■ Pet blessing
Approximately 41 animal lovers and their pets participated in a Blessing of Animals ritual Sept. 29, at Washington Park, Little Falls. Following a short service, each animal present was individually blessed and refreshments were served for the animals and their companions. Hosted by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Little Falls, this event is held each year in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and all of creation.
■ Prayers of Intercession
There will be prayers of intercession from 2-3 p.m. Sunday in the community room of the Sawmill Inn restaurant, 601 Washington St., Brainerd. As intercessors, we will pray for God’s will to be done in the people of His world, of America, especially our government officials, of Minnesota, of central Minnesota, of the five-county area, of the Brainerd lakes area and in our own personal lives. The theme of this prayer intercession will be 2 Chronicles 7:14. Bring your Bible and a friend.
■ Christ-centered support group for co-dependents
A Christ-centered support group for codependents will meet every Monday from 5-6 p.m. at the community room of the Sawmill Inn restaurant, 601 Washington St., Brainerd. Join the group as they heal together through exploring the 12 steps with people who have “been there and done that.” People will feel at home and with friends and find the support needed to become healthy and whole. You will learn how to establish health boundaries that will restore sanity to your own life, as well as encourage your addicted loved one to seek out the help they so desperately need. Bring your Bible.
■ CROP Walk planned
The annual Brainerd Lakes Area CROP Walk will take place Sunday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 8th Ave. NE, Brainerd. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. with the walk starting at 2 p.m. Local congregations and others team up and walk the two-mile course to help raise money and awareness for local and international hunger needs. CROP Walk funds designated for local distribution will go to the Salvation Army Food Shelf and Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.
For more information, contact the Bethlehem Lutheran church office at 829-3330 or go online at www.cwsglobal.org then go to the “crop hunger walk” tab, then “find a walk” tab to register.
■ ‘Living the Questions’ study planned
“Living the Questions,” an in-depth study of Progressive Christianity, begins on Sunday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Dr. David Crum, retired pastor and behavioral health therapist, will lead the study, which is open to the community at no cost.
“Living the Questions” is described as “an open-minded alternative to studies that give participants all the answers, and instead, strives to create an environment where participants can interact with each other in exploring what is next for Christianity.” Issues such as “The Lives of Jesus,” “Incarnation,” “Suffering, Evil and a God of Love” will be addressed through video presentations by noted theologians such as John Spong, Marcus Borg, John Cobb and John Crossan. Questions and discussion will follow each video.
For more information or to receive study guides and discussion questions, email Dr. Crum at email@example.com.
■ Annual fall
AITKIN — Aitkin United Methodist Church will have its annual fall bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 12. There will be a silent auction, garden produce, $1 grab bags, craft items, Fairtrade coffee, lefse, a bake sale, Grandma’s Attic and a sloppy Joe lunch served all day.
■ Truth Lutheran Church has relocated
Truth Lutheran church has relocated to Crossings by GrandStay Inn and Suites located at 7208 Fairview Road, Baxter. Crossings by GrandStay Inn and Suites is located on Highway 210, just north of Home Depot in Baxter.
Truth Lutheran Church had been meeting at the Brainerd Hotel and Conference Center since its inception. However, with the closing of the Brainerd Hotel, Truth Lutheran Church sought a new location for worship. Visit the website at www.truthlutheranchurch.com for additional news regarding the congregation.
■ Truth Lutheran Church has a new website
Truth Lutheran Church has developed a website for the use of members and friends to keep current on church events. The website also provides news and information on a variety of topics including what to expect when they worship at Truth Lutheran, worship life, a statement of faith, news and views, a child’s point of view and a resources page. Visit www.truthlutheranchurch.com on a regular basis to keep current with congregational matters.
■ St. Alice
fall beef dinner
PEQUOT LAKES — St. Alice Catholic Church, Pequot Lakes, will have its fall beef dinner from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 13. Cost: $10, adults; $5 for children ages 5-12; and children under 5 are free. For more information, call the church at 218-568-4760.
■ Fall booya
supper and sale
AITKIN — St. James Catholic Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, Aitkin, will host its annual fall booya supper and sale. Booya (a secret, seasoned, hearty soup-like mixture) will be served at 6 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $5. Booya to take home will also be for sale. Individual scoops ($2 each) and large buckets ($20) will be for sale at the dinner and also after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Supper tickets will be sold at the door.
■ Women’s Missionary Federation Fall Rally
Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church will host the District Women’s Missionary Federation fall rally Saturday. Faith Nelson will be the guest speaker and the morning Bible study leader will be Carol Rodseth on “In everything give thanks.” Registration starts at 9 a.m.
■ Merced to
Pastor Hector Merced will be ordained as a Lutheran pastor during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at First Lutheran Church, Pillager, L.C.M.C. Bring a dish to pass for the potluck dinner following the service.
■ Live auction
set Oct. 12
Holy Trinity Catholic School, Pierz will have a live auction at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Brickyard Bar and Grill in Pierz. The auction is open to the public.
Some of the auction items include a two-night winter cabin getaway, $500 gift certificate towards any appliance at RadioShack, four lower level tickets for a 2014 Minnesota Twins game, basket of Tupperware items, two seat cedar swinging bench made by Marv’s Wood Product’s in Little Falls and a half of beef. All proceeds raised going toward the Holy Trinity Catholic School in Pierz.
■ Bazaar and
Zion Lutheran Church, Eighth and Kingwood, Brainerd, will have its annual bazaar and salad luncheon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 12. We will again have the country store with its baked items, candy, jelly and cookies, white elephant store, heirlooms, treasures, fanciwork/craft table with many and varied handmade items, grab bags, designer clothes closet featuring gently used designer and name brand clothes and The Good News Gifts Store for your card and other gift needs.
The luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. featuring homemade salads and pies. There will be a charge of $5 for adults and $2.50 for children for the luncheon only.
■ AWANA at CCC
NISSWA — It’s inside out night at AWANA at Christ Community Church, 24646 Hazelwood Dr., Nisswa, on Wednesday. Fellowship supper will be served from 5:15-6 p.m. with AWANA sign in at 5:50 p.m. AWANA is for kids ages 3 through sixth grade.
■ Lutefisk and meatball supper
PINE RIVER — A lutefisk and meatball supper will be from 3:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 12 at First Lutheran Church, 309 Second St. N., Pine River. Tickets sold at the door. Adults: $14; children 6-12, $5; and children under 6, free.