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Pancake breakfast

HILLMAN — A pancake breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman. Also a Christmas boutique will be held with a variety of Christmas items or to treat yourself. A drawing for the Christmas quilt will be held at noon. Immanuel is located at the junction of Highway 27 and County Road 47.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

AITKIN — A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a warm tradition in the Christmas season, will be at 5 p.m. Sunday in St. John’s Episcopal Church, 222 First St. SE in Aitkin. The service was developed over the last century, and now is broadcast worldwide each Christmas from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge University, in England. The traditional format includes nine readings or “lessons” from the Old and New Testaments, each relating to the coming of the Messiah. As the lessons speak for themselves, there is no sermon. Every reading is followed by singing one or more carols. The offering will go to the Aitkin Food Shelf.

Christmas musical at Community Alliance Church

GARRISON — Community Alliance Church in Garrison will present a Christmas musical, “A Baby Changes Everything,” at 6 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The musical tells the story of three individuals in the tiny village of Bethlehem. Initially turning away from the promised Messiah, the trio almost sleeps through the first Christmas night — until they are awakened in time to experience the life-changing miracle in a manger. For more information call the church at (320) 692-4420.

Christmas in the country

Church on the Wise Road will have Christmas in the country, the Christmas message with country gospel music, at 11 a.m. Sunday. The church is located at 10345 Wise Road, Brainerd. For more information, call 829-4673.

Christmas Eve Mass

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a festive Christmas Eve Mass at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Christmas hymns will begin at 7 p.m. Fellowship follows Mass. On Christmas Day, the Franciscan Sisters invite you to join them for Christmas Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Sing-along at UCC

First Congregational United Church of Christ invites the community to a sing-along of secular carols at 11:15 a.m. Sunday following the 10 a.m. worship. Accompanied by Lisa Wigand on the piano. Requests are welcome.

January retreat planned

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a retreat entitled, “Contemplating the Contours and Challenges of Ongoing Conversion: Saint Francis and the Salutation of the Virtues,” from 7 p.m. Jan. 16 to noon Jan. 22. 2012, at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Retreat director, Father A. Giles Schinelli, TOR, will explore the contours and challenges of ongoing conversion, and, in the light of the controversies which early friars faced, will focus on Francis’ Salutation of the Virtues and Admonition 27: Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor disturbance. Where there is a heart full of mercy and discernment, there is neither excess nor hardness of heart.” To pre-register by Dec. 26, or for more information, call (320) 632-0668 or email

Log Church Choir to present ‘Hope is Born, Emmanuel’

CROSSLAKE — The Log Church Choir and Friends, directed by Sue Lenzen, invites everyone to the presentation of “Hope Is Born, Emmanuel,” a Christmas Cantata written by Randy Vader and Jay Rouse. Performances will be 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Log Church, 37218 County Road 66 in Crosslake. More information is available at or by calling 692-4141.

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, ELCA of Brainerd, will celebrate the fourth Sunday in Advent this Sunday. The 8:30 a.m. worship service will be the traditional order of worship and the 10:45 a.m. service will be the 2011 Children’s Christmas Program. The church is located at 418 NE Eighth Avenue in Brainerd. For more information, go to or call 829-3330.

Christmas week at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will begin a week of Christmas Services with Songs & Carols at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The services will feature various Trinity musical groups along with congregational singing. Groups that will be performing include the TLC Singers, the Trinity Bells, the Trinity Flutes, the Trinity Gospel Group, the AWE Team and a special performance by the Common Thread. A coffee hour will be held between services. On Wednesday, the final of four Advent 30-minute mid-week services will be held which includes Advent scripture, readings, music and prayer with Holy Communion. Intern Jenny Hinman will be preaching. Three services will be held on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 beginning with the Traditional Family Christmas Eve Worship at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. A special candlelight worship service will be held at 11 p.m. Pastor David P. Holte will be preaching at all three services. Holy Communion will be served at all three services. The Christmas Eve service at 4:30 p.m. will be broadcast live on 1340 KVBR Radio. There will be one service of worship on 9 a.m. Dec. 25 with Pastor Hans Anderson preaching. There will be no coffee hour. Trinity is located at 1420 South Sixth Street. For additional information call 829-5147.

Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial Association

The Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial Association will meet from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday over breakfast at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe, 2115 South Sixth St., Brainerd. 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.

Alpha Course planned

The Alpha Course will be coming to the Cuyuna Range communities on Sunday afternoons beginning Jan. 8. Come and explore the basics of the Christian faith in an informal and friendly setting. Topics include: Who is Jesus? How can I be sure of my faith? Why and how should I read the Bible? Why and how do I pray? Who is the Holy Spirit? What about the church? Each Sunday begins with a bowl of soup, followed by a video presentation and round-table discussion. Alpha meets at Heartwood at noon on Sundays. For more information contact the Immanuel Lutheran Church office at 546-6010 or

Bluegrass Christmas program/soup supper

CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church will host its monthly bluegrass concert Sunday along with special participation by the children of Crosslake Christian, featuring songs and puppets. There will be a soup supper at 5 p.m. with homemade wild rice and other varieties of soup. The bluegrass portion of the concert will start at 6 p.m. Crosslake Christian is located on the south side of Crosslake, off 3, east 1/4 mile on County Road 36. Contact Pastor Gary Espeseth at 692-4673 for more information.

Fourth Sunday in Advent at FLC

On Sunday, First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will celebrate the fourth Sunday in Advent with traditional services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Then later, the Sunday school students will share a Christmas program entitled, “The Christmas Star” at 4 p.m. Afterwards, a holiday meal will be served in Koinonia.

On Wednesday, First Lutheran Church, 424 South Eighth St., Brainerd, will have regular Wednesday service at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. There will be no fellowship supper or confirmation however.

Truth Lutheran Church donates to area organizations

Truth Lutheran Church of Brainerd recently presented Salvation Army with a check for $1,000 for the Red Kettle campaign. Also, the congregation of Truth Lutheran Church was aware of the need for the Soup Kitchen in Brainerd to update the kitchen facilities. Pastor Bob Evans received a check for $500 to help with that project.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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