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Church news-Aug. 3

Outdoor gospel concert

MALMO — The Malmo Free Church will present Mike and Doug from Hinckley in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Mike (Hansen) and Doug (Ammerman) have shared their music and love of the Lord at concerts for more than 10 years. They are now joined by John Daggett and Catrina Campbell. Malmo Church is located near the junction of Highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs.

Annual fish fry

WALKER — The Community Church of Walker, UCC, on the corner of Highway 371 and Tianna Drive, is busy preparing for its annual fish fry from 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the church’s fellowship hall. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids under 11. Tickets are available in the church office and from church members. Pre-sale tickets are preferred; however, some tickets will be available at the door.

Brainerd Christian Women’s Connection (BCWC)

The Brainerd Christian Women’s Connection invites women of all ages to the annual auction/luncheon at The Lodge from 12:15-2 p.m. Thursday in Baxter.

Bring your friends and bid on gifts and items at our auction fundraiser for Stonecroft Ministries.

Music will be provided by Ellie Loschko.

There’s never a dull moment in our speaker Donna Clark’s ride from emotional exhaustion to emotional balance in “Riding Life’s Roller Coaster.”

For free child care requests and reservations, call Sharon at (218) 692-2282 by Sunday.

Cost is $16.

Bethany Lutheran preparing for VBS

CUSHING — Bethany Lutheran Church in Cushing will have vacation Bible school from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 13-17. Children ages 3 to sixth grade. This year’s theme is “Sky: Everything is Possible With God”. Call Roxie Flicek, VBS coordinator, at (320) 749-2026 to pre-register (preferred), or register at the church at 4 p.m. Aug. 13.

A supper will be served at the church each night of VBS. VBS week will conclude with root beer floats on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. The Bethany congregation and guests, especially parents or grandparents of VBS participants, are invited to come and see what VBS is all about, as well as meet and chat with the VBS participants and their families.

Bethany Lutheran is located at 25430 Bison Road in Cushing, about a half mile south of Highway 10, on County Road 11.

VBS at Christ Lutheran Church

Vacation Bible school will be Sunday through Thursday from 6-8 p.m. with the theme “Back to Jerusalem.” Everyone ages pre-K thru fifth grade is welcome. There will be Bible truths, theme-related games, lesson-related snacks, crafts, and music. Registration is free and the event is held at Christ Lutheran Church in Baxter. For more information and to register call 829-4105 or visit

Activities at TLC

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will have Joe Trucano as guest organist at this Sunday’s service at 9 a.m. A coffee hour will follow.

Trucano is currently studying organ at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

On Monday, vacation Bible school will begin at 9 a.m. The theme is “Sky — Everything is Possible with God.” Registrations are available at the church or call Jacki at 829-5147.

The regular Wednesday night service will be held at 6 p.m. with Pastor Hans Anderson preaching.

Trinity is located at 1620 South Sixth St.

Breathing meditation and Lectio Divina

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Breathing Meditation (Centering Prayer) and Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 16 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

FLC activities

First Lutheran Church, 424 South Eighth St., Brainerd, will host a “Foundations for BeFrienders Ministry” leadership training workshop. The workshop will be Oct. 8-11 at their facility in Brainerd. Hours for the workshop are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop will be conducted by BeFriender Ministry national staff.

BeFrienders Ministry began in the 1980s as an ecumenical education program at the College of St. Thomas. In 1982 it began offering educations for lay leaders. In 2006 it became an independent stand-alone 501C (3) organization.

BeFrienders Ministry is rooted in the baptismal call to ministry. Lay leaders embody the caring presences of God and the faith community. Spiritual growth and ongoing learning for lay ministry also have been emphasized though out the programs history. After BeFrienders lay leaders are trained at this workshop they will return to their faith communities or organizations and provide training and support to lay volunteers. These lay leaders will then become listening, caring presences to those who are facing a life changing experience. This maybe coping with chronic illness, cancer, dementia, depression, job loss, divorce, and bereavement — the list is endless.

If you are interested in attending or have any questions, call First Lutheran Church 829-9552 and speak with Pastor Kristin Oltman, the Rev. Dennis Paulson or call Karen Ruona parish nurse of First Lutheran at 828-4354 or contact the BeFrienders office at (952) 767-0244. You may access the website at Registration must be completed by Sept. 9.

At both the 8 and 10 a.m. services Sunday at First Lutheran Church, the congregation will be inspired by the youth who recently attended the ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. They will share inspiration from their journey. The FLC Men’s quartet will also share special music at both services.

A group of 9th-12th grade youth and adult faith advisers from First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will travel to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area from Aug. 9-12 to experience the nature, beauty and spirituality of the BWCA.

Free family movie night in Garrison

GARRISON — Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison is hosting a free family movie and free pizza night at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. Concessions will be available. For more information, call (320) 692-4581. Shepherd of the Lake is located on Highway 169, one mile north of the “Y” in Garrison.

ChiCowCa VBS at CCC

NISSWA — ChiCowCa vacation Bible school will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa, for kids ages 4 years to fifth grade. There will be Bible lessons, music, games, crafts, snacks and animal visitors. Kids will learn to not be a chicken as God is always with them, more about Jesus and to stick their necks out to tell others about Jesus.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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