This Week


View this email in your browser

Finding Your Cave: Listening Spaces

Throughout this Lenten season, we will quiet things down and heighten our attention to the “still, small voice” of God and our own True Self. Sometimes we just need to get away in order to hear from that “still small voice” within. This quiet voice is an attribute of the Holy Living God, as Elijah found out in a cave where he expected to experience God in big wind and earthquake and fire. What is your “cave” equivalent? What place (a park, a path, a rocking chair, a shoreline) and practice (walking, journaling, reading, making art) helps you get quiet enough for long enough so you can hear past the chaos and into the depths of your life?
Scripture this week: 1 Kings 19: 11-12

Pastor Leslie has posted her sermons online so you can access and share them! Click here to access the manuscripts. Selected sermons are uploaded to the church website:
Overnights needed for New Pathways!!  
The families will arrive Sunday and we do not have anyone signed up for Sunday night. We also need 1 more person for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night. Please contact Sue Hadland at 218-820-2949 or
Sunday, February 18

Host: Karen Ogdahl
Ushers: Marina Grabowski & Deb Griffith
Greeters: Cheri Maxwell & Kathy Ogden
Counters: Tracy Lyons & Mabel Schultz

Sunday, February 25

Hosts: Charlotte Goedsche & Cynthia Janes
Ushers/Greeters: Ellie Burkett, Erik, Kai & Kyd Lukanen
Counters: Nancy Gould & Lowell Johnson
This Week
Friday, February 16

10:30 am – Book Group

Sunday, February 18

8:30 am – Choir Practice
10:00 am – Worship
11:00 am – Fellowship
11:15 am – Sunday School
11:30 am – Adult Forum

Wednesday, February 21

9:30 am – Prayer Circle
11:30 am – Men’s Group @ Sawmill
5:30pm – Lent Service @ St. Paul’s
7:00 pm – Council Meeting

Thursday, February 22

9:00 am – Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 pm – PPRC

Friday, February 23

10:30 am – Book Group
4:00 pm – Soup Kitchen

February 18 – Ann Turnbull
February 25 – Joe Stattine
Taize prayer is a time to rest in God, to let the words listened to and sung become a part of one’s being,” says Brother John, a Taize monk.

You are invited to just such a every third Thursday at 6:00p.m. in our church sanctuary. All are welcome. Bring a friend.

The youth will be volunteering for the soup kitchen on February 23rd. Contact Joleen for details 218-251-6912.
Join us for pizza and ice skating after Sunday school this week. We will have pizza in fellowship hall and then go to Gregory Park for ice skating at 1:00. (There are skates available for use at the warming house.) We hope to see you there!!
On Sunday, February 25 the Lakes Area Music Festival will announce the 10th Anniversary Season with a concert of Italian-themed chamber music featuring musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and special guest and runner up in the International Song Competition, mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski. The event will take place at the Luminary Fern event space at the Northern Pacific Center, beginning at 6 p.m. with complimentary wine tasting and Italian antipasti. The musical program will begin at 7, including Tchaikovsky’s string sextet Souvenir de Florence. Tickets are available for $25 and seating is limited. For tickets and more information visit
Lenten Adult Forum Series – Preparing for End of Life

For 5 weeks beginning February 25, we will be exploring different topics about preparing ourselves (and our loved ones) for our deaths. Although most of us aren’t exactly excited to talk about the end of our lives, it is not only an inevitable part of life, it is both spiritually and practically important to have these conversations.

Our first discussion will be guided by reflections offered in the booklet “Before You Die: Reflections and Resources” from the United Church of Christ.

Thank you to those of you who pre-ordered a copy. If you didn’t get a chance to order one, don’t worry! We ordered extra. Let Bobbie know if you want a copy and she can set one aside for you. Cost per booklet is $4.00.

Wednesday Lent Gatherings
Our Lenten gatherings this year will be an ecumenical experience! In collaboration with Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian, we will be offering the following opportunities for fellowship and faith formation…
All Gatherings begin at 6:00 pm.

February 21 – Soup Supper and Disciple’s Prayer Book at Saint Paul’s
February 28 – Soup Supper and Disciple’s Prayer Book at Saint Paul’s
March 7 – Soup Supper and Disciple’s Prayer Book at Saint Paul’s
March 14 – Soup Supper and Disciple’s Prayer Book at Saint Paul’s
March 21 – Holden Evening Prayer Service at UCC
What’s Left: Lives Touched by Suicide
Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, Art and Faith Gallery will be hosting the exhibit “What’s Left: Lives Touched by Suicide” February 18 – March 18 in the church Celebration Center. It can be viewed weekdays and Sunday mornings.

This multimedia exhibit intends to create a proactive dialogue regarding suicide and mental illness with the goal of reducing the stigma surrounding them.  “What’s Left” provides space for participating artists and the broader community to reflect on its impact and explores the use of artistic expression in the process of grieving, healing, and hope.

The display is part of a traveling exhibit which originated in Grand Rapids, Minnesota by John Bauer who lost his daughter to suicide in 2013.  Bauer will also share his personal story during the Sunday morning lifelong learning Forum hour on February 18, starting at 9:30 AM in LCC’s Chapel Hall.  Everyone is welcome.

Contact:  Jean Kraft   (218) 838-9646

Copyright © 2018 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