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Church News-Jan. 11

■ Breakfast at Immanuel

HILLMAN — A French toast breakfast will be 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 20 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman, at the junction of Highway 27 and County Road 47.

■ Breathing meditation

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 for 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

■ UCC adult forum

Terry Sluss will be the featured speaker at First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Adult Forum on Sunday after the 10 a.m. worship.

On Halloween morning, Baxter resident Sluss was activated by the American Red Cross to assist victims of Superstorm Sandy. That afternoon, he was deployed to the New Jersey disaster area. Over the next 16 days, he served as the External Relations/Local Government Operations Manager for the entire State of New Jersey which eventually included Staten Island, N.Y. He was responsible for dealing with requests and responses from county agencies, local government units and organizations, state and federal elected officials including requests from Congress, the Senate, the White House and FEMA.

Sluss will describe how his experiences could be helpful in planning for potential responses in Crow Wing County and other Minnesota areas. Specific topics of discussion include communications, political preparations, logistics, and how local non-profit and the faith communities can prepare for potential disasters.

Sluss also served in the Emergency Operations Center Incident Command Center during the Duluth flood of June 20, 2012. He has recently been promoted to captain of the Crow Wing County Disaster Assistance Team (DAT) which responds to fires, floods and other local disasters.

For more information on First Congregational UCC, visit the church’s website at

■ Rehearsals to begin

St. Francis Community Chorale will begin rehearsals 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis Music Center, Little Falls. The choir welcomes all adults who love to sing, there is no charge to participate, only a willingness to sing and have a good time. You do not have to take lessons at the Music Center to participate or be associated with the Franciscan Sisters, everyone is welcome to join.

The St. Francis Community Chorale is under the direction of Barb Stumpf. The chorale will be presenting a Spring Chorale Concert on April 21 at 2 p.m. The concert will feature a mixture of styles of music, sure to please everyone!

All adults are welcome to join the chorale; there are no auditions. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Music Center. For more information, contact the Music Center at 320-632-0637 or visit the website at: You may also call the directors Barb Stumpf at 320-632-8372 or Vicki Spofford at 320-632-2360.

■ Cross Callings Cafe to present Rachel Kurtz

NISSWA — Cross Callings Cafe will present Rachel Kurtz from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa. (Sportland Corners)

Kurtz is an incredible singer/songwriter with a beautiful voice and an amazing story. Kurtz shares personal testimonies of tragedy and triumph with a vulnerability that captivates her audience.  She has performed at the last three ELCA Youth Gatherings and has had the opportunity to travel to Africa and India with her music ministry.

She has a strong desire to make a difference in the world through her music and a passion for global justice.

For more information go to

■ Pancake breakfast and bake sale planned

HARDING — The Holy Cross Church, Harding, will have its annual pancake, egg and sausage breakfast and bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $8 for adults; $5 for children 5-12 years old; four years and under, free. Immediate family of five or more is $25.

All proceeds go to the sixth grade students at Holy Trinity School in Pierz to help fund their Camp Foley Environmental Camp trip.

■ Myers family to

present at Ossipee Community Church

Inspirational messages on Biblical creation will be presented by the Stan and Susan Myers family which includes creative skits and songs of praise on Sunday at the Ossipee Community Church, Merrifield. Sunday school is at 9:15 a.m., fellowship/coffe/cake time is at 10:15 a.m. with morning worship at 10:30 a.m.

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