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Church News- Aug. 12

Organist to perform Wednesday

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, ELCA, will be hosting the Brainerd Lakes Summer Organ Series on Wednesday. Organist Patricia Lundeen will perform at noon and right after the 6:30 p.m. worship service (at approximately 7 p.m.) Bethlehem Lutheran Church is at the intersection of Highways 210 and 25 across from the East Brainerd Mall. More information is at or call 829-3330.

Haining Family to perform

MALMO — Malmo Free Church will present The Haining Family at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Haining Family, formerly from Fergus Falls, and now from Branson, Mo., for an evening of “Front-porch Family Style” music.

The Haining Family calls their music “front-porch style.” When the chores are done the family gathers on the front porch to relax with a few of their favorite songs and hymns. This family consists of Mike, Peggy and their four teens. The Haining Family was awarded the 2009 Country Gospel Music Association International bluegrass Artist of the Year award and International Vocal Group of the Year as well as other awards.

Malmo church is located near the junction of Highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs.

Have you had a spiritual experience?

Have you had help with a special dream, a feeling or presence of divine love in your life? Have you had a spiritual experience? Share your spiritual experiences from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brainerd Public Library in a program sponsored by Eckankar.

Special music, breakfast Aug. 21 at Bethany Lutheran

CUSHING — The Praise Team musicians from Elim Lutheran Church Blackhoof, in rural Barnum, will be sharing their voices and instrumental talents during the 9 a.m. worship service at Bethany Lutheran Church of Cushing on Aug. 21. This will be the second time for the Elim Praise Team to lead a worship service at Bethany.

The worship service will be followed by the first of this year’s Men’s Pancake Breakfast events at Bethany, with pancakes and sausage being served in the fellowship hall immediately after the conclusion of the 9 a.m. worship service. Pancake breakfasts are the second Sunday of each month.

Bethany Lutheran, the Little Church with the Big Heart, is located at 25430 Bison Road, on County Road 11 about one-quarter mile south of Highway 10 in Cushing. For further information call (320) 749-2140 or visit the church website at

‘Modern Family’ at First Congregational United Church of Christ

“Modern Family,” the popular ABC television series, will foster discussion on healthy family functioning in the Family Wellness Project beginning this fall at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Brainerd. Parents and children will meet together for mini-lectures, skits, exercises, and watch an episode of “Modern Family” as a case study. The focus will be on how families adapt to stressful or challenging situations, connect, change, and grow.

While not specifically a religious curriculum, the project is based on the assumption that love is at the core of the Gospel message, and that children learn about love through their family experience. Family life during childhood influences a person’s ability to be in healthy relationships with others throughout life. The best thing a parent can do to help a child form healthy, loving relationships is to better understand how a healthy family functions.

Family Wellness Project sessions will be held on the third Sunday of the month 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning in September and continuing through May. Leadership will be provided by Dr. David Crum, an ordained Pastoral Counselor with 30 years experience in Family Systems Theory and practice.

If you are interested in participating, call Dr. Crum, (218) 330-3168 for more information and registration. There is no charge for the sessions.

A Sunday sing-along

First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd will be hosting the final sing-along in its “Songs and Sundaes Sundays Series” at 7 p.m. Sunday. This Sunday’s theme will be Broadway and the Gershwins. Come and sing along to your favorite show tunes. Music is provided. After the singing, participants are invited to stay for ice cream sundaes.

Blessing of the Animals

CROSSLAKE — At the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at Crosslake Presbyterian Church will include the blessing of the animals. The community is invited to bring their pets to church as animals are such an amazing part of creation. They will be honored for their unconditional love and devotion. Well behaved animals will be welcome in the sanctuary. Other pets may need to be kenneled or tied in the shade until the time of blessing. Some may prefer to bring a photo of their pet (as with a nervous, large or aggressive pet). Toward the end of the service, each individual pet will be blessed. Humans who are not comfortable in the company of animals will worship in a pet-free area. The church is located at 14444 Daggett Pine Road, 1/3 mile past the Community Center.  

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School Golf Classic planned

The St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School Golf Classic will be Thursday at Cragun’s Legacy Golf Club in Brainerd. Registration will be at 11 a.m. Lunch is available. The golf scramble is at noon with social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Cost: $100 for golf, golf cart and dinner; $20 for dinner only. Those interested can register online at and click on the Golf Classic link. For questions, call Mark Lelwica at (218) 851-8437 or Nick Hoelz at (218) 820-7309. Proceeds benefit St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School

Praise and worship concert planned

PEQUOT LAKES — On Aug. 19 at 7 p.m, the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes will have a praise and worship concert. Dave Anderson and Kelly Patten will provide an evening of gospel music, old-time Sunday school songs, contemporary Christian music, and stories of God’s grace and mercy. The evening includes “The Rescue Story” which has been heard by millions of people around the world.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is located at 30985 Front Street, Pequot Lakes.

VBS presentation at Trinity Lutheran

Over 90 vacation Bible school participants from the 2011 vacation Bible school program at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd will be performing at the Trinity Lutheran Church Sunday service at 9 a.m.

The week long adventure of PandaMania featured five days of songs, skits, food, Bible theater presentations and outdoor adventures. Sunday’s service will feature much of the music that the students learned during the week.

Pastor Hans Anderson will be speaking and Holy Communion will be served. For more information call Trinity Lutheran Church at 829-5147 or stop by the church at 1420 South Sixth Street.  

Clothes Review closed Monday

LITTLE FALLS — The Clothes Review, located on St. Francis Campus, Little Falls, will be closed on Monday. No donations of clothing will be accepted at that time. However, if emergency assistance is needed, call (320) 632-2981. The Clothes Review will reopen 10 a.m. Tuesday. 

Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women fall workshop

Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women Fall Workshop will be Sept. 13 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a program at 9:30 a.m. Musicians will lead us in singing some new parts of liturgy, which will begin with Advent of Nov. 27. There will be Mass at 11 a.m. with lunch following. For those who plan to attend, contact your parish president by Sept. 7.

Fishing trip planned

First Lutheran Church, Brainerd, and Let’s Go Fishing for Seniors have a fishing trip planned for 9:30 a.m. Friday on Rice Lake. Participants should arrive at Lum Park by 9 a.m. The boat will launch promptly at 9:30 a.m. and return by noon. Participants are reminded to bring a valid 2011 MN fishing license with them. A second fishing trip is planned for Aug. 19 (same time/same place). There are still openings for this trip. Sign up at the church for a great morning of fishing and fellowship.

Circle of Peace meeting

The first fall meeting for Prince of Peace Circle of Peace will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Activities/programs will be discussed for future meetings.