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Church News-May 18

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Nestingen to speak

James Nestingen, Professor Emeritus of church history at Luther Seminary, will be speaking in Brainerd as a guest of Truth Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Brainerd Hotel. Dr. Nestingen will speak about the dilemma of the church in the United States these days. Coffee and donuts will available for the discussion period following Dr. Nestingen’s presentation.

For those not able to attend the afternoon presentation in Brainerd, Nestingen will also be speaking 7 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin. Area pastors are invited to attend a Monday morning discussion with Nestingen at 10 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church in Aitkin.

Bishop to share his testimony

NISSWA — Bishop Success Samuel from Lagos, Nigeria, will be sharing his testimony and preaching at Christ Community Church in Nisswa on Sunday. Church services are at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Bishop Success served as the executive director of the African mission of Minnesota Church Ministries Association for the past nine years. Currently he is a church planter for the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. Under his leadership MCMA Africa grew from Nigeria to nine African countries. He will share a powerful testimony of God’s mighty works in Africa. His message will encourage, inspire and challenge everyone who hears him.

Goldrush to perform

The Church On The Wise Road will present their last concert until fall. Goldrush will perform at 7 p.m. Friday. Goldrush is a multi-talented group, consisting of four vocalists, mandolin, guitars, banjo, fiddle, and upright bass. The church is located at 10345 Wise Road, one mile north of Brainerd on CR 3, then west 1/4 mile on CR 49 (Wise Road).

Vacation Bible school at Park UMC

Park United Methodist Church, 315 North Sixth St., will be having “Operation Overboard: Dare to Go Deep with God” vacation Bible school, June 4-8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The adventure includes regular deep sea voyages into Bible fun and creative crafts, hands-on mission work, water science and great music. Anyone ages 2 through 7th grade can be part of the all the excitement through registration. Contact Park United Methodist Church at 829-4116 or visit the church’s website to register.

Haataja to speak at services

On Sunday, the Brainerd Laestadian Lutheran Church will have a visiting pastor from Menahga. Steve Haataja will serve at the 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. worship services. There will be a noon meal served at the church and coffee lunch after the 1 p.m. service. For more information, contact Howard Parks at 829-8077.

Spring plant sale

WALKER — Community Church of Walker, UCC, on the corner of Hwy. 371 and Tianna Drive, is hosting its 23rd annual spring plant sale June 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come for wide variety of plants, flowers, seedlings, hanging baskets, trees, bulbs, perennials, annuals and check out our fresh baked goods and beautiful garden-themed crafts. A hot sandwich lunch with homemade pie and coffee will also be available for only $7.

Pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman, which is located at the junction of Hwy. 27 and CR 47.

Children participate in Primary Community Service Day

Children from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently picked up sticks and branches in Buffalo Hills Lion’s Park as part of their Primary Community Service Day. The children, ages three to 12 years, and their leaders were given permission by the Park Service to clean up the park from the heavy spring winds.

Lakes Area Parish Nurse meeting

The Lakes Area Parish Nurse meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Good Samaritan Society-Woodland, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Call Joy at 855-6639 for questions.

Clothes Review to be closed

LITTLE FALLS — The Clothes Review, located on St. Francis Campus, Little Falls, will be closed from May 25-28. No donations of clothing will be accepted during that time. However, if emergency assistance is needed, call (320) 632-2981. The Clothes Review will reopen at 10 a.m. May 29. The Clothes Review is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota.

‘Joyfully Living Our Franciscan Values’

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a retreat entitled, “Joyfully Living Our Franciscan Values” from 7 p.m. July 7 to noon July 13 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Retreat director, Sister Jolynn Brehm, FSPA, will reflectively explore with participants the Third Order Rule and Life while focusing on the four Franciscan values of conversion, contemplation, poverty and minority. This retreat opportunity will help re-discover and re-energize these values especially as a way of life in our world today.

Pre-register by June 1, or for more information, call (320) 632-0668 or email:

Trinity to honor high school graduates

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will honor its 2012 Brainerd High School graduates on Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. A brunch will be served to the graduates and their family in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m.

Graduates to be recognized are Mariah Bock, Laura Boran, Bethany Dahl, Courtney DeChaine, Zach Dehning, Holly Erickson, Xavier Felland, Heather Johnson, Gretchen Kletscher, Lauren Makey, Tori Saxum and Becky Stanwood.

Pastor Dave Holte will be speaking on “Miserable, but full of Joy!” at the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services with Holy Communion being observed.

Trinity Lutheran is located at 1420 South 6th Street. For additional information call 829-5147 or visit the website at

Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial Association

On Tuesday, the Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial Association will be meeting over breakfast at the Brainerd Lakes Café, 2115 S. 6th Street, Brainerd from 8-9 a.m. 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.

Trinity to host fellowship breakfast

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will host an egg bake breakfast on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The breakfast is being served by the Vision of Trinity with monies raised from a freewill offering going to support activities of the congregation.

Regular church service will be held at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. with Pastor David P. Holte preaching.

Visitors are welcome to attend the services at Trinity which is located at 1420 South 6th Street. For additional information call 829-5147 or visit our website at

Confirmation services

Confirmation services will be held on Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. The service will be held in Koinonia (fellowship hall) at 2 p.m. Confirmands are reminded that they should arrive by 12:30 p.m. for pictures.

First Lutheran Church events

On Sunday, high school seniors will be recognized and presented with handmade quilts during the 10:30 a.m. service at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. A slide show will be presented at both services highlighting the seniors and their future plans. A special brunch will be held beginning at 11:45 a.m. in Koinonia for the graduates and their families.

At the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at First Lutheran Church, 424 South Eighth St., Brainerd, attendance awards will be presented to Sunday school students with 80 percent or better attendance during the 2011-2012 school year. The students will be presented with certificates and ice cream treat coupons for their accomplishment.

An adult forum will be held between services at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. The First Lutheran Mission Team will present information regarding their recent mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, at 9:15 a.m. in the Upper Room. The team will also discuss future plans to return to Oaxaca in 2013.

Brat sale planned

PEQUOT LAKES — Gloria Dei volunteers/Thrivent will be selling brats, hot dogs, pop and water from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25-26 in Pequot Lakes. Watch for signs.

Funds raised are use to send children to Lutheran Island Camp in Henning. Last year, 16 children were sent to camp. For questions, call 963-4495.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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