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Church news-Nov. 9

■ FLC fall bazaar

On Saturday, First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will hold its fall bazaar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The bazaar includes homemade crafts, white elephant and kids’ corner items, bake sale (including lefse and krumkake) and much more. A soup luncheon will be served for $5. Raffle tickets will also be available for $1 each or six tickets for $5. Raffle items include a quilt, Noah’s Ark puzzle, print of a Cindy Wicklund painting, bird house, metal fire rings and a hardanger wall hanging.

■ Special events

planned at FLC

Special events planned for Sunday at First Lutheran Church, Brainerd, include a 9:15 a.m. coffee fellowship held in honor of Clif Johnson’s 90th birthday. Then at 11:30 a.m., the congregation is invited to a baby shower in honor of the Chris and Traci Staples family upon the birth of their daughter, Emery Rosemary.

■ Eckankar meeting

Bring the blessings of God into your life. Discover everything you need to know about remembering and interpreting your dreams from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brainerd Public Library.

■ Kids Against Hunger meals packed

The Presbyterian Church of Crosslake recently made their third visit to pack food at Kids Against Hunger. They packed 9,400 meals.

If you would like further information about Kids Against Hunger Brainerd lakes area, contact John Poston at 218-961-0055 or visit

■ Bazaar at Park United Methodist Church

United Methodist Women of Park United Methodist Church will hold its annual bazaar from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The church is located at 315 North 6th St., Brainerd. As well as crafts and other bazaar items there will be a cookie walk. Pick out your own cookies for $7 a pound. A soup luncheon will also be served.

■ Shepherd’s Lambs at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison

GARRISON — Shepherd’s Lambs will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday. For parents and children, there’s a Bible study, crafts, play time and snacks. For more information call 320-692-4581.

■ Tied in faith, sent in hope, wrapped in love

GARRISON — Approximately 40 quilts assembled by ladies from Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison will be displayed and blessed at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. These quilts will then be sent to Lutheran World Relief for distribution throughout the world. Shepherd of the Lake is located on Highway 169, one mile north of Garrison.

■ Spaghetti dinner at Shepherd of the Lake

GARRISON — A spaghetti dinner will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Proceeds designated to Garrison Food Shelf and other ministries. Shepherd of the Lake is located on Highway 169, one mile north of Garrison.

■ Centering Prayer 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

■ Trinity to hold annual fall boutique and craft sale

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 South Sixth St., Brainerd, will have its 13th annual fall boutique and craft sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Fellowship Hall and the Gathering Area.

The Fall Boutique will feature “You Betcha Corner,” Granny’s Pantry, Cabin Fever, Holiday Inspirations, Attic Treasures and bake sale with lefse and Scandinavian goodies.

Doug’s caramel rolls and beverages will be served throughout the sale with lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will feature a variety of soups and sandwiches.

For more information, call 829-5147.

■ Children’s Shop Day

PEQUOT LAKES — Grace United Methodist Church of Pequot Lakes will host its ninth annual Children’s Shop Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17. Children up to sixth grade are invited to shop the assortment of $1 gifts for their parents and grandparents. While adults wait in the spacious fellowship hall, lunch items such as walking tacos, corndogs, beverages, etc., will be available for purchase. There will also be a toddler play area and holiday videos to watch. All items $1 and gift-wrapped for free.

Upon entering through the front doors into the Narthex, you will fill out a shopping list, gift tags and place your child’s name on a paper bag. In the Narthex, there will be a used clothing sale. New this year will be our nativity scene set up with costumes for your children to pose in for a minimal sitting fee. Bring your own camera or use ours and we will email photos to you. This is a great opportunity for Christmas photo cards, portraits, plates, mugs, playing cards and tree ornaments.

Grace United Methodist Church is located 1.7 miles south of the stoplights in Pequot Lakes on Highway 371.

■ UCC adult forum

First Congregational United Church of Christ welcomes Chiranjeet Shah as the adult forum speaker on Sunday after the 10 a.m. worship. Shah, part of the Community College International Development Program (CCID), will speak about his life in India. Coming from a poor family, he grew up in the slums of New Delhi. He took many jobs to support his family and earned enough to send his brother and sister to school. Because he was working full-time, he was unable to pursue his own education. Thanks to a CCID scholarship, he is now a student at Central Lakes College seeking a degree in business administration. For more information on First Congregational UCC, visit the church’s website at

■ Cascade United Methodist Church Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

CROSBY — A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served at noon Nov. 22 at Cascade United Methodist Church located on Highway 6/210 between Crosby and Deerwood.

Call the church at 218-534-3507 or 218-546-6978 to make reservations. Leave name, phone number and number of people attending.

■ Christ Community Church activities

The Christ Community Church’s men’s breakfast and Bible study will be 7:30-9 a.m. Saturday at the church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa. This month, the discussion will be God’s judgment.

The Care & Share craft and bake sale will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

There will be a Common Ground event Sunday. Meet at Jack’s House for family bowling. Come at 4:30 p.m. for supper or for those who only want to bowl, come at 6 p.m.

It will be camo night from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday for AWANA. Come at 5:15 p.m. for a family fellowship dinner.

■ Chartered bus

trip to Concordia Christmas concert

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd is sponsoring another chartered bus trip to the 86th annual Concordia Christmas concert with the theme “All Are Welcome” on Dec. 8. The motor coach leaves the Trinity parking lot (1420 South Sixth St.) at 10:45 a.m. for the 2 p.m. matinee performance. The cost of the concert is $42 per person which includes the charter coach bus, a floor seat concert ticket and an after concert dinner buffet in Moorhead. If you are interested, call Joe in the Trinity church office at 829-5147 for reservations.

■ Park United

Methodist Seniors

Park United Methodist Seniors will meet at noon Nov. 19 for a luncheon in the church fellowship hall. Following the meal, Gary Parker, an instructor at Central Lakes College, will present “Conflict of Cultures: The Dakota War of 1862.” Anyone interested in joining the group should contact the church at 829-4116 to make a reservation.

■ Turkey Bingo

St. Mathias Catholic Church, Fort Ripley, will be having turkey bingo on Nov. 18 starting at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $2.50 for 10 games. There will be a drawing for a doorprize and lunch will be served by the St. Mathias CCW.

■ Zion Lutheran Church

Zion Lutheran Church, 220 North Eighth St., Brainerd, will have Bingo and a bake sale from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 16. Cost is $5 per person per card. Prizes will be awarded. This is a fundraiser for those youth attending the National Youth Gathering.

Zion is hosting a worship service for shut-ins Nov. 21. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to noon and the service starts at noon. If you would be willing to attend, call the church office by Nov. 19 to be put on the list to be picked up and/or taken home.

There will be a Thanksgiving Eve worship service at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 21. Donations for the food shelf are welcome at any time, but especially now, at the beginning of and through the holiday season. The collection box is in the narthex.

■ Aitkin Christian Women’s Connection

AITKIN — The Aitkin Christian Women’s Connection will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Aitkin American Legion. Topic: Surviving Today. Special feature: Bake sale and silent auction. Music: Gail Schardin, Aitkin. Speaker: Dodi Davis, Coon Rapids.

Reservations and cancellations are necessary.

Call Judy at 218-927-6085 or Chris at 218-927-3677 or Lois at 320-684-2000.

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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