Seminar planned at Bethlehem Lutheran
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd will be hosting a seminar titled “God, Evil and Suffering: An Old Testament Perspective” with Dr. Terence Fretheim from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24. Fretheim engages the biblical texts and seeks out the God that suffers in and with the creation.
Cost for the day is $15 which includes all materials and lunch. Register at www.belcnet.net or call 829-3330.
Lenten services at Trinity
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 Lenten supper will be served by the Meinkes. 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 Pastor David Holte 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 Sixth St. Trinity is completely handicap accessible. For more information, call 829-5147 or visit us on the web at www.trinitybrainerd.org.
Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina
LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Centering Prayer is an ancient and contemporary way of prayer. In a small group, persons gather for 20-30 minutes to pray in quiet, listening openness to God’s presence and action in one’s life. Centering Prayer is experiencing a relationship with God as well as a discipline to foster that relationship. It is a movement beyond conversation with God to communion with God. That is followed by “Lectio Divina,” a reflection on the coming Sunday Scriptures. No need to pre-register. For more information, call (320) 632-0668 or email email@example.com.
MN Teen Challenge in concert
The Church On The Wise Road will present MN Teen Challenge in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday. Come and hear testimonies of God bringing men and women out of deepest darkness, into his glorious light. Freewill offering will be taken for MN Teen Challenge. The church is located one mile north of Brainerd on CR 3, then 1/4 mile west on CR 49 (Wise Road).
Adult forum at UCC
Jan Kurtz, Central Lakes College Spanish teacher, is the featured speaker at First Congregation United Church of Christ’s Adult Forum on Sunday after the 10 a.m. worship. Kurtz has visited Guatemala as a translator for medical and church missions as a participant in the Augsburg Global Education Outreach and now as a worker with the Rising Villages Project founded by Dave and Bina Huebsch of Little Falls. Kurtz and her husband, Robert, recently worked for the program located in San Pedro de las Huertas, Guatamala. She will speak about their work, the changes since past visits and her perspective on the definition of mission as we venture into other cultures. For more information about First Congregational UCC, visit the church website at www.uccbrainerd.org.
‘Fractured Fairytales’ at FLC
A youth dinner theatre at First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will present “Fractured Fairytales,” at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are on sale at the church office and will be available between services: Adults, $10; children 10 years of age and younger, $5. A drawing for a chance to win a wildlife print by artist Cindy will also be held. All proceeds from the production and raffle will benefit students attending the 2012 National Youth Gathering in New Orleans.
Spring break at FLC
Because of spring break, there will be no Sunday school or Messy Munchies Sunday.
Spring break shenanigans are planned Monday-Thursday. On Monday, the senior high youth group will travel to Duluth to climb at Vertical Endeavors and to explore and dine at Canal Park. On Tuesday, the junior and senior high groups will participate in “Spring Stretch,” volunteering at a local agency in the morning, bag lunch at the church, and fun activities in the afternoon. On Wednesday, King’s Kids will meet at the church for an afternoon of games, crafts and a lesson which will end with Lenten worship and soup supper. On Thursday, a tour of Dairy Queens is planned. Registration forms and event details are available from the youth director or call Vicki at 829-9552.
Wednesday Lenten services at First Lutheran, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will be 4:30 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.
Lenten services at Good Shepherd
Lenten services at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church will continue Wednesday with soup and sandwiches at 5:30 p.m. and worship at 7 p.m. The topic this week will be on “Herod: The pleasure seeker.” Sunday morning at 9 a.m. is Sunday school and adult Bible study with worship at 10 a.m. Church is located at 810 NW Seventh St., Brainerd.
10th annual Westside Youth Lock-In
AITKIN — Aitkin’s Westside Church, 810 Second St. NW, Aitkin, will have a youth lock-in from 9 p.m. March 16 until 7 a.m. March 17. Doors open at 5 p.m. March 16. For kids grades 6 through 12.
Come celebrate a decade of nights. Weeknight Remedy is back. There’s a new and improved snack shop with lots of smoothies. Cell phones are allowed this year. All you can eat Papa John’s pizza will be available. There will be an art contest. Tickets are $16 but go up to $19 on the day of the event.
Holy Trinity School Carnival
PIERZ — The Holy Trinity School Carnival will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A quilt raffle drawing will be at 3 p.m. There will be children’s games, a sweet shop, treasure chest and cake paddles and more. A food booth will be open all day. There will be a live auction beginning at 2:15 p.m. Items include vacation packages, MN Wild and Timberwolves tickets and more.
AWANA fundraiser planned
NISSWA — Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Dr., Nisswa, will be having its AWANA crock potluck fundraiser after the second service from noon to 2 p.m. March 18. Also, Adam and Hanni Go, missionaries with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), will be sharing testimonies at the 9 a.m. and 10:15 worship services.