"This Week" Email

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Love One Another

This week's scriptures proclaim both the power of God, who creates all that is, and the love of God for all people. Through a vision, God shows Peter that the Gentiles are to be included in the promises of Jesus Christ. In John’s Gospel, Jesus gives his disciples the commandment to love one another. Everyone is beloved. Every single one.

Scripture: Acts 11:1-18, John 13:31-35
Liturgist: Open


Crow Wing County is officially LOW-RISK for Covid transmission 
Masks are not currently required in the building, including during worship. 
We continue to encourage mask-wearing, especially for people in high-risk categories. Studies are showing that wearing an n-95 or kn95 mask does provide a good amount of protection for the wearer.

We will continue to gather after worship in Fellowship Hall for coffee and conversation.
We look forward to seeing more of you in the sanctuary each Sunday!

The worship service will be broadcast live on the church 
Facebook page on Sunday at 10:00 am 
To watch worship on Facebook, go to facebook.com/uccbrainerd/live

Worship Bulletins are uploaded on Sunday Morning to this link: tinyurl.com/uccbrainerdbulletins


Hosts, Ushers, Greeters, Scripture readers

H.U.G.S. this Sunday May 15th
Host: Sharon Carlson
Ushers/Greeters: Open
Counters: Marcia Ferris & Cynthia Janes

H.U.G.S. next Sunday May 22nd
Host: Open
Ushers/Greeters: Open
Counters: Marcia Ferris/Judy Whiteman & Jim Norgord

Liturgist: Sunday, May 15th - Open
Liturgist: Sunday, May 22nd - Open


This Week
**All church Zoom Gatherings will use this link: tinyurl.com/UCCBrainerdZoom
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, May 13th
10:00 am - Book Study via Zoom
10:00 am - Trustees Outdoor Spring Cleaning

Saturday, May 14th
3:00 pm - David Crum Memorial in-person First Congregational

Sunday, May 15th
10:00 am - Worship Service
in-person & online Facebook Live
11:15 am - Fellowship after Worship
11:15 am - Trustees & Christian Ministry Painting Project
11:30 am - Adult Forum - "10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's"

Wednesday, May 18th
10:00 am - Prayer Group in-person & Zoom
12:00 pm - Men's Fellowship
3:45 pm - TheShop Cooking in church

Thursday, May 19th
3:00 am - Council Meeting in-person & Zoom

Friday, May 20th
10:00 am - Book Study via Zoom


Memorial Service for David Crum at 3:00 pm

There was some confusion during the worship service on Sunday about the time of the memorial service for David Crum, which is taking place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at First Congregational UCC in Brainerd.
We hope this email will clear up any confusion and confirm that the service will begin at 3:00 pm (not 2:00pm as was mentioned in worship).

After the service, everyone is invited to gather for a Celebration of Life at the Northland Arboretum from 4:30 to 7:30. Food and beverages will be served. Dave often expressed his desire for a party with laughter and love after his passing. Please wear cheerful colors and bring stories to share. We will be in the lower level. If stairs are a limiting factor, you can arrange to be dropped off at the lower level handicapped access. The Arboretum is located at 14250 Conservation Drive in Baxter.

Please contact Steve Crum at 218-851-2291 or Bonnie Crum at 218-330-3167 if you have any questions.


May Adult Forum - Sundays after Worship - 11:30am
May 15th: “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease” - Kent O'Grady from the Alzheimer's Assn will help people recognize the onset of this common disease of aging.
May 29th: TheShop BBYC - Erica Stepanek, Executive Director, will share about the programs and community partners of TheShop. She will also discuss the mental health needs of area youth, and how TheShop can, and does, address those needs.


Update - Connection Letters

We mailed 150 letters with the intention of making it easier for us to stay connected. In addition to some information about the life of the church, you were encouraged to complete and return a short form with updated contact information for the church office and an updated directory. On March 29th, Terri our church Admin. Asst. sent out emails to those we had not heard from yet and we did receive about 10 responses. 

Terri will be sending out a new 2022 Directory in May. It will be emailed out to those who responded and indicated they wished to be included in the Directory.  There is still time to be included in the Directory by sending a quick email to Terri at the Office. Please include all of your contact information, Our church email is: uccbrainerd@gmail.com


From the Trustees - Springtime Project
“Outdoor Spring Cleanup” - Friday, May 13, 10 am - 12 noon

Tomorrow your trustees are conducting their annual springtime outdoor cleanup and are asking you, our congregation, to help us. There will be cleaning and mulching of flower bed areas, raking and picking up of yard debris, clean out of two rain gardens and the outdoor columbarium, set up of columbarium fountain, blowing off the paved parking lot, and readying trash for the landfill. Please bring extra rakes and flat nose shovels if you have them. Pizza will be served after. About ten  to twelve people are needed for this project.

“Paint Clothes Sunday” - Sunday, May 15, 11:15 am after worship

The Trustees and Christian Ministry are teaming up to re-paint part of the church hallway and the if time 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. 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 just in time for our 150th anniversary celebration. About ten people are needed for this project.

Choir Practice
First Three Sundays of the Month
Meet in the Sanctuary 8:30 am.
Please contact Diane Hauan for more information:

218-839-0669 or diane.hauan5@gmail.com







































Collecting Memories!

As part of the 150th Anniversary celebration, we are collecting “memories” by decade. The last booklet was published in 1972, so that is our beginning date. You may not realize that some of our current faces here have been active members for fifty (yes, 50) years or more. That is quite an oral history! Now, to make a record for the “future” historians!
In the coming weeks, we will be asking questions and putting out trivia from the 1970s to present, hoping to jog your memories in an effort to tell our stories and get re-acquainted.  New visitors and members can share their interests and hopes for future activities, while others will have photos and anecdotes about the past this church represents.
Please send all response/photos to Jan Kurtz at: rmjkurtz@brainerd.net
Week 13 - DID YOU KNOW? 1990s Hand Bell Choir - The sounds of the Gregorian hand bells graced the sanctuaries of both our church and the United Methodist Church when members combined their talents as "bell ringers" and performed during services and special concerts.  Early participants from our church included Doris Anderson, Judy Whitman, Jan Morton, Karen Ogdahl, and Lance Janes. Many others followed.

We’d Like to Know... Were you one of the original musicians in the Bell Choir? Did we have our own bell choir before combining with Park Methodist? How were the
bells acquired? Donation by Claxton family? Other memorials?


Friday Book Group

10:30 am via Zoom

We are reading "Braiding Sweetgrass"
by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.

Men's Fellowship Group
You are invited to a casual fellowship meeting at various locations in the Brainerd Lakes area.
Contact Jack Kraywinkle to confirm location of meeting each week.
(Contact the church office if you need Jack's information.)

Church Annual Meeting - Sunday May 22nd
After Sunday Worship - All voting members are encouraged to attend as we elect new committee members and review the last 12 months. Reports will be emailed the second week of May. Printed copies will be available upon request.
Please contact the church office if you need a printed copy mailed to you.


Special Offering - May 22nd, UCC Missions Strengthen the Church

The Strengthen the Church (STC) Offering reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ. 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.

Please send your donation to First Congregational UCC, 415 Juniper St. Brainerd, MN 56401. Make sure to note on your offering: STC Special Offering. Or for your convenience use our Paypal account at: paypal.me/uccbrainerd
Be sure to note STC Special Offering in the comments.
Thank you!

Habitat for Humanity Annual Dinner & Auction - Monday, June 20th

If you would like to join church members with table reservations
made in advance by Karen Ford, please contact Karen at: 651-492-3600


New ShopCart Program!
My name is Erica Stepanek and I am the Executive Director of TheShop (Brainerd Baxter Youth Center).
I wanted to reach out to you all about our wonderful ShopCart Program.

ShopCart is a completely free resource that anyone in the community can use. We deliver hot meals, as well as frozen meals, toiletries, and other household essentials to a household within a 23 mile radius of TheShop.  Anyone who would like to take part in this program can text our ShopCart  phone (218-513-4751) before 4pm to receive their delivery. ShopCart will be happening every Friday.


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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