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Church News - July 6

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Bethel Lutheran Church events

Pastor Jeff Macejkovic will lead the 9 a.m. Sunday, July 8, worship service at Bethel Lutheran Church on the seventh Sunday of Pentecost.

Coffee fellowship and choir practice will follow at 10 a.m.

The ladies of the church will meet 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 11.

Intercessory Prayer Time planned

Note the new location for spring, summer and fall.

The monthly worship and intercessory prayer time will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Gregory Park by the fountain.

Bring lawn chairs.

If there is rain, meet at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd, 315 Sixth St. N., and park in the west parking lot and use the west door entrance.

The group will gather to pray for God's will to be done in His World, the United States of America, all the states, especially Minnesota, all the counties, especially the five county area around the Brainerd lakes and in personal lives.

The theme of the event will be using the verses in the Bible from 2 Chronicles 7:14, 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 28:18-20 and Philippians 2:10-11.

This week at Trinity

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Seventh St., Brainerd, will have special music by John Taylor Ward as part of the Sunday, July 8, worship service.

Ward is the associate artistic director for the Lakes Area Music Festival and performs worldwide during the year. He will be singing "How Great Thou Art" and "The Lord's Prayer" and will be accompanied by Ellen Holte.

Pastor Hans Anderson will be preaching at the 9 a.m. service which will include Holy Communion. A coffee hour will follow the service.

Wednesday night services are 6:30 p.m. This is a short and informal 30-minute service with Holy Communion being served.

For more information, visit the church website at or call 218-829-5147.

Outdoor gospel concert planned

MALMO—A Minnesota family band, Sarah Mae and the Birkeland Boys, will be sharing an original blend of bluegrass gospel music Saturday, July 7, at Malmo Free Church.

The Duluth area band shares stories in song form — about the importance of family, overcoming hardship, the relevance of faith and reasons for hope in a troubled world. They mix authentic original bluegrass and gospel acoustic music to produce a toe-tapping mix of tunes that uplifts all ages.

Bring a lawn chair to enjoy Malmo Church's 24th year of music in the out of doors. In case of rain or excessive heat the concert will be inside the air-conditioned church. Refreshments will be available and a free will offering will be received.

Welcome back event for Laos Mission Friends

EMILY—Mark the calendar for the program and meal with several missionaries serving in the Laos Mission Initiative.

They are itinerating in the U.S. this summer and coming again to Emily to share the things happening with their ministry—new programs, successes, goals, and challenges. Hear about microloans, English language programs, vocational training, and more.

The event is planned at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Emily United Methodist Church. Bring a salad or main dish to share at the potluck meal. Dessert and beverages will be provided. Or come just for the program at 6:30 p.m. A free will offering will be received for the continuing work in Laos.

For more information, contact Judy at 218-546-3770.

Bazaar and bake sale planned

PEQUOT LAKES—Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes, will have a bazaar and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, Bean Hole Day.

There will be raffle items, bake sale, crafts, Granny's attic, homemade pie, coffee and fresh lefse.

Lady of the Lakes Parish host capital fund drive

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish (with Catholic churches in Pequot Lakes, Pine River and Nisswa) announces its capital fund drive.

The "One Faith - One Family - One Future" campaign aims to raise funds to make critically needed improvements at the Pine River church (Our Lady of Lourdes) and to construct a new church on County Road 29 on the border of Pequot Lakes and Nisswa to serve the southern half of the parish.

The minimum goal for the campaign is $2 million. "Challenge" and "miracle" goals have also been set and, if met, would enable the church to move forward with the $4 million construction of a new church with minimal or no debt.

The campaign will start with a kickoff celebration Sunday, July 22, and will end with Commitment Weekend Sept. 22-23. Parish members and select others will be personally invited to support the project during that time.

Widseth Smith Nolting is providing the architectural, surveying and engineering services for the project.

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish began in July 2015 with the merger of Our Lady of Lourdes in Pine River, St. Christopher's in Nisswa and St. Alice in Pequot Lakes.

For more information on the capital campaign, call 218-568-4760.

Rummage sale planned at Prince of Peace

BAXTER -- Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6311 Mildred Road, Baxter, will be holding its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 12, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 13. Clothing, furniture, sports equipment, glassware, home decor, etc., will be available. Free cookies and lemonade will be provided by Thrivent Financial Community Action Team. Funds raised will go toward youth events.