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Church news-July 26

? Corn boil planned HILLMAN -- A corn boil will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman. Immanuel Lutheran Church is located at the junction of Highway 27 and County Road 47. ? Ophoven Family Band in concert MALMO -- This ...

■ Corn boil planned

HILLMAN - A corn boil will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman. Immanuel Lutheran Church is located at the junction of Highway 27 and County Road 47.

■ Ophoven Family Band in concert

MALMO - This Saturday night at 7 p.m. Malmo Free Church will present the Ophoven Family Band in concert.

The Ophoven family is a gospel bluegrass band from northern Minnesota. Parents Jerry and Molli play rhythm guitar, Kate plays fiddle and banjo, John plays bass, Aaron plays banjo, dobro and guitar and Elizabeth plays mandolin, fiddle and guitar. The band was formed six years ago and has played for festivals, banquets, fairs, churches and various functions across the Midwest, Montana, Canada and Missouri. Using their instruments and voices, they harmonize and blend a variety of music, including traditional bluegrass, gospel bluegrass and a cappella hymns. Malmo Church is located near the junction of Highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs.

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■ Crowe recently installed

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

The Rev. Crowe was raised in Washington state and graduated from the Burnley School of Art in Seattle. 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 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 Veradale United Church of Christ in Spokane, where she served for 17 1/2 years.

She has been married to Randy Crowe for 44 years and is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her interests include traveling, sewing, quilting, calligraphy, reading, bicycling and exploring back roads.

To contact the Rev. Crowe, call the church at 829-2528 or email her at firstcong@brainerd.net .

■ Brainerd Christian Women’s Connection Women’s day out

The Brainerd Christian Women’s Connection is planning a women’s day out event from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Nisswa Community Center, Nisswa. Cost: $15.

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There will be a coffee/bake sale fundraiser from 10-10:30 a.m. Speaker Carol Rodseth will speak on “The Ultimate Attitude Adjustment: Are You Ready?” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to noon. From 12:15-1:15 p.m., Jessica DeShaw will be featured with Thirty-One Gifts and Jewel Handbags. Closing comments will be from 1:15-1:30 p.m.

Bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the local food shelf. Bring one baked good item to donate to the bake sale/fundraiser or accepting cash donations.

Babysitting services will not be provided at this luncheon. Scholarships for the luncheon are no longer available. Mingle tables will be provided for guests.

If someone cancels their reservation after 2 p.m. Saturday, they will still be billed. Reservation cancellations will be required and cancellations past the BCWC deadline individuals will be charged for their lunch. RSVP to Sharon by 2 p.m. Saturday at 829-4320 or email the reservation to bcwc2013@yahoo.com .

For further information about the BCWC Women’s Day Out event contact the BCWC Chair Karla at 828-4793 or by email at bcwc2013@yahoo.com .

■ First Lutheran Church activities

Vacation Bible school starts Monday and continues through Aug. 2. For those who haven’t signed up, contact the FLC office at 829-9552.

Dessert on the Deck this week is 7 p.m. Monday at Dorothy and Jerry Peterson’s home.

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The last day of the Summer Stretch program is Tuesday. 

There will be an outdoor service at Camp Vanasek at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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 BrainerdDispatch.com website first went live on April 26, 1994.
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