■ Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church Advent services
GARRISON — Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison will hold midweek Advent services beginning Wednesday. The theme for the season is “The Songs of Advent.” Services will be Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. All services begin at 6 p.m. Shepherd of the Lake is located on Highway 169, one mile north of Garrison.
■ Eckankar services
Discover how love and gratitude are the keys to health and healing with a free discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Brainerd Public Library. Presented by Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God. For more information call 828-9343 or go to www.Eckankar-mn.org
■ Taize prayer
LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to join them for Taize Prayer from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Taize Prayer is a reflective, meditative prayer with repetitively sung chants. Gather in a sacred space for an hour with the beauty of lighted candles and the San Damiano Cross. Encounter the mystery of God through the beauty of simplicity. Allow yourself to be open and receptive and let the prayers permeate your mind. Hear scripture readings, prayer petitions and songs initiated by a song leader. Relax and join in prayer and song as you feel comfortable. In the sacred space of contemplative silence God often touches us deeply, and healing and transformation happen. Taize Prayer is open to the public the first Thursday of the month through June and will resume in September. The prayer of Jesus that all may be one is your special invitation to come. People of all faith traditions are welcome! For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Rediscovering the Gospel of John retreat
LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend the retreat, “Rediscovering the Gospel of John” at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 to noon Jan. 20 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. The Gospel of St. John was one of the favorite Gospels of St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Clare of Assisi caught the flame of this Gospel as well. This Gospel is rich in tradition and is often referred to as “The Book of Signs.” Retreat Director, Father Charlie Smiech, will explore the Scriptures that touched the hearts of Francis and Clare to seek a deeper understanding of these sacred writings and their meaning for us today. Father Smiech will help participants examine the major themes in the Gospel of John and how they apply to our spiritual lives and those to whom we minister. Father Smiech, a Franciscan Friar from Cincinnati, Ohio, has preached and taught throughout the United States and in various countries.
For more information or to pre-register by Dec. 14, call 320-632-0668 or email email@example.com.
■ FLC events
First Lutheran Church, Brainerd, will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent on Sunday. Join us, beginning at 7:30 a.m. when the youths will have a holiday bake sale in Koinonia. All items will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Mission Trip to Wind River, Wyo., next summer.
The First Lutheran Sr. Choir will share special music at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.
The FLC Family Advent Festival will be from 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday. Activities include holiday baking, cookie decorating, craft stations, carols, games and much more. A Swedish meatball and mashed potato supper will be served.
■ Bells at
The Gregorian Hand Bell Ringers of Park United Methodist Church and First Congregational Church will present a concert at Park UMC, 315 N Sixth St., Brainerd at 7 p.m. Sunday.
■ Intercessory Prayer
Come and intercede for God’s will to be done in his World, America, Minnesota, Central Minnesota, and the Brainerd lakes area and in our own personal lives. Come to the backroom of the Sawmill Inn at 601 Washington Street in Brainerd on Sunday from 1:30-2 p.m. for quiet meditation and intercessory prayer from 2-3 p.m. Come and pray as long as you are able. If you are unable to attend, pray for God’s will to be done on earth, as it already is in heaven.
■ Soup and sandwich luncheon, cookie walk and bake sale
The Presbyterian Women’s annual soup and sandwich luncheon, cookie walk and bake sale will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church on Eighth and Norwood, Brainerd. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for kids.
■ Christmas program at South Long Lake Church
South Long Lake Church will present a Christmas program called “Do You See What I See?” at 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Long Lake Town Hall located approximately five miles south of Brainerd on Highway 25. There will be Christmas music karaoke and coffee following the program.
■ Dedication service at Ossipee Community Church
There will be a dedication service for the handicap ramps and bathrooms at Ossipee Community Church, County Roads 3 and 109, north of Merrifield. The regular church service will be 10:30 a.m. Sunday followed by a carry-in meal. The dedication service will be 1:30 p.m. and given by the Rev. Max Day in his wheelchair.