Trinity Lutheran Church activities

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will have its annual fall boutique and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The fall boutique will feature You Betcha Corner, Granny's Pantry, Cabin Fever, Holiday Inspirations, Attic Treasures and Bake Sale with lefse and Scandinavian goodies. Caramel rolls and beverages will be served throughout the sale with a soup luncheon from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at Doug's Trinity Cafe.

There will be a service of welcome Sunday for 18 new members joining the church.

The Service of Welcoming New Members will be held at the 8:15 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. services. Pastor Dave Holte will be delivering the sermon with Holy Communion being served at both services. A special coffee hour will be between services to welcome the new members in fellowship hall. Sunday school classes will be held during the Education Hour at 9:30 a.m.

The Wednesday evening service continues at 6 p.m. with Holy Communion. A meal is being served at 5 p.m. in the Gathering Area prior to the service.

For more information, call 218-829-5147 or visit

Fall craft and cookie sale planned

Park United Methodist Church, 315 N. Sixth St., Brainerd, will have its annual fall craft and cookie sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18.

A chicken sandwich lunch to go will be available. Pies, gifts, cookies of all kinds as well as vintage jewelry will be available.

Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls events planned

LITTLE FALLS-The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will have 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.

The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will host an Advent Day of Reflection entitled "Mary in our Christian Life: How Much Does She Matter?" from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in St. Francis Hall at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Participants will explore what the New Testament writings and contemporary theologians tell us about Mary and will look for the historical Mary to see why she matters today. Time for personal reflection and discussion will also be part of the day.

Presenter, Sister Elise Saggau, OSF, has many years of experience in education and Franciscan formation. She was editor of The Cord, an international Franciscan spiritual review and also served as assistant director of publications at the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure, N.Y. Sister Elise is currently writing the history of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and, in addition, gives talks, especially on Franciscan spirituality.

Freewill donations will be gratefully accepted as there is no cost to attend. Lunch is included. For more information, or to register by Nov. 22, contact the Franciscan Life Center at 320-632-0668 or email

Spirit of Christmas Bazaar announced

CROSBY-Immanuel Lutheran Church, 600 Fourth St. SW, Crosby, will have its Spirit of Christmas Bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

There will be furniture, photography, wearables and jewelry, fresh wreaths, handmade cards and paintings for sale as well as lefse. The popular store for "Kids Only" will again welcome little ones up to age 12.

Brainerd Knights of Columbus Council 1491 Receives STAR Council Award

Knights of Columbus Council No. 1491 of Brainerd has earned the distinction of Star Council, one of the organization's top awards, for the 2016-2017 fraternal year.

The organization's headquarters, located in New Haven, Conn., made the announcement. The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented activities. The award was presented to the membership by Robert Penas, Minnesota Knights of Columbus State Deputy at a ceremony Nov. 2.

According to a news release, in announcing the local winner of the Star Council Award, Carl A. Anderson, chief executive officer of the organization said, "Please accept my sincere congratulations upon attaining this prestigious award. Your dedication to the Order is seen in the high standard of excellence you have achieved. At the same time, I encourage you to carry forward this enthusiasm to meet the challenges that will face Knights of Columbus in the years ahead. May this award be a reminder and an inspiration to the members of your council to continue to promote the ideals of Columbianism for the good of the Church, community, and the Order."

"Receiving the Star Council Award is quite an honor for us. We're extremely proud of this accomplishment," said Keith Gadacz, Grand Knight of Brainerd Council 1491, in a news release.

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Church, their communities, families and young people. With more than 1.9 million members in over 15,000 councils around the world, the Knights of Columbus annually donates more than $177 million and 75 million hours of service to charitable causes. Visit for more information.

Bake sale and craft boutique

The Laestadian Lutheran Church will have a Scandinavian Market bake sale and craft boutique from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at 1501 S Eighth St., Brainerd.

There will be cookies, Scandinavian specialities, vegetable beef pasties, yeast and cardamom bread, tarts and more.

St. Francis Catholic Church bazaar is Saturday

St. Francis Catholic Church's annual bazaar will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis Hall, 404 Ninth St. N., Brainerd.

Caramel rolls and coffee will be sold for $1 in the morning. Vegetable beef soup, pie and beverage will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $5.

There will craft items, a bake sale, pick-a-prize, Granny's attic and raffle.