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Church news - March 8

■ Lenten services at

Trinity Lutheran

Lenten services are continuing at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Intern Katie Slack will be speaking on “Silver Linings” with an emphasis on the Lenten theme of depression and happiness.

The 2013 Lenten services are focusing on the themes of recent movie releases as they relate to Lenten themes.

A Lenten soup 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

■ You can understand the Book of Revelation

Some Christians say Revelation is a closed book and not meant for human understanding. Actually, the word revelation means “unveiling” and the first chapter of Revelation promises a blessing to all who read and take it to heart. Other readers study Revelation over and over but end up confused about all the beasts, scrolls, trumpets and angels. The truth is that Revelation is the story of Jesus Christ from beginning to end and we need to understand the plot of that story before sorting out the details.

A few preachers even use the newspaper to interpret Revelation, equating each symbol with a specific event in yesterday’s news. Actually, Revelation is best interpreted using the Bible itself. You can learn to understand prophecy for yourself — all you need is a safe method of Bible study and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Once you grasp the basic method, we’ll use those tools to walk through the central portion of Revelation, which deals with earth’s final crisis just before the second coming of Jesus. You may have to re-think everything you thought you knew about interpreting prophecy, but you’ll know that you stand on the firm footing of God’s word. Bring your Bible and join us for the journey. The first class to teach you how to interpret prophecy for yourself using just the Bible will be 3-8 p.m. Saturday at Oak Street Christian School. The school is located at 2910 Oak St., building C in Brainerd. For more information visit or call 218-839-1744.

■ 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 we have been experiencing a modern day scene with a judge, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney and bailiff. The March 13 drama is A Cross Examination: Herod’s Witness – “Forgiveness of the Cross.” We also share in a soup supper from 5:15-6:30 p.m.

■ Bilingual liturgy

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a bilingual liturgy at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. This bilingual liturgy will be in honor of Father Rutilio Grande. The Franciscan Sisters celebrate bilingual liturgies four times a year in keeping with their commitment to their Hispanic brothers and sisters. For more information on Mass times or the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, visit their website at or call 320-632-2981.

■ Reconciliation

weekend planned

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brainerd is sponsoring a Reconciliation Weekend facilitated by Sally Maxwell, a licensed counselor and Episcopal priest from Duluth. Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. A holy listening, reflecting and letting go session will be from 1-3 p.m. Maxwell will preside at a worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday. Coffee will be served after the worship service. St. Paul’s is located at 408 N. Seventh Street. For more information call Martha Bolton at 963-7332 or 218-838-3978.

■ Lenten services

at Bethel Lutheran

Mid-week Lenten services continue at Bethel Lutheran Church, South Long Lake, and begin with soup and sandwiches served in the fellowship hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor Twiton and Lay Minister Nancy Opitz will lead the church service which begins at 7 p.m. This week we will explore “Facing One Another,” confessing that we have not always treated each other in a Christian manner helps to build better relationships.

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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