■ Brainerd Christian Women’s Connection
The Brainerd Christian Women’s Connection invites women of all ages to our Christmas Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at the Arrowwood Lodge (formerly The Lodge) in Baxter.
Suzanne Welch from Common Goods will show us how to “make Christmas gifts from stuff.”
Carol Harrison will provide pre-luncheon harp music and Barb Martin will lead us in a “carol sing.”
With the hustle and bustle of daily living, the challenge of who or what is in control can be overwhelming; listen, as speaker Connie Lounsbury points us toward a better path in “Who Is Controlling Your Life?” Connie’s book will be available for sale following the luncheon.
We will be participating with Jail Ministries in a Christmas collection for children of Crow Wing County prisoners, bring unwrapped gifts of caps, mittens, toys and games for both boys and girls, infants through teens.
For free child care requests and reservations, call Jayn at 825-8788 by Sunday.
Cost is $17, all inclusive.
■ Cuyuna Range Area Ecumenical Choir
The Cuyuna Range Area Ecumenical Choir will perform a Christmas Cantata called “Child of Hope.” The group is comprised of about 45 singers and nine instrumentalists from various churches in our area. The cantata, written by Mark Hayes, has an upbeat jazz feel to it. It intertwines fresh new music with traditional Christmas classics. The message of the cantata is one of hope, encouragement and peace for people longing for redemption.
The vocal soloists in the cantata are Jenni Christenson Kannel and Todd Swedberg. The instrumentalists are Jennie Planner and Megan Hagberg, woodwinds; Mark Carlson, Jamie Skjeveland, Abbie Smith and Megan Hagberg, brass; Jerry Huxford and Tyanne Guida Rezac, percussion; and, Joyce Marshall on the piano. The director is Scott Ruffing.
“Child of Hope” will be performed at 10:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood on Sunday. Admission is free.
■ Cantata at Park UMC
The chancel choir of Park United Methodist Church along with flute and vocal soloist will present “All is Well,” this year’s cantata at both the 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services at their church Sunday.
■ Holiday marketplace
HILLMAN — A holiday marketplace will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Hillman at the intersection of Highway 27 and County Road 47.
There will be many different items offered for sale at this event including holiday baked goods.
■ Grace United Methodist Church Advent sermons
With the beginning of Advent, the worshipping community of Grace United Methodist Church will be exploring themes based on the book “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem” by Adam Hamilton. Pastor Dianne Ciesluk will base her weekly Advent sermons on the willingness of Mary, the mercy of Joseph, the encouragement of Elizabeth, the perseverance that the journey took and finally, the presence at the manger. She will focus on the fact that “the journey” can be our own journey to the manger in Bethlehem.
We will worship on each of the Sundays of Advent at 9 a.m. On Sunday, the Bells of Grace Choir will present their annual Christmas music concert, under the direction of Ardie Morris, before the worship service at 8:40 a.m. Bobbi Quass will be the guest soloist. At 10:30 a.m. that day the children will present the Sunday School Christmas Pageant. The Christmas Eve worship service will be held on Dec. 24 at 4 p.m.
■ Women’s Christmas breakfast
The men of Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church will be treating the women to Christmas breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Sunday morning, there is Sunday school and adult Bible study at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m. followed with a congregational Celebration Thanks meal at Pizza Ranch.
■ Advent service at
An Advent service at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church will be 7 p.m. Wednesday with the message on “Advent Invitation to Hope.” On Dec. 14, there will be an open house fellowship at Pastor Jorgenson and Jeanne from 6-10 p.m. after the bell ringing.
■ Meet the pastor at The Church On The Wise Road
The public is invited to meet Pastor Terry Stumbo, the new full time pastor at The Church On The Wise Road, on Sunday. Stumbo has begun a weekly presentation through the month of December on the First Coming (Advent) of our Lord Jesus Christ. Divinely His (Karen and Sharron Packer) from Plymouth will provide special music and testimony during the 11 a.m. service. The church is located at 10345 Wise Road, Brainerd, one mile north of Brainerd on County Road 3, then west 1/4 miles on County Road 49 (Wise Road).
■ Radio play on Sunday
On Sunday, the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Brainerd-Pine River is sponsoring a radio play at 10 p.m. on KBXE 90.5FM and KAXE on the History of the Doctrine of Discovery. It is the story of the coming of the Europeans to the Americas and its impact on the indigenous native populations. The script was written by Gail Forsyth-Vail, produced by Wayne Leeds of Grand Rapids, and features Wayne and Erika Kooda as the two actors in the play. This is part of the project of the Unitarian Universalist Church which has pledged to work toward the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery as a tenet that says indigenous people’s rights to land and life are not honored or respected and is still cited as valid in court cases. This is especially timely in this year of the anniversary of the 1862 uprising in Minnesota when attention is on the conflict on the frontier, native American concerns, and the ongoing need to address problems of discrimination, prejudice, economic deprivation, and education of our people about these issues.
■ Children’s Christmas program at Trinity Lutheran
Trinity Lutheran Sunday School of Brainerd will be presenting their annual Christmas program at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday.
The theme of the program is “The Gift That Changed the World.” The presentation follows two young girls as they hunt high and low for their Christmas gifts. The quest takes them into the presence of other searchers, Old Testament prophets who were searching for the promised Messiah. Everyone is invited to attend the program and witness the fulfillment of the prophesies.
Refreshments will be served immediately following the program in Fellowship Hall.
At the 8:15 a.m. worship service with Holy Communion, intern Katie Slack will be preaching. A coffee hour will follow this service in the Gathering Area. The Wednesday evening worship service is held each week at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary with a meal served at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Visitors are welcome to attend services at Trinity which is located at 1420 South 6th Street. For additional information call 829-5147.
■ First Lutheran activities
On Sunday, an Advent Cantata will be shared during both worship services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd.
The Cantata is entitled “Shout the Good News” with words and music by Lloyd Larson. The First Lutheran Choir is under the direction of Marcus Aulie, narration by Mark Hegstrom and Kim Watson, Accompanists include Bev Kittelson and Sandy Cosert.
On Monday, First Lutheran Church in Brainerd will host a service of remembrance and supper. The meal will be served in Koinonia starting at 6:15 p.m. with the service afterward in the Sanctuary. This is a worshipful time of piano music, prayer and candlelight to remember departed loved ones who are especially missed during Christmas time. RSVP to 829-9552 if you plan to attend this service.
■ Bluegrass gospel Christmas with
The Kingery Family
STAPLES — A bluegrass gospel Christmas with The Kingery Family will be Dec. 15 at Town’s Edge Restaurant/Event Center, Highway 10, east side of Staples with dinner at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and includes the dinner and concert.
Send a check payable to Gary Schimpp with a self-addressed envelope to Gary Schimpp, P.O. Box 186, Staples, MN 56479. Tickets may also be purchased at Schmipp Real Estate in the Mid-MN Federal Credit Union building, Staples. Call 218-894-1767 or 218-894-1525.
■ Zion Lutheran
Zion Lutheran Church, 220 N. Eighth St., Brainerd, is again holding Advent services. They will be as follows: Wednesday at noon with a luncheon to follow the service and again at 5 p.m. for the supper, with the service to follow at 6 p.m. The same schedule will be followed again on Dec. 19.
The Sunday school children are rehearsing for their program “Christmas Jubilee” to be held on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. It’s not too late for children to join rehearsals on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m.
Grief Support Group will have their Christmas celebration at the home of JoAnne Brockopp 6 p.m. today, Dec. 7. Contact the church office at 829-4317 for directions.