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Holy Humor Sunday!

Many American churches are resurrecting an old Easter custom begun by the early Greek Christians — “Bright Sunday” or “Holy Humor Sunday” celebrations on the Sunday after Easter. For centuries in all Christian faith traditions, the week following Easter Sunday was observed by the faithful as “days of joy and laughter” with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

Join us this Sunday for our 4th Annual celebration of all things joyful and silly! The resurrection of Jesus was one of the biggest surprises ever and has been called a practical joke on death itself. Celebrate the holiness of laughter and joy by dressing up in a hilarious hat, goofy glasses, a crazy costume, silly slippers… you get the idea.

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Pastor Leslie’s sermons are posted online so you can read and share them! Click Here:
Liturgist ScheduleSunday, April 28
Lowell Johnson

Sunday, May 5
Confirmation Sunday

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

HUGSSunday, April 28
Hosts: Joey Halvorson & Karen Ogdahl
Ushers/Greeters: Ellie Burkett, Sharon Carlson,
Jean Schaeffer & Ann Turnbull
Counters: Nancy Gould & Mabel Schultz

Sunday, May 5
Hosts: Georgia Harris & Jan Morton
Ushers/Greeters: Reed Campbell, Greg Johnson,
Austin Newgord & Gary Whiteman
Counters: Jeff Behr & Gale Landem

This WeekFriday, April 26
10:30 am – Book Group

Sunday, April 28
10:00 am – Worship & Special Offering
11:00 am – Fellowship
11:15 am – Sunday School
5:00 pm – Newsletter Deadline

Wednesday, May 1
9:30 am – Prayer Circle
12:00 pm – Men’s Group @ Sawmill Inn
6:00 pm – Confirmation

Thursday, May 2
11:30 am – Clergy Cluster

Friday, May 3
10:30 am – Book Group

Saturday, May 4
5:30 pm – Noche Mexicana Fundraising Dinner

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? >> Cost if registered by April 14: $300 <<
After April 14: $400

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

Confidence Learning Center
2019 19th Annual Diamond in the Rough
Spring Clean-up and Projects Days
9:00am-3:00pm each dayApril 25, 26, 27 and May 1, 2
Individuals, Schools, Corporate, Service Organizations, Church Groups
May 4
MN State Jaycee Project weekend, Adult Groups, and individuals

* Lunch is provided for all. 
*Individuals helping the full day will be AWARDED a volunteer t-shirt*

Equipment and materials are provided, yet WOULD BE APPRECIATED
paintbrushes/rollers, heavy duty gas powered leaf blowers, rakes,
chain saws (must be very experienced in safe chain saw operations)

**Come by yourself or put together a group

For more information, RSVP or to Reserve a project for your team or to join a team
Contact: Mary Harder -Volunteer Director, 218-828-2344,
1620 Mary Fawcett memorial Dr., East Gull Lake, MN 56401
(7 miles West of Brainerd)

Early registration is now open for the
2019 Annual Meeting of the UCC Minnesota Conference and YOU are invited!

Save money by registering by April 30th!
Early registration is $80, after April 30 it will be $110,
and late registration after May 31 is $135.
The Annual Meeting is Friday, June 7
and Saturday, June 8.
(No activities on Sunday this year.)Our Keynote Speaker on Saturday will be the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC and will address our Annual Meeting theme “Created for Connection: One Body, Many Members.” How are we growing our connections within the Church and outside the Church? How are we healing and bridging divides within our own communities? How does or could our collective membership in the United Church of Christ facilitate those connections? Keep up-to-date with what is happening at Annual Meeting by visiting our website.

Housing is available for those that want to arrive on Thursday evening and those that don’t want to drive home in the evening can stay on Saturday evening as well, and of course there will be housing available for everyone on Friday evening. See the full agenda HERE. Meals will be available at the College of St. Benedict for lunch and dinner on Friday, and Saturday there is breakfast, lunch, and a dinner banquet. There is a $80 discount available for youth delegate registration. Call the Conference office (612-871-0359) before you register to get the discount codes.

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