First Lutheran Church news

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will celebrate the 17th Sunday after Pentecost at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.

Coffee fellowship will be from 10-11 a.m. in the Koinonia Hall. Sunday school will be in the mezzanine from 10:05-11 a.m.

The wearing of face coverings during indoor worship in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings is required at all times.

The 9 a.m. worship service will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook. For more information, visit

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Game night will be 6-9 p.m. Sept. 24. Bring a dish to share and a favorite board or card game.

Lord of Life is bringing back Wednesday night meals

BAXTER — Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Baxter is bringing back its Wednesday night meal program, effective Sept. 22.

The meals will be served from 5:30-6:15 p.m. with Wednesday night church services starting at 6:30 pm.

Lord of Life is asking for people to consider whether they are able to help put on these meals. If interested in helping organize and/or working a meal, contact Tyler at 218-828-9374.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church services

On Sunday, Sept. 19, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will celebrate the 17th Sunday of Pentecost with a drive-in service with communion at 8:20 a.m.

There will be a blessing for 3-year-olds at this service as they begin Sunday school. Sunday School will begin at 9:25 a.m.

In-person worship services are 10:30 a.m. Sundays with communion. Services are livestreamed Sundays at The service will be put on after its completion for later viewing.

Men’s bible study takes place at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

First Congregational United Church of Christ activities

Sunday worship is in-person and online at 10 a.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 415 Juniper St., Brainerd.

Choir practice meets at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning; more voices are needed.

All UCC kids and youths are meeting at 11 a.m. Sunday after the regular service for fun and games.

There will be QPR training by Destiny Brown at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

This week at South Long Lake Church

South Long Lake Church, 13152 Smart Road, will have worship with David Dunham at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.

Coffee fellowship and treats will be from 10:30-11 a.m.

Services may be viewed on Facebook.

Bethany Lutheran Church to celebrate mortgage burning

CUSHING — The members of Bethany Lutheran Church of Cushing will have a special service Sunday, Sept. 19, to celebrate paying off the mortgage on their 13-year old building.

The service at 10 a.m. Sunday will include special music and a message delivered by the Rev. Amy Odgren, bishop of the Northeast Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Special invitations have been issued to a number of past ministers and past members of the church.

The Bethany congregation voted in 2007 to build a new church building at a location just south of Cushing on Morrison County Road 11. The congregation had experienced growth that taxed the former site adjacent to the Cushing cemetery. The new building was constructed during 2008, with the first service in the new sanctuary in January 2009.

Pastor Carl Larson has served as Bethany’s pastor for the past two years. In September, he is being joined by Pastor Chris Mathiason as associate pastor. The two pastors serve both Bethany and Faith Lutheran Church of Staples.

This Week at Trinity

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, has scheduled three worship services for this week.

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, there will be an indoor worship evening service at 6 p.m. with Pastor Paul Erdal preaching. Holy Communion will be served. \u0009

Wednesday evening meals will begin at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall featuring the traditional fish fry.

Following the evening service, there will be a guide meeting in the gathering area at 6:45 p.m.

On Sunday, there will be two indoor worship services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

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Rummage sale planned at Our Savior’s

PEQUOT LAKES — Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 30985 Front St., Pequot Lakes, will host its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 23-24, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 25.

Free will proceeds will go toward Lutheran World Relief.