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Church News-Oct. 26

Lutefisk and

meatball dinner

HOLDEN — The Holden Lutheran’s annual lutefisk and meatball dinner will be 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 27987 150th St., north of Isle. Cost: $13, adults; $6, children 6-12. For more information, call 320-676-3497.

Swedish meatball supper at Park UMC

Park United Methodist Church, 315 N. Sixth St., Brainerd, will have its annual Swedish meatball supper Monday with the serving starting at 4 p.m. The cost of the supper this year is $9 for adults, $4 for children 5-12 and freewill for under 5. This is an all-church project with the proceeds being used to help support mission projects both nationally and locally.

The same evening there will be a silent auction with the proceeds being used to help support the candlelight dinner and a bake sale sponsored by United Methodist Women.

Harvest fest at Riverside Union Church

Riverside Union Church will celebrate harvest time with a hayride and wiener roast with hot apple cider and other candy treats in the church parking lot from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at 3435 County Road 45, 8.5 miles south of Brainerd.

Craft and bake sale, lunch planned

AITKIN — Westside Church in Aitkin will have a craft and bake sale and lunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3. Westside Church is on Highway 210, eight blocks west of the stoplights.

Immanuel Lutheran Church to celebrate 100th anniversary

CROSBY — Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on Sunday. There will be one worship at 10:30 a.m. and a congregational meal after the service.

Trunk or treat at Shepherd of the Lake in Garrison

GARRISON — Looking for a safe and fun alternative to trick or treating? Go from decorated car to car (or “trunk to trunk”) to fill your Halloween bag with treats from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. A fun, family-friendly event with games, popcorn, warm drinks, prizes, crafts, a bonfire and more. For more information call 320-692-4581.

Bethesda Lutheran Church to host

holiday bazaar

MALMO — The Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo will hold its annual holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The church is located at 21590 State Highway 47, Malmo, which is on the north end of Mille Lacs Lake. A special feature this year will be a display (not for sale) of unique and antique Christmas stockings. Some are in the shapes of a shotgun shell, a cabled sweater and a figure skate.

The general bazaar areas are the cookie walk with more than 400 dozen Christmas cookies, raffle, bake sale, plus lefse demos and sales, handmade quilts, crafts galore and a lunch counter featuring hot turkey buns.

Raffle items this year include several pieces of Hardanger, a silent walker (Santa with real fur), a glass bowl and beaded silverware, a wooden bowl and pottery. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the bazaar from Mrs. Santa for $1.

Taize prayer

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Taize Prayer on Nov. 1, 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. Taize Prayer is open to the public the first Thursday of the month. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email

Franciscan harvest supper planned

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will host a Franciscan harvest supper Nov. 3, from 4:30-7 p.m., at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Ticket prices include: Adults, $8.50; children 5-12 years, $4; children under 5 years, Free. Dinner tickets will be available at the door or by calling 320-632-2981. Proceeds from the Franciscan Harvest Supper will benefit St. Francis Health and Recreation Center and St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls. For more information, contact 320-632-2981 or

The Rose Ensemble to debut at Sacred Heart

LITTLE FALLS — The Rose Ensemble, an internationally acclaimed group of musicians from St. Paul, will make its debut appearance at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 as part of its annual Greater Minnesota Tour.

Special guest performer is the ever-playful wind and percussion virtuoso Isacco Colombo from Milan who plays bagpipes, shawm, recorder, double flute, piper and tabor.

This year’s statewide tour of nine cities features a wealth of vocal and instrumental music from Medieval and Renaissance Italy, transporting audiences across the rustic countryside of Umbria and Tuscany to the spectacular churches of Assisi, Florence and Rome. The Rose Ensemble will collaborate with choirs at St. Francis Music Center during a free master class.

Tickets for the Little Falls performance will be available at the door for $12; $9 for seniors/students/educator special (with identification). Bring a friend — buy two or more regularly priced tickets over the phone or at the door and receive an additional ticket free. For more information contact 651-225-4340 or visit:


class offered

At 7 p.m. Sunday, the Oak Street Christian School will offer a free community class titled, “Tips for Raising Spiritually Strong Children.” Pastor Jeff Scoggins will be leading the class with a seminar and it will be followed by a discussion time. The purpose of the class is to help give parents helpful ideas for “training up a child in the way he should go so that when he is old he will not depart from it,” Proverbs 22:6. Children that are conscientiously raised not only become spiritually strong but also become model community citizens and family members. All of society benefits when parents are careful about they way they raise their children. The class is free and the whole community is invited. Even grandparents will benefit from this class. Oak Street Christian School is located at 2910 Oak St., bldg C, in Brainerd. For more information call 218-839-1744. Get a current schedule of all Oak Street Community Classes at

Trick or treat, help others eat

Lord of Life confirmation students will be collecting non-perishable food items for the local food shelf on Halloween from 6:30-8:30 p.m. They will be out in Baxter neighborhoods. The group is hoping to surpass last year’s collection of 472 pounds.

Reformation Sunday at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will observe Reformation Sunday with two worship services with Holy Communion at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Pastor Dave Holte will be speaking on the topic, “Kicking Up Your Heals!”

The Rite of Affirmation of Baptism will be celebrated at the 10:30 a.m. worship service as six young people will be confirmed. Education hour and coffee hour will be held between services.

Trinity Lutheran is located at 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, and handicap accessible.


Sunday at FLC

On Sunday, First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will observe Reformation Sunday with traditional Evangelical Lutheran worship services and Holy Communion at both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. The FLC Senior Choir will also share special music at both services.

At 9:15 a.m., a special Adult Enrichment session will be held in Koinonia. Our guest speaker will be Carol Marin, Director of Casa Hogar Children Home in Oaxaca, Mexico. The home serves underprivileged and special needs children in an impoverished area of Mexico. During the 2013 Mission Trip, our mission team will visit the facility and lend a hand with current projects. Everyone is invited to attend this informative session. FLC Youth will also be selling caramel rolls during coffee fellowship and Adult Enrichment. Proceeds will go towards the 2013 Youth Mission trip to Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

On Tuesday, “Cooking for a Crowd” training will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the church. Cost is $15 per individual or $40 per organization with four or more participants. For questions or to register, call 829-9552.

On Wednesday, First Lutheran Church will hold its regularly scheduled worship service at 6 p.m. However, due to Halloween, there will be no fellowship supper, confirmation classes or senior high youth group.

‘Homeland’ cantata

to be performed

Grace United Methodist Church will be hosting a Community Choir Patriotic Cantata entitled “Homeland.” The choir, under the direction of Brad Wallace, will be performing this musical at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the concert is free, and a freewill offering will be taken for the Lakes Area Food Shelf.

Our homeland, a place where we pledge the same flag, protect and defend the same Constitution, breathe the same air, cherish the future of our children, honor our veterans, remember those who paid the ultimate price and support our active military who stand constant vigil to defend the rights that compelled our founders to form a more perfect Union. This is the place our ancestors fought for and also the place where people still gather the courage to come and be a part of the greatest experiment in freedom in human history.

Monkey Madness Halloween

party at CCC

NISSWA — Trixie has gone bananas as she celebrates another birthday with a Monkey Madness party from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa. Games, prizes, food, fellowship and candy are all a part of the evening for the whole family.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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