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Church news-July 27

Alzen Family Band

in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE — The Alzen Family from Roberts, Wis., will present their unique and energetic style of bluegrass music at the 10:45 a.m. service and at 6 p.m. Sunday at Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church. For more information, call Carrie at (218) 851-7777.

Local churches to welcome new pastor

Three Little Falls area churches will welcome their new pastor in the coming weeks when the newly formed Woods and Waters Shared Ministry (WWSM) calls their first pastor.

The Rev. Jean M. Megorden recently began her ministry with the Woods and Waters Shared Ministry at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cushing. In subsequent weeks, Pastor Jean will lead services at Bethel Lutheran in Little Falls and then at Immanuel Lutheran at Hillman.

Pastor Jean, who has served two previous Minnesota Lutheran churches over the past 19 years, will be officially installed as WWSM’s senior pastor at an installation service at 2 p.m. Aug. 12, when members and friends of the three churches gather together at Bethel on West Broadway in Little Falls.

Corn boil planned

HILLMAN — A corn boil will be 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman. Jansons’ sweet corn will be featured along with a 1/4 lb. hamburger with all the fixings, bars and coffee.

Adults will be $6.50; under 10, $3; and under 5, free. Immanuel is located at the junction of Hwy. 27 and CR 47.

From Bach to Broadway

NISSWA — The Teie Family Concert will be 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Celebration Center at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Sportland Corners, Nisswa. Performing in the concert are Ernie Teie, bass; David Teie, cello and baritone; Paul Teie, baritone and piano; Cathy Taylor, piano and soprano; and Laura Raedeke, piano. They will be performing pieces from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Dvorak, just to name a few. A freewill donation will be taken during intermission to support the Lutheran Church of the Cross Education Scholarship Fund. The LCC Education Scholarship was established in 2007 out of respect for education and to the glory of God in memory of Walt Simonson and Phyllis Teie. There will be a reception in Chapel Hall following the concert.

Lykins and Ward at worship service

NISSWA — Scott Lykins and John Taylor Ward will be enriching the worship at Lutheran Church of the Cross Sunday at both the 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. services. As founders and leaders of the Lakes Area Music Festival, for the past three summers they have already achieved the seemingly impossible by presenting free professional concerts to large and enthusiastic audiences. Between services, at 9:30 a.m., they will present the forum “The Sound of Music.” Lutheran Church of the Cross is located at 5064 County Road 13 (Sportland Corners), Nisswa.

Maple Hill pie and ice cream social

PINE RIVER — Because of severe water damage to the basement dining area, the annual Maple Hill Church pie and ice cream social will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Warehouse, 307 Norway Avenue, Pine River.

There will be music by Galen Filsmyer and friends.

FLC activities

On Sunday, First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will hold traditional services at 8 a.m. at the church and praise and worship services will be held at Gregory Park at 10 a.m. A congregational picnic will follow afterwards. In the event of inclement weather, the 10 a.m. service and congregational service will be held in Koinonia.

First Lutheran Church will have vacation Bible school, July 30-Aug. 3. The theme this year will be “Praise, Where Kids Get Down and Lift God High.” This fun-filled week will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the Monday and then at 9 a.m. for the remainder of the week through noon each day. On Aug. 3, family members are invited to a potluck luncheon. For more information call, 829-9552.

Second time

around sale

DEERWOOD — Cascade United Methodist Church will have a second time around sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at Highway 6/210 between Crosby and Deerwood.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church activities

Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd will have regular worship on Sunday at 9 a.m. followed by “Sweets and Stories” in the Fellowship Hall. Bethlehem youths who attended the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans and a mission trip to Biloxi, Miss., will share their stories and pictures. More information is at or call 829-3330. The church is located at 418 Eighth Ave NE, Brainerd.

This summer, the theme for Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School will be Pandamania: Where God is Wild about You! and runs from Aug. 6-9 with dinner at 5:30 p.m., activities at 6-8 p.m. We encourage families of all ages, especially those with children ages 3-12 to participate. Our intergenerational VBS includes arts and crafts, games, storytelling and lots of fun. Register online at or contact Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd.

Masa to speak

Joshua Masa, an evangelical preacher from India, will be speaking at New Beginnings Bible Church at 9:45 a.m. Sunday.

Joshua Masa is the youngest son of Yesuratnam Masa, founder and head of Global Faith Ministries, India. Yesuratnam has planted over 120 churches in India, and is characterized by dynamic prayer and was raised on the consistency of faith.

His relevant teachings and simple lifestyle has impacted pastors, leaders and many lives worldwide. He is recognized for his prophetic gifting, leadership skills and as a lively communicator. New Beginnings is located in the old Temple Baptist building next to the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen. For more information call (218) 821-2170.

Churchyard Grass to perform

Churchyard Grass, a gospel group from Immanuel Lutheran Church of Crosby, will perform at Bay Lake Camp on Sunday at the 10 a.m. worship. BLC is on an island. Shuttles begin at 9:15 a.m. from the Brighton Point Road Landing on the east Shore of Bay Lake off County Road 10. The group has been together since 2003, singing a blend of traditional, contemporary and original Christian songs.

Salem’s Summerfest Extravaganza

Salem Lutheran Church of Deerwood will be the site of Salem’s Summerfest Extravaganza Aug. 10-11 during Deerwood Summerfest. Food and beverages will be served both days featuring Swedish meatballs, lefse, ice cream sundaes, hotdogs and sweet treats. There will be a huge rummage sale and silent auction on Aug. 11.

Mystery Mountain Boys to perform

MALMO — Malmo Free Church will present the Mystery Mountain Boys at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Mystery Mountain Boys from Isanti County are made up of six members. These men play a wide variety of stringed instruments including fiddle, banjo, dobro, guitar, drums and bass guitar. Malmo church is located near the junction of Highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs.

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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