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Church news-Aug. 17

Pancake breakfast

HILLMAN — A pancake breakfast will be 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The church is located at the junction of Hwy. 27 and CR 47.

Financial Peace University coming to Brainerd

Oak Street Christian School and the Seventh-day Adventist Church will host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning Sept. 10. Financial Peace University is a 13-week course that teaches a step-by-step method to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, and invest for the future.

The cost of the course is $99 and includes a membership kit and a lifetime membership in Financial Peace University, which allows participants to go through the course again anytime and anywhere it is offered without additional charge. For married couples, only the husband or wife needs to register for the course, and the other one can share the membership and participate at no additional cost. Everyone is invited to come to a free preview of the course that will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Oak Street Christian School at 2910 Oak Street, Building C in Brainerd. The class will be at the school Monday nights from 7-8:30 p.m.

For more information and to register call 825-9498.

Outdoor gospel concert

MALMO — Malmo Free Church will have an outdoor gospel concert at 7 p.m. Saturday featuring the Ophoven Family Band which consists of four siblings and their parents. Hailing from Grand Rapids, the Ophovens love music and enjoy sharing it with others. The four siblings, ranging in age from 16 to 21, have all been trained in music since kindergarten. They play a variety of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, and dobro. Formed five years ago, the band has played for various events, churches, festivals, and fairs across the Midwest and into Canada.

Malmo church is located near the junction of Highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs.

Fall workshop

planned in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE — The Duluth Diocese and Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women will have its fall workshop at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 35208 County Road 37, Crosslake.

Commissioner Chairs will give short presentations on topics presented at National Council of Catholic Women Convention held in September in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Father Fruth and DDCCW President, Barb Nalan will speak on the convention.

Mass will be celebrated by Father Fruth assisted by other spiritual advisors (Moderators), and parish priests in attendance that day. The Mass collection is designated half for Haiti and half for Diocesan Vocations.

After lunch Deacon Jim Kirzeder will give a presentation on work he has done in Haiti. There will be a raffle fund raiser with proceeds donated to the Duluth Disaster Fund. Prepaid registration for the day is $15. After Sept. 24 and on the day of the workshop will be $20. If you have questions on registration or information, call Alice at 218-729-9647 or email In the subject line put Fall Workshop.

Annual PTL concert becomes a tradition

WALKER — Anticipation is high and the musicians are ready for the 5th Annual P.T.L. Concert on 7 p.m. today, Aug. 17 at Calvary Church in Walker. The Calvary Four Plus One, a southern gospel men’s quartet with Doug Pitt, Chet Kelm, Lynn Mineer and Jeff Corn, has been working hard on new music and on showcasing some great old tunes. Anchoring the concert each year, they have developed a wonderful blend of tight harmony, performance presence, and message, adding guitar and mountain dulcimer for variety.

The 5th Annual P.T.L. Concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken for Faith in Action, a nonprofit organization that relies on local partnership and support to spread the word about helpful, neighborly services, to encourage volunteer involvement in the community, and to contribute to keep the doors open. For more information call 218-675-5435.

Bilingual liturgy

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a bilingual liturgy on Sept. 12, 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. This bilingual liturgy will be in honor of Penny Lernoux. The Franciscan Sisters celebrate bilingual liturgies four times a year in keeping with their commitment to their Hispanic brothers and sisters. For more information on Mass times or the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, visit their website at or call 320-632-2981.

Beth Moore simulcast

Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd will have a live Internet streaming simulcast of a Living Proof Live event with Beth Moore, Travis Cottrell and 250,000 women around the world from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sept. 15. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Living Proof Live is a fun-filled Bible Study, teaching and worship experience to enrich your mind, soul and spirit. Moore is known for her inspiring women’s Bible studies. As she explores the Bible and how it applies to real life, you will be encouraged by her own experiences as a believer, and you will be inspired to magnify and strengthen your own relationship with God.

More information or questions: contact Joan at or 218-820-0159. For lunch, you can bring a brown bag or go out for lunch. There will be no child care available.

How Do Believers

‘Beg to Differ?’

LITTLE FALLS — Join the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and members of First United Church, Little Falls, 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at First United Church, Little Falls, for an evening of prayer and interaction. Two religious congregations, one Roman Catholic and one Mainline Protestant, will examine how individuals of different faiths can express their most deeply held views forcefully, yet remain respectful of the deeply held beliefs of others. This truism from our “everyday” lives can become even more challenging during an election campaign when one person’s political perspective is different from another. Everyone is invited to attend.

Activities at Good Shepherd Free

Men of Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church will meet at the church 7 a.m. Saturday for breakfast and Bible study.

The women will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church for brunch, a business meeting and Bible study, “Pearls for a Princess” lesson No. 7.

The church is located at 5878 Pine Beach Road, Brainerd. For more information call 824-3052.

Great Adventure Gospel Band to perform

PEQUOT LAKES — The Great Adventure Gospel Band made up of the David and Kris Garms family will perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 30609 State Highway 371 N, Pequot Lakes.

Lutheran Pastor rides bicycle cross-country from New Orleans to Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS — Two Little Falls area men raise awareness and donations to purchase 1,000,000 meals for hungry children around the world through a “Ride for Rice” in connection with Food for Kidz.

Pastor David Sperstad, an ELCA pastor serving First Lutheran Church in Little Falls has completed the first part of a lifelong dream. Pastor Sperstad and First Lutheran Church member/steward, Ron Makela, of Royalton, recently arrived back in Little Falls after biking along the Mississippi River from New Orleans.

Pastor David had the idea for the journey in 2009 after traveling with a group of youth to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. The planning began in earnest when the ELCA announced that the 2012 National Youth Gathering would again be held in the city of New Orleans.

Twenty-three youths and adults from First Lutheran and 35,000 other Lutheran youth spent 10 days on the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans working, worshipping and coming alongside brothers and sisters from the deep south and from all around the world during the event which takes place every three years.

At the conclusion of the gathering on July 22 as the young people boarded buses for home, Pastor David and Ron climbed on their bicycles and began pedaling home to Little Falls. The journey took 21 days. The men met many people and received kindness from strangers all along the route. As a part of the journey experience the two ate the same nutritious rice meal that is packaged for Food for Kidz by hands throughout Minnesota.

A goal of the trip was to raise money and awareness to purchase and package 1,000,000 meals for undernourished children throughout the world in partnership with Food for Kidz. Food for Kidz is a national, non-profit organization responsible for feeding over 10,000,000 children worldwide in 2010. Food for Kidz supplies a specially formulated mixture of rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and seasoning which is packaged by volunteers — including regular packing dates at First Lutheran by members and friends — and shipped throughout the world wherever there are hungry children.

Pastor Sperstad looks forward to the second part of the dream: pedaling the country east to west. All donations will be used for Food for Kidz. Donations to the Ride for Rice can be made by going to and clicking on the “donate now” button. Donations can also be mailed to: First Lutheran Church – Ride for Rice, 2100 Riverview Drive, Little Falls, MN 56345.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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