Church news-Feb. 22
■ Grace United Methodist Church Lenten services
PEQUOT LAKES — Members of Grace United Methodist Church will be making a pilgrimage of sorts during the six weeks of Lent. Inspired by passages in the scriptures that talk about the journeys, roads and pathways of life, we will make our “way” together on Sunday mornings as we worship at 9 a.m. The movie “The Way” will give us inspiration as we go on a buen camino. On March 3, communion will be served at a table of hospitality where all are welcome to participate.
Wednesday evenings during Lent will begin with a soup supper at 6 p.m. followed by a study and discussion of Adam Hamilton’s book “The Way” at 6:45 p.m. This study follows in the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism, to the temptations, to the parables, to the healing he brought. It will be another opportunity to help one another walk a road that will draw us closer to Jesus.
Community members are welcome to join the Grace congregation for these Lenten activities. Call the church at 218-568-5755 for more information.
■ Lenten services at Trinity Lutheran
Lenten services with the Holden Evening Prayer setting are continuing at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor Dave Holte will be speaking on “Lincoln” with an emphasis on the Lenten theme of slavery and freedom.
The 2013 Lenten services are focusing on the themes of recent movie releases as they relate to the Lenten themes.
A Lenten supper will be served beginning at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Visitors are always welcome to attend services at Trinity which is located at 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd. Trinity is handicap accessible. For more information, call 829-5147 or visit us on the web at www.trinitybrainerd.org.
■ World Day
PEQUOT LAKES — World Day of Prayer will be held at the Pequot Lakes Baptist Church at 10 a.m. March 1. The theme “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me” as well as the program was prepared by believers from France. They were thinking of the struggles of immigration and ways we can welcome a stranger and tells of our need to express love to all God’s people and find creative ways to live at peace in a diverse society.
This year’s offering will be given to World Day of Prayer and Kids Against Hunger which is a non-profit organization nationwide with 21 locations in Minnesota. The location in Nisswa is headed up by John Poston. They prepare food packets for the hungry to be distributed in our area as well as the United States and foreign countries around the world.
Local churches participating include Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Grace United Methodist, St. Christopher’s, Lutheran Church of the Cross and Pequot Lakes Baptist. Refreshments will be served at 10 a.m. with the service following. Donations can be made payable to the Pequot Lakes Baptist Church and notated for World Day of Prayer.
■ Lakes Area Ministerial Association
On Tuesday, the Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial Association will be meeting over breakfast at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe, 2115 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, from 8-9 a.m. Our purpose for gathering will be to encourage, support and pray for one another. The fellowship together will allow us to get to know each other personally. This will produce the added benefits of mutual trust and respect among our colleagues. Since the Ministerial Association is a network of professional clergy which crosses all denominational lines, we invite all area pastors to join us.
■ Lenten Group Study
This Lent at Bethlehem we will gather in the Trinity Center for an informative and provocative video series. Making Sense of the Cross invites readers to “listen in” on the open conversation about the cross. Throughout the conversation, readers are encouraged to think about and experience the cross and its meaning for their lives. Dr. David Lose from Luther Seminary facilitates this stimulating video presentation that delves deep into the many working theories behind the cross that the church has understood for centuries. Participant books are $12 (optional). This event will take place on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 through March 27. You do not need to RSVP to attend, but if you would like more information you can reach us at 829-3330 or www.belcnet.net. We are at 418 Eighth Ave. NE in Brainerd.
■ Lakes Area Parish Nurse Group
The Lakes Area Parish Nurse Group will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Good Samaritan Society-Woodland, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Guest speaker will be Bob Nelson, Veteran Services Officer. Call Joy at 855-6639 for questions.
■ First Lutheran Church Lenten services
On Wednesday, First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will have worship services at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. with the Holden Evening Prayer service. Each week of Lent, for the sermon portion of the service you will experience a modern day courtroom scene with a judge, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney and bailiff. This Wednesday’s drama is “A Cross Examination: Mary Magdalene’s Witness — Jesus’ Healing Love.” A soup supper will be served from 5:15-6:30 p.m.
■ Bethel Lutheran Church, South Long Lake, Lenten services
Mid-week Lenten services at Bethel Lutheran Church will begin with a soup and sandwich supper at 6 p.m. followed by the church service at 7 p.m. “Facing our Fears” will be the topic to recognize what strikes fear in our hearts to help to grab on more tightly to Christ.