Ways to Connect at Peace

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

Sunday Services

We continue to have worship on Sunday mornings, at 8:30am (once a month) and 10:30am (every Sunday). Our 8:30 service is a Taizé Service (prayer, song, scripture, and meditation). At our 10:30 service, we usually share communion the first Sunday of the month. We will be alternating outdoor worship with indoor service in the sanctuary each week. Masks must be worn indoors. Service will continue to be livestreamed via our website (www.peaceucc.org) when service is held in the sanctuary. We look forward to seeing you at church!

Sunday, August 1
10:30am: Worship service will be held in the sanctuary and via our livestream.
Rev. Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister for the Minnesota Conference of the UCC, will join us for our 10:30 worship service and a question/answer session.

Sunday, August 8
8:30am: Taizé Service in the sanctuary and livestreamed.
10:30am: Join us for worship under the tent.
There will be no livestream for this service.
Tom Liddle will be our guest preacher.
Special music by our Tent Show Band.

Sunday, August 15
10:30am: Worship service will be held in the sanctuary and via our livestream.
Charlotte Frantz and Benjamin Fena will be preaching this Sunday.
Special music by our Choir.

Sunday, August 22
10:30am: Join us for worship service under the tent. There will be no livestream for this service.
Matt Hunter will be our guest preacher.
Special music by our Tent Show Band.

Sunday, August 29
10:30am: Join us for worship service in the sanctuary or via the livestream.
Special music: Jazz combo of Melanie Sever, Vince Osborn, Ian Connell, Jim Pospisil

 

 

 

Annual Foy Scholarship Award Ceremony

Peace and St. Mark AME continue to award scholarships in memory of
Rev. Arthur Foy III, who was serving St. Mark AME when he was killed in
a tragic car accident. This year’s award ceremony will be held at Peace
on Saturday, July 31 at 2:00pm. Come to congratulate and support this
year’s six scholarship recipients, listen to some music, and make a
donation in whatever amount towards next year’s awards.

Annual Peace Rummage Sale

Peace Church Rummage Sale

Saturday, August 14 from 9:00am– 2:00pm

It’s time to clean out your closets and basements and set things aside! Last summer we couldn’t have our rummage sale but this summer we are bringing it back. We hope to have it outside in the back parking lot but will use the fellowship hall if the weather is poor. Donations can be dropped off at the church beginning August 12. We hope to see you there!

 

Women’s Brown Bag

Women’s Brown Bag Study Group will take a break for July and August and meet again on September 22!

 

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 Janell with questions (janell@peaceucc.org).

 

Adult Forums

Sundays at 9:30am after the first service
We look forward to offering adult forums each week beginning again in September. Please watch our monthly newsletter and the weekly email update for details on speakers, times and dates.

 

 

 

“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

All three of our regular book clubs will be taking a break for the summer and will resume in September.

 

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, 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 second Thursday of each month.  Contact Nathan if you have any questions.

Read Along Story Time

Peace Church Read Aloud Story Time Group
We invite families with children to go to our Facebook Story Time Group to check out our new read aloud book by Kate Dicamillo!
Illustrated by K. G. Campbell. Read by Holly Bowen-Bailey. There’s even a Google slide of the illustrations!
We hope you and your kids enjoy this delightful story.

 

 

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! Please see twice-weekly email reminders for the latest Info!

Wednesday Activities
Please email the office or check twice-weekly reminders if you need zoom links
Women’s Brown Bag Bible Study – 4th Wednesday of the month at noon on Zoom
Centering Prayer, Wednesday at 5:00pm via text
Wednesday Bible Study – at 5pm on Zoom
Peace Middle School Youth Group Wednesday at 6:00pm
Choir begins meeting in person on April 14 at 6:15pm in the sanctuary (masked and distanced)
Confirmation 1, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7pm on zoom

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

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