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.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church services

On Sunday, May 1, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter with in-person services with communion at 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Pastor Bruce Miller will be preaching.

Sunday school will be at 9:25 a.m. Sunday. Adult Forum will be 9:30 a.m. will feature Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.

First Lutheran Church events

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will celebrate the third Sunday of Easter at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 1.

Lay Leader Carole Paulson will preach.

Coffee Fellowship will be 10-11 a.m. in Koinonia Hall.


Sunday School will be 10-11 a.m. in the Mezzanine.

South Long Lake Church services set

Pastor David Dunham will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at South Long Lake Church, 13152 Smart Road.

We will be celebrating Communion followed by coffee fellowship time.

Call 218-851-2018 for additional information.

This week at Trinity

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

On Wednesday, April 27, there will be a mid-week worship service at 6 p.m. A soup supper will be served at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

On Sunday, May 1, there will be two traditional worship services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion being served at both services. Pastor Bob Rusert will be preaching.

The weekly worship service is available at .


St. Francis Church presents award winning author Liz Kelly

St. Francis Church in Brainerd will host award-winning author and speaker Liz Kelly for a one-day retreat “Love Like A Saint, Cultivating Virtue with Holy Women” based on her latest book. The book has been called “penetrating and graceful,” “a source of encouragement and hope,” and “a beautiful deep dive into the lives of inspirational, holy women.”

A picture of author Liz Kelly wearing a blue shirt.
Author Liz Kelly will be at a one-day retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7, in the social hall at St. Francis Catholic Church.

The event will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7, in the Social Hall at St. Francis Church.

Cost is $10, includes lunch and is open to all community members. Registration is due by Friday, April 29, with forms available in the church office or at .

Kelly is a retreat leader and the award-winning author of 10 books, including "Fifty Reasons I Love Being Catholic,” which won the Catholic Press Association First Place award for Best Popular Presentation of the Faith in 2007; and "Jesus Approaches, What Contemporary Women Can Learn about Healing, Freedom & Joy from the Women of the New Testament,” winner of numerous awards including best book in the religion/Christianity category for 2017-2019. Kelly’s written works frequently appear in the “Magnificat’s Lenten and Advent Companions” and in other Catholic venues such as the Catholic Spirit, Blessed is She, and Her popular monthly column, "Your Heart, His Home,” is published throughout the U.S. and has been made into a book.

Kelly received her certification as a spiritual director from the Cenacle of our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality in association with the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. She focuses on the Ignatian exercises and leads retreats with a particular focus on helping women to flourish in their faith. Kelly has appeared on Relevant Radio, Catholic Answers, Radio Maria, Public Radio, Boston Catholic Television, EWTN and Salt and Light Television.

Following the retreat, St. Francis Church will also host an evening presentation by Kelly titled “She Held Jesus in her Palm, Meet Blessed Benedetta Bianchi Porro.” The event follows the 5 p.m. Mass. The evening event is free and includes beverages and small bites. For further information visit or call the church office at 218-822-4040.

This event is part of the 150th anniversary celebration of St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd.

Lutheran Church of the Cross of Nisswa spring rummage sale planned

NISSWA — The spring rummage sale will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 28-29 and 8 a.m. to noon April 30 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

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