Church News - March 13

This roundup includes worship services, special events and special speakers.


Bethlehem Lutheran Church events

This Sunday, March 15, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will celebrate the third Sunday of Lent with communion services at 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

During Adult Forum at 9:30 a.m., Pastor Mark Skinner will continue “Confessing the Faith – Lenten Series.”

On Tuesday, Bethlehem Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m.

Men’s Bible study and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

On Thursday, the quilting group will meet at 9 a.m.


For more information, call 218-829-3330, email , visit or on Facebook at Bethlehem Brainerd.

Bethel Lutheran Church activities

Bethel Lutheran will celebrate the third Sunday of Lent during the 9 a.m. worship service on March 15 with Pastor Beth Pottratz leading the service and delivering the message.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will also be celebrated.

This week at Trinity

On the third Sunday of Lent, Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will have regular church services with Holy Communion at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. March 15 with Pastor Paul Erdal preaching.

This is “Now the Feast Sunday.”

On Tuesday, the Trinity Quilters will meet at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Vision Council will be meeting in the church office area at 6 p.m.

Lenten services will continue 6 p.m. Wednesday with the Holden Evening Prayer service and Pastor Paul Erdal speaking on the topic, “The Basics of a Lutheran Voice.”

The 2020 Lenten services are based on various themes from the book, “Living Lutheran-Renewing your Congregation” by Dave Daubert.


On Thursday, the Sons of Norway will meet 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

The men’s Bible study will be 9:30 a.m. March 20 in the Gathering Area.

For additional information, call 218-829-5147 or visit .

Happala to speak

Randy Happala, of Cokato, will be a guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday, March 15, service at the Brainerd Laestadian Lutheran Church.

First Lutheran Church events

On Sunday, March 15, First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will celebrate the third Sunday in Lent with worship services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Loren Anderson-Bauer, interim, delivering the sermon.

Holy Communion will be served at both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services.

From 7-8:45 p.m., the church will host Citywide Youth Group. Citywide Lutheran Youth is a collaborative youth-led ministry that brings together high school youths from First Lutheran, Lord of Life, Bethlehem, Trinity, Lutheran Church of the Cross and First Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Local seniors are leaders of Citywide Youth group and attend the monthly events. The gatherings include worship, prayer, games and service.

First Lutheran Church will host Text Study for area pastors 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Fireside room. Coffee will be provided.


The First Lutheran men’s breakfast and Bible study will meet 7 a.m. March 20 at Northwind Grille, 603 Laurel St., Brainerd. All men are welcome to attend the breakfast and participate in the Bible study.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina planned

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls extend an invitation to you to join them for Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

Centering Prayer is an ancient and contemporary form of prayer. It is a way of deepening 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. In a small group, we sit in silent prayer for 20-30 minutes with openness to God’s presence and action in our lives.

Centering Prayer is preceded by “Lectio Divina,” a reflection on the coming Sunday Scriptures. Join us on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m., as we gather with sisters and members of all faiths to ponder God’s presence in our lives and open ourselves to receive the gift of a closer union with God.

No need to pre-register.

For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email

Ethiopia and Somalia presentation planned

PEQUOT LAKES — Professor Gary Payne of Central Lakes College will be giving a presentation on Ethiopia and Somalia to the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 10:30 a.m. March 22 at the Tiny Sprouts Daycare, Pequot Lakes.

Lakes Area Ministerial Association to meet

The next Lakes Area Ministerial meeting will be Wednesday, March 18, at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center.


Lunch and networking will be 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Meet with Crow Wing Energized (Karen Johnson); Crow Wing County (Kara Griffin); and Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center (Adam Rees) noon to 1 p.m.

There will be an update on Brainerd Area Coalition on Homelessness, (re)organizing the Lakes Area Ministerial Association and an update on the Community Disaster Plan will be 1-1:30 p.m.

Cascade United Methodist Church services suspended

Out of sacrificial love for each other and the continued good health of our congregation and community, Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood has suspended services for the remainder of the month.

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