Ways to Connect at Peace

There are many ways to get connected within the congregation and in the community.

Peace Church Book Groups

Monday Book Group
Monday, January 3 & 17, 3:00pm via Zoom
The Monday Book group will gather by Zoom on January 3rd and 17th at 3:00pm as we discuss adventures in our national parks, based on podcasts from the Dear Bob and Sue podcast series.  If you have visited one or more national park and would enjoy learning about other national parks, we invite you to join us.  Please email pcragun@d.umn.edu for more information or to be added to the group.

Thursday Morning Book Club
Thursday, January 20, 10:00am
in the Fireside Room
The Thursday Morning Book group (masked)  plans to meet in the Fireside Room. The book we will discuss this month is Still Life, the first book written by prolific Canadian author, Louise Penny. This is to introduce members to this author so they can join the legion of readers who have enjoyed her entire series. We welcome new members. Besides your presence, we would like to hear your choice to read and discuss. If you love to read, start out the New Year by joining this group that reads a wide selection of books and has lots of fun discussing them. For more information, call Alice Marks 651- 283-5010.












Women’s Brown Bag

Women’s Brown Bag
Wednesday, January 5
1:00pm in the Fireside Room
Bring your mask (but not your lunch)!
We will meet January 5 at 1:00pm to share a last bit of holiday cheer for our souls.  It’s the 12th day of Christmas, after all, and the day before Epiphany.  The word itself means “revelation.”  We might even try to guess what 2022 is likely to reveal to us.  Women from Peace are invited, whether or not you’ve been part of the group in the past.






Sunday Services

We continue to have worship on Sunday mornings, at 8:30am and 10:30am (every Sunday). At our 8:30 service, we share communion each week with a Taizé service the last Sunday of each month. At our 10:30 service, we usually share communion the first Sunday of the month. Masks must be worn indoors. Service will continue to be livestreamed via our website (www.peaceucc.org) on most Sundays. Updated information can be found on our website (peaceucc.org) and in the weekly email. We look forward to seeing you at church!

Sunday, January 2: The Feast of the Epiphany—In some countries, the visit of the Magi is the time for gift giving.  The word “epiphany” means revelation, and historically the Western church celebrates this day as the revelation of Jesus as Savior for all peoples.
8:30am: Please join us for worship in the sanctuary.
10:30am: Please join us for worship in the sanctuary or via livestream. Pastor Jim will be preaching. Special music by the Peace Band.

Sunday, January 9: Feast of the Baptism of Jesus and the Renewal of Baptism—Renewal of Baptism is a rite observed in many Christian churches on this Sunday when the Gospel text is the story of Jesus’ baptism.
8:30am: Please join us for worship in the sanctuary.
10:30am: Please join us for worship in the sanctuary or via livestream. Sermon by Pastor Jim. Opportunity for Baptism for infants, children or adults. Special music by the choir.

Sunday, January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday—Letter from Birmingham Jail is a document central to the Civil Rights movement and a modern expression of our faith’s prophetic witness.
8:30am: Please join us for worship in the sanctuary.
10:30am: Service of the Word. Sermon by Pastor Jim. Please join us for worship in the sanctuary or via livestream. Special music by Leon’s friends.

Sunday, January 23: Jesus’ Inaugural Sermon
8:30am: Please join us for worship in the sanctuary.
10:30am: Please join us for worship in the sanctuary or via livestream. Nathan will be preaching this morning.

Sunday, January 30: Covenant Sunday
8:30am: Please join us for Taizé in the sanctuary.
10:30am: Please join us for worship in the sanctuary or via livestream. Sermon by Pastor Charlotte Frantz. Rite of Recovenanting.





Monday Yoga With Robin

Therapeutic SomaYoga
 Mondays, 9:00-10:15am in the Fireside Room
Therapeutic SomaYoga for healthy aging. Taught by Robin Davidson, PT, RYT, yoga therapist in training. This 75 minute class focuses on different aspects of the body, mind, and spirit that will support you in increased wellness as you age. It is very gentle and offers modifications for all levels of participants.  Free will donations for the class (suggested $10) can be made to the office. This is an in person, ongoing class on Mondays (with masks). You can also join us through Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/91071791750

Online Shared Ministry Form

Spring is the time for our Shared Ministry Forms! We would like to hear from each of you to learn how you would like to be involved in the life of Peace Church. There are still so many ways, even when we are not meeting together, and there are many opportunities to feel connected. Our online form is simple and quick to fill out. Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScPv0x6yfhYsl3uJYTrDrjSDljIeLH0CrzyoCZbXzNF-mhFKw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

We hope to hear from everyone before the end of the month, and we will dedicate your submissions at our service on May 30th. Contact Elise with questions (elise@peaceucc.org).


Adult Forums

The Commons (AKA  Adult Forums)
Sundays at 9:30am
In the Fellowship Hall

In our Adult Forums, our Peace community can gather to exchange ideas, make plans, learn together, and be spiritually nurtured.  What happens in The Commons can help shape our life as a community. If there is an issue or question or information that you think ought to be shared because it affects our common life as a congregation, contact Nathan Holst or Penny Cragun. They provide leadership for the Adult Education Team, the group that schedules most events in our Commons.  Here are events planned for January:

January 2:  A Common New Beginning:  Baptism—What does baptism mean?  What is the liturgy of baptismal renewal? Is that for all of us?  Learn more about a liturgy that will be part of Peace’s worship the following Sunday.

January 9: Resources We Hold in Common:  The 2022 Budget Preview—The budget reflects our plans and possibilities for the coming year.  Learn more about the budget, ask questions, and be better informed for the Annual meeting at the end of January when members will be asked to vote on the budget for 2022.

January 16: An Important Legacy: MLK Letter from Birmingham Jail—is a crucial document from the Civil Rights Era.  NAACP will host a zoom reading of the letter at 4:00 that afternoon.  Read it and discuss its significance with others from Peace.

January 23: Searching Together: Roe vs. Wade—The United Church of Christ is a “prayerfully pro-choice” denomination.  What does our faith say about the issue of abortion?

January 30: Our Common Connection: Covenant—What does it mean to “belong” to a congregation?  Or for our congregation to “belong” to the United Church of Christ?  We are bound together by covenant.  Come, help us talk about what that means.





30 Days of Justice

Looking for a way to deepen your understanding of racial justice and move towards action? Join “30 Days of Justice,” an online course for Peace Church that asks you to spend 10 minutes per day reading an article or watching a video.  We are postponing our zoom gatherings for the time being (look for more information about learning cohorts soon, which will include an orientation on how to use the online course), but we want to invite anyone to use this as it fits your schedule .

Following the death of George Floyd, many people have been looking for ways to develop a greater understanding of racial justice and how to combat racism and white supremacy.  To support that effort, we have adapted a series of readings and activities curated by Autumn Gupta with supervision from Bryanna Wallace to become a course we are offering in Canvas. Originally entitled “Justice in June,” we are calling it “Justice in August.”

This is a daily opportunity to spend about 10 minutes reading or watching a resource related to racial justice. Each day, we will also ask you to reflect on what you have learned. You are welcome to also engage with other interpreters who are going through the same process.

To Join the Course


Wednesday Activities

Wednesday Activity Schedule (more details in our monthly newsletter and in our weekly email).
5-6pm: Bible Study via Zoom
6-7:00pm: Middle School (6-8th grades) Youth Group under the tent
6:15pm: Adult Choir in the Sanctuary
7-8:15pm: Confirmation in the Fireside Room (first and third Wednesdays of each month)

Centering Prayer will begin again in October. More info to come.


Christmas Pageant Video

Skip to Pageant Video

December 15, 2019 ~ 10:30am

Third Sunday of Advent

The People of Peace Church
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Sharon Dawson, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson

Prelude by Savi Holden

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells

God is Revealed as We Gather

Song “Awake, Awake and Greet the New Morn” (#107, vs 1–3)

Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles ~ The Candle of Joy
Chris, Erica, Ingrid and Evelyn Henkel

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah


*Opening Hymn   “With Joy Draw Water (#109)

Unison Prayer

O Loving God, we await the birth of your Child, Jesus,whom you send into the world to show us the way of compassion. Help us to follow him with courage and joy across all the boundaries of our human difference. Open our hearts and our communities, that they may be places where your goodness shines bright, and your generosity is shared with all our sisters and brothers. We ask in the name of Jesus, your beloved Child and our brother. Amen.

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, Jeshua’s Prayer (prayer #7 P&W Songbook), Choral Amen

Sharing our Offerings

Offertory     Benjamin Fena

*The Thanksgiving     (Old Hundredth)
Hope in the God who reigns above,
Who holds us all in steadfast love;
Whose Spirit blows across the earth,
Preparing us for second birth.

*Unison Prayer of Dedication
Holy One, whose heart abounds with gifts, receive this our offering as a sign of our intention to live surrounded by your mercy and generous toward your world. Amen.

Children’s Christmas Pageant

The Special Star

One little star is upset that she isn’t lit at night by the Star lighters like all the other stars. She complains to the Star lighters, and when that doesn’t work, she complains to God. God is understanding and slowly tells the Little Star the plan for the first Christmas night in Bethlehem.

The story takes place on the evening of the first Christmas.

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”….. 4th & 5th Graders
“O Little Town of Bethlehem”………………….. Kindergarten & 1st Graders
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”… 2nd Graders
“We Three Kings of Orient Are”… 3rd Graders
“Silent Night”……………………………. Preschoolers
“Joy to the World!” (#132)…………. All our Children

Congregation joins on second verse