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Church news-April 20

UCC adult forum

“Weekend Gardener: Horticulture for Busy People” is the topic at First Congregational United Church of Christ’s adult forum on Sunday after the 10 a.m. worship. Jackie Froemming, master gardener and extension educator in water resources and consumer horticulture, will present information on time-saving gardening practices for perennial gardens. For more information about First Congregational UCC, visit its website at

Spaghetti supper

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will host a spaghetti supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Meatless sauce is available upon request. Ticket prices include adults, $7.50; children 5-12 years, $4; children under 5, free. Dinner tickets will be available at the door or by calling (320) 632-2981. Proceeds from the spaghetti supper will benefit St. Francis Health and Recreation Center and St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls. For more information, contact (320) 632-2981 or

Franciscan Sisters

to host Franciscan Girls’ Camp

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls are hosting the 5th annual Franciscan Girls’ Camp entitled, “Faith and Fun with Franciscans,” June 26 (10 a.m.) through June 28 (6 p.m.) in Assisi Park, located on the grounds at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Girls who have completed grades 6-8 are invited to enjoy a variety of nature and fun activities, campfire, prayer and singing. Participants will have an opportunity to visit with and learn about the Franciscan Sisters and the values of St. Francis of Assisi. In addition, campers will discover their unique gifts and become aware of God’s presence in their lives — all while camping outdoors in the beauty of nature. For more information on the Franciscan Girls’ Camp, or to register by May 14, contact Sister Ange Mayers at (320) 229-0307 or email

Two opportunities to celebrate Earth Day in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — Two neighbors invite you to join them in celebrating another neighbor. The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and First United Church invite the public to attend an Earth Day Gathering on Sunday at 7 p.m. in St. Francis Hall at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. This gathering will include song, prayer, Scripture reading and a time of sharing our love and concern for the earth. This event is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not required, but are welcomed. For more information on the Earth Day Gathering, contact (320) 632-0649 or visit

Join the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls for an outdoor Earth Day Celebration, another occasion to honor the earth, on Monday at 2 p.m. at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Participants may gather at the east entrance of St. Francis Convent for a brief prayer service and tree plantings, weather permitting. Mindful that St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology, experienced all of God’s creation as sacred, reverence for creation is heightened as together we celebrate our connectedness and care for the life of our planet. For more information, call (320) 632-0668 or email

St. Francis Community Chorale presents Spring Concert

LITTLE FALLS — The St. Francis Community Chorale will present a spring concert 2 p.m. April 29 in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

As the theme of the concert is water, the audience will enjoy a wide variety of songs reflecting our love of nature and spring.

Also featured in the concert will be Brothers in Harmony, a men’s singing group conducted by Kathy Pederson.

The St. Francis Community Chorale is the culmination of a dream of St. Francis Music Center to create a community choir open to all teens and adults who love to sing together. The chorale meets Thursday evenings to rehearse and is open to all. Under the direction of Barb Stumpf, the chorale has steadily grown and more are welcome to join after the concert.

The concert is free and open to the public. The St. Francis Community Chorale is sponsored by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature. For more information call St. Francis Music Center at (320) 632-0637 or visit their web site at

Affirmation in the Presence of the Assembly

For the third Sunday in Easter, Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brainerd will have regular worship service at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with the Affirmation in the Presence of the Assembly taking place at both services. At 9:40 a.m. Sunday school will be studying “Wandering in the Wilderness” and Adult Forum will take place in the Fellowship Hall. More information can be found at or by calling 829-3330. The church is located at 418 Eighth Ave. NE in Brainerd.

Mother/daughter banquet planned

PEQUOT LAKES — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes will hold its annual mother-daughter banquet at 6:30 p.m. May 1.

Tickets are available after services on Sunday and April 29 or in the church office from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for ages 12 and under.

Sharon Elg will present an entertaining program titled “Queen of Clean.” Elg is originally from northern Minnesota. She has lived in the Isle area since 2001. She is an active member of her church near Isle and belongs to the Christian women’s group there.

Spring rummage sale

PEQUOT LAKES — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 30985 Front St., Pequot Lakes, will have its spring rummage sale from 2-6 p.m. May 3 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4. Proceeds will go to missions.

Lakes Area Ministerial Association to meet

The Lakes Area Ministerial Association will be meeting for breakfast, fellowship and prayer from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe. All area clergy are encouraged to attend.

Special meetings

at Ossipee Community Church

“How to get to Heaven” and “How to live on Earth” is the theme of the meetings at the Ossipee Community Church located north of Merrifield at the intersection of County Road 3 and County Road 109. The study will be in the book of Ephesians with different groups providing special music in each service. The orator will be Pastor Harvey Peterson from the Riverside Union Church. There will be a meeting each evening Wednesday through April 28 at 7 p.m. On April 29, the meetings will be at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m.

Crusade Choir

to perform

The Crusade Choir of First Presbyterian Church in St. Cloud will perform “East to West” at the First Presbyterian Church in Brainerd, 512 South Eighth St., at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

The musical presentation of the gospel message both celebrates the Resurrection and issues a call to today’s church to make every Sunday Resurrection Sunday.

The Crusade Choir is a group of about 30 people from several local churches in the St. Cloud area who donate their time and talents to perform in churches and nursing homes throughout central Minnesota during the Christmas and Easter seasons.

For more information, call First Presbyterian Church at 829-6069.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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