Trinity Lutheran to install officers
Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will have a Service of Installation on Sunday for the new officers on the Trinity Vision Council for 2012. The Service of Installation will be conducted at both the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Pastor Hans Anderson will be speaking with Holy Communion served at both services. The officers will be hosting the coffee hour between services. Sunday school classes will resume during the Education Hour at 9:30 a.m. Also, it is Food Shelf and Noisy Can Sunday.
Officers to be installed for 2012 are president Paula Sederquist; president elect Kari Christenson; secretary Julie Anderson; treasurer Doug Johnson and council members Sandee Haugene, Bob Nibbe, Stephany Hanson, Ron Hart and Don Wennberg. Pastor Dave Holte and Pastor Hans Anderson will conduct the Service of Installation.
Visitors are welcome to attend services at Trinity which is located at 1420 South Sixth Street. For more information, call 829-5147 or visit the website at www.Trinitybrainerd.org.
Brainerd Christian Women’s Connection
The Brainerd Christian Women’s Connection invites women of all ages to a winter luncheon from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd Hotel.
Janet Allee will share information about winter craft classes and the crafts, antiques and other treasures found at the Brainerd Flea Market.
Lisa Schultz will provide music on the flute for us.
The death of her husband thrust Lisa Schultz into the harsh reality of suffering but brought unlimited opportunities for growth and joy in “A Sanctuary in Suffering.”
Free child care is available at a church located near the luncheon.
To make reservations or request child care, call Sharon at 692-2282 by Monday.
Cost is $14.50.
New Pathways/IHN concert
New Pathways/IHN will be hosting a concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Franklin Auditorium.
Pastor Key Lane and local faith community musicians will be performing to raise awareness and money to further serve God’s people in need.
Our program serves homeless families with children from a six-county area. No ticket purchases are necessary. We will be asking for a freewill offering at the concert.
New Pathways community forum
New Pathways will be hosting a community forum to share about the program and to allow those attending to ask questions during a panel discussion from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
100th birthday celebration for Sister Bieganek
Sister Justina Bieganek, OSF, will celebrate her 100th birthday with Mass at 11 a.m. and open house from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 15 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. The public is invited to join the festivities.
Edith Peterson was born to a widowed mother who, due to “inability to care for the child,” gave her up for adoption as an infant to the Sisters of Charity at the New York Foundling Hospital. At age of 22 months, she traveled on the infamous Orphan Train from New York to Avon where John and Mary Bieganek adopted her. After her adoptive mother died, Edith joined Joseph and Rose‘s family on their wedding day, the first of her adoptive brothers to marry. By age eight, she had had three sets of parents. The couple raised 13 children, with Edith serving as a helper to her siblings.
The Orphan Train, the greatest mass movement of children ever, ran for 75 years, from 1854-1929. Over 250,000 children from New York City rode the train, stopping in communities en route west. It is one of the great, little-told stories of American history and, for decades, it is the telling of that story and the uniting of descendants of Orphan Train riders that has propelled Sister Justina’s life ministry. She has organized many of the Orphan Train Reunions, now in their 51st year. During her 82 years as a Franciscan Sister, she has served as an advocate at the St. Cloud Orphanage, office worker, parish visitor, CCD instructor, sacristan and organist. For the past 31 years she has faithfully served the St. Francis Music Center as a clerk where she continues to work daily.
UCC to present immigration film
The Rev. John Gutterman will present the film “Brother Towns,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 followed by discussion in the Fellowship Hall of First Congregational
Church. The presentation is co-sponsored by Brainerd Friends and Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Financial Peace University
Oak Street Christian School and the Seventh-day Adventist Church will host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning Monday. Financial Peace University is a 13-week course that teaches a step-by-step method to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, and invest for the future. The course will be held at Oak Street Christian School at 2910-C Oak Street in Brainerd on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost of the course is $99 and includes a valuable membership kit and a lifetime membership in Financial Peace University, which allows participants to go through the course again anytime and anywhere it is offered without additional charge. For married couples, only the husband or wife needs to register for the course, and the other one can share the membership and participate at no additional cost. Everyone is invited to come to a free preview of the course that will be held at the school on Monday at 7 p.m. For more information call 825-9498.
Series of talks on ‘Christology in an Evolving Universe’
LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a series of talks focused on “Christology in an Evolving Universe.” This series of presentations by Sister Maristell Schanen began in 2011 and continues into 2012 — Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and 22 and March 14 from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Sister Maristell will offer current theological thought about the Person of Jesus in an evolving universe. For more information, call (320) 632-0668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Lutheran Church, Brainerd, activities
On Sunday at the 8 a.m. service at First Lutheran Church, Brainerd, the Lutheran Lamb Award will be presented to Frank Huber. The award is given to individuals with dedication to scouting programs and consistent participation and leadership in their Lutheran Church.
At First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, an adult forum will be held at 9:15 a.m. in Koinonia on Sunday. The discussion topic will be the proposed 2012 Ministry Budget and Pastoral Transition Plans. The congregation is encouraged to participate in this important discussion.
People of all faiths are invited to sing Hu, an ancient name for God, from 10:30-11 a.m. Jan. 15 at the Brainerd Public Library. This community Hu song is offered by Eckankar as a gift to all who love God. Presented by the Minnesota Satsang Society, a chartered affiliate of Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God. For more information, call 828-9343.
UCC adult forum
Larry Fisk and his daughter, Abra, will speak about their experiences in Nicaragua at First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Adult Forum on Sunday following the 10 a.m. worship. Their presentation is entitled “Nicaragua: Little Country with Big Hopes.” They will share what they learned on a month long visit to Nicaragua during the historic presidential and legislative elections of November 2011. Using the home of Nicaraguan friends in the city of Esteli as a base, they traveled from the north to the south of the country and visited the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. They met with peasant farmers, urban families, community activists, members of the political opposition, government workers, teachers and families living at the Managua city dump and were able to closely observe the electoral process at polling places.