Church News – December 15
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 418 Eighth Ave. NE, Brainerd, will be hosting a quiet Christmas healing service for those struggling at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 19.
BAXTER – Lord of Life Lutheran Church offers a service of grief and hope at 6.30pm December 22. This service, usually around the shortest day of the year, is a time to reflect on what we are mourning and our feelings for. hopes for the new year.
Lord of Life invites all who wish to be with others during this time to come and join the congregation for this service.
The First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd, will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent with 9 am worship service on Sunday, December 19, in the sanctuary and online. Pastor Patty Bjorklund will chair. The Sunday school children will present the Christmas program called “The Meaning of Christmas”. The Handbell Choir will share musical selections.
Masks are compulsory.
A special service called The Longest Night will take place on Tuesday, December 21 at 6 p.m. This is a service for people who experience pain and loss and for whom life will never be the same. It is a service to remind us that we are not alone in our pain, even though everything outside our door may seem the opposite.
Worship services on Christmas Eve will be 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on December 24.
Sunday worship is in person and online at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 415 Juniper St., Brainerd.
The fourth Sunday of Advent is Sunday December 19. Communion will be served and there will be a special offering for the UCC Missions Christmas Fund.
Celebrate Christmas Eve in person and on Facebook live at 4 p.m. on December 24 with music by Laura Raedeke.
South Long Lake Church, 13152 Smart Road, Brainerd, will present “Just A Little Christmas” with children sharing the Nativity Story. The service starts at 9:30 am and can also be viewed on Facebook.
CROSSLAKE – A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held on December 24 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Lutheran Church in Crosslake.
Both services will offer the proclamation of the light and life coming into the world at the birth of our Savior. Now, more than ever, we need to be connected with the original Christmas present, Jesus.
A lesson and song service will take place on December 26 at 9:30 am That day after Christmas Day, the kitchen is over and the presents are opened. It’s time to relax and reflect.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, has two worship services scheduled for this week.
On Wednesday December 15, there will be an Advent service with Holy Communion at 6 p.m. with the preaching of Pastor Bob Rusert. The annual potato bar meal with 25 toppings will be served in the community room from 5 p.m.
The First Communion class will be at 5:15 p.m. Confirmation students in grades 6 through 8 will meet at 6:45 p.m. for Christmas carols and grade 9 students will meet at 7:45 p.m.
The second edition of Bethlehem’s small town live nativity service will be 6 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot with refreshments to follow the presentation.
On Sunday there will be a worship service at 9 a.m. along with the annual Christmas carol service. Bishop Amy Odgren of the ELCA Northeast Synod will attend the service. The Sunday service will air at 9:00 a.m. KVBR 1340 Radio and the 8:15 a.m. service is broadcast live. Sermons are posted on Facebook.