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Church news-Sept. 21

Park United Methodist Seniors

The Park United Methodist Seniors will be meeting for a luncheon at noon Monday followed by the program “Five Wishes” presented by Joy Norby and Kris Kaiser of Good Samaritan Home Care and Hospice of Nisswa. “Five Wishes” is a look at making late-life decisions for ourselves or loved ones. Lunch reservations may be made by calling the church at 829-4116. Anyone wishing to attend just the presentation, can join the group in the lower fellowship room at about 12:30 p.m. Park United Methodist is located at Sixth and Juniper in Brainerd.

Annual harvest supper

DEERWOOD — Cascade United Methodist Church, Highway 6/210, Deerwood, will have its annual harvest supper from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Adults: $8; children 6-12, $5; and children 5 and under, free.

Brainerd Laestadian

Lutheran Church

The Brainerd Laestadian Lutheran Church, 1501 South Eighth St. in Brainerd, will hold its fall services Saturday and Sunday with guest speaker Marcus Lohi from Big Lake serving. He will give a presentation directed toward family life, at 7 p.m. Saturday followed by a devotion. Lohi will also be the speaker for the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service, and the 1 p.m. concluding service. There will be a noon meal served on Sunday, between the morning and afternoon services. Questions may be directed to Howard Parks at 829-8077.

UCC adult forum

First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Sunday adult forum is entitled Geo-Cultural History of the Hispanic Population. Jan Kurtz, Central Lakes College Spanish and Latin American studies instructor, will lead activities to guide the group through generalizations and stereotypes to historical facts and accurate definitions of terms such as Hispanic, Latino and Dreamers. The activities are designed to enlighten as well as to open communication with another population group in our U.S. melting pot. The forum begins after the 10 a.m. worship. For more information on First Congregational UCC, visit the church’s website at

Trip to Honduras

DEERWOOD — Salem Lutheran Church of Deerwood is organizing a group to Honduras Feb. 18-27, 2013. The work will continue at Kid’s Ark International Christian Youth Camp ( near Lake Yajoa, in the center of the country. Kids Ark is the hosting organization.

Work will include construction at the camp and hosting youth groups that will be visiting the camp during our stay. There are projects for all ages and abilities.

Total cost will be $1,500 (includes flight, lodging, meals, transportation and exit taxes). Our lodging and the majority of the meals will be at Finca Los Glorias (

Deposit of $100 due now, balance due by Dec. 15, 2012. This is a Christian mission trip and all are welcome to participate.

Questions or more information contact Greg Meyer via email at

Change of pastor at Park

The end of June, Park United Methodist Church welcomed Pastor Brenda Kramer King to their midst. Pastor Brenda came most recently from serving eight years at Virginia/Chisholm United Methodist churches, and prior to that she served Anoka UMN and Balaton/Lake Benton UMC as well as Trinity UMC in Chippewa Falls, Wis.

She is a native Minnesotan having been raised in surburban St. Paul and weekends on a farm in the Milaca/Princeton area.

Sunday worship services are at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at Park.

Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial

On Tuesday, the Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial Association will be meeting 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.

Meet at the flag pole for prayer

Meet at the flag pole by the fountain at Gregory Park to pray on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Bring your Bible, a friend and a lawn chair.

First Lutheran Church events

The first of three Stewardship Gatherings will be held between services at 9:15 a.m. Sunday in Koinonia at First Lutheran Church, Brainerd. The gatherings will focus on the meaning of this year’s stewardship theme and the ELCA brandmark “God’s work. Our hands.” In addition, the FLC Call Committee will share an update on the senior pastor call process. Members of the congregation who have not already sent in their Stewardship Gathering Reservation Card are encouraged to call the church office at 829-9552 to reserve a date and time to attend one of the gatherings.

On Wednesday, the “New Frontier Radio Hour and Worship Service” will be held in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. at First Lutheran.

The old-fashioned radio show will feature live music, local FLC talent and a kazoo band.

Following the service at 6:45 p.m., Confirmation Parent Night will be held and includes the second Stewardship Gathering. Parents and confirmation students are strongly encouraged to attend this session.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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