First Lutheran Church news

On Sunday, March 21, First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will have in-person worship at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Strict COVID-19 protocol will be enforced. Masks will be required as well as appropriate spacing of worshippers in pews. Use of hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving the church will be mandatory.

The Sunday service will be broadcast via Zoom and to those attending worship in the church parking lot which extends from the north side of Anderson Cleaners to Maple Street and from South Eighth Street to The Office Shop. Tune the radio to 97.7 FM.

Sunday School (via Zoom) will follow at 11 a.m.

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A pre-recorded Holden Evening Prayer Service with weekly Scripture, Homily and Prayers will be March 24. The link to worship will be posted at on Wednesday mornings. The service may also be viewed on YouTube, Facebook and by emails.

Changes in worship services will be on the FLC Facebook page and website. When the temperature is zero degrees or below, parking lot worship service will be canceled.

Lord of Life to start up new grief support group

BAXTER — Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter is starting up a new grief support group this month, aimed at helping people overcome hard times, whether it be due to the death of a loved one, or simply the hard times we have all found ourselves in this past year.

While this group does not take the place of a counselor, it can help to support therapy.

For the first eight weeks of the group, beginning March 30, sessions will be weekly at 5 p.m. at the church at 6190 Fairview Road in Baxter. After that, sessions will be every other week for one month and after that, once a month.

The group will be led by facilitators who have a knowledge of the grief process, are accepting and non-judgmental and who will act with compassion and empathy, have good listening skills and will provide education on grief and coping skills.

For more information about the group or to sign up, contact Lord of Life at 218-828-9374.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church events

On Sunday, March 21, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent with a drive-in service at 8:45 a.m.

Pastor Mark Skinner will be preaching. Arrive early, stay in the car and park in the designated lot.

Sunday school will meet in-person on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Temperatures will be checked upon entry. Masks will be worn. Social distancing will be practiced.

We now offer in-person worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Temperatures will be checked upon entry. Masks will be worn. Social distancing will be practiced. Space is limited, so you must preregister at or by calling 218-829-3330 by noon Friday. The church will continue to livestream the 10:30 a.m. services Sundays at The service will be put on after its completion for later viewing.

Bosserman to speak at South Long Lake Church

Pastor Mark Bosserman will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 21, at South Long Lake Church in Brainerd.

The service can be viewed on and click on the three crosses.

Check the Facebook page ahead of time in case of weather-related cancelations.

This week at Trinity

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will be having an indoor Lenten service at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, featuring the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy. Pastor Hans Anderson will be preaching on “Letting Go” as part of the Lenten theme, ”Re-Creation: What Gives You Life?” Following the services those who pre-ordered the soup to go may pick it up in the Gathering Area.

There will be one Sunday Service at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 21, with Holy Communion being served with Pastor Hans Anderson preaching. The Sunday service will be broadcast live on KVBR 1340 and livestreamed on YouTube and posted on Facebook and on the Trinity website.

There will be a drive-up blessing and Holy Communion from 10:15-10:45 a.m. Sunday. This is open to all in the community.

Education Hour will begin at 9:45 a.m.

The weekly worship service is available at