Pine River United Methodist Church resumes in-person worship

Traditional blooming cross to be presented Easter Sunday

The annual Easter Blooming Cross at Pine River Methodist Church. Photo Submitted March 2021

Pine River United Methodist Church is resuming in-person church services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

The congregation will have a special Easter Sunday service where they will "bloom" the cross in a tradition started several years ago with donations of cut flowers by various flower shops.

The flowers are trimmed by church members and added to a special wire cross, which is then placed in front of the church.

Masks and social distancing will be required.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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