Friends and family of the Brainerd Seventh-day Adventist Church recently gathered in the elementary school gym at 2910 Oak St. to celebrate a fall festival.
The church, in accordance with a preference for a vegetarian diet, had a sales representative from the Better Living Health Store in Hutchinson bring a variety of canned and frozen vegetarian foods and supplies, as well as Bibles, tapes, CDs and other religious reading materials to buy.
There were games for young and old, including a cake walk. There were booths selling burgers, beverages and desserts.
The highlight of the evening was an auction with all items donated. The fall festival netted more than $780. These funds will be sent to two Indian reservations, one in Washington and the other in Montana, to help set up buildings to be used for community education and worship service.
Terry Sluss, Crow Wing County commissioner, will speak Sunday at Brainerd's First Congregational United Church of Christ weekly forum on methamphetamines and their use in the Brainerd lakes area. The weekly forums start at 11 a.m. following the 10 a.m. church service. The church is across from the southwest corner of Gregory Park.
Thanksgiving Eve service set
Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison will hold Thanksgiving Eve services 7 p.m. Wednesday. Pie and coffee will follow the service. Remaining pies will be sold with the proceeds to benefit the Garrison Food Shelf.
World AIDS Day ecumenical service
The World AIDS Day Ecumenical Service will be noon Dec. 2 at First Congregational Church in Brainerd, 415 Juniper St.
The theme is "Women, Girls and HIV 2004" as they are nearly half of all adults living with HIV/AIDS worldwide.
The church invites anyone who has lost someone to AIDS or knows someone living with HIV/AIDS to attend.
Marks to celebrate anniversary
Roger Marks, deacon at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, will celebrate his 10th anniversary Sunday. A reception for him will follow the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
A program titled "Via Media" will be presented Sunday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 409 N. Seventh St., Brainerd. Homemade soup and bread will be served before the program at 5:30 p.m. with the program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This program is designed to encourage Christianity in our basic living of life.
St. Mary's Church in Little Falls will have its 26th annual Christmas bazaar 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. In addition to the raffles, cake walks, candy, crafts, games, plants, a children's booth, books, trinkets and treasures, there will be a silent auction on theme baskets.
There will be a lunch of hot dogs, hot beef sandwiches, sloppy joes, soup, homemade pie and beverages served all day Saturday. Bingo will be played 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
St. Mary's will host a Sunday brunch featuring eggs, two meats, potatoes, fruit, juice, coffee and Helen's famous rolls from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $5 a plate for adults, $3 for ages 4-12 and free for children younger than 4.
Community Thanksgiving dinner
The Crosslake churches invite people to a community Thanksgiving dinner noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Crosslake American Legion. There will be a freewill offering. If meal delivery is desired, contact your church: Crossroads Assembly of God, (218) 692-4673; Crosslake Evangelical Free Church, (218) 692-4141; Crosslake Lutheran Church, (218) 692-3682; Crosslake Presbyterian Fellowship, (218) 692-4769; Immaculate Heart Church, (218) 692-3731; and Mission of the Cross Church, (218) 692-4228.
St. Michael's Church, Motley, will host a turkey bingo at 7 p.m. Sunday in the church basement. Twenty games of regular bingo for turkeys and cash and a $75 blackout game will be played. Several door prizes for both children and adults also can be won with a free lunch to end the evening.
First Baptist Thanksgiving service
First Baptist Church, 7398 Fairview Road, Baxter, will have its Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Bible Week proclaimed
Brainerd Mayor James Wallin proclaimed the week of Nov. 21-28 as Bible Week in Brainerd. The proclamation is made in conjunction with the National Bible Association's sponsorship of the 64th annual National Bible Week.
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