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Church news- June 24

Mark Wayne to lead worship at CCC

NISSWA — Mark Wayne will be at Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Dr., Nisswa, to lead worship at the 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. services Sunday.Mark Wayne is a steel guitar player from Tomahawk, Wis., who began playing guitar at 11 and steel guitar at 12 years old. He performed with country gospel group Harbor Lighthouse for seven years from 1999-2006.

Grace United Methodist Church 200 family garage and bake sale

PEQUOT LAKES — Grace United Methodist Church of Pequot Lakes will hold its 16th annual community rummage sale from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.Homemade baked goods will be available each day of the sale, along with fresh-frozen Grace Pasties.Proceeds of the sale will support local church programs and missions.Grace United Methodist Church is located two miles south of Pequot Lakes on the east side of Highway 371. Outdoor gospel concert planned

MALMO — Mark Wayne from Tomahawk, Wis., will present a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Malmo Evangelical Free Church.Wayne is a steel guitarist, vocalist and Johnny Cash impersonator. He started playing the steel guitar in 1983 after seeing his great-uncle play. From 1999 to 2006 he played the steel guitar with the country gospel group, Harbor Lighthouse.Malmo Church is located near the junction of Highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs. 

Vacation Bible school at Deerwood Baptist Church

DEERWOOD — Deerwood Baptist Church is holding its vacation Bible school from 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The week begins with a family night on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and all children, parents, and grandparents are welcome. This year’s vacation Bible school theme is “Treasure Quest — Pursuing the Riches of Christ” with Bible classes, songs, games, crafts, puppets, skits and snacks. All children ages four to 14 are welcome to attend. Pre-register by calling 534-3171. Lakes Area Parish Nurse meeting planned

The Lakes Area Parish Nurse meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Good Samaritan Society-Woodland, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Note change of date. Call Joy for questions at 855-6639.

Gospel night scheduled for July 3

In affiliation with the Brainerd Fourth of July celebration, Gospel Night will be 6 p.m. July 3 at Heritage Assembly of God Church auditorium, 13242 Berrywood Dr., Baxter.River of Life Productions invites you to an evening of Gaither Reunion-style gospel singing, featuring many of your favorite local and regional singers. Some members of the following singing groups will be participating: The Travelers, Heartsong, In His Time, The Swanson Family, The Crystal City Quartet, John Paul and Rochelle Ruiz, Pam Harris, Dave Price Sr. and Scott “Johnny Cash” Lytle, along with piano players Dan Turner and Bea Henderson Sundquist.For more information go to

Taize prayer

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Taize Prayer from 6-7 p.m. July 7 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 email:

PandaMania VBS at Timberwood Church

Timberwood Church’s vacation Bible school will be July 11-14 for children ages four through fifth grade. The theme is PandaMania — Where God is Wild about You!Psalms 139 will come alive each night through the Jungle Jamboree Singers, Treetop Souvenir Stop, Fuel & Fellowship, Bamboo Blast Games, Chadders Movie Hut, and more.Each child will be assigned a crew, a small group rotation with 4-8 kids their own age, and an enthusiastic team leader who will navigate their crew through the PandaMania adventure. Don’t forget to look for Panda Pete; he will be making an appearance each evening to greet each child.Timberwood Church is located at 23084 Highway 371, Nisswa. Register today at Call the church office with any questions at 967-8888.

AngelFood Distribution on Saturday First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will be the site of the AngelFood distribution from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. If you are interested in learning more about AngelFood Ministries, call 829-9552 or visit First Lutheran’s website at 

Pork dinner fundraiser planned

WALKER — The Community Church of Walker, UCC, on the corner of Highway 371 and Tianna Drive, is preparing for its pork dinner fundraiser to be held from 5-7 p.m. July 9 in the church’s fellowship hall. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids under 11. Tickets are available in the church office and from church members. Pre-sale tickets are preferred; however, tickets will be available at the door. Call the church office with questions at 547-1093.

Franciscan girls’ camp held

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls recently hosted a Franciscan Girls’ Camp with the theme “Dancing the Circle of Sacredness” focusing on Native American spirituality. Upon arrival 32 girls pitched their tents in Assisi Park and then selected a Native American name for their individual tents, followed by a sage blessing. The girls enjoyed eating around a camp fire and participated in a variety of theme-related activities which included painting T-shirts, journal decorating, presentations on self-esteem, prayer, dance, storytelling and interactive games. A highlight for many campers was the conversation with sisters and the sharing of their vocation stories.

St. Mathias church bazaar planned

ST. MATHIAS — The St. Mathias Catholic Church bazaar will be rain or shine on Sunday. Polka Mass will be at 10 a.m. All activities on the church grounds include a hamburger stand, beer garden, country store, kids’ games with prizes, teen games and adult games. There will be a raffle at 4 p.m. with $3,000 in prizes to be given away.Live music will be by Dale Dahmen and the Polka Beats.There will be a chicken and ham dinner served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults, $8; kids ages 5-12, $4.The church is located at 4529 County Road 121, Fort Ripley. Go two miles south on Business Highway 371 to St. Mathias Road. Follow signs.

Pine Grove Church of Christ gospel meetings planned

The Pine Grove Church of Christ is going to have gospel meetings present by Bobby Bush of Freed-Hardeman University.Meetings will start at 10 a.m. Sunday with the lesson “Value of One.” After the potluck on Sunday, the lesson “Is There a God?” will be given. “Blessed Assurance” will be the lesson at 7 p.m. Monday. Tuesday’s lesson “Evangelism” will be presented at 7 p.m. Call 828-4616 for additional information.The Church of Christ is a non-denominational group of Christians who worship at 13416 Dellwood Drive in Baxter.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church annual picnic

BAXTER — The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church annual picnic will be Sunday following the morning worship service at 11:30 a.m. Bring lawn chairs. The church is located at 6311 Mildred Road, Baxter.