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Looking for Love: a Faith Journey

This Sunday, Rev. Dr. David Crum, long time member of our church and retired UCC minister, will be sharing a piece of his journey through life with us. David has also chosen the hymns, requested a special piece of music for the postlude for Laura to play on the organ, and selected a fun song for Shon Boman to perform for special music. Sharing our journeys is one way we come to know God’s love for us. As we hear they ways God has shown up in the lives of others, we become more attuned to the movement of the Divine in our own lives.
This week’s scripture: Matthew 22:34-40

Pastor Leslie will be out of town from Friday June 7- Sat. June 8 to attend the UCC Minnesota Conference Annual Meeting at the College of Saint Benedict.
The Rev. John Stiles will be available for urgent pastoral care needs.
To contact Pastor Stiles, call his cell at 612-418-1406.
Pastor Leslie’s sermons are posted online so you can read and share them! Click Here:
Arts in the Park Community Corner, 10 am-4 pm, Sunday, June 30, the First Congregational Church will sponsor a booth in Gregory Park.  The First Congregational Church has embarked on being more Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged for Mental Health.  Our booth will include mental health resources, and we will encourage people to feel welcome to attend our services.
Liturgist Schedule

Sunday, June 9
Doris Anderson

Sunday, June 16
Charlotte Goedsche

If you are interested in
being a liturgist, please contact Barb Stokke or sign up online by clicking here.

Memorial Service for Ursula Nobel
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Ursula Nobel.
A short memorial service will be held for her family, friends, and her church family on Friday June 7 at 5:00 pm.
The Rev. Mark Ford will be presiding at the service.
All are encouraged to attend and to join us downstairs in fellowship hall for a casual reception. Light snacks will be available but you are also invited to bring cookies or bars to share. Chris Yager is providing hospitality and would welcome any volunteers to help prep and serve food and coffee.


Sunday, June 9
Hosts: Maria Bertram & Itty Newgord
Ushers/Greeters: Mary Harder, Lois McBroom & Austin Newgord
Counters: Deb Griffith & Georgia Harris

Sunday, June 16
Hosts: Claire Steen & Barb Stokke
Ushers: Charlotte Goedsche & Cynthia Janes
Greeters: Shirley Barten & Deb Lundberg
Counters: Tracy Lyons & Mabel Schultz

This Week

Friday, June 7
10:30 am – Book Group
5:00 pm – Memorial Service for Ursula Noble

Saturday, June 8
2-5:00 pm – Price Picnic @ The Shop

Sunday, June 9
Special UCC Mission Offering – Strengthen the Church
10:00 am – Worship – Rev. Dr. David Crum Preaching
11:00 am – Fellowship

Wednesday, June 12
9:30 am – Prayer Circle
12:00 pm – Men’s Group @ Sawmill Inn

Thursday, June 13
Various Times – Committee Meetings

Friday, June 14
10:30 am – Book Group

Lori Howe Is Home and Recovering
Many of you heard that Lori was in the ER and then transferred to University of Minnesota hospital last week. This was due to a severe infection caused by a previous procedure. After multiple days and nights in the hospital she is doing better and is resting and recuperating at home.
Continued prayers for Lori’s healing and for the Howe-Kuehn family.

The Strengthen the Church offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations. Your support of this offering on Sunday June 9 will help the UCC fulfill on its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities.
As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.
We need YOU at Brainerd Pride!

Our church is the ONLY Open and Affirming church in the Brainerd/Baxter area. Let’s show our Pride with warm smiles and friendly conversation at this year’s Brainerd Pride Picnic. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet LGBTQ people and allies in the area, share with them why we love our church, and to show God’s love.
We get to remind people that God loves them just as they are no matter who they love, or how they identify. What a gift it is to be a bearer of God’s love!

>>> We need you help and your support to make this happen. <<<
Please sign up for one or more of the volunteer opportunities and be a voice for acceptance and affirmation amidst the din of discrimination and disdain. Your presence will be a gift!
Sign up by clicking here.

A Day at Pilgrim Point Camp

You are invited to spend a day at Pilgrim Point during the summer of 2019. The Pilgrim Point Camp Committee and staff are excited to host two opportunities for individuals, families, and faith communities to gather on the shores of beautiful Lake Ida to play, picnic, reconnect, and remember. Enjoy spending time with old friends and meeting new folks while enjoying picnic lunch, waterfront activities, group games and crafts, or simply being together in the welcoming space of Pilgrim Point. The day will end with a service at Vespers Point.
We hope you will join us on either Saturday, June 29, or Saturday, July 20.
Camp will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each of these days.
Overnight lodging at Pilgrim Point will not be available.
Click here to register.

Join One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota’s LGBTA chorus, for Resistance and Resilience June 29 and 30 at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul.
Use promo code “Faith” for a ticket discount.

Resistance and Resilience explores the power of song in both the AfricanAmerican and LGBTQ+ struggles for human rights. The concert features the Midwest SATB premiere of Quiet No More, a new commission honoring activists who fought back during the LGBT Stonewall uprising 50 years ago. Join guest conductor Tesfa Wondemagegnehu,One Voice singers, and five LGBT guest choirs from across the Midwest as we celebrate our legacy of pride and sing out against hatred in all forms.

Special summer opportunity for YOUTH EDUCATION: Resistance and Resilience features a new commission honoring the 50th anniversary of the LGBT Stonewall uprising. This 8-movement commission also has an accompanying curriculum that can be used with middle-school and high-school aged youth. Congregations are welcome to use the curriculum free of charge during the month of June in collaboration with One Voice. Congregations can also order group tickets for youth to attend the concert as a congregational activity for $10/ticket. Contact Erika Rae if you are interested in the curriculum and/or group tickets for your youth.

Summer 2019 Youth Week!

(This Year’s “Camp”)

An Improvised Life: The Practice of Being, Belonging, and Becoming Improvisation is an important metaphor for the spiritual life, and life in general. This year’s youth camp week invites youth to learn some fundamental tools of improvisational comedy – being present in the moment, deep listening, building trust, and saying “yes, and” – and see how these same skills help deepen and enrich our spiritual lives and relationships.

WHO: Anyone currently enrolled in grades 6-12
WHERE: Carleton College
WHEN: July 28 – August 1
HOW MUCH?  $400

Scholarships are available. Contact Pastor Leslie to inquire.
Click here to learn more and to register

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