Ways to Connect at Peace
There are many ways to get connected within the congregation and in the community.
Are you missing coffee hour?? Please join us for “Casual Conversations” on the third Friday of each month—time will vary. This month it will be April 16 at 3pm on Zoom. This will be a social gathering, with a Zoom facilitator, a chance to get to know some of your Peace Church friends, new and old. Please check your weekly reminder emails for the link to sign up. If the group is large we will break into smaller groups–like your table at coffee hour, right? Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Earth Day Festival – April 25 – noon – 2:30pm
Come join in a celebration of reciprocity and gratitude for our Mother Earth. EVERYONE is invited to gather for this interactive event! Let’s care for the land that has supported our Peace Community. Join us in the lower parking lot and see what gifts you have to share as we clean up the property and surrounding area and till a new garden bed, creating a pumpkin patch with a sturdy fence for our children. Many volunteers are needed to help with these projects–if you can help please sign up here. There will be seeds for the kids and youth to plant and bring home and pumpkin seeds to plant that will be left at church to put into the new kids garden in June. Dave Courtright is making bird houses for the children to paint and bring home. In appreciation for all the help, there will be free sub sandwiches and chips served by the Food and Fellowship committee. Let’s show our Mother how grateful we are for all she gives and enjoy each others company in celebration of Spring!
Thursday, April 8 & 22 at 7:30pm via Zoom
Please join us for this new Parent Group! We have created a relaxed space for parents with children of all ages to get together for a bit of friendship, support and encouragement as we navigate through the current challenges we face together. Those organic conversations that happen naturally when we are able to be together in person can really be helpful on a challenging day. Hoping to create that space through one of the best tools we have at this time—Zoom. Please come share your ideas, struggles and successes. Please look for a Zoom link in your email. If you have questions please contact me, Sharon, Children’s Minister at Sharon@peaceucc.org.
We currently have one “virtual” service each Sunday at 10:30am which will be live-streamed. We are currently inviting members to attend our Sunday worship service in person. It’s wonderful that we’ve been able to livestream our services during the pandemic, thanks to our outstanding “Stream Team.” But we know there’s something special about being present in the sanctuary for a worship service. If you and your family are interested in attending, you can sign up by filling out this form or by calling the office. To gradually increase our numbers in the sanctuary, we are now increasing the number of pods allowed to 15. We can accommodate 3 pods of children for Story For All Ages time. Please sign up by noon on Thursday and we will contact you on the Friday before the service to confirm your attendance.
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, April 4: Easter Sunday
Scripture: Mark 16:1-8, Acts 10:34-43
Sermon by Pastor Greg Briggs
Special music: Vocal Quartet
Sunday, April 11
Scripture: Acts 4:32-35, John 20:19-31
Sermon by Nathan Holst
Special music: Ron Deters and Band
Sunday, April 18
Scripture: Acts 3:12-19, Luke 24:36b-48
Sermon by Pastor Greg Briggs
Special music: Introducing Leon and Band
Sunday, April 25
Scripture: Acts 4:5-12, John 10:11-18
Sermon by Pastor Greg Briggs
Special music: Vocal Quartet
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/spring 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. This month, we are planning to have different speakers talk about what it means to be resilient and even thrive in the midst of transition, bringing you a range of people from different organizations and topics. Here’s what we have planned for April:
April 4: Easter—No adult forum.
April 11: Trans Plus with Sean Hayes—Trans Plus is a local, grassroots group in the Twin Ports area that seeks to provide connection through community, and resources to anyone who identifies as transgender, or under the gender variant umbrella (this includes people who are Two Spirit, gender non-conforming, non-binary, agender, etc.). They provide a bi-monthly support group for the Transgender community, plan community events and social outings, offer Trans 101 trainings, and more. Come hear Sean talk about this amazing work and how it impacts resiliency in our community.
April 18: LEAN Duluth (Law Enforcement Accountability Network)—As a way to loop back to the conversation we had in the fall about police accountability, we are inviting speakers who have been doing some amazing organizing around police accountability these last number of months. LEAN came out of a process of extensive relational interviews with individuals and organizations working for police accountability in the Duluth area. Come get updates on the work they’re doing now and find out how you might be involved.
April 25: Earth Day with the Climate Justice Team—The climate justice team has been doing a lot of work this last year, and we are excited both to celebrate Earth Day together, and share more about our current work. Come join us for a good conversation (with some potential youth speakers) and find out about some incredible opportunities coming up this spring.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Daytime Book Club for Men and Women – meets the third Thursday of each month from 10am until noon.
Thursday, April 15 at 10am via Zoom
In April the Thursday Morning Book Club will read Lynda Rutledge’s West With Giraffes. Based on a true story that took place in 1938, during The Great Depression. Two giraffes, that survived a hurricane in the Atlantic, must be moved from New York to the San Diego Zoo. This is a remarkable read that encompasses a love story and a coming of age story, as well as a view of how humans can be changed by the grace of animals, and a rollicking adventure about a young man and an older man transporting the giraffes to their destination before it’s too late. For a Zoom link contact the convener, Alice Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday Women’s Book Group – Meets the first and third Mondays at 4pm on Zoom
April 5 &19 at 4:00pm via Zoom
The Monday Women’s Book Group will meet via Zoom on April 19 to discuss a podcast from “On Being” by Krista Tippett featuring “Gaelynn Lea’s Voice and Violin.’’ Gaelynn Lea is a violinist and singer-songwriter from Duluth, Minnesota and a disability rights advocate. Email email@example.com if you would like to be included.
Peace Church Read Aloud Story Time Group
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 (there’s a hard copy in our children’s lending library!). Warm illustrations by Duluth artist Sarah Brokke bring to life a story of healing divisions between goats and sheep using the wisdom of “the beginner 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 at Sharon@peaceucc.org.
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
- If you already have a Free Canvas account, click here: https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/F3L6RA.
- If you need an account, sign up here: https://canvas.instructure.com/register and use the following join code:
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.
Meets the second Thursday of each month (April 8), 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 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.)
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.
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)
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!
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
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.
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.
Service Recording: December 15, 2019
December 15, 2019 ~ 10:30am
Third Sunday of Advent
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
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
*Opening Hymn “With Joy Draw Water (#109)
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
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