■ Eckankar service
Are you a seeker of truth? Discover how to interpret your dreams. Learn about spiritual experiences and how they enhance your life. Open discussion will be held 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Brainerd Public Library, 416 S. Fifth St., Brainerd. For further information, call 800-717-0371.
■ A Christmas cantata
The Log Church Choir joined by Community Singers will have performances of “The Winter Rose,” a Christmas cantata directed by Sue Lenzen. There will be two performances, one at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Log Church in Crosslake and 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes.
From the earliest Christian time, the rose has been a symbol of divine love. Today the rose remains a vital expression of love and peace both inside the church and the outside world. Her appearance in the garden is a treasured harbinger of the coming spring’s abundance. Call the Log Church at 218-692-4141 for more information.
■ Retreat planned
LITTLE FALLS — The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls invite the public to attend a retreat entitled “Our Evolving Images of God: Oh How We/They Have Changed” from 7 p.m. Jan. 13 through noon Jan. 19 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls.
It seems everything today is changing. Yet, there is a natural tendency to hold onto things as they are. Our image of God tends to be one we hold onto as did the Israelites in biblical times. Should our image of God be unchangeable? Father John Quigley, retreat director, explores the various images of God using scripture as a guide. Father John will assist participants in exploring images of God, the life experiences of the chosen people (Israelites) and how they changed their image of God through the exodus and other experiences. Participants will have an opportunity to search their lives reflecting on how experiences changed their image of the Divine. Looking to the future, participants will further investigate experiences they anticipate and whether or not they will be open to new images of God.
Father John is an experienced retreat director, Assisi pilgrimage leader and is internationally known for his peace, justice and integrity of creation work. He also has worked in Geneva, Switzerland, as director of Franciscans International, a non-governmental organization at the United Nations, where he coordinated work for the promotion and protection of human rights.
To pre-register by Wednesday or for more information, contact the Franciscan Life Center at 320-632-0668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Children’s Christmas program at Trinity Lutheran
Trinity Lutheran Sunday school of Brainerd will present its annual Christmas program at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday. The theme of the program is “The Stable Story.” Join the animals who witnessed the miracle of the birth of our Savior in the little stable in Bethlehem. They have quite a story to share. Refreshments will be served immediately following the program in Fellowship Hall.
At the 8:15 a.m. worship service with Holy Communion, intern Ryan Prondzinski will be preaching. A coffee hour will follow this service in the Gathering Area.
Trinity is located at 1420 S. 6th St., Brainerd. For additional information call 829-5147 or visit the website at www.trinitybrainerd.org.
■ Advent activities at First Lutheran
On Sunday, the Christmas cantata “Go Tell It!,” arranged by Jack Schrader, will be shared at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services at First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eight St., Brainerd. This Christmas musical includes narration and songs sung by the First Lutheran Senior Choir under the direction of Marcus Aulie.
The First Lutheran Family Advent Festival will be 4 p.m. Sunday. This event includes holiday baking, caroling, craft making and much more. The congregation is asked to pre-register, so that adequate supplies will be on hand. To register for the Advent Festival, call 829-9552.
A Service of Remembrance will be Monday. The service of quiet contemplation to remember and give thanks for loved ones we’ve lost includes candlelight, prayer and piano music. Prior to the service, a meal will be served in Koinonia. Congregation members and guests are asked to RSVP by calling 829-9552.
■ Candlelight dinner at Park UMC
Park UMC is holding its annual candlelight dinner (sold out) followed by entertainment this weekend. The entertainment is Christmas music provided by Jacki Kline and Brad Wallace, musicians from Grace UMC, Pequot Lakes. The public is cordially invited to attend the program either evening. It will start at approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
■ Choir Cantata at Park UMC
The Park UMC choir will present its annual cantata entitled “Bethlehem’s Child” at both the 9:30 a.m. and the 11:15 a.m. services Sunday.