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.

First Congregational Church services

First Congregational Church will have in-person/online services at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27.

There will be a special offering for the local food shelf. Checks may be sent to the church office at 415 Juniper St., Brainerd. The second prospective member class will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday in-person and Zoom.

South Long Lake Church to host Pastor Dunham

Pastor David Dunham will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at South Long Lake Church,13152 Smart Road, Brainerd.

The services will be streaming live on Facebook. Check the Facebook page prior in case of inclement weather cancellation.

This week at Trinity

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


On Wednesday, Feb. 23, there will be a worship service at 6 p.m. with Pastor Bob Rusert preaching with Holy Communion being served. An evening meal will be served at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

The First Communion class will meet at 5:15 p.m.

Teen Challenge will provide a program of music and testimonies in the sanctuary at 6:45 p.m. for confirmation students, parents and the public.

On Sunday, there will be two services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion being served at both services. Pastor Bob Rusert is preaching and Pastor Hans Anderson assisting. The 8:15 a.m. service will be rebroadcast on KVBR 1340 Radio at 9 a.m. and livestreamed on YouTube.

For all services, there is a special area in the sanctuary reserved for masked attendees.

New member class will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the office area. Persons wishing to join may call the office or just attend the class. The number is 218-829-5147.

Education hour will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Coffee will be served following the 8:15 a.m. service in the Gathering Area.

There will be a family sledding party on Trinity Hill at 11 a.m. Sunday. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.


The weekly worship service is available at .

Bethlehem Lutheran Church events

On Sunday, Feb. 27, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will celebrate Transfiguration of Our Lord at in-person services with communion at 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Skinner will be preaching. We continue to livestream the 10:30 a.m. services on Sundays at . The service will be put on after its completion for later viewing. Sunday school will begin at 9:25 a.m. Sunday.

Men’s bible study takes place on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

Lord of Life organizations showcased in program fair Feb. 27

BAXTER — Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter, invites people to stick around after its 9 a.m. service Sunday, Feb. 27, for a winter programming fair.

The event is an opportunity for individuals to find organizations at Lord of Life they may want to join, whether it be for a fellowship or volunteer opportunity, or both.

Groups will have displays set up in the church commons, where those interested can get information and speak with members of each group.

In addition, this will be an opportunity to celebrate Lord of Life’s newest members as they are accepted into the church during the service.

For those who want additional information about this program, or would like to participate in it, contact Tyler Jensen at 218-828-9374.


Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Baxter announces its coming sermon series for Lent

BAXTER — “Hidden Purposes: [Pro]Opponents [for Life] in the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” a series looking at God’s enemies who mock, lie, and condemn Jesus, faithless opponents who unwittingly serve God’s purposes and become proponents for life, will begin March 2 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 6311 Mildred Road, Baxter.

The season of preparation for Easter’s joy begins at 6:45 p.m. Ash Wednesday, March 2. Imposition of ashes will be offered prior to this service. The following midweek services are scheduled each Wednesday at 6:45 p.m., with a light meal served prior at 5:45 p.m.

The weekly themes are:

  • March 2 – Caiaphas (Jn 11:50-52) 
  • March 9 – Judas Iscariot (Jn 13:27-30) March 16 – Mary, the mother of Jesus (Mt 12:48-50; Jn 19:25-27)
  • March 23 – Peter (Mk 14:29-31)
  • March 30 – Pontius Pilate (Mt 27:15-24)
  • April 6 – The Crowd (Mt 27:24-26)
  • April 14 – Criminals crucified with Jesus (Lk 23:39-43)
  • April 15 – The Father (Lk 23:44-46; Mt 27:45-46, 50-54; Jn 19:30)
  • April 17 [Easter Morning] – The Disciples (Lk 24:1-12; Jn 11:26)

First Lutheran Church news

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, Street, will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday with 9 a.m. worship Sunday, Feb. 27, in the sanctuary and online. Pastor Jordan Gades will preach and preside. Face-coverings are recommended during worship.

The 9 a.m. worship service will be broadcast on Facebook at FLC Brainerd and also on YouTube. For more information, visit .

The Ash Wednesday, March 2, schedule will be:

  • 5 p.m., Lenten soup supper
  • 5:15-6:15 p.m., Handbell practice
  • 6 p.m., Ash Wednesday worship service
  • 6-7 p.m., Confirmation students and mentors meet for worship
  • 7-8 p.m., Youth Group (6th-9th graders)
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