Church news-Aug. 30

? Teen Challenge Choir to appear at area churches First Church of Nazarene in Brainerd will host the MN Adult and Teen challenge choir on Sept. 15 and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes will host the choir on Sept. 25. The residents of th...

■ Teen Challenge Choir to appear at area churches

First Church of Nazarene in Brainerd will host the MN Adult and Teen challenge choir on Sept. 15 and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes will host the choir on Sept. 25.

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.

For almost 30 years, MN Adult and Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to adults and teens struggling with drug and alcohol addiction with effective and affordable shorter-term programs called Life Renewal, as well as the distinctive long-term faith-based recovery program. The Brainerd campus offers the long-term residential recovery program for adult men as well as outpatient treatment services for women and men. For more information, call 218-833-8777 or visit us on the web at

■ Blessing the kindergartners


Bethlehem Lutheran Church, ELCA, in Brainerd will have a blessing the kindergartners ceremony during the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service. Pastor Mark Skinner and Pastor Sarah Marshall will preside. For more information call 829-3330. The church is located at 418 Eighth Ave NE.

■ Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women

AITKIN - The Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women will have their fall workshop at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin Sept. 10. The cost will be $12 a person. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Our speaker will begin at 9:45 a.m. Mass will be 11 a.m. Our meeting will begin at 1 p.m. followed by announcement of raffle winners. Each parish is asked to bring a raffle item worth $20-25. Our speaker will be Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. Under his leadership MCCL has been able to pass several pieces of pro-life legislation including Women’s Right To Know. The Mass collection will go towards Deanery Education. The proceeds from the raffle will go to MCCL. New directories will be available at the workshop also. Call your parish president if you plan to attend. Parish presidents call Carol Wohlers at 218-562-5407.

■ Patriots Day prayer event planned

PIERZ - Patriots Day prayer event will be 12:45 p.m. Sept. 11 at St. Joseph’s Church in Pierz. The time is set to accommodate the grade school schedule.

A Patriotic Rosary will be prayed for our nation, for the leaders of all branches of government, executive, judicial and legislative, for the state governments officials down to local city and township leaders, for all military, for the people of all 50 states and for the farmers and for business owners.

The members of the Christian Mothers from St. Michael’s in Buckman and St. Joseph’s in Pierz, the American Legion and Auxiliary, the Knights of Columbus, Holy Trinity Grade School and the Hearts of Faith group will be leading the rosary.

This event is sponsored by the Hearts of Faith Group of St. Joseph parish.


■ Trinity welcomes new intern

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will be celebrating a service of beginning for Ryan Prondzinski at 9 a.m. Sunday. He is beginning his year of internship on Sept. 1 as part of a program between Trinity Lutheran and Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Ryan has completed two years at Luther Seminary. After his year of internship at Trinity, he will be returning to the Seminary for his final year of study before being ordained into the ELCA ministry. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree of Fine Arts and Art Education. He is from Valparaiso, Ind. He is single and has served in the Air Force National Guard where he was a Staff Sergeant and Crew Chief for the C-130 aircraft.

Following the service, coffee and cookies will be served in the Gathering Area with an opportunity to meet Ryan.

At the service, there will be a blessing of the backpacks for all kindergartners as they begin school.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd is located at 1420 South Sixth Street. For more information, call 829-5147.

■ Summer gospel concert planned

MALMO - This Saturday night at 7 p.m., Malmo Evangelical Free Church is pleased to present Jim Lee from Brainerd in concert.


Jim will be joining us for his 19th appearance at our summer concerts. Jim has been singing since he was 2 years old, and as a ministry to the Lord since the ‘80s. This year Jim will be backed by the Band of Four - local musicians from the Brained area. Malmo Church is located near the junction of Highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs.

■ Books ‘n stuff sale

AITKIN - St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aitkin will have their annual Books ‘n Stuff sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 222 SE 1st Street in Aitkin. Proceeds this year will go to support Special Olympics, a national program for disadvantaged children and young people. With that theme, a large assortment of used toys in good condition will be offered as well as the books and other items.

Toys can still be accepted, but must be brought to the church at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 30.

■ 8th Annual Gift of Music

NISSWA - St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, Nisswa, will host the 8th annual gift of music on Sept. 8. Social hour and silent auction will be at 4:30 p.m. with special guest Dick Macko entertaining for the afternoon and dinner. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. A music program by I Cantatori will be at 7 p.m.

■ FLC circles

The mission statement for the Women of the ELCA is “to mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.” Toward that mission, First Lutheran Church will have four circles meeting starting on Tuesday: Dorcas, Lydia and Hope meeting the first Tuesday of the month; and Joy which meets the second Thursday of the month. For those interested in joining a circle through First Lutheran Church in Brainerd, contact the office at 829-9552.

■ Fall day of reflection

LITTLE FALLS - The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and the Franciscan Associates invite the public to join them for a Fall Day of Reflection entitled, “Transformed by Grace, Transfigured for Love,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Saint Francis would be delighted with the ways the grace of God transforms our hearts, minds and spirits through everyday life experiences. Presenter, Jacquelyne Witter, Ed.D., will look at what St. Francis saw as what was his to do as a disciple of Christ; and, discover possibilities of what is ours to do. Come explore God’s amazing grace and what it means to be ‘transfigured for love’ through prayer, presentation, reflection and conversation. For more information on the Fall Day of Reflection, or to pre-register by Sept. 6, contact 320-632-0693 or email .

■ Taize prayer

LITTLE FALLS - The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Taize Prayer from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Taize Prayer is a reflective, meditative prayer with repetitively sung chants. Gather in a sacred space for an hour with the beauty of lighted candles and the San Damiano Cross, and in contemplative silence to experience Christ’s presence. Encounter the mystery of God through the beauty of simplicity. Allow yourself to be open and receptive and let the prayers permeate your mind. Hear scripture readings, prayer petitions and songs initiated by a song leader. Relax and join in prayer and song as you feel comfortable. In the sacred space of contemplative silence God often touches us deeply and healing and transformation happen. Taize Prayer is open to the public. The prayer of Jesus “that all may be one” is your special invitation to come. People of all Christian traditions are welcome! For more information, contact the Franciscan Life Center at 320-632-0668 or email .

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