Church News

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

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Lord of Life Lutheran Church brings together singers for a Christmas Cantata

BAXTER — This year, Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Baxter will be bringing together musicians for a Christmas Cantata. The group is currently meeting 7-8:15 p.m. on Sunday evenings.

The Cantata is “Joy to the World: A Celebration of Carols” and celebrates many familiar Christmas favorites.

This program is open to any singer who would like to join. The group will perform the Cantata during Lord of Life’s 9:30 a.m. worship service Dec. 11.

First Lutheran Church events

Holy Hikes, a time to hike with faith stops along the way, will be 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Crow Wing State Park led by Pastor Patty Bjorklund. Weather permitting. Bring hiking gear and drinking water.

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will celebrate the 20th Sunday after Pentecost with worship in the sanctuary and online at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Blessings of Hunters will be during worship. Hunters are encouraged to wear camo and orange hunting clothes. Bjorklund will preach and preside.


During coffee hour at 10 a.m., ninth grade confirmation students will be facilitating the completion of the LWR School Kits. Supplies to fill the handmade book bags will be on hand. All ages welcome.

Adult forum book study graduation will be 10:15 a.m. Sunday in the Mezzanine.

Men’s breakfast Bible study, led by Pastor Jordan Gades, will meet at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 24, at The Sidetrack, 18071 State Highway 371, Brainerd.

Throughout the month of October, First Lutheran Church is partnering with ELCA Disaster Response to provide immediate and long-lasting support to those affected by hurricanes Ian and Fiona, the drought in the Horn of Africa, the storm in Alaska, the war in Ukraine, to name a few. Checks may be sent to First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, MN 56401. (ELCA Disaster Response in Memo).

FLC Mission Engagement Team is having a diaper drive in October for the TRIO team at Central Lakes College. Donations of pull-ups, diapers (any size) and baby wipes may be dropped off at the church in the designated container in the Narthex. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Checks may be made out to First Lutheran Church with Diaper Drive written in the Memo.

Churchyard Gospel Bluegrass Band to perform

PINE RIVER — The Churchyard Gospel Bluegrass Band (from Immanuel Lutheran Church of Crosby) will perform at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 30, at Pine River United Methodist Church, 348 Barclay Ave., Pine River.

A freewill mission offering will go to the Pine River-Backus Tiger Den.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church events

On Sunday, Oct. 23, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will celebrate the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost with an in-person service at 8:20 a.m. with the Rev. Sarah Marshall preaching.


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.

Men’s Bible study will meet 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The 65-plus Lunch Bunch will meet on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Contact the office to sign up.

South Long Lake Church services

Pastor Jeff Lawson will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at South Long Lake Church, located at the intersection of State Highway 25 and 13152 Smart Road.

Call 218-851-2018 for additional information.

First Congregational United Church of Christ services set

First Congregational United Church of Christ will have Stewardship Pledge Sunday on Sunday, Oct. 23. There will be a special offering for the Crisis Line.

The 11:30 a.m. Adult Forum topic will be Day of the Dead lead by Jan Kurtz.

Kurtz said, “Whether expected or unexpected, death throws us into mind-body-spirit spirals that can literally make us ill. That late night phone call sends us into shock, then denial, followed by the stages of grief. Our society often gets stuck in denial. Gratefully, things are changing, but we still have much to learn. I learned from Mexico’s Day of the Dead.”

The Día de Muertos celebration morphed over centuries bringing together a mystical blend of the Aztec’s journey to the afterlife with Spain’s Catholic overlay of religious beliefs. Thanks to the cultural blend, Mexico offers the Catrina, a jovial dancing skeleton dressed in floppy hats, eager to partake in life, instead of the Grim-Reaper coming to cut our lives short. We ask: What’s with the sugar skulls, dead bread, copal incense and Aztec escuintle dog?


Bethel Lutheran Church to have bake and rummage sale

Bethel Lutheran Church, County Road 148 and 5 Mile Road, South Long Lake, will have its annual bake and rummage sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

Sloppy joes, pie and coffee will be served throughout the sale.

The youths will have lots of good quality rummage items for sale.

Crosslake Lutheran Church to host annual Trunk-N-Treat event

CROSSLAKE — Crosslake Lutheran Church will host its annual Trunk or Treat event in the parking lot (only) of the church, 35960 County Road 66, Crosslake, from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Trunks of vehicles will be decorated and will be handing out goodies.

For more information, call the church office at 218-692-3682.

This week at Trinity

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

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, there will be a midweek worship service will be at 6 p.m. with Holy Communion being served. A meal will be served at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

The Galilee Circle will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Gathering Area. A Bible study on the Parables of Jesus will be 11:11 a.m. in the Gathering Area.

On Friday, Oct. 21, there will be a Bible study on “A Psalm and A Proverb” at 11:11 a.m. in the Gathering Area.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, there will be two traditional worship services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion being served. The 8:15 a.m. service will be rebroadcast on KVBR 1340 Radio at 9 am and live streamed on YouTube. Coffee hour will follow at 9:15 a.m. in the Gathering Area.

On Monday, Oct. 24, the Nazareth Circle will meet in the Gathering Area at 1 p.m.

Markku Seppanen to speak

Guest speaker Markku Seppanen from Oulunsalo, Finland, will be at the Brainerd Laestadian Lutheran Church, 1501 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The worship service will be translated into English.

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