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Church news-Sept. 28

Churchyard to perform in Garrison

GARRISON — Light of the Cross Lutheran Church, Garrison, is pleased to have Churchyard, the bluegrass band from Crosby, at the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service. Light of the Cross is located two blocks west of the SuperValu in Garrison.

Lutheran Church of the Cross to have rummage sale

NISSWA — On Oct. 5 and 6, Lutheran Church of the Cross will once again hold their huge fall rummage sale. All the proceeds from these biannual rummage sales go to local, state and world wide ministries. All items are categorically displayed to make shopping easier. Special events for shoppers during the fall 2012 sale will include The LCC Bistro with coffee and goodies available for purchase on Friday morning, a silent auction and a jewelry nook. Lutheran Church of the Cross is located at Highway 371 and County Road 13 (Schaefer’s Corner). Rummage sale hours are Oct. 5, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Oct. 6, 8-11 a.m. No early sales please.

WELCA fall gathering

HILLMAN — The WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church) fall gathering of the Heartland Conference of the N.E. MN Synod will be Oct. 6 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hillman. The church is locaated at the junction of Hwy. 27 and CR 47.

The day begins with coffee and registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

A communion worship service will be at 9:30 a.m. Special music will be featured.

Following the worship service Allison Feigh, M.S. from the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, will speak on “Myths and Facts: Teachable Safety Skills.” As an expert on the topic of child and teen safety, Allison has done extensive media interviews including CNN, Fox News and local news stations. Her positive, accessible, personal safety messages are featured in her children’s books, “On Those Runaway Days” and “I Can Play It Safe.” As a classmate of Jacob Wetterling, Allison learned early on how important it is to protect our children and youth.

A silent auction will also be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch will be served at noon. A suggested $8 donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the speaker and the lunch.

A short business meeting will be held during lunch.

Annual rummage sale

PEQUOT LAKES — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes, will have a rummage sale from 2-7 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Freewill offering will go to missions.

Inspirational Gospel Quartet to perform

GARRISON — The Inspirational Gospel Quartet from Aitkin will join Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church for worship at 10 a.m. Oct. 7. They will be singing throughout the worship service. Shepherd of the Lake is located on Highway 169, one mile north of the “Y” in Garrison.

Homeopathy and

its Biblical basis

Information on homeopathy and its Biblical basis as God’s perfect natural healing will be available at a public event sponsored by Homeopathy for Minnesotans from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Brainerd Public Library. Contact Steve Park 218-297-7000 for additional information.

Taize prayer

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invites the public to join them for Taize Prayer on Thursday from 6-7 p.m. 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


LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a traditional Franciscan ritual of Transitus, which will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. This service will recall the events surrounding the death of St. Francis of Assisi and the farewell message he gave to his followers. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email

Blessing of animals

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Little Falls extend a warm invitation to all animal lovers and their pets to attend a Blessing of Animals, a brief service of song, Oct. 7 at 1:15 p.m. This event will be held outdoors on the west lawn at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Bring your four-legged, furry and feathered friends, dogs, cats, woolly caterpillars, guinea pigs, sheep, etc. This special event is held each year in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email

Change in location to meet for prayer

For those interested in meeting to pray for God’s will to be done in our lives, the world, the United States of America, Minnesota, central Minnesota and the Brainerd lakes area, the location to meet has changed to the back room at the Sawmill Inn, 601 Washington St., Brainerd. Meet from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday to pray for the upcoming election.

Lord of Life to host spaghetti feed

BAXTER — Lord of Life Lutheran in Baxter will host a spaghetti feed on Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m. Following this, there will be a mock medical clinic presented by the seven member team that will journey to Haiti in November to hold a medical mission clinic. Team members are from Barnun, Moose Lake, Kettle River and Baxter. All the donations from this event will be used to purchase medications, medical supplies, interpreters and related expenses. Questions can be directed to Mel Nefstead at 218-640-6606, a member of the team.

Noisy offering

at Park UMC

Park United Methodist Church will be receiving a noisy offering this Sunday and the fifth Sunday of upcoming months. A noisy offering is change in a empty can, so bring loose change with to worship. The offering will go to Imagine No Malaria, which is an effort of the people of the United Methodist Church to raise $75 million to eliminate death and suffering from malaria in Africa by 2015. A difference is already being made as a child dies every 45 seconds from malaria; just a short time ago it was every 30 seconds.

This offering will be taken at both the 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services.

Blessing of the pets

First Congregational United Church of Christ will hold a special Blessing of the Pets worship service in Gregory Park on Sunday at 10 a.m. All pets are welcome, but please, for their own safety, restrain them appropriately. If your pets are not sociable or you wish to honor a deceased pet, you may bring their photos or other mementos for a blessing. If the weather is bad, we will meet in the sanctuary. For more information on First Congregational UCC, visit the church website at or call the church at 829-2528.

‘Pray the Devil

Back to Hell’

At 7 p.m. Friday the movie “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” will be shown at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. The film gives an account of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia after decades of civil war. It is a gripping story of women who believed in justice. Leymah Gbowee, a 2011 Nobel Laureate was one of those women. Gbowee was a featured speaker at the 2011 Women of the ELCA Triennial Convention and 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering. The film will be shown in Koinonia. Popcorn, soda, coffee and bars will be served.

Radio show at FLC

Worship will be 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Both services will include a radio show called “New Frontier Lutheran Radio Hour.” The old-fashioned radio show will feature live music, local FLC talent and a kazoo band. Following the second service, a stewardship gathering will be held in Koinonia at 11:30 a.m.

B.A.Y. Rally 53

Brainerd Area Youth for Christ presents B.A.Y. Rally 53 with the theme, “Superhero: True Identity” at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Tornstrom Auditorium, 802 Oak St., Brainerd. Guest speaker will be Jake Vanada.

People all over the world are looking for someone to come and rescue them from the pain and frustrations of this world. That someone already has come. However, as John 1:10 tells us “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.” Who is this masked man? Let’s find out together at the BAY Rallies this year.

Tickets for the Family Force Five Concert on Oct. 27 and Superhero T-shirts will be available.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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