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Church News- Sept. 9

Daughters of Destiny luncheon planned

PINE RIVER — The Daughters of Destiny’s ninth annual Women’s Community Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Warehouse in Pine River.

Guest speaker will be Debbie Griffith, host of the radio show, “Everyday Matters.” Tickets are $6/person and can be purchased at Bethany Book & Gift Store in Brainerd and MCBI Radio Station in Pequot Lakes. Limited seating, so buy your tickets early.

Gold Rush to perform

Gold Rush, a bluegrass gospel group, will be at the 11 a.m. Sunday service at Eagles Nest Brainerd Baptist Church, 10345 Wise Road, formerly The Church on Wise Road. There will be a grandparents’ day potluck to follow at noon. The church is located one mile north of Brainerd on County Road 3 and 1/4 mile west on Wise Road/County Road 49.

Welcome Sunday planned

First Congregational United Church of Christ celebrates Welcome Sunday with worship at 10 a.m. Sunday followed by the kick-off of Sunday school for children and youth. Adult forum begins at 11:15 a.m. with a variety of speakers and discussion topics scheduled for the year. On the third Sunday of each month the Family Wellness Program, led by pastoral counselor Dr. David Crum, will be offered for all families. For more information, contact the church at 829-2528 or visit the church’s website at

Rally Sunday at Trinity Lutheran

“Rally Sunday” at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd will be Sunday. This is the beginning of the fall worship schedule with two services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The services will be highlighted with Bishop Tom Aitken of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod as guest speaker. The Trinity Clowns will be a part of both services. Sunday school for three-year-olds through fifth graders will be held between services.

As part of the Rally Sunday Celebration, the fourth annual Mission Fest will be held between services explaining all the opportunities to serve Trinity and the community in its many programs. 

Also, an ice cream and pie social will be held from 9-11 a.m. which is sponsored by the Health Ministry Team. These two events will be held in the Fellowship Hall. 

The Wednesday night services will continue to be held at 6 p.m. This is an informal 30-minute service.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd is located at 1420 South Sixth Street. For more information call 829-5147.

Old-fashioned chicken supper planned

GARRISON — Old-fashioned chicken supper will be served at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church, Garrison, from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $8 for adults; $4 for children 5-12; free for kids 4 and under. Light of the Cross is located two blocks west of the Super Valu in Garrison.

Rally Sunday planned

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, ELCA is celebrating Rally Sunday on Sunday. Sunday school will resume for the year. They are also switching back to two worship services: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. (with Sunday school and adult forum at 9:40 a.m.) The church is located at 418 NE Eighth Avenue in Brainerd across from the East Brainerd Mall. Go to or call 829-3330 for more information.

Pro-life evening planned

Leo LaLond, president of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, will present an outreach program in various cities across Minnesota. The program will be held locally at the Church of the Nazarene at 16549 Johnson Road in Brainerd from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 18.

This year’s fall tour offers an enormous opportunity to make a difference. MCCL’s presentation will inform and motivate citizens to take action on behalf of vulnerable persons and explain the threats to human life.

Leo will bring essential, factual, up-to-date information about life issues that people are hungry for and can’t find elsewhere. In a PowerPoint presentation citizens will learn how to respond to the rationing and abortion funding in the Obama health care overhaul, how lives are being saved in the state despite the abortion industry’s efforts to destroy life. New printed materials will be available to help our community.

Check the MCCL website at for more information.

Christology in an evolving universe series planned

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a series of talks beginning in mid-September through mid-March, focused on “Christology in an Evolving Universe.” This series of 11 presentations by Sister Maristell Schanen, will be held on Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Dec. 14, and continuing into 2012, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22 and March 14, from 6:15-7:15 p.m., at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Sister Maristell will offer current theological thought about the Person of Jesus in an evolving universe.

For more information, call (320) 632-0668 or email

‘Sabbath: A Day of Rest’

LITTLE FALLS — Do you long for rest and peace? When is your day of rest? The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a “Sabbath: A Day of Rest!” from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Keeping Sabbath in the Jewish tradition is very much a family affair and includes many generations. This retreat presentation is designed to honor that family tradition so everyone, no matter their age, is welcome to attend. Presenter Sister Joanne Klinnert will help participants discover practical ways of honoring Sabbath following the principles of Sabbath-keeping as passed on by our Jewish sisters and brothers. Come celebrate Sunday liturgy with the Franciscans at 8:30 a.m., in Sacred Heart Chapel, followed by brunch. The retreat presentation, which includes activities for children, will be held from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, or to pre-register by Wednesday, contact (320) 632-0668 or email

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Centering Prayer, an ancient and contemporary way of prayer, is a simple method of alert receptivity and consent to God’s presence. Gather with the sisters and members of all faiths to ponder God’s presence in your life. Prepare yourself to receive the gift of a closer union with God during 20 minutes of silence. Following will be a time for “Lectio Divina,” an opportunity to reflect on the Sunday Scriptures. This experience of prayer is open to the public the third Thursday of the month For more information, call (320) 632-0668 or email

A call to prayer planned

There will be a community gathering time of worship and prayer for our world, nation, state, county and Brainerd lakes area from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Gregory Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Call 829-0834 or for more information.

50s party planned at Christ Community Church

NISSWA — The ninth annual Back to the 50s party will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 in the fellowship hall at Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa.

Wear your poodle skirts, saddle shoes, loafers, white T-shirts and blue jeans and plan on having dinner and participating in a hula hoop contest, doing the limbo, a bubble gum blowing contest and dancing. Hamburger, cheeseburger and hot dog baskets along with root beer floats will be served. There will be a prize for the best 50s dressed man and woman or youngster. There will also be lots of door prizes.

First Lutheran Church activities scheduled

Rally Day will be celebrated at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd on Sunday. Sunday school, Messy Munchies and Spark classes will resume at 9:15 a.m. There will be counselors from Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry there to help kick-off the new school year with games, crafts, Bible lessons and much more.

The fall service schedule at First Lutheran Church, 424 South Eighth St., Brainerd, will begin Sunday. Worship services will be 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship will also be held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Fellowship suppers will resume on Wednesday.

Confirmation orientation will be 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Parents and confirmation students in seventh, eighth and ninth grades should plan to attend. Confirmation guides will meet on Sunday following the 10:30 a.m. service.

Rally Sunday at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran

Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church will have Rally Sunday on Sunday with Sunday school for three-year-olds through confirmation classes and adult Bible study at 9 a.m. with worship at 10 a.m. There is also a Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays with Pastor Gary Jorgenson.