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Bluegrass/Southern country gospel concert

The Church On The Wise Road is continuing its bluegrass/Southern country gospel concert series at 7 p.m. Sunday with the return of Goldrush, the softer side of bluegrass consisting of three vocalists, mandolin, guitars, banjo, fiddle and upright bass. The church is located at 10345 Wise Road, Brainerd, one mile north of Brainerd on County Road 25, then west 1/4 mile on County Road 49 (Wise Road).

Breakfast at Immanuel Lutheran

HILLMAN — A French toast breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman, at the junction of Hwy. 27 and CR 47.

Sestri in concert

LITTLE FALLS — St. Francis Music Center is presenting the women’s singing group, Sestri, in concert 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Sestri is a women’s performing group that sings the folk songs of Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Russia and the Ukraine.

Celo V’ec, founder and conductor of Sestri, also started the world famous Yale Slavic Chorus in 1969, the first year of undergraduate co-education at Yale. This choir was the first all women’s group on the Yale Campus. Celo was a music major at Yale College and a member of the all-male Yale Russian Chorus. In 2009, the Chorus celebrated their 40th anniversary with a reunion concert that drew alumnae from all across the globe. After attending this reunion, Celo was inspired to start a local group. He received an individual artist grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and it was then that Sestri (meaning “sisters”) began.

The concert will feature a wide

variety of songs. Each song will have an introduction so the audience will get a feeling for the story behind each song. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (320) 632-0637 or visit

Share spiritual experiences

Have you had help with a special dream, a feeling or presence of divine love in your life? Have you had a spiritual experience? Share your spiritual experiences on Saturday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Brainerd Library.

Adult forum at UCC

Lowell Johnson, early childhood/parent educator, will speak at First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Adult Forum after the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday. His topic is “Children of Prisoners.” Over the last 25 years, the U.S prison population has quadrupled to 2.4 million. The movement to increase incarceration rates neglected to consider the impact of incarceration on inmates’ children. Many of these children are suffering as a result. This session will explore the issues that children of incarcerated parents face, and introduce ideas for more humane treatment of families experiencing incarceration. Johnson leads the Fathers Reading Every Day program at the Crow Wing County Jail.

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 (Sacred Reading) from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Centering Prayer is an ancient and contemporary way of prayer. In a small group, persons gather for 20-30 minutes to pray in quiet, listening openness to God’s presence and action in one’s life. Centering Prayer is experiencing a relationship with God as well as a discipline to foster that relationship. It is a movement beyond conversation with God to communion with God. That is followed by “Lectio Divina,” a reflection on the coming Sunday Scriptures. Come, the third Thursday of the month, gather with sisters and members of all faiths to ponder God’s presence in your life, and open yourself to receive the gift of a closer union with God. No need to pre-register. For more information, please call (320) 632-0668 or email

Electronics recycling drive planned

The youths of Rejoice Lutheran Church of Baxter is doing an Electronics Recycling Drive as a fundraiser for the Youth Gathering in New Orleans in July. They have partnered with Hughes Technologies to help with recycling old electronics. Drop offs are accepted from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 at the Brainerd Police Department north parking lot during the hours listed only.

Costs include $6 each for microwaves; $5 each for computer towers and laptops; $3 each for scanners; $2 each for stereos, radios, cable boxes, keyboards, routers/network hubs; $1 each for digital cameras/camcorders, cell phones/PDAs/MP3s/iPods, electric toothbrushes, razors, power supply/transformers; and 50 cents a pound for fax machines, VCRs/DVDs/CD players, printers, monitors and televisions. Many other items also accepted. Proceeds will help Rejoice Youth.

Lakes Area Parish Nurse Group

The Lakes Area Parish Nurse Group will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Good Samaritan Society-Woodland, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Presentation by Glen Olsen, Crow Wing Public Health. Call Joy at 855-6639 for questions.

First Lutheran Church activities

On Sunday, First Lutheran Church, 424 South Eighth St., Brainerd, will have worship services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The youth group will

provide caramel rolls during coffee fellowship at 9:15 a.m.

Following the second service, a special potluck luncheon will be held in Koinonia to honor Pastor Andy Smith and his family for their 10-plus years of ministry.

‘Words and Music: A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’

At 10 a.m. Sunday at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd, “Words and Music: A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” will be presented by the Rev. Deborah Celley and Timothy Frantzich. The service will celebrate the spiritual underpinnings of the Civil Rights movement, not simply as a tribute to the past but as hope for the future. Celley is pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd, which celebrates the only national holiday named in honor of a pastor on the Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day every year, by reading a portion of one of Dr. King’s sermons. Frantzich is a singer-songwriter from Stillwater who says: “Five years ago I fell in love with the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King. He showed us how the soul can be relevant right now... how heaven can be worked toward...even experienced...right This ushered in my singing and song writing for justice.”

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