PEACE CHURCH WEEKLY REMINDERS
Friday February 28 – please join us in viewing the movie “The Butler”, 7pm in the Fireside Room. Based on a true story… The Civil Rights movement, the war in Vietnam, and other major events are portrayed in light of how they affect Cecil Gaines (an African American butler who served eight U.S. presidents), his family, and American society. Refreshments and a brief discussion will follow the movie. Sponsored by the Acting for Justice Hub in honor of African American History month.
Sunday March 2 – Work camp meeting at 11:30 am in the Sanctuary. Learn more about this Summer’s upcoming work camp for senior high youth (those currently in 8th – 12th grade). We will be in Minneapolis with the Urban Immersion Program from Sunday, July 27 – Friday, August 1st. The cost is $300 for the week with $100 due at this meeting.
Also on Sunday at 11:30am – Writing workshop in Fireside Room – Project Awareness: Out of the Shadows. 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.
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 $1400. 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’.
This Week at Peace Church
Wednesday February 26
Noon – Women’s Brown Bag study, noon in the Fireside Room.
5:00pm – Time of Prayer in the Chapel. Join Jackie Falk and Jim Larson for a half hour of meditative music and reflection.
4:30pm – Vibrant Ministries Team meets in the Conference Room.
5:30pm – Dinner in the Fellowship Hall
6:00pm – Bible Study; Faith Weavers; Puppets
6:15pm – Adult Choir rehearsal
7:00pm – 2nd year Confirmation in Fireside Room
7:00pm – Youth Group meet in Youth Room and Youth Parents meet in Fellowship Hall
Thursday February 27
7:00am – Men’s Breakfast at Chester Creek Café.
5:00pm – Stewardship Team meets in Conference Room.
7:00pm Book Study “The Prophetic Imagination”, by Walter Brueggemann, 7:00–8:30pm in the Fireside Room, facilitated by Jackie Falk. This week: Chapters 3 and 4.Contact Jackie (email@example.com) if you have questions or need more information.
7:00pm: Rescheduled after last week’s snowstorm,CHUM Annual Meeting at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6822 Grand Avenue. Social time starts at 6:30pm; meeting starts at 7pm. Guest Speaker: Brian Rusche from the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition.
Sunday March 2
Worship at 8:30 and 10:30am. Sermonby Pastor Kathy. Communion at both services.
9:30 am: Sunday School
9:30am:Adult Forumin Fireside Room:Dan Green from Center City Housing will talk about current projects of this important agency in our community combating homelessness.
11:30am: Senior High Youth Work Camp meeting in Sanctuary.
11:30am: Writing workshop in Fireside Room. Project Awareness: Out of the Shadows. Writing Workshop for people who have experienced homelessness. Has homelessness touched you? Will you help bring awareness? Your voice may be the one voice that will make a difference. The writings, with permission of the authors, may become part of a broader project, to be shared with the larger community. The work may be signed or anonymous. We believe that there are stories that need to be told, that need to be heard. Lunch will be provided. Workshop facilitated by Deborah Cooper, Duluth Poet Laureate and Marilyn Mayry, Project Awareness.
Scripture for Sunday:
March 2, 2014, is both the Last Sunday after Epiphany and the Transfiguration. Exodus 24: 12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9. The passages explore the mystery of the power of light—its capacity to at once reveal and to conceal the experience of the Living God, once revealed in the prophets and now known to us in Jesus. You can find reflections on this passage and Sunday’s other texts here: Attentive to Mystery and Prophecy (by Kathryn Matthews Huey and Karen Georgia Thompson 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 3
Monday night book group meets at 7pm in the Fireside Room. The new book is Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd. All are welcome.
Tuesday March 4
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, March 4, 11, 18, and 25.
Wednesday March 5
Wednesday March 5 – Help serve breakfast at CHUM drop-in center, 9am.
Ash Wednesday service, 7pm in Sanctuary. Join us as we mark the beginning of Lent with ashes and the sharing of Communion.
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.
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 9 – 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!
Lenten Study Groups (Saving Jesus Redux ) –Thursdays, 7:00–8:30 p.m. March 6 – April 10 or Sundays, 9:30–10:30 a.m. (during Adult Forum time) March 9 – April 12. Saving Jesus Redux is a total revision of Living the Question’s popular 12-session DVD-based small group exploration of a credible Jesus for the third millennium. Contact Jackie Falk at email@example.com with questions.
Wednesday March 26 – “Empty Bowl” making for the 21st annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser. On Wednesday evening, March 26, 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.
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. Watch for more details on ways that you can help!
Sunday March 2 – Make A Joyful Noise! concert, 3:00pm at the Coppertop Church. Open to all. Free-will Offering. Held in the sanctuary of First United Methodist, the Coppertop church at 230 E Skyline Parkway, this concert will include all the church’s musical ensembles: Sanctuary Choir; Tapestry (a worship band); Five handbell groups, including Strikepoint, one of the world’s top handbell ensembles; JAM and the Peanut Butter Band (a children’s music group); and various instruments including organ, piano and strings.
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.