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Church News - Oct. 12

Lifesaving Church: Faith Communities and Suicide Prevention event planned

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 415 Juniper St., Brainerd, will host an event from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 23, regarding faith communities and suicide prevention.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration requested at

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you know how to respond if the person sitting next to you in your pew was contemplating suicide? Every year, millions of people engage in suicidal activity, including those in our faith communities. Yet the church remains largely silent around the topics of mental health, depression and suicide prevention. How can you and your faith community be prepared to recognize and respond to those struggling for their very lives in your church?

In The Lifesaving Church, Pastor Rachael Keefe shatters the taboo of suicide by sharing her own painful story of lifelong depression and suicidality—and how her various faith communities responded, for better and for worse. Opening a window into her suicidal behaviors as a young person, the Rev. Keefe helps us recognize the signs and struggles of those who suffer silently. Reminding us of the church's call to be the Body of Christ for each other, the Rev. Keefe empowers us to recognize the hurting in our communities and recover the lifesaving message of the Gospel—forgiveness, acceptance and love—that helped her to heal.

The Rev. Keefe's book "The Lifesaving Church" includes chapters on how to educate churches in suicide prevention, group study reflections around the common questions surrounding suicide and specific resources, scriptures and prayers for clergy, suicide loss survivors and those struggling with suicidality, The Lifesaving Church is critical reading for faith communities

seeking abundant life for all of its members.

Bethel Lutheran to have guest speaker

Bethel Lutheran will welcome guest speaker Vicky Foss to lead the 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, worship service.

Foss is the director of the Northland Arboretum and former youth director at First Lutheran Church.

Sunday school and confirmation classes will meet at 10 a.m. Coffee and goodies will be served by the youth with the freewill offering going to support The Heifer project.

Rummage items can be brought to the church at any time for the upcoming fall bazaar Oct. 20.

Aitkin United Methodist Church annual fall bazaar

AITKIN—The Aitkin United Methodist Church annual fall bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

Coffee and lunch will be served all day. Menu will include soups, breads, coleslaw, desserts, beverages.

There will be a silent auction, Grandma's Kitchen and toys, bake shop, garden produce, napkins and greeting cards/craft items, Fairtrade coffee and fresh pies and lefse.

St. Francis Catholic School Foundation dinner raised more than $122,000

The 21st annual St. Francis Catholic School Foundation dinner had a record-breaking number of 200 attendees. Among the alumni in attendance were Congressman Rick Nolan accompanied by his wife, Mary.

The keynote speaker for the event was Father Ryan Moravitz, who serves as the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Duluth. School Principal Deb Euteneuer was recognized for her 19 years of serving as the school's leader. She will be retiring at the end of this school year. She was presented with two dozen red roses and received a standing ovation.

Evening entertainment included a group of St. Francis School vocalists as well as a duet by Addie Ryan and Oliver Knudson accompanied by Cathy Taylor. Addie and Oliver performed the song "The Prayer," which received a standing ovation.

The annual dinner raised more than $122,000 which included advanced gifts of $55,000. The St. Francis Catholic School foundation is supportive of the school's tuition assistance program and has committed $60,000 for this school year. The organization has been instrumental in technology advances for the school which includes SMART boards, iPad Mobile Stations and technology training for staff.

Second annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser

BREEZY POINT—Eagles Nest Church, 6714 County Road 11, Breezy Point, will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Cost: ages 13 and over, $9; ages 6-12, $5; under 5 are free. Crafts and baked goods will be for sale.

All proceeds will go to the women's ministry.

For more information, call Tania Melby at 218-831-1343.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina set for Thursday

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. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

Centering Prayer is an ancient and contemporary way of prayer. In a small group, persons gather for 20-30 minutes to pray in quiet, listening with openness to God's presence and action in our lives. Centering Prayer is experiencing 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. That is followed by "Lectio Divina," a reflection on the coming Sunday Scriptures.

No need to pre-register. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email

First Lutheran Church events

The First Lutheran Church Sunday school kids will sing during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 14.

FLC youths are selling butter braids. Preorder by calling the church office at 218-829-9552.

Taize Prayer Service planned

First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd will be hosting a Taize Prayer Service at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the church sanctuary.

Taize is a small village in eastern France. For over 50 years, it has been the home of a Christian monastic community made up of brothers from different countries. Thousands of people from all nations and faiths are welcomed there to live and pray together. The community has developed a unique style of meditative singing that focuses on the repetitive chanting of short phrases from the Bible and other Christian texts. The songs are sung over and over again and are interspersed with readings and contemplative silence. In this busy world, Taize is an opportunity for calming and peace.

Trunk or Treat at Zion Lutheran Church

A trunk or treat is planned at Zion Lutheran Church, 220 North Eighth St., Brainerd, from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31, to provide children and families a safe alternative to trick-or-treating.

Children will safely go from car to car in the Zion parking lot to get candy. The alley between the church and the parking lot will be blocked off to traffic and cars will be positioned in the parking lot to prevent vehicles driving through the trunk or treat area.

Parking will be available on the surrounding streets and in The Center parking lot on Kingwood Street.

Contact the church at 218-829-4317 or email with any questions.

Fall harvest turkey dinner set

MOTLEY—A fall harvest turkey dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Motley United Methodist Church, 847 Third Ave. S. Lane, Motley.

Turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be $10 for adults; $5 for kids 6-12 years old; and free for those 5 and under.

Music will be provided by Rod Enberg.