National Day of Prayer set for Thursday

The 2019 Love One Another National Day of Prayer will be noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Good Samaritan Bethany Chapel, 804 Wright St., Brainerd.

The theme is based on the scripture from the Bible in John 13:34 and 35. "A new command I give you. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church to go to one service

PEQUOT LAKES-Starting May 29 (Memorial weekend Sunday), Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, LCMS, 30701 Patriot Ave., Pequot Lakes, will be dropping to one service Sundays.

The service will begin at 9 a.m. with coffee and fellowship to follow. Starting the same date at 10:30 a.m., there will be an in-depth Bible study on the readings of the day.

For questions, visit or email

First Lutheran Church events set

The Red Cross will have a blood drive from noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd.

Game Night will follow from 6-9 p.m. in the Koinonia Hall. Bring a game or cards and an appetizer to share.

Pastor Beth Pottratz will be preaching Sunday during the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday. Coffee fellowship and adult Bible study will be between the services. Sunday school will start at 9:15 a.m.

There will be a reception of new members during the 8 a.m. service and graduating senior high students will be recognized during the 10:30 a.m. service.

Pastor Beth will also preach during the 5:30 p.m. service Wednesday. Come at 5 p.m. for the meal. Free will donations accepted.

Taize Prayer planned

LITTLE FALLS-The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will host Taize Prayer 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

Taize Prayer is a reflective, meditative prayer experience that includes sung chants.Gather for an hour with the beauty of lighted candles, the San Damiano Cross, songs, chants, scripture readings, petitionary prayers and contemplative silence to experience Christ's presence. In the sacred space of contemplative silence God often touches us deeply, and healing and transformation happen. This unique style of prayer originated at the ecumenical community in Taize, France, and has spread around the globe.

For more information, contact the Franciscan Life Center at 320-632-0668 or email

Bethel Lutheran Church services

Bethel Lutheran will celebrate the second Sunday of Easter during the 9 a.m. worship service led by Pastor Jeff Macejkovic.

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

Goossen to speak at South Long Lake Church

Dean Goossen will speak at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 28, at South Long Lake Church, 13152 Smart Road, Brainerd.

Trinity Lutheran to celebrate First Communion

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will celebrate First Communion for 24 young people Sunday, April 28.

First Communion will be conducted at the 10:30 a.m. service only and the young people will be honored with a reception following the service.

There will be a service at 8:15 a.m. Pastor Hans Anderson will be preaching at both services. Coffee hour will be between services. Sunday School classes will be during the Education Hour at 9:30 a.m.

The Wednesday Evening Services continue at 6 p.m. A meal is served at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall prior to the service.

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

Blessing of the seeds/plants Sunday to be observed

NISSWA-Blessing of the Seeds/Plants Sunday (Rogate Sunday) will be observed May 5 at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa.

The Lutheran Church of the Cross Creation Care Team is sponsoring a Blessing of the Seeds Sunday patterned on the ancient Rogate Sunday where special prayers were given for a bountiful harvest and also for the labors of those who produce the food we eat.

Pastor Brian Wermager will give the message. Jerry Raedeke will conduct the Blessing of the Plants Ritual and the Litany. The LCC Creation Care Team will have flowers available.

Tom Watson from the Whitefish Chain of Lakes Association will be the forum presenter at 9:30 a.m. in Chapel Hall. His presentation is entitled "Going to the Lake: The New Normal." The question he will present is: What is the balance between sustainability in our area as an attraction with our pristine quality lakes and the threat of aquatic invasive species, oil pipeline construction and spills, and human overuse?

During the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services and at the forum, emphasis will be made on the role we all have in God's creation as stewards of the environment within the church and the community.