Church News

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

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Bethlehem Lutheran Church services

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd, will celebrate Thanksgiving eve with a joint service at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, with pie to follow the service.

On Sunday, Bethlehem will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent with an in-person service at 8:20 a.m. with Pastor Mark Skinner preaching. The 10:30 a.m. in-person service will also be livestreamed. The livestream can be at . The service will be at after its completion for later viewing.

Men’s Bible study will meet at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 29. Stephen Ministers will meet at 10 a.m. Sixty-five plus Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 a.m.

Evening of thanksgiving in Crosslake

CROSSLAKE — There will be a relaxing evening of thanksgiving at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 23, at the Crosslake Christian Assemblies of God Church.

Anna Espeseth will lead songs of thanksgiving and worship and Pastor Gary will share some inspirational thoughts. Refreshments and apple cider will follow.


This week at Trinity

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

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, there will be a joint Thanksgiving worship service with Bethlehem Lutheran at 6 p.m. with Holy Communion at Trinity. A pie social will follow in Fellowship Hall. There will be no Wednesday evening meal.

On Sunday, Nov. 27, 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 a.m. and livestreamed on You Tube. Coffee hour will follow at 9:15 a.m. in the Gathering Area. There will be no Education Hour.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church to have two exploratory second Sunday services

BAXTER — As Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Baxter explores whether it is time to return to two worship services on Sundays, it invites anyone interested to attend trial second services at 11 a.m. on Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.

These simple services will be led by Pastor Steven Rye and are expected to run a little under an hour.

Depending on the interest in these services, along with other factors such as volunteer availability, Lord of Life may continue looking into additional services.

Before any permanent decision would be made, Lord of Life would adjust the times of this service and its first Sunday service, currently at 9:30 a.m.

For additional information, contact the church office at 218-828-9374.


First Lutheran Church services announced

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will have a Thanksgiving eve worship service and pie fest from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Game night will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, in Koinina Hall. Bring a dish or appetizer to share. Coffee and lemonade will be provided.

First Lutheran Church will celebrate the first Sunday in Advent with worship at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 with Pastor Patty Bjorklund and Pastor Jordan Gades preaching and presiding.

An Advent fun fest will be 10 a.m. to noon in Koinonia Hall. There will be caramel rolls, lefse making, crafts, cookie decorating and card making.

Serving the unsheltered will be 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday with hospitality and a home-cooked meal in Koinonia.

Men’s breakfast and Bible study will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. Nov. 28, at The Sidetrack, 18071 State Highway 371, Brainerd.

First UCC worship planned

First Congregational United Church of Christ will have worship at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, in-person and online.

The rescheduled adult forum with Dani Richter will be 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.


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