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Church news-Dec. 28

■ Foundation of Personal Finance begins Jan. 4

Eighty-nine percent of teens want to learn how to make their money grow. Yet, for decades, very few schools have provided any type of money-management instruction. Foundations in Personal Finance is a turn-key curriculum designed to provide students with sound financial principles that will guide them into adulthood.

Personal finance expert Dave Ramsey will educate and entertain students as they learn how to avoid debt and build wealth. This course meets benchmarks and standards in all 50 states, as well as the national standards suggested by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.

Students will see how simple saving habits can lead to becoming a millionaire later. They will be equipped to confidently discuss money issues and plan for their own financial future. They will be engaged with interesting and relevant material they love to discuss.

This class on finance for high school students is a 12-week DVD course by Dave Ramsey. Each class runs for approximately an hour. The class begins Jan. 4 with a free informational preview at 1 p.m. at Oak Street Christian School located at 2910 Oak St, building C in Brainerd.

Ken and Jane Rannow, certified Dave Ramsey instructors, will lead the class. Call 825-9498 for more information and to register.

For a complete schedule of all Oak Street Community classes visit

■ Trinity to honor

college students

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will be celebrating Youth Sunday at 9 a.m. There will be only one service with Pastor David P. Holte speaking. Holy Communion will be served. Members are encouraged to wear their college apparel.

There will be no Sunday school or coffee hour.

Trinity will be honoring four college students during the service. The scholarships are for students attending Lutheran colleges. The following students will be receiving scholarships: Peder Holte and Zach Dehning attending Concordia College, Moorhead; Laura Boran attending Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; and Lauren Makey attending Gustavus College in St. Peter. Also, Laura Boran and Lauren Makey will be presented the Mary Shaw Christian Education Scholarship which is in recognition for participation in the educational programming at Trinity.

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

■ Family worry-free New Year’s Eve party planned

Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church will be opened Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. for a family worry-free New Year’s Eve party.

There will be games, food and fellowship, The church is located at 5878 Pine Beach Road, Brainerd. For questions call the church at 824-3052.

■ Taize Prayer

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Taize Prayer on Thursday 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, and in contemplative silence to experience Christ’s presence. 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. Relax and join in prayer and song as you feel comfortable. In the sacred space of contemplative silence God often touches us deeply, and healing and transformation happen. Taize Prayer is open to the public the first Thursday of the month. The prayer of Jesus “that all may be one” is your special invitation to come. People of all faith traditions are welcome! For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email

■ Intercessory Prayer

Come and intercede for God’s will to be done in his world, America, Minnesota, central Minnesota, the Brainerd lakes area and in our own personal lives. Come to the back room of the Sawmill Inn at 601 Washington Street in Brainerd on Sunday from 1:30-2 p.m. Sunday for quiet meditation and intercessory prayer from 2-3 p.m. Come and pray as long as you are able. If you are unable to attend, pray for God’s will to be done in his World, as it already is in heaven.

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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