Church News-Feb. 24

Jorge in concert World renowned violinist Jaime Jorge will be presenting a violin virtuoso concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Brainerd Seventh-day Adventist Church at 2910 Oak Street in Brainerd. The concert is free to the community and everyone i...

Jorge in concert

World renowned violinist Jaime Jorge will be presenting a violin virtuoso concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Brainerd Seventh-day Adventist Church at 2910 Oak Street in Brainerd. The concert is free to the community and everyone is invited. Visit for the most current information.

Jorge was born and raised in communist Cuba where Cuban officials recognized his talent for violin. They offered him the opportunity to train in Moscow with some of the world’s master violinists. However, the terms they offered him he couldn’t accept - he would have to renounce God. At age 10 Jorge and his family escaped from Cuba and arrived in the United States with almost nothing. Today Jorge tours full-time around the world playing before kings and dignitaries as well as church congregations. His music has graced Carnegie Hall and high school auditoriums. He has played in 40 countries on five continents.


Minnesota Homefront, WWII exhibit


The Park United Methodist Seniors will be going by bus to “Minnesota Homefront, WWII,” a traveling exhibit of the Minnesota Historical Society, on display at Linden Hills in Little Falls on Monday. The exhibit explores the accomplishments, sacrifices, disappointments and challenges that shaped the enduring legacy of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation through their stories. Visitors will find out what it was like to “make-do” with rationing, to farm during a severe labor shortage, to work on the Iron Range, and to develop inventions for the war effort.

The bus will leave the parking lot of Park UMC at 10:30 a.m. and return about 3 p.m. The cost of the trip, which is open to the public, is $25, which covers the cost of bus, lunch and entrance fees. If interested in joining the group, call Park UMC at 829-4116 or call 829-4339 for reservations.



Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial Association

On Tuesday, the Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial Association will be meeting over breakfast at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe, 2115 South Sixth St., Brainerd, from 8-9 a.m. Our purpose for gathering will be to encourage, support and pray for one another. The fellowship together will allow us to get to know each other personally. This will produce the added benefits of mutual trust and respect among our colleagues. Since the Ministerial Association is a network of professional clergy which crosses all denominational lines, we invite all area pastors to join us.


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. 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 first Thursday of the month. The prayer of Jesus that all may be one is your special invitation to come. People of all faith traditions are welcome. For more information, call (320) 632-0668 or email .



‘Ready for a Change’ at Grace United

The congregation of Grace United Methodist Church will be exploring the theme “Ready for a Change” each Sunday morning at 9 a.m. during Lent. The concept of change and the change-making actions of Jesus will guide our spiritual journey. We will wrestle with our fear of change, the inevitability of change, the difficulty in changing, and the life-giving new lease on life and call to service that change can bring.

A homemade soup supper will be held each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. during Lent. Following food and fellowship at 6:45 p.m. the study “The Road to Victory” will be discussed in the Amaryllis Room. Study books are available by calling the church office at (218) 568-5755.




Paul Baker Hernandez performance

LITTLE FALLS - The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a performance by Paul Baker Hernandez 7 p.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Performances are both in Spanish and English. For more information, contact (320) 632-0649.


UCC adult forum

“The Defiant Requiem” is the topic for First Congregational United Church of Christ’s adult forum on Sunday after the 10 a.m. worship. Lisa Wigand will be the presenter.

During World War II, many Jewish artists and musicians were imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp near Prague called Terezin. One of them was a famous conductor named Rafael Schachter who smuggled one copy of the score of Verdi’s “Requiem” into the camp. There, he taught 150 of the prisoners this piece of music. The chorus learned it by rote and performed it 16 times during their internment. Their audiences included other prisoners, SS Officers and German army staff members. Their purpose was to sing to their captors the words they could not speak.

For more information on First Congregational UCC, visit the church’s website at .



Lakes Area Parish Nurse meeting

The Lakes Area Parish Nurse meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Good Samaritan Society-Woodland, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Presentation by Stephanie Kubas, Crow Wing County Public Health. Call Joy at 855-6639 for questions.


Pastor Nordvall

to speak

Truth Lutheran Church meets at the Brainerd Hotel on South Sixth Street at 9 a.m. Sundays. Pastor Bob Nordvall will be speaking at Truth Lutheran Church on Sunday. Pastor Nordvall travels for East European Missions Network, speaking to groups about the opportunities for mission work in the former Eastern European block of the former Soviet Union.


Lenten services at Trinity Lutheran


Lenten services are continuing at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd at 6 p.m. March 7. Intern Jenny Hinman McLellan will be speaking on the Lenten Theme, “We The People.” The worship time will follow the Holden Evening Prayer Service.

The 2012 Lenten services is focusing on the theme of “The Road To Recovery.” The six-week program will begin with a sermon on the given topic at the Holden Evening Prayer Service. A soup supper will be served by the Media Outreach Team. The supper begins at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday services are held at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with education hour and coffee hour between services.

Trinity is located at 1420 South Sixth Street. Trinity is completely handicap accessible. For more information, call 829-5147 or visit .


Lent at Bethlehem Lutheran

This Sunday is the first Sunday in Lent and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, ELCA, will have normal worship times of 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. In between services there will be a Bible study based on the book of 1 John.

Wednesday Lenten worship will continue through Holy Week. We will have a book study at 7 p.m. along with several activities for youth of all ages.


Details can be found on our website or by calling the office at 829-3330. The church is located in northeast Brainerd at 418 Eighth Ave. NE.


Praise and worship services at First Lutheran

On Sunday, First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will hold praise and worship services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Sunday school students will share special music at the 10:30 a.m. service. Between services, Karen Ruona, FLC Parish Nurse, will update on the progress of the “Journey to Jerusalem” health initiative. She will meet with others at 9:15 a.m. in the Upper Room.

Second Half Enrichment series

On Sunday from 2-4 p.m., the Second Half Enrichment Series (intended for adults 50+ years of age) will hold Event Two at First Lutheran Church, Brainerd. The event will feature the Rev. John Nunes, CEO and President of Lutheran World Relief, a global crisis agency. The Rev. Nunes is also the author of a children’s book entitled “Little Things Make Big Differences: A Story of Malaria.” Advance tickets are $10 and are currently on sale in the church office or will be available from 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the church. Advance tickets will also be made available from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Tickets at the door may be purchased for $15.


Lenten services

at FLC

Wednesday Lenten services at First Lutheran, 424 South Eighth St., Brainerd, will be 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Lenten soup suppers will be served beginning at 5:15 p.m. The Lenten theme “Walking with Jesus to the Cross” will continue Wednesday as we hear from Thomas.


Personalities of the Passion

Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church’s message for Lenten services will be “Personalities of the Passion.” This week will feature Caiaphas, The Religious Formalist. Caiaphas was more concerned with the form of religion than its true substance. He was more concerned with power than service. He was concerned with status quo even at the expense of truth. On Wednesday, the evening starts with 5:30 p.m. soup and sandwich with worship at 7 p.m. and choir practice following. During the Sundays of Lent the message will be entitled “The Cross in the Theology of Paul.”


All-you-can-eat pasta dinner fundraiser

The youth of Bethlehem Lutheran Church will be having an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner fundraiser from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Chap. Cost: $8, adults; children 10 and under, $5. The youth will be attending the 2012 Youth Rally in New Orleans.

Brainerd LDS Ward hosts conference

The Brainerd Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will

host its annual conference at 10 a.m. Sunday. Leaders from the St. Cloud

Minnesota Stake of the Church will speak at the conference. All members of

the community interested in learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ

are invited to attend the conference, which will be held at the meeting

house at 101 Buffalo Hills Lane W. A potluck dinner will follow the



‘All Things New’ Easter presentation

Park United Methodist Seniors has a block of tickets for “All Things New,”

the Easter presentation of music and drama, featuring the last days of

Christ’s life, for the matinee on March 31. Following the matinee

presentation, dinner will be served. The public is invited to join the

group. The bus will leave Park UMC parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Reservations

must be in and paid for by March 8. Cost of the ticket is $55, which

includes bus, performance and dinner. For reservations, call the church at

829-4116 or call 829-4339.


World Day of Prayer service

PEQUOT LAKES - Our Savior’s Lutheran of Pequot Lakes will be hosting a World

Day of Prayer service at 10 a.m. March 2. St. Christopher’s Catholic Church

and Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes Baptist, Gloria Dei

Lutheran, Our Savior’s Lutheran and Grace United Methodist, Pequot Lakes,

will be participating in a program prepared for by the women of Malaysia.

Malaysia is this year’s featured country with the theme “Let Justice

Prevail.” The offering will be divided between the World Day of Prayer

effort and our local food shelf.


World Day of Prayer

March 2 is World Day of Prayer. World Day of Prayer is an annual, ecumenical

celebration of informed prayer. Women, men and children in more than 170

countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer. The theme is “Let

Justice Prevail.” The prayer service was written by the women of Malaysia

for families worldwide and will be 1 p.m. March 2 at First Presbyterian

Church, 512 South Eighth St., Brainerd.


I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with numerous job titles since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently as Digital Editor. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work these 30+ years. I was present and worked on the our web page when our original website first went live on April 26, 1994.
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