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Church news-Feb. 8

■ A special night out at FLC

First Lutheran Church, Brainerd, will host a special night out Feb. 16. Social hour with appetizers will be 5:30 p.m. with a chicken Oscar or prime rib dinner at 6:30 p.m. All food will be prepared by Chef Mark Nesheim with assistance by the Dinner Disciples.

Entertainment will be by Marcus Aulie and others.

Throughout the night there will be a silent auction with many items from local merchants. Some of these are golf rounds from the Legacy at Cragun’s and Eagles Landing, a quilt from COLORZ Quilt Shop, gift baskets from the Fine Line, Cat Tails, J. H. Motors, Mills Automotive Group, Halo Salon, JC Penneys, Gallery, Purses etc., Mar-Jons and Northland Fire Protection; gift cards from Cub, Thrifty White, Poncho & Lefty’s, Grizzly’s, City Looks, Brekkens, Eberts & Gerberts, Rafferty’s, Denise at Salon Nouveau, El Rio Salon, Prairie Bay, Brainerd Hotel and Cafe, Men’s Room and Giovanni’s Pizza, earrings and pendant from Riddles Jewelers, etc. Also, there will be special prizes awarded throughout the night to all ticket purchasers. Need to be present to win.

All of the proceeds will be donated to the Global Mission fund. These funds will be dispersed with 83 percent donated to Amextra and their projects in Oaxaca, Mexico, and 17 percent will be used for scholarships for future trips.

This not a couples’ dinner; invite anyone who you would like to attend with you — neighbor, friend or family. If you have a group of

friends, tables will be of eight.

Tickets will be on sale at the First Lutheran Church office in Brainerd during normal business hours. Only 104 tickets will be sold at $20 each. No tickets will be sold at the door.

■ ‘What next?’

discussion planned

After we die, what next? A liberal religious perspective with Barb Kaufman will be discussed at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Nisswa Community Room (Nisswa School Library). Potluck lunch follows.

■ Ash Wednesday services at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will observe Ash Wednesday at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a traditional worship service with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes. Pastor Hans Anderson will be preaching on “Lent — a ‘New Release’ on Life” with the following Wednesdays focusing on current movie releases as they relate to various Lenten themes.

A soup supper will be served by the Trinity Vision Council beginning at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Trinity is located at 1420 S. Sixth St. Trinity is completely handicap accessible. For more information, call 829-5147 or visit us on the web at

■ Pie social planned

There will be a pie social from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Cascade United Methodist Church, Highway 6/210, Deerwood. Pie and ice cream avail

able by the slice. Also available will be whole pies to take home.

■ Ash Wednesday service at Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church will have Ash Wednesday services at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor Jorgenson will be teaching the lenten services on the “Seven Last Words of Christ,” focusing Ash Wednesday on “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” Luke 23:34.

Soup and sandwiches will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and choir practice at 6 p.m. prior to the worship service.

■ Thrivent seminar planned

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is hosting a Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Seminar titled “College Matters: Ways to Avoid Costly Mistakes and Discover Funding Sources.” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Thirty-seven percent of parents helped pay for college with their income and savings; 6 percent withdrew money from their retirement accounts. Help provide a college education without sacrificing your retirement plans or overburdening your child with debt. This educational workshop for parents of high school students can help your make informed choices. Learn how to avoid costly mistakes when selecting a college; help save money by using admission and academic strategies; discover college funding sources.

Bethlehem is located at 418 Eighth Ave. NE in Brainerd. Call 829-3330 for more information.

■ Lenten Services at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison

GARRISON — Midweek Lenten Services begin 6 p.m. Ash Wednesday. This year’s theme is Hands of the Savior. Each week the service will be preceded by a Lenten potluck supper at 5 p.m. Shepherd of the Lake is located on Highway 169, one mile north of Garrison.

■ Pasty dinner at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison

GARRISON — A pasty dinner will be from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Cost: $6. Frozen pasties will also be available for purchase. Shepherd of the Lake is located on Highway 169, one mile north of Garrison.

■ Chili cook off

and bake sale

The Mission Trip youth of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd will be having a chili cook-off and bake sale on Sunday. The sweethearts bake sale will be held between services in the narthex. The Chili Cook-off will be held following the second service in the Fellowship Hall with over 14 different chili recipes to sample. Both events will be a freewill donation with all proceeds going to the youth Mission trips to Wisconsin and South Dakota.

■ Lay minister installed

A service of installation of lay ministry was held recently at Bethel Lutheran Church, South Long Lake. Lay Minister Nancy Opitz was installed. Pastor Bob Twiton presided at the installation during the worship service.

Opitz has worked in church administration since 1979. She received her lay ministry training from the North Eastern Synod Lutheran Seminary for continuing education.

Nancy and her husband Bud are members of Bethel, and she has been of assistance to Pastor Twiton and the congregation for the past several years.

■ Garms Family to perform

The Garms Family will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at First Baptist Church, 7398 Fairview Road, Baxter. There will be a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call 829-5767 for reservations.

Since 2008, David and Kris Garms and six of their eight children, Ben, Taylor, Leesha, Sam, Jayme and Caleb, have performed at many different venues across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa. They perform gospel bluegrass, Southern gospel and traditional hymns. They play a wide variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, upright bass, harmonica and piano.

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