Children’s Christmas Program at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Sunday School, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will be presenting its annual Christmas program at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 15.

The theme of the program is “I Love to Tell the Story.” The story will be told of Christ’s birth with emphasis on the special gift that we can give and to remember God’s great gift for us on that First Christmas.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the program in Fellowship Hall. Special treat bags will be given to all children in attendance.

At the 8:15 a.m. worship service with Holy Communion, Pastor Paul Erdal will be preaching. A coffee hour will follow this service in the Gathering Area.

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

Bethel Lutheran Church events

Pastor Beth Pottratz will lead the 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, worship service at Bethel Lutheran and the children of the congregation will deliver their annual Christmas program.

The sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated during the service.

Coffee and cookies will be served in the fellowship hall following the program.

Bosserman to preach

Pastor Mark Bosserman will preach at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, service at South Long Lake Church, 13152 Smart Road, Brainerd.

Park United Methodist Church events

Join Park Church for the third Sunday in Advent at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

The children will lead worship with their annual Christmas program. Pastors Bethany and Luke Nelson presiding.

For more information, visit

Children’s program planned at Living Savior

LAKE SHORE -- Living Savior Lutheran Church, 8327 Interlachen Road, Lake Shore, is having its annual children’s program 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

It’s titled “One Night in Bethlehem.” Regular Sunday worship will follow the program.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina planned

LITTLE FALLS -- The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 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

Blue Christmas worship and fellowship set

CROSSLAKE -- Crosslake Lutheran Church, 35960 County Road 66, Crosslake, invites you to a special holiday service 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, designed for those for whom the holidays might be difficult.

For those who have undergone a difficult loss, transition or life change, this service is for you.

A light supper and fellowship time will be available at 5:30 p.m. free of charge.

Contact the church office for more information at 218-692-3682 or visit

First Lutheran Church events planned

On Sunday, Dec. 15, First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will have two different worship services.

At the 8 a.m. service the Liturgy will be Now The Feast. Interim Pastor Loren Anderson-Bauer will deliver the sermon.

From 9-10 a.m., the Senior High Youths will be serving a pancake and sausage breakfast in Koinonia to raise funds for the Montana High Adventure Trip and for Camperships to Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry.

At the 10:30 a.m. worship service, Sunday school children will present the Christmas story. Holy Communion will not be served.

On Wednesday, Andy and Tina Dunlap will lead Bible study in the Upper Room at 9:15 a.m. At 10:15 a.m., immediately following the Bible study, a WELCA meeting will be held in the Upper Room to elect new officers for 2020. The results of the recent cookie walk/mini bazaar will also be revealed.

On Dec. 20, at 7 a.m. the FLC Men’s breakfast and Bible study will meet at Northwind Grille, 603 Laurel St., Brainerd.

Light of the Cross Lutheran Church to have candlelight service

GARRISON -- Light of the Cross Lutheran Church, 27170 Monroe St., Garrison, will have a special Christmas Eve candlelight service with Holy Communion 5 p.m. Dec. 24.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church events

"Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs & Fireflies,” a children's Christmas program, will be performed at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, Dec. 15.

A service for grief and hope is planned for 6 p.m. Monday at the church for those who don't feel hopeful or feel like celebrating. Come together to seek healing and make room to share grief, sadness, loneliness or confusion.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church events

This Sunday, Dec. 15, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent at the 8:20 a.m. service with communion.

During Adult Forum at 9:30 a.m., Mission Investment Funds will give a presentation.

The children’s Christmas program “Away in a Manger: Prince of Peace” will be presented. Operation Sandwich will begin filling bags with food for children over the Christmas break.

Men’s bible study and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

On Thursday, the quilting group will meet at 9 a.m. at the church.

For more information, call 218-829-3330, email, visit, or on Facebook at Bethlehem Brainerd.

Transformed by Love Ministries to present ‘King of Kings’ concert

Transformed by Love Ministries will present a “King of Kings” community Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Franklin Arts Center Auditorium.

This concert will feature Christian recording artist, singer and songwriter Luke Spehar.

A local band, Inspired, will get the night started.

There will be an open house for Transformed by Love Ministries beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tour the ministry office, prayer chapel and art gallery.

Enjoy treats and refreshments before the concert and have a chance to win door prizes.

Admission is free but bring non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army Food Shelf.