Ways to Connect at Peace

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

Virtual Valentine Gatherings

For many years, we at Peace shared dinner in small groups. Originally called “Dinners for 8”, the tradition evolved into dinners for several–6, 7, or 8.

In the survey conducted by the Shared Ministry team asking Peace people about ways of maintaining connection, one response, which was enthusiastically endorsed by the team, was that we bring back these dinners virtually, as Zoom gatherings.

This is a great way to connect with people in a small group. If you would like to participate or host (hosts will be given instructions on how to make that happen), please Sign Up Here or contact the church office (office@peaceucc.org). You will then be contacted with more info. We are aiming to start these gatherings around February 14, thus the Virtual Valentine.

Family Tubing at Mont du Lac

Saturday, January 30th from 12:30-3:30pm –  Come join us for some fun on the snow tube hills of Mont du Lac. That’s right—the pandemic might still be with us, but we can still have fun outside together at a distance and zoom down the tubing hill at the same time. Cost is $20 and participants must be at least 48 inches tall. If you’re interested, please let Nathan Holst know at nathan@peaceucc.org. Let’s have some tubing fun together!

 

Congregational Annual Meeting 

Sunday, January 31 (following the worship service) at 11:30am via Zoom

Annual Meeting Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Opening Prayer
  • Approval of the 2021 Budget
  • Proposal to urge the Duluth City Council to support Climate Emergency Declaration
  • Report on Interim Ministry

 

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 currently suspended due to the upsurge in covid cases.

EVERY SUNDAY
9:30am: Peace Sunday School
via Zoom. (No Sunday School on December 27)
10:25am: Worship Service live streamed. Pastor Kathy, Nathan Holst, Jim Pospisil and a minimalist choir will lead us.
11:30am: Adult Forum via Zoom Link to Adult Forum schedule
(See weekly email reminders, or email the office for the Zoom links to events.)

Sunday, January 3: Celebrating Epiphany
Scripture: Isaiah 60: 1-6 and Matthew 2: 1-12
Sermon: “Arise, Shine” by Pastor Kathy
Special music this morning by Ron Deters and others. We will celebrate communion together this morning so have some bread and juice, toast or coffee ready.
11:30am Adult Forum – Pastor Kathy. As we get close to her retirement, we wanted to give Pastor Kathy a chance to share some words at our adult forum.  Come hear Pastor Kathy share and reflect about her time over the years at Peace Church.

Sunday, January 10: Service of Farewell for Pastor Kathy
Scripture: Micah 6: 8 and John 13: 1-17
Sermon: “Washed” by Pastor Kathy.
Special music by Leon Rohrbaugh and others. There will be a ritual of farewell at the conclusion of the service that will include vows of release for Kathy and the congregation.
No Virtual Forum. – Come after the worship service for a drive-by in our upper parking lot to say good-by to Pastor Kathy and her family.

Sunday, January 17: Second Sunday After Epiphany
Pastor Greg Briggs preaching
11:30am Adult Forum – Lisa Fitzpatrick and Climate Crisis prep
for our congregational meeting. Lisa Fitzpatrick has been doing some amazing climate justice work recently, and we want to invite you to hear more about her work around declaring a climate emergency in Duluth.  This is part of a forum that will give some context on the lead up to a Peace congregational vote on whether to support the petition for the city of Duluth to declare a climate emergency.  Come listen to what Lisa has been up to and bring your questions as a way to help prepare us for the congregational vote. 

Sunday, January 24: Third Sunday After Epiphany 
Pastor Greg Briggs preaching
11:30am Adult Forum – Pastor Greg. This month we at Peace welcome our new interim, Pastor Greg.  Come join us for this opportunity to get to know Pastor Greg better as we embark on this new chapter together

Sunday, January 31: Fourth Sunday After Epiphany 
Pastor Greg Briggs preaching
11:30am Adult Forum – Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). Come join us to hear more about the work of SURJ Northland, a local group organizing white folks to do better multiracial work.  You’ll hear about some of the core values of the organization, as well as some of the work they’ve been doing in the community.

 

 

 

 

Adult Forums

Sundays at 11:30 after the service
Adult Forums look a bit different than past years, but we’ve still got some great things planned and we would love for you to join us for our virtual adult forums at 11:30 most Sundays after the service on Zoom. Our theme this winter will focus on different kinds of love, based on the 1 John 4:7 text—“let us love one another,” and we will be drawing in a variety of different kinds of topics such as community safety, justice and politics, grief, and resiliency. Here’s what we have planned for this month:

It’s a New Year and that means a whole new batch of virtual adult forums at our usual time of 11:30am on Sundays.  As we’re heading into a time of transition in our church, we are planning to have different speakers talk about what it means to thrive in the midst of transition, again trying to bring you a range of people from different organizations and topics.  Here’s what we have planned for January:

January 3: Pastor Kathy. As we get close to her retirement, we wanted to give Pastor Kathy a chance to share some words at our adult forum.  Come hear Pastor Kathy share and reflect about her time over the years at Peace Church.

January 10: Come after the worship service for a drive-by in our upper parking lot to say good-by to Pastor Kathy and her family.

January 17: Lisa Fitzpatrick and Climate Crisis prep for our congregational meeting. Lisa Fitzpatrick has been doing some amazing climate justice work recently, and we want to invite you to hear more about her work around declaring a climate emergency in Duluth.  This is part of a forum that will give some context on the lead up to a Peace congregational vote on whether to support the petition for the city of Duluth to declare a climate emergency.  Come listen to what Lisa has been up to and bring your questions as a way to help prepare us for the congregational vote.

January 24: Pastor Greg. This month we at Peace welcome our new interim, Pastor Greg.  Come join us for this opportunity to get to know Pastor Greg better as we embark on this new chapter together.

January 31: Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). Come join us to hear more about the work of SURJ Northland, a local group organizing white folks to do better multiracial work.  You’ll hear about some of the core values of the organization, as well as some of the work they’ve been doing in the community.

 

Call and Spiritual Journey Group

An ongoing group meeting on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30pm on Zoom
In this time of pandemic, have you been struggling with your own sense of purpose?  Do you long to be more deeply connected to others, experiencing both affirmation and challenge to live fully into who you are?  Come join our weekly virtual call and spiritual journey group where you’ll experience a space to share about your life, poetry and reflections on calling, and life giving songs to nourish your soul. If you have questions or would like to rsvp for the zoom link, please contact Nathan at nathan@peaceucc.org.   

“Peace in a Pod” Podcasts

From the Spiritual Journey Team:  Peace Church has a podcast and we’d like to share it with you!  This last year the Peace Spiritual Journey team has been working with Doug Bowen-Bailey to create a podcast called “Peace in a Pod”.  In addtion to two interviews and a loving kindness meditation, you’ll find our most recent recording from June of 2020, which is a conversation with our spiritual journey team about the effects of the pandemic on our spiritual lives and journeys, and includes reflections on confronting racism in this time.  We hope you find it meaningful and useful as you navigate your own spiritual journey in this time.  Here’s a link to listen: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/peace-in-a-pod-2

Gary Boelhower has written a “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.

Subscribe to the podcast on: StitcherApple Podcasts and Google Play Music

 

Peace Church Book Groups

Daytime Book Club for Men and Women – meets the third Thursday of each month from 10am until noon.
Thursday, January 21 at 10am
 We will be reading The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson. The novel has two themes based on history. The first is the racial injustice of the blue people of Kentucky. The main character’s occupation is based on librarians on horseback in  Appalachia, part of Roosevelt’s Great Depression Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project. The Thursday Morning Book Group will zoom on January 21. For more information contact Alice Marks at amarks001@charter.net.

Monday Women’s Book Group – Meets the first and third Mondays at 4pm on Zoom
January 4 & 18 at 4:00pm via Zoom
In January we will continue to read and discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson.  The author posits that racism is an insufficient term for the systemic oppression of Black people in America.  Instead, she prefers to refer to America as having a “caste” system. Please contact Penny Cragun (pcragun@d.umn.edu) if you would like to join us.

 

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

 

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.

A (Continued) Call to Peace White Men

Meets the second Thursday of each month (January 14), 6:30-8:30pm: A (Continued) Call to Peace White Men. In a recent Peace conversation about the racial violence happening in our state and country, we noticed that there were only a few white men who were a part of the conversation, which led to some more reflections and questions about how and where our white men are showing up right now.  We would like to invite our white men of Peace Church into a conversation to reflect more about the ways we are showing up in this time and how we can support each other.  Join Nathan Holst and Tom Liddle who will facilitate this virtual conversation together on the third Thursday of each month.  Contact Nathan if you have any questions.

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.)

Confirmation Covid Style

Thirteen youth were confirmed at Peace Church in a wonderful service on September 13th. We thank them for their words, music, and videos that were part of this service.

Here is a link to the very moving Parent Blessings that were part of our Confirmation Service.

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.

Read Along Story Time

Join our community member Gary Boelhower as he reads his new children’s book A Common Thirst for our private Peace Church children’s Story Time Group on FB. Warm illustrations by Duluth artist Sarah Brokke bring to life a story of healing divisions between goats and sheep using the wisdom  of “the child’s mind” for survival. Find a link to join the group on the peace web site if you haven’t joined already. If you would like to read a book for our kids for the group contact Sharon (e-mail address)

 

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.

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)