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Church news-Nov. 16

■ Clair named as new worship director at The Journey North

The Journey North church in Brainerd announced the addition of worship pastor, Ryan Clair.

Clair, 34, started leading worship for the church last summer after former worship director, Key Lane, resigned from the church.

Clair, a southern California native, moved to the Brainerd lakes area in 2006 to be near his wife’s family.

Clair has led worship at a number of churches in the lakes area including Christ Community Church in Nisswa, Eagle’s Nest Church in Pequot Lakes and Providence Church in Crosslake.

The position at The Journey North will be the first full-time post for Clair.

Clair’s passion for leading worship dates back to his teenage years when he started playing guitar at the age of 15. His punk rock band rehearsed in the sanctuary of the church Clair attended and eventually he started leading worship for the church’s youth ministry.

Clair is excited to bring what he calls “contemporary worship-style” to the lakes area, pulling music from a variety of genres from bluegrass to old hymns.

“I thrive in seeking the newest of music and what is happening in our current culture,” he said. “I’m excited to share what the Lord has given me.”

Clair said he hopes to help create a passion for worship in his new position. “The Lord is doing great things at The Journey North and I am seeing an excitement,” he said.

Clair and his wife, Mary, live in Breezy Point with their three children, Ava, 8, Oliver, 6, and Owen, 2.

■ UCC adult forum

First Congregational United Church of Christ welcomes speaker Abdul Qadir at adult forum on Sunday after the 10 a.m. worship. Qadir is from the most traditional and tribal area of Baluchistan, Pakistan, and is currently a Community College International Development scholarship student at Central Lakes College. He comes from a family of 11. He has been a teacher, a finance officer at China Mobile’s Pakistan operations and most recently, an assistant director in administration for the Pakistan Housing Authority. He has come to learn about the American culture with special interest in discrimination regarding caste, creed, religion and nationality. For more information about First Congregational UCC, visit the church’s website at

■ Pancake breakfast

HILLMAN — A pancake breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman. The church is located at the junction of Highway 27 and County Road 47.

■ Bake and craft sale at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples

STAPLES — There will be a bake and craft sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at Faith Lutheran Church, 430 12th St. NE, Staples.

■ Phil and Denise Reed at Crosslake Christian A/G

CROSSLAKE — Crosslake Christian Assembly of God is pleased to announce that the Rev. Phil and Denise Reed family will be joining us at 10:45 a.m. Sunday to talk about their travels and adventures in Eurasia. Phil is a Grand Rapids native and the eldest child of Bill and the late Judy Reed. He left a 20 year career as a computer programmer more than two years ago to become an Assemblies of God minister.

■ Bilingual liturgy

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a bilingual liturgy at 11 a.m. Nov. 23 at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. This bilingual liturgy will be in honor of Blessed Miguel Pro. The Franciscan Sisters celebrate bilingual liturgies four times a year in keeping with their commitment to their Hispanic brothers and sisters. For more information on Mass times or the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, visit their website at or call 320-632-2981.

■ Thanksgiving service at Grace United

PEQUOT LAKES — The congregation of Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes will gather together for its annual Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Sunday. Members of the community are invited to join them.

Pastor Dianne Ciesluk will be delivering a message based on Matthew 6:25-33 entitled “The Lilies of the Field.”

■ Grace UMC’s Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

PEQUOT LAKES — Grace United Methodist Church of Pequot Lakes will serve a free, traditional Thanksgiving meal from noon to 2 p.m. or until the food is gone on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22. Limited takeout meals will be available for shut-ins. There will be no charge. Reservations are not required, but a phone call to 218-568-5755 would be appreciated.

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

■ Truth Lutheran to have Thanksgiving eve service

Truth Lutheran Church will have a Thanksgiving eve service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd Hotel.

■ Visiting pastor at Laestadian Lutheran

The Brainerd Laestadian Lutheran Church, 1501 South Eighth St., Brainerd, will be having a visiting pastor, Ronald Honga, from Menahga, at this Sunday’s worship services. Services will be held at 11 a.m. only. There will be no afternoon or evening services scheduled. For additional information, contact Howard Parks at 829-8077.

■ Ecumenical Thanksgiving eve service

This year Bethlehem Lutheran of Brainerd is hosting the annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving eve service. We will join with our friends at Park United Methodist, First Congregational, St. Paul’s Episcopal and Rejoice Lutheran at 7 p.m. Wednesday for worship. For those who wish to, bring a pie to share. Anyone who would like to sing in the Thanksgiving Eve choir should plan to rehearse at 6 p.m. that evening.

The church is located at 418 Eighth Ave. NE in Brainerd. For more information call 829-3330 or email

■ Good Shepherd activities

Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church men will meet Saturday for breakfast and a Bible study at 7 a.m. and the women will meet at 9 a.m. for a business meeting and Bible study. Note the time change.

■ Good Shepherd Thanksgiving eve service

A Thanksgiving service will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church. The church is located at 5878 Pine Beach Rd, Brainerd, approximately 1.5 miles on CR 77.

■ Free community class

On Sunday at 7 p.m. Pastor Jeff Scoggins will present a class with some ideas for revitalizing your devotional life. Since spending time with God each day is critical for deepening your relationship with him it makes all the difference when we have ways to keep our time with him fresh and energized. So come for “Tips for Revitalizing Your Devotional Life.” This class is free to the community at Oak Street Christian School. The school is located at 2910 Oak St., building C in Brainerd. For more information call 218-839-1744.

■ AWANA crock potluck fundraiser

NISSWA — Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa, will have an AWANA crock potluck fundraiser Sunday following the 10:15 a.m. service.

■ Thanksgiving

eve service at CCC

NISSWA — Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa, will have a Thanksgiving eve service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

■ Scandinavian market at

Laestadian Lutheran

The Scandinavian market bake sale and craft boutique will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at Laestadian Lutheran Church, 1501 South Eighth St., Brainerd. There will be festive cookies, Scandinavian specialities, vegetable beef pasties, yeast and cardamom bread, tarts and more. There will be craft items too.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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