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March 22, 2015

posted Mar 31, 2015, 6:46 AM by Penny Skildum   [ updated Mar 31, 2015, 6:47 AM ]

The Peace Garden Group is looking for anyone to help plant, weed, and water this summer.  You would be paired with another member and would be responsible for the gardens about every five or six weeks from the end of May to the beginning of October.  Please consider helping maintain the gardens at Peace.  Contact Jean Briggs at 651-784-3044 or for more information and/or to sign up.  Thank you.


Summer Worship Survey:  Part of the ongoing work of the Peace Church Worship Team is to maintain an atmosphere for vibrant and meaningful worship experiences for the Peace congregation. Thus, as the average attendance at our worship services has slowly declined in recent years, we have taken steps to modify our sanctuary space so that these smaller numbers do not detract from a positive feel of community and sense of full participation.

In reflecting on the congregation’s worship experiences from last summer (2014), it became apparent to the Worship Team that dividing our congregation between two Sunday worship services (outdoors at 8:30 am/indoors at 10:00 am) during the summer, when our overall attendance is lowest, was producing significant negative impacts to a sense of vibrant community at both of the services.

The Worship Team has thought of two possible ways to address this summer worship issue and would like some input from members of the congregation to determine what choices to make for our worship schedule this coming summer (2015). It should take only a few moments to complete the following survey and the team would be grateful for your help. As always, if you have further insights or input that you would like to share with team members, you are welcome to do this in person at any time.

Please help us make a decision that is best for the Peace Community of Faith by completing the following survey:  There are also paper copies in the Commons Area, if needed.  ~ The Peace Church Worship Team:  Jill Denker, Kelly Duffy, Laurie Mazanec, Carol Mills, Barb Mons, Chris Shorter, David Tidball, Gary Walpole


On Palm/Passion Sunday, March 29, the Praise Singers will present the message in song. The first five sections of Part II of Handel’s Messiah (Behold the Lamb of God, He was Despised, Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs, And with His Stripes We are Healed, All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray) offer a moving and dramatic way for us to focus on the suffering servant motif found most succinctly in the words of the prophet Isaiah (Chapter 53). This motif has historically formed a vital part of the Christian understanding of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus; a way of pondering the redemptive quality present in and through this kind of intentional endurance of suffering.  


If you knew you were dying how would you spend your last evening? On Thursday, April 2 at 7 pm – the night called Maundy Thursday within the Christian Tradition - you are invited to gather with friends, as Jesus did on his last evening, and relive the experience of being with Jesus the night before he dies.


On Friday, April 3 at 7 pm you are invited to experience death so you may experience new life. When have you had to face the death of one you love? This is often a time that touches the depth of who we are and leads us to a new way of living and seeing the world. This is exactly what happened to Jesus’ friends as they experienced his death. It is in grieving his death that Jesus’ disciples are able to say, “He is alive.”


In 2014 Equal Exchange customers brewed, shared and enjoyed over 5.5 million pounds of coffee from small farmer co-ops.  And their chocolate products used over one million pounds of organic, fairly traded cocoa beans and 500,000 pounds of organic, fairly traded sugar from small-scale farmers.  Thank you for your support of Equal Exchange and the Peace Coffee (and Chocolate) Shoppe.