Church News - July 19

? Bluegrass gospel concert set NISSWA -- A community bluegrass gospel concert featuring the Kingery Family is planned outdoors at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Nisswa. People are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket f...

■ Bluegrass gospel concert set

NISSWA - A community bluegrass gospel concert featuring the Kingery Family is planned outdoors at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Nisswa. People are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket for the outdoor concert. The concert will be moved indoors in case of inclement weather.

The Kingery Family has performed at the Itasca Family Music festival as well at many other events.

A free-will offering will be accepted.

■ Vacation Bible School planned


BAXTER - The First Baptist Church of Baxter is hosting Vacation Bible School from 6-8:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for ages 4 through adults.

The program includes puppets, crafts, Bible lessons, games, refreshments and other activities. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information call the church at 829-5767.

■ Ministerial Association to meet

The Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial Association will meet from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday for breakfast at the Brainerd Lakes Café.

The purpose for the gathering is to encourage, support and pray for one another. All area pastors are welcome.

The Ministerial Association is a network of professional clergy which crosses all denominational lines.

■ Area residents attend national LCMS youth gathering


Two leaders and four youth from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes and a group from Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd recently attended the 12th triennial National Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMC) Youth Gathering in San Antonio.

Rev. Bart Day, executive director of the LCMS’ Office of National Mission said the gathering supported more than 100 service projects and will fund ongoing domestic and international outreach efforts among young people, the ongoing work of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and a legacy gift to the LCMS Southern District for ongoing rebuilding in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

At the gathering, Lutheran youth collected and assembled thousands of items for individuals and families in need locally and around the nation that include: meals for Feeding Children Everywhere; personal care kits for area shelters and community organizations; school supplies kits for students in need; units of blood for Texas hospitals; thank-you cards for members of the military; fleece blankets for shelters around the country; and haircuts for Locks of Love.

Over the course of the gathering, about 5,000 young people volunteered at 100 off-site servant events, or service projects, benefiting churches, schools, parks, health care facilities and other service organizations that provide child and family care and counseling, housing and meals for those in need. Service projects included: Making home and building repairs; painting and refurbishing properties; removing litter and sprucing up landscaping; assisting at day care and senior living facilities; building a baseball field; and visiting children with disabilities and senior citizens.

■ First Lutheran news

Youth from the First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will be on a mission trip in Wyoming, coming home July 27. Fifteen youth and five adults will spend four days in Yellowstone National Park working with the park service learning about the stewardship of ecology. They’ll also go to the Wind River Cheyenne reservation to explore a new culture and serve the community. 

At 10 a.m. Sunday, the church will have an outdoor worship service at Camp Vanasek, to be followed by a potluck lunch.

On Monday, the church will have a “Meet the Pastor! Dessert on the Deck” event hosted by Kathy and Kevin Wernberg. The church asks that people RSVP to 829-8225. 



■ Crowe installed
as interim minister

The Rev. Linda Crowe recently was installed as interim minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd. She is a trained interim minister and will work with the congregation to assess the church’s strengths and challenges and to help search for and call a new pastor.

Crowe was raised in Washington and graduated from the Burnley School of Art in Seattle, Wash. She worked as a commercial artist for several years. After serving as a church volunteer and church camp director and counselor, she accepted God’s call to the ministry. She received a bachelor’s of arts degree from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkley, Calif. She was ordained in 1995.

After serving as interim minister in Pullman, Wash., she accepted a call to Verndale United Church of Christ in Spokane, Wash., where she served for 17 1/2 years.

To contact Crowe, call the church at 829-2528 or email her at .

■ Church women
to meet

Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church Women will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday for breakfast, a business meeting and Bible Study on “Psalm 22.”


For more information call the church office at 824-3052.

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