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Church News - May 10

First Lutheran Church events

Guest jazz musicians Pippi Ardennia and Daniel Leahy will help lead worship and Pastor John Stiles will preach at both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, May 12, at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd.

Until further notice, the First Lutheran Church office hours are changing. Starting Monday, hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For those needing an after-hours appointment, call the church office.

Wednesday evening meals and worship services are done until fall.

Wednesday is the last evening of kids' activities until September.

First Congregational United Church of Christ to host Taize worship service

The public is invited to attend a Taize worship service at First Congregational United Church of Christ beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

The service is a mixture of readings, quiet meditation, prayer and songs which lasts for 45-60 minutes. Taize is an ecumenical Christian community, which was established in France soon after World War II. It is an active worshiping community that has attracted people from around the world, and its simple form of worship is appreciated by people from a wide variety of denominations.

First Congregational UCC hosts a Taize worship service on the third Thursday of each month.

Bosserman to speak

South Long Lake Church's Pastor Mark Bosserman will preach at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 12, at the church, 13152 Smart Road, Brainerd.

Rummage sale planned at Bethlehem Lutheran

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

All proceeds will go to the more than 50 people participating in mission trips this summer.

To celebrate Mother's Day, Sunday school children and the youth choir will be singing at the 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday.

For more information, contact the church at 218-829-3330, or

This week at Trinity

This Sunday, May 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, there will be a special celebration of Mother's Day with musical presentations and a special salute to mothers by the Sunday school choir.

Pastor Hans Anderson will be preaching. Communion will be served at both services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The Education Hour and Coffee Hour will be between services.

Wednesday night services are at 6 p.m. This is a short and informal 30-minute service with Holy Communion being served. A meal will be served in Fellowship Hall at 5 p.m.

Visit the church website at or call 218-829-5147.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina set

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, May 16, 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 their 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

Bethel Lutheran events

Pastor Jeff Macejkovic will lead the service and deliver the message on the Fourth Sunday of Easter during the 9 a.m. worship service Sunday, May 12, at Bethel Lutheran.

Worship will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion.