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Church news-March 3

■ Quilt and ham bingo planned

HILLMAN — A quilt and ham bingo will be 1 p.m. March 10 at Holy Family Youth Center, Bulldog Lake, Hillman, on County Road 8, eight miles north of Highway 27 and four miles south of Pine Center.

Pieced quilts, that are tied, machine or hand quilted. Cost: $3 per card for 10 games, 20 games played. Ten quilts and 10 hams given away plus two blackouts. $2 per card. Sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman.

■ The Art of Spiritual Dreaming

Learn how dreams can help you gain insight from the past and future and discover your dreams’ spiritual gold with a discussion from 1-2:30 p.m. March 9 at the Brainerd Public Library, 416 S. Fifth St., Brainerd. For more information, call 612-643-5155 or see Presented by Eckankar MN Satsang Society, Religion of the Light & Sound of God.

■ Holy Trinity School carnival planned

PIERZ — The Holy Trinity School Carnival, Pierz, will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10. An all-cash grand raffle will be held with $1,000 as first place.

Quilt raffle drawing at 3 p.m. Need not be present to win.

Other activities include card ticket raffles, hunting and fishing packages, bingo, sweet shop, treasure chest, cake paddles, shake, rattle and roll, children’s games. A silent auction will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a live auction will start at 2:15 p.m.

Raffle tickets available from school families and at the carnival or call the school office at 320-468-6446.

■ 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 Hans Anderson will be speaking on “The Promised Land” with an emphasis on the contrasting Lenten theme of greed and stewardship.

The 2013 Lenten Services is 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. Trinity is completely handicap accessible. For more information, call 829-5147 or visit us on the web at

■ Financial Peace University in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE — Crosslake Christian will host the acclaimed Financial Peace University Sunday nights starting Sunday from 5-7 p.m. Dave Ramsey’s nine-week video series and class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more. The average family pays off over $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700. The kids will also have sessions, which will include games, songs, activities and a lesson. There is no charge for child care but donations accepted. Register online at and click on Crosslake Christian, or for more information or to register children for child care, call Carrie at 218-851-7777.

■ Taize prayer

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Taize Prayer from 6-7 p.m. Thursday 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

■ Vatican II Documents, 50 Years Later

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 last in a series of three monthly talks focused on Vatican II, the Church Council, which began with Pope John XXIII. The third one-hour session entitled, Vatican II Documents, 50 years later — Overview of other decrees with special focus on the Decree on Religious Life, 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

■ Good Shepherd Free Lutheran

Church Lenten services

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) will be the message by Pastor Jorgenson at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Soup and sandwich fellowship will start at 5:30-6:30 p.m. with choir practice at 6 p.m. For questions, call the church at 824-3052. The church is located at 5878 Pine Beach Road, Brainerd.

■ Lenten services at FLC

Lenten services at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd are Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. with the Holden Evening prayer service. Each Wednesday you have been experiencing a modern day scene with a judge, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney and bailiff. The March 6 drama is A Cross Examination: James’ Witness — “Brothers and Sisters of Christ.” We also share in a soup supper from 5:15-6:30 p.m.

■ AWANA Grand Prix planned at CCC

NISSWA — The AWANA Grand Prix will be Wednesday at Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa. There will be a family fellowship meal at 5:15 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m.

■ Men’s breakfast at CCC

NISSWA — Join Pastor Dave on Saturday for a men’s breakfast and Bible study from 7:30-9 a.m. Discussion will be “What do you want?” John 5:1-17.

■ Prayers of Intercession

On Sunday, come and join non-denominationally to pray. We will gather in the backroom of the Sawmill Inn, at 601 Washington Street in Brainerd from 2-3 p.m. There will be a time of worship and quiet meditation from 1:30-2 p.m. As intercessors, we will pray for God’s will to be done in the people of his world, America, Minnesota, central Minnesota, the Brainerd lakes area and in our own personal lives. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ intercedes for us in Romans 8:34, and we are to intercede for others.

■ Lenten services at

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Pastor Mark Skinner will lead the exploration of one of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic works, “Life Together,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. After his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. This story is of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years where the role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical words. This book is for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian community.

You do not need to RSVP to attend, but if you would like more information call 829-3330 or The church is located at 418 Eighth Ave. NE in Brainerd.

■ 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. The parish Mass will be 11:15 a.m. March 10 at St. Francis Catholic Church, 409 N. Ninth St., Brainerd. For more information, contact the BLCC office at 822-4040.

■ Mid-week Lenten services at Bethel Lutheran

Bethel Lutheran Church, South Long Lake, will have mid-week Lenten services on Wednesday. Soup and sandwiches will be served in the fellowship hall beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the service at 7 p.m. This week will look at “Facing our Worldliness.” Accepting we are often too dependent on worldly goods opens the door to seeing the value of everlasting blessings.

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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