The Rev. Ivy L. Borgstrom accepted the call as associate pastor at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in northeast Brainerd. She began serving the congregation Aug. 30. The formal installation for Borgstrom was Sept. 12 during regular morning worship services.
Missions Conference set
Heartland Alliance Church will have its annual Missions Conference Friday through Sunday. The missionary will be Wanetta Groeneweg, from Quito, Ecuador. Her husband, Dale, will be the missionary speaker those days at Verndale Alliance Church.
The Groenewegs worked in Colombia training Indian men to be pastors. Then they transferred to Ecuador to be houseparents for the youth at the Alliance Academy in Quito. Now Wanetta is the fifth-grade teacher and Dale is the campus pastor, as well as being in charge of the school's outdoor education program. They are on a one-year Home Ministry Assignment and living in St. Paul.
Wanetta will speak at 6:45 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Heartland Alliance Church is at 7756 Highland Scenic Drive in Baxter.
St. Michael's annual bazaar
St. Michael's Church of Buckman will have its annual bazaar Sunday. The polka Mass will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a chicken and ham dinner served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with all the trimmings, including homemade coffee cakes and pies. Other events include live music, bingo, a quilt wheel, silent auction, kids' games, all cash raffle drawing at 5 p.m., raffle for a Benelli Nova shotgun and more.
Legacy Five in concert
Legacy Five will be in concert 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Middle School in Brainerd. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at KTIG Radio, Bethany Bookstore, Good Bookstore in Little Falls and Inspirations in Wadena. For more information, call River of Life Productions in Brainerd at 829-0065 or 829-9098.
A Minnesota Prophecy Conference
The Friends of Israel organization will present a Northern Minnesota Prophecy Conference Sunday through Wednesday. Christ Community Church of Nisswa is a host site for the conference. Presentations will be 7 p.m. each day at Christ Community Church. There is no admittance charge. Sunday, Tim Munger will address the topic, "What is This World Coming To?" Bruce Scott will speak Monday on "The Coming Apostasy," and Peter Colon will discuss "Israel in Crisis" Tuesday. The public is invited to attend.
Lutefisk supper set at Our Savior's
Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes will hold its annual lutefisk supper at 3 p.m. Sept. 25. The Scandinavian tradition of enjoying the reconstituted dry codfish has been observed at Our Savior's since the 1920s. Besides lutefisk, the menu includes meatballs and gravy, boiled potatoes, rutabagas, coleslaw, cranberries, lefse, butter and white sauce, buns, pie and beverage. The dinner is served family style with members of the church serving as waiters.
No advance tickets are sold so diners eat in order of sales at the door. Music is supplied in the sanctuary while diners wait for their turn at the dinner. More than 700 people regularly attend the dinner. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12 and free for children ages 4 and under.
Northeast District fall meeting set at Brainerd Park UMC
Park United Methodist Church of Brainerd will host the annual meeting of the United Methodist Women on Saturday with registration plus coffee and muffins with Emma at 8:30 a.m., which includes book browsing in the Program Resource Room.
The annual meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. under the leadership of Ruth Sejnoha, Nashwauk, Northeast District UMW president, which includes the approval of minutes from 2003, annual treasurer report, final approval of bylaws revision, election and installation of 2005 UMW officers plus a memorial service for deceased UMW members. Guest speaker will be Kathy Calloway of Brainerd.
Following the noon luncheon, the group will celebrate the legacy of United Methodist Women in 135 years of mission. The hands-on project for the conference is to collect new socks and underwear for children and adults, which will be distributed to shelters in the Northeast District. There also will be the traditional offering and monetary love gifts.
Concluding the meeting will be birthday cake and coffee.
Reservations need to be made for the $7 lunch to Mary Oberg, 4611 Oak St. N., Baxter, MN 56425.
Adult forums to begin
The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Brainerd, the open and affirming congregation, will begin its fall series of adult forums Sunday with Cindy Olson, acting director of the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center, presenting an overview of activities available for senior citizens in the lakes area. All forums will take place at 11 a.m. following the 10 a.m. church service. Refreshments are served before each forum.
The church is at 415 Juniper St. across from the southwest corner of Gregory Park in Brainerd.
The Gathering set Sunday
The 2004 edition of The Gathering is scheduled outdoors Sunday at the Trailside Center in Pequot Lakes. Food, fellowship and music will run 1 to 4 p.m. The Gathering is designed to bring Christian congregations of the area together with the public for praise and fellowship, and to celebrate the community.
The seven-piece praise team from Lord of Life Church in Baxter will anchor the entertainment, and other area churches will provide music as well, including Josh Whittemore's rendition of "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes.
Each church will serve corn bread, brownies and its own recipe for chili, and tasters will vote for the best chili. Churches will serve from individual tents.
The Gathering is open to the public and donations will be accepted to offset costs. Attendees will vote for their favorite chili recipe by contributing $1 to the appropriate pot.
Seating will be on straw bales and lawn chairs. Bales will be provided and the public is urged to bring lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, activities will move to Pequot Lakes Baptist Church. The traditional Gathering photo will be snapped around 1:30 p.m. An estimated 400 people attended last year's Gathering. There is no admission charge.
'Tackling the Tough Ones'
Crosslake Presbyterian Church will be "tackling the tough issues" society faces at 10 a.m. the next three Sundays. Pastor Ray Larson's topic Sunday will be "Choices." Do we base our everyday choices on our ethical system that has been developed over a lifetime of seeking the "good life?" Today, ethics is a popular topic, but how do we apply it in our personal decisions?
Sept. 26, the topic will be "The Death Penalty." If you are for it, would you be willing to be the one injecting the killing drug? If you are against it, how can you be sure a killer would never be able to repeat that terrible act? Is revenge appropriate? Can the justice system fail? These are part of a very emotional issue before us.
"The Globalization of Economic Life" will be the topic on World Communion Oct. 3. Are the tennis shoes you bought part of the income of someone living in Asia? Most of us are partners in the global economy without realizing it. How we spend our money in Minnesota may be attached to the mother in Thailand who must choose either food or medicine for her sick child.
Crosslake Presbyterian Church is at 14444 Daggett Pine Road, just east of the Crosslake Community Center.
Back to the '50s at Christ Community
The second annual '50s party will be 5 p.m. Saturday at Christ Community Church in Nisswa. There will be food, music, dancing and contests. Everyone is invited to come and have dinner at '50s prices.
Better Than Nothing Family Band to perform
The Better Than Nothing Family Band from Bemidji will present a bluegrass gospel concert 7 p.m. Sunday at Cushing Baptist Church. Their singing is accompanied by the washtub bass, 12-string guitar, lead guitar, banjo, dobro and fiddle.
Annual country store
Walker Community Church will run its annual country store 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Community Church of Walker dining room. This early Christmas shopper's event features crafts, Christmas items, bake sale, pie and coffee, sloppy joes and beverages and more.
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