Ways to Connect at Peace

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

Vacation Bible School in August!

Weaving our World Together
Tuesday, August 11–Friday, August 14, 9:30am-10:45am

for 4 year olds — kids going in to 6th grade
Live zoom or recorded for your family’s individual schedule.

VBS Registration Form
It is important to register EARLY this year so that everyone has supplies! Registration Deadline is August 2.

There will be a “Box of Fun” (craft supplies) to pick up at church on Sunday, August 9, 11:30-2:30 and Monday, August 10, 9-5.  The first three days will be live zoom link to songs, scripture with Pastor Kathy and a guided craft project emphasizing our place within the sacred Web of Life and the importance of our connection with each other and the natural world. The “Box of Fun” will contain the materials needed for doing the three art projects. On Friday morning each child will be welcomed at the Church parking lot to offer their own piece of artwork in a coming together of a Web of Life group mural. And yes, there will be ice cream!

Our goal this summer is to stay connected and have programming that is fun for the kids and their parents. No more stress than needed. Hoping that you all will work with us as we put safety considerations first and move in accordance with current information. Please stay tuned in as we finalize plans and know they may change with the times! Click the link above to register.  Cost: $20 per child, maximum $50 per family, please make checks out to Peace Church and send them to the church office (1111 N 11th Ave. E, Duluth MN 55805). If you have questions, please contact Sharon (Sharon@peaceucc.org).

Programming will be based on safety and current information on the Covid-19 situation.

The Web of Life is the focus for our creativity and scripture this summer. While it is different from being in person, we are hoping to offer  fun activities  with meaningful content by bringing the  opportunity for kids to investigate how we are connected and working together as a global community within the natural world. There will be a live zoom option in the mornings and also a recording so families can work in the crafts and “Box of Fun” with the meaningful content and scripture– when it works with their individual schedules.  YES! Summer can be busy and lots of us are tired of looking at screens! We are aware and hoping this will give our kids a sense of connection and community while offering things to do that are not totally dependent on screen time. There will be outdoor gathering of natural art supplies, prayer flags to hang, T-shirts, coloring mandalas and pieces to paint of your own life web to bring to a community mural the last day that will mark this summer of 2020 and our connection as a faith community in a very unusual time in history.

Little Treehouse Lending Library

Bring the kids to visit our new Little Treehouse Lending Library! You can find our new Little Treehouse Lending Library in the garden to the left of the Peace Church front doors. A huge THANK YOU to the Courtwright family for building this amazing home so our children have a safe, fun way to borrow books from the Peace Church library and build their imaginations. The Library will hold children’s picture books and youth chapter books, which can be checked out for two weeks. This month the focus will be on diversity; we are updating our collection with current books. So next time you want to get out of the house and have a fun destination, come visit the beautiful treehouse, and be sure to notice the cedar base and take in the fresh scent of wood while you borrow a book or two.

Ecofaith Youth Camp

Monday August 17 through Friday August 23 (note date change)

Ecofaith Youth Camp—still on and adapted! 11am-2pm each day. A lot has changed in the last month or so, and we have been working on adapting our August high school youth event plans with the Ecofaith Youth Camp.  With a combination of online and in person gatherings, we have some amazing speakers and activities in the works that will make the connections between environmental justice and racial justice, give us some time to build deeper friendships, and have some fun together.  With so much else canceled this summer, you can count on this opportunity and we would love for you to join us. Cost is $50, which will cover speakers and (we hope) kayak rental for a morning on the St. Louis River.  If you have any questions or want to register, please contact Nathan at nathan@peaceucc.org. Registration deadline is Sunday, August 2. 

Ecowomanism Book Group

September 1, 1-3pm  “It was normal for my own mother, Naomi, to teach me that the best way to grow plants, beans, and flowers was to read to them, and sing. Perhaps the greatest songs I’ve ever sung in the garden were African American spirituals, which made me feel a divine ancestral presence all around. Listening is a core part of singing. I learned this early, and the more I listened the louder the music of the earth grew.” – from Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths by Dr. Melanie Harris.

Join Sarah Holst in reading Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths by Dr. Melanie Harris as the final part of the Climate Justice CPE. Four years ago, Dr. Melanie Harris led our community through a process of racial reparations: Living into the Difficult. Join us as we read her book which beautifully outlines the connections between climate, gender, and racial justice. We will discuss the themes of her book and our own ancestral relationships to the earth. Copies are available at Peace Church for $15. See Weekly Email Reminders for Zoom link.

 

Peace Sanctuary open for private prayer

Peace Church sanctuary will be open for private prayer every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 9am and 3pm. Call the office when you arrive so we can let you in the church. Please wear a face mask. We recently received a generous donation of 100 masks from Carrie Sipper and family, so a mask can be provided for you if needed. (Face masks are available anytime for anyone needing one, just stop by to pick one up.)

Mid-Week Lunchtime Get Together

12noon-1pm (note new time): Mid-week “coffee hour/lunch” in person gathering in the lower Peace Parking Lot! As you may know, while we are not yet gathering for Sunday worship (and may not for some time), some teams and groups at Peace have been starting to gather in person in small groups, especially outside.  In that light, we want to invite you to an in-person gathering every Wednesday from 11:30-12:30 in the lower Peace Church parking lot–the big yellow tent is up if shelter from the sun is needed. Bring a lunch or beverage if you’d like. Please bring a chair to sit on at a distance from others, and we encourage everyone to wear a face mask. Like our coffee hour, this will simply be a chance to see others and catch up.  Pastor Kathy or Nathan (or both) will help lead and coordinate, supporting people in getting settled and finding a place to sit.  If we have more people than will fit in a small circle, we’ll create additional circles to accommodate numbers.  If you have any questions, please contact Nathan at nathan@peaceucc.org

Resilience – Online Youth Camp 

June 29-July 1   We are excited to share that the Minnesota UCC Conference is putting on an online youth camp this summer for grades 6-12, and you’re invited to join (and in this time of constant change, we love that we can say with certainty that this will not be canceled!).  It is more important than ever to stay connected, re-connect, and support each other as a community. This year’s camp is about RESILIENCE. What is resilience? What does it look like? What if you feel un-resilient? (Hint: That’s normal!)  The incredible Theatre of Public Policy (think improv meets comedy group) is putting together some great ways to keep us connected and building our resilience.  Here’s the registration link: https://www.uccmn.org/event/mn-conference-ucc-youth-camp/  Contact Nathan at nathan@peaceucc.org with any questions.

Shared Ministry Form

Being the Church in this time of Pandemic
      We still need you!  Shared Ministry Form for this time

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to for one body…1 Corinthians 12: 12-13

Yes even more than ever we each a part of body of Christ with unique gifts to share for the health of the whole body. During this challenging time of pandemic, many of the usual ways we take part in the ministries of Peace are not relevant. But our gifts are still needed in so many ways. It is more important than ever to stay connected to one another and find ways to be the Church together.

Here is a simplified version of the Shared Ministry Form we ask you all to fill out every spring as we look ahead to the coming program year. This is specific to this challenging time—once we are back together there will be many more opportunities! Please respond with the ways you are able to share your gifts, and let us know new and creative ways that we may not have thought about yet! Our Shared Ministry forms will be dedicated at worship on May 31 – Please submit your form by Wednesday May 27 if possible so it can be printed and dedicated.

Sunday Services

We currently have one “virtual” service each Sunday at 10:30am which will be live-streamed. See the link on our website homepage.

Peace “Pods” at the Sunday Live Stream
Are you interested in being present for the live streaming of worship on a Sunday during the summer?  As part of our planning for the potential return to worship, we are inviting 10 “pods” to be present on Sunday mornings.  A pod is anyone who shares the same “bubble” during the pandemic.  If you are interested, we have an online form for you to fill out. Form must be received in office by Thursday noon.  We will randomly select people to attend.  If you are not able to fill out the form, you can call the office (218-724-3637) and provide the necessary information.  You must be at the church by 10:15am.

EVERY SUNDAY
9:30am: Peace Sunday School
via Zoom. Sunday School will continue via zoom through the summer until we are able to meet again as a group! Please email sharon@peaceucc for the zoom link.
10:25am: Worship Service live streamed. Pastor Kathy, Nathan Holst, Jim Pospisil and a minimalist choir, including Mark Hakes, will lead us.
11:30am: Peace Church Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom.
(See weekly email reminders, or email the office for the Zoom links to events.)

Sunday, August 9:
Scripture: Romans 10: 5-15 & Matthew 14: 22-33
Sermon:  Wind and Waves by Pastor Kathy

Sunday, August 16:
Sermon by Dr. Gary Boelhower
Special music by Cathy Ameel

Sunday,  August 23:
Sermon by Rev. Tom Liddle
Special music by Susan Larson Kidd

Sunday, August 30:
Scripture: Exodus 3: 1-15 and Matthew 16: 21-28
Sermon: “Standing on Holy Ground” by Pastor Kathy

 

 

 

 

Read Along Story Time

Peace Church Read Aloud Story Time is featuring the fantastic travels of The Little Prince this month. If you haven’t found the private group on Face Book yet it is linked to the Peace Church FB Page. You will also find Because of Winn Dixie read aloud and a Winn Dixie song by Susan Larson Kidd set to pictures of our own Peace members pets.

Parents, grandparents and your kids are encouraged to read a favorite Children’s book aloud, tell a story and share it on the page, or draw pictures of the story to post. There is a link to the private group on the Peace Church Face Book Page. Look for  Peace Church Read Aloud Story Time.

 

Report from East Timor – watch video

On Thursday May 7, Tom and Monica Liddle hosted a report back from East Timor, To watch a video of this presentation, follow this LINK
Story of Mission, Journey of Faith: Seven years with the people of Lospalos, East Timor
Peace Church has supported us, the Liddle family, for seven years in our journey of mission with the people of a small town in East Timor. We invite you to join us for a presentation and discussion. What is meant by Christian “mission” in our time? What is mission “partnership” about? How is our own transformation as people and disciples of Jesus related to our engagement in mission? We’ll discuss some of this, share some stories about Timor and ponder how it all relates to our life and mission as a congregation in Duluth, Minnesota.

Wednesday Activities

As you know, we are generally not gathering in our building during the Corona Virus outbreak, but there’s still lots of connecting we will do online! Some gatherings have been taking place at the church outdoors. Please see twice-weekly email reminders for the latest Info!

Wednesday, Summer Activities!
Please email the office or check twice-weekly reminders if you need zoom links
Centering Prayer, Wednesday at 5:00pm via text
Wednesday Bible Study – at 5pm on Zoom
Peace Middle School Youth Group Wednesday at 6:00pm

  Find more details below:

Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study – 4th Wednesday of the month (August 26) at noon outdoors under the tent, weather permitting.

Kids Club Wednesday at 3:00pm  
Kids Club is over for the summer, and we invite the children to transfer to the Read Aloud Story Time Face Book Group with Children’s minister Sharon. MORE INFO
Please email sharon@peaceucc.org if you would like more info.

Wednesday Bible Study – at 5pm on Zoom!
Please email the office or check twice-weekly reminders if you need zoom links

Centering Prayer, Wednesday at 5:00pm
Virtual Centering Prayer is by text at 5:00 pm. Text your cell number to Jackie Falk, 218.310.3908 if you would like to be welcomed in to join us at 5:00 pm on Wednesday evenings. We rest in the God who is all in All.  – Thomas Keating.  To learn more, Richard Rohr provides a 9 minute video that explains the history and practice of Centering Prayer or Contemplative Prayer at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0o5J0-8OA0&t=7s

Peace Middle School Youth Group Wednesday at 6:00pm
Zoom meeting: Please email nathan@peaceucc.org if you would like the link
Every other week (July 1, 15, 29)  we will have In-person Outdoor Gatherings from 6-7pm
We will have a distanced gathering for our middle school youth in the lower Peace parking lot. RSVP required (nathan@peaceucc.org) so that we’re all on the same page about guidelines for our time together.

Loving Kindness Meditation Podcast

“Loving Kindness Meditation” podcast available on our website. Gary Boelhower has written this “Loving Kindness Meditation in a Time of Pandemic” to help us grieve and pray and hold each other in love and kindness during this difficult time. The meditation is about 17 minutes long. Feel free to use it however works best for you. The meditation is part of “Peace in a Pod,” a podcast series spearheaded by Doug Bowen-Bailey that is under development. You can access the meditation at https://www.peaceucc.org/podcast/loving-kindness-meditation/ The podcast is available on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music.”

Choir Check-in every Thursday at 4:30

Choir check in . .  Join us Thursdays at 4:30 for a time to check in virtually and maybe even share a little music . . We will meet every Thursday at this time until our last session on May 21.
Join Zoom Meeting  https://zoom.us/j/139032513
Meeting ID: 139 032 513
Join by phone  +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Missing Taize?

If you are missing our monthly Taize services at Peace, here is a You Tube link to a Taize service that you might find helpful.

Kid’s Club goes Virtual!

Kids Club

Kids Club is over for the summer, and we invite the children to transfer to the Read Aloud Story Time Face Book Group with Children’s minister Sharon. MORE INFO
Please email sharon@peaceucc.org if you would like more info.

Online Activities at Peace – what you need to know!

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, most church activities are now online, hosted via ZOOM.  (see below for info about using ZOOM) The following is a list of weekly online activities and the link for joining the meetings.

Peace Sunday School, Sunday at 9:30am
Zoom Meeting: Please email sharon@peaceucc.org if you would like the link.

Peace Church Virtual Coffee Hour, Sunday at 11:30am
Please check twice-weekly email reminders or email the church, office@peaceucc.org, for the links to zoom meetings.

Additional Peace Middle School Youth Group Hang Out, Sunday at 12:30pm
Zoom meeting: Please email nathan@peaceucc.org if you would like the link.

Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study – 4th Wednesday of the month (April 22, May 27) at noon
Please check twice-weekly email reminders or email the church, office@peaceucc.org, for the links to zoom meetings.

Kids Club, Wednesday at 3:00pm
Zoom meeting: Please email sharon@peaceucc.org if you would like the link.

Peace Middle School Youth Group, Wednesday at 6:00pm
Zoom meeting: Please email nathan@peaceucc.org if you would like the link.

Adult Bible Study, Wednesday at 5pm
We will look at John 20: 1-18
Please check twice-weekly email reminders or email the church, office@peaceucc.org, for the links to zoom meetings.

Choir, Thursday at 4:30pm
Please check twice-weekly email reminders or email the church, office@peaceucc.org, for the links to zoom meetings.

New to Zoom?
If you’re new to Zoom, it’s very simple, but will require a brief preparation time to use it for the first time. Nathan Holst will support anyone who has difficulty using Zoom for the first time. You can contact him at Nathan@peaceucc.org. If you want to join by computer, you will need to have a camera in or connected to your computer, phone, or tablet, and you will also need to download Zoom. Here is the address for a brief video to walk you through the process: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting. Once you get Zoom on your device, simply click on the link on this page for the meeting you want (or copy the link and paste it in your internet browser). If you do not have the ability to join by computer, you can use your phone to call in to this number: 312 626 6799. When you call in, it will ask for the meeting ID, which is included in the information we have sent about your meeting. Again, if you have trouble with any of this, please reach out and we can support you. We’re here to help all of us navigate these changes together.

Men’s and Women’s Retreats cancelled

Both retreats were scheduled to be held in April at Clearwater Forest Retreat Center, but the Center has closed and cancelled all reservations. There are currently no plans to reschedule these retreats.