Ways to Connect at Peace

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

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve Worship Service
Thursday, December 24 4:00pm, 5:30pm and 10:00pm

This Christmas Eve we will have two live-streamed evening services at 4:00 and 10:00pm and a brief in-person outdoor worship service at 5:30pm in Grant Field behind the church.

4:00pm: This service will include the reading of the Christmas Story, a Story for all Ages, a drama, Babushka, and special music by Eva Reistad, Rachel Peterson and our children’s choir. We will end in candle light with “Silent Night” played by the Hanka family.

5:30pm: This will be a brief in-person outdoor worship in Grant Field. Dress warm, wear your masks and stay six feet apart as we hear the Christmas Story, have a prayer, light special candles and sing/hum “Silent Night”.

10:00pm: This on-line service will have taped anthems by our senior choir, special music by Tim and Maddie Carpenter, Lencie Westrick, Jennifer Boyle and a homily by Pastor Kathy. This service will also end in candlelight and “Silent Night”. Join us in this holy evening as we worship our God with us!

Survey – How are we Connected?

Peace Ministry Survey   In this time of Pandemic, a lot of the ways we are doing ministry and the ways we are connecting as church have changed. We all long to be together in person, and we look forward to the time when we can do that again. Given the limitations right now, we would like our ministry to be as effective as possible, which is why we’re asking you to participate in this short 10 minute survey, to give us feedback on how to best do our ministry with you in this time. Please see our reminder emails, sent out every Tuesday and Friday for the link to the survey. Thank you for taking time to give us your important feedback and helping us serve you in this community.

Covid Christmas Giving Tree!

Every year we traditionally decorate our little giving tree with tags for gifts for Life House and Loaves and Fishes, and for the last few years we have also put together gift bags to be given out at the monthly Thursday Chum dinner. This year we are collecting donations of money instead. We will give checks to Life House and Loaves and Fishes for them to purchase gifts, and Cathy and Jerry Carlson will use the Chum share to purchase gloves, handwarmers, socks and Super One cards, to be distributed to the folks at the Drop-in Center. We are also collecting donations to be used for the purchase of our share of cookies for the County Jail Christmas party. It’s not too soon to donate. You can contribute online from our web site; click on the “Donate” button, then choose “Christmas Giving Tree” from the dropdown “Select Fund” list. Or mail a check to the church with “Giving Tree” in the memo (1111 N 11th Ave E, Duluth MN 55805). Please send donations by Monday December 7. You have all been very generous in the past, so we hope to continue to provide gifts to our neighbors during this difficult time!

 

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, November 19 at 10am – This month’s book is Waging Peace by Diana Oestreich. 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

November 2 & 16 at 4:00pm – The Women’s Monday book group has selected Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates as our book for November.  Between the World and Me is written as a letter to the author’s teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States. Coates recapitulates American history and explains to his son the “racist violence that has been woven into American culture.”  The group will meet on November 2nd and 16th from 4:00-5:30 via Zoom to discuss Between the World and Me.  Please contact Penny Cragun (pcragun@d.umn.edu) if you would like to join us.

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 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–currently Suspended due to the upsurge in covid cases.

EVERY SUNDAY
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, November 1: All Saints Sunday
Scripture:  Revelation 7: 9-17 and Matthew 5: 1-12
Sermon: “RE-Member” by Pastor Kathy
Special Music: Peace Band featuring Ron Deters.
This morning we will remember all who have died since last All Saints Day. Please send the office photos of those you would like to have be part of our slideshow this day. Diana Oestreich will give the stewardship mission moment.
11:30am Adult Forum: Loving our children: updates and reflections from our school administrators (Sally Trnka, Gina Kleive, and Andrea Sorenson) There’s a lot happening with education during this pandemic, and
we are making space to hear from our school administrators—asking what’s challenging, what’s working, and what we as a church can do to support their work.

Sunday, November 8: Stewardship Sunday
Scripture: Matthew 25: 1-13
Sermon: “Tending God’s Light” by Pastor Kathy
Special Music: Mia Kraker
This morning we will dedicate our financial pledges for 2021. Come by the church after worship to drop off your pledge cards and receive your “Peace of the Pie.” We will have a variety of pies and cool bookmarks. Thanks to Amanda Hunter for creating this year’s magnets and bookmarks based on our sanctuary cardboard kids.

Sunday, November 15
Scripture: Matthew 25: 14-30
Sermon: “Extravagant Opportunity” by Pastor Kathy
Special Music: Leon and Friends
11:30 Adult Forum: Loving our children: updates and reflections from our elementary school teachers (Pat O’Connell, Lisa Brown)—there’s a lot happening with education during this pandemic, and we are making
space to hear from our school teachers—asking what’s challenging, what’s working, and what we as a church can do to support their work.

Sunday, November 22:
Thanksgiving Sunday
Scripture: Matthew 25: 31-40
Sermon:  “The Least of These” by Lee Stuart, Executive Director of Chum.  Lee will share the powerful ways the state, county and city have supported Chum in finding shelter for the most vulnerable people during Covid. She truly believes hearts have been opened to the need for  “Housing First” for all people. This is so important as 57% of Duluthians live with housing burdens, meaning their housing costs exceed 30% of their income.
Special Music: Chamber Choir
This morning we will share a video of members of Peace sharing what they are grateful for. Send your video to the office or Pastor Kathy.
11:30 Adult Forum: Loving our children: updates and reflections from our secondary school teachers (John Pokrzywinski, MarySue Taallerud, Holly BowenBailey, Julie Deters, Susan Ranfranz and Aryn Bergsven )—there’s a lot happening with education during this pandemic, and we are making space to hear from our school teachers—asking what’s challenging, what’s working, and what we as a church can do to support their work.

Sunday, November 29:
First Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Psalm 80 and Mark 13: 24-37
Sermon: “Where Are You God?” by Pastor Kathy
This morning we will light the first candle of Advent.
No Adult Forum today.

 

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

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.

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.