‘All Things New’ Easter presentation
Park United Methodist Seniors has a block of tickets for “All Things New,” the Easter presentation of music and drama, featuring the last days of Christ’s life, for the matinee on March 31. Following the matinee presentation, dinner will be served. The public is invited to join the group. The bus will leave Park UMC parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Reservations must be in and paid for by March 8. Cost of the ticket is $55, which includes bus, performance and dinner. For reservations, call the church at 829-4116 or call 829-4339.
World Day of Prayer service
PEQUOT LAKES — Our Savior’s Lutheran of Pequot Lakes will be hosting a World Day of Prayer service at 10 a.m. March 2. St. Christopher’s Catholic Church and Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes Baptist, Gloria Dei
Lutheran, Our Savior’s Lutheran and Grace United Methodist, Pequot Lakes, will be participating in a program prepared for by the women of Malaysia. Malaysia is this year’s featured country with the theme “Let Justice Prevail.” The offering will be divided between the World Day of Prayer effort and our local food shelf.
World Day of Prayer
March 2 is World Day of Prayer. World Day of Prayer is an annual, ecumenical celebration of informed prayer. Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer. The theme is “Let Justice Prevail.” The prayer service was written by the women of Malaysia for families worldwide and will be 1 p.m. March 2 at First Presbyterian Church, 512 South Eighth St., Brainerd.
Blessed Broken Vessels
LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a special Lenten Day of Reflection entitled, “Blessed Broken Vessels,” 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 10 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Speaker Jacquelyne M. Witter will show participants how the season of Lent calls our attention to the significance and meaning of our Baptism, when we were born into a new life in Christ. Through the central Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we are invited to recognize and name our brokenness as we also remember and re-claim our blessedness in Christ. This day of reflection will give space to consider how Lent can be a time of renewal and rebirth as we seek to live as God’s very own “blessed broken vessels.”
Witter, founding director of iLLUMINARE: Called for Service, Formed in Christ, Ministry to Ministers, St. Paul, is a retreat director and ministerial leader in catechesis, liturgy, parish work and formation.
For more information, or to pre-register by March 2, call (320) 632-0668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Against Hunger Campaign
The Park United Methodist Seniors and Park Youth are teaming together for an intergenerational afternoon of packaging meals for the “Kids Against Hunger” program. The group will be working from 12:30-4 p.m. Wednesday with supper served after.
Last year, the group packaged 15,366 meals in a three hour space of time. Each individual meal bag contains six servings of a nutritionally complete meal, which can be prepared with boiling water. The meals are delivered to areas where hunger exists due to disaster, famine or political upheaval.
Lenten services at Trinity Lutheran
Lenten services are continuing at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor Dave Holte will be speaking on the Lenten theme, “Taking Inventory.” The worship time will follow the Holden evening prayer service.
The 2012 Lenten services is focusing on the theme of “The Road To Recovery.” The six-week program will begin with a sermon on the given topic at the Holden evening prayer service. After a short break, there will be a video presentation at 6:45 p.m. A small group discussion with a dessert time will follow the video and will finish by 8 p.m. Persons can attend all or part of the Lenten evening activities. “The Road to Recovery” is about advancing the Kingdom of God as we turn back to God’s way of handling our resources. This is a series presented by Andy Stanley. It is open to members and non-members free of charge. Child care will be available.
A soup supper will be served by the AWE Team. The supper begins at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunday services with Holy Communion are held at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with intern Jenny Hinman McLellan speaking. The education hour and coffee hour will be held between services.
Visitors are always welcome to attend services at Trinity which is located at 1420 South 6th Street. Trinity is completely handicap accessible. For more information, call 829-5147 or visit us on the web at www.trinitybrainerd.org.
Trinity to hold service of First Communion
Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will be holding a service of First Communion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. At this service 17 fifth graders will be receiving their First Communion. They will be honored with a reception following the service.
Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 1420 South Sixth St. For more information call 829-5147. Visit the Trinity website at www.trinitybrainerd.org.
Lenten services at Good Shepherd
Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church will continue the mid-week Lenten services with the series “Personalities of the Passion” this week featuring “Peter: The Boaster Cured.” Peter bragged about his commitment to Jesus but when the time came to demonstrate it, he turned coward. Jesus, in the midst of his own trial, took time to deal with Peter. There will be a 5:30 p.m. fellowship with soup and sandwich, worship at 7 p.m. followed by choir practice.
The church is located at 810 NW Seventh St., Brainerd.
For more information call Pastor Gary Jorgenson at 824-3052.
First Lutheran Church activities
On Sunday, the First Lutheran Mission Team will be commissioned for their service trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, March 7-15. Plan to attend services at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to wish our Mission Team safe journey and enrichment in their venture.
Wednesday Lenten services at First Lutheran, 424 South Eighth St., Brainerd. Each Wednesday in Lent, services will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Lenten soup suppers will be served beginning at 5:15 p.m. Next Wednesday, our Lenten theme “Walking with Jesus to the Cross” will continue as we hear from Peter’s mother-in-law.
First Communion classes will be held each Monday evening in March at 6:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, Brainerd. The classes are designed for parents and children to attend together. All fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders who have not yet attended First Communion classes in the past are encouraged to participate. This is a faith growth experience that will culminate on Maundy Thursday on April 5 at the 7 p.m. service with students receiving communion.
On Wednesday, the First Lutheran (Brainerd) Youth who will be attending the National Youth Gathering will be holding a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch in Baxter. A portion of all evening meal dine-in sales and tips will go to the FLC Youth Group.
Church of England apologizes for child abuse cases
LONDON (AP) —The Church of England has offered an apology for failures to act to prevent child sexual abuse within the church.
Bishop Paul Butler, who heads the church’s safeguarding effort, issued the apology Wednesday following the release of a report on failures of the church in the cases of two priests, Colin Pritchard and the late Roy Cotton, who were both convicted of abusing children.
Cotton was expelled from a theological college following a conviction for child abuse in the 1950s, but was ordained a decade later. Pritchard was sentenced to jail in 2008 after pleading guilty to abusing two children from 1979 to 1983.
Butler said, “It is a matter of great sorrow and deep regret for the church and we recognize the profound and damaging impact on all those affected.”