Weather Forecast


Church News

Lenten services at FLC

Wednesday Lenten services at First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Lenten soup suppers will be served from 5-6:45 p.m. each Wednesday. The theme for Lent 2011 will be “Cross Talk in Freedom Square.” On Wednesday, the message for the services will be “Freedom from Fear and Anxiety.”

Celebration Sunday  

Sunday is Celebration Sunday at First Lutheran Church. The church  will be celebrating the  response to a building fund appeal for 2011-2014. The congregation is invited to a special continental breakfast between services. The youths will also have items for their silent auction on display and will be accepting bids. Then following the second service at 10:30 a.m.  the youths will be offering a luncheon in Koinonia as a fund raiser for summer faith trips. The silent auction winners will be announced at noon.

Heartland Conference Spring Gathering

MALMO — The Women of the ELCA Heartland Conference Spring Gathering will be April 2 at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo. The program will be Spring Cleaning with Queen of Clean Sharon Elg. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost for lunch is $8.

Lenten services at Trinity Lutheran

Lenten services are continuing at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 South Sixth St., Brainerd, at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor Hans Anderson will be speaking on the Lenten theme, “The Baby Boomer Generation.”

The 2011 Lenten services are focusing on the theme of six generations, exploring each week how the various generations understand and experience God, faith and the church. A soup supper will be served by the women’s Bible study. The supper begins at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Trinity to host fellowship breakfast

Trinity Lutheran Church will host a breakfast on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall. The breakfast is being served by the Vision Council of Trinity with monies raised from a freewill offering going to support activities of the congregation. 

Bilingual liturgy

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a bilingual liturgy at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. This bilingual liturgy will be in remembrance of Cesar Chavez, a Mexican-American, who worked with farm workers in California. The Franciscan Sisters celebrate bilingual liturgies four times a year in keeping with their commitment to their Hispanic brothers and sisters.  

Charter bus trip planned

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls have scheduled a charter bus trip to view the traveling exhibit, “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America,” April 11-12, at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque, Iowa. The exhibit relates the story of women religious in America since 1727 when 12 Ursuline Sisters came to New Orleans.The trip includes transportation via Andy’s Charter Service, a guided tour of the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, overnight accommodations at the Shalom Retreat Center, Dubuque, and admission to “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America,” and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. For more information on this bus trip, or to pre-register by April 1, call (320) 632-8632. Seats are limited.

UCC adult forum

Colette Larson, program coordinator for the Take Heart program, will speak at First Congregation United Church of Christ’s Adult Forum on Sunday after the 10 a.m. worship. Take Heart is an educational program sponsored by the Heart and Vascular Center at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Made possible by St. Joseph’s Foundation, private donors and a grant for the CentraCare Health Foundation, the Take Heart program provides community education at no cost to the recipients in hopes of training as many people as possible in these life-saving skills.

New gospel album

Seven years after recording their first CD, “Dream of a Miner’s Child,” the Allen Family has released a new gospel album titled “Peace Call.”

Kai and Bridget Allen, long-time residents of the lakes area, have been playing music together since they met in 1982. Their music, which includes a variety of bluegrass, gospel, Scandinavian and Americana folk, is often heard throughout the area as they play at various venues and events. Their three children (Benjamin, Hannah, and Isaac) now join them in making music as they travel throughout Minnesota.  

Treasure sale at Park UMC

There will be a treasure sale along with a bake sale and luncheon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 2 at Park United Methodist Church. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aglow International NW MN spring retreat

Aglow International NW MN is having a spring retreat from 7-9 p.m. April 8 and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 9 at First Assembly of God Church, 1015 Fourth St. SE, Bemidji. Registration begins an hour before starting times.

Hotel reservations may be made at Super 8 - Bemidji, 1815 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW, Bemidji. Call (218) 751-8481 and mention Aglow for the rate.

Speakers and worship leaders are Gary and Nancy Szymik coming from Wisconsin. Theme is Lion of Judah — Roar! Contact Sally Hansey at (218) 444-2759 to pre-register or email

Past Lives, Dreams and Soul Travel

Discover ways to resolve everyday problems from a higher viewpoint. There will be enlightening spiritual discussion free and open to the public from 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 2 at the Brainerd Public Library, 416 South Fifth St., Brainerd. For more information call (651) 283-8663 or go to

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia presentation

CROSBY — Michael and Susan Bushard of the Crosby area will share their Ethiopian experience at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 600 Fourth St. SW, Crosby.

Michael and Susan attended the Ethiopia LCMC-NALC Theological Conference held in February.

Susan is secretary of the Ecumenical Relations Committee for the NALC Lutheran Synod. Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing Christian communities and Michael and Susan will share how those in Ethiopia can be in partnership sharing the word of God and mission to all.