■ Crosslake Lutheran Church to hold 38th Annual Jul Fest Bazaar
CROSSLAKE — The 38th annual Jul Kaffe Fest Bazaar will be held in conjunction with Crosslake Days on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Crosslake Lutheran Church on County Road 66 in Crosslake. A wide variety of sewn, painted, knitted and crocheted items, as well as fall and Christmas decor/gifts, hand stamped greeting cards, jewelry, gift baskets, plants and many other craft items will be available. New this year will be American Girl doll clothes, beds, and accessories. There will also be a Candy Shoppe, a bakery with many items including Jul bread and lefse. A quilt titled “Jewelry Box” (95-inch x 103-inch) will be raffled off at 2 p.m. and tickets can be purchased up to that time.
Coffee and cookies will be available as well as lunch starting at 10:30 a.m. The menu choices are a shredded roast beef plate or chicken salad plate for $6 which include a beverage and dessert.
All proceeds from this sale will benefit many local charities and missions.
■ Enriching your marriage workshop
LAKE SHORE — On Oct. 5, Living Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Shore will host “Enriching Your Marriage,” a special workshop led by Nancy Holden, a master’s level psychologist in private practice in St. Cloud. The workshop will help you renew the best in your marriage relationship whether you have been married six months or 60 years. Through a focus on communication, sharing and a more complete understanding and appreciation of your spouse, Nancy leads us forward to discover deeper love and life within our marriage. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon and is totally free of charge. To register or for more information call the church office at 963-9733 or go to www.livingsaviorchurch.org.
■ AWANA at CCC
NISSWA — AWANA will begin with a fellowship supper at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Drive, Nisswa. Opening ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. It’s service night for the Truth and Training classes. They will be helping at the Brainerd Lakes Area Kids Against Hunger building.
■ Rummage sale
at Lutheran Church
of the Cross
NISSWA — On Sept. 27-28, Lutheran Church of the Cross will once again have its fall rummage sale. Holding rummage sales to benefit ministries has been a tradition at Lutheran Church of the Cross since 1960. They are held in the spring and fall. All the proceeds from these biannual rummage sales go to local, state and world wide ministries. All items are categorically displayed to make shopping easier for our guests. Shopping areas by category include: clothing, oval room, books, miscellaneous glassware/dishes, etc., boutique (seasonal), linens, toys, small appliances/consumer electronics/computers, furniture and outdoor items. Special events for shoppers during the fall 2013 sale will include the LCC Bistro with coffee and goodies available for purchase in the morning of Sept. 27, a silent auction and a jewelry nook. Lutheran Church of the Cross is located at Highway 371 and County Road 13 (Schaefer’s Corner) Rummage sale hours are Sept. 27, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to noon. No early sales.
■ Swedish meatball supper at Park UMC
Park United Methodist Church, 315 North Sixth St., Brainerd, will have its annual Swedish meatball supper Monday with serving starting at 4 p.m. The cost of the supper is $9 for adults, $4 for children 4-12 and freewill for under 5. This is an all church event with the proceeds being used to support mission projects both nationally and locally.
There will be a silent auction with two handmade quilts and more with the proceeds being used to help support the Candlelight Dinner and a bake sale sponsored by United Methodist Women.
■ Children helping children at vacation Bible school
AITKIN — Children who participated in the vacation Bible school at the Aitkin United Methodist Church collected 137 pairs of shoes for the children at the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary and Day Care School in Uganda, Africa. The project, entitled “Shoes of Peace,” was the brainchild of the VBS coordinators Celia Doty and Julie Hansen.
A total of 15 children ranging in age from 4 to 12 participated in this drive. Sylvia Allen, founder of Sylvia’s Children, spoke to the children, talked about how different the living conditions were for the African children and demonstrated how valuable these she contributions were to the Ugandan children, many of whom have no shoes.
Doty, who went to Uganda with Sylvia’s Children on their Christmas 2010 trip said, “When our children learned that many children had no shoes at all, when they themselves had as many as 10 pairs, they began to enthusiastically collect shoes and bring them to school.” Interestingly, as people learned about the shoe drive they began to bring shoes to Celia’s shop, Modern Beauty. She is still accepting donations and, as she said, “With 1,000 children needing shoes just keep bringing the shoes!”
For information on Sylvia’s Children go to www.sylviaschildren.org.
To contact Celia at Modern Beauty call 218-927-2950 or at home at 218-927-6877. Modern Beauty is located at 308 First Ave. NE (Aitkin) and is open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shoes can be dropped off there any time.
■ Blessing of
First Congregational United Church of Christ will hold a Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m. Sunday in the church yard. All are invited to bring their pets for a blessing. If your beloved pet is too big or too shy or too uncomfortable around other animals to attend the service, bring a photo for the blessing. First Congregational UCC is a progressive Christian community. For more information, visit the church website at uccbrainerd.org or find us on Facebook.
■ Bilingual liturgy
LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a bilingual liturgy at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. This bilingual liturgy will be in honor of Blessed Miguel Pro. 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 www.fslf.org or call 320-632-2981.
■ Blessing of the animals in Little Falls
LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Little Falls invite all animal lovers and their pets to attend the 18th annual Blessing of Animals on Sept. 29 at noon. This event will be held at Washington Park, across from the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Little Falls, 113 NE Fourth St. (next to Carnegie Library). Each animal present will be individually blessed and there will be refreshments for the animals and their companions. This special blessing is held each year in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and of all creation. For more information, call 320-632-0668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Lakes Area Parish Nurse meeting
The Lakes Area Parish Nurse meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Good Samaritan-Woodland, 200 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd. Call Joy for further information at 855-6639.
■ Brainerd Lakes Ministerial Association
On Tuesday, the Brainerd Lakes Area Ministerial Association will be meeting over breakfast at the Brainerd Lakes Cafe, 2115 South 6th St., Brainerd, from 8-9 a.m. Our purpose for gathering will be to encourage, support and pray for one another. The fellowship together will allow us to get to know each other personally. This will produce the added benefits of mutual trust and respect among our colleagues. Since the Ministerial Association is a network of professional clergy which crosses all denominational lines, we invite all area pastors to join us.
■ First Lutheran Church activities
Sunday is Youth Bible Sunday. Between services (9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.), there will be a breakfast/book sale sponsored by the FLC Social Ministry Team and the Adult Forum focusing on Lutheran Basics providing a New Testament overview.
Fellowship supper will be 5 p.m. Wednesday which includes a worship service at 5:30 p.m. both in the Koinonia. Adult Bible study and youth Christian education classes begin at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, FLC is hosting a new member pot luck at 6 p.m.
A pre-marriage retreat is scheduled for Sept. 28 at FLC.
■ Prime pork
PINE RIVER — The annual prime pork loin dinner will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Pine River United Methodist Church. Tickets will be available at the door. Price is $9 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger. The church is three blocks east of the Highway 371 stoplight on Barclay Avenue in Pine River.