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Church Index OSAGE Grace Community Church of Osage.........27

AKELEY Akeley United Methodist Church................. 6 Lighthouse of Hope Ministries ..................... 7 St. John’s Lutheran Church LCMS................ 8 White Oak Bible Chapel...............................10

PARK RAPIDS Assemblies Of God, Park Rapids................28 Calvary Lutheran Church ELCA...................30 Park Rapids Church Of Christ......................32 Community of Hope Church of the Nazarene...............................33 Eastside Christian Church.............................34 Faithbridge Church........................................36 First Baptist Church........................................38 Frontline Church.............................................39 Lakes Area Vineyard Church.......................40 New Life Community Church......................42 Riverside United Methodist Church...........43 Park Rapids Seventh-day Adventist Church............................................44 St. Johns Lutheran Church............................46 St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church......47 Trinity Episcopal and Presbyterian Church......................................48

BAD MEDICINE LAKE Chapel Of The Good Creation....................11 BURTRUM Camp Lebanon...............................................12 DORSET First English Lutheran Church.......................14 HUBBARD Hubbard United Methodist Church...........16 LAKE GEORGE Trinity Lutheran Church................................18 LAKE ITASCA St. Catherine’s Catholic Church..................20

PONSFORD St. Theodore’s Catholic Church..................50

LAPORTE Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA....................21

TWO INLETS St. Mary’s Catholic Parish.............................51

MENAGHA Laestadian Lutheran Church of Menahga.....................................................22 United Parish - First English, Bethany and Friends in Christ Lutheran Churches...........24 NEVIS Peace Lutheran Church................................26

WOLF LAKE Spruce Grove Apostolic Lutheran Church.............................................52


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Akeley United Methodist Church. A congregation bringing people into a relationship with God by inviting, caring, and reaching out as faithful disciples of Christ 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!

Sunday, July 29 @ 10:00 AM - The Hartley Family Bluegrass singers lead worship Wednesday, August 8 @ 6:00 PM - All Church Fish Fry Saturday, August 18 @ 4:30 PM - Annual Corn and Meatball Feed Saturday, September 8 @ 9:00 AM - All Church Rummage Sale Saturday, October 20 @ 9:00 AM - Christmas In the Country Saturday, November 3 @ 5:00 PM - Annual Hunter’s Supper Saturday, December 1 @ 10:00 AM - Annual Cookie Walk

SOME of 2018 Coming Activities Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM - The Ecumencial Bible Study meets each week.

December 24 @ 5:00 PM - Christmas Eve Worship

Sunday, June 3 @ 10:00 AM - Chosen People Ministries to host a Seder meal.

The Jolly Jammer’s Jam every 3rd Tuesday evening @ 7:00 PM

Wednesday, June 6 @ 6:00 PM - Men’s Fishing League begins on 6th Crow Wing

United Methodist Women meet @ 1:00 PM every 2nd Monday of each month!

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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 218-340-2433 (cell) Email: loh@unitelc.com Website: www.lighthouseofhopeministries.org 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: 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.

Sunday Services 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.




Location: 110 Pleasant Ave. SE, Akeley MN 56433 (1 block South of Hwy. 34 on Carroll Street) Mailing Address: P  .O.Box 160, Akeley MN 56433 Pastor: Harvey H. Kietzman Email: Harvey.kietzman@gmail.com Phone: (218)652-3341 Cell: (218)536-0863

Opportunities for Worship: Worship service every Sunday at 9:00 am with Communion on the first, third, and fifth Sundays. Children are nurtured through “time with the Pastor and a puppet named 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, July 15 to 18. Mid-week service is also added during Advent and Lent.

Our Mission is to welcome 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. On the 100th Anniversary celebration of St. John’s on August 17, 2019, we will remember our heritage is founded on “Scripture alone, through Faith alone, by Grace alone.” For this we give thanks. We also encourage tuning in to “The Lutheran Hour” on Sundays: 870 AM @ 8:30 am; 102.7 FM@ 5:00 pm

Opportunities for Service: Free Christian Movie every third Friday at 2 and 7 pm with free popcorn and beverage. “Muffin Monday” at 10:00 am - reflecting on In reach/Outreach. DVD Ministry Dial-a-Devotion: (218-652-5555) Youth: Active Christian Teens Ladies: LWML Music: Instrumental and vocal


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White Oak Bible Chapel 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!

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: www.whiteoakbiblechapel.org Email: karenandress@arvig.net SUNDAY SERVICES: Children’s Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. during school year. Adult Sunday School: year round at 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 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 6:00-7:30 p.m., during the school year, for children from kindergarten through 6th grade.


Bad Medicine Lake

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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. The Chapel is now incorporated with a nonprofit status. We are blessed with many retired ministers and resident speakers taking turns leading the services. Memorial Day, July 4, 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.

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 Website: www.badmedicineresort.com

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 to 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



Camp Lebanon Camp Lebanon 1205 Acorn Road Burtrum, MN 56318

Our Ministries:  Summer Youth Camp weeks for every age! Join us for our Adventurers week (1st-4th grade), Super Kids weeks (3rd-6th grade), Junior High weeks (7th-9th grade), and Senior High week (10th grade)!  Summer Family Camp weekend and weeklong retreats, including Memorial and Labor Day Weekends!  Volunteer opportunities year-round.  Room to host your family, church, or group events all year!  Young Adult Retreats in winter and spring for ages 18-35!  Quilt & Crafting Retreats in spring and fall.  Men’s & Women’s Retreats.  Winter Camp Weekends for youth groups.  Log Cottage Rentals for families or individuals

Email: info@camplebanon.org Phone: 800.816.1502 Fax: 320-573-2116 Website: www.camplebanon.org Staff: Bill Abeler, Executive Director Lisa Abeler, Women’s Ministries Director Rich Olson, Director of Youth Ministries Monte Abeler, Director of Marketing & Guest Ministries Our Mission: Camp Lebanon is dedicated to providing A Meeting Place with God to help the Church do the work of Christ.

Our History:

A total of 146 children attended the first summer camps in 1947. Now, 71 years and 65,000 youth campers later, Camp Lebanon is a regional, yearround “Meeting Place with God” for youth, families, and adults that serves over 10,000 guests each year. The 46 acres have become 140. The summer-only cabins are winterized, supplemented with dorm, RV, and hotel-like housing options. And dreams for a multi-purpose gym and lodge are alive and growing!

Our Philosophy: Through “the funnest fun,” loving relationships, beauty inside and out, and Truth declared and illustrated, Camp Lebanon guests - both young and old - will taste the delight of being desired by their Creator God.




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Lutheran Church Missouri Synod The Stone Church in Dorset Mailing address: 20252 State 226 Park Rapids, MN 56470 Church Phone: 732-9466 Email: information@dorsetlutheran.org Website: www.dorsetlutheran.org Good Shepherd Internet Cafe • Free WiFi & coffee Tuesday - Friday 9 am - noon year round Pastor: Reverend Chris Davis Regular Worship Services 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 Vigil: 7 p.m. Easter Sunrise: 6:30 a.m. (with breakfast following) Easter: 9 a.m.

• 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. 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.

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Hubbard United Methodist Church

ADDRESS: 12150 Broadway Road Park Rapids, MN 56470 (218) 732-0224

EMAIL: hubbardumc@unitelc.com WEBSITE: www.hubbardumc.com PASTOR: Pastor Laurie Kantonen

 Threads of Love Quilters - Tuesdays from Sept.- May. Call church for more information.  Short-term study groups running 4-6 weeks throughout the year.

ABOUT HUBBARD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH The 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. Our church embodies a spirit of warm welcome to all who enter its doors and 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. Each Sunday morning the pastor and parishioners greet members, friends and newcomers with joy and the refrain, “It’s a great day on the Hubbard Prairie” is often heard during this greeting time. 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 congregation on Sunday mornings.

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Lake George

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Location: Hwy. 71 Lake George, MN Phone: 218-266-3330 Pastor: Donald Kirchner

“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.

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

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Lake Itasca

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 adjacent 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.



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: Melody Kirkpatrick

is at 10:00 a.m. with adult Bible study at 9:00 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 Melody Kirkpatrick. You may contact the number above for further information. See you Sunday!

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. Sunday worship



Laestadian Lutheran Church of Menahga

25 Juniper Ave. NW Menahga, MN 56464 218-564-4064

• To nurture and strengthen the faith of the believing and root our children in Christian faith in God’s kingdom. • To awaken and inspire Christian values and ethics, soberness of mind, love of homeland, and responsible citizenship among the people of our nations.

Email: info@llcmenahga.org Website: www.llcmenahga.org Pastor: Jon Bloomquist Email: jbloomquist@llcmenahga.org Chairman: Mark Skoog Email: mskoog@llcmenahga.org

OUR MESSAGE There is no subject which was more prevalent in Jesus’ preaching than the kingdom of heaven, that is, the kingdom of God. It was the most common subject of His parables and was the theme of His preaching. In fact, Jesus said that the first thing that a man should search for in life is God’s kingdom and His righteousness. In one of His parables Jesus says that His kingdom is like treasure hidden in a field. It is certainly an apt picture. In this world God’s kingdom is hidden beneath the flaws and faults of believing people, people whom God has made from the dust of the earth. Like the man in the parable, we have found the kingdom of God and obtained its treasure. We now carry this treasure in our sin-corrupt bodies. We wish to share it with you and welcome you to join us at our church in Menahga or to listen online at www.llcmenahga.org each Sunday.

SERVICE SCHEDULE June–August Service: 10:00 a.m. Sundays Please see website for more summer schedule details. September–May Sunday school: 9:45 a.m. Sundays Service: 11:00 a.m. Sundays Bible class or song services: 7:00 p.m Wednesdays OUR MISSION • To preach the gospel of repentance and remission of sins to the people of our communities, our nations, and throughout the world so that they might become partakers with us of the grace that God offers sin-fallen man in His Son Jesus Christ.


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PO Box 189, 17 Main St. NW Menahga, MN 56464 Sunday Morning Worship: 8:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship, Adult Bible Study, Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.

Mission Statement “First English, Bethany and Friends in Christ Lutheran Churches are a caring, inclusive Christian Community dedicated to Word and Sacrament ministry; Growing in Christ; Sharing the faith; Serving our neighbors; and Supporting each other.”

Office Hours: T ues. & Thurs. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Secretary: Dayna Anderson Phone: (218) 564-4610 Fax: (218) 564-5885 Pastor’s email: 1716ofluke@gmail.com Church email: febeth@wcta.net Website: firstenglishbethany.org Pastor: James Hallaway

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By Shannon Geisen sgeisen@parkrapids enterprise.com The Hubbard County Board renewed a purchase of services contract with Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (CEP), a private, nonprofit corporation that provides job development services in north-central and west-central Minnesota. Rural Minnesota CEP partners with the county to provide employment services to eligible participants. The Hubbard County Social Services Department receives funds through the Minnesota Department of Human Services for the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and Diversionary Work Program (DWP). MFIP helps families with children meet their basic needs, while helping parents move to financial stability through employment. Parents are expected to work, and are supported with both cash and food assistance. Most

and job searches. Shortterm education and training are available as well. It has been a Participants have four partnership. I’ve weeks to find jobs. DWP is a four-month enjoyed the challenge program that helps Minof bringing mobile nesota parents find jobs. services to Hubbard Rural Minnesota CEP’s mission is to help indiCounty and I think viduals find, get and keep we’re on the cutting jobs and grow in their edge of what could careers. The agency also helps employers find and happen across the keep workers. state. Right now, The contract with Hubthis northern part of bard County is effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, Minnesota is the only 2018, with an option for a place that gets mobile one-year extension. The 2018 budget alloworkplace services. cates $132,810 for MFIP; SUE HILGART, $36,723 for DWP; $2,000 Rural Minnesota CEP for post-termination program coordinator services and $19,059 for administrative expenses. families have a lifetime “They’ve really stepped limit of 60 months on up,” Social Services MFIP. Director Deb Vizecky told According to the ser- county commissioners. vice contract, MFIP is “They have a person in “intended to divert appli- our office at this point, cants from public assis- meeting with our clients. tance whenever possible She has somebody coming and to encourage rapid into the library to meet movement into employ- with clients, work on ment.” Services include resumes and interviewing assessments, screening skills. We’re still working

on Park Rapids Schools and the other schools. I’m getting more into the school systems, but we’re A7 on that togethworking er.” The contract establishes a measurable goal for MFIP in Hubbard County: 66.4 to 76.5 percent of MFIP cases are off cash assistance or are working 30 or more hours per week three years after the baseline quarter. “I’m just glad to hear all this is working out well. I know you two had to work together to get it where it is,” said County Commissioner Char Christenson. “It came a long way in the last year,” added County Commissioner Vern Massie. “It has been a partnership. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of bringing mobile services to Hubbard County and I think we’re on the cutting edge of what could happen across the state. Right now, this northern part of Minnesota is the only place that gets mobile workplace services,” Sue Hilgart, a Rural Minneso-

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ta CEP program coordinator, said. In other business, the Alexandria Echo Press should get involved in county board did the folith a fresh New the process, take time lowing: Year just days to know who represents ► Approved the filling ago, we hope that them and objectively study Park Rapids Enterprise of a Social Services eligi2018 brings local residents the issues. They need to ART BRIEFS bility worker vacancy and joy, hope and fulfillment. express their views at the Adult Services case aide Like any year, local, regional and state position. there will be highs level. 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Here’s what hope shortage, not enough especially must inwe most circles, especially within an even greater joy to The so Aazhoomon exhibit ► Reviewed the infor2018 will bring: affordable housing, during the if it is to be consumed with drink. includes giving traditional mation technology direcit as a and gift to anyone. ► Better communication low job pay, threats to Konstantin Frank 2015 Christmas the meal. A roast beef dinner ► Dr. contemporary tor’s job description and I viewindigenous gift giving as a reach between those who hold thenicely water quality and New would be complemented dryon riesling from the Finger artwork, including referred it to a classificaabove one’sbeadown standards toopposing views. Instead lakes, andLakes more. of New York is good if you Year’s with a wine varietal ofour merlot, ing, photography, painttion committee for a wage of all the negative name true friends and great relatives. 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If you drinking pleasure. or a good point should not are not familiar with Viognier month of January, with an opportunities. Dwelling on Tothe add to the pleasure in taste depend on political wine, then in addition to giving opening reception from past mistakes or missed is the theperson comfort in price, with an stripe of 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. one as a gift, purchase one for chances doesn’t change of around makingSRP it. This doesn’t$12. Tom Daly is a Headwayourself. ernmental revenues over same period, an examinaanything. is an abbreviated listing,Let’s follow just applyHere to politicians. ters instructor from Bem► Fetzer 2015 Eagle Peak the 10-year period shows tion of city finances shows lead of the Brandoncompliments of Wine the Enthusiast If the average Joe or Jill idji. He has roughly 30 merlot (California) has a smooth federal grants decreased that, when adjusted for Evansville School District Magazine, that immediately derails a will deliver years experience workand enjoyable texture that is 12 percent, state grants inflation, 2016 expendifind new quality $15 or less:that’s trying to discussion withfor a spiteful ing with clay. He is wellincreased 6.2 percent, and ture levels are below 2007 with tannin impact. solutions afterlight a voters ► Duck Pond 2016 pinot slam against someone versed in a wide variety local grants increased 30.9 levels and decreased 1 rejected a plan to build a a retired NDSU Extension Ron Smith, gris (Willamette boasts solely because they’re a Valley) horticulturist, of hand-building and building writes weekly about his love of percent. When revenues percent over the 10-year Republican or Democrat, flavors of stone fruitsnew and K-12 school wine and its history. Readers can reach him at wheel-throwing techthis and past fall. The district are adjusted for inflation, period. Although inflahow can we expect our is light tuftruck1@gmail.com. orange blossoms, is forming volunteer niques. Following Daly’s total the 10-year period shows tion-adjusted elected leaders to behave committees to look at reception will be the Open an 18.3 percent increase expenditures decreased 1 Herald editorial board benefit their workers. AT&T effort to “pin a rose on this tax differently? Let’s be less the physical conditions Mic Coffee House from Forum News Service in property tax revenues percent over the ten-year announced it will invest $1 billion bill.” quick to judge and more UPCOMING EVENTS of both the Brandon 7-10 p.m. a comparison of while intergovernmental period, in U.S. networks and offer its “That bonus was mandated open to considering other n today’s polarized political and Evansville schools; revenues decreased 12.1 the two five-year periods employees a one-time bonus. by a union agreement with the viewpoints. landscape, it’s sometimes Simonis collection enrollment, capacity, Comcast announced it will give of 2007-2011 and 2012percent. ► A calmer, more Communications Workers of difficult to decipher what, grade configuration 25 2016 reveals a significant SATURDAY, 13 onJAN. display its employees $1,000 bonuses. TheMONDAY, proportionDEC. of total productive election year. America as part of a raise in their exactly, is happening when a and other educational Bros Coffee will Boeing announced it will make Candidates, at every reversal during the most revenues derived from Dinner newsworthy event hits the wires. recent ... agreement,” she said Community Christmas is from 11 Ever wanted to Dunn find a fun, winter issues; and the needs of display paintings $300 million in new investments. during a news conference last level, should strive to recentAmerican period. From 2007that will property taxes grew from So with that in mind, here are a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Park Rapids activity get youthe outside? Enjoy of athletics, performances, Simonis. take the high road on Wells Fargo announced it will 32.3 Legion. percent in 2007 to to 2011, inflation-adleft/right views of what at first the beauty of John winter on snowshoesSimonis week. “So all of a sudden, they’re activities, community use their campaigns. They wastothe first Bemidji State increase its minimum wage to $15 advertising this as something they 39.5 percent in 2016. justed total expenditures glance appears to be good news from 10:30 a.m. noon at Itasca State Park. Akeley Regional Community Center and partnerships. The should stick to issues per hour. graduate During thiswill same time regarding the Republican-based Call ahead atUniversity 218-699-7251 to reservewith a pair did because of the tax bill.” (ARCC) provide a freedecreased Christmas 12.1 percent, district could have chosen and solutions instead Republicans trumpeted these of fine while from 2012 toof 2016, frame, revenues derived tax reform bill. President Trump snowshoesaorbachelor bring your own. The arts So are these immediate Dinner from noon to 1:30 p.m. to turn a blind eye to the of sticking it to their announcements as proof that degree and passed away signed the $1.5 trillion measure totalof snowshoes from intergovernmental inflation-adjustednumber available is limited. and impactful bonuses and issue. Instead, it’s holding opponents. Voters, too, trickle-down economics actually in 1983. His work has been Dec. 22 and, by many accounts, it sources decreased from expenditures increased investments real, honest-toMONDAY, JAN. 1 should demand candidates meetings, encouraging into a collection, will affect nearly every family and works and the tax bill will indeed 26.4 percent of total rev- 10.3 percent. TUESDAY,turned JAN. 16 goodness benefits? Or are these residents to get involved talk about their positions be a nationwide benefit. At least which can be seen at Dunn Get Year’s resolutions goingthe on complete business in the United States. To view enues to your 24.0New percent. businesses just crowing about the and is trying to see if and solutions instead of Helen’s offerthe a free, nutritious that’s the right-side version of the first2007 day of the New Year! Joinwhich Itasca includes Broswillfor month of Corporations will see big tax report, an Kitchen Between and 2016, president’s accomplishment in another referendum bashing their opponents’ meal between 5:30-6 p.m. at St. Peter’s State park for an invigorating snowshoe occurring events. January, with new pieces cuts, from 35 percent down to 21 actual total city expendi- executive summary, hopes of gaining his attention? would meet the public’s views. This election Catholic Roasted chicken is on and explore thebilarea around the and tables, But the left side says it’s all updated from the Decempercent. graphs go Church. tureshike grew from $5.32 And here’s a twist: Handelsblatt expectations. season, let’s prove that volunteer or donate, Mississippi Headwaters p.m. the menu. To ber theatrics. Some Democrats say the Republicans say American display. Dunn call Bros is to 12:30-3:30 www.auditor.state. lion to $6.30 billion. Thisfrom Let’s look ahead to Global, a German website, the barrage of negative TV 218-252-1814. For more A limited number of snowshoes are available companies were probably already taxpayers will see cuts of varying located in information, Bemidji. visit represents an increase m n . u s / d e f a u l t . a s p x the coming year with recently reported economists in ads that will undoubtedly at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center for use helenskitchenpr.org. degrees. The idea behind the plan planning these efforts, and that of 18.4 percent. Over and theare?page=20171227.000. invigorated optimism air are insultingly during the program first-come-firstthat country worry the new tax Individual Artist it’s all part of a plan to get the is a rekindling of Reaganesque and a new sense of ineffective. serve. structure will mean jobs will president’s attention and curry trickle-down economics; for FRIDAY, JAN. 19 available Grants cooperation. A year from ► A revitalized “We the shift from Europe to the U.S., favors from the Oval Office. example, Republicans say rankRegion 2 Arts Council CHI St. now, let’s look back and People.” Citizens have to County Commissioner is Joseph’s Health Auxiliary chicken along with significant amounts of TUESDAY, JAN. 2 tal assets, $2,128,046 “It reinforces (the president’s) and-file workers will benefit by (R2AC) Individual Artist dinner do more than just vote say 2018 was a pivotal Char Christenson said the restricted for specific pur-will be held 4:30-7 p.m. at Park Rapids investment. German economists signature legislative success, way of savings accrued by the Grant Program provides Helen’s Kitchen will offerposes, a free, and nutritious American (and only 60 percent of year for getting things county has received offers ($2,035,219) is Legion. have no reason to slant a report to and it probably gets them some businesses for which they work. financial assistance to meal between 5:30-6 p.m. at St. Peter’s them did in 2016). They done. for the nursing home. unrestricted. The total net please our president. good points inside the White Polls — cited by Democrats — artists in any art discipline Catholic Church. Chili is on the menu. To “You have about $14 position of business-type SATURDAY, 20stage of their At first blush, these House,” Scott Reed, a political show the bill is unpopular, but or JAN. in any volunteer or donate, call 218-252-1814. For million ininformation, bond debtvisit that activities decreased by strategist for the U.S. Chamber of announcements seem like good Republicans hope Americans will more helenskitchenpr.org. The Menahga Familyas Fishing Derby will be career an artist. This would have to be paid off. $1,015,723 for theheld year www.SmokeyHills.com Commerce, told the Washington change their mind if and when news. As with all news these days, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Spirit Lake grant offers funding for Your sale price at least ended Sept. 30, public 2016, Post. they see results in their takewe suppose it just depends upon JAN. 9 primarily as a result ofaccess.costs associated with the Open 7 days a week • 8:00 am - 6:00 pm • Park Rapids, MN home needsTUESDAY, to be enough to pay House Minority Leader Nancy pay. exhibition, performance, the point of view. The Heartland 106 USXC Helen’s Kitchen offerconstruction a free, nutritious off your bonds, no will quesand renovaPelosi, D-Calif., said AT&T’s Some companies already or production of a creative This editorial represents the viewpoint of the Race will bring racers betweenHoffman 5:30-6 p.m. tion at Calvary tionsmeal asked,” of the nursingSnowmobile home a division of Forum Communications Company Grand Forks Herald editorial board. have begun making moves to announcement in particular is an work; purchase of mate001673506r1 and fans to Park Rapids, where drivers is on the menu. said. Lutheran Church. Spaghettiresulting (USPS 421-900) in decreased or equipment will take on a rials two-day, lemans-style necesice race. To volunteer or donate, 218-252-1814. There are very fewcalloccupancy. sary forboth a creative Racing to begin Saturday, work; For more information, visit helenskitchenpr. county-owned nursing At the close of 2016, theis set educational opportunities; Volume 136, No. 1 OFFICE HOURS org.Hoffman added. Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 21. homes, county’s governmental Published each Saturday and The Park Rapids Enterprise front mentorships; and proposWednesday at 203 Henrietta office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 “The counties that are funds reported combined als for career-enhancing Avenue North, Park Rapids, p.m. Monday through Thursday and getting rid of nursing ending fund balances of Question: If the results of ► In a prosecution transportation, or stay projects or opportuniMN 56470. Established in 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. calendar submission homes, Event is it and because it’s items a preliminary breath test for a violation of a $24,828,070, anpolicy increase at the location of the ties. 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a government. It had to go to a not-for-profit LLC. It has to sit there for seven years before it can be transferred back to the county.” Total resident services and ancillary revenues increased one percent from $5,696,309 in fiscal year 2015 to $5,782,801 in fiscal year 2016. Total revenues decreased less than one percent from $6,220,364 in fiscal year 2015 to $6,219,205 in fiscal year 2016. Resident service expenses increased 1.1 percent from $6,025,642 in 2015 to $6,702,042 in 2016. “Hopefully, with this new project, when those beds get full, they’ll have more patient revenue. There is a trend now in the demographics of more people needing that care so we’re not worried about having empty beds at any point,” Hoffman said. County Commissioner Cal Johannsen said finding nursing home staff may be the biggest prob-


fair weather resulting in decreased utility costs, staffing shortages in various departments, and December’s employment benefits not invoiced and paid until January 2017. “Your general fund, in 2016, the county did have a net gain of about $500,000 in equity. In other words, the net worth of the county went up about $500,000,” Hoffman said. “Part of what explains that is the money you get from MnDOT for roads. That money comes from gas tax and the state and goes into your pool to improve the roads, so it’s an investment into the county.” The nursing home “not so good,” Hoffman said. The Heritage Living Center reported an operating loss in 2016 of $710,616. Heritage Manor reported an operating income of $46,242 and Heritage Cottages reported $187,729. The Heritage Center Project Fund 2016 finances reported an operating loss According to the 2016 of $65,000, resulting in a From Page A1

Philipp & Knutson “substandard” and grounds for her office to re-audit the eight counties. She later notified the counties she intends to re-audit their fiscal year 2016 audits as well. In September, the affected counties — Hubbard, Koochiching, Roseau, Clearwater, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Pennington and Red Lake — sent a joint letter to Otto, encouraging her to work with them to find “a mutually agreeable solution.” At issue for the counties is money — it can cost twice as much for the state auditor’s office to conduct the annual audit. A private firm charges roughly $30,000 while OSA’s fees reach $87,000.

Overall, small cities tend to carry a greater debt burden per capita than large cities. In 2016, small cities carried longterm debt of $1.28 billion, or $3,615 per capita, compared to $8.19 billion, or $1,960 per capita, for large cities.

Long-term trends

Over the 10-year period of 2007 to 2016, an examination of city revenues shows that, when adjusted for inflation, 2016 revenue levels are below 2007 levels and decreased by 3.3 percent over the decade. Between 2007 and 2016, actual revenues derived from property taxes grew 41.5 percent, compared to an increase of 5.2 percent over that same period for revenues derived from intergovernmental sources. Additional analysis of actual intergov-


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STAPLES, Minn. - Patricia Rydbom, 81, Wadena, Minn., died Wednesday, Dec. 27, in Lakewood Health. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 5, at Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena. Arrangements by Karvonen Funeral & Cremation Service.


cities over 2,500 in population increased 4 percent, and revenues of cities under 2,500 in population increased 0.7 percent. In 2016, total expenditures of the governmental funds for all cities totaled $6.3 billion. This represents an increase of 4.6 percent over 2015. Total expenditures for cities over and under 2,500 in population each increased 4.6 percent in 2016. The largest expenditure categories for both groups of cities are streets and highways and public safety. For large cities, streets and highways accounted for 23.3 percent of total expenditures in 2016 and Current trends public safety accountTotal revenues of the ed for 26.0 percent. For governmental funds small cities, streets and for all Minnesota cities highways accounted totaled $5.43 billion in for 23.8 percent of total 2016, an increase of 3.7 expenditures and public percent over 2015 reve- safety accounted for 21.9 nues. Total revenues of percent.

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State auditor releases report on city finances State Auditor Rebecca Otto released the 2016 Minnesota City Finances Report. The report summarizes, through data tables and charts, the financial operations of 850 Minnesota cities for calendar year 2016. “The city finances report is issued each year to help local government officials, policy makers, and the public better understand city financial operations,” said Otto. “The report also analyzes long-term financial trends for large and small cities across Minnesota.” Highlights from the report are as follows.

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Peace Lutheran Church

Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth - John 4:24 Location: 24025 State 34, Nevis 2 miles West of Nevis, 10 miles East of Park Rapids on the Scenic Byway.

Church Activities: Children: Sunday School Release Time Summer Vacation Bible School

Worship Service: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Fellowship following the service. Pastor: Tim Balfanz Email: peacelutherannevis@gmail.com Website: www.peacelutherannevis.com Office Phone: 218-652-6508

Youth: Confirmation Youth Group Bible Studies: Men’s Women’s Community Study Young Adult WOW (Women of the Word) Activities

Mission Statement: Christian believers, Rooted in God’s Word, Carrying out the Great Commission Focus: We are a church passionate about building strong and healthy families centered on God’s Word.

For more information, please contact the church office.



Grace Community Church of Osage Your Country Church Home

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

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 anybody, 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

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

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Assemblies Of God, Park Rapids

Spirit to mold our church and to make it a place of worship 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.

Location: One mile West of Hwy. 71 on Hwy. 34, turn South on Western Ave. Phone: 218-732-8818 Website: www.pragmn.org 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

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 28



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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: calvary@unitelc.com Website: www.calvaryparkrapids.com Stephen Norby, Lead Pastor Dana Kocka, Youth & Education Director Current Membership: 1,098 Mission Partners: Iglesia Luterana San Lucas, Eagle Pass, Texas, 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 am (Sept-May) Preschool - Gr. 8 Breakfast Club 9:15 (Sept-May) Sr. High Youth Release Time 8:30-10:30 am 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

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.

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.

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 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.”

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 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: 30


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Park Rapids Church Of Christ Location: 707 Main Avenue North Park Rapids, MN 56470 Email: prcoc@unitelc.com Church Phone: 218-732-5105 Minister: Scott Warne

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

Sunday Assemblies: Bible Classes: 9:00 a.m. Worship: 10:00 a.m. LIFE Groups: Call for days and times. Wednesday Assemblies: Wednesday Workshop: 7 p.m. Our Mission Statement: Learn Jesus, Love Jesus, Live Jesus 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. 2. We are a Bible Believing church! We

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Community of Hope Church of the Nazarene Our Ministries: Men’s group: 6:30 Wednesday nights. Women’s group: 6:30 Thursday nights. Inquire about children and youth ministries. Our Church: Community of Hope is a holiness church affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene.

Address: 295 Western Avenue South, Park Rapids, MN 56470 Pastor Phone Number: 218-330-1130 Pastor Email: sethskeysor@gmail.com Website: www.cohmn.com/

Our History: Community of Hope Park Rapids Campus was launched June 1, 2017. The Nazarene church has existed in Park Rapids for many years prior, but we are now a campus church along with the Brainerd Community of Hope Campus.

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/PRChurchOftheNazarene Clergy: Seth Keysor, Campus Pastor Schedule of Services: Worship: 10:00 a.m. Sundays. Our Mission: We exist to spread the love and hope of Christ to the Park Rapids community, while directing everyone towards a holy, all-powerful and all-loving God.



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Faithbridge Church 1505 Park Avenue S Park Rapids, MN 56470 (218) 732-1404

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.

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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.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE: Sunday: 8:15 am Traditional Service 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Contemporary Service Summer: 8:15 am Traditional Service 10:00 am Contemporary Service {June, July, August (thru Labor Day)}

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.

Watch the Contemporary Service Live Stream at 10:45 am (Summer Live Stream 10:00 am). RADIO MINISTRY: Sunday Broadcast at 8:00 am on KPRM 870 AM and 9:00 am on KDKK 97.5 FM radio OUR MINISTRIES: Adults: Life Groups, Basketball, Volleyball, Pickleball, Faith Force, Camp Retreats, Bike Rides, MOPS, GriefShare, Mission Circle, Game Nights, Mission Trips Youth and Children: AWANA, Camp Lebanon, Faith Kidz (June & July), Release Time, Youth Group, Youth Retreats, Mission Trips

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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: www.fbcpr.org E-mail: pastor@fbcpr.org or church@ fbcpr.org

Bible. We emphasize holy living (1 Peter 1:1516), 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).

When do you meet? • Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. • Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. • Sunday Evening: 6 p.m. • Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study: 6 p.m. • Listen to “The Way of Truth” Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 97.5FM (KDKK) or 870AM (KPRM) Nursery provided at all services.

The Gospel (“Good News”) 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.”)

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. What kind of church are you? First Baptist Church is an independant Baptist Church that preaches and teaches the


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Frontline Church

LOVE GOD. LOVE PEOPLE. - Mark 12:30-31 Frontline Weekly Services: Join us for worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.

Frontline Weekly Small Groups: Small groups have one, simple purpose—to bring people together. We believe God created us to live in a community with others and only then can we experience the full life He intends for us. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why small groups exist - to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you.

New to Frontline? What a joy it is to introduce you to our church! We are more than just a building; Frontline is a community of faithful, Christ-followers united to worship God together and to make Him known to others in a variety of ways. We strive to become the kind of church described in the Bible, where there is relevant teaching, heartfelt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer and compassionate care for those in need.

Frontline Ministries: Frontline Kids to Bible Students. Every week we open up our doors with your family in mind! We want our kids and students to experience the same power of Jesus in an atmosphere of love, care and age-appropriate instruction as well as a safe environment to put your mind at ease.

About Frontline: Get to know us. First things first, we love the Lord Jesus Christ and seek to minister to your family and our entire community in His name. You’ll discover that our passion is to provide a place to have a life-changing experience with God. At Frontline, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey.

Frontline Dream Team: Discover Your Purpose. Did you know you can make a difference and live out your purpose and serve others by using your God-given gifts and talents? Get involved by joining the team and help Frontline Church be a life-giving church able to help reach those who are far from God with the message of the Gospel, as well as bring help for today and hope for tomorrow to those who are in need around the world.

The Frontline Story: Our pastor, Russell Smith, is the founder and senior pastor of Frontline Church. Russell and his wife Robin have three children, eight grandchildren and reside in Park Rapids where Frontline Church began. Russell and Robin share a deep passion for developing the next generation of leaders and pastor a church known for its life-giving culture that focuses on leading people to an intimate relationship with God. Pastor Russell’s purpose is “to introduce Jesus to people and connect them with their destiny in God.”

Contact Us: Phone: (218) 237-3727 Email: info@accessfrontline.com For Prayer: prayer@accessfrontline.com Event Calendar on Facebook:

Frontline Next Steps: Your journey. We are so excited to come alongside you as you move forward on your spiritual journey on the way to a life of freedom and fulfillment. This process is designed to guide you as you follow Jesus, connect to the church, discover your purpose and serve others. We believe that spiritual formation happens best in the context of authentic relationships where people know God, find freedom, discover purpose, and make a difference together.

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Mailing address: Frontline Church P.O. Box 574, Park Rapids, MN 56470 Location: 15936 192nd Street, Park Rapids, MN 56470 1-mile north of Walmart on Cty Rd #81(Henrietta Avenue), then 1 block east on 192nd St. Future Location: 18330 County Rd 4, Park Rapids, MN

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Lakes Area Vineyard Church nity associated with the “Community of Vineyard Churches” represented by over 1,500 churches worldwide. As we gather together we commit to live out Biblical faith within our families, church, community and world. 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 God’s love away and be used to bring spiritual, physical and emotional wholeness to others.

Location: 17765 State Highway 34, Park Rapids 950 Longview Drive, Detroit Lakes Phone: 218-237-VINE (8463) Website: www.myvineyardchurch.com WORSHIP SERVICES: 10:00 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 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 commu-

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Serving your All American Favorites. Delicious burgers, dogs, chicken and fries plus so much more! Don’t forget that frosty mug of Rootbeer or add sweet vanilla ice cream for the traditional float. Carhop service or dine in. Open 7 Days A Week, summer 11 am to 9 pm, hours seasonally adjusted. Located 1004 Park Ave. S. (Hwy. 71 S.) Park Rapids, MN 218732-3551. Satisfy your craving for Home Town Flavors at your locally owned A&W Drive In.


Historic country store & cafe featuring daily breakfast and lunch specials. Dinner specials on Fridays. Sunday Breakfast Buffet and Taco Bar Tuesdays 5-7:30 pm. Also offering ice cream, cookies, bars & fabulous caramel rolls! Bar with pizzas and big screen TV. Open 7 days a week. Open until 9 pm on Saturdays. 12 miles N. of Park Rapids on Co. Rd. 4 (Lake George Rd) 218-732-8544


Fresh, creative food and craft beer in a comfortable atmosphere! Lunch and dinner menus offer a combination of traditional and adventurous dishes, including comfort foods, vegetarian and gluten-free. We prepare unique specials for each meal aligned with the seasons. We also have 10 MN craft beers on tap, cocktails, wine, wi-fi, outdoor seating and a kid’s menu. It’s time you got back to The Good Life! Memorial - Labor Day Weekends: Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, Seasonal hours and menus online. 220 Main Ave. S., Park Rapids. 218-237-4212 www.thegoodlifecafepr. com. Breakfast & Lunch $ Dinner $$ (W) F

Full menu items for all to enjoy. Breakfast starts at 8:30 AM with our famous Dorset Pockets & Potato pancakes plus lots of omelets and other goodies. Lunch offers a wide selection of fresh Angus burgers as well as Italian entrees including pizza. Dinner is amazing starting at 5:00 pm with a full Italian menu with our traditional Italian plus more exotic fusion dishes. Thru Memorial Day Open Thurs. - Sun. at 8:30 am Breakfast & Lunch, 5:00 pm Dinner, After Memorial Day Open Tues. - Sun 8:30 am Breakfast & Lunch and 7 DAYS A WEEK 5 pm for Dinner. Downtown Dorset. 218-732-0275. Breakfast & lunch $. Dinner $$ [W] F


We do breakfast all day! Lunch menu, American food, lunch & dinner specials. Open Tues.-Fri. 7 am - 7 pm, Sat. & Sun. 7 am - 3 pm, closed Mon.•Hwy. 71, Lake George (37550 Night Hawk Rd.) 218699-3080


Authentic Italian cuisine! Enjoy house-made Italian specialties like sausage manicotti, lasagna classico, spaghetti & meatballs, veal marsala, filet gorgonzola, Caesar salad & delicious desserts. Now offering walleye sandwiches, 1/2 lb burgers and flatbread pizzas! Great Happy Hour specials! Open daily 4:00 pm (Call for spring/ winter hours) .Reservations accepted. We are proud to be No.#1 on TripAdvisor! Check us out! 311 S. Main Street, Park Rapids. 218-237-4625. $$ [w] F


The 64-year tradition. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT served family style. Open 7 days a week, Memorial weekend through Labor Day. Breakfast 7:30 to 12 noon. Dinner 1-8 pm. top off your logger’s meal with a stroll along the Fish Hook River. Hwy. 71 N. Turn on Co. Rd. 18, follow signs. 218-732-3444. $ [w]


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Casual dining in our dining room or on the deck overlooking beautiful Island Lake. Full menu, kids menu, broasted chicken eat-in or take-out. Reservations recommended. Kitchen open until 10 pm. 218-732-5270.


Celebrating 72 years of fine dining in the Park Rapids area on Hwy. 71. Open at 11 am daily for lunch. Prime rib nightly, walleye, jumbo shrimp, BBQ ribs, seafood, choice steaks, chicken, combination meals, children’s menu, nightly specials and your favorite beverage from the new Fish Hook Bar. Open 7 days a week. Thurs 11 am - 10 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11 am - 11 pm. Reservations appreciated.•1 mi. North on Hwy. 71, Park Rapids. 218-732-4565. $$ [w] F


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New Life Community Church Pursuing God, Empowering Believers to Demonstrate the Power of His Marvelous Love.

ness 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 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.

Location: Bridge Street at Grove Ave., Park Rapids, MN Office: 218-732-7000 Email: newlife@newlifeofpr.org 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. 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 dark-


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Riverside United Methodist Church “Where the Spirit runs deep.”

Location: 1005 Park Avenue North (Hwy. 71 N.) P. O. Box 128 Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-5205 Email: rumc@unitelc.com Website: www.riversideumcchurch.com Clergy: P  astor Chip Nielsen and Pastor Lori Nielsen

(Summer) • Vacation Bible School, June 11-14, 2018 Adults: • Thursday Morning Bible Study, 8:45 a.m. (year around) • Short-term studies available throughout the year. • Monthly book group • United Methodist Women - meets 3rd Wednesday of each month. Active prayer chain, hosts special events throughout the year • United Methodist Men – meets 7:30 a.m. Thursday mornings for breakfast, fellowship & business

Schedule of Services: Sundays Traditional Worship Service: 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Communion: Served the first Sunday of each month. Everyone welcome! A time of fellowship follows each service. Handicap accessible building. Staffed nursery available.

Music Ministries: Chancel Choir - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. (September - May) Bell Choir - T  uesday, 5:30 p.m. (September - May) Praise Band - Meets weekly, rotating evenings (year around) About Us: Established in 1885, Riverside UMC has been part of the community for more than 130 years, and is part of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Riverside’s vision is to “Cast the net of Christ’s love to all through faith, action and compassion.” Members are actively involved in ministry in our church, our community and around the world. In addition to regular worship services on Sundays, there are opportunities throughout the year to gather for special services, fellowship, education and fundraising.

Cathedral in the Pines: Itasca State Park: 10:30 a.m. Sundays Memorial Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend (Located next to the museum) Our Ministries: Children & Youth: (September - May) • Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., ages pre-school thru senior high • Wednesday morning release time, grades 1-8 • Jr. & Sr. High Youth Fellowship, Wednesdays 6-7:45 p.m.


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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: ericksonemcmd@gmail.com Website: www.parkrapids22.adventistchurchconnect.org Pastor: Joel Kratzke 720-684-9703 Bible studies: Andrew Christiansen 715-317-0089

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. 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.

SATURDAY SERVICES: Study Hour: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 p.m. 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!





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St. Johns Lutheran Church

Location: 803 West First Street, Park Rapids Email: stjohnslutheranpr@gmail.com Website: stjohnspr.org

Clergy/Staff Jim Neubauer, Senior Pastor Joel Newton, Associate Pastor Sarah Newton, Deaconess Sarah Kaufenberg, Director of Music Kim Neubauer, Preschool Director, teacher Ruth Knaack, Preschool teacher Members: 825 Services: Divine Service 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (same) Sunday School and Bible Class 9:15 Our Mission: To glorify God as we seek to make disciples of all nations by bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people within and outside of the one holy Christian Church. Our History: In 1908 two Lutheran congregations in the Park Rapids area joined together to form St. Johns Lutheran. Located at 3rd and Court for the first 60 years of ministry, the congregation moved to its present location just west of town in 1965. Who we are: As a congregation of the Minnesota North District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, we joyfully hold to the teachings of the Bible as they are confessed in the Lutheran Confessions. 46

We are 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 and raised for our redemption. We are joyous in our living, traditional in our worship, biblical and confessional in our teaching, and called to simply live as God’s people. We refer to our worship time as “Divine Service.” The main image behind that title is Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. We do not gather as Christians to “give God his due” as if He needs anything from us. Rather, we gather to receive from Him. Through Word and Sacrament, Jesus brings us the gifts He won for us at the cross: forgiveness, life, and salvation. To that end our worship is historic and liturgical, and designed to 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, men’s group, music groups for adults and children, and many other opportunities for fellowship and service. We also offer the community ABC Preschool, a quality, Lutheran preschool. This summer we are excited to welcome Pastor Joel Newton, his wife Sarah and family to the congregation. Pastor Newton will be working with youth and families as well as general ministry. Sarah is a deaconess and will help with home visits and with women’s ministry.

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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

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 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!

Parish staff: Pastor: Father Thomas A. Friedl Deacon: John Zinniel Secretary: Faye Wermerskirchen Religious & Youth Education Minister: Annette Haas Website: www.stpeterpr.com Mass Schedule: 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.


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Trinity Episcopal and Presbyterian Church 212 Court Avenue Park Rapids, MN 56470 (218) 732-4393

Our Ministries: Sunday services, whether in the Episcopal tradition or Presbyterian, begin at 9:00 a.m. and are followed by coffee time/fellowship in the parish hall. The very active Trinity Women’s Guild meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m., with refreshments, business meeting, projects, and programs. A brief service of Morning Prayer is offered on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m, with the exception of the second Wed., which meets at 9:45. 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!

Email: trinitypr@arvig.net Website: www.trinityparkrapids.org Clergy/staff: Rev. Mary Marotte, Pastor Schedule of services: Worship 9:00 a.m. Sundays Coffee and fellowship following Sunday service Morning Prayers 9:00 a.m. Wednesdays Our Mission: We believe in one God, known to us in Jesus Christ, also known by different names in different traditions. We seek to transform the world, beginning with ourselves, celebrating the image of God in every person. We are a house of prayer, worship, and service for everyone, welcoming all who are seeking an inclusive community of love.

Our History: 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 in and the Presbyterian Church USA and has attracted national attention for its unique witness to Christian interdenominational cooperation. In addition, the Episcopal and Lutheran (ELCA) Churches have approved “A Call to Common Mission”, allowing for an exchange of pastors/celebrants between these two groups, and Trinity frequently welcomes a Lutheran pastor to the pulpit.

All Are Welcome: 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. 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 a month.


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St. Theodore’s Catholic Church Ponsford

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 Two Inlets

Location: Two Inlets. 12 miles north of Park Rapids on Hwy. 71 and 3 miles west on Two Inlets Road. Address: 5  5744 Co. Hwy. 44 Park Rapids, MN 56470 Phone: 218-732-4046 Email: sm2inlets@arvig.net Website: stmarys-twoinlets-churchandgrotto. com 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 parish-

ioners, the Grotto and Stations of the Cross became a reality. A 200-foot. “Rosary Way” was added and completed by 1981.

All are Welcome to join us for our weekend liturgies.


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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)

Echos of Mercy Broadcast: Tune in to 920 KWAD on Sundays 8:05 a.m. Services on the Internet: Website: www.sprucegrovealc.org. 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 ­ conduct are to be in subjection. Our ­ congregation accepts the Apostolic, the Nicene and the ­ Athanasian Creed, and also the ­Unaltered ­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.”

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.


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