Blessing and open house set for St. Francis Church

A blessing of the new building and open house at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church will be after the 9 a.m. Mass June 23.

Bishop Paul Sirba will be present for the blessing. In addition, the Corpus Christi Procession with the bishop will proceed with the Blessed Sacrament from St. Francis Church to St. Andrew's Church at noon.

The new addition consists of a parish office, gathering space, library/family room, restrooms, and conference and meeting rooms. Also included is a new commercial kitchen, additional lower level restrooms and renovated social hall.

In 2008, a Long Range Planning Committee was established to identify the needs of the church in regard to physical space and environment. A feasibility study followed several years later. This was preceded by a capital campaign in 2015. The official groundbreaking was May 2018.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church celebrates its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) in 2021.

Pastor Klasky to speak

Pastor Al Klasky will speak at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 16, at South Long Lake Church, 13152 Smart Road, Brainerd.

Driesbach to perform

Christian musician, songwriter and former atheist Chris Driesbach will sing at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 16, and 6:30 p.m. Monday at Christ Lutheran Church, 13815 Cherrywood Drive, Baxter.

His theme for these services will be Creation: How Can Creation Be True? He presents his journey to faith with original Christian music accompanied by guitar and keyboard.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina set for Thursday

LITTLE FALLS-The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will have Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) 6-7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

Centering Prayer is an ancient and contemporary way of prayer. In a small group, people 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.

No need to register. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email

Bethel Lutheran to celebrate Holy Trinity Sunday

Bethel Lutheran will celebrate Holy Trinity Sunday during the 9 a.m. Sunday, June 16, worship service.

Mavis Buker will lead the service and deliver the message.

Coffee fellowship will follow at 10 a.m.

Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall.

Outdoor gospel concert planned

MALMO-The Higher Call quartet will perform in concert 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Malmo Free Church.

Higher Call is a Twin Cities-based male quartet that shares God's gift of music to the surrounding community. The group was formed in 1993 in response to a higher call to share God's unfailing love through a combination of the musical talents and spiritual gifts He has given them.

Bring a lawn chair to enjoy 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.

This week at Trinity

This Sunday, June 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will be a special celebration of Holy Trinity Sunday with Pastor Hans Anderson preaching at 9 a.m.

Holy Communion will be served. The service will provide special recognition of fathers in attendance for Father's Day.

Trinity will serve the meal noon Sunday at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.

On Monday, the Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir will present a free concert at 7 p.m. The 50-voice choir is part of a camp program sponsored by Concordia College. The concert will include classical, spiritual, folk songs and a hymn sing with the audience.

Wednesday night services will be 6 p.m. This is a short and informal 30-minute service with Holy Communion being served.

For more information, call 218-829-5147.

First Lutheran Church events

Join First Lutheran Church in Brainerd for worship 9 a.m. Sunday, June 16.

Pastor John Stiles will provide the sermon during the Now the Feast event with Holy Communion. Coffee and social hour to follow worship in Koinonia. Summer Sunday school continues as well with a lesson on the Trinity.

All preachers are welcome to Bible text study 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday mornings in the Fireside Room at First Lutheran Church with free coffee.

There will be a kayak/canoe event on the Crow Wing River at 10 a.m. June 22 just north of Staples. There will be several loaners available for those who don't own a canoe or kayak. Crow Wing is clean, shallow and safe. A potluck lunch is to follow.

Call First Lutheran Brainerd church office for details at 218-829-9552.