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Church News- Feb. 10

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Pastor Andy Smith to be installed Sunday

NISSWA — Pastor Andy Smith will be installed as senior pastor of Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, on Sunday at both the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services. Bishop Thomas Aitken, Northeastern Minnesota Synod ELCA, will preside at the installation service.

The LCC Call Committee will be hosting a celebration brunch between services in honor of Pastor Andy’s installation.

Pastor Andy Smith comes to Lutheran Church of the Cross after having served at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd for the past 10 1/2 years, United Lutheran Church in Red Wing for six and a half years prior to that, and Elim Lutheran Church in Barnum for two and a half years before that. Pastor Andy and his wife, Suzie, have three children, Siri, Anja and Peder.

Joncas and Haugen to perform in concert

Father Michael Joncas and Marty Haugen, renowned composers of liturgical music sung throughout the world, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Tornstrom Auditorium, 804 Oak St., Brainerd. Father Joncas, composer of “On Eagle’s Wings” and many others, is a priest in the Twin Cities. Marty Haugen has written “Gather Us In,” “All Are Welcome” and numerous other songs. The Lakes Area Ecumenical Chorus and Orchestra will also perform. Tickets are $15 until Sunday or $20 at the door.

On Feb. 18, Father Joncas and Marty Haugen will conduct a liturgical music workshop at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch. For concert tickets or to register for the workshop, visit or call 822-3736.

Used book sale at Park UMC

The women of Park United Methodist Church, 315 North Sixth St., Brainerd, will be having a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Books will be available for all ages at very inexpensive prices. A soup luncheon will be served.

Spaghetti supper

HILLMAN — A spaghetti supper will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman. Cost: adults, $7; under 10, $3.50; under 5, free. Immanuel is located at the junction of Hwy. 27 and CR 47.

Financial Peace University classes planned

CROSBY — Harriet Veenker will be the volunteer class coordinator of Financial Peace University classes running for 13 weeks from 6-8 p.m. beginning Thursday at the Crosby Assembly of God Church in the Coffee House. Sign up either at or by calling Harriet Veenker at (218) 927-4560. Class materials may be purchased at

UCC adult forum

“Writing an Ethical Will” is the topic at First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Adult Forum on Sunday following the 10 a.m. worship service. According to Andrew Weil, M.D., the goal of writing an ethical will is to link a person to both family and cultural history, clarify ethical and spiritual values and communicate a legacy to future generations. It clarifies identity and focuses life purpose. It addresses people’s need to belong, to be known, to be remembered, to have one’s life make a difference, to bless and to be blessed.

Baptism seminar

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, ELCA, will be hosting a short seminar tomorrow at Bethlehem Saturday beginning at 9-10:30 a.m. This seminar is for anyone in the community who is contemplating baptism for themselves or for their

child. This seminar is intended to be informational, stressing Biblical and theological roots for baptism along with providing an opportunity for small group interaction. Pastor Mark Skinner will lead

the seminar. Pre-registration is not necessary. There is no cost. We are located at 418 8th Ave. NE, Brainerd. For more information, go to

Holy Eucharist service

The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, will be presiding at the 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday. Lunch and a public forum will follow.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invites 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, call (320) 632-0668 or email: Visit

New members welcome

On Sunday, First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will welcome new members. They will begin with a special coffee fellowship in honor of the new members in Koinonia at 9:15 a.m. Then they will officially receive our new members during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Monthly bluegrass and southern country gospel concert

The Church On The Wise Road will present the Sederquists for the monthly bluegrass and southern gospel concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at 10345 Wise Road, Brainerd. Special guests will be Randy Olson and Butch Hines.

Trinity Lutheran youth holding silent auction

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd is holding a silent auction on 36 items including some Department 56 churches, services offered by the youth group and gift baskets. Community persons and members may view and bid on the items that are located in the upper lobby of the church. They will be on display from Sunday through Feb. 19. Items can be viewed daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Funds raised will be used for the National Youth Gathering in July in New Orleans. Sunday services with Holy Communion will be held at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with intern Jenny Hinman McLellan preaching. Education hour is conducted between services. An informal 30-minute Wednesday evening service is held each week at 6 p.m. preceded by a meal at 5 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to place bids at Trinity which is located at 1420 South 6th Street. For more information call 829-5147 or visit

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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