The Brainerd Laestadian Lutheran Church annual bake sale will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Brainerd Christian Women's Connection invites women of all ages to a Christmas luncheon from 12:15-2 p.m. Thursday in Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge.
Dolly Winkels, a floral designer, will share how to create beautiful holiday arrangements with objects from home and a few flowers and greens.
Special holiday music will include Christmas carol singing being led by Barb Martin.
Speaker Patti Erickson, an aerobics instructor, will tell how her rebellious teen years gave way to healthy habits that changed her life in "Shape up for Christmas."
Free child care will be available at a church near the luncheon.
To make reservations or request child care, call Sharon by 10:30 a.m. Monday at (218) 692-2282. Cost is $14.
Confirmands from Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd were Pastor Hans Anderson (front left), Bethany Dahl, Katie Walker, Holly Erickson, Courtney DeChaine, Becky Stanwood, Mariah Bock, Pastor Dave Holte; Tori Saxum (back left), Laura Boran, Heather Johnson, Xavier Felland, Lauren Makey, intern Josh Enderson.
Women's book group
The Women's Book Group of First Congregational United Church of Christ on Friday will begin reading John Shelby Spong's book, "A New Christianity for a New World." In this book Spong, a former Episcopalian bishop, offers a look at what progressive Christian belief might look like. The book group meets at the church every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for reading and discussion.
After 10 a.m. worship Sunday, the First Congregational Church Adult Forum will host Central Lakes College international students Raoni Marinho, of Natal, Brazil, and Andrea Schlittler, of Campinas, Brazil. Marinho and Schlittler are academic scholarship students with the CCID exchange program. They will speak of their culture in terms of homes, family life, foods and personal activities.
"Joy, Joy, Joy" - a Christmas cantata "celebrating the season, the story, the savior" under the direction of Sue Lenzen will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Crosslake Evangelical Free Church, 37218 County Road 66 in Crosslake. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit local food shelves.
St. Joseph cookie walk
St. Joseph of Deerwood annual CCW Christmas cookie walk, silent auction and bazaar sale will be 9 a.m. Dec. 12.
Cookie baking for the sale will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday and Dec. 11.
Bids will be accepted on silent auction items until Dec. 13. Bids will close at the end of the coffee hour.
For more information, call Marilyn at 838-5014.
Six Hillman area churches - Lakeview Community Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, St. John's Catholic Church in Lastrup, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, Immanuel Lutheran Church and St. Rita's Catholic Church - met Nov. 23 for a Community Thanksgiving Service. The Hillman Community Choir sang under the direction of Susan Swanson, Onamia, and was accompanied by Mary Dose, of Hillman. The collection of $415 was given to the Pierz Food Shelf.
New Song Ministries/ Crossroads Music Cafe
New Song Ministries/ Crossroads Music Cafe presents Rock Solid for praise and worship from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday and Remnant for praise and worship from 7-8 p.m. Thursday.
The cafe is at 217 S. Seventh St., Brainerd. For more information, call 829-0834.
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