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Church news-Aug. 31

Here and Now...There

and Then Bible study

PEQUOT LAKES — Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes will be hosting the 11-week “Here and Now...There and Then” Bible study on the book of Revelation by Beth Moore beginning Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Workbooks will be given at the first class. To sign up, call Joan at 218-820-0159.

Trinity to welcome intern

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will be celebrating a Service of Beginning for Katie Slack on Sunday at the 9 a.m. service. She began her year of internship on Sept. 1 as part of a program between Trinity Lutheran and Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Katie has completed two years at Luther Seminary. After her year of internship at Trinity, she will be returning to the seminary for her final year of study before being ordained into the ELCA ministry. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield with a degree in English and Religion. Her hometown is Ringsted, Iowa. Following the service, coffee and cookies will be served in the Gathering Area with an opportunity to meet Katie and her husband, Patrick.

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

Book ‘n Stuff sale

AITKIN — For a third consecutive year St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at 222 First St. SE in Aitkin, will hold a “Books ‘n Stuff” sale Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. From its inception as a used books sale, the effort now includes games, toys and household items (no clothing). Free coffee and donuts will be offered.

Taize Prayer

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Taize Prayer from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Taize Prayer is a reflective, meditative prayer with repetitively sung chants.

Gather in a sacred space for an hour with the beauty of lighted candles and the San Damiano Cross. Encounter the mystery of God through the beauty of simplicity. Allow yourself to be open and receptive and let the prayers permeate your mind. Hear scripture readings, prayer petitions and songs initiated by a song leader. Relax and join in prayer and song as you feel comfortable.

In the sacred space of contemplative silence God often touches us deeply, and healing and transformation happen. Taize Prayer is open to the public the first Thursday of the month through June and will resume in September.

The prayer of Jesus that all may be one is your special invitation to come. People of all faith traditions are welcome. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email;

Learn about homeopathy

There will be a meeting from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday to learn about homeopathy and also how it is God’s perfect natural healing with no side effects or downside. You will learn about the Biblical basis for homeopathy. For more information, visit

Common Ground event planned at CCC

NISSWA — Christ Community Church will be having a “Common Ground” event at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa. Adults, come and enjoy food, fellowship and a movie. We will be watching the movie “Courageous.” Bring $5 for pizza and pop.

Final worship service

at Bay Lake Camp

Come join us for our final worship service for the 2012 season at Bay Lake Camp. Stay for the live and silent auction to help raise funds to “send a kid to camp.” Hot dogs, pie and ice cream, music and fun. Bay Lake Camp is on an island. Shuttles available beginning at 9:15 a.m. Sunday from the Brighton Point Landing off County Road 10 on the east shore of Bay Lake.

Call Brenda Olson, camp director, for details at 651-247-0360.

Eck worship service

Make your life better with an understanding of karma, the law of cause and effect, from 1-2 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Brainerd Public Library. Experience your divine qualities of compassion, goodness and love.

‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ tickets available

Park United Methodist Seniors has a block of tickets for the matinee performance of “Bye, Bye Birdie” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater for Oct. 6 with the motor coach leaving the Park UMC parking lot (Sixth and Juniper) at 7:30 a.m. Cost for the theater production, dinner, bus and gratuities is $85. Reservations may be made by calling 829-4339 before Sept. 8.

The musical comedy is a peppy spoof of an Elvis-like rock star, Conrad Birdie, about to be inducted into the Army. There is a contest, with the winner getting a good-by kiss from Conrad on the Ed Sullivan Show. So, when Conrad arrives in Sweet Apple, USA, for his farewell kiss, the entire community swoons.

Clothes Review hours

LITTLE FALLS — The Clothes Review, located on St. Francis Campus, Little Falls, will be closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday. No donations of clothing will be accepted on that day. However, if emergency assistance is needed, call 320-632-2981. The Clothes Review will reopen on Tuesday at 10 a.m. The Clothes Review is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.

7th Annual Gift of Music

St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, Nisswa, will host the 7th annual Gift of Music on Sept. 9. Social hour and silent auction will be 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. The music program will be at 7 p.m. with many talented church musicians including special guest Dick Macko on the accordion.

Blessing kindergartners

at service

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, ELCA, in Brainerd will be blessing the kindergartners Sunday at the 9 a.m. worship service. You do not need to be a member for your child to be a part of this event.

All kindergartners and their families without a current church home are invited. Pastor Sarah Thomson will be leading the worship service and Pastor Mark Skinner will give the sermon. This is a worship service with Holy Communion.

On Sept. 9, we will be celebrating the beginning of the Sunday school year with Rally Sunday. This is also the Sunday we return to two worship services: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Registrations are being taken for Sunday School at or by calling 829-3330. We are located at the intersection of Highway 210 and Mill Avenue.

Holy Cross Church bazaar

HARDING — There will be a bazaar with a chicken and ham dinner serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Holy Cross Church in Harding. $8 per person for adults; children under 12, $3; and children five and under are free. There will be homemade Polish coffee cakes and pies, hamburgers served all day and evening.

There will be entertainment for the children and music by Dale Dahmen and the Polka Beats and Virg and The Eldorados. Polka mass will be 10 a.m. There will be a drawing at 7 p.m.

The Holy Cross Church is located 19 miles south of Brainerd on Highway 25, and then four miles east, watch for signs.

59th annual convention of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

LONG PRAIRIE — The St. Cloud Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites women to attend the 59th annual convention on Sept. 15 beginning at 8 a.m. at the St. Mary of Mount Carmel, 409 Central Ave., Long Prairie. The theme is “Nurturing Faith and Family.”

The convention includes morning refreshments, business meeting, keynote talk by Father Mathew Crane, Mass, lunch, instructional sessions, prayer and door prizes.

Registration fee is $15 by Sept. 10 ($20 after). Send registration to Ruth Wehlage, 38742 CR 191, Sauk Centre, MN 56378. For information, Arleen Roelike, DCCW President at 320-282-9941.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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