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Church news-Feb. 2

■ Bethlehem Lutheran’s First Communion workshop

Bethlehem Lutheran’s First Communion workshop will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday. This workshop is for all fifth graders and their parents (as well as anyone else who may have been missed in previous years who would like to participate) who would like to receive their first communion. This is a fun and exciting opportunity to learn and grow in our understanding of Holy Communion and the faith. Youth will celebrate their first communion on Sunday after attending the workshop. RSVP at 829-3330 or The church is located at 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd.

■ Vatican II

Documents talk

LITTLE FALLS — To continue celebrating the Year of Faith with the church across the world, the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to the second in a series of three monthly talks focused on Vatican II, the Church Council, which began with Pope John XXIII. The second one-hour session entitled, Vatican II Documents, 50 years later—Constitutions on the Church and on the Church in the Modern World, will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday in St. Francis Hall at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Sister Elise Saggau OSF, presenter, will refresh our memories about documents that came forth from Vatican II, the Council that continues to enrich our lives today. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email

■ First Congregational UCC Adult Forum

Hear the latest information on the state health insurance exchange and the single-payer Minnesota Health Plan at First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Adult Forum on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Now that the Minnesota legislature is setting up the state’s health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), members of Health Care For All Minnesota (HCAMn) and Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) will discuss the exchange and the essentials of cost efficiency and public accountability that are necessary for health care delivery to effectively work for all Minnesotans. For more information on First Congregational UCC, visit the church’s website at

■ Come home to

the Catholic faith

Have you fallen away from the regular practice of your faith, or wanted to learn more about being a Catholic? If the answer is yes, the Brainerd Lakes Catholic Churches invite you to consider coming back to learn more about the Catholic faith. Join us for Mass followed by a simple meal, talk, discussion and prayer at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd. For more information, contact the BLCC office at 822-4040.

■ Used book sale

at Park UMW

Park United Methodist Church, 315 North Sixth Street, will have a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Used books of all sorts will be available for reduced prices. A luncheon of split pea soup or chili and bread will also be available. Sponsored by United Methodist Women for their mission projects.

■ Spaghetti supper

at Park United Methodist Church

The men of Park United Methodist Church, 315 North Sixth Street, will have its annual spaghetti supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $8 for adults; $5 for ages 5-12; and freewill donation for 4 and under. Tickets available at the door.

■ First Congregational UCC Book Group

On Friday, the Friday Morning Book Group at First Congregational United Church of Christ will begin a new book: “The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon.” New Testament scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan use the best of biblical and historical scholarship to expose the church’s conspiracy to silence Jesus’s most faithful disciple, the apostle Paul. The book group meets in the second floor meeting room every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. for conversation and 11 a.m. for book reading and discussion. The book is read aloud during each session. Participants should bring their own books. New members are welcome.

■ 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. There will be a time of quiet meditation and worship from 1:30-2 p.m. and prayer time from 2-3 p.m. Sunday in the backroom of the Sawmill Inn at 601 Washington St. in Brainerd.

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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