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.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church services planned

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will celebrate Ash Wednesday at 6:20 p.m. today, March 2 with Pastor Mark Skinner preaching.

On Sunday, the church will celebrate the First Sunday in Lent at in-person services with communion at 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Skinner will be preaching. The 10:30 a.m. services will be livestreamed at . The service will be put on after its completion for later viewing. Sunday school will begin at 9:25 a.m. on Sunday.

Good Friday Silent Walk for Peace set for April 15

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will have a Good Friday Silent Walk for Peace at 9:30 a.m. April 15.

After gathering outside the west entrance at St. Francis Convent, participants will walk together in a silent procession, stopping to pray at various designated places throughout Little Falls, including St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Morrison County Jail and Government Center, Veterans Memorial, Maple Island Park and a few other locations. The procession will be led by a person carrying a cross. Bringing the cross and our prayers to various places in our community reminds us of the ways Jesus is always with us, especially in our joys and sufferings. Participants can take turns carrying the cross and leading the procession. The walk concludes back at the convent at about 11 a.m.

In the event of bad weather, this event will be canceled.


For more information, contact Rosanne Fischer at or Christi Hartwell at or 320-632-0680.

South Long Lake Church to host Pastor Dunham

Pastor David Dunham will speak at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 7, at South Long Lake Church, 13152 Smart Road, Brainerd. Communion will be served. The service will be streaming live on Facebook. Check the Facebook page prior in case of inclement weather cancellation.

First Lutheran Church events

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will celebrate Ash Wednesday 6 p.m. March 2 with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. Pastors Patty Bjorklund and Jordan Gades will preside. Lenten Daily Devotion card sets will be distributed to those in attendance.

First Lutheran will celebrate the first Sunday of Lent with 9 a.m. worship Sunday in the sanctuary and online. Pastor Jordan Gades will preach and Pastor Patty Bjorklund will preside at Holy Communion. Masks are recommended.

The worship service will be broadcast on Facebook at “FLC Brainerd” and on YouTube. For more information, visit .

First Congregational United Church of Christ Ash Wednesday services

First Congregational United Church of Christ will have Ash Wednesday services, March 2, in-person and online at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday worship is in-person and online going forward until further notice at 10 a.m. Sundays. Watch worship on . Worship bulletins can be found at .

Prospective member class No. 3 will be Sunday after worship.


This week at Trinity

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

On Wednesday, March 2, there will be an Ash Wednesday worship service at 6 p.m. with Pastor Bob Rusert presenting a drama, “The Tax Collector’s Repentant Heart.” There will be the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion served. A soup supper will be served at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall by the Vision Council with a variety of soups.

On Sunday, services will be 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion being served at both services. Pastor Bob Rusert is preaching on “Determined to Be Faithful for Us” and Pastor Hans Anderson will be assisting.

Lutheran Church of the Cross of Nisswa announces Ash Wednesday events

NISSWA — There will be a baked potato bar supper 5-6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. Worship service will be 6:20 p.m.

Ashes to Go Drive-Thru will be offered with communion from noon until 1 p.m. in the front parking lot Wednesday.

Lenten soup suppers and worship will be weekly on Wednesdays March 9 through April 6. Check the church website and the Facebook page for any updates.

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