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Another week of drama and outrage. More conflict in Washington…

Wait a second. I’m writing this in July. How would I know that there’d be drama, conflict, and outrage? I suppose because that’s what every week is like these days. So we roll in to church every Sunday morning, and we’re tired. Should the church be a sanctuary from the problems of the world or a place to air our grievances and make plans for the revolution? Jesus prayed that all of his followers would be one, would be unified and at peace with one another. That’s got to start at church, right? He prayed that, so maybe we should, too.

Scripture: John 17:20-24 Sermon
Special Music: Lori Howe, George & Evelyn Sonnichsen

Rev. Dr. Tony Jones is the author of many books on Christian ministry and spirituality, including The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life and his most recent book Did God Kill Jesus: Searching for Love in History’s Most Famous Execution. He is a sought after speaker and consultant in the areas of emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality. Tony recently served as a Distinguished Lecturer in the Practice of Theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and an adjunct professor at Andover Newton Theological School.

Tony served as a pastor and non-profit executive for two decades before earning his Ph.D. in practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also holds degrees from Dartmouth College (A.B.) and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.). His work has been awarded grants from the Lilly Endowment and the Templeton Foundation. He co-owns an event planning company and produces several leadership conferences each year. Tony is married, has three children, and lives in Edina, Minnesota. In his spare time, he trains his yellow lab, Albert, and takes Albert hunting for ducks, grouse, and pheasants.

Pastor Leslie will be out of the office thru August 21.
Rev. John Stiles will be on call during this time for
urgent pastoral care needs. 612-418-1406
This Week
Thursday, August 16

5:00 pm – Stewardship Meeting

Friday, August 17

10:30 am – Book Group

Sunday, August 19

10:00 am – Worship
11:00 am – Fellowship

Wednesday, August 22

9:30 am – Prayer Circle
11:30 am – Men’s Group at Sawmill Inn

Friday, August 24

10:30 am – Book Group
4:00 pm – Soup Kitchen

August 19: Mark Utzinger
August 26: Jan Morton

Please contact Barb Stokke if you are interested in being a liturgist.

Pastor Leslie has posted her sermons online so you can read and share them! Visit
Sunday, August 19

Hosts: Charlotte Goedsche & Cynthia Janes
Ushers/Greeters: Maria Bertram, Mary Harder, Lois McBroom & Itty Newgord
Counters: Deb Griffith & Georgia Harris 

Sunday, August 26

Hosts: Jack & Kay Kraywinkle
Ushers: Marina Grabowski & Deb Griffith
Greeters: Cheri Maxwell & Kathy Ogden
Counters: Nancy Gould & Judy Whiteman 
Look what Cynthia Janes did!!
Thanks to her handy floor scrubber, MANY years of
dirt and grime have been removed from the art room floor!
Thank you Cynthia!!
This week at the Lakes Area Music Festivaldon’t miss the festival’s 6thannual opera production, The Magic Flute, on Saturday, August 18 at 7pm and Sunday, August 19 at 2pm. A world-class roster of singers, players and designers has been at work all year preparing this feast for the eyes and ears!

The Lakes Area Music Festival then presents Mozart the Great on Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm. Andrew Altenbach leads the LAMF orchestra in works by Mozart and Rossini, as well as Ravel’s G major piano concerto, featuring Henry Kramer.

The festival finale, Portraits of Innocence, will take place on Saturday, August 25 at 7pm and Sunday, August 26 at 2pm. Two of the most dynamic musicians of our time, Christian Reif (conductor) and Julia Bullock (soprano) will lead the LAMF orchestra in Mahler’s mammoth fourth symphony.

All concerts are at Tornstrom Auditorium. No tickets required; donations accepted in lieu of ticket fees. Visit for more information.

Volunteers needed for Operation Sandwich. 

Operation Sandwich relies on volunteers to both
make & deliver lunches to various sites throughout
the community. See Jolene Hojem for details.

There are two opportunities for witness at the border.  UCC Immigration Team member Susie George will be participating with one group that will be there in August and Diane Haines of the Mayflower Immigration Team invites you to join her group for their annual border trip in November.
Details on both of these opportunities are available here.
These are very powerful and life changing experiences.

Here in Brainerd, we will be collecting the following supplies until
August 19 
to be sent to Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita, AZ.
Items not on this list will not be accepted:
razors • toothbrushes • travel size toothpaste • bath soap • shampoo • towels • wash cloths • feminine products • coloring books and crayons

You will be hearing more about W.I.S.E. Congregations in the UCC. W.I.S.E. stands for Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged in the mental health of the church, community, and the wider world. Learn more about this new program in the UCC by clicking here.
If you have an interest in this area, please contact Pastor Leslie or Alvin Velsvaag.
Join us for THE NIGHT OUT!
Presented by: 
The Central Lakes College Foundation invites you to join us to celebrate CLC students, our donors, and our community!

Guests will enjoy

  • heavy appetizers paired with beverage selections from Cash Wise, Fulton, Jack Pine, Roundhouse, and The Shante in Pillager
  • cash bar
  • music & brief program
  • silent auction highlighting the best CLC & our community have to offer
 Tickets are just $50. All proceeds benefit CLC students!
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