Game night at First Lutheran

First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will host game night at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 29.

Bring a dish to share and friends and family.

First Lutheran Church members will be at the Crop Walk Wednesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. There will be a light supper at 5:30 p.m. and a walk at 6 p.m. For those who want to donate, contact the church office.

Bethel Lutheran Church events

The 9 a.m. Sunday worship service at Bethel Lutheran will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Sunday school classes will begin at 10 a.m. There will be a quarterly council meeting and potluck lunch will conclude the morning.

Monday evening at 6:30 p.m., the Bible study will be looking at the cursing of the fig tree.

Pastor Don Ludemann will meet with the confirmation classes from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 and 28 at the church.

Taize Prayer planned

LITTLE FALLS-The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite all Christians to join with them for Taize Prayer 6 p.m. Thursday in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.

Taize Prayer is a reflective, meditative prayer experience that includes sung chants. Gather for an hour with the beauty of lighted candles, the San Damiano Cross, songs, chants, scripture readings, petitionary prayers and contemplative silence to experience Christ's presence. In the sacred space of contemplative silence God often touches us deeply, and healing and transformation happen. This unique style of prayer originated at the ecumenical community in Taize, France, and has spread around the globe. Taize Prayer is open to the public; people of all Christian traditions are welcome to attend. The prayer of Jesus "that all may be one" is your special invitation to come.

For more information, contact the Franciscan Life Center at 320-632-0668 or email:

500th anniversary of the Reformation

The following Brainerd Lakes Area Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations will gather for worship to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd: Bethel (Brainerd), Bethlehem (Brainerd), First (Brainerd), Trinity (Brainerd), Lord of Life (Baxter), Lutheran Church of the Cross (Nisswa), and Crosslake Lutheran (Crosslake).

Bishop Tom Aitken (ELCA Bishop of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod) will be present to preach and preside during communion. The service will include a mass adult choir from members of the seven congregations under the direction of Brian Stubbs, a mass children's choir from members of the seven congregations under the direction of Patricia Lundeen, the Bethlehem Lutheran bell choir, the Trinity Lutheran flute choir, and a joint procession of retired and active clergy along with other lay leaders.

Monthly multi-denominational worship and prayer time set

The Monthly Multi-denominational Worship and Prayer Time will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Park United Methodist Church, 315 Sixth St. N., Brainerd. Note the fall location.

The group will gather to worship and pray. Bring a Bible and a friend. Park in the west parking lot and use the west door entrance.

The group will gather to pray for God's will to be done in His World, the United States of America, all the states, especially Minnesota, all the counties, especially the five county area around the Brainerd Lakes and in our own personal lives.

The theme of the event will be using the verses in the Bible from 1 Timothy Chapter 2, Isaiah 58: 1 A, 2 Chronicles 7:14, 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 28:18-20 and Philippians 2:10-11.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church plans building renovation

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE in northeast Brainerd, serves 19 community partners in the Brainerd lakes area by opening its doors, at no charge, to be used in varying capacities. In an effort to enhance their ability to serve the community and their partners, they have taken on a project to renovate their existing kitchen to a commercial kitchen. and remodel their fellowship hall starting in early November of 2017.

The congregation received an anonymous donation of $75,000 to be used for this renovation project, with the stipulation the congregation would raise the first $75,000 on their own. The congregation then agreed to a total projected cost of no more than $400,000. Members of the congregation quickly met the $75,000 matching requirement and is proceeding with the renovation.

The congregation will be celebrating this project by having a dedication blessing at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, (after the 10:30 a.m. worship service), in the current fellowship hall.

Work on the project is expected to start in early November 2017 and is planned to be completed by late February of 2018. The congregation will take out a loan for about half the project cost and hopes to raise funds through donations and pledges to completely pay for this project within the next three years.

Upgrading to a commercial kitchen and remodeling the fellowship hall to accommodate more guests will help to provide more opportunities for the congregation to serve the community. This endeavor has been named "Bethlehem Serves," as the congregation seeks to be a model for service in the community. Along with the congregation's own use of the building for events, funerals and services, some of their community partners include; Operation Sandwich, Lutheran Social Services, New Pathways, Brainerd Public Schools, Legacy Chorale and the Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project.

Additional information, including a list of community partners, is provided in a YouTube video the Church has released;

Visit for more information about Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Back to the '50s party planned

NISSWA-The 15th annual Back to the '50s Party will be from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 7 at Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa.

The public is invited to come and enjoy an evening of food, fun, dancing, door prizes and contests. Hamburger, cheeseburger and hot dog baskets as well as root beer floats will be served at nearly 1950s prices. Those who attend are encouraged to dress in '50s style and participate in hula hoop, bubblegum blowing and limbo contests and join in doing the hokey pokey, the YMCA, the chicken dance and many other dances.

Fall workshop announced

The Brainerd Deanery Council of Catholic Women will have a fall workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd.

Cost: $15, includes luncheon.

Polka worship at Lord of Life

BAXTER-Polka band Chuck Thiel and the Jolly Ramblers will lead music at Lord of Life Church, 6190 Fairview Road, Baxter, at both worship services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

For questions, call Lord of Life at 218-828-9374.

Church rummage sale planned

Lifespring Church, 30 Hallett Ave. NE, Crosby, will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Most items are free will donation. All items must go, lots of furniture, miscellaneous and many antiques as well.