Ways to Connect at Peace

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

Ash Wednesday Service – February 26

Join us on February 26th at 7pm as we mark the beginning of Lent with ashes and the sharing of Communion. Each year we consider what holds us back on our journey of faith. Time is taken to write something we need to let go of. These slips of paper are burned and we are marked with ashes as a sign of our confession. We listen to God’s call to us in Matthew and are fed at Christ’s table. Forgiven and fed we can continue the journey of Lent, holding on to the hope of the resurrection.

Prayers Around the Cross will be held each Wednesday in Lent at 7pm in the Sanctuary beginning March 4. This meditative worship includes quiet singing, silence, prayer and the lighting of candles. Take time each week for worship as we journey toward Easter. This service will begin on March 4 and continue each Wednesday until Easter (April 12).



Winter 2020 Adult Forum Series

Winter 2020 Peace Adult Ed Fall Forums

PEACE ADULT ED SERIES, WINTER 2020  Tending the Earth, Tending Each Other

9th— Building Better Boys— Gary Boelhower facilitating a conversation: Building Better Boys–excerpts of a podcast on how we teach our boys to be fully themselves.
16th— Serrano Robinson: Continuing the conversation on building better boys by sharing about Men as Peace Makers 23rd—Gabe Mayfield: Sharing the work of Life House, supporting our youth

1st—Jordon and Terresa Moses: Steps toward repair through remembering Clayton Jackson McGhie 100 years later 8th—Helen Davis: Building “unapologetically Black” and inclusive community through the Family Freedom Center
15th—Regina Laroche: Land, farming, and the roots of repair–how relationship with earth and each other can heal 22nd—Kym Young: Lifting up the truth through the Superior African Heritage Community and beyond 29th—Daniel Oyinloye: Accelerating justice and inspiring empathy through story and creativity

5th—Peace Church Dismantling Racism Team: Engaging race and relationship deeply–a UCC focused conversation on reparations and what that does (and doesn’t) mean

Lenten Just Mercy Book Study

In March there will be an opportunity to read and discuss the book “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. We will have copies in the office to purchase or borrow, so let us know if you’d like a copy. As a way to lead up to the 100th year remembrance of the Clayton Jackson McGhie lynchings, when 10,000 people will gather in the streets of Duluth to hear Bryan Stevenson speak at the site of the CJM Memorial, we’ll also host a book study on two consecutive Thursdays, March 12 and March 19 each from 6pm-8pm. We’ll also share a light soup supper. If you’re interested in helping lead or want to be a part of the group, please contact Pastor Kathy at knelson@peaceucc.org with questions or to rsvp.


Sundays in February – Worship and Adult Forums

Every Sunday – Worship at 8:30am and 10:30am; Sunday School (ages 3years – 5th graders) and Adult Forum at 9:30 (“Tending Each Other”); Coffee Hour at 11:30am.

Sunday, February 2  – Fourth Sunday After Epiphany
Scripture: Micah 6: 1-8 and Matthew 5: 1-12
Sermon: “Vision Beautiful”. This morning we will welcome new members into our congregation and celebrate communion at both services.
Special Music: Emily Hysjulien
9:30 Adult Forum: Moira Villiard, the artist whose work is currently displayed in our gallery, will be our speaker. The works in the show are part of a series of illustrations for a children’s book exploring the history of wild rice in connection to the Anishinaabe and within the modern context of sulfide and copper-nickel mining. Moira is the Arts & Culture Programming Coordinator for AICHO (American Indian Cooperative Housing Organization).

Sunday, February 9 – Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
Scripture:  Isaiah 58: 1-9 and Matthew 5: 13-20
Sermon: “Salt and Light” by Pastor Kathy Nelson
Special Music: Peace Church Choir
9:30 Adult Forum: “Building Better Boys”. We will listen to this podcast and then have time for discussion, facilitated by Gary Boelhower. How do we raise our boys to be caring and connected to their emotions? Special invitation to parents of boys of all ages!

Sunday, February 16 – Sixth Sunday After Epiphany 
Scripture:  Matthew 5: 1-12
Sermon: “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Nicoshia Wynn.
Nichoshia Wynn is a presenter and worship leader with Relentless Worship. She was a part of the leadership team of St. Mark AME under the guidance of Rev. Arthur Foy III who was her mentor.
Special Music: Sarah Greer with Darin Bergsven on guitar. Sarah is a Twin City based jazz artist and song leader who has blessed us in the past with her music.
9:30 Adult Forum: Serrano Robinson from Men as Peacemakers will be our presenter. He will share more about his organization, including Restorative Justice and Accountability Circles.

Sunday, February 23 – Transfiguration Sunday
8:30 service Taizé
10:30: Scripture: Matthew 17: 1-9
Sermon: “We Shall All Be Changed”- a dialogue sermon with Pastor Kathy, Victor Adams and Nathan Holst.
Special Music: Leon and friends
9:30 Adult Forum: Gabe Mayfield, the director of the Life House Youth Center will be our presenter. Gabe Mayfield has worked at Life House, the nonprofit organization serving at-risk homeless youths for more than three years. As the youth center program manager, he oversees grant reporting, administrative duties and supervision. While his main job is helping keep Life House safe, he said he relishes connecting with the youth. During lunch last week, young adults filtered in for help with basic needs: food, clothing, camaraderie. Mayfield glided through the downtown Duluth facility, towering but not domineering at 6 feet, 7 inches tall. He walked past a young man, giving him a low high-five. He sat down at the kitchen table with another. His voice was animated, his laugh boisterous and welcoming. (excerpts and photo taken from a 2018 article in the Duluth News Tribune.)




Spring Men’s and Women’s Retreats

Both Men’s and Women’s Retreats are held at Eagle Lodge, at Clearwater Forest near Deerwood MN—a  lovely setting for a retreat!

The Men’s Retreat will be April 17-19.
Our annual Men’s Retreat will be held April 17-19 at the Clearwater Forest Retreat Center. The facility near Deerwood MN is a great place to gather, relax, share some moments of reflection, and enjoy some good food. The cost for the weekend is $110 (with scholarship/sliding scale available). You are welcome to come for only part of the weekend if this best fits your schedule, with the cost prorated. Questions or suggestions can be directed to Nathan Holst. A sign-up sheet is available in the narthex or contact Nathan Holst at nathan@peaceucc.org.

The Women’s Retreat will be April 24-25.
Fresh Bread—Rising Up Together – Our annual Women’s Retreat will once again take place at the beautiful Clearwater Forest Retreat Center in Deerwood. We start with dinner on Friday night and end in mid-afternoon on Saturday. Cost is $45 with scholarships available. Sign up at church outside the office. If you would like to help with planning, let Pastor Kathy know. We will spend time thinking of all the stories of bread in the Gospels and in our lives. How have we been broken open, nourished, risen? Join us for this fabulous time together!


Christmas Pageant Video

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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



Wednesday Night Activities!

All are  welcome to join us every Wednesday for a full evening of fun, food, study, and singing!

Here’s what’s happens at Peace on Wednesdays…
5pm: Centering Prayer in the Chapel
5:30: Supper in the Fellowship Hall
6pm: Kid’s Club in the Lakeview Classroom–for 2nd – 5th graders. Join our Children’s Minister Sharon for fun projects, arts, crafts, games legos and yoga, learning kindness towards ourselves, each other, and our world.
6pm: Bible Study in the Mindanao Room
6pm: Middle School Youth Group in Youth Room–for 6th – 9th graders. Time for fun, connecting, prayer, and gaga ball!
6:15pm: Choir in the Music Room (All who love to sing are welcome to join the choir!)
7pm: Confirmation in the Fireside Room. Confirmation 1 for 9th graders meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays; Confirmation 2 for 10th graders meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

The Nursery is staffed from 6-7:30 for kids 1st grade and under.