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Church news-Feb. 14

■ Pancake breakfast planned

HILLMAN — A pancake breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hillman. Cost: adults, $7; under 10, $3; under 5, free.

Immanuel is located at the Junction of Highway 27 and County Road 47.

■ Spaghetti supper planned

HILLMAN — A spaghetti supper will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman. Immanuel is located at the junction of Highway 27 and County Road 47.

■ Hymn sing and organ

concert at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will have a hymn sing and organ recital at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert is given in celebration of the recent completion of the Johnson pipe organ.

Renowned Church Organist David Cherwien will provide the music. He is a highly recognized organist, conductor, composer and improviser. He currently is serving as Cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and is music director for the National Lutheran Choir based in the Twin Cities.

Trinity’s organ was installed in three phases beginning in 2006 and currently has 1,800 pipes across three manuals and pedal board.

A reception will follow the concert with an opportunity to see the organ. This is a free concert for the greater Brainerd Lakes residents and guests.

Trinity Lutheran is located at 1420 S. Sixth St. For more information, call 829-5147 or visit the website at

■ Spaghetti supper at Park UMC

The men’s club of Park United Methodist Church is sponsoring its annual spaghetti supper serving from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday. This year they will be serving homemade artisan bread with their spaghetti. Cost is $8 for adults; children 5-12, $5; and 4 and under free will donation.

■ Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Centering Prayer is an ancient and contemporary way of prayer. In a small group, persons gather for 20-30 minutes to pray in quiet, listening with openness to God’s presence and action in our lives. Centering Prayer is experiencing a relationship with God as well as a discipline to foster that relationship. It is a movement beyond conversation with God to communion with God. That is followed by “Lectio Divina,” a reflection on the coming Sunday Scriptures. Come, the third Thursday of the month, gather with sisters and members of all faiths to ponder God’s presence in your life, and open yourself to receive the gift of a closer union with God. No need to pre-register. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email:

■ Valentine’s dinner planned

Oak Street Chapel will host a Valentine’s dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $25 per person. Dress up and be served an elegant home-cooked meal followed by a night of dancing.

Call 454-0984 to make reservations.

■ First Lutheran Church activities

The First Lutheran Church youth group will have family sledding at Mount Ski Gull from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $11 per person. Sign up at the First Lutheran youth office. Meet at the lodge by 1:45 p.m.

Blue Prints for Living, a Lutheran Men in Mission Conference, will be Feb. 28-March 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd. Call 218-820-6034 to register by Feb. 25.

The event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

■ Good Shepherd Free

Lutheran Church events

Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church Men will meet 7 a.m. Saturday for breakfast and Bible study. The Women will meet at 9 a.m. for a continental Breakfast, Bible study on “Psalm 89-Christ, The Faithful God,” and a business meeting. The church is located at 5878 Pine Beach Road, Brainerd. For more information call the church office at 824-3052.

■ Brainerd Deanery Council

of Catholic Women

to have Lenten retreat

NISSWA — The Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women will have their Lenten retreat April 10 at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Nisswa. Registration will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Cost: $12. Guest speaker will be Sister Rose Marie Messingschager from the Duluth Diocese Indian Affairs. She will speak on “Lent, a time of Sacrifice and Offering.” There will be a 15-minute break, then Sister Rose will speak at 9:45 a.m. Mass will be 11 a.m. and lunch at noon. Confessions will begin at 12:45 p.m. and Exposition will be at 1 p.m. Closing prayer will be at 2:30 p.m. Contact your parish president or Carol Wohlers at 218-562-5407 before April 3.


NISSWA — It’s Grand Prix night at AWANA on Wednesday at Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Dr., Nisswa. The sloppy Joe fellowship meal will be served from 5:15 to 6 p.m. There are no classes. Grand Prix registration begins at 5:45 p.m. with races at 6 p.m.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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