Church News

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

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Klasky to preach at South Long Lake Church

Pastor Al Klasky will be speaking 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at South Long Lake Church,13152 Smart Road, Brainerd.

Coffee Fellowship time will follow. The service will be streaming live on Facebook.

Call 218-851-2018 for additional information.

First Lutheran Church events

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will celebrate the seventh Sunday of Easter with worship in the sanctuary from 9-10 a.m. Sunday, May 29.

Pastors Patty Bjorklund and Jordan Gades will preside. The FLC Bell Choir will provide special music. Coffee fellowship will be 10-11 a.m. in Koinonia Hall.


The worship service will be broadcast on Facebook at “FLC Brainerd” and on YouTube.

For more information, visit .

First Congregational United Church of Christ services

First Congregational United Church of Christ will have Sunday worship online and in person at 10 a.m. Sunday, May, 29.

There will be fellowship time at 11:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall. An adult forum will be at 11:30 a.m. with The Shop/BBYC and guest speaker Erica Stepanek.

Memorial Day service planned in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE — The annual Memorial Day service in Crosslake will be 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at Crosslake Lutheran Church.

At 10 a.m., a community-wide observance will be at the Outdoor Worship center at 14049 Daggett Pine Road across from the Crosslake Community Center baseball field. Both services are open to the public.

The outdoor service will feature the National Anthem sung by John Carlson; a contingent of the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Color Guard firing an honorary salute to the dead; and an aerial fly-over by the North Star Squadron, a group of four fixed wing aircraft flown by experienced pilots who participate in air shows throughout the Midwest. The leader of this squadron is Steve Knight, who has been an adviser to the Civil Air Patrol and now lives in Mission Hill, South Dakota.

Veterans from World War II to the present will be honored. Those attending may stay in their cars and listen via radio or be seated on provided chairs; you are also invited to bring your own chairs and blankets.


This year’s speaker will be Melony Butler, the chair and director of the Eagle's Healing Nest, which is located in Sauk Centre. The Eagle's Healing Nest is a nonprofit organization committed to meeting the needs of veterans who suffer from the invisible wounds of war. Melony is a military wife to Master Sgt. Blaine Butler and they reside in Staples with their 9-year-old son, Preston. Her three adult sons all serve in the Minnesota National Guard. Her family has gone through four deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. They have five grandchildren. Melony has a degree in psychology and has been on a mission for many years advocating and helping veterans. She has been a Family Readiness Leader for 14 years, volunteers every year at the Great Falls, Montana, Vets 4 Vets Stand Down. She also speaks on supporting soldiers and families throughout the communities.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church services

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church Wednesday, May 25, evening service begins at 6:20 p.m. with Pastor Sarah Marshall preaching at 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd.

The Bethlehem Handbell Choir will have its fourth annual Ring and Sing Concert at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, they will celebrate the seventh Sunday of Easter with an in-person and livestreamed service at 9 a.m. (note the new time for summer). Pastor Mark Skinner will be preaching. The livestream can be viewed at . The service will be put on after its completion for later viewing.

Trinity announces summer schedule of worship services

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will begin its summer worship schedule with two worship services. On Wednesday, May 25, there will be a worship service with Holy Communion with Pastor Bob Rusert preaching.

On Sunday, there will be one regular Sunday service with Holy Communion at 9 a.m. with Pastor Bob Rusert preaching.

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

St. Francis Percussion Collective Spring Concert set for June 3

LITTLE FALLS — St. Francis Music Center’s Percussion Collective will present a spring concert 7 p.m. June 3, in the Charles D. Martin Auditorium at the Little Falls Community High School. The concert is free and open to everyone.


The Percussion Collective is composed of the St. Francis Percussion Ensemble and the Junior Percussion Ensemble.

Members of the Percussion Ensemble are Will Jorgensen, Bailey Stalmer, Sadie Stalmer, Sunny Savard and Melissa VonItter. The Junior Percussion Ensemble includes Xander Mick, Levi Satterberg, Teddy Gindele, Oliver Derry and Ryan Quade.

The concert will feature creative uses of a variety of percussive instruments including garbage cans and buckets. The music will feature pop covers from the rockin’ '60s to today.

For more information on the concert or the percussion ensembles, contact St. Francis Music Center at 320-632-0637, or .

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