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Sun, Sept 21 - Semi Annual Meeting

(note change to our worship schedule)


9am - ONE Blended Worship Service

Faith Formation & Fellowship @ 10am

Semi-Annual Meeting @ 10:30am

Fellowship Lunch @ 12:15pm


See description of the days' events below in Pastor Paul's ponderings...




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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  I know it is not Christmas time in the city!  I surely don’t want snow falling and I am not ready for Christmas.  What I am writing about is this wonderful time that celebrates each year.  Even though it is not a “High Holy Day” on the church calendar, September is a BIG DEAL that we love to see happen here at Peace United Church of Christ.  

Our September Celebration focus is on the joy-filled life of the Peace UCC family.  It is a time of reuniting, reigniting, reengaging, refreshing, refilling, and so much more!    So, PLEASE INVITE OTHERS TO COME AND JOIN OUR SEPTEMBER CELEBRATIONS!


CHOIR AND HANDBELLS – Rehearse on Tuesday nights

 (6:00pm – Handbells  /   7:15pm – Choir)

Tuesday night rehearsals for Handbells and the Choir are just beginning!  On each Tuesday the Handbells rehearse at 6:00 pm and the Choir rehearses at 7:15.  David Phelps, our past-choir director, took a new job in Minneapolis.  We are blessed to have John Miller on-board who will be taking over the direction of the Handbells and Choir.  John has already created a “performance and rehearsal schedule” for the  entire year… so if you would like to play Handbells or sing in the Choir… you can see when those specific dates are for each group.  PLEASE SEE ATTACHED SCHEDULE.  We welcome ALL to be a part of the rich, wonderful music ministry here at Peace UCC!  Come and join the fun and bring a blessing to others.



 10:00am Worship  / 11:15am  Faith Formation  / 11:30am   Auction & Games

Our September Celebration begins on September 7 with our Annual Rally Day Celebration.  Rally Day provides an opportunity for the Peace UCC family to gather in worship together (One Service @ 10:00am) with music from our Choir, ONEVOICE, and beautiful songs sung by the congregation.  The worship will be followed by our children/youth connecting with their Faith Formation leaders and getting acquainted with the focus of the year.  Once the children/youth are done meeting their teacher and finding their room all are invited to head to the south parking lot where children’s games, activities, and Jolly Jumps will be in full swing.  During this time the rest of the congregation will be invited to participate in a picnic lunch (provided by our youth).  Each person will need to pay for their food.  Our Annual Auction will happen this year beginning at 11:30am (BUT WITH A TWIST)!   We will be having a Silent Auction AND a Live Auction…. BUT we will not be having the wide-array of items be auctioned off that we have had in the past.  While there will be a wide-range of prices for items to be auctioned, the items for this year are more reflective of today’s lifestyle for all ages.  Items such as a pickup truck with a camper, new 50” flatscreen TV, dinners, overnight stays, guided muskie fishing trip, baked goods, tickets, and various other basket items will be auctioned.  I give thanks for the many folks who have donated some many wonderful items to support the mission and ministry of Peace UCC.  The auction is a vital part of our income for the church ministry and mission.  I invite and encourage you to realize that you are not looking for a “good deal” for you, but your purchase at the auction is designed to help support the ministry and mission of the church… So – BID BOLDLY!  AND HAVE FUN! 



8:30am Worship /  9:45am   Faith Formation  /  11:00am   Worship  /

12:00pm Lunch

We Kick-Off our program year with on this Sunday.  Come and join us for our first full Sunday morning.  This is also the first Sunday for our Sunday lunches (at 12:00 noon). 



9:00am Combined Worship /   10:30am Semi-Annual Meeting  /  

12:00pm  Lunch

We will have one service on September 21 at 9:00am due to the amount of information that needs to be covered at the Semi-Annual Meeting.  At this meeting we will get a financial update, seek approval for new Council members, new Minnesota Conference Delegates, the Listos PreSchool/Childcare proposal, and the Architectural proposals.  Arter the meeting everyone is invited to lunch.



8:30am Worship /  9:45am   Faith Formation  /   11:00am   Worship  / 

12:00am Lunch

We end our September Celebration on Sunday, September 28 with the Handbell Choir sharing their gift of music. 



Be on the lookout for our Fall worship theme/focus that begins on Sunday, October 5!  It will be a “HONEY” of a theme!



Drawings of the proposed conceptual drawings for the Peace UCC remodeling/expansion will be made available for the congregations review and input on Sundays August, 31 and August 7.  You are invited to ask questions, make comments, etc. on sticky notes or visit with one of the Architect/Building Team members (Kirby Bakken, Al Barker, Scott Bradley, Ruth Larson, Brian Winters, Debby Adams, and me).   You are also invited to meet personally with the Architect, David Kane, with any questions/comments at a special meeting on Wednesday, September 10 at 7:00pm.


There is a lot of joy, hope, excitement, anticipation, and celebration here at Peace.  I continue to give thanks for your incredible gift of time, talent, and treasure!  We have a bold, bright future ahead of us!   With God’s guidance, let us continue to find new ways of reaching out to the world around us!

Pastor Paul