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 to host monthly fellowship meals

BAXTER — Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Baxter invites people to join them for monthly fellowship meals during the school year.

As part of its programming this year, Lord of Life will host one supper a month at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

These meals are centered around themes like Halloween, chili cook offs and Christmas. The meal will flow into the 6:30 p.m. worship service and confirmation class.

The first meal will be Sept. 21 and serve as the kickoff for Lord of Life’s fall programming.

For more information, call Lord of Life at 218-828-9374.


South Long Lake Church services

Pastor Jeff Lawson will speak at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at South Long Lake Church,13152 Smart Road.

Call 218-851-2018 for additional information.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church events

On Sunday, Sept. 18, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost with an in-person service with communion at 8:20 a.m. (note time change).

The Rev. Mark Skinner will be preaching.

During Adult Forum at 9:30 a.m., Pastor Mark will do a presentation on the 2022-2023 theme making disciples. The 10:30 a.m. in-person service with communion will be led by the Bethlehem Overdrive Worship Team and will also be livestreamed. The livestream can be viewed at . The service will be on after its completion for later viewing.

Men’s Bible study will meet at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

First Lutheran Church events

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will have evening prayer at the lake from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, on the shores of Crow Wing Lake at the home of Jeff and JoAnn Lewis (weather permitting). Bring a chair and a marshmallow roasting stick.

First Lutheran Church will celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost with worship in the sanctuary and online at 9 a.m. Sunday.


Holy Communion will be celebrated. Bible Milestones Presentation will take place during worship for children 3 years old and third graders.

Sunday school will meet at 10 a.m. in the Mezzanine (second floor) immediately following the worship service.

Coffee with the council during the coffee fellowship will be 10 a.m. in Koinonia. Come and meet members of the stewardship team and get a preview of their work for the Fall Faith Promise Season.

Adult Forum book study will meet upstairs at 10:30 a.m. in the Mezzanine. Topic will be “There is No Good Card for This” by Keley Crowe and Emily McDowell. Sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Book cost is $22.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church to have rummage sale

PEQUOT LAKES — A rummage sale will be noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 30985 Front St., Pequot Lakes.

Rally Sunday at Trinity Lutheran

“Rally Sunday” at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will be Sunday, Sept. 18.

There will be two services with Holy Communion at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The “Rally Sunday” service will be highlighted with special music along with Pastor Sarah Mitchell delivering the message.


There will be a “Blessings of Backpacks” for students of all ages and a special “Blessing for the 3-year-olds Cradle Apple Roll.” A delayed broadcast can be heard on KVBR 1340 at 9 a.m. and livestreaming on YouTube at 8:15 a.m.

Between the services, there will be an egg bake brunch and an opportunity to visit with Sunday school teachers in the Fellowship Hall. There will be a petting zoo in the parking area along with face painting.

Wednesday night services will be 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, followed by sixth-eighth grade confirmation orientation at 6:45 p.m. and ninth grade confirmation orientation at 7:30 p.m.

On Monday, Sept. 19, the Nazareth Circle will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Gathering Area.

On Tuesday, the Quilters will meet at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Vision Council will meet at 6 p.m. in the Gathering Area.

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

Harvest supper planned at Cascade United

DEERWOOD — Cascade United Methodist Church of Deerwood will be serving its annual Harvest Supper 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the church located on Highways 6 and 210.

The menu consists of meatballs with gravy, mashed potatoes, rutabagas, seasonal vegetables and dessert.


A free will offering will be accepted for the meal. Proceeds are used for the local missions of the church.

Heritage Church celebrates 100 years

BAXTER — Heritage Church in Baxter will celebrate 100 years with a centennial homecoming beginning Sept. 30 with interviews with former pastors and youth pastors, alumni choir and worship time that will feature music from several decades.

The Oct. 1 activities include a social time and hymn sing in the morning featuring former pastor’s son Paul Schaible; a time to review the Our Heritage Display, opportunity to tour the Adult and Teen Challenge Facility and a family, food and fun night.

On Oct. 2, the church will have a recognition of former staff members and their families with retired District Superintendent Pastor Clarence St. John as keynote speaker.

For more information, visit .

Casino Assembly of God to celebrate 100 years

PILLAGER — Casino Assembly of God Church, 10387 49th Ave. SW, Pillager, will celebrate 100 years with varying speakers beginning 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, with Ted Jensen, former pastor; 7 p.m. Thursday, Ruthie Oberg, Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center; 7 p.m. Friday, Richard Broberg, former youth pastor; 1 p.m. Saturday will be the Casino rodeo; and at 6 p.m. with former pastors Len Matejcek and John Venzke; and Sunday school sharing hour will be 9:30 a.m. Sunday and Mark Dean, Minnesota District Superintendent will speak at 10:30 a.m.

Refreshments will be provided after each event including a Sunday dinner on Sept. 18.

Teen Challenge Choir to appear at area churches

The following area churches will host the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Choir:


Sunday, Sept. 18, Little Falls Alliance Church, Little Falls; Sept. 25, Pillager Lutheran Church and Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter; and Sept. 30, Heritage Assembly of God Church.

The residents of the Central Minnesota Campus in Brainerd will perform a number of songs as well as share their stories of hope and healing from addiction.

For almost 30 years, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to adults and teens struggling with drug and alcohol addiction with effective and affordable shorter-term programs called Life Renewal, as well as the distinctive long-term faith-based recovery program. The Brainerd campus offers the long-term residential recovery program for adult men as well as outpatient treatment services for women and men.

For more information, call 218-833-8777 or visit .

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