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Finally Seen

Born without the ability to see, Bartimaeus learns that Jesus is leaving Jericho with a large crowd heading toward Jerusalem. He calls out, trying to get Jesus' attention. When others shushed him, Jesus called him closer. The man who could not see, was finally seen. The one whom others tried to silence, only shouted louder, and was heard.
Although Jesus restored Bartimaeus' sight, the real healing was a physical one. In a society that kept people marginalized and outcast due to their physical limitations, Bartimaeus was finally fully seen and heard.

Scripture this Sunday: Mark 10:46-52


Information about In-Person, Indoor Worship

Join us for worship this Sunday in the sanctuary!
What to expect…

• UPDATE - Fellowship Hour is canceled due to crisis levels of Covid in Crow Wing County until numbers improve. 
• UPDATE - Choir has been suspended until further notice due to high Covid risk levels.
• Everyone must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.  
• No one will be asked to show proof of vaccination
• Physical distancing will be observed by closing off every other pew.
• Children and youth will stay seated for the Time with Young Disciples
• Prayers will be done with written prayer cards, read by Pastor Leslie (no passing the mic)

The Covid Response Team will continue to monitor the situation locally and may decide to make further changes as the need arises. 


How to watch Sunday worship

If attending in-person worship isn't for you, check out our livestream. The worship service is broadcast live on the church Facebook page every Sunday at 10:00 am 
To watch worship on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/uccbrainerd/live

If you don't see the service when you click on the link, try refreshing your browser. The videos typically begin streaming less than 5 minutes before 10:00 so if it is before 10:00, please be patient and continue to refresh your browser.
Live stream videos are saved and can be viewed at any time.

Worship Bulletins are uploaded on Sunday Morning to this link:


H.U.G.S. this Sunday October 25th
Host: Marina Grabowski
Ushers/Greeters: Tim Anderson & Ryan Kelley, Sharon Carlson
Counters: Jim Newgord & Marcia Ferris
Scripture/Liturgist: Sharon Carlson

H.U.G.S. next Sunday October 31st
Host: Stewardship
Ushers/Greeters: Cynthia Janes, Charlotte Goedsche,
Sarah Jo Armstrong
Counters: Ryan Kelly & Sarah Jo Armstrong
Scripture/Liturgist: Karen Ford

Sign up here: tinyurl.com/ucchugs


Church Office Hours

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Please call Terri at the office for further assistance.

Pastor Leslie's drop-in hours* are as follows:
Wednesdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Fridays 10:00 am - 12:00pm


*These are hours that, barring an emergency, Pastor Leslie will be in the office and available for drop in conversations or meetings. Appointments are preferred to best manage her schedule, but don't hestitate to drop in during the above times. 
Pastor Leslie will be in the office at other times but may not always be available due to other obligations. To make an appointment outside of the drop in hours, go to calendly.com/pastorleslieucc/1to1 to schedule an appointment, or call or email Pastor Leslie directly.


Request! Group Meetings Start-up for Fall
If your group will be starting back up with meetings and activities for the Fall, please contact Terri in the office. We will need times, dates and place to add to our calendars, bulletins, and the weekly emails.


This Week
**All church Zoom Gatherings will use this link: 
tinyurl.com/UCCBrainerdZoom  or  us02web.zoom.us/j/6452350419
If the Zoom meeting window does not automatically launch, click "Launch Meeting"
By phone: dial 1 312 626 6799, Meeting ID: 645 235 0419, password: 56401

Friday, October 22
10:30 am - Book Group via Zoom

Sunday, October 24
8:30 am - Choir Practice CANCELED
10:00 am - Worship Service in-person and online
11:00 am - Fellowship Hour CANCELED
11:00 am - Adult Forum -  "Native American Spirituality"
***Special Offering - Crisis Line***
***Newsletter Deadline***

Wednesday, October 27
10:00 am - Prayer Circle - Fellowship Hall
12:00 pm - Men's Group

Thursday, October 28
12:00 pm - Uppity Women of the Bible Study Series
in-person and via Zoom

Friday, October 29
10:30 am - Book Group via Zoom


October Adult Forum - Join Us! 
October 24th Adult Forum - Native American Spirituality
Dani Richter, staff member at the Four Winds Treatment Center and member of the Red Lake Nation, will be leading a presentation on Native American Spirituality.

From Your Trustee Team - needs help with October projects!

Painting of church wall from back door, along hallway by office & Pastor Leslie’s office
To be ready for the holidays. the Trustees and Christian Ministry are teaming up to re-paint part of the church hallway and the Pastor’s office. A color similar to what is on the wall will be furnished along with all materials needed to do the job. So, what we need is people who are available in October, (date and time to be determined) Maybe you are good at cutting in with a brush or taping or painting. Your help will be so appreciated, and our walls will have a fresh new look!
Weekly cleaning of the church
Now that in house worship is happening, the church is resuming weekly cleaning. In past years  roughly 6 church members have volunteered to do this but currently only 3 are available and 3 more are needed, (weekday and time are to be determined, although currently people are cleaning on Tuesdays and Fridays).

Please let any trustee member know if you are interested : Cynthia Janes, Jim Newgord, Reed Campbell, Ryan Kelly.  You can also call and leave your name with Terri at the church office, 218-829-2528. Thank you for considering to volunteer.


Men's Fellowship Group
Meets every Wednesday at Noon
You are invited to a casual fellowship meeting at various locations in the Brainerd Lakes area.
Please contact Jack Kraywinkle for location of meeting each week. Jack's cell:
612-396-3480 or email: kraywinklej@gmail.com


Confirmation Coming Soon!
High School Youth will be invited to participate in Confirmation beginning this Fall. The tentative plan is to meet on Wednesday evenings. Please contact Pastor Leslie if you are interested.


Uppity Women of the Bible Study Series
Thursdays at Noon in-person & Zoom

Pastor Leslie leads Uppity Women of the Bible which is a DVD-based series featuring Hebrew Bible professor Dr. Lisa Wolfe. Combining careful scholarship with humor and fresh insights, Dr. Wolfe presents information for a lively, thoughtful discussion.
Queen Esther - A Hebrew woman who  saved her people from destruction (a destruction planned by her husband!)


Choir Suspended
Due to the spike in Covid cases and lack of capacity at area hospitals, choir rehearsals and performances have been suspended until further notice. 
Please contact Diane Hauan for more information:
218-839-0669 or diane.hauan5@gmail.com


Friday Book Group

10:30 am via Zoom

We are reading
"The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations"
by Toni Morrison.

These pages give us her searing prayer for the dead of 9/11, her Nobel lecture on the power of language, her searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., her heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. She looks deeply into the fault lines of culture and freedom: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, “black matter(s),” human rights, the artist in society, the Afro-American presence in American literature. And she turns her incisive critical eye to her own work (The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, Paradise) and that of others.


Calling all singers and musicians!
We want to include your voice and instruments during the worship services. If you are able to record yourself using a smartphone or other device, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to add your talents to the services!
Please contact Diane Hauan if interested: 218-839-0669 or diane.hauan5@gmail.com


TheShop Meals
Third Wednesday of each month
November 17th, 
3:45 pm in the church kitchen
We are working with the young people from TheShop (Brainerd/Baxter's Youth Empowerment Center) by preparing and serving meals for young people participating in the program. Thanks to all who have expressed an interest in helping out.
If you are interested, please call Sharon Carlson at 828-1581.


Crisis Services
All are available 24-hours, FREE and confidential


Bridges of Hope: 218-825-4357 or 1-800-462-7682
Crisis Line & Referral Service: 218-828-4357, 218-828-HELP or 1-800-462-5525
CRISIS: from cell phone call CRISIS (274747)
Crisis Nursery-Crow Wing County: 218-692-2859
Crisis Text Line: Text “MN” or HopeLine” to 741741
Minnesota 1st Call for Help: 211
Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline: 833-600-2670
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222
Suicide & Mental Illness: 1-800-462-5525
Teen Crisis Line: 310-855-4673
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Crisis & Suicide Hotline – Youth under 25): 866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 – press 1
WARMLINE: Speak with peers who are there to listen and support adults experiencing emotional distress. 1-844-739-6369 from 5:00pm -7:00am.





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