First Lutheran Church events

On Sunday, Jan. 12, First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will have worship services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with Loren Anderson-Bauer, interim pastor, leading the worship services and delivering the sermons.

Coffee with the Council will be 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Koinonia Hall. The youths will be serving caramel rolls to raise funds for 2020 camperships and their Montana High Adventure trip. A free will offering will be taken.

At 9:30 a.m., Anderson-Bauer will present an update on the FLC call process.

Members of Circle of Stitches will meet 11 a.m. to noon Monday in the Fireside room. This ministry is for experienced “needlers” and for those who would like to learn how to knit or crochet. Assorted crochet hooks, knitting needles and yarn available.

At 9 a.m. Wednesday, Tina Dunlap will lead Bible study in the Upper Room. The topic will be “Season of Light and Hope.” All men and women are welcome to attend.

Men’s breakfast and Bible study will be 7 a.m. Jan. 17 at Northwind Grille, 603 Laurel St., Brainerd. All men are welcome to attend.

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 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 Church events

Bethel Lutheran will celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord Sunday, Jan. 12, during the 9 a.m. worship service.

Pastor Jeff Macejkovic will lead the service and deliver the sermon.

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

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Community Partners Fair set

The first Community Partner Fair will be 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. N., Brainerd.

Come join in celebration of our community partners while also learning more about what they do every day to provide support and resources to our community.

At Bethlehem, we feel called to be active in our community. By partnering with what has grown to 30 organizations, we support the missions by providing meeting space, volunteers and donations. Seeking a deeper understanding of how these organizations make a difference, the community partner fair will celebrate the difference these organizations make and provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about what we can do to help.

Expect to meet and greet the following:

  • BLADE – Brainerd Lakes Area Drug Education of Crow Wing County Community Services,

  • Bridges of Hope,

  • Camp Knutson,

  • Confidence Learning Center,

  • Crow Wing Energized,

  • Good Samaritan Society,

  • Brainerd School District,

  • Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity,

  • Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project,

  • Lutheran Social Services,

  • Marine Corps League,

  • Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center,

  • Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge,

  • Salem West,

  • Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen,

  • Women’s Leadership Fund.

For those looking for a place to donate time, talents or treasures, explore these partners

for options without pressure. Learn about their visions, missions and upcoming events.

For those who need services and aren’t sure where to turn, attendees will learn more about what is available in our community.

For more information, call 218-829-3330.

This week at Trinity

The installation of Senior Pastor Paul Erdal will be at both services, 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd.

Bishop Tom Aitken from the Northeast Minnesota Synod of the ELCA will be the guest preacher and will conduct the installation. Communion will be served.

Erdal will be welcomed along with his wife, Stacy and daughters Lily and Claire to Trinity. He previously served at Perham and was also the assistant to the Bishop in the Northwest Minnesota Synod of the ELCA in Moorhead.

The Education and Coffee hours will happen between services along with a reception for Erdal and Aitken.

The Galilee Circle will meet 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Gathering Area.

The Men’s Bible study will be 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Gathering Area.

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