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Church news - July 12

■ Mystery Mountain Boys to appear at Malmo church

The Malmo Evangelical Free Church is pleased to present The Mystery Mountain Boys from Isanti County and the surrounding area in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Mystery Mountain Boys are made up of six members. These men play a wide variety of stringed instruments including fiddle, banjo, dobro, guitar, drums and bass guitar. All members have played extensively over the state of Minnesota. They play mostly bluegrass and Gospel music. Their music will be toe-tapping Gospel, and old-time Christian music.

They will provide an evening of instrumental and vocal harmony, and sing-along faith-based music. Those attending may come as they are and bring a lawn chair to enjoy the Malmo Church’s 19th year of great music in the outdoors. In case of rain or excessive heat the concert will be inside the air-conditioned church. Refreshments will be available and a free will offering will be received.

Malmo church is located near the junction of Highways 47 and 18 on highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs.

These concerts are conducted every Saturday night.

■ Prince of Peace rummage sale is Saturday

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 6311 Mildred Road, Baxter, will condjuct its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The church is located south of County Road 48. Follow the signs.

■ Jerry Bennett returns for concert

The 2012 Fame Awards Gospel Artist of the Year, Keyboard Player of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Showman of the Year, Jerry Bennett, will return to Our Savior Lutheran Church near Crosslake at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, for a concert. Those attending may relax in the sanctuary and enjoy his music. A free will offering is appreciated.

■ Teen Challenge choir to lead service

The worship service at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church will be led by the MN Teen Challenge Choir at 9 a.m. Sunday followed by coffee and fellowship. The church is located at 5878 Pine Beach Road, Brainerd. For more information call the church office at 824-3052.

■ Koine to

perform Tuesday at Christ Lutheran

Christian recording artist Koiné will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baxter.

Koiné is a Greek word that means “common.” They play common instruments and common hymns that many know and enjoy. Concert organizers said the only extraordinary thing about Koiné and what they do is the message that they proclaim that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world. Throughout the year Koiné travels to 200 churches, schools, and events across the United States. In addition to playing concerts and services, Koiné serves the church by making their music available on recordings, sheet music, and non-vocal CDs. The group consists of: Brian Davison - vocals, Tracy Fedke -vocals for recordings, Seth Bauer - piano, Seth Kock - drums, Benj Lawrenz - guitar, and Matt Scott - bass. For up-to-date information on Koiné and to see its latest schedule, find Koiné on Facebook and visit

Christ Lutheran is located at 13815 Cherrywood Dr. in Baxter. Admission is free.

■ Brat sale for

Christ Community Church youth

Christ Community Church’s youths will raise money to attend upcoming events by selling brats at the Sprint Store in Baxter. The brat sale will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

■ Progressive dinner set for Sunday

Christ Community Church will conduct its annual Progressive Dinner by boat or car. All are welcome to attend from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday. They will gather at various homes and proceed to Bar Harbor for an entrée at 3:30 p.m. Dessert will be the last stop along the way. Participants are asked to bring an appetizer or a dessert to share. All are welcome to attend. For more details and to register please call the church at 963-2626.

■ Vacation Bible School starts at

Grace United

Grace United Methodist Church of Pequot Lakes will conduct Vacation Bible School from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The school will enjoy Kingdom Rock and learn to defend the Lord’s castle. The program is for kindergarteners through fifth-graders. Pre-schoolers are invited to attend with an adult helper. Older children may attend to assist the teachers. On Wednesday the group will meet at the church and head to the Boy Scout Castle in Merrifield for a night of archery, jousting, touring the castle, dinner, and merriment. Parents are encouraged to attend that night.

Girls should wear their Renaissance dresses and boys should bring a large, dark, solid color pillowcase for a tunic (they will cut and decorate it at VBS). On Monday, children will prepare their medieval costume, boys their tunics, and girls their headpieces. Dinner will be served halfway through the program.

Grace United Methodist Church is located two miles south of Pequot Lakes on Highway 371. Preregistration is not necessary, but those attending are reminded to bring their princess dress or pillowcase to Vacation Bible School.

■ Hillman church offers French toast breakfast

A French toast breakfast will be conducted from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman. The menu features French toast, Thielen’s sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee.

The church is located at the junction of Highway 27 and County Road 47.

■ Bag sale set for Wednesday

LITTLE FALLS — The Clothes Review is having a six-hour Bag Sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Interested persons may fill brown grocery bags with clothes for just $3 per bag. Bags will be provided. Everyone is welcome.

The Clothes Review is located on St. Francis Campus, 1001 3rd Street SE, Little Falls (look for signs) and is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota.

■ URock for teens

LITTLE FALLS — This July and August St. Francis Music Center is offering URock Summer Camp for middle and high school students. Guitarists, drummers, bassists, vocals, keyboards and other musicians who want to form a band are all invited to attend. A lot of experience with an instrument is not needed, just basics skills.

URock starts at 5 p.m. July 26 at St. Francis Music Center. The instructors will get to know the students and their abilities and talk them through what it takes to be in a band. The next morning the group will be divided up into bands and the fun begins! Each band will pick a name and songs they’d like to play. The rest of the camp is spent learning the music, performance tips, band pictures and getting ready to perform.

URock will meet from 5 to 8 p.m. July 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 27-28 and Aug. 3-4. The times will be flexible depending on what works best for each band. Led by Greg Langlois, the instructors will all be musicians with experience in professional bands. The final concert will be outdoors on Aug. 7 as part of the St. Francis Green Fair Folk Festival. The concert will be free and open to the public.

This year the Music Center will also make up a band of fourth- and fifth-graders who have experience playing instruments or are vocalists. Financial aid is available for all who need it.

For more information or to sign up, call the Music Center at 320-632-0637, stop in at 116 Eighth Avenue SE in Little Falls or visit the website at St. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota.

■ Saturday outdoor services planned

CUSHING — The second of three outdoor Saturday night church services at Bethany Lutheran Church of Cushing will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, located on Bison Road just south of Cushing.

Pastor Jean Megorden and Minister Bob Mueller welcome all members and guests and remind everyone to bring their lawn chairs for these services, which are conducted on the church lawn.

In case of inclement weather, the services will be moved inside the church.

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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