The Northern Lakes Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking monetary donations to assist in the disaster relief efforts after the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Send donations to NLAC ARC, 521 Charles St., Brainerd, MN 56401. Mention the donation is for the disaster relief fund.
For more information call the American Red Cross at 829-4004.
Baxter native saw the smoke
Jesica Specht had just gotten off the subway from Queens into Manhattan on Tuesday morning when she saw smoke rising out of the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
The 1989 Brainerd High School graduate, who works in the administrative offices in the Newsweek Building on 57th Street and Broadway in New York City, thought she was witnessing a fire in the historic building. That was until she noticed part of the building was missing.
At work she learned her friend Annie who worked in the World Trade Center was riding on the escalators in the World Trade Center on her way to work but had gotten out safely.
Specht has lived in New York City for five years.
"It just made me realize in an instant what is important in my life," she said. "The thing that is carrying us all through is knowing that God is in complete control.
"It is making me reconsider my place of residence. Minnesota is sounding better and better now."
Specht is the daughter of Carl and Joyce Specht of Baxter.
Area church services tonight
Assemblies of God Church, Brainerd. Regular 7 p.m. services with Bible study.
First Baptist Church, Brainerd. 7 p.m. Bible study and prayer meeting.
Agape Christian Center, Brainerd. 6 p.m. prayer with 7 p.m. unity service.
Zion Lutheran Church, Brainerd. 6 p.m. with a focus on the youth of the church. Public invited.
First Lutheran Church, Brainerd. Worship service at 6:15 p.m.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Baxter. Worship service at 6:30 p.m. will be dedicated to the Sept. 11 tragedy.
BAY Ministries, Brainerd. 6:45 p.m. BAY Rally's "See you at the Pole. We are Desperate for God" at Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Middle School.
St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Brainerd is taking up a collection during this Sunday's services and the money will be sent to Catholic Charities. Funds will be used for the victims' families.
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