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Church News- Sept. 23

Fall rummage sale at Lutheran Church of the Cross

NISSWA — Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa will host a fall rummage sale 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and 8-11 a.m. Oct. 1. No early sales.

Holding rummage sales to benefit ministries has been a tradition at Lutheran Church of the Cross since 1960. They are held in the spring and fall. All the proceeds from these biannual rummage sales go to local, state and worldwide ministries. All items are categorically displayed to make shopping easier. Shopping areas by category include: Clothing, Oval Room, Books, Linens, Toys, Miscellaneous Glassware/Dishes etc., Boutique (Seasonal), Small Appliances/Consumer Electronics and Computers, Furniture and Outdoor Items. Special events for shoppers during the sale include The LCC Bistro with coffee and goodies available for purchase Sept. 30, a silent auction and a jewelry nook.

Lutheran Church of the Cross is located at Highway 371 and County Road 13 (Schaefer’s Corner).

The Five Love Languages study group scheduled

A six-week study group/class on “The Five Love Languages: How to Express a Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate,” led by Pastor Darrel Pedersen is being planned for this fall. A promotional preview party will be noon Sunday following church services at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. Inner spiritual strength and energy come from God, as well as feelings of self-worth and love. Love, of course, feeds them all. Understanding the primary love languages may enhance your life in many ways. Not only can it be used to better your relationship with your partner, it can transfer to children, co-workers and supervisors. Join us on our journey to find inner peace, strength and happiness as well as enhance our relationships with God, family, friends, and co-workers. Call Lord of Life at 828-9374 for more information or to register.

Sisters arrive from Kenya

LITTLE FALLS — Many Sisters and employees were on hand to welcome two Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph (FSJ) from Kenya when they recently arrived at St. Francis Convent. Sisters Claudia Wandabwa and Mary Idah Ajwang will be with the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls for two months. 

The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph is a large and growing congregation of 460 sisters. One of the greatest needs of the congregation is to raise funds to support myriad healthcare, pastoral and education ministries. The congregation’s General Superior, Sister Margaret Aringo, is aware of the urgent need to start a development program in order to sustain the mission and ministries and to support the work of the members. When Sister Michelle L’Allier and Elizabeth Rydeen traveled to Kenya in late 2010, they witnessed the inauguration of the new Office of Development. Sister Maria Aoko was named directress of Development, Sister Claudia, assistant directress, and Sister Mary Idah serves as the project coordinator.

Originally from Siaya District, Sister Mary Idah has a long history in the FSJ community having celebrated her 25th jubilee in 2003. She has held positions in various ministries operated by the Sisters: on Leadership team as secretary, secondary school matron/secretary, orphanage assistant administrator, communications/printing press administrator, bursar general and pastoral center administrator. She was named Project Coordinator for the FSJ Development Office in 2011. She is excited to be here in Little Falls and thankful to have been chosen to represent her community.

The purpose for Sisters Claudia and Mary Idah’s time in Little Falls is twofold: 1) continue to nurture and deepen the relation between the two Franciscan communities and 2) learn about grant writing and development. They will share office space with Sister Sharon Fitzpatrick. They will participate in the Donor Appreciation Day presentation, visit local ministries, tour sites of Central Minnesota and find time for retreat and spiritual renewal. 

Our Savior’s fall rummage sale

PEQUOT LAKES — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes, will have its annual fall rummage sale from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 6 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7. 

Blessing of Animals, Transitus planned

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Little Falls will have a Blessing of Animals, a brief service of song, at noon Oct. 2 at Washington Park, across from the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Little Falls, 113 NE Fourth Street (next to Carnegie Library). Following the service, each animal present will be individually blessed and there will be refreshments for the animals and their companions. This event is held in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

On Oct. 3 at 7 p.m., the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a traditional Franciscan ritual of Transitus, which will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. This service will recall the events surrounding the death of St. Francis of Assisi and the farewell message he gave to his followers.

For more information on the above events, call (320) 632-0668 or email

UCC to host Spotlight on Small Group Ministries Fair

First Congregational United Church of Christ will host a Spotlight on Small Group Ministries Fair on Sunday after the 11 a.m. service. The church offers multiple groups to meet a variety of needs: service ministry, intellectual and spiritual growth, artistic opportunities and fellowship events. During the fair each small group in the church will share information about its activities. New members are always welcome.

Chicken supper at Bethany Lutheran

CUSHING — Members of Bethany Lutheran Church of Cushing will be serving its annual chicken supper Oct. 1 with serving times from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church located on County Road 11 just south off Highway 10 at Cushing. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 years of age and younger. Fifty percent of the profits go to the church and 50 percent are donated locally and/or nationally (local food shelves, Habitat for Humanity, flood victims, and others).

Grandma’s Pantry items will also be available for sale at the church. Pantry items will include homemade craft items, home canned goods, baked goods, vegetables from the gardens and more. Proceeds from the Grandma’s Pantry sale go to Women of Bethany for purchase of supplies for quilt mission work, prayer shawl ministry and church kitchen needs.

Adult Enrichment scheduled at FLC

Adult Enrichment at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will be 9:15 a.m. in the Upper Room on Sunday. Join Pastor Andrew Smith and members of the Second Half Enrichment team to learn more about the upcoming Second Half Enrichment series planned for area adults aged 50 years and older.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

The Brainerd Circuit Convocation for the LC-MS-MN North Brainerd Circuit will be Saturday at Prince of Peace. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee. Opening worship will be 9:30 a.m. and workshops following. Lunch will be served concluding with a closing service at 3:30 p.m. The church is located at 6311 Mildred Road, Baxter.

WELCA fall gathering

Trinity Lutheran in Brainerd is hosting the Heartland Conference Fall Gathering of WELCA Oct. 1.

All women are invited to join us for a day of fellowship, education, music and shopping at the silent auction. The featured speaker is Matt Mc Waters who will present an educational program entitled “The Islam/Christian dialogue.” The conference theme, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed.” (Amos 3:3) will guide the events of the day.

Registration, coffee and treats will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. Registration fee: $8.

Taize prayer

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will have Taize Prayer from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 6 in Sacred Heart Chapel 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 and join in prayer and song as you feel comfortable. In the sacred space of contemplative silence God often touches us deeply, and healing and transformation happen. The prayer of Jesus “that all may be one” is your special invitation to come. People of all faith traditions are welcome. Taize Prayer is open to the public the first Thursday of the month. For more information, call (320) 632-0668 or email

Pasties for sale

CROSBY — Orders are now being taken for pasties available for pickup starting Wednesday and extending through all Wednesdays in October at St. Joseph’s Church in Crosby (619 Poplar Street). The annual pasty marathon is sponsored by St. Joseph’s CCW, Crosby.  Those interested in placing orders for pasties may do so by calling Anita at 546-5430. If necessary, leave a message.

The pasties sell for $5 each. Each pasty is large enough to serve as a full meal for one or two people. Orders are filled to be picked up on the Wednesday they are baked.