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Church News- Sept. 30

Gold Rush will perform at Eagles Nest Brainerd Baptist Church.

Gold Rush in concert

Eagles Nest Brainerd Baptist Church (formerly The Church On Wise Road) is having a kick off for its once a month bluegrass and southern country gospel concert series. The first group to share their music testimony will be Gold Rush. This group plays the softer side of bluegrass and consists of Mark Gilbert (guitar and mandolin), Cheryl Gilbert (upright bass), Randy Olson (guitar) and Butch Hines (banjo and fiddle). Their first concert is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Saturday.

The church is located at 10345 Wise Road, one mile north of Brainerd on CR 3 and 1/4 mile west on Wise Road (CR 49).    

Dakota Road at First Lutheran in Aitkin

AITKIN — First Lutheran Church of Aitkin will host a workshop at 1:30 p.m. and concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with recording artists Dakota Road.

Anyone who loves music is invited to the afternoon workshop where Dakota Road will also introduce the new Liturgy for Earthkeeping. Cost is $30 for the workshop. Registration includes a meal and the concert; call First Lutheran at 927-2028 for more information.

Dakota Road invites anyone who loves to sing to be part of a mass choir, which will rehearse before the concert at 5 p.m. Singers may participate in the mass choir without attending the workshop.

First Lutheran is located at 107 Second St. SE, Aitkin.

Salem WEST completes nonprofit training program

Salem WEST is one of six nonprofit organizations that recently completed the Initiative Foundation’s Healthy Organizations Partnership (HOP) GrowStrong program.

The 18-month program is designed to help nonprofit organizations become more effective by providing strategic planning assistance, leadership training and implementation grants. Salem WEST, which began the HOP training in June 2010, has created a new strategic plan to serve persons in the community struggling from the effects of poverty and was awarded a $14,000 grant. The organization will now receive priority funding consideration from the Initiative Foundation for efforts fitting their current guidelines. The collaborative work with the Initiative Foundation assisted the staff and board of Salem WEST to further define mission and work in the community.

Esoteric Healing class

A class entitled Esoteric Healing: Healing from the Soul will be offered from 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 9 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Brainerd.

Developed in England over 40 years ago, Esoteric Healing has grown to a worldwide network of teachers, students and practitioners. It is utilized in a medical and care setting by physicians, nurses, physical therapists, massage therapists and well as ministers and spiritual directors. 

Instructors Patricia Enstad and Nancy Anderson will introduce the philosophy and methods of Esoteric Healing as taught through the International Network of Esoteric Healing. Enstad has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in Community Counseling and is a certified massage therapist. Anderson has a master’s of divinity degree.

There is no charge for this introductory class. For more information contact Ellie Slette at 546-6781 or

Clothes Review hours

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

Open house for former pastor

Former pastor of First Presbyterian Church The Rev. Dale Sewall and wife, Jinny, will be in Brainerd. There will be an open house for them from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church fireside room. He was the pastor from 1981-1987.

Lutefisk and meatball supper

A lutefisk and meatball supper will be 3:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at First Lutheran Church, 309 Second St. North, Pine River. Cost: $14 adults; $5 children 6-12; and children under 6, free. There will be lefse for sale.

Adult enrichment at FLC

First Lutheran Church, Brainerd, will have adult enrichment at 9:15 a.m. Sunday in the Upper Room. Guest speakers Dagny Trucano, Tami Lueck and Becky Newstrom will present “Learning More about Mental Illness.”