Church news-Aug. 9

? Benson Family to perform The Benson Family Singers are a family music group from southern Minnesota and will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Living Savior Lutheran Church. Weather permitting, the concert will be outdoors so bring a lawn ...

■ Benson Family
to perform

The Benson Family Singers are a family music group from southern Minnesota and will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Living Savior Lutheran Church. Weather permitting, the concert will be outdoors so bring a lawn chair.

Peter and Rachelle, along with three of their sons, David, Aaron and Luke, have a unique ministry consisting of barbershop, bluegrass and gospel music. They specialize in tight, a cappella harmonies and also play a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, bass, violin and mandolin.

The church is located three and one-half miles west of Schaefer’s corner. For those interested, brats, beans, chips and pop will be available for a small charge prior to the concert from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

■ Outdoor
gospel concert


MALMO - The Malmo Free Church will present The Garms Family at 7 p.m. Saturday. As a fun-loving, traditional family this group consists of David and Kris Garms and six of their eight children, ages ranging from 6 to 21. Each member of the family plays at least one instrument to accompany their family harmony, creating a lively atmosphere at each performance.

Malmo Church is located near the junction of Highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs.

■ Kingdom Rock VBS

CUSHING - Looking for a fun, spiritually enriching learning experience for your children this summer? Enroll them in vacation Bible school at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cushing.

The fun begins Monday through Aug. 16, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

The theme is “Adventures at Kingdom Rock, Where Kids Stand Strong for God!” Children 3 and up are welcome. Older children and teens are needed to help in different areas.

Each evening a light supper will be served. Crafts, music, games and Bible adventures will be part of the fun.

Bethany Lutheran Church is located at 25430 Bison Road, Cushing, one-half mile south of U.S. Highway 10 on Morrison County Road 11.


For further information call the church office at 320-749-2140, Roxie Flicek at 320-749-2026 or email Jeannine Pantzke at .

■ Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

LITTLE FALLS - The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Centering Prayer is an ancient and contemporary way of prayer. In a small group, persons gather for 20-30 minutes to pray in quiet, listening with openness to God’s presence and action in our lives. Centering Prayer is experiencing a relationship with God as well as a discipline to foster that relationship. It is a movement beyond conversation with God to communion with God. That is followed by “Lectio Divina,” a reflection on the coming Sunday Scriptures. Come, the third Thursday of the month, gather with sisters and members of all faiths to ponder God’s presence in your life, and open yourself to receive the gift of a closer union with God. No need to pre-register. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email .

■ Folk service
at Bethel

SOUTH LONG LAKE - Bethel Lutheran Church, South Long Lake, will hold a folk service on Sunday. Jerry Foust will lead the congregation at the 9 a.m. service, which will include contemporary music as well as traditional hymns and new favorites.

Bethel is located at the intersection of Thompson Road and Five Mile Road.

■ St. James Catholic Church annual rummage sale

AITKIN - St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin, will have its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16-17 and 9 a.m. until noon Aug. 18. Adult, children, infant clothes, sports equipment, linens, artwork, glassware/dishes, furniture, toys and books will be available. Donations of clean and useable items may be dropped off at the church on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


To St. James Church, from Highway 210 at the stoplight in Aitkin, go south on Highway 169 to Red Oak Drive. St. James Church is west (behind Paulbecks’ County Market).

For more information, contact Mary Jo Newman at 218-549-3237.

■ 25th anniversary celebration at
The Church on
the Wise Road

The Church on the Wise Road (formerly known as Hope Baptist Church) will celebrate its 25th anniversary Aug. 18. A kickoff potluck picnic after the Sunday morning service will be at 1 p.m. with a barbecue, music by the Crow River String Band and “round the table” reminiscing of days gone by. Former members and anyone in the community is invited to celebrate.

In order to know how much barbecue to prepare, call the church at 829-4673 by Thursday to register your attendance for the kickoff celebration.

■ Spiritual Awakening

NISSWA - The Journey in Recovery program at St. Christopher’s Church in Nisswa presents “Spiritual Awakening” from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Lutheran Church of the Cross Celebration Center in Nisswa. A $5 donation is suggested. Featured speaker is Dick Rice, a spiritual care counselor and chaplain at The Retreat in Wayzata. Rice will speak on strength and hope along the journey of a 12-step recovery.

The event is sponsored by the Journey in Recovery program at St Christopher’s Church and Lutheran Church of the Cross.

For more information, contact Jane or Kathy at 963-3115.

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