Church News- Nov. 4

Brainerd Christian Women's Connection The Brainerd Christian Women's Connection invites women of all ages to a thanksgiving luncheon from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at The Brainerd Hotel. Doretta Busby will share how she was inspired to form h...

Brainerd Christian Women’s Connection
The Brainerd Christian Women’s Connection invites women of all ages to a thanksgiving luncheon from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at The Brainerd Hotel.
Doretta Busby will share how she was inspired to form her business, On Our Way, to create beautiful purses from castaway fabrics and clothing.
Music will be provided by Ellie Loschko.
Bob Schricker, Director for the Breath of Life Adult Day Service, will share with us how Breath of Life provides an encouraging, caring, Christian atmosphere for dependent adults in a safe, home-like setting. Bob will share some heartfelt experiences of how they have helped Brainerd area families.
Free child care is available at a church located near the luncheon.
To make reservations or request child care, call Sharon at 692-2282 by Monday. Cost is $13.50.

Spaghetti supper
HILLMAN - A spaghetti supper will be 5-7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman. Cost is adults, $7; under 10, $3.50; under 5, free.
Immanuel is located at the junction of Hwy. 27 and CR 47.

Lutheran Church of the Cross Community Garden plots still available for summer 2012
The Lutheran Church of the Cross Creation Care Team, who is the governing board for the LCC Community Garden, would like to thank the community for their positive response to this project. Those who participated in the first year of gardening in the LCC Community Garden, Summer 2011, have expressed excitement about this opportunity to garden with others and have expressed appreciation for this addition to our community. They also have been enthused about the produce production from their plot. The garden has raised beds with cedar sides, scientifically mixed soil, fertilizer, and water to make the gardening experience a success.
We currently are planning for the 2012 gardening season. Many of the 56 plots have already been spoken for, however, there are still some plots available. We will be taking requests until Nov. 15 from those who would like to rent one of the available plots and garden with us next summer. The annual rental fee is $20. For more information or to obtain an application for a plot contact Emelie Augustine at 963-3548 or .

All Saints Sunday
Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Brainerd, ELCA, will have special worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday to remember all saints. All Saints Sunday celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. New member classes begin on Nov. 20. The church is located at the intersection of Highways 210 and 25 across from the East Brainerd Mall. Call 829-3330 or go to for details.

Chartered bus trip
Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd is sponsoring a chartered bus trip to the 85th annual Concordia Christmas concert, “Today, Heaven Sings” on Dec. 3. The motor coach leaves the Trinity parking lot (1420 South Sixth St.) at 11:30 a.m. for the 3 p.m. matinee. The cost of the concert is $42 per person which includes the charter coach bus, a concert ticket and an after concert dinner buffet. If you are interested, call Joe in the Trinity church office at 829-5147 for reservations.


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. Nov. 17 in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Centering Prayer is an ancient and contemporary way of prayer, a simple method of alert receptivity and consent to God’s presence. Gather with the sisters and members of all faiths to ponder God’s presence in your life. Prepare yourself to receive the gift of a closer union with God during 20 minutes of silence. Following will be a time for “Lectio Divina”…an opportunity to reflect on the Sunday Scriptures. This experience of prayer is open to the public the third Thursday of the month. For more information, call (320) 632-0668 or email .

Advent Day of Reflection
LITTLE FALLS - The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend an Advent Day of Reflection entitled, “The Mystery of the Incarnation-Reclaiming the Sacredness of all Matter,” Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Presenter, Sister Corrina Thomas, FSPA, will assist participants in reflecting on the mystery of the Incarnation through the lens of Franciscan spirituality and values in our fragmented world of today. Emmanuel, God with us provides the context for a loving relationship with all of creation. It is imperative that we understand the humanity of Christ in order to recognize this intimate God-world relationship as the meaning of the incarnation which is all about the love of God. For more information, or to pre-register by Nov. 18, contact (320) 632-0668 or email .

FCV now AmeriCorps member
Franciscan Community Volunteers (FCV), a growing ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, has now become an AmeriCorps member. Membership with AmeriCorps is highly sought after and was granted to Franciscan Community Volunteers and other faith-based long-term volunteer programs through the Catholic Volunteer Network. The Franciscan Community Volunteer program is now part of a national AmeriCorps network, a division of the federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service, dedicated to service and improving our local communities, as well as affiliated with our State Service Commission, ServeMinnesota.

All Saints Sunday
First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will observe All Saints Sunday on Sunday. Worship services will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:30 am. During the services, the names of individuals who have died in faith and the names of those who have been baptized in faith will be read.

Women’s retreat for First Lutheran
On Nov. 4-5, women from First Lutheran in Brainerd will attend a women’s retreat at Cragun’s Resort. Twenty-three women will join together for fellowship and spiritual growth at this two-day retreat entitled “Sacred Listening.” Pastor Kristin Oltmann will be in attendance and lead worship services.

Youths to sell Christmas wreaths
Brainerd First Lutheran Church’s youths who are attending the 2012 National Youth Gathering will be selling Christmas wreaths. Orders will be accepted in the church office (829-9552) or directly from the youth. Cost is $14.50 for balsam wreaths and $16.50 for mixed green wreaths. Deliveries will be on Nov. 20, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.

Annual fall bazaar and lunch
St. Francis Catholic Church of Brainerd will have its annual fall bazaar and lunch from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at St. Francis Church hall, Ninth and Juniper. Lunch will be $5 for adults and $3 for children served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include crafts, baked goods, silent auction, Santa’s attic, raffles and door prizes every half hour.

Turkey Bingo
HARDING - Holy Cross Church in Harding will have turkey Bingo beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $5 for 20 games. They will sell soft cards during the sets with the winner to receive $25. Blackout at the end of the game for 25 cents a card. A free lunch will be served. Bingo is sponsored by the Rosary Sodality.


Ruby’s Pantry
Ruby’s Pantry is a mission outreach where participants give a cash donation of $15 to cover expenses of the program and in return receive corporate surplus food. The variety and amount varies each month; however, the value of what is received generally averages $50-100. Participants need to bring containers to carry their food home. No income guidelines. Ruby’s Pantry will be at Brainerd Armory on Wright Street the second Tuesday of each month. The next distribution is Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with doors opening at 9 a.m.

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