Church News

A roundup of area church services and events in the Brainerd lakes area.

Wooden blocks stacked on top of each other to spell faith to illustrate church news and events in the area.

Lord of Life is returning to work at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen

BAXTER — Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Baxter is returning to hosting a meal once a month at Brainerd’s Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.

The church will host a meal 12:30-1:30 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Organizers are looking for people willing to help prepare, serve or clean up for the meal, with the shift lasting from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in helping with this ministry is invited to contact the Lord of Life Church Office at 218-828-9374 or sign up in the narthex.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church services

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will serve Lenten soup/supper from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Cost is $7.

The Wednesday Lenten service utilizing the “That You May Have Life” liturgy begins at 6:20 p.m. with Synodically Authorized Minister Ruth Jeremiason from Bethel preaching.


On Sunday, the church will celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Lent at in-person services at 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Skinner will be preaching. We continue to livestream the 10:30 a.m. services Sundays at . The service will be put on after its completion for later viewing.

First Congregational United Church of Christ services

Lenten devotions at First Congregational United Church of Christ will be 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, on Zoom.

Sunday worship will be in-person and online at 10 a.m. One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be collected Sunday. Donations can be sent to the church office at 415 Juniper St., Brainerd.

South Long Lake Church to host Pastor Dunham

Pastor David Dunham will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at South Long Lake Church, 13152 Smart Road, Brainerd, followed by coffee fellowship time. The service will be streaming live on Facebook. Check the Facebook page prior in case of inclement weather cancellation.

‘Our Anti Racist Faith’ event planned for Sunday

As the topic of racism continues around the community and national conscience, three groups in the area have collaborated on sponsoring an event that is both educational and inspirational.

Pequot Parents for Kindness, People for Racial Justice and the Micah Group invite people to a gathering called “Our Anti Racist Faith: In Jesus’ Grace, God’s Love and Joy in the Holy Spirit,” 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at First Congregational Church, 415 Juniper St., Brainerd.

This event is a witness to the messages and stories from scripture that encourage openness and witness the inclusive nature of God’s Word.

Pastor Erika Nilsen and Deacon Colleen Bernu will share both biblical and practical messages on anti racist faith. John Erickson will offer a reflection on the importance of teaching students to think critically and participants Pastor Leslie Moughty, Charles Black Lance, Deacon Colleen Bernu and Pastor Terry Frovik will comprise a panel reacting to questions about faith and racism. Two musicians, Kevin Lattu and Erica Bjelland, will provide proclamations through music within the event.


Masks are required for the in-person event. A livestream option is available on the church’s Facebook page.

First Lutheran Church events announced

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will serve a Lenten soup supper 5-5:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Koinonia Hall. Hosts will be members of the Social Ministry team. A freewill offering will be received. Proceeds will support the youths.

A 6 p.m. Wednesday Lenten worship service will be in the sanctuary with guest Pastor Mark Skinner of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The sermon will be “Boundless: God Beyond Measure: Love.”

Game night will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 25, in Koinonia Hall. Bring a friend, a favorite board or card game and an appetizer to share.

The fourth Sunday of Lent will be celebrated with worship from 9-10 a.m. Sunday. Pastors Patty Bjorklund and Jordan Gades will preach and preside.

The 9 a.m. worship service will be broadcast on Facebook at FLC Brainerd and on YouTube. For more information, visit .

First Lutheran Church is working with Lutheran World Relief to assist families in Ukraine. Lutheran World Relief will match all contributions up to $422,000 with 100% of all donations being applied to needs of victims. Those interested may donate in the following ways:

By cash: place a donation in an envelope (write your name on the outside) and place it in an offering plate.


By check: make checks out to First Lutheran Church writing “LWR Ukraine” in the memo and mail to FLC, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd MN, 56401 or drop off at the office 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Online: log onto and follow instructions to donate electronically or by credit card. (Be sure to check the 100% box).

This week at Trinity

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will have three worship services.

On Wednesday, March 23, there will be a midweek Lenten worship service at 6 p.m. with visiting Pastor Steve Rye preaching and Pastor Hans Anderson assisting with the Holden Evening Prayer litany. A soup supper will be served at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

On Sunday, there will be two worship services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion being served at both services. Pastor Hans Anderson will be preaching on “Determined to Be Welcoming for Us!” and Pastor Bob Rusert assisting. The 8:15 a.m. service will be rebroadcast on KVBR 1340 Radio at 9 a.m. and livestreamed on You Tube.

For more information, visit .

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