Church News-March 16 | | Brainerd, Minnesota

Church News-March 16

Posted: March 15, 2012 - 8:30pm

Pancake breakfast planned

A pancake breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church located at the junction of Highway 27 and CR 47. The price is adults, $7; under 10, $3; and under 5, free.

Trinity Lutheran to hold Lenten festival

Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd will hold a Lenten festival on Sunday. The festival will take place from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

The intergenerational event will provide a better understanding of Lent through a number of art and craft projects along with games. Sunday school and adult education classes will not meet so everyone may participate in the event. Regular church services with Holy Communion will be held at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Pastor David P. Holte preaching.

Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 1420 South 6th Street. For additional information call 829-5147 or visit us in the web at Trinity is completely handicap accessible.

Lenten services at Trinity Lutheran

Lenten services are continuing at Trinity Lutheran Church of Brainerd at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor Hans Anderson will be speaking on the Lenten theme, “Declaration of Dependence.” 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 Trinity Youth. Funds raised will be used to attend the National Gathering in New Orleans in July. The supper begins at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Trinity is located at 1420 South Sixth St. For more information, call 829-5147 or visit us on the web at

Lenten services at Bethlehem Lutheran

Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Brainerd continues with Lenten services Wednesday. At 5:30 p.m. the youth will be serving soup and sandwiches in the Fellowship Hall. At 6:30 p.m., Pastor Mark Skinner will be giving a sermon based on the 2012 theme “A Confessing Community.” At 7 p.m. Pastor Sarah Thomson will lead our normal catechism activities and Pastor Mark will lead a Lenten book study based on Terrence Fretheim’s Creation Untamed. This book study complements the upcoming one-day seminar with Terrence Fretheim titled “God, Evil and Suffering: An Old Testament Perspective” which will take place on March 24 at Bethlehem.

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent and there will be a service of Holy Communion at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. There is no Sunday School due to spring break. At 9:40 a.m. there will be an Adult Education hour in the Fellowship Hall. This week Pastor Mark will be continuing the 1 John Bible study.

The new member classes take place on April 15 and 22. If you would like to attend call 829-3330. You can get more information at We are located at 418 Eighth Ave. NE in Brainerd.

Guest pastor at Laestadian Lutheran

The Brainerd Laestadian Lutheran Church, 1501 South Eighth St., will have special services Sunday, which is the fourth Sunday in Lent. Guest pastor Joseph Lehtola from Buffalo will serve at these worship services, which will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be a noon meal served at the church following the morning worship service. Coffee and refreshments will be served after the 1 p.m. service. For more information, contact Howard Parks at 829-8077.

UCC book group

The Women’s Friday Morning Book Group at First Congregational United Church of Christ will begin reading Marcus Borg’s “Speaking Christian” on March 23.

According to one reviewer’s description of the book, “Modern Christians are steeped in a language so distorted that it has become a stumbling block to the religion,” says internationally renowned Bible scholar Marcus J. Borg. Borg argues that Christianity’s important words, and the sacred texts and stories in which those words are embedded, have been narrowed by a modern framework for a faith that emphasizes sin, forgiveness, Jesus dying for our sins, and the afterlife. Borg employs the ‘historical-metaphorical’ method for understanding Christian language that can restore for us the scriptural words of power and transformation. In “Speaking Christian,” Borg delivers a language for 21st century Christians that grounds the faith in its deep and rich original roots and allows it once again to transform our lives.”

The book group meets in the upstairs conference room every Friday for conversation at 10:30 a.m. and book reading and discussion from 11 a.m. until noon. Participants are encouraged to purchase the book from their favorite book seller prior to the first meeting. More information on First Congregational UCC may be found at the church’s website

Bilingual liturgy

LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invites the public to attend a bilingual liturgy at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. This bilingual liturgy will be in honor of Archbishop Oscar Romero. The Franciscan Sisters celebrate bilingual liturgies four times a year in keeping with their commitment to their Hispanic brothers and sisters. For more information on Mass times or the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, visit their website at or call (320) 632-2981.

First Lutheran Church events

Wednesday Lenten services at First Lutheran, 424 South Eighth St., Brainerd, will be 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Lenten soup suppers will be served beginning at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday’s Lenten theme will be “Walking with Jesus to the Cross.”

First Lutheran youths attending the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans will be selling Mary Etta Pies throughout Lent for delivery during Holy Week. Look for students to order pies from on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings during Lent or order in the church office during the work week.

First Lutheran Church Sunday school will resume at 9:15 a.m. Sunday with special Lenten activities for children ages 3 through fourth grade and their parents. Messy Munchies for children from birth to 3 years of age and their parents will also be held at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday. A practice of the intergenerational choir will be held following the 10:30 a.m. service.

Lenten services at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran

Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church will have Lenten services at 7 p.m. Wednesday with soup and sandwich at 5:30 p.m.

Discussion will be about Pontius Pilate, the skeptic. Pilate was like so many in our day, skeptical that absolute truth exists. He wasted a precious opportunity to discover this truth during his interrogation of Jesus. Learn more at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church located at 810 NW Seventh St., Brainerd.

For more information call Pastor Gary Jorgenson at 824-3052.

Mission of the Cross ham dinner

CROSSLAKE — The men’s group of Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church in Crosslake invites people to a ham dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. March 24. Ladies and children will eat for free and men will be asked to give a $10 donation. RSVP by calling (218) 692-4228.

Quilt bingo and raffle

BUCKMAN — A quilt bingo and raffle sponsored by St. Michael’s Christian Mother’s/Women will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the Parish Center in Buckman. Winners choose their quilt. Quilt given as a door prize. Free lunch served.