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Join us for worship at 10:00 am! 
Worship with us in person or online via our Facebook page.

Scripture: Acts 2:1-4   Acts 10:34-36           Liturgist: Barb McColgan



This Week
**Unless specified otherwise, all church Zoom Gatherings use this link:
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 26th
10:30 am - Book Study via Zoom

Sunday Worship, May 28th
10:00 am - Worship Service in-person & Facebook
11:00 am - Fellowship in Fellowship Hall
***Special Offering Strengthen The Church
***Newsletter Deadline

Wednesday, May 31st
12:00 pm - Men's Group @ El Tequila

Friday, June 2nd
10:30 am - Book Study via Zoom



Hosts, Ushers, Greeters, Scripture readers
Sign up on the clipboard in the narthex or click here to go to

H.U.G.S. this  Sunday May 28th
Host: Sharon Carlson
Greeter/Ushers: Tim Anderson & Ryan Kelley
Counters: Holden Hollister, Deb Griffith & Stewardship

H.U.G.S. next  Sunday June 4th
Host: Open
Greeter/Ushers: Kathy Ogden & Desmond Schultz
Counters: Reed Campbell & Maggie Anderson

Liturgist: Sunday May 28th - Barb McColgan
Liturgist: Sunday June 4th - Shon Boman



Pastor Leslie's New Workday Schedule
Pastor Leslie's workdays: Sunday through Thursday

*Pastoral Visits Drop-in Hours:
Wednesday’s 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursdays 11:00am - 1:00 pm
Summer Office Church Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10:00am - 2:00pm


*Drop-in hours are times set aside for “drop-in” conversations, much like a professor’s office hours. Pastor Leslie is typically working at the church the rest of the week, but it is possible that she may be in meetings, at a community event, or working off-site.
Pastor Leslie typically works off-site on Mondays for sermon research and writing. Everyone is encouraged to make an appointment if the above times are not convenient. You can go to and select a day and time that works for you, or you can email Pastor Leslie at or call/text at 218-656-0096.

Thank you Volunteers for Doris Anderson's Memorial!







New Church Council Members! 
Mary Reardon – Moderator
Cynthia Janes – Clerk

New Committee Members!
Christian Education – Kathy Ogden
Christian Ministry – Maria Bertram
Trustees – Holden Hollister
Stewardship – Maggie Anderson
Pastor Parish Relations Committee (PPRC) - Joe Stattine &
Dan Hegstad
ge – Kay Cox
Foundation Board – Sharon Carlson, Charlotte Goedsche &
Dan Hegstad



UCC Women's Fellowship

Each month two gatherings are scheduled so we can include as many people as possible.
Saturday, June 10th 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall for coffee and goodies.
Contact Marcia Ferris for more information.
Thursday, June 29th 11:30 am at Ernies on Gull.
Contact Joy Persall for more information.
All updates will be posted on the Connections Facebook Group and RSVP’s may be made in the comments under the post at:


Fun with Food and Friends!

A new program at the church is happening once a month from June - September.

***Mark your calendars! Thursdays, June 29, July 27, August 24. September date TBD.
Organized by the Region 5 Economic Development Commission and Sprout, we will start by receiving 10 CSA boxes of local organic vegetables delivered to the church. Youth from TheShop, and any other youth who wish to attend, will learn about how to prepare that month's vegies, prepare a meal and enjoy eating together.
The youth would like to have the adults bring their favorite music from the “old days,” and they will bring their favorite, more modern music.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Lowell Johnson at


Men's Fellowship

Join the guys for a casual fellowship gathering each Wednesday at various locations in the Brainerd Lakes area.
2023 Schedule
First Wednesday: B-Merri - 19624 Co. Rd. 3 Brainerd
Second Wednesday: Four Seas Brainerd
Third Wednesday: Dunmire's East Hwy 210 Brainerd
Fourth Wednesday: Black Bear - Baxter
Fifth Wednesday: El Tequila Mexican Restaurant
7399 Garrison Rd. Baxter



New Hearing Loop System Installed!
Sanctuaries don’t always have the best acoustics for people with hearing loss.
If you have a T-coil enabled hearing aid, you can now utilize the church’s new telecoil hearing system. The system will work best in the front section of the sanctuary. Your hearing aid must be enabled to receive the audio signal. Please contact your supplier if you need help in activating this feature.



Friday Book Group via Zoom

Beginning this week we are reading "Water Always Wins:  Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge by Erica Gies.
“A hopeful journey around the world and across time, illuminating better ways to live with water". 

In this quietly radical book, science journalist Erica Gies introduces us to innovators in what she calls the Slow Water movement who start by asking a revolutionary question: What does water want? Using close observation, historical research, and cutting-edge science, these experts in hydrology, restoration ecology, engineering, and urban planning are already transforming our relationship with water. 




Hosts, Ushers, Greeters, Scripture-readers

Sunday morning greeters/ushers and coffee hosts play an important part in making our church a warm and welcoming place for all. Here’s a secret; it’s FUN!! If each household committed to 3 Sundays a year as greeter/ushers and/or coffee hosts we would have a full complement of participants. For instance, I plan to take 2 Sundays in August to greet/usher and 2 Sundays in February to Host Coffee.
The Christian Ministry Committee is working on simplified instructions for these duties and one of us will be available to guide you through your first go if needed. Are you ready to take the leap into RADICAL HOSPITALITY? Give it a go and signup below for your first Sunday as the face of the church!


Connect, learn, and grow with the Minnesota Conference


Mark Your Calendar for Youth Conference Events
Summer Middle School Camp: July 5-7, 2023
For youth entering 6th grade through 8th grade - Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, Sandstone MORE
Fall Youth Conference Event: October 6-8, 2023 - Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center MORE

Annual Meeting 2023: Protecting God's Gift of Creation

We are excited to welcome you to this year's Annual Meeting June 9-10, where we will gather at the College of St. Benedict. Our theme is "Protecting God's gift of Creation." An online option will also be available. Workshops will be offered in person during the afternoon on Friday, June 9, for those attending in person.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE for more details including our keynote speaker, the agenda, and access to the newly opened registration link. 

2023 Adult & Intergenerational Retreats & Camps!

We have an amazing line-up of adult and intergenerational camps and retreats for the summer and fall. Check them out!

Bayport Day Camp:  August 5
People's Park, Bayport - LEARN MORE & REGISTER
Mankato Day Camp: August 6
First Congregational UCC, Mankato - LEARN MORE & REGISTER
Women's Retreat: September 8 - 10
Women's Wilderness Walk "From the Inside Out": September 22-24
Walking Space, Houston MN - LEARN MORE & REGISTER
2023 Queer Walk: September 29 - October 1
Walking Space, Houston MN - LEARN MORE & REGISTER
2023 Faith Formation Leader Retreat: October 22 - 24
ARC Retreat Community - LEARN MORE & REGISTER



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

Bridges of Hope: 218-825-4357 or 1-800-462-7682
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call or Text 988
Crisis Line & Referral Service: 218-828-4357, 218-828-HELP or 1-800-462-5525
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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