Ways to Connect at Peace

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

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

Our Peace Church Read Aloud Story Time Face Book Group now has eight chapters of author Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie read aloud for your family to enjoy.  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.

As KidsClub ends at the end of May, this will be a great way to keep the children engaged and connected with each other.

Vacation Bible School Plans

Things are bit tenuous as we plan for the summer and we are hopeful you will understand. Of coarse we are all looking forward to getting together as usual but in reality that is not hopeful at this time. Alternative plans are in the making! 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.

We have chosen the second week of August (10-14) to provide Vacation Bible School Programming. A decision on what that programming looks like will be made at the beginning of July and we will inform the parents.  Programming will be based on safety and current information on the covid 19 situation.

If there is a group event, it will be a one-day, couple hour get-together outdoors at the church with safety measures in place. However, a probable scenario will be a group project outdoors at the Church where families can come one or two at a time and contribute, such as a mural, or ??? A “Box of Fun” will be given to take home with supplies that the kids can use for a couple of zoom meet-ups where we will connect as a group and work on a themed project.

Hoping that you all will work with us as we put safety considerations first and move in accordance with current information as plans for VBS develop. Please stay tuned in as we finalize plans and know they may change with the times! If you have questions please contact the office and we will do our best to answer them!

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. There will be “virtual” Sunday School at 9:30am, and virtual coffee hour at 11:30am.
(See weekly email reminders, or email the office for the Zoom links to events.)

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 our choir of  Maddie Carpenter, Mark Hakes and Frost Bowen-Bailey will lead us.
11:30am: Peace Church Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom.

Sunday, June 7 – Graduation Sunday
This day we will celebrate our high school graduates.   Eli Beech-Brown, Anna Huber and Sydney Olson will each share some thoughts;  Mia Kraker and Lencie Westrick will be our special music and we will celebrate all our graduates with a slideshow.

Sunday, June 14 – Remembering Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie
 On the evening of June 15, 1920, three black men, wrongly accused of raping a white woman, were abducted from the Duluth, MN, City Jail. A mob numbering between five and ten thousand people tortured these three young men, then hung them from a lamppost in the middle of Duluth’s downtown.   The commemoration of the 100th anniversary of this lynching has been postponed due to Covid-19, but as a church we will pause to remember, confess and consider what we can do now.   Henry Banks will help to lead this worship service with Pastor Kathy  which will include a showing of “Black People Are So Tired”.  This is a litany that Henry used recently at the march to remember Ahmaud Arbery on his birthday

Sunday, June 21 – Father’s Day Celebration
Scripture:  Genesis 21: 8 – 21
Sermon  “Father Abraham”. By Pastor Kathy.  .

Sunday,  June 28
Scripture;  Matthew 10: 40 – 42
Sermon by Sarah Holst who is our CPE student this Summer.  She is focusing on Eco-Justice and will be working with our Creation Justice Team, Vacation Bible School and Eco-Faith Work Camp, along with other activities.

 

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 Online!

As you know, we are not gathering in our building during the Corona Virus outbreak, but there’s still lots of connecting we will do online! Info on using Zoom HERE

Wednesday, June 3 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 (June 24) at noon on zoom

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

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

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!

Come join us! Kids Club is on ZOOM every Wednesday at 3 to 4pm through the end of May.

Each week we check in, connect with each other and make sure we can all manage the zoom platform.  Each child/family will be called on and able to say hello and we will make sure all can connect. Nathan will be available to help with tech questions. Please help your children join in. We will investigate together! Please ask your children to use a loud voice so we can hear them and to speak one at a time.

Email sharon@peaceucc.org if you would like the link for zoom. Sharon will email the link each week. It is easy and user friendly. This has really been fun and we hope you can join us as we provide interesting projects and give the kids an opportunity to just hang out and be goofy a they connect with familiar friends and faces, creating continuity in this time of change.

We are hoping that the children join the Read Aloud Story Time Face Book Group when Kids Club is over. They are encouraged to participate by posting their drawings or reading one o their favorite books aloud for their friends and the group. 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.

 



 

Christmas Pageant Video

Skip to Pageant Video

December 15, 2019 ~ 10:30am

Third Sunday of Advent

Liturgists
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

Announcements

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

Prayer

*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

*Benediction

*Postlude

Rummage Sale Postponed

Another casualty of the quarantine is our spring rummage sale which has been cancelled.  We are reluctant to say this, especially because you all are at home doing projects, cleaning, sorting and tossing ~ and we want your tosses! If possible, start a collection site named “Peace rummage sale’ and add liberally. We promise we will do our best to have a sale – maybe in the fall, but for sure when it’s safe. Stay tuned!