Ways to Connect at Peace
There are many ways to get connected within the congregation and in the community.
Begins Monday, September 13, 9:00-10:15am in the Fireside Room
Therapeutic SomaYoga for healthy aging. Taught by Robin Davidson, PT, RYT, yoga therapist in training. This 75 minute class focuses on different aspects of the body, mind, and spirit that will support you in increased wellness as you age. It is very gentle and offers modifications for all levels of participants. Free will donations for the class (suggested $10) can be made to the office. This is an in person, ongoing class on Mondays (with masks). You can also join us through Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/91071791750
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. Masks must be worn indoors. Service will continue to be livestreamed via our website (www.peaceucc.org) on most Sundays.
We look forward to seeing you at church!
Sunday, September 5: Pride Sunday
10:30am: This will be our last tent service. Nathan Holst will be preaching.
Special Music by Sara Thomsen and Paula Pedersen.
Sunday, September 12: Rally Sunday
10:30am: This service will take place in the sanctuary and via our livestream. Rev. Sara Olson Dean will be preaching. Root beer floats after service!
Special music by Ron Deters and the Choir.
Sunday, September 19
10:30am: Worship service will be held in the sanctuary and via our livestream.
Special Music by Leon and Friends.
Sunday, September 26
8:30am: Taizé Service in the sanctuary and via livestream.
10:30am: Rev. Charlotte Frantz will be our guest preacher. There is no livestream for this service.
Special Music by the Choir.
Women’s Brown Bag
Wednesday, September 22, 12:00pm
Brown Bag resumes in September. Make time the 4th Wednesday of each month to eat lunch with other women from Peace Church.
Whether by zoom or in person, it’s always fun to re-connect, check in about how we are each doing, and talk a little about the current season of our souls.
Sometimes we listen to a word of Scripture and sometimes we share reflections on the season of the year.
Watch the weekly updates for further information about our September meeting.
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 Elise with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We look forward to offering adult forums each week beginning again in October. Please watch our monthly newsletter and the weekly email update for details on speakers, times and dates.
Morning Book Club
Thursday, September 16, 10:00am via Zoom
This month our book group is reading The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah. This is a group that reads a wide variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction. We welcome new members to this group which has lively discussions and lots of laughter as we discuss the book we have chosen for the month as well as reports on other books each individual recently has read. The opinions of all members are respected and valued, and we would love to have anyone free on that morning join us as our third year begins. A copy of each book read is donated to the church library, For more information, contact Alice Marks at email@example.com
Monday Book Group
Monday, September 20, 3:00pm via Zoom
The Monday Book Group will begin meeting again in September and we welcome you to join us! The book selected for September is The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby. In this book Tisby provides a unique survey of American Christianity’s racial past, revealing the concrete and chilling ways people of faith have worked against racial justice. Understanding our racial history sets the stage for solutions, but until we understand the depth of the malady we won’t fully embrace the aggressive treatment it requires. Given the centuries of Christian compromise with bigotry, believers today must be prepared to tear down old structures and build up new ones. This book provides an in-depth diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be part of this discussion.
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:
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 Activity Schedule (more details in our monthly newsletter and in our weekly email).
5-6pm: Bible Study via Zoom
6-7:00pm: Middle School (6-8th grades) Youth Group under the tent
6:15pm: Adult Choir in the Sanctuary
7-8:15pm: Confirmation in the Fireside Room (first and third Wednesdays of each month)
Centering Prayer will begin again in October. More info to come.
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