Church News

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

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St. Francis Church to host Oktoberfest event

St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd will host Oktoberfest 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the St. Francis Catholic School parking lot, 817 Juniper St., Brainerd.

The event includes Roundhouse beer, booya and music by Bruce Archer.

Families are welcome. Free will offering and leftovers for sale after 6:15 p.m. for $20 (containers provided).

Frank Figaro to speak at Crosslake Christian AG Church

CROSSLAKE — Pastor Frank Figaro will be the special speaker at Crosslake Christian Assembly of God Church at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

Pastor Frank was a minister in Hawaii and now he tours and speaks as a part of Reasons for Hope Ministries. Lunch will follow.


Children’s church and nursery available.

New grief support group begins Oct. 11 at Lord of Life

BAXTER — Those experiencing grief in their lives are invited to come to Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Baxter on Tuesday evenings, beginning Oct. 11, for a grief support group.

From 5-6:30 p.m., members of the group will go over healthy ways of dealing with their grief, while walking alongside others who are experiencing similar feelings.

The group is led by Parish Nurse Deb Bergstrom, who is trained in grief support and has led similar groups for years.

Those who may have questions can call Deb at 701-678-4053.

To register for the group, call Lord of Life at 218-828-9374.

First Lutheran Church news

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will host an all area youth gathering for grades 6-12, from 5-11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

Church services will be 9-10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, to celebrate the 18th Sunday after Pentecost with worship in the sanctuary and online. Pastor Jordan Gades will preach and preside.


Sunday School will meet at 10 a.m. in the Mezzanine (second floor).

Coffee fellowship/coffee with the council will be 10 a.m. in Koinonia Hall. Pastor Jordan will be sharing information about Breeze, FLC’s new church management software.

Men’s breakfast Bible study, led by Pastor Jordan Gades, will meet 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at The Sidetrack, 18071 State Highway 371, Brainerd.

An adult forum book study, “There is No Good Card for This,” led by Pastor Patty Bjorklund, will meet at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 12, in the Mezzanine.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church events

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will celebrate the 18th Sunday after Pentecost with an in-person service at 8:20 a.m. with the Rev. Mark Skinner preaching.

Sunday school will begin at 9:25 a.m. The 10:30 a.m. in-person service will also be livestreamed. The livestream can be viewed at . The service will be put on after its completion for later viewing. There will be a meeting for next summer’s All Church mission trip participants at 11:30 a.m.

Men’s Bible study will meet 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Worship assistant training will be 6 p.m. Tuesday and again at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

First Congregational United Church of Christ church services

First Congregational United Church of Christ will have Sunday worship at 10 a.m. with Pastor Leslie Moughty preaching in-person and on Facebook.


Adult forum topic will be activism led by Jan Kurtz.

South Long Lake Church services set

Pastor Jeff Lawson will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at South Long Lake Church,13152 Smart Road, Brainerd, followed by coffee fellowship time.

The service will be streaming live on Facebook.

Call 218-851-2018 for additional information.

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This week at Trinity

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

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, there will be a midweek worship service will be 6 p.m. with Holy Communion being served. The First Communion class will meet at 5:15 p.m. A meal will be served at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Confirmation students will meet at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

A Bible study on the Parables of Jesus will be at 11:11 a.m. Wednesday in the Gathering Area.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Altar Guild will meet in the sanctuary at 9 a.m.

On Friday, Oct. 7, there will be a Bible study on “A Psalm and A Proverb” at 11:11 a.m. in the Gathering Area.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, there will be two traditional worship services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion being served. New member class will be 9:30 a.m. The 8:15 a.m. service will be rebroadcast on KVBR 1340 Radio at 9 a.m. and livestreamed on YouTube. Coffee hour will follow the first service. Education Hour will begin at 9:30 a.m.

On Oct 11, the Jolly Freetimers will meet at noon in Fellowship Hall.

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League to host fall bazaar and lefse sale

GARRISON — Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison will have a bazaar, lefse/bake sale and luncheon from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22, at 10583 U.S. Highway 169, Garrison.

MN Adult & Teen Challenge Choir to appear locally

Several churches will host the MN Adult & Teen Challenge Choir in the lakes area.

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.

The October schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 9, Faith Lutheran Church, Staples;
  • Oct. 16, South Long Lake Church, Brainerd; and Ossipee Community Church, Merrifield;
  • Oct. 23, Verndale Family Church, Verndale; 
  • Oct. 30, Wadena Alliance Church, Wadena; and Cass Lake Alliance Church, Cass Lake.

Their mission is to assist men, women and teens in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life-controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. They offer outpatient, traditional short-term licensed residential treatment as well as their popular year-long residential recovery program.
For more information, call 218-833-8777 or visit .

Trunk and Treat planned at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church

GARRISON — There will be a trunk and treat event from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31, at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church, 27170 Monroe St., Garrison.

Inside will be the treats and outside at the campfire there will be hot dogs roasting.

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