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Church news-Aug. 24

WWSM installs first pastor

The newly formed Woods and Waters Shared Ministry, a coalition of three area Lutheran churches, installed their first minister in an installation service held Aug. 12 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls.

The Rev. Jean Megorden was officially installed as the WWSM senior pastor by the Rev. Vickie Taylor, assistant to Bishop Tom Aitken of the Northeast Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Pastor Jean will serve Bethel Lutheran in Little Falls, Immanuel Lutheran at Hillman and Bethany Lutheran of Cushing. All three churches will also have the services of trained lay ministers as well.

Members of all three churches attended the installation service and took part in the service. A 25-voice choir comprised of members of the three churches was lead by Joan Wingert, choir director at Bethel, and accompanied by Sarah Larson.

The WWSM became a reality in January 2012 after a year of discussion and organization between the three churches. Each church congregation ratified the Shared Ministry Covenant, an agreement that recognizes each church’s individuality while forming a joint governing council to conduct the group’s business, the main one being calling a pastor. The group then went through the call process, extending a call to Pastor Jean, which she accepted and began her ministry on July 15.

Summer gospel concert in Malmo

Malmo Evangelical Free Church will present Jim Lee from Brainerd at 7 p.m. Saturday. It will be the last concert of the season.

Jim will be joining us for his 18th appearance at our summer concerts. He is well known for his heartfelt delivery of country-flavored gospel music. Jim has appeared at the Gospel Blue Grass Festival in Wisconsin, the Showboat in Grand Rapids and numerous other events. Malmo Church is located near the junction of Highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs.

Activities at Light of the Cross Church

GARRISON — A chicken supper at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison will be from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 8. Cost: $8 for adults; $4 for ages 5-12; free for children 4 and under. There will also be a bake sale.

A polka service will be held at Light of the Cross at 10 a.m. Sept. 16. Rod Cerar will be the featured musician. He is well known throughout the United States for his accordion playing and has played with many well-known entertainers. Rod’s musical versatility is incredible and will be a sure crowd pleaser.

Light of the Cross is located two blocks west of the Super Valu in Garrison.

Family Faith

Journey planned

On Sept. 9, Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Brainerd will begin a Family Faith Journey with the second, third, and fourth graders. Family Faith Journey will combine these grades in the Trinity Multimedia Center with their parents and one of the pastors during the Sunday school hour this school year. Through the Family Faith Journey families will have the opportunity to learn and grow alongside one another both in biblical knowledge and in faith practices. The Family Faith Journey will help us all to continue to live into the baptismal promises we made to these kids: “to live with them among God’s faithful people, bring them to the word of God and the holy supper, teach them the Lord’s prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, place in their hands the holy scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer, so that your children may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace.” As a family we will covenant to journey together through this year learning and growing. This upcoming school year will focus on Old Testament stories, there will be a new story highlighted each week. If you are interested, contact Pastor Sarah Thomson at 829-3330 or The church is located at the intersection of Highway 210 and 8th Ave NE.

Shepherd’s Lamb

Calling all parents and children. Shepherd’s Lamb at Shepherd of the Lake from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. There will be a story, crafts, snack, and adult time. Shepherd of the Lake is located on Highway 169 about one mile north of the “Y” in Garrison. For more information call 320-692-4581.

Farewell services at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will have a farewell and sending service for Jenny Hinman-McClellan. She has been serving as an intern at Trinity Lutheran Church for the past year. The service will be 9 a.m. Sunday.

Jenny will be preaching her final sermon before returning to Luther Seminary in St. Paul for her final year of study followed by her ordination into the Lutheran ministry. She is a graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., with a degree in Christian Ministry. She is married to husband Peter.

Following the worship service, cake and beverages will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd is located at 1420 South 6th Street. For more information call 829-5147.

Brainerd Lakes Ministerial Association

On Tuesday, the Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial Association will meet over breakfast at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe, 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.

Pasta for Pupils dinner planned

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is having its second annual Pasta for Pupils dinner from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at 408 N. 7th Street in Brainerd. We invite the public to join us in a pasta dinner to celebrate the end of our successful clothing drive and mark the beginning of our mission to empower our school nurses to clothe children in need.

Stephanie Dawn

in concert

Stephanie Dawn will present a free musical concert at the Brainerd Seventh-day Adventist Church at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at 2910 Oak Street in Brainerd.

Stephanie Dawn’s first solo performance was at the age of three. By the age of 11 she had recorded her third album and at 14 she soloed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She went on to appear on the 700 Club as the female category winner in the National New Artist Search, and later took the Grand Prize in the Ultimate Talent Search sponsored by Embassy Music in Nashville.

Today, at age 31, she has a repertoire of over 300 songs, and sings in English and Spanish. She has sung on NBC, 3ABN, SAFE-TV, MPR, with the Voice of Prophecy, at national and international conventions of thousands of people, in more than 750 concert halls and churches across the nation, and has recorded over 120 songs on 11 CDs. She is also an author, and is currently writing articles for

Stephanie’s concerts combine her powerful testimony, engaging voice, and exuberant personality into a captivating and uplifting program that draws the listener closer to God. Her enthusiastic love for Jesus lifts her above the many challenges she faces, in addition to her blindness. This love is inspiring to others facing challenges in their own lives.

Dann Thornton provides piano accompaniment and arrangements for Stephanie, along with performing and recording with many other musicians. He has taught trumpet, music theory, and many other music courses at various institutions around the nation, including the University of Minnesota Duluth, Bemidji State University (MN), the University of Iowa, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery and LSC-North Harris (TX). Dann has been a pianist on national and regional television, public radio, major concert halls, and on many albums, and has performed on trumpet at the International Trumpet Guild Conference. He is currently recording several CDs of flugelhorn solos and a CD of original piano compositions.

Parish nurse

group to meet

Lakes Area Parish Nurse group will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Good Samaritan Society-Woodland, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Call Joy at 855-6639 for more information.

Six-week Bible study planned

at CCC

NISSWA — Christ Community Church will begin a six-week Bible study on Love & Respect from Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. The study will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday nights beginning Sept. 17. This study provides an opportunity for couples to go deeper into the life changing principles of Love & Respect. Pre-register by Sept. 5 either by calling the church office at 963-2626 or email at Christ Community Church is located at 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa.

First Lutheran Church activities

On Sunday the First Lutheran Church, 424 S. 8th St., Brainerd, will offer Praise and Worship services at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services with the FLC Praise & Worship Band. Christine Dallaire will also share special music at both services. The Call Committee for senior pastor position will be commissioned during both services. The 2012-2013 Sunday school teachers will meet in the Mezzanine at 9:05 a.m. to prepare for the upcoming school year.

First Lutheran Church of Pillager vacation Bible school planned

PILLAGER — The First Lutheran Church of Pillager will have a vacation Bible school from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Dinner will be provided. All children are welcome.

Cuyuna Range Recovery Ministries

DEERWOOD — Cuyuna Range Recovery Ministries has announced the guest participant at the monthly Recovery service at 5 p.m. Sept. 1 at Cascade United Methodist Church near Deerwood will be the Rev. Jo Campe. The Rev. Campe is the retired pastor of The Recovery Church in St. Paul.

Cuyuna Range Recovery ministries began nearly three years ago and draws from the experience of the Recovery Church. The Cuyuna Range Recovery service is the first Saturday of the month at 5 p.m. at Cascade United Methodist Church. The service is neither a typical church worship nor a 12-step program. We do draw from both traditions and seek to embody the spirit of our higher power without creating boundaries for its expressions.

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