Outdoor gospel concert
The Malmo Free Church is pleased to present The Alzen Family from Roberts, Wis., in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Brad and Denise Alzen and their six children enjoy making old-time toe-tapping music together and sharing it with friends. Their music highlights the high-energy singing and playing of the Alzen children, featuring the gals on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. The boys and dad round out the band with guitar, bass, washboard, and musical saw. To add a visual dimension, Denise also uses sign language to give added expression to songs. The Alzen family recently expanded their family by adopting two boys, ages 10 and 7 from Ukraine.
The Alzen Family plays bluegrass and gospel music. Malmo Church is located near the junction of Highways 47 and 18 on Highway 18 near the northeast corner of Lake Mille Lacs.
Vacation Bible school
at Grace United
PEQUOT LAKES — Grace United Methodist Church of Pequot Lakes will hold vacation Bible school from July 23-26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. We will be enjoying the Soarin’ in the Sky program “Where Everything is Possible with God.” The program is for kindergartners through fifth graders. Preschoolers are invited to attend with an adult helper. Older children may attend to assist the teachers.
On Monday, children will be given capes, goggles, and propeller beanies. Each child attending should bring a box to decorate as their personal aircraft for the week. Prepare to make airplanes, hot air balloons, kites, Rapunzle’s luminaries, and to play games and learn new songs. Dinner will be served half way through the program.
Grace UMC is located two miles south of Pequot Lakes on Highway 371. Preregistration is not necessary, but remember to bring a box to VBS.
Summer Bible school
at Trinity Lutheran
“Sky ” will be the theme for the 2012 vacation Bible school program at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd. The week long adventure is scheduled for Aug. 6-10 from 9 a.m. until noon. Registrations are being accepted through Aug. 5. There is a registration fee of $20 per child.
The Bible-themed adventure program will have different activities for age groups 4 years of age through fifth grade, where the participants will discover that “Everything is possible with God” (Mark 10:27). Some of the many activities will include singing, skits, crafts, Bible theatre presentations, food and outdoor adventures.
For more information call Jacki at Trinity Lutheran Church at 829-5147 or stop by the church at 1420 South Sixth Street.
Jerry Bennett’s gospel
PEQUOT LAKES — Jerry Bennett’s gospel music concert will be 6 p.m. July 27 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 30985 Front St., Pequot Lakes. There will be a potluck supper prior to the concert at 5 p.m.
French toast breakfast
HILLMAN — A French toast breakfast will be 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman, which is at
the junction of Hwy. 27 and CR 47.
Teen Challenge in Hillman
HILLMAN — The men’s chorus from the Brainerd campus of Teen Challenge will be performing at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Hillman July 22 at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. A potluck lunch will follow.
There will be songs, testimonials, scripture, stories of redemption and change and new life. All area residents and visitors are invited to join the Immanuel church family for a day of inspiration and fellowship.
The Teen Challenge program deals with alcohol and drug addictions.
Israel and Prophecy
BAXTER — First Baptist Church, 7398 Fairview Rd. N., Baxter, will be hosting an Israel and Prophecy Conference on July 22-25. The meetings on July 22 will be at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. The meetings on July 23-25 will be from 9 a.m. to noon and at 6 p.m. The speakers will be Tim Munger from Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry; Aaron Braaten, USA Director of Project Nehemiah; Tom Ebert from Milwaukee; and Mark Oshman, International Board of Jewish Missions. Call the church at 829-5767 for more information.
Task Force to host
Joyful Journey at FLC
At 9 a.m. Sunday, the First Lutheran Church Transition Task Force will host “Joyful Journey,” an informational session and continental breakfast in Koinonia. We invite everyone to attend and to voice your opinions about the future of First Lutheran Church and any areas of focus that are important to you as a member.
Hunt to be guest
pastor at Bethlehem
This week is the seventh Sunday after Pentecost and Pastor Ron Hunt will be the guest pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd. There will be communion. Vacation Bible school takes place Aug. 6-9 dinner at 5:30 p.m. and activities from 6-8 p.m. We encourage families of all ages, especially those with children ages 3-12 to participate. Our intergenerational VBS includes arts and crafts, games, storytelling and fun. You need not be a member to participate. Register online at www.belcnet.net. Our address is 418 Eighth Ave. NE in Brainerd and our phone number is 829-3330.
‘The Preacher and the Teacher’
The Park United Methodist Seniors are sponsoring the comedy duo, “The Preacher and The Teacher,” at a dessert buffet at the New Light United Methodist Church (Hwy. 210 and Meredith, Baxter) at 6:30 p.m. July 23. The public is invited to share in this evening of relaxation, while looking at the humorous side of our daily lives. The cost of the program and dessert buffet is $5 per person, with tickets sold at the door.
“The Preacher and The Teacher” consist of Rev. Marilee Bergerson, interim pastor of First Lutheran in Alexandria, (the preacher) and Ms. Cindy M. Bigger, (the teacher), a retired Extension Educator and Associate Professor for the University of Minnesota Extension, currently focusing her energies on leadership and civic engagement. Their comedy routine touches their audience’s interests and life situations.
Connection brunch planned
AITKIN — The Christian Women’s Connection brunch will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Aitkin American Legion. Cost: $5. Special feature: Randy and Cheryl Stauter, Missions. Music: Jean Sterricker. Speaker: Carlotta Rasmussen of Rickville.
Reservations and cancellations necessary. Call Judy at (218) 927-6085, Chris at (218) 927-3677 or Lois at (320) 684-2000.
Zion Lutheran’s VBS planned
Zion Lutheran Church’s vacation Bible school kicks off with a family night out on the church grounds on Sunday. A picnic supper will be served from 4-7 p.m. It will be Pastor Benson’s first time as the target in the dunk tank.
VBS will begin on Monday with supper being served at 5 p.m. Activities continue from 6-8:30 p.m. through the week. It will be “An Amazing Desert Journey.”