Ways to Connect at Peace

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

Fall Carnival and Stewardship Kick-Off Lunch on October 11

Sunday October 11, 11:30 – 12:30 in the Lower Parking Lot
Join us for a free lunch of turkey or veggie sandwiches from Super One Foods, chips, and sodas as we kick off our 2021 Stewardship Campaign; In addition there will be great music and  games for the whole family,  such as the ever popular Cake Walk, Bean Bag Toss and a Scavenger Hunt. Fun for All Ages!

Peace Church Read A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

The 2020 selection of One Book, One Minnesota!

Join us as we read this as a community and offer two choices for discussing the book. An evening group will be held for four Thursdays beginning October 29th from 7 – 8:30 pm.   Kevin Skwira Brown and Hannah Feyen will facilitate this group.  Another group will be held during the day 1:15 on Wednesdays under the yellow tent or in the sanctuary depending on weather, for 4 Wednesdays starting October 28th. This group will be facilitated by Charlotte Franz and Pastor Kathy.  We have copies of this book in the office to purchase or borrow.

“Reading this book in community offers some Minnesotans the opportunity to see their experiences broadly shared and others a chance to educate themselves―and to discover ways to act on their convictions.”
In this provocative book, sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human being’s inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships.

Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation’s worst racial disparities. As its authors confront and consider the realities that lie beneath the numbers, this book provides an important tool to those who want to be part of closing those gaps. Contributions are by Taiyon J. Coleman, Heid E. Erdrich, Venessa Fuentes, Shannon Gibney, David Grant, Carolyn Holbrook, IBé, Andrea Jenkins, Robert Karimi, JaeRan Kim, Sherry Quan Lee, David Mura, Bao Phi, Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Diane Wilson, and Kao Kalia Yang.

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.

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 Adult Forums

It’s a new fall season and that means we’ll be kicking off our adult forums again, adapted virtual style. We’ll be holding the forums on Sunday morning after worship from 11:30-12:30 and the zoom link will be in your Friday email update. (Note that the 2nd Sunday of the month we will not have a forum since that will be a “drive by” Sunday, a time to gather at a distance in person outside in the lower parking lot)

Fall Theme: Dovetailing with our stewardship theme this year on love, we’ll be beginning with a focus on love of neighbor, and in particular centering on the topic of community safety, opening up conversations in the aftermath of the death George Floyd and others since. How is the conversation on community safety changing? What does it mean for us in the Peace community with a call to love our neighbor? We will have a series of conversations that will explore different aspects of this conversation. Here is a list of the first 3 topics:

Sept. 20:  Beginning the community safety conversation. Nathan Holst will facilitate and open up a conversation about what community safety means, how we are currently engaging it, and what we are hearing about different perspectives on the subject.

Sept. 27: Citizen Review Board (CRB). We will hear from Ricky Defoe (who was a part of creating the CRB in Duluth) and Archie Davis (currently sitting on the CRB), giving us the history of the CRB in Duluth, as well as unpacking the strengths and limitations of the CRB in its current form.

Oct. 4: Elected Leaders. We will hear from city leaders Councilor Gary Anderson and Councilor Terese Tomanek on how they view the current conversation around community safety, what they are hearing, and how they are engaging it in our community.


“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


Mid-Week Lunchtime Get Together

12noon-1pm: 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 noon to 1pm 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

Ecofaith Youth Camp

Monday August 17 through Friday August 23

Ecofaith Youth Camp—12 noon-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. 

Peace Church Book Groups

Daytime Book Club for Men and Women – meets the third Thursday of each month from 10am until noon. (September 17)

We welcome new members to our September meeting on the 17th! This group, which began last fall, has read a wide variety of fiction including William Kent Krueger’s This Tender Land and Ordinary Grace, John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, John Irving’s The Cider House Rules, Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdad Sings, and Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone. It is said that Minnesota’s author Sinclair Lewis predicted our current pandemic in his book Arrowsmith, which is our September selection. Currently we Zoom and have social-distancing meetings outside, depending on the weather.
This group sparkles with a love of reading and each member has much to share about each book we’ve read. We would be happy to have others join us for this daytime book group.
For more information call or email the convener, Alice Marks at 651-283-5010 or amarks001@charter.net

Monday Women’s Book Group – Meets the first and third Mondays at 4pm on Zoom (September 21)

In September we will begin reading Waging Peace: One Soldier’s Story of Putting Love First by Diana Oestreich. Diana, a combat medic in the Army National Guard, enlisted like both her parents before her. But when she was commanded to run over an Iraqi child to keep her convoy rolling and keep her battle buddies safe, she was confronted with a choice she never thought she would have to make. Torn between God’s call to love her enemy and her country’s command to be willing to kill, Diana chose to wage peace in a place of war. For the remainder of her tour of duty, Diana sought to be a peacemaker—leading to an unlikely and beautiful friendship with an Iraqi family.
E-mail Penny Cragun at pcragun@d.umn.edu if you would like to be included in the discussion of this moving book.



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.

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.

A (Continued) Call to Peace White Men

Meets the third Thursday of each month (October 15), 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.

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.

9:30am: Peace Sunday School
via Zoom. 
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
(See weekly email reminders, or email the office for the Zoom links to events.)

Sunday, September 27
Scripture: Exodus 17: 1-7 and Matthew 21: 23-32
This Sunday we are celebrating our 4 way covenant with Rev. Sara Olson Dean.  Sara is a member of Peace Church and a chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital.  The covenant celebrates her ministry there and our support of it along with the Minnesota Conference of the UCC.  Sara will preach on Sunday with special music by a quartet from our choir.  Wendy Durrwachter will offer our prelude.
11:30am: Virtual Adult Forum: Citizen Review Board (CRB). We will hear from Ricky Defoe (who was a part of creating the CRB in Duluth) and Archie Davis (currently sitting on the CRB), giving us the history of the CRB in Duluth, as well as unpacking the strengths and limitations of the CRB in its current form.

Sunday, October 4 – World Communion Sunday
Scripture.  Psalm 19 and Exodus 20: 1 – 20
Sermon. “Wisdom for the Way”. By Pastor Kathy
This morning we will celebrate communion together. Plan on having bread or juice (coffee and toast) near by for that part of our worship service.
Special Music by Ron Deters and Maddie Carpenter. This morning is also our annual Neighbors in Need Offering. This is an important offering of our denomination.
11:30am Adult forum on Zoom: Elected Leaders. We will hear from city leaders Councilor Gary Anderson and Councilor Terese Tomanek on how they view the current conversation around community safety, what they are hearing, and how they are engaging it in our community.

Sunday, October 11
Scripture:  Philipians 4: 1 – 9 and Exodus 32: 1 – 14
Sermon: “Praiseworthy Living”  By Pastor Kathy
This morning will also include a stewardship moment by Susan Larson-Kidd on “Loving our Children”.  Special music by a women’s quartet of Susan, Patty Beech-Dzuik, Katey Fornear, and Kelli Hallstein-Erickson.

Sunday, October 18
“What I am Learning About Hope”. Responsive reading of the crowd sourced poem that Pamela Mittlefehldt created from the submissions of Peace members and friends. Special music by Leon Rohrbaugh and others. This morning will also include a stewardship mission moment by Kevin Skwira Brown on “Loving our Neighbors”.
11:30am Adult forum on Zoom: Voting for our Children with Gayle Kelly. Because this day is designated Children’s Sabbath, the time when we focus on our children and lifting them up, we want to spend this day focusing on our children and voting.  What are the ways we’re engaged with supporting our kids in this time and what does that have to do with the election?  How do we “vote for our children?”  We’ll hear from Gayle Kelly, who has worked as a leader of Head Start for years, sharing her experience of how to lift up our kids and how our public policies can best support their well-being.  We’ll also spend some time learning more about the work of the Children’s Defense Fund and how can we support their work.

Sunday, October 25
Sermon by Nathan Holst
This morning will also include a stewardship mission moment by Bud Trnka about “Loving Creation”.
11:30am Adult forum on Zoom: Calling for Change in Community Safety with Hannah Feyen and Mya Halvorson. In this session, we’ll finish out the part of our series that focuses on community safety and policing, hearing from leaders who have created petitions focusing on school resource officers (SRO’s) or changes in current city police policy.





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.)

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.

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.