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Church News - March 15

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina set

LITTLE FALLS—The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will have Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

Centering Prayer is an ancient and contemporary way of prayer. In a small group, people 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.

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

Bethel Lutheran Church events

Bethel Lutheran will celebrate the second Sunday of Lent during the 9 a.m. worship service Sunday, March 17, with Pastor Jeff Macejkovic.

Sunday school and coffee fellowship will follow at 10 a.m.

Wednesday Lenten services begin with soup and sandwiches at 6 p.m. and worship at 7 p.m. using the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy with the theme "Stories Around a Campfire."

Lenten services continue at Trinity Lutheran

Lenten services continue 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, with the Holden Evening Prayer service.

Pastor Beth Pottratz will be preaching on "I AM the Light of the World." This is part of the Lenten journey this year at Trinity as participants discover much about Jesus through seven symbolic statements about the one who is the great "I AM."

A Lenten soup supper will be served 5-6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday worship services will be 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 17, with Holy Communion being served. The Rev. Bruce Miller will be preaching.

For more information, call 218-829-5147 or visit

Eckankar service planned

Can animals experience divine love? Do animals go to heaven when they die? People who love their pets may know the answers to these questions.

Join the group for a spiritual discussion and learn an easy spiritual exercise to connect with all living things at 1 p.m. March 23 at the Brainerd Public Library, 416 S. Fifth St., Brainerd.

There will be an open discussion on the topic "Divine Kinship: Animals as Carriers of God's Love," sponsored by ECKANKAR.

For further information, call 800-717-0371.

Taize service set

First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd will have a Taize service 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the church sanctuary.

Taize is a meditative service that includes brief songs, readings, prayer and silent meditation. It began in a small village in France, and for over 50 years, it has been the home of a Christian monastic community. People from all over the world come to spend time there to meditate and share a unique style of singing that focuses on the repetitive chanting of short phrases from the Bible and other texts.

First Lutheran Church events

First Lutheran Church of Brainerd will welcome Paul Welch, executive director of Breath of Life, and staff members 9 a.m. Sunday, March 17.

They will be speaking about what Breath of Life is and its Spring Tea Fundraiser planned for March 23 at First Lutheran.

Pastor Beth Pottratz will be preaching Sunday during the Now the Feast worship services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion.

Speaker at South Long Lake

South Long Lake Church, 13152 Smart Road, Brainerd, will have Pastor Mark Bosserman speak at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 17.