to host Minnesota Teen Challenge Choir

SOUTH LONG LAKE — Bethel Lutheran Church of South Long Lake will host the Minnesota Teen Challenge Choir at the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service.

The choir brings its unique sounds of contemporary praise and worship music to the stage accompanied by testimonies of men who have been radically delivered from lifelong additions and complete restoration of their homes and families.

Following the service, students will be available to share their individual testimonies and answer questions. There will also be a potluck lunch served.

The church is located at the intersection of Five Mile Road and County Road 148.

Shadow of the Cross classic gospel concert

MERRIFIELD — Shadow of the Cross classic gospel concert will be 7 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Nazarene in Merrifield.

Rejoice Lutheran of Baxter celebrates 5-year anniversary

BAXTER — Rejoice Lutheran Church will celebrate five years as a congregation on March 6. A spaghetti dinner is planned after the 9:30 a.m. worship service on March 6. Memories will be shared of the first five years of congregational life.

After recently purchasing 16 acres of land to build a new church, Rejoice Lutheran has moved to Camp Confidence to meet for worship services at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday.