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Church News- Oct. 14

Harvest festival

HILLMAN — Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman, will hold its annual Harvest Festival Thursday. The evening will begin with a potluck meal from 6-7 p.m., followed by guitar/song entertainment by Glen Fjerstad (The Viking). A silent auction will be held from 6-8:15 p.m. Immanuel is located at the intersection of Highway 27 and County Road 47.

Trinity Lutheran semi-annual meeting breakfast

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will have its semi-annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Church President Don Wennberg will be presiding at the meeting. The congregation will be voting on new officers for 2012 and approving the proposed 2012 budget.

The Vision Council will host a fellowship egg bake breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Two worship services with Holy Communion will be held at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with intern Jenny Hinman preaching. At 9:30 a.m. there will be an education hour for all ages.

Visitors are welcome to attend services at Trinity which is located at 1420 South 6th Street. For more information, call 829-5147 or visit our website at

French toast breakfast

GARRISON — A French toast breakfast will be served from 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church. Cost is $5 per plate. Children under 12 are free.  This event is sponsored by the Men’s Crew. Light of the Cross is located two blocks west of the Super Valu in Garrison.

Chinese Christian pastor to speak

AITKIN — A guest speaker, originally from China, will participate in Sunday’s 9 a.m. service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 222 First Street SE, Aitkin.

The Rev. Canon Edmund Bowen Der is a third generation Chinese Christian born in Kawloon, China, then part of the former British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. 

Following seminary training in Evanston, Illinois and Berkeley, California, the Rev. Der returned to China to marry his childhood sweetheart, before being ordained in the Anglican Church in Hong Kong. He was subsequently assigned to serve churches in Taiwan, and later returned to parish work in Hong Kong.

Canon Der and his wife are visiting his one-time seminary classmate, the Rev. Karl-Edwin Bell, who is pastor of the Aitkin Episcopal Church. During next Sunday’s service, Canon Der will touch on his long ministry that has overlapped the Communist-era in Southeast China as well as the return of the Crown Colony of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty.

Brainerd Lakes Ministerial Association

The Brainerd Lakes Ministerial Association is planning a fresh start. On Oct. 25, the Ministerial Association will be meeting over breakfast from 8-9 a.m. at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe, 2115 South Sixth St., Brainerd. We have decided to redefine, reschedule and resurrect the ministerium. Our purpose for gathering will be to encourage, support and pray for one another. The fellowship together will allow us to get to know each other personally. This will produce the added benefits of mutual trust and respect among our colleagues. Since the Ministerial Association is a network of professional clergy which crosses all denominational lines, we invite all area pastors to join us.  

One Stop Shop

First Baptist Church invites all to visit the “One Stop Shop” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be a coffee and cupcake counter available. Use the East door.

Pastor and author to speak

CROSSLAKE — Pastor and author Kevin Senapatiratne will be sharing at Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Senapatiratne has penned the book, “Enjoying Prayer, Launching Your God Adventure.” He will share how prayer will change your life. There will also be an opportunity for prayer for healing or special needs. Crosslake Christian is located on the south side of Crosslake, off Highway 3, east 1/4 mile on County Road 36. Call 692-4673 for more information.

Women’s night out

CROSSLAKE — Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church will have women’s night out, Cook Once, Eat Twice, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The night will feature time-saving meal ideas. Wild rice soup will be served. For more information, call Carrie at 851-7777.

Lakes Area Parish Nurse meeting

The Lakes Area Parish Nurse meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Good Samaritan Society-Woodland, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Call Joy at 855-6639 if questions.

Consecration Sunday brunch

First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will celebrate the congregation’s commitment to our church and community with a Consecration Sunday brunch in Koinonia from 9-10:45 a.m. Sunday. Note that church services will be at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday School will meet as usual at 9:15 a.m. There will be no Adult Enrichment Sunday. Adult Enrichment will resume on Oct. 23.

Adult forum

Adult Forum on Sunday at First Congregational United Church of Christ will feature an informational session on the Poverty Initiative with speakers Lowell Johnson and Lance James. They will discuss poverty issues in the Brainerd area. Forum meets at 11:15 a.m. in the second floor meeting room. The Family Wellness Program continues on Sunday in the Rainbow Room at 11:15 a.m. for all families. Families who are interested in more information may contact the leader David Crum at the church.

Bazaar and salad luncheon

The Zion Church Ladies’ fall bazaar and salad luncheon with pie will be 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

Crafts and baked goods including homemade pies will be for sale plus white elephant gifts and grab bag offerings.

The church is located at Eighth and Kingwood streets in Brainerd. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Harvest of music

Harvest of music will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, corner of Highway 210 and Knollwood Drive, Baxter. Cost: $10 for adults; families are $25. Children under 6 are free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Horn of Africa Drought Relief.

The event will feature Pastor Erika Nilsen, the senior choir ensemble, pianist Jennifer Person, youth orchestra, youth band “Solid Ground,” pianist Cheryl Steffen, Annie and Rob Freelove, Motion choir, PMPraise, Johnny Jay Huhta, Lynda Erickson, Jennifer Pedersen and Preston Owen, Sunday contemporary group, Pete Lowe, Brian Wallace, Leisha Tietz, Claire Rud, Matthew Majerle and Ava Figliuzzi and Michelle Meyer and Jeff Powers.

Bake and rummage sale

SOUTH LONG LAKE — Bethel Lutheran Church of South Long Lake will hold its annual fall bake and rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The sale will feature breads, pies, bars, cookies, canned goods, produce, quilts, craft items, embroidered dish towels, knit dish cloths and holiday items.

The youths will have a rummage sale featuring clothing, household items, books, toys and miscellaneous items.

The young people who will be attending 2012 Mission Trip will also have many items for sale including soup mixes, dips, candles, bookmarks, pins, handcrafted items and things for kids.

A luncheon consisting of sloppy joes, pie and coffee will be served during the sale hours.

Bethel is located at the intersection of Thompson Road and Five Mile Road or 2.5 miles south on Highway 25 and three miles east on Thompson Road.

Bible translation banquet

Wycliffe Associates will present a Bible translation banquet with guest speakers Ryan and Diolia Galorport at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Brainerd Hotel, 2215 South Sixth St., Brainerd. For banquet reservations and complimentary tickets, call Dick Keller at 829-4501 or (218) 330-4433.

The Galorports have worked with the Subanen people group in the Philippines for more than 20 years, teaching multilingual education and community health and development. They are now translating the New Testament for the Northern Subanen people group and plan to launch it by Feb. 18, 2012.

Concert at Journey Church

NISSWA — There will be an evening of stories and songs with Brian Bates, singer and songwriter from Minneapolis, and Staci Frenes, singer and songwriter from Brentwood, Calif., at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Journey Church in Nisswa. Joining them will be producer and guitarist Nate Sabin.