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Crossing Stormy Seas
Jesus is leading the disciples to the other side of the Sea of Galilee- the Gentile side, a place where no respectable Jew, much less the Messiah, should be. For the disciples on the boat, going out on the lake means a storm might rise up. Just because Jesus was with them didn’t mean a storm wouldn't come up. However, their response was to blame Jesus for not caring about what happened to them, instead of trusting that Jesus would bring them through the storm.
Scripture this Sunday: Mark 4:4:35-41
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 and the church's YouTube channel every Sunday at 10:00 am.
To watch worship on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/uccbrainerd/live
To watch on YouTube, go to www.youtube.com/firstcongregationaluccbrainerd
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: tinyurl.com/uccbrainerdbulletins
In-Person, Indoor Worship
Join us for worship this Sunday in the sanctuary!
What to expect…
• No one will be asked to show proof of vaccination
• Masks will be required to be worn indoors at all times
• Physical distancing will be observed by closing off every other pew.
• Service will include one hymn at the end of the service.
• Young Disciples will stay in their pews for the Time with Young Disciples
• Prayers will be done with written prayer cards, read by Pastor Leslie (no passing the mic)
• Fellowship Hour after worship on the church lawn hosted by Christian Ministry
>Over 90% of people who responded to the survey were fully vaccinated! This high rate of vaccination makes it possible for us to gather indoors with low risk. Thank you!
**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, June 18
10:30 am - Book Group via Zoom
Sunday, June 20
8:30 am - Book Study, reading "Language of God"
10:00 am - Worship Service in church and online
11:15 pm - Fellowship outside church lawn
Wednesday, June 23
10:00 am - Prayer Circle - Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm - Council Mtg. via Zoom
Thursday, June 24
4:00 pm - Uppity Women of the Bible Study Series on Zoom
Friday, June 25
10:30 am - Book Group via Zoom
4:30 pm - Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen Volunteering
Keep reading for information about online gatherings and Zoom Links
Celebration Life for Fred Fisher
A Celebration of Fred’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brainerd American Legion Post 255. Friends and family are invited to gather for the service followed by lunch.
Fred Lyle Fisher, age 94, of Brainerd, died Monday, January 4, 2021 at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
The family requests memorials in Fred’s name to go to The Center or to Legionville School Safety Patrol Camp.
Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen Volunteers - WE NEED YOU!
Share God’s love on the fourth Friday of each month…volunteer to feed the children of God.
June 7th doors opened to our guests to come in and dine. What an exciting day!
Next opportunity: Friday June 25
Meet at 4:00pm at the Soup Kitchen
(923 Oak Street, Brainerd)
Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/BrainerdSoup
Contact Jolene Hojem with any questions.
Please check the website for information about receiving a meal:
Sunday Morning Book Study via Zoom
Sunday mornings at 8:00 am we are reading "The Language of God”
by Francis Collins.
An instant bestseller from Templeton Prize–winning author Francis S. Collins, The Language of God provides the best argument for the integration of faith and logic since C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.
It has long been believed that science and faith cannot mingle. Faith rejects the rational, while science restricts us to a life with no meaning beyond the physical. It is an irreconcilable war between two polar-opposite ways of thinking and living. Written for believers, agnostics, and atheists alike, The Language of God provides a testament to the power of faith in the midst of suffering without faltering from its logical stride. Readers will be inspired by Collin’s personal story of struggling with doubt, as well as the many revelations of the wonder of God’s creation that will forever shape the way they view the world around them.
Meeting ID: 645 235 0419 Password: 56401
Or join by phone: +1 312 626 6799, ID: 645 235 0419, password: 56401
Uppity Women of the Bible Study Series - NEW TIME: Thursday Evenings - 4:00 pm via 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 of Ruth, The Song of Songs, Esther and Judith. Study continues each Thursday through June.
UCC General Synod Online This Year
The UCC General Synod (the big meeting of the entire denomination) will be online-only this year. A Special Virtual General Synod 33 July 11-18, 2021. Registration opens on February 1st, 2021. One of the blessings of an online Synod is that more people will be able to attend! No travel or hotel costs, no need to be away from home for multiple days. Consider participating this year. Updates will continue to be made on the General Synod Website here: http://www.generalsynod.org
Habitat for Humanity Faith Build Update!
We are partnering with Thrivent Faith Builds to bring the Svoboda family home. We are waiting for concrete to be placed, then we will start framing. If you are interested in helping to build this home, please email Cathy here and she will contact you when we have a date.
Along with our 16 church partners, we have raised over $28,000 toward our goal of $62,500, so we are making good progress! (Remember that Thrivent has committed the other $62,500.) Thank you for your fundraising efforts so far. Please continue to pray for the Svoboda family, for Thrivent, and for Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.
Cathy Wells, Faith Relations Coordinator
Lakes Area Habitat For Humanity
Building houses, building hope in Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard and Wadena Counties and the city of Staples
Operation Sandwich and Bridges of Hope are Teaming Up!
Can You Help?
Bridges of Hope and Operation Sandwich are teaming up to address hunger in the Brainerd Lakes area by supporting kids and their families who rely on school meal programs for breakfast and lunch. Operation Sandwich, a program that initially fed kids when free and reduced lunches weren’t accessible at school, now provides grocery bags available for pick-up twice per week—for entire families. Each grocery bag contains enough food to last a full week.
Now that summer is here and school is out, Operation Sandwich hopes to raise $25,000 to cover grocery costs and feed more kids and families in 2021. We have seen an immense increase in demand, so we need everyone’s help—just $50 sponsors one child’s lunches for a month. Your Donation Matters
Help minimize hunger by visiting Bridges of Hope. Together we can ensure every family in our community has the nourishment they need through the summer.
June 27th Special Offering - THE SHOP
The Brainerd Baxter Youth Center (TheShop) is a non-profit organization committed to providing community support to all teenagers and young adults as they transition into independence and adulthood. We are a safe space where youthful energy is harnessed into creative energy by providing opportunities to explore potential, build lasting relationships, and establish personal connections.
To donate, send a check with "The Shop" in the memo line to:
First Congregational UCC, 415 Juniper St. Brainerd, MN 56401
Or donate online using PayPal and indicate "The Shop" in the Note.
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.
Important Information For Groups who meet at First Congregational
Restrictions for small group gatherings are easing, and many of the groups who use our building are resuming their gatherings.
Please click here to read our expectations for groups meeting in our building at this time.
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.