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Church News-May 11

Pasty dinner planned

PEQUOT LAKES — Grace United Methodist Church of Pequot Lakes will hold its 11th annual spring all you can eat pasty dinner from 5-7 p.m. May 18. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-11 and free for children under 6.

No reservations are necessary. Proceeds will benefit local church missions and programs. Grace United Methodist Church is located 1.7 miles south of the lights in Pequot Lakes on Highway 371.

Book sale at Grace

PEQUOT LAKES — The Grace United Methodist Church Library Committee will hold a public book sale in the church narthex from 5-7 p.m. May 18. A wide variety of books will be available at $1 for hard cover books. Paperback books will be 50 cents each or three for $1.

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, call (320) 632-0668 or email

Camp scholarship fundraiser

Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa, will be having a camp scholarship fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday with Dr. Aron Stumvoll doing chiropractic adjustments. Aron grew up in Nisswa, the son of Penny and Brian Stumvoll. Presently he is practicing chiropractic in Lima, Peru. He married Samantha Espinoza Ita on May 4. They will be returning to Peru on May 16. Proceeds will help benefit our camp scholarships.

UCC to celebrate Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day at First Congregation United Church of Christ on Sunday. Worship begins at 10 a.m. followed by coffee time and adult forum at 11:15 a.m. The focus of the forum is a discussion of the influence of mothers on our lives. Come share your (and your mother’s) story. For more information on First Congregational UCC, visit the church website at

Rummage sale planned

The youth of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 8th Ave. NE, in Brainerd will be hosting a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall as a fundraiser for their summer mission trips. This will be a multi-family sale with all proceeds going to support the youth mission trips to Duluth and New Orleans.

Worship at St. John’s

AITKIN — The 9 a.m. Sunday service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aitkin will resemble a worship experience common in Christian communities of the Roman Empire only a few generations after Jesus time and the first Easter. The service outline is based on the research of Professor Marion Hatchett, of The University of the South, from his book “Early Pre-Nicene Christian Liturgies.” It reflects a period before the Council of Nicea (a.d. 325) standardized many aspects of worship familiar to us today. Because many of the first Christians previously had been Jews, elements of that tradition were frequently included in their worship by the Christians as well.

First Lutheran Church activities

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will have a rummage sale from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, May 11, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will benefit First Lutheran youth who will be attending the ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans in July 2012.

On Sunday, Sunday school teachers, coordinators and confirmation guides will be recognized during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The congregation is invited to attend the second service to show our appreciation for our dedicated Christian educators.

On Wednesday, First Lutheran Church will hold a confirmation banquet for ninth grade 2012 confirmands and their families. The event will be held in Koinonia starting at 6 p.m. Confirmation students in seventh and eighth grade will be host the banquet.

MN Teen Challenge

in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE — MN Teen Challenge will be at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service at Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church. A lunch will follow. Contact Pastor Gary Espeseth at (218) 821-7777 for more information.


tea planned

There will be a mother/daughter tea at 3 p.m. May 19 at Ossipee Community Church. There will be a special speaker. All moms, daughters and granddaughters are welcome.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church services

Circle of Peace will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

Ascension of our Lord service with Holy Communion will be 7 p.m. Thursday.

The church is located at 6311 Mildred Road, Baxter.

For more information, call 829-7092.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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