Church News

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

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This week at Trinity

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will have three services this week.

On Wednesday, May 18, there will be a midweek worship service at 6 p.m. A supper will be served at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

On Sunday, there will be 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. There will be a recognition of the 15 graduating seniors at the 10:30 a.m. service preceded by a brunch in their honor. The 8:15 a.m. service will be rebroadcast on KVBR 1340 Radio at 9 a.m. and livestreamed on YouTube.

The Education Hour will meet at 9:30 a.m. along with Coffee Hour in the Gathering Area.

The Nazareth Circle will meet at 1 p.m. in the Gathering Area.


The weekly worship service is available at .

Bethlehem Lutheran Church services

The Wednesday, May 18, evening service with communion begins at 6:20 p.m. with Pastor Mark Skinner preaching at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd.

The church will celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter with in-person services at 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday with Pastor Sarah Marshall preaching. They continue to livestream the 10:30 a.m. services Sundays at . The service will be put on after its completion for later viewing.

There will be a reception for the high school graduates at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Men’s Bible study will take place on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

South Long Lake Church to host Pastor Al Klasky

Pastor Al Klasky will speak 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22, at South Long Lake Church,13152 Smart Road, Brainerd, with coffee fellowship time to follow. The service will stream live on Facebook.

Call 218-851-2018 for additional information.

First Lutheran Church services

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will celebrate the sixth Sunday of Easter with worship in the sanctuary and online at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 22. Holy Communion will be served. Pastors Patty Bjorklund and Jordan Gades will preside.


Sunday is also Habitat Sunday at First Lutheran Church. Donations for this most needed ministry will be accepted.

There will be a celebration to honor the Rev. Nathan Lundgren for his many years of service as First Lutheran’s visitation pastor from 10-11 a.m. Sunday in Koinonia Hall.

Game night will be 6-9 p.m. Friday in Koinonia Hall. Bring a favorite board or card game and a dish to share.

First Congregational United Church of Christ events

First Congregational United Church of Christ will have worship in person and online at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 22.

The annual congregational meeting will be 11 a.m. in person.

The Final Gift course planned at Crosslake Lutheran Church

CROSSLAKE — Crosslake Lutheran Church will host a course called The Final Gift on Thursday, May 26.

This seven hour course provides participants with an overview of planning that creates a concise and clear plan for end of life choices. The program includes an attorney, funeral director, pastor, registered nurse and other program leaders who will review parts of the process for end of life and services such as memorial and funerals. The participants will receive a planning book that can be used to develop a personal plan as “The Final Gift” to be available for their loved ones for use at end of life and after death.

This event is open to the public. A donation of $10 to defray the meal expenses is appreciated.


RSVP by Monday, May 23, to Crosslake Lutheran Church office by calling 218-692-3682.

Registration is from 10:30-11 a.m. and the course runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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