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Church news-Oct. 12

■ Annual fall bazaar

AITKIN — Aitkin United Methodist Church annual fall bazaar will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. There will be a silent auction, Grandma’s Attic, garden produce, bake shop, Christmas grab bags, crafts, food in a jar, lefse. Fresh pie and a sloppy joe lunch served all day.

■ Annual harvest festival

HILLMAN — Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman’s Annual Harvest Festival will be held Thursday featuring a Talent or No Talent Show. A potluck meal will be served from 6-7 p.m. followed by the Talent or No Talent Show from 7-8 p.m. A silent auction will be also held from 6-8:15 p.m.

Immanuel is located at the intersection of Highway 27 and County Road 47.

■ WMF District fall rally

Women of Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church are invited to the WMF (Women’s Missionary Federation) District Fall Rally on Saturday at Calvary Free Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Speaker will be Pastor Connely Dyrud, Missionary-At-Large. For more information call 829-9093.

■ ‘Minnesota For Marriage’ event

A community informational meeting will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tornstrom Auditorium to discuss the issues related to the Marriage Amendment that will be voted on next month. A representative of “Minnesota For Marriage” will speak and answer questions. For more information call 218-821-2170.

■ UCC forum

Mary de Young and Pat Scott, representatives from the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will speak at First Congregational United Church of Christ’s adult forum on Sunday at 11:15 a.m.

Their topic is the Doctrine of Discovery and a resolution in response to that doctrine. The doctrine is based on a 15th century papal bull stating that the discoverer could claim any land inhabited by “unChristianized” persons and the inhabitants therein. It is still used by courts today to violate treaties with native peoples.

The resolution drafted by the Northwoods Unitarian Universalists says that the exploitation of indigenous people is contrary to the ideals of individual liberty and freedom expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The resolution supports three actions: truth telling, restitution and reparation, and a collaboration of native and non-native citizens to create mutual respect and to right past wrongs.

For more information on First Congregational UCC, visit the website at

■ Annual bazaar and bake sale at Shepherd of the Lake Church

GARRISON — The annual bazaar and bake sale at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20. There will be lefse, a bake sale, pasties, craft items and a garage sale. A luncheon will be available as well.

Shepherd of the Lake is located one mile north of the ”Y” in Garrison.

■ Breathing meditation

and Lectio Divina

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Breathing Meditation (Centering Prayer) and Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Centering Prayer is an ancient and contemporary way of prayer. In a small group, persons gather for 20-30 minutes to pray in quiet, listening openness to God’s presence and action in one’s life. Centering Prayer is experiencing a relationship with God as well as a discipline to foster that relationship. It is a movement beyond conversation with God to communion with God. That is followed by “Lectio Divina,” a reflection on the coming Sunday Scriptures. Come, the third Thursday of the month, gather with sisters and members of all faiths to ponder God’s presence in your life, and open yourself to receive the gift of a closer union with God. No need to pre-register. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email

■ Annual fall booya supper and sale

AITKIN — St. James Catholic Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin, will host its annual fall booya supper and sale. Booya (a secret, seasoned, hearty soup-like mixture) will be served at 6 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5. Booya to “take home” will also be for sale. Individual scoops ($2 each) and large buckets ($20) will be for sale at the dinner and also after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Supper tickets will be sold at the door.

■ Christ Community Church events

NISSWA — Christ Community Church will have men’s breakfast and Bible study from 7:30-9 a.m. Saturday at the church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa. Discussion will be discussing entering the Kingdom of Heaven.

Christ Community Church will hold its monthly Common Ground (an adult fellowship group) event on Sunday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. It will be game night so bring your favorite games and a dish to share.

Christ Community Church will hold its annual congregational meeting on Oct. 28. Following the second service we will have a luncheon downstairs proceeded by the annual meeting.

■ Needlework groups at Park

The first and third Mondays of the month, ladies (and men) are invited to meet at 1 p.m. in the Wesley room at Park United Methodist Church for a time of knitting or crocheting and fellowship. This time is devoted to doing needlework for charity, such as prayer shawls, hats and mittens for kinship or others in need, scarves for young people being confirmed or graduating from high school, or other charitable projects.

The second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6 p.m. an intergenerational needlework group meets at Park UMC’s New Light Campus in Baxter for their favorite form of needlework. At this group people work on whatever they want; it can be items for their own use or gifts. This group includes all ages including a young man in second or third grade who does loom knitting.

■ Breakfast at First

Lutheran in Pillager

PILLAGER — The First Lutheran Church of Pillager will sponsor a free breakfast after the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday.

■ First Lutheran Church

in Brainerd events

Consecration Sunday will be celebrated Sunday at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd. This is a special day where we celebrate our congregation’s commitment to God, church and community. Between services a breakfast will be served in Koinonia.

There will be no confirmation classes or senior high youth group meeting Wednesday due to the MEA Weekend. The Wednesday evening Fellowship Supper will also be canceled. The Wednesday 6 p.m. worship service will be held as scheduled. Confirmation and regular Wednesday activities will resume on Oct. 24.

■ Pork dinner planned

SWANBURG — A pork dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Faith Lutheran Church on County Road 1, Swanburg.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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