PEACE CHURCH WEEKLY REMINDERS
TONIGHT – Discussion of “Choose Wisely: Practical Insights from Spiritual Traditions” with author Gary Boelhower. 7:00-8:30 pm in the Fireside Room. Explore how the deep wisdom traditions from around the world can help us make effective, wise decisions. We will meet each Tuesday evening in March. Books are available in the church office.
TOMORROW – Ash Wednesday service, 7pm in Sanctuary. Join us as we mark the beginning of Lent with ashes and the sharing of Communion.
Dinner prep volunteer needed: We need one person at 4pm Wednesday to help with dinner prep. Please contact the office if you can help.
Friday March 7 – Kitchen cleaning! Bring your buckets and sponges! Peace’s Kitchen works so hard all year long. Every now and then it needs a deep cleaning. Call the office 724-3637, e-mail, or sign up to reserve your place at the party! See details in the March Peace Bell.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS THIS WEEKEND: Don’t forget to set your clocks forward by one hour on Saturday night!
Acting for Justice Hub meets Sunday, March 9 at 11:30am in the Music Room.
Sunday – Duluth Crop Walk at Bagley Nature Area at UMD, 1pm Registration, 1:30 Walk Begins. The event will be held at Bagley Nature Center on the UMD campus with a parking lot just off St. Marie St., with registration at the small environmental building at the beginning of the trail. You can choose to walk the beautiful trail or bring your skis or snowshoes — some snowshoes will be available for people to use. Bring a sled for your kids — there is a small sledding hill. There will also be an indoor walk option, in case of extreme cold. Since March is also Food Share Month, bring non-perishable food items for our local food shelves. With the event we will raise money and awareness for those who do not have enough to eat around the world. It is an event for every age, and pledge forms will be available. Hope to see you all at the CROP WALK!
Youth Serving at the Damiano Center: This Sunday, March 9, our Youth are serving at the Damiano Center. We are scheduled for two shifts, 1:30 and 4:20pm, each shift is about two hours. If you can help, please let Mark know.
March is Shared Ministry Month. We have newly revised shared ministry forms, which will be available in the entryway every Sunday in March. Please take a few minutes to fill out our “Invitation to Shared Ministry” form so you can renew or find new gifts of ministry to share. Forms collected in March will be dedicated in worship on March 30.
Sign-up online (click on this link) to have our UCC Stillspeaking Daily Devotional delivered each morning to your e-mail in-box. Scroll down on the same page to find today’s Daily Devotional, “Excuse the Mess”.
This Week at Peace Church
Today – Tuesday March 4
7:00-8:30 pm – Discussion of “Choose Wisely: Practical Insights from Spiritual Traditions” with author Gary Boelhower in the Fireside Room. Explore how the deep wisdom traditions from around the world can help us make effective, wise decisions. We will meet each Tuesday evening in March. Books are available in the church office.
Wednesday March 5
9:00am – Help serve breakfast at CHUM drop-in center, 9am.
5:00pm – Time of Prayer in the Chapel. Come at 4:45pm for brief instruction in Christian Meditative Prayer, followed at 5:00pm by a 20 minute session of meditation opened and closed by Jim Larson’s dulcimer music.
5:30pm – Dinner in the Fellowship Hall (minestrone soup)
6:00pm – Bible Study; Faith Weavers
6:15pm – Adult Choir rehearsal
7:00pm – Ash Wednesday service in Sanctuary. Join us as we mark the beginning of Lent with ashes and the sharing of Communion.
After the worship service – 1st year Confirmation in Fireside Room and Youth Group in Youth Room
Sunday March 9
Worship at 8:30 and 10:30am. First Sunday of Lent. Sermon by Pastor Kathy. Special music by Darin Bergsven and our choir at the 10:30 service.
9:30 am: Sunday School
9:30am: Adult Forum in Fireside Room: Saving Jesus Redux, Session 1. Jesus through the Ages. A 30-minute video followed by discussion facilitated by Naomi Christensen, Molly Watson, and Jackie Falk. You can view a video trailer and download participant discussion materials in advance at the Peace web site (http://www.peaceucc.org/lenten-study-groups-saving-jesus-redux/). Session 1 will be repeated on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
11:30am: Acting for Justice Hub meeting in the Music Room.
11:30am: Lunch for those participating in the CROP walk.
1:00pm: Duluth CROP Walk at Bagley Nature Area at UMD, 1pm Registration, 1:30 Walk Begins. Since March is also Food Share Month, bring non-perishable food items for our local food shelves. This is an event for every age, and pledge forms will be available. Hope to see you all at the CROP WALK!
1:30 and 4:30pm: Youth Serving at the Damiano Center: If you can help, please let Mark know.
Scripture for Sunday: March 9, 2014, the First Sunday of Lent, Matthew 4:1-11, the temptation of Jesus. You can find reflections on this passage and Sunday’s other texts here: Choices to Live By (by Kathryn Matthews Huey, Weekly Seeds, UCC, 2014). Weekly Seeds is a source for Devotional Bible study based on the readings of the Revised Common Lectionary, the plan for weekly Bible readings followed by Peace in its weekly worship, like other Protestant, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches throughout the world.
Monday March 10
Monday night book group meets at 7pm in the Fireside Room. The current book is “Dance of the Dissident Daughter” by Sue Monk Kidd. All are welcome.
Tuesday March 11
Book Discussion of “Choose Wisely: Practical Insights from Spiritual Traditions” with author Gary Boelhower. 7:00-8:30 pm in the Fireside Room. Explore how the deep wisdom traditions from around the world can help us make effective, wise decisions. Tuesday evenings in March.
Wednesday March 12
Lenten Vespers begin, 7pm in the Sanctuary. Join us Wednesday evenings until Easter for “Prayers Around the Cross” meditative worship.
6:00-7:30 p.m. – Lenten Study Group Saving Jesus Redux. Thursdays, March 12 through April 16, in the Conference Room. A conversation on the relevance of Jesus today.
Thursday March 13
7:00-8:30 p.m. – Lenten Study Group Saving Jesus Redux. Thursdays, March 13 through April 17, in the Fireside Room. A conversation on the relevance of Jesus today.
Saturday March 8 – A Community Dialogue on Gun Violence, 10:00 a.m. to Noon in the Peace Church Fireside Room. Facilitated by Shannon Bade, Campaign Director at Protect Minnesota, working to prevent gun violence. All are welcome. Please invite interested friends. We are looking for community, faith, and political leaders, gun owners, veterans, youth, survivors, and others who want to make a difference. Coffee and treats will be served. Please come a little early to register. rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Joan Peterson at 218-428-6570.
Sunday March 16 at 11:30am – Writing workshop in Fireside Room – Project Awareness: Out of the Shadows. Another chance to participate in the Writing Workshop for people who have experienced homelessness. Lunch will be provided. Workshop facilitated by Deborah Cooper, Duluth Poet Laureate and Marilyn Mayry, Project Awareness.
Wednesday March 26 – “Empty Bowl” – make a bowl for the 21st annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser. We will have the opportunity to make handmade ceramic bowls with help from local artists. We’ll have two sessions: 6:00 – 7:00pm and 7:15 – 8:00pm. This is an intergenerational event. Look for details in the March Peace Bell. Sign up now!
March 28-30 – Men’s Retreat at Turning Point Retreat Center north of Floodwood. Sign up now!
May 2-3 – Women’s Retreat at Clearwater Forest Camp near Deerwood. Sign up now!
FoodShare March Campaign: Each March, Minnesota FoodShare directs the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state, which restocks almost 300 food shelves across Minnesota. Dollars or donations of food are welcome.
Memorial Bench for Gregg Nugent: Efforts are continuing to raise funds for a memorial bench for Gregg Nugent. The bench will have a memorial plaque; the city will install it above his favorite swimming hole on the Lester River. The cost of the bench is $3500; so far we have raised about $2000. Whatever you can do to help make this a reality would be greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to Peace United Church of Christ. In the memo line, please write ‘Gregg’s Bench Fund’.
March 13 – Day on the Hill, sponsored by the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition.
Friday March 28 – “Mysteries of Lake Superior, from Top to Bottom” 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at Barkers Island Inn, 300 Marina Drive, Superior, Wisconsin. The Lake Superior Binational Forum offers presentations by regional experts, artists, adventurers, business owners, scientists, Native Americans, and others who are exploring some of the mysterious or unknown aspects of the Lake Superior basin that many people might not know about.