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Church news-Dec. 21

■ A Christian Nativity Mystery Lecture planned

A Christian Nativity Mystery Lecture presenting the Mystery of the Birth of Two Jesus children, reconcilling the major differences of the Nativity accounts of Matthew and Lukes Geneologies will be 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 29 at the Brainerd Public Library. Free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Great River Anthroposophical Circle. Wayne Smith will present.

■ Christmas week at

Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will begin a week of Christmas services with Lessons & Carols at 9 a.m. Sunday. There will be a single service featuring Scripture Readings and Traditional Carols. A coffee hour will be held following the service in celebration of Carolyn Norquist’s 80th birthday.

Three services will be held on Christmas Eve beginning with the Traditional Family Christmas Eve Worship at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday. A special Candlelight Worship Service will be held at 11 p.m. Pastor Hans Anderson will be preaching at all three services with Holy Communion being served at all three services.

The Christmas Eve service at 4:30 p.m. will be broadcast live on 1340 KVBR Radio.

Youth Sunday will be held on Dec. 30. College students from Trinity will be recognized and participating in the service. Everyone is encouraged to wear their high school or college apparel. Pastor David Holte will be preaching. There will be no coffee hour.

Visitors are welcome to attend services at Trinity which is located at 1420 South 6th Street. For additional information call 829-5147.

■ Year-end Prayers for World Peace

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite you to join them in these year-end prayers for world peace:

A 24-Hour Vigil of Prayer and Fast will be held on Dec. 30, 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 31. Sign-up for an hour to pray for world peace and reconciliation during this 24-hour period. This hour of prayer could take place in your church, your home or any place where you can pray. Persons 65+ are not encouraged to fast from food. Decide for yourself what form your fasting will take. For more information, or to join the Franciscan Sisters in prayer during this 24-Hour Vigil of Prayer and Fast sign-up for a particular hour by calling 320-632-0668 or email:;

A closing New Year’s Eve Prayer Service held on Dec. 31, 7 p.m., in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. The journey of life is both an individual journey and one we walk on together. At the end of another year, we look back at where we started and where we are, and the prayer service reflects that journey. The Gospel is our guide. The life of Jesus is our inspiration and incentive to keep moving with hope in our hearts. Come join us for this prayer service as we pray and ponder God’s call to live and love like Jesus. For more information on this New Year’s Eve Prayer Service for World Peace, please call 320-632-0668 or email:

■ Christmas Eve Mass

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite you to attend a festive Christmas Eve Mass at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, 7:30 p.m. Monday. Christmas hymns will begin at 7 p.m. Fellowship follows Mass. On Christmas Day, the Franciscan Sisters invite you to join them for Christmas Mass at 8:30 a.m.

■ Christmas services Dec. 23

CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake Christian Assemblies of God Church will present its annual Christmas program and Christmas service. At 6:30 p.m. the delightful musical play, “Rip Van Christmas,” will be presented by the youth and children and the choir. Refreshments will be served following. At 10:45 a.m. there will be a special Sunday morning service focusing on the True Meaning of Christmas with Pastor Gary Espeseth sharing a special Christmas message. Crosslake Christian is located on the south side of Crosslake, off 3, east 1/4 mile on County Road 36. Call 218-851-7777 for more info.

■ Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church services

Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church services will celebrate the birth of Christ with a candlelight service at 5 p.m. on Monday. Pastor Jorgenson will be giving the message on “See the Light.” There will also be special music.

The church is located at 5878 Pine Beach Rd, Brainerd. For more information call the church office at 824-3052

■ Zion Lutheran Church Christmas services

Zion Lutheran Church, 220 North Eighth St., Brainerd, will have the following Christmas services:

Christmas Eve services held Monday at 4 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Christmas Day service will be Tuesday.

■ Church On The Wide Road presents Christmas in the Country

The Church On The Wise Road presents “Christmas In The Country” in a Southern country gospel venue with Shadow Of The Cross, a group of professional musicians in concert at 7 p.m. Friday. The group consists of Lynn Donek, rhythm guitar and lead vocalist of 3 Men & A Lady; Dick Wilt, lead guitar; and Jim Hanson of Daybreak on keyboard.

Lynn Donek sings with the distinct vocal flavors of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

Dick Wilt is an alumni of The MN Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and lead guitarist for all three groups. He is an accomplished jazz guitarist, in addition to playing country rock and Southern Country Gospel Music in this group.

Jim Hanson has played keyboard and piano for many years in the Brainerd lakes Area and will inspire you with his vocals.

Shadow Of The Cross brings their rendition of their love for the Lord Jesus Christ and their choice to honor Him through their music.

The church is located one mile north of Brainerd on County Road 3 then west on CR 49 (Wise Road).

■ UCC Service of Lessons

First Congregational United Church of Christ will hold a Service of Lessons, Carols and Candlelight at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Special music will be provided by Grace Forbord and Emily, Jocelyn and Alexandra Jones. The church choir will sing selections from Handel’s Messiah. Anyone who is familiar with The Messiah and would like to sing with the choir is invited to attend a rehearsal at 3:30 p.m. prior to the service on Christmas Eve. For more information about First Congregational UCC, visit the church’s website at

■ Money raised by Franciscan Sisters

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, along with their employees, volunteers and Activities Committee, raised $1,468 this holiday season through their holiday Caring by Sharing program at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. The funds raised were donated to Kinship, a nonprofit youth mentoring program based in Little Falls, serving both Morrison County and the greater Long Prairie area. Kinship’s mission is to help kids living in a single-parent home grow through the “guidance and companionship of an adult friend,” a mentor! Kinship strives to provide positive role models and influences in the lives of Kinkids (kids in Kinship) through matches and group mentoring activities.

■ First Lutheran Church activities

First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will hold one worship service on Sunday. The worship entitled “O Come, Emmanuel, A Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent” will begin at 10 a.m. Note that this is a time change from the regular 10:30 a.m. service time.

In celebration of Christ’s birth, First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, offers four worship services this Christmas Eve. Family candlelight services with Holy Communion will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Candlelight services with Holy Communion will be held at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Special Christmas music will be shared at each service.

There will be no 5 p.m. Fellowship supper or 6 p.m. Praise & Worship service on Wednesday. All other Wednesday evening activities are also canceled on Wednesday. Normal Wednesday activities will resume on Jan. 2.

■ First Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve service

The First Presbyterian Church of Brainerd will present its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 5 p.m. There will be a singing of carols, the Christmas story with vocal and instrumental music and a meditation by the Rev. Ed Morgan.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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