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PARK RAPIDS Assemblies Of God, Park Rapids........................... 19 Calvary Lutheran Church ELCA............................ 20 Park Rapids Church Of Christ............................... 21 Eastside Christian Church..................................... 22 Faithbridge Church............................................... 23 First Baptist Church.............................................. 24 Frontline Church.................................................. 25 Lakes Area Vineyard Church................................. 26 New Life Community Church............................... 27 Riverside United Methodist Church...................... 28 Park Rapids Seventh-day ...................................... 29 Adventist Church.................................................. 29 St. Johns Lutheran Church.................................... 30 St. Peter The Apostle ............................................ 31 Catholic Church................................................... 31 Trinity Episcopal and Presbyterian Church............. 32 PONSFORD St. Theodore’s Catholic Church............................ 33 TWO INLETS St. Mary’s Catholic Parish...................................... 34 WOLF LAKE Spruce Grove Apostolic ........................................ 35 Lutheran Church.................................................. 35

AKELEY Akeley United Methodist Church............................ 4 Lighthouse of Hope Ministries ................................ 5 St. John’s Lutheran Church - .................................. 6 LCMS..................................................................... 6 White Oak Bible Chapel.......................................... 7 BAD MEDICINE LAKE Chapel Of The Good Creation................................. 8 DORSET First English Lutheran Church................................ 9 HUBBARD Hubbard United Methodist Church...................... 10 LAKE GEORGE Trinity Lutheran Church........................................ 11 LAKE ITASCA St. Catherine’s Catholic Church............................ 12 LAPORTE Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA............................. 13 NEVIS Fellowship Baptist Church.................................... 14 NEVIS/AKELEY Heartland Community Lutheran Parish (ELCA)..... 15 Nevis Church of Christ......................................... 16 Peace Lutheran Church......................................... 17 OSAGE Grace Community Church of Osage...................... 18
















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Akeley United Methodist Church Location: One block south of the intersection of Highways 34 & 64 in Akeley. Phone: 218-652-2572 Email: Website: Pastor: Loren A. Ferch Cell: 218-252-6251 The Akeley UMC congregation could describe themselves as “small enough to know you but big enough to serve you!” We believe that the love and grace of God has been offered to all humanity through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. We also believe that in response to God’s love we are called to love one another by reaching new people and helping to heal a broken world. We believe that it is through a personal response to God’s gift of Jesus Christ that we become a part of God’s forever family, the church. You’re invited to come and discover how to know and grow in your relationship with God and others. Those who may not have a faith community where they are connected are invited to check us out and enjoy the folks and fellowship you’ll find at Akeley UMC! SOME of 2017 Coming Activities

Wednesday, May 3 @ 10:00 AM - The Ecumencial Bible Study begins at Akeley UMC. Sunday, May 21 @ 10:00 AM - The Hartley Family Music Ministry Wednesday, June 7 @ 6:00 PM - Men’s Fishing League begins on Lake Belle Taine and each Wednesday through August 2. Sunday, June 25 @ 10:00 AM - Paul Bunyan Days Community Worship Sunday, June 25 @ 5:00 PM - Vacation Bible School at Akeley UMC. The VBS meets Sunday through Thursday night, June 29. Saturday, August 12 @ 4:30 PM - Annual Corn and Meatball Feed Saturday, October 22 @ 9:00 AM - Christmas In the Country. Saturday, November 4 @ 5:00 PM - Annual Hunter’s Supper Saturday, December 2 @ 10:00 AM - Annual Cookie Walk. Sunday, December 24 @ 5:00 PM - Christmas Eve Worship. The Jolly Jammer’s Jam every 3rd Tuesday evening @ 7:00 PM United Methodist Women meet the 2nd Monday of each month!Also, check us out on Facebook! 4


Lighthouse of Hope Ministries “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalms 119:105 Clinical Pastoral Counseling Services Location: 5127 Howard Lake Trail NW

Akeley, MN 56433

Phone: 218-652-2134 Email: Website: Counselor: Rev. Dr. Judy Kay Johnson Counseling:

Faith-based counseling for women who are in an abusive situation (physical, verbal or sexual) and its issues. Counseling committed to healing the wounded heart. Confidential, trained “listening ears,” along with prayer reveal insights from the Holy Spirit.

Intimate issues:

Women’s counseling for those planning to marry or for those who are married. Designed to enrich marital intimacy and harmony as God intended.

Lighthouse at the Lake

Spiritual issues:

Sunday Services

Counseling for those who have spiritual barriers, fears and doubts to overcome. With prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, they can walk out the destiny God has for their lives.

Location: Moore Springs Resort on Howard Lake, 5127 Howard Lake Trail, Akeley. 3 miles east of Akeley on Hwy. 34. Turn onto Howard Lake Rd. (Co. Rd. 83). Follow the “T” and turn left. Follow lakeside approx. 2 miles to the “Y” or fork in the road, and stay right, lakeside. Drive between two stone pillars and follow the private drive into the resort. Phone: 218-652-2134 Pastors: Stuart & Judy Kay Johnson Worship Service: Sundays 10:30 a.m. Non-denominational Family Service beginning with praise and prayer. A need for worship services at Howard Lake was voiced by summer tourists who visited Moore Springs. The worship times, provide a way for visitors and neighbors alike, to turn their hearts to God at a lake setting. The worship service is non-traditional in style, with a contemporary flavor. The Bible is our text, in which we believe God reveals his love and plan for his children through Jesus Christ and his Word. The mission of Lighthouse at the Lake is to share the love of Jesus with the surrounding community, that all may hear the saving good news of the gospel and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Couples Counseling: Rev. Dr. Judy Kay Johnson

Rev. Stuart J. Johnson

Pre-Marriage Counseling: Getting ready for the

wedding can be an exciting time in a couple’s life, but what about preparing for marriage? How do we know when we’re ready for marriage? Pre-marriage counseling can help couples save their marriage before it starts. Marriage Counseling: For couples who are in need of overcoming obstacles or who are struggling in their marriage relationship - leading to the marital harmony God intended. Our Mission: To be a light in people’s lives by offering hope to the hopeless, comfort to the brokenhearted, peace to the distressed and trust to the fearful, through biblically-based counseling, prayer and other faith-based classes. Lighthouse of Hope Ministries is a 501 (c)(3) non profit corporation; all financial gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.



St. John’s Lutheran Church LCMS

St. John’s Lutheran Church - Akeley, Minnesota. 56433 A member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. St. John’s welcomes you to share in the Good News of Christ and His love for all of us. Our prayer is that you will experience a warm and inviting atmosphere of Christian love and hope. Jesus said “Man shall not live on bread alone but on every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” NAS Matthew 4:4. On this, the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we are grateful that we remember our heritage is founded on “the scripture alone; through Faith alone, by Grace alone.” Location: 110 Pleasant Avenue SE, Akeley 1 Block South of Hwy. 34 on Carrol Street, or 1 Block East of Hwy. 64 on Pleasant Avenue, Akeley * Mailing Address: P.O. Box 160 Akeley, Mn. 56433 Pastor: Harvey H. Kietzman Phone: 218-652-3341. Cell 218-536-0863 Email: Opportunities For Worship And Service Worship services every Sunday at 9:00am with Communion on the first, third and fifth Sunday. Children are nurtured through “time with the pastor and a puppet called Zacchaeus.” Fellowship after service is hosted by families of St. John’s. Sunday school is also available from September thru May. Families with children receive a free “Arch Book” each week. Vacation Bible School is also offered during the summer. Mid-week services are also added during Advent and Lent.

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Opportunities For Service: Free Movie every third Friday, at 2:00 and 7:00 - plus free popcorn and beverage. “Muffin Monday” at 10:00 - reflecting upon Inreach/ outreach and “Little loaves of bread”. DVD Ministry Dial-A-Devotion: (218) 652-5555 Youth: Active Christian Teens Ladies: Lutheran Women’s Missionary League meets 3rd Tuesday Music: Instrumental and vocal We also encourage tuning in to “The Lutheran Hour” on Sundays KPRM (Park Rapids) - 870 AM @ 8:30 a.m. KBUN (Bemidji) - 1450 AM @ 6:30 a.m.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

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White Oak Bible Chapel Location: 7 miles South of Akeley on Highway 64 Mailing Address: 30908 170th St., Akeley, MN 56433 Church: (218)652-3848 Pastor: Jake Nelson (218)591-5957 Administrator: Karen Andress (218)652-3082 • (218)252-3082 Website: Email: SUNDAY SERVICES: Summer Schedule: Sunday School all ages: year round Adult Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m.

Mission Statement: To seek people who do not know Jesus Christ and help them come to know Him; while we encourage those who do know Him, to come to know and love Him better. Pancake Breakfast: 1st Sunday of every month: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m year round Sunday School (all ages) During school year: 9:45 a.m. Small Groups: Meet in homes and welcome everyone. Adult Bible Study: Meets every Wednesday 6:00 p.m. at the church. Children’s Ministry: Meets every Wednesday 6:007:30 p.m., during the school year, for children from kindergarten through 6th grade. White Oak Bible Chapel is a small country church who loves to welcome visitors. It was founded over one hundred years ago and continues to minister to families by offering opportunities for everyone to be involved. We have Sunday Schools for kindergarteners through 12th grade as well as adults. Our worship services are a relaxed atmosphere which seeks to address the needs of families as we worship together through music, fellowship, and the preaching of God’s Word. At White Oak we have several values which serve as a foundation for our lives. First, we believe that God demonstrates his love through Christ to everyone and that by grace through faith, every person can

be in a right relationship with the living God. Second, we believe that God has taken the initiative to reveal Himself to us through the Bible, His Word. This serves as our rule for faith and practice at White Oak. Third, we believe that the church is the Body of Christ which God is using to bring glory to His name as he manifests Himself to the world. As one expression of the Body of Christ, White Oak warmly invites you to join us for worship every Sunday as we celebrate together the Good News found in Jesus Christ!



Chapel Of The Good Creation Location: 17 miles North of Park Rapids on Hwy. 71. Left on Hwy 113 for 11 miles. Left on East Bad Medicine Road 2 miles to Bad Medicine Resort & Campground Non-Denominational Services Worship Service: 11 a.m. Services Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend Phone: 218-573-3790 A need for summer church services on Bad Medicine Lake began in the 1960s, when our lake became a growing community. These summer church services at Bad Medicine Lake were originated by Rev. Oscar Anderson, president of Augsburg College in Minneapolis from 1963-1980. In 1963, at the suggestion of a neighbor, Oscar held a church service at his cabin on Bad Medicine Lake. The idea proved popular, and for the first years, services were held on a rotating basis at cabins around the lakeshore. However, as attendance grew, space and parking became a problem. Bad Medicine Resort had the parking facilities and docks for the boats. We first met on the lakeshore of the resort in 1972-73. Then Don and Carolyn Tschudi built a large hall at their resort, and services were moved indoors. Our congregation grew and grew, as ministers also came to our lake and built homes here. Pastor Oscar Anderson gave our chapel its name, Chapel of the Good Creation. Every summer, on Sunday at 11 a.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, services are held at the Chapel of the Good Creation at Bad Medicine Resort. Services are nondenominational, but reflect the largely Scandinavian Lutheran background of this region. The Chapel of the Good Creation has no regular pastor and depends upon our local ministers and lake residents to donate their time to conduct services. At the end of each service, local residents take turns hosting a coffee time. As in the parable of the “Loaves and Fishes,� more than enough cookies and bars always seem to appear to accompany coffee, soft drinks and socializing. The Chapel is hosted by Don Tschudi and Helen Holmer, pictured above. The Chapel is now incor-

porated with a nonprofit status. We are blessed with many retired ministers and resident speakers taking turns leading the services. Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day include a special choir music with local music directors in charge of the choir. Bad Medicine Resort is celebrating over 50 years of ownership. All services are open to the public and visitors are always welcome.



First English Lutheran Church Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

The Stone Church in Dorset Mailing address: 20252 State 226 Park Rapids, MN 56470 Church Phone: 732-9466 Email: Website: Good Shepard Internet Cafe • Free WiFi & coffee Tuesday - Friday 9 am-Noon Year ‘Round Pastor: Reverend Chris Davis Regular Worship Services

• Men’s Club: 2nd & 4th Friday of month at 8 a.m. • Active Christian Teens (A.C.T.) and Youth • Community Easter Meal: This free meal for the community is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church on Easter Sunday. Please join us as we celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection. • Taste of Dorset - Come visit our tent and enjoy delicious corn on the cob and homemade pies; participate in our silent auction and much more. • Annual Fall Harvest Dinner in October.

Sunday Morning: 9 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class: 10:30 a.m.

Other Worship Services

Thanksgiving Eve: 7 p.m. Season of Advent: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve: Call for time or check our website. Epiphany: 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday: 7 p.m. Season of Lent: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m. Good Friday: 7 p.m. Easter Sunrise: 6:30 a.m. (with breakfast following) Easter: 9 a.m.

History and Heart of the Stone Church in Dorset

First English Lutheran Church is known as the “Stone Church in Dorset.” When the present sanctuary was built in 1936, each member of the congregation was asked to bring a stone from their own home. It was a beautiful picture of what Holy Scripture says in 1 Peter 2:4-5, “As you come to him, the living Stone - rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him - you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (NIV) We believe that Jesus Christ is our only Lord and Savior, and forgiveness of sins and salvation are an absolutely free gift bought by His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. This greatest of gifts is received by faith in Jesus Christ, and true faith is always accompanied by a repentant life. We believe that the Bible is the very Word of God, completely Holy and without errors. Our aim is to bring all of God’s precious Word to all of God’s precious people and to help all to grow in an ever richer relationship with Him. We endeavor to teach the Word of God in all its truth and purity in order that all may live happier, fuller, more godly lives as we look forward to the eternal life to come. Come and grow with us in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Bible Studies

• Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study: 10:30 a.m. • Children’s Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. • Adult Evening Bible Study Group: Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. • Book Club Thursday mornings 9:00 a.m. • Adult Morning Bible Study Group: Fridays at 10:30 a.m. (Sept. - May) • Confirmation Class: Wednesdays • Release Time Classes: at Park Rapids and Nevis (Sept. May) • Vacation Bible School (VBS): Call for dates or check website.

Organizations/Activities • Lutheran Women Missionary League (LWML): 1st Wednesday of month: 1 p.m. • Mary/Dorcas Circle: 3rd Thursday of month, 2 p.m. (March-Dec.) • Quilting: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (Jan. - May) 9


Hubbard United Methodist Church Location: 12150 Broadway Rd. Hubbard, MN Office Phone: 218-732-0224 Email: Website: Pastor: Laurie Kantonen SUNDAY: Choir Rehearsal: 8:00 a.m. Hymn Sing: 8:45 a.m. Worship continues at 9 a.m. followed by fellowship time. WEDNESDAY: Kid’s Club for all elementary students: 4:30 p.m. Youth Group for all middle & high school students: 5:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal: 7 p.m.

The Spirit of Hubbard United Methodist Church Hubbard United Methodist Church embodies a spirit of warm welcome to all who enter its doors. Each Sunday morning the pastor and parishioners greet members, friends and newcomers with joy. The refrain, ‘It’s a great day on the Hubbard Prairie” is often heard during this greeting time. The church is blessed to be a diverse faith community. On any given Sunday you can find people of many different denominations all worshiping together as brothers and sisters in Christ. Members of the church live their faith by displaying enthusiasm, encouragement, generosity and concern for others in fellowship activities, community involvement, mission support, and worship. We support several local missions, as well as raising money to provide water wells in Africa and other ministries too numerous to name here. This vitality warms the winter months and blossoms during the spring and summer as members, friends and visitors return to expand our numbers and our volume on Sunday mornings. Hubbard United Methodist Church is a growing, inclusive, welcoming Christ-centered community of faith that makes a joyful noise to the Lord and serves the Lord with gladness.


• United Methodist Women meet the first Wednesday of the month. • Men’s breakfast 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 8 a.m. • Golf outing 4th Wednesday, June through September, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. • Biking fellowship Mondays 4 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. during the summer. Call the church for more information. • Threads of Love Quilters meets Tuesdays from Sept. - May. Call church for more information. • Short-term study group running 4 to 6 weeks during the spring, summer and winter months. Come grow with us and experience the presence of the Lord on the Hubbard Prairie.



Trinity Lutheran Church Location: Hwy. 71 Lake George, MN Phone: 218-266-3330 Pastor: Donald Kirchner SUNDAY SERVICE: Divine Service: 9:00 a.m. (coffee fellowship following worship) Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Nestled in the pines of Lake George, sits a quiet, country church. In 1948, a small group of dedicated souls joined together to form Trinity Lutheran Church. Strong in spirit and grounded in Scripture, we are members of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. We are located right on Highway 71, near the west end of Lake George. Since our beginning, several pastors have served us with their knowledge and inspiration from the Word of God. Pastor Donald Kirchner is currently serving our parish. Our parish participates in numerous benefits for local folks with various needs each year. We are also involved in a mission project in Haiti where a church, a school, and a medical clinic are being built. Some of our families have “adopted” Haitian students and are paying for their schooling. Our ladies actively participate in the Lutheran Woman’s Missionary League by making quilts and are involved in many other activities. Each fall our annual “Hunters Supper” attracts many locals and visitors alike to a home-cooked turkey dinner. We believe it is the will of our Lord Jesus Christ that His disciples should preach the Gospel to the whole world; that Christ’s mission for His church might be carried out according to

His will; and that Christians unite in worship, practice fellowship with one another, witness to all men, help each other to grow in the Word and see the needs of all men in Christian love. The Christian family is alive and flourishing in our congregation. We extend an invitation to join us each Sunday morning at 9 a.m. for Divine Service. We especially look forward to meeting and welcoming folks vacationing in our area. A coffee/roll fellowship time follows the Sunday morning service. During the school year, Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. with a time of lessons and songs. Please take time to join us.

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St. Catherine’s Catholic Church Location: Hwy. 200 & Co. Rd. 2. North Entrance Itasca State Park Mailing Address: 15782 Wilderness Drive, Lake Itasca, MN 56470 Phone: (218) 266-3312 Priests: Visiting vacationing priests Sunday Mass Schedule: 9 a.m. Memorial Day thru Labor Day St. Catherine’s Catholic Church is located adja-

cent to Itasca State Park’s north entrance near the Mississippi Headwaters and it stands as a symbol of Christianity in the area. Constructed by Father Fraling in 1941, using recycled materials, its unique, stucco exterior and distinctive, green steeple appear stately against the towering pines. The interior stucco, with ornate stenciling in natural berry colors, creates a beautiful place for worship. The acoustics within the church are exceptional. The church closed in 1997, due to lack of priests. In 1999, a small local volunteer group developed a program to provide a nearly free vacation including housing, bicycles, boats, golf and guided fishing in exchange for celebrating Sunday Mass. Beginning in 2000, we have successfully filled Sundays with vacationing priests from throughout the U.S. They, along with all our visiting parishioners, have enjoyed the many delightful experiences of Itasca State Park. The volunteers of St. Catherine’s welcome and appreciate your assistance and support of our program. However you choose to assist us, be it physically, prayerfully, finding priests or financially, we thank you.

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Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA Location: 1 block north of Main street in Laporte 150 2nd Street NE Mailing Address: P.O. Box 69 Laporte, MN 56461 Phone: 218-224-2417 Pastor: David W. Smith SUNDAY SERVICES: Worship: 10:00 a.m. year around Trinity Lutheran is a community of God’s people called together by the Holy Spirit. As people of faith who know Christ, we seek to make Christ known to all the world.

- Mission Statement Trinity Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located in Laporte. From the first Sunday in June through Labor Day, summer worship is at 9 a.m. The rest of the year, Sunday worship is at 10:30 a.m. with adult Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship follow each worship service, summer or winter. Our summer worship features distinguished guest preachers from among our summer residents. Trinity Lutheran was formed when a group from Laporte approached Pastor Hans Magelssen of Walker to help them establish a congregation. On April 11, 1920 he began his work. Services were first held in the schoolhouse, but by 1926 they had dug the basement and began holding services there. The current sanctuary was completed in 1932. Over the years additions have been made to the building so that it is fully accessible. We invite you to join us for worship and fellowship. Trinity Lutheran Church is served by Pastor David W. Smith. You may contact the number above for further information. See you Sunday!

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Fellowship Baptist Church Location: 200 Main Street East, Nevis (between the giant Muskie and the Nevis Fire Station on Main St E) Phone: (218) 652-4400 Cell Phone: (952) 222-0596 Pastor: Tom Drury Sunday Services: Sunday School: for all ages 9:30am Worship: 10:30am Wednesday: Midweek Worship Service: 7:00pm Truth Trackers Children’s Ministry: (1st – 6th grade, Sept.- April) 7:00pm Truth Defenders Youth Ministry: (7th – 12th grade, Sept.- April) 7:00pm Thursday: Women’s Bible Study at 1:30pm

Freedom We have been freed from slavery to sin and now enjoy a wonderful relationship with God. Experiencing God’s great grace and mercy is a great feeling! There is always hope and forgiveness for sin in Jesus Christ. There is nothing as wonderful as the freedom that comes from His forgiveness! Fellowship Because of the relationship that we have with the Lord, we desire to meet with other like-minded people and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord. We pray for one another, encourage each other, learn, serve and enjoy meals together. We would welcome you to join with us. Taste and see that the Lord is good! Focused We seek to focus on God, His Word the Bible, and people. We desire for God to be at the center of what we do. We want to live our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel because God in His great power has greatly blessed us in giving us His Word. We desire to seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness. If we love God and love people, we will be fulfilling what God desires for us. Fun Basically there are two types of people: people who choose joy and people who don’t. People who choose joy laugh and have fun. At Fellowship Baptist Church, fun is allowed. Actually, it is encouraged. We believe that there truly is joy in serving Jesus!

Mission Statement: The mission of Fellowship Baptist Church is to glorify God through evangelism, discipleship and fellowship. Theme Verse for 2017: NIV Romans 10:14 “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear with out someone preaching to them?” Fellowship Baptist Church would like to invite you to come visit and worship with us. We are a small church family that worships a big God. We are a friendly and welcoming congregation that enjoys having visitors, so please stop in for a visit. Friendly We are a friendly congregation of people who love the Lord and enjoy serving Him. We are grateful that God in His great love sent His Son, Jesus Christ to come into this world. According to the Bible, we know that we are sinners and that the only solution to our sin problem is faith alone in Jesus Christ, who paid the price and penalty for our sin when He died on the cross of Calvary. Forgiven Because of the work of Christ for us on the cross, we are forgiven people and are excited to serve Jesus Christ instead of ourselves and live our lives for Him in gratitude for the forgiveness that we have been granted by the Lord’s grace and mercy.

Pastor Tom and Leesa Drury

Fellowship Baptist Church is a small church that worships a big God. We have opportunities for all ages to get involved! At Fellowship Baptist you will be a name and not a number. We hope to see you soon! Directions From Highway 34 eastbound: Turn north (left) on County #2 to Main Street, and take a right and the church will be on your left in one block. From Highway 34 westbound: Take the first Nevis exit (Business District) to the right (north) and take an immediate right on Village Road for one block and turn left on Main Street East. The church will be on your right just past the Nevis Fire Station. From the north on County Road 2: Take a left in Nevis on Main Street. The church will be one block on the left. From the west on County Road 18: When you come into Nevis on county 18, take a left at the T on County Road 2. Go north on County #2 to Main Street and turn right. The church will be on your left in one block. 14


Heartland Community Lutheran Parish (ELCA) BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH


Location: 100 Third Ave., Nevis, MN Mailing Address: PO Box 137, Nevis, MN 56467 Phone: 218-652-2030 Fax: 218-652-3355 Email: Website: Pastor: Carleton Smee Cell: 952-215-7474 Email:

Location:10 Pleasant Ave. (Hwy. 34 & Pleasant Ave.), Akeley, MN 56433 Mailing Address: PO Box 98, Akeley, MN 56433 Church Office: (218) 652-3335 Website: Email: Pastor: Carleton Smee Cell: 952-215-7474 Email:

WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday: 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion (weekly) All are welcome to the Lord’s Table. Fellowship & Coffee prior to service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. during the school year SMALL GROUPS: Women of First (WELCA): Meet quarterly for program and project Quilters: Meet Tuesday, 9-11:30 a.m. No sewing skills needed. UCAN: United Churches of Akeley and Nevis, Tuesday 10 a.m. to 12 noon at First Release Time: Wednesday, 12-3 p.m. Grades 1-6 at Bethany (Oct.-April) Bible Study: Sunday, 6-7 p.m. alternating sites Directions: On the corner of Pleasant Ave. and Hwy. 34, Akeley History: First Lutheran is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). It was founded in 1908 by Norwegian immigrants. Today it is actively involved in global, national and local mission support. Mission Statement: “Blessed with the Spirit’s gifts; Growing in Christ’s grace; Caring for God’s creation.”

WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday: 9 a.m. Holy Communion (weekly) All are welcome to the Lord’s Table. Fellowship & Coffee following at 10 a.m. Sunday School: 10:15 a.m. during school year ACTIVITIES: Vacation Bible School: Call for dates Community dinner (free): Held at Bethany on the last Thursday of the month, 5-6:30 p.m. (hosted by various community organizations.) SMALL GROUPS: Women of Bethany (WELCA): Meet quarterly for program and project. Women’s Circles: Meet monthly for study with morning, afternoon and evening meetings. Piece Corps Quilters: Meet Thursday, 9-11 a.m. Sept., - May No sewing skills needed. Men of the Heartland Parish: Meet Wednesdays 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, prayer and Bible study. Youth Group: Wednesdays 6 p.m. (school year) Release Time: Wednesdays 12-3 p.m.; Grades 1-6 (Oct.-April) Bible Study: Sunday 6 -7 p.m. alternating sites Directions: Hwy. 34 to Nevis exit, north (3 blocks) on Bunyan Trails Rd/Co. Rd. 2. Left (west) on Church Street, one block, church on left. Bethany History and Mission Statement Bethany Lutheran is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It was founded in 1904 by Norwegian immigrants. Today it is actively involved in global, national and local mission support. Bethany Lutheran Church Mission Statement: We are followers of Christ equipped with gifts by the Holy Spirit, sharing the Biblical witness with all people.

Please call with questions: Mike Spry 218-225-5344



Nevis Church of Christ Location: 100 East Pleasant Street, Nevis, MN Right across the street from the school Handicap accessible Hearing devices available upon request Phone: 218-652-3900 Pastor: Paul Bowles Youth Director: Dawn Buzay Sunday Services Adult Bible Class: 9 am Worship: 10 am (with staffed nursery & jr. worship) We are a Christ centered non-denominational church. We believe the Bible is God’s infallible Word and the authority for our lives. We believe in creation. We believe in the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, that He was bodily resurrected, and that He is coming again. We believe Christ died a substitutionary death for us so that everyone who surrenders to Him can have forgiveness of sin and the hope of everlasting life. Pastor Paul teaches the Bible in a way that is conversational and relevant for today.

We observe The Lord’s Supper every Sunday. The dress is casual and the people are friendly. We are conveniently located at the top of “the strip” in Nevis. There is plenty of parking on site and also on the adjoining streets. We invite you to worship with us when you are in this beautiful lakes area of Northern Minnesota.



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Peace Lutheran Church Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth John 4:24

Location: 24025 State 34, Nevis 2 mi. West of Nevis, 10 miles East of Park Rapids Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Nicholas Hopman Office Phone: 218-652-6508 Email: Website: Christian believers, Rooted in God’s Word, Carrying out the Great Commission

Peace Lutheran Church of Nevis is a LCMC Augustana District church. We believe that Christ brings us a new righteousness in his forgiveness that saves us by faith (trust) alone in him apart from our works (Romans 3:28). This sets us free from our sinful attempts to impress God with our works, and sets us free to work instead for our neighbors’ good. We hold to the original theology of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church and utilize a traditional liturgy, including the weekly reception of Holy Communion. We invite you to join us Sundays at 9:30 a.m. for worship and fellowship following the service.

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Grace Community Church Your Country of Osage Church Home

No matter who you are or where you are in life’s journey there is a place here for you!

Location: 24068 Pine Ave. North, Osage One block North of Hwy. 34 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 325 Osage, MN 56570 Phone: (218) 573-3143 or 573-3118 Pastor: Paul McKibben SUNDAY SERVICES Faith Building Classes: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. TUESDAY Ladies Bible Study: 1:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY 9:00 a.m. Community Breakfast 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study We would love to invite you to visit our church. We are a group of growing believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God has a plan for each and every person that He brings into this world. We welcome all who are seeking to know what God is about. We want to help people truly know God through faith in Jesus Christ as both Lord and Savior. God is working in the midst of His people and we want to be part of His glorious plan. If you are feeling a nudge in your heart that somehow God wants to work in a personal way in your life, we believe that God is seeking you. You need to seek Him and we would love to help you on that path. We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and is the only final answer to what God desires of us and how to know Him. We believe that only those who truly experience God’s total and unconditional forgiveness through trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ will have the assurance of eternal life with Christ. Religion will not save any body, only Jesus can save us. If you are looking for a church that points you to the Jesus of the Bible, come and visit Grace Community Church. In Christ Pastor Paul McKibben

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Assemblies Of God, Park Rapids Location: One mile West of Hwy. 71 on Hwy. 34, turn South on Western Ave. Phone: 218-732-8818 Website: Senior Pastor: Tim Wilson SUNDAY SERVICES: Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. (No Summer Sunday School) Morning Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Adult Bible Study Youth Meeting WildFire Children’s Ministry

ship that would be relevant to our culture, and attractive to those seeking a church home here in this area. Although the purpose of all Christian churches is to see people enter into a personal relationship with Jesus, each church has a different personality and unique communication style with which they accomplish this goal. PRAG’s Sunday Morning Worship Service is conducted in a way that is meant to be meaningful to those who currently have a committed relationship with Jesus, and to those who are just beginning to explore the Christian faith. Biblical forms of worship are modeled. We attempt to be sensitive to those who may not be familiar with the charismatic style of worship. We experience the presence of God as we sing songs and hymns that are both lively, expressive and jubilant, and those that are meditative and prayerful. Our prayer is that each person comes into contact and has an experience with our living God. We understand that each individual moves along their faith journey at a different pace, and as we allow it, God brings about change through the Holy Spirit as He reveals truth in His time. Our sermons are designed to be practical as we draw from the Scripture to inspire growth and change in every area of our life. We attempt to communicate in a way that is easily understood by all. Everyone is invited to move into a personal relationship with Jesus, and to walk in obedience to His ways. We encourage you to be a part of what God is doing at Park Rapids Assemblies of God Church.

Park Rapids Assemblies of God (PRAG) was

started in the early years of World War II. From that time the church has worked very hard at remaining relevant to the many changes in our society. Presently we feel that we exist in this community to: Experience, Explore, and Expect. 1. We provide opportunity for people to Experience God. 2. We Explore what it means to be a Biblical Christian in today’s world. 3. We Expect God to reveal Himself in practical ways in our lives. Individually, and as a corporate church body, our great desire is to impact everyone for Jesus Christ. Regardless of age, status, race, socioeconomic standing, denomination, or any other differentiating factor, Jesus commanded us in Mark 16:15 to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” It is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to carry out this great commission. Our passion has been to allow the Holy Spirit to mold our church and to make it a place of wor19


Calvary Lutheran Church ELCA

Calvary Lutheran Church, at the crossroads of Grace and Service, shares Jesus Christ with others so that all may discover and experience God’s Hope and Love. Contact Information: P.O. Box 187 • 112 Park Ave. South Park Rapids, MN 56470 Phone: 218-732-7284 Fax: 218-732-4382 Email: Website: Stephen Norby, Lead Pastor Dana Kocka, Youth & Education Director Current Membership: 1098 Mission Partners: Iglesia Luterana San Lucas, Eagle Pass TX, India Partner Worship Opportunities: 5:30 Saturday (All year) 8:00 & 10:00 Sunday (May-Sept) 8:00 & 10:30 Sunday (Sept-May) Christmas Eve: 3:30 • 5:30 • 10 pm Easter Sunday 8:00 • 10:30 am Educational & Christian Growth Opportunities Sunday School 9:15 (Sept-May) Preschool - Gr. 8 Breakfast Club 9:15 (Sept-May) Sr. High Youth Release Time 8:30-10:30 Wed. (Sept-May) Gr. 1-8 Vacation Bible School TBA Gr. K-6 Confirmation 3rd Grade (enrollment) – Grade 10 (Confirmation) OWLs – “Older Wiser Lutherans” Men’s Fellowship 7:00 am Fridays Adult Education, Women’s Circle Bible Study Groups, Senior, Youth, and Bell Choir, Faith & Literature, Prayer Shawl Circle, Stephen Ministry, Quilting, Gardening, Service Group, & various others.

comfort in the fact that we are all God’s children, endowed with unique gifts, talents and creativity. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it is our intent to share these gifts through service to others, witnessing and proclaiming the Gospel of Christ in our community, our nation and the world. Our priorities include the following: 1. To expand our Christ-centered worship services to meet the needs of the diverse community and world around us. 2. To encourage and support the participation of young families within the congregation. 3. To create opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with others, members and non-members. 4. To continue to create engaging Christian education opportunities for all ages. 5. To maintain a physical facility with a focus on the future direction/growth of the church as well as community outreach. 6. To expand our outreach ministries to those living on the margins of society. ALL are welcome at Calvary Lutheran Church. An “Open Door” policy is maintained for nonprofit groups. Join us in experiencing the richness of God’s love and His many blessings. In the words of the hymn: “Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely

Calvary Lutheran Church sits at the crossroads of Highways 34 and 71 in Park Rapids. Of greater importance, it is a congregation at the Crossroads of God’s Grace and Service. Calvary has undergone a study of congregational and community needs, generating an expanded understanding of where God is taking us as we make faithful decisions about our future mission. As we move forward, we take

live, A place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive. Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace; Here the love of Christ shall end divisions: All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.” 20


Park Rapids Church Of Christ Location: 707 Main Avenue North Park Rapids, MN 56470 Email: Church Phone: 218-732-5105 Minister: Scott Warne SUNDAY ASSEMBLIES: Bible Classes: 10 a.m. Worship: 11 a.m. LIFE Groups: Call for days and times. WEDNESDAY ASSEMBLIES: Wednesday Workshop: 7 p.m.

letter to mankind. It tells us how much God loves us and shows us how to love God and one another.

Our Mission Statement: Learn Jesus, Love Jesus, Live Jesus

3. We are a Gospel Preaching church! The Gospel literally means “good news.” The gospel that we teach and preach is the good news about Jesus. It is the good news that we can live life to the fullest now and forever with Jesus. This kind of good news is not meant to be kept to ourselves but to be shared with everyone. We don’t preach the gospel to condemn or control others but to share with them the free gift of salvation that we have received through Jesus. If we ever share the Gospel with you, please don’t be offended. We feel it would be selfish and unlike Christ to keep this good news to ourselves.

What kind of church is the Park Rapids Church of Christ? What do we believe and teach? 1. We are a Christ-Centered church! That is why the church wears His name. We believe that Jesus Christ is the One and Only Son of God. He became flesh and dwelled among us, taught us God’s will, and gave us an example of how we should live. Above all, Christ suffered and died on a cross to take the punishment that we deserved. Because He was innocent, death had no power over Him and He was resurrected and then ascended to heaven. Therefore we believe that Jesus is not a dead sacrifice but a Living Savior. It is through our relationship to Him that we are forgiven, find help for daily living and are changed from the inside-out.

4. We are a Non-Denominational church! We seek to be like the church we read about in the New Testament. That is why our baptism is by immersion, our communion is every Sunday, our preaching is about Christ, and our prayers are in Christ’s name. We have no denominational structure or official headquarters. There are no national conventions where church doctrine is decided. As a local church we go to God’s Word as our only guide. We are just Christians who seek to be united with all who want to be just Christians.

2. We are a Bible Believing church! We believe the Bible is the written manifestation of the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian faith and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth (as Jesus is the Truth) without any error. We believe that it is God’s love

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Eastside Christian Church

EVERYONE IS WELCOME WELCOME You are welcome here wherever you are on your spiritual journey. All of us are on a unique journey: we each face different challenges. But life is better together - sharing both in struggles and the celebrations. You’re welcome here and we’re here for you whenever you are ready.

Our mission is to transform homes, community and world by pursuing god, building community and unleashing compassion, one neighborhood at a time.

Y O U R F A M I LY Families matter and we’ll do everythiung we can to support you and encourage your kids. We believe in building into our next generation, as they have the power to change the future. Kidside (birth - 5th grade) during all weekend services.

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Faithbridge Church Connect, Belong, Become

Address: 1505 Park Avenue S, Park Rapids, MN 56470 Location: 1 mile south on Hwy. 71 from the Hwy. 34/71 intersection Phone: 218-732-1404 Fax: 218-732-1026 Website: Email: Facebook:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works…” Ephesians 2:8-10, ESV For Men and Women: • • Learning Connection Sunday Classes • Small Group Ministry • Service Projects • Basketball • Volleyball • Faith Force • Camp Retreats • Prayer Ministries • Weekly Bible Studies • Outdoor Events • Mission Trips • Volunteer Opportunities • Faith Mission Circle (Women) • MOPS (Women) • Bike Rides (Women)

Pastors: Rev. Dr. Marty Giese, Lead Pastor Pastor Phil Campbell, Student Ministries Rev. Ken Polley, Pastoral Care, Connections Rev. David Cripe, Senior Visitation We are excited about Faithbridge and invite you to join us! Sun.: 8:15 a.m.: Traditional Worship Service 9:30 a.m.: Sunday School for all ages 10:45 a.m.: Contemporary Worship Service and Children’s Church Nursery available at all services Summer Worship: June, July, August (thru Labor Day) 8:15 am & 10 am (Check times on the web

For Youth: • Sunday School • Camp Lebanon • Weekly Youth Group (Sept.-May) • Mission Trips • Release Time • Tri-Game-Athon • Youth Retreat • Many other activities throughout the year For Children: • Sunday School • Children’s Church • Camp Lebanon • AWANA (Sept.-May) • Release Time • Faith Kidz (June & July)

Watch our Contemporary Service Live Stream at 10:45 am (Summer Live Stream 10:00 am) Mothers Of PreSchoolers (MOPS) and Moppets (1st & 3rd Tuesdays Sept. -May) Family Night Activities (Sept.-May) AWANA: 3 yr.-6th grade FSM: Jr. High Youth (7th-8th) FSM: Sr. High Youth (9th-12th) Hispanic Service (in Spanish)

The name Faithbridge points to the wonderful truth of God’s grace and love for us in bridging the great separation between man and God through Jesus’ death on the Cross. At the Cross, Jesus took the punishment of our sin on Himself and died in our place. Jesus invites us to leave our self-directed life behind and enter a forever relationship with Him through placing our faith in Him to forgive us, live within us, and give us His gift of life forever. Faithbridge Church invites you to connect with Jesus and others who love Him, to belong to His forever family and a local community of people who love Him, and together with us, become all that He has created you to be.

Radio Ministry “Moments of Faith” is broadcast on Sunday at 8:00 am on KPRM 870 AM and 9:00 am on KDKK 97.5 FM Radio in Park Rapids CBA Church Affiliation


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First Baptist Church Location & Address: 909 8th St. West, Park Rapids (by the softball diamonds) Phone: (218) 732-3321 Pastor: Joshua Hawn Website: E-mail: or church@ When do you meet? • Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.

The Gospel (“Good News”)

• Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. • Sunday Evening: 6 p.m. • Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study: 6 or 7 p.m. • Listen to “The Way of Truth” Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

We are all sinners deserving God’s wrath (Romans 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness.”) (John 3:36 “He that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.”) Jesus has paid the price for our sins (Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 “[God] hath made [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”) Salvation is by faith in the death and resurrection of Christ, not by works or religious ceremony. (Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any many should boast.”)(1 Corinthians 1:17 “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel...”)(John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”)

on 97.5FM (KDKK) or 870AM (KPRM) Nursery provided at all services.

What can I expect at First Baptist Church? We are a church that emphasizes the Word of God. Our songs are saturated with Scripture, and we generally sing hymns and newer doctrine-rich songs. Most of the service is hearing the Word read and following along while the Bible is preached. The desire is to enable people to have an understanding of the Scripture so that when they are reading it at home, the Holy Spirit can make the needed changes in those who have already been changed by the Gospel. Thus, we are a people who believe that the Holy Spirit uses the Holy Word to make holy people more like Jesus Christ.

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First Baptist Church is an independant Baptist Church that preaches and teaches the Bible. We emphasize holy living (1 Peter 1:15-16), care for one another (John 13:34), evangelization (Mark 16:15), and the cultivation of personal spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2). We are a conservative church interested in seeing people come to know Jesus as Saviour, and in helping those who are believers to become more like Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).

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Frontline Church Welcome message from our pastor: One aspect of my vision for Frontline is to build a multiracial and multigenerational church with a strong foundation in the Word and the Spirit of God, to build upon the revivals of yesterday while strengthening believers and training a new generation of leaders to be the next revival bringing reformation within the church while living a life of victory! I want Frontline to be on the cutting edge of what God is doing while causing the most harm as possible to the devil. My desire is to raise up believers to be obedient to the particular call of God on their lives while finding their fulfillment and success in His will! At Frontline Church, one of my assignments from the Holy Spirit is to encourage you on the journey toward discovering the destiny God has for you. -Pastor Russell & Robin Smith P.S. Come and help us build something great!

Spiritual Genealogy: Pastor Russell W. Smith, an

apostle to Northern Minnesota, operates within the five-fold ministry gifts. Pastor Russell Smith and Frontline Church are a direct spiritual descendent of: Dr. Alfred Howard Carter (Revelation: Nine gifts of the Holy Spirit), Apostle of Faith, Smith Wigglesworth (Revelation: God is our Healer), Dr. Lester Sumrall (Revelation: Man is three parts: body, soul and spirit), Dr. Rod Parsley (Revelation: Principles of Spiritual Genealogy), and Drs. Joseph & Judy Fornara.

We exist to: Express the life of God that is in us, be good Frontline Bible Institute (FBI): Was founded by

Pastor Russell Smith. The mission of FBI is to train the next generation of leaders and release all believers to do greater works in God’s Kingdom. Ministers, missionaries, Christian workers, and individuals are empowered by our academic disciplines. FBI emphasizes the necessity of the Spirit-filled life for effective personal living and worldwide service. Mondays & Tuesdays: 6-10 pm

stewards of God’s home and church, carry out humanitarian work and help accomplish the Great Commission, raise up like-minded and like-spirited believers who will build God’s Kingdom one person at a time, be a house of prayer, reach a dying world for Jesus and teach and preach to touch the nations by the power of the gospel.

Our vision: 1 Chronicles 16:24, “Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all peoples.”

Children’s Ministry: Frontline’s Children’s Ministries

embrace the Father’s vision in reaching our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every person, regardless of age, ethnic background or color has a God-given mandate to revolutionize their world. The purpose of the children’s ministry is to minister effectively to the needs of the children and their families. Children’s Ministry is offered at all services.

What to expect:

• Friendly and helpful staff delighted to extend a very warm welcome and the assistance needed so that your time with us will be a blessing. • C ontemporary praise and worship services where people are allowed and encouraged to use the seven ways to praise found in the Bible: to show reverence, to show agreement, to kneel down, to sing, to play musical instruments, to be clamorously foolish and to shout. • To receive faith by hearing Holy Spirit led preaching and teaching that will advance you into your destiny and a deeper relationship with God. • An invitation to participate in altar calls. A time of personal commitment to Jesus Christ and to receive the Holy Spirit. Also, to receive personal prayer where we believe God for your healings, miracles, and victories. • Frequent Fellowship after services to connect with other believers in conversation while enjoying a cup of coffee, tea or an ice cream treat.

Service Times: Ministry for the whole family! Sundays: 10:30 am & 7 pm Wednesdays: 7:00 pm

Location: Current Location: 1-mile north of Walmart on Cty Rd #81(Henrietta Avenue), then 1 block east on 192nd St. 15936 192nd Street, Park Rapids, MN 56470 Future Location: 18330 County Rd 4, Park Rapids, MN Contact/Get in touch

Mailing address: P.O. Box 574, Park Rapids, MN 56470 Phone: (218) 237-3727 Email: Website:

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Lakes Area Vineyard Church Location: 17765 State Highway 34, Park Rapids 950 Longview Drive, Detroit Lakes Phone: 218-237-VINE (8463) Website: WORSHIP SERVICES: 9 & 10:30 a.m. (Park Rapids) 8:30, 10:00, 11:30 a.m. (Detroit Lakes) Park Rapids Pastors: Robb and Sara Swanson Lead Pastor: Troy Easton

We believe the message of the Bible is constant, unchanging and needs to be presented in a relevant way. We want to know God, experience His power in our lives and grow in our love for him and other people and we look for ways to give Gods love away and be used to bring spiritual, physical and emotional wholeness to others.

Join us as we experience the truth and power of God in a relevant and genuine way. Our upbeat and passionate music encourages people to worship and our practical teaching from the Bible trains, refreshes and generates hope. Lakes Area Vineyard is a multi-campus church with Campus in Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids. We are a multi-generational community associated with the “Community of Vineyard Churches” represented by over 1500 churches worldwide. As we gather together we commit to live out Biblical faith within our families, church, community and world.

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New Life Community Church ... Pursuing God, Empowering Believers to Demonstrate the Power of His Marvelous Love . Location: Bridge Street at Grove Ave., Park Rapids, MN Office: 218-732-7000 Email: Pastors: Fred and Beverly Brown

If you are new in this area and are looking for a church home, we invite you to join us to celebrate the love of Jesus. Come and experience love, joy and encouragement.

to God through His Son Jesus, and so we are motivated to tell others about our God and the life that He offers. We worship the Lord with great joy. He is worthy of our praise. Jesus said, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” God first loved us and demonstrated that love in the gift of His only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Because of His love, God has enabled us to reach out to others in love. His love compels us. New Life is a “missions minded” church. We help Christians and ministries all over the world, from many different backgrounds and traditions. We also help and support local ministries and individuals. If you are weary of walking in the darkness, we invite you to join us in the light. God offers new life, to all who acknowledge His Son, Jesus, as Lord. God is good, all the time, and His love endures forever.

Sunday School: 9 a.m. for all ages September thru May Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. There is nursery available during the sermon time.

Saturday: Evening Worship: 7 p.m.

Our Mission: is to declare the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness and into His glorious light. We believe what God says about us; “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:910). We believe this can be true of anyone who comes


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Riverside United Methodist Church “Casting the net of Christ’s love to all through faith, action and compassion.” Location: 1005 North Park Avenue (North Highway 71) Park Rapids, MN 56470 Pastors: Pastor Chip Nielsen and Pastor Lori Nielsen For more information: Email: Office: 218-732-5205 Come and enjoy our coffee lounge! SUNDAY WORSHIP Traditional Worship Service: 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Handicap accessible building. Coffee and fellowship after each service. Communion: Served the first Sunday of each month at all services. All are invited. EDUCATION MINISTRY (September thru May) Children & Youth Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. ages pre-school thru senior high Release Time: Wednesday mornings, grades 1-8 Jr. & Sr. High Youth Fellowship: Wednesday’s 5-8 p.m. Adults Bible Study Thursday mornings at 8:45 a.m., (year around) Educational opportunities Call the church office (732-5205) or check online for current offerings. Music Ministry Chancel Choir for Adults, Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Bell Choir for Adults, Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Praise Band, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Mission Ministry Supportive of mission projects locally and around the world.

Cathedral in the Pines - Itasca State Park Sunday Worship Services Memorial Day - Labor Day 10:30 a.m. at the amphitheater close to the Headwaters of the Mississippi. United Methodist Women Meet the third Wednesday of each month Sharing & Study Groups Book Club Prayer Chain United Methodist Men Meets Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, business, and fellowship. Mission Statement Extending Christ’s ministry to all for the glory of God.

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Park Rapids Seventh-day Adventist Church Location: 18098 Elisha Drive - 2 miles West of Park Rapids on Hwy 34, turn off onto Elisha Drive. Phone: 218-732-7186 Email: Website: Pastor: Ken Mayberry 612-387-2433 Bible studies: Andrew Christiansen 715-317-0089

SATURDAY SERVICES: Study Hour: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 11 a.m.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study: 6:30 p.m.

Our Method: We pursue this mission under the guidance of the Holy Spirit through: 1. Preaching. Accepting Christ’s commission (Matthew 28:18-20), we proclaim to all the world the message of a loving God, most fully revealed in His Son’s reconciling ministry and atoning death. Recognizing the Bible to be God’s infallible revelation of His will, we present its full message, including the second advent of Christ and the continuing authority of His Ten Commandment law with its reminder of the seventh-day Sabbath. 2. Teaching. Acknowledging that development of mind and character is essential to God’s redemptive plan, we promote the growth of a mature understanding of and relationship to God, His Word, and the created universe. 3. Healing. Affirming the biblical emphasis on the well-being of the whole person, we make the preservation of health and the healing of the sick a priority and through our ministry to the poor and oppressed, cooperate with the Creator in His compassionate work of restoration.

We welcome your interest in the Park Rapids Seventh-day Adventist Church. We believe we are here in this community for a specific purpose; and that being to proclaim the everlasting gospel and to call people back to loyalty to their Creator and their Redeemer, Jesus Christ! We believe the Bible is our only rule of faith and practice and that faith alone in Christ Jesus can bring us into harmony with its teachings. The gospel is the good news that the provision for our eternal salvation has been provided in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, our Savior. If you are seeking a safe place to worship and to nurture your relationship with Jesus Christ in a friendly, family atmosphere, we believe you have found just that place right here with us! Welcome Home! Pastor Ken Our Mission: To know Christ through His Word and to reveal Him in all that we do; to experience Christ through unconditional commitment to Him and to one another; to share Christ with our community through our faith, life, and witness; and to help others prepare for His imminent return.



St. Johns Lutheran Church Location: 803 West First Street, Park Rapids Church Office: 732-9783 Website: Pastor: Jim Neubauer ABC Preschool Kim Neubauer SUNDAY: Divine Service: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 9:15 a.m.

in Him (John 5:39). Since the central message of the Bible is the revelation of Jesus as our Savior our worship service is faithful to that same message. We don’t gather at St. Johns to “give God His due.” Rather, we gather to receive through Word and Sacrament the gifts won for us by Jesus at the cross - forgiveness, life, and salvation. To that end our worship is historic and liturgical, designed to truly glorify God by rejoicing in His salvation. Outside the Divine Service, the education of all ages is very important. During the school year, we have Sunday school, release time and confirmation for the youth. For adults there are opportunities for Bible study Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. St. Johns also has youth programs, women’s groups, music groups for adults and children, and many other opportunities for fellowship and service. We also offer the community a quality, Lutheran preschool designed to “Lay a foundation for a lifetime of learning.” For more information about ABC Preschool please call the church office and ask for Kim.

Greetings and peace from your friends at St. Johns Lutheran Church!

Located just west of Park Rapids, Minnesota on Highway 34, St. Johns is a congregation gathered by Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit around His saving Word and life-giving Sacraments. As a congregation of the Minnesota North District of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, we joyfully hold to the teachings of the Scriptures as they are confessed in the Lutheran Confessions. St. Johns is a congregation of conservative Lutherans who have received grace and every blessing from our Savior. Our preaching is centered on Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We are joyous in our living, traditional in our worship, biblical and confessional in our teaching, and called to mission in our outreach. As a confessional Lutheran church we are faithful to God’s Word - the Holy Bible. We believe that the Bible is inspired by God the Holy Spirit who moved men to write the very thoughts and words that are recorded. Since it is inspired we believe that the Bible is infallible, not capable of being wrong. It will not fail, deceive, or disappoint. As a confessional Lutheran church we are also faithful to the central message of Bible. We confess, with Jesus, that first and foremost the Scriptures testify about Him and the eternal life found

We celebrate salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.



St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church Location: 305 W. 5th St. Park Rapids, MN 56470 Parish Office: 218-732-5142 Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Fridays and Federal Holidays

Parish staff: Pastor: Father Thomas A. Friedl Deacon: John Zinniel Secretary: Faye Wermerskirchen Religious & Youth Education Minister: Annette Haas

one hundred years this community of faith, which finds its unity around the Table of the Lamb as it celebrates the Eucharist, has reached out to serve the spiritual and temporal needs of the people of the Park Rapids area. The mission of St. Peter the Apostle Parish is to help people know the compassionate, loving, forgiving God. While the Eucharist is the heart of the community’s life, the mission is carried out through Faith Formation, Religious Education, Youth Ministry and Outreach Ministry, along with the many other areas of apostolic life that make up the parish community. St. Peter the Apostle Parish warmly welcomes all those who come through the door, the door that leads a person to Jesus Christ, the focus of our faith. Through Christ we strive to meet the needs of the young, middle aged, seniors, the sick, lonely and those who are on the fringes of society. It is our desire to serve all, for in serving others, we serve Christ. We invite you to come and experience the Risen Lord in worship, service and community life. We are alive in the Spirit and rejoice in all that our God has blessed us with in Jesus Christ!


Saturday: 5 p.m. all year around Sunday: 8:30 a.m. Memorial thru Labor Day Sunday: 9 a.m. during school year Weekdays: Please call or visit website Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Wed. 9 a.m. - Noon Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. in St. Anne’s Chapel Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Saturday 4:15 p.m. Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions Tuesday 8:45 a.m.

The Catholic Community of St. Peter the Apostle was formed in 1887 to carry out the mission of the Lord Jesus, “Go and teach all people!” For well over



Trinity Episcopal and Presbyterian Church Location: 3rd St. West & Court Ave. Park Rapids Mailing Address: 212 Court Avenue Park Rapids, MN 56470 Phone: 218-732-4393 Sunday Service: 9 a.m. Fellowship & Coffee Hour: 10 a.m. Website: Having celebrated 100 years as an Episcopal congregation (2013) and 10 years as an ecumenical shared ministry with the Presbyterian Church USA, Trinity Church is moving into its second century in Park Rapids. Although Episcopal services were held in Park Rapids as early as 1910, the church was officially organized in 1913 as a mission in the former diocese of Northern Minnesota, since merged into the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. In 2003, Trinity Church was recognized as an ecumenical shared ministry between the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and has attracted national attention for its unique witness to Christian interdenominational cooperation. Trinity Church features a warm and welcoming fellowship involving a year-round resident congregation as well as an “extended” congregation of seasonal residents, visitors and guests. The congregation includes worshippers with a wide variety of religious denominational backgrounds. Worship services take place each Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. Services are usually conducted in the liturgical tradition of the Episcopal Church, with the Reformed tradition of the Presbyterian Church observed on at least one Sunday of each month. The worship area is furnished and decorated in the warm and colorful style characteristic of Episcopal churches. A comfortable parish hall provides space for church activities and for conversation and refreshments following worship. The parish hall also affords convenient access to the church building for persons with limited mobility. Church functions include a Women’s Guild, meeting on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning with refreshments and devotions at 1 p.m. Guild projects and activities feature visiting speakers and educational projects examining opportunities for outreach and service both in the local area and worldwide. Fundraising projects provide resources for contribution to local human needs. Trinity Church itself commits a significant portion of its operating budget

to benevolent human services in the community. Morning prayer is observed most Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Visitors are welcome in all activity groups and functions. The church is open each Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Trinity Church is located at the corner of Court Avenue and Third Street West in Park Rapids. The congregation welcomes guests and visitors of any religious persuasion. Look for the Red Doors!

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St. Theodore’s Catholic Church Location: At the intersection of Becker County Roads 124 & 129 in Ponsford. Mailing Address: c/o Box 57, Ogema, MN 56569 Pastor: Father Joseph Hitpas Phone: 218-983-3261 Mass Time: Daylight Saving Time: Saturday 5 p.m. CST (Winter Hours): Saturday 4 p.m. Contact People: Paul Joyce, 237-4203 and Tim Willenbring, 573-3870 Potluck Supper: First Saturday of every month following Mass. Parish Council Meeting: First Saturday of every month following the Potluck Supper. Praying the Rosary: Second Saturday of every month, 25 minutes before Mass. St. Theodore’s Catholic Church in Ponsford began and remains a mission church served today by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). The present church building was built in 1917 and dedicated to St. Theodore in honor of a deceased member of the faithful. The older church building in the complex now serves as Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Guild Hall. In 2004, the interior of the church structure was totally remodeled as a “Chapel in the Pines” using all native lumber and beams. St. Theodore’s is also totally handicapped accessible. Come and join us for prayer and worship, Welcome to all.



St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Location: Two Inlets. 12 miles north

of Park Rapids on Hwy. 71 and 3 miles west on Two Inlets Road.

Address: 55744 Co. Hwy. 44 Park Rapids, MN 56470

Phone: 218-732-4046 Email: Website: stmarys-twoin-

Business Office Address:

P.O. Box 353, 305 West 5th St. Park Rapids, MN 56470

Pastor: Father Thomas A. Friedl Deacon: John Zinniel Mass Times: Summer: 10 a.m. in the Grotto weather permitting

School year: 11 a.m. The first church was built in 1907, burned and rebuilt in 1913. In 1920 Father Joseph Decker became the first resident pastor. After Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve the church was once again destroyed by fire. With local support and dedication, the existing church was rebuilt in 1934. A beautiful addition to St. Mary’s Parish is the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes nestled below the hill and adjacent to the creek. It was Father Joseph Maylan’s dream to build this Grotto after having seen the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, while on a tour in France. By the late 1950s, with the help of parishioners, the Grotto and Stations of the Cross became a reality. A 200 ft. “Rosary Way” was added and completed by 1981.


All are welcome to join us for our weekend liturgies.


Spruce Grove Apostolic Lutheran Church Location: About 1/2 mile south of the Wolf Lake intersection. Church Office: 538-6540 Mailing Address: 15275 Co. Hwy. 45 Menahga, MN 56464 Pastor: Dennis Hannu Phone: 218-538-6540 office 218-539-0098 cell Regular Worship Services: Sunday Mornings: 10:30 a.m. (June-August) 11:00 a.m. (September-May) Friday Evenings: 8:00 p.m. (2nd and 4th Fridays of each month) Song Services: 8:00 p.m (5th Friday nights) Services via Telephone: The services at the church are available by telephone. It is free to those who can dial up any of the following exchanges as local calls: Menahga-564-1030 Wolf Lake-538-1030 Sebeka- 837-1030 Verndale-445-1030 Nimrod-472-1030 The pin number will be 787565# for all services. When you call in, you will be asked for the participant code and that is when you will dial the pin number followed by the #. Then it will ask for your name, this is optional, you can either say your name and press # or just stay on the line and it will connect you after 5 seconds. If you wish to dial from a long distance number you will be responsible for long distance charges. Any questions call Neil Aho at 218-639-4967 or 218-538-6690. Echos of Mercy Broadcast: Tune in to 920 KWAD on Sundays 8:05 a.m. Services on the Internet: Website: Instructions on website.

Sunday School: Sunday mornings: 10-11 a.m. includes an Adult Bible Class (Sept.-May) Bible Study: Family Bible Study on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. (Sept.-May) Except during Advent and Lent when we have a worship service at 7:30 p.m. Youth Bible Study on the 2nd and 4th Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. Please contact Pastor Hannu for ­additional information. The Spruce Grove Apostolic Lutheran Church was established in 1955. The vision of the founding fathers was to establish a church that would serve the community. We hold that the Holy Bible is the ­inerrant Word of God and is the standard to which faith and c­ onduct are to be in subjection. Our ­congregation accepts the Apostolic, the Nicene and the A ­ thanasian Creed, and also the U ­ naltered ­Augsburg confession and Luther’s Small ­Catechism as a correct exposition of the teachings of the Word of God. Our mission is to carry out the great ­commission of Jesus as recorded in Luke 24:47, “that ­repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name among all nations.”


Different ways to spend more time as a family As members of modern families are increasingly pulled in different directions, it can be challenging for them to enjoy time together as families. According to a report titled “Spending Time with His Kids: Effects of Family Structure on Fathers’ and Children’s Lives” in the Journal of Marriage and the Family, kids’ academic performance can benefit from having mothers who frequently communicate with them and fathers who spend time doing activities with their kids. Time spent together also can nourish a stronger emotional bond between parents and children, which may make children less likely to exhibit behavioral problems. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University states that teens who frequently have dinner with their families are less likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or try illegal substances. Kids are not the only ones who benefit from more family time. Parents who regularly interact with their children may learn to appreciate their kids even more. They can see the subtle changes in personality and abilities as kids age, and be better equipped to intervene if they suspect their children are veering off the right path. Spending time with children can be fun, as well as mentally and physically stimulating.

Parents who want to increase family time can do so in various ways. ♦ Establish at least one day each week that the family catches up with one another. It may be a Friday evening or a Sunday afternoon. Choosing a day rather than winging it guarantees weekly time together. ♦ Take a break from television or screen time on computers and mobile devices. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use by children younger than two and recommends limiting older children’s screen time to no more than one or two hours a day. Too much screen time by children, and even adults, can result in irregular sleeping habits, behavioral problems, obesity, and less time for play or family interaction. Shutting off devices for a few hours frees up opportunities for families to engage in other activities. ♦ Eat at least one family meal together per day and use the opportunity to talk about what is going on in one another’s lives. ♦ Find a local church your family can get involved with and start participate in family events together. Creating more time for family can sometimes seem impossible, but parents can get creative to ensure they spend more time with their kids.



Communion ceremonies vary among denominations The celebration of Holy Communion is a thread that links all Christians. While the components of receiving the Eucharist are similar, each church and denomination has its own variations on the sacrament. The depiction of Holy Communion on television and in movies routinely shows the Catholic celebration, so many are familiar with how Catholics receive the Eucharist. But members of other Christian churches celebrate the sacrament differently. Lutheran Lutheran beliefs are similar to those of Catholics, but there are some differences in the vocabulary used to describe the Eucharist. The term “transubstantiation” is not used in the Lutheran Church to describe the change of the bread and wine into Christ. Furthermore, Catholics maintain the practice of reserving communion wafers in the tabernacle, believing that Christ is still present. According to Busted Halo, an online magazine for spiritual seekers, Lutherans do not believe that the presence of Christ continues in the bread and wine after the time of the Eucharistic celebration. Orthodox Orthodox Christians believe that the Eucharist is a sacrament, but they refer to it as a “mystery” rather than a “sacrament.” Followers accept the Real Presence of the Eucharist but do not attempt to explain how this change occurs. The service is commonly known as the Divine Liturgy in many Orthodox churches. Reformed and Presbyterian Presbyterian and Reformed denominations have a different view of the Eucharist. Derived from the teachings of John Calvin, Reformed and Presbyterian churches teach that Christ is not literally present in the bread and wine. Instead, Presbyterians believe that Christ is spiritually present and is received with the power of the Holy Spirit for the faithful. Baptists and Other Groups Baptists and similar denominations largely view The Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of Christ’s suffering. According to the spiritual resource Christianity in View, many deny any form of physical or spiritual presence of Christ in the bread and wine. In addition to the practices reserved for each denomination, there may be other rules regarding the celebration of Mass and the Eucharist. For example, the Vatican mandates that only Roman Catholics who are in good standing with the Church and are free from mortal sin are allowed to participate in the Eucharist. In addition, Catholics must fast for an hour before receiving Communion, while some churches make Communion open to any Christian.


Churches celebrate Communion in various ways depending on the denomination.

Some churches offer Communion every day or once per week. Others do it less often. Celebrants may walk up to the altar to receive from a common cup and bowl, while others pass around the Eucharist among parishioners. What’s distributed also may be different. Fruit juice may be substituted for wine. No matter how the Eucharist is shared and celebrated, it remains a sacred component of church ceremonies.

Individual religious documents must be stored in a safe place Maintaining good records can be beneficial in a variety of ways. People sometimes have a need to consult important paperwork, such as birth certificates, social security cards and mortgage contracts, and the ability to organize such documents effectively can make it easier to handle those situations when these records are needed. Important documents should be kept in a safe, easily accessible place, and the same can be said for educational documents and religious certificates. Parents need to access their kids’ records during Communion and Confirmation season. Completing early sacraments is often a prerequisite to participating in those that come later in life. Catholic children who do not attend a Catholic school will need to be enrolled in faith formation classes in order to receive Holy Communion or to be confirmed in the church. In addition, they will need to provide proof that they are practicing members of the faith. For example, many churches and religious educational organizations require copies of baptismal certificates for children to be eligible to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confir-


mation. These same certificates may be necessary later in life as well, most notably when men and women want to get married in a church. Parents may want to store their kids’ religious documents in a folder. This makes it easier when kids become adults and must prove that they have completed the sacraments. Keep these items in a secure place, such as a home safe or in a safety deposit box. If these documents are lost and need to be replaced, it can take time to contact the parish or church where sacraments took place. Godparents or those serving as Confirmation sponsors may also need to produce certain documents. Churches typically require documentation from godparents and sponsors to verify that they are practicing members of the faith and will guide the children they are sponsoring accordingly. Sponsors may find they will need to provide a letter from a pastor or priest verifying their attendance at church and status as an active participant. Copies of sacramental certificates may also be required. Knowing these requirements in advance helps everyone participating in sacraments to be prepared for what is expected of them during this religious journey.

Making new friends after a move or other life event Downsizing and other life changes often find seniors leaving their comfort zones to move to new neighborhoods or regions of the country. It can be difficult to leave those comfort zones behind, especially when it means saying goodbye to close friends or family members. Establishing new social circles as a senior can be challenging. But with a little effort and the right attitude, seniors can meet new people and enjoy the excitement that comes with new friendships. ♦ Join a club. If you have a particular hobby or interest, rekindle it in your new location. Find a local gardening club, church-sponsored organization or fitness center where you can meet like-minded men and women. Ask the real estate agent who helped you relocate to make suggestions on where to find community information and read community notices in the local newspaper. ♦ Get a dog. Dogs make great companions inside of the house and also serve as an ice breaker when you are outdoors. Take plenty of walks and take advantage of opportunities for conversation when people come up to you to inquire about your dog. Explain your situation and you may make some new friends along the way. ♦ Volunteer your time. Many people make new friends

through volunteering. Volunteer and you’re likely to meet people who share the same interests as you. Sign up with a favorite charity or volunteer at nonprofit events and look for familiar faces. Start talking to those people you meet again and again. ♦ Participate in church events. Places of religious worship are often cornerstones of a community, and they frequently host different events to get parishioners or members together. Read the bulletin and get involved in pot lucks, retreats, movie nights, and other church-sponsored events. ♦ Work at a school. Schools also serve as hubs of community activity. Volunteer or work for a local school and you will soon find yourself immersed in your community’s weekday hustle and bustle. This is a great way to meet people and learn more about your new neighborhood in the process. ♦ Host your own party. Go out on a limb and plan a “new to the neighborhood” party. Put invitations in neighbors’ mailboxes and invite everyone over for snacks and cocktails. Remember, neighbors may be just as nervous about new faces as you are, and a party is a great way to break the ice. Change can be hard for people seniors starting out in new communities. With some gumption and a few strategies to get started, anyone can expand their circle of friends.


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