Church News – Brainerd Dispatch

Lord of Life returns to work at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen

BAXTER – Baxter’s Lord of Life Lutheran Church is returning to hosting a once-a-month meal at Brainerd’s Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.

The church will host a meal from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Organizers are looking for people willing to help prepare, serve or clean up for the meal, as the shift can last from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in helping with this ministry is encouraged to contact the Lord of Life Church office at 218-828-9374 or register in the narthex.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Services

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will be serving Lenten soup/supper from 5:30-6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23. The cost is $7.

The Lenten Wednesday service using the “May You Have Life” liturgy begins at 6:20 p.m. with preaching by Bethel Synod-authorized minister Ruth Jeremiason.

On Sunday, the church will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Lent during in-person services at 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Skinner will preach. We continue to live stream the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services at The service will be put on after its completion for further consultation.

First United Church of Christ Congregational Services

Lenten devotions at the First Congregational United Church of Christ will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 on Zoom.

Sunday worship will be in person and online at 10 a.m. An offering for the Grande Heure de Partage will be collected on Sunday. Donations can be sent to the church office at 415 Juniper St., Brainerd.

South Long Lake Church to host Pastor Dunham

Pastor David Dunham will speak at 9.30am on Sunday March 27 at South Long Lake Church, 13152 Smart Road, Brainerd, followed by coffee. The service will be streamed live on Facebook. Check the Facebook page beforehand in case of cancellation in bad weather.

The “Our Anti-Racist Faith” event scheduled for Sunday

As the subject of racism continues around community and national consciousness, three groups from the area have collaborated to sponsor an event that is both educational and inspiring.

Pequot Parents for Kindness, People for Racial Justice, and the Micah Group invite people to a rally titled, “Our Anti-Racist Faith: In the Grace of Jesus, the Love of God, and Joy in the Holy Spirit,” from 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 27. , at First Congregational Church, 415 Juniper St., Brainerd.

This event is a witness to the messages and stories of scripture that encourage openness and testify to the inclusive nature of God’s Word.

Pastor Erika Nilsen and Deacon Colleen Bernu will share biblical and practical messages on anti-racist faith. John Erickson will offer a reflection on the importance of teaching students to think critically and panelists Pastor Leslie Moughty, Charles Black Lance, Deacon Colleen Bernu and Pastor Terry Frovik will form a panel reacting to questions about faith and racism. Two musicians, Kevin Lattu and Erica Bjelland, will provide proclamations through music as part of the event.

Masks are mandatory for the in-person event. A live stream option is available on the church’s Facebook page.

Announcement of the first events of the Lutheran Church

First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will serve a Lenten Soup Supper from 5-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23 at Koinonia Hall. Hosts will be members of the social ministry team. A voluntary offering will be received. Proceeds will support young people.

A Wednesday Lenten worship service at 6 p.m. will be held in the sanctuary with guest pastor Mark Skinner of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The sermon will be “Boundless: God Beyond Measure: Love”.

Game Night will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, March 25 at Koinonia Hall. Bring a friend, a favorite board or card game and an appetizer to share.

The Fourth Sunday of Lent will be celebrated with worship from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday. Pastors Patty Bjorklund and Jordan Gades will preach and preside.

Worship at 9:00 a.m. will be streamed on Facebook at FLC Brainerd and on YouTube. For more information, visit

The First Lutheran Church works with Lutheran World Relief to help families in Ukraine. Lutheran World Relief will match all contributions up to $422,000, with 100% of all donations applied to the needs of victims. Interested people can make a donation as follows:

Cash: Place a donation in an envelope (write your name on the outside) and place it in an offering plate.

By check: Make checks payable to First Lutheran Church with “LWR Ukraine” written in the memo and mail to FLC, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd MN, 56401 or drop off at office 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Online: Log in to and follow the instructions to donate electronically or by credit card. (Be sure to check the 100% box).

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will have three worship services.

On Wednesday, March 23, there will be a Midweek Lenten Worship Service at 6 p.m. with visiting Pastor Steve Rye preaching and Pastor Hans Anderson attending the Holden Evening Prayer Litany. A soup dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

On Sunday, there will be two worship services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion served at both services. Pastor Hans Anderson will preach on “Determined to be welcoming to us!” and assistant pastor Bob Rusert. The 8:15 a.m. service will be rebroadcast on KVBR 1340 Radio at 9 a.m. and streamed live on You Tube.

For more information, visit

Jerry B. Hatch