This Week


View this email in your browser

You’ve got something in your eye!

Why is it so much easier to point out what’s wrong with other people than it is to work on our own issues? We would much rather make suggestions of how others can be better than to take a hard look at our own shortcomings and make an effort to change ourselves for the better. Maybe we think that if we focus all the attention on others, no one will notice what’s wrong with us. But Jesus says enough of this nonsense! Everyone is flawed. It’s the nature of being human. We all make mistakes and we all have growing edges. It is not our job to condemn other people for their shortcomings. We have enough to work on if we take an honest look in the mirror.
Jesus uses a metaphor to make this point in Matthew 7:3 when he says “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?” The bottom line is we all want to be given a little grace and to be treated kindly. So let us do the same for others.

Scripture this week: Matthew 7:1-12, 24-29
As we follow the Narrative Lectionary for our scripture texts, we will be making our way through the Gospel of Matthew. You are invited to read beyond the selected scripture each week and by the end of April, you will have read the entire book of Matthew.
This week, read Matthew 7:1-8:34.

Pastor Leslie’s sermons are online so you can read and share them!
Click Here:
Liturgist Schedule

Sunday, Feb. 10
Marina Grabowski

Sunday, Feb. 17
Deb Griffith

Please contact Barb Stokke if you are interested in being a liturgist.


Sunday, February 10
Host: Maria Bertram
Ushers/Greeters: Mary Harder, Lois McBroom
& Austin Newgord,
Counters: Deb Griffith & Georgia Harris

Sunday, February 17
Hosts: Marina Grabowski & Deb Griffith
Ushers: Kathy Ogden & Cheri Maxwell
Greeters: Claire Steen & Barb Stokke
Counters: Tracy Lyons & Mabel Schultz

This Week

Friday, February 8
10:30 am – Book Group

Sunday, February 10
8:30 am – Choir Practice
10:00 am – Worship
11:00 am – Fellowship
11:15 am – Sunday School

Wednesday, February 13
9:30 am – Prayer Circle
12:00 pm – Men’s Group @ Sawmill Inn
6:00 pm – Confirmation Class

Thursday, February 14
Many Committee Meetings have been rescheduled.
Check with the chair of your committee for the date and time.
(No Stewardship meeting this month)

Friday, February 15
10:30 am – Book Group

Free Childcare and Breakfast!
WE KNOW people with childhood trauma don’t
“just get over it.”
Please help us spread the word!
February 9, 2019
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd
9:30 am – Noon

Bridges of Hope | PO Box 742, Brainerd, MN 56401

We don’t need to tell you that our earth is in a growing crisis that is already endangering human beings, as well as plant and animal life, and the soil and water that sustains life itself.  Climate change and ecosystem degradation is accelerating.  We know that we are called to be stewards of God’s wondrous, intricately interdependent creation.  The question is not whether to be those stewards, but how?  How do we integrate what is actually integral to the very Gospel for the healing of God’s world?

The Lutheran NE MN Synod EcoFaith Network is hosting NE MN Synod’s 2019 EcoFaith Summit: Creation, Church, and You: Earthkeeping Practically Speaking.  The Summit is taking place on Saturday, March 30, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd.  Its purpose is to encourage and equip every congregation with refreshing perspectives and practical strategies for making earth stewardship integral within the ministries you already have: worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement.  For more information click here.

We, the UCC congregation, Brainerd, is invited to attend.
I plan on going. If you’d like to join me please let me know.
Peace, Ellie (

Copyright © 2019 First Congregational United Church of Christ, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp



Contact Us

415 Juniper Street
Brainerd, MN 56401