Volume 18, No. 45 | December 14, 2022

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Equipping a courageous Church alive with Christ’s transforming love
Conference News & Events

Young Adult Retreat is January 27–29

Who: Ages 18 (post-graduate) through 25

When: January 27-29, 2023| begins at 6:00 pm Friday and ends 11:00am on Sunday

Where: Green Lake Lutheran Camp| Medayto Lodge, Spicer, MN

Cost: $50/person | $25/ person scholarship, if needed; please contact Rev. Sheri Nelson at sherin@uccmn.org

Reconnect with UCC camp friends for a weekend at Green Lake Lutheran Camp in Spicer, MN. This is a chance to relax, have some fun, create a meal together, and help plan the future for young adult programming in the MN Conference. Registration is open now until January 20 or when spaces are filled. Read our Covid guidelines.


Exploring the Enneagram

January 30 - March 12, 2023

Early bird registration ends December 19

Learn the Enneagram’s system of 9 Types and identify your type with The Damascus Project's upcoming learning opportunity.

Reflect on how your Enneagram type helps you relate to others and lead more effectively. Use code EARLYBIRD at checkout to save 20% through Dec 19.


Enrollment Bonuses Included!

When you register with The Damascus Project, all learning Intensives include these bonuses to support you on your learning and ministry journey.

Bonus 1: Exclusive access to a learning cohort of your peers. Your course site is unique to you and your peers. Your conversations are private to your cohort. Engage with the course material, one another, and the instructor on your own time.

Bonus 2: Never miss a session with access to all Zoom recordings. Can’t make a live Zoom session work in your schedule? No problem. All Zoom sessions are recorded and recordings shared within the course site.

Bonus 3: Access to the growing online community in The Damascus Project network. Whether you enroll or not, you are welcome to join our free online community, the Damascus Project Network. Gain extra support for your learning when you participate in the conversations and small groups taking place there.

Coming in January: Faith Foundations (Jan 12-Apr 20)

Get equipped to take the next step in your faith journey and articulate why you believe what you believe through this online interactive study. Use code EARLYBIRD at checkout to save 20% through Dec 19. Learn more and register HERE.

Building Eco-Justice in Our Churches

Do you have a team that is working on planet health, whether it be soil, water, recycling, or advocacy? If so, the Conference's Outdoor Ministry team would like to hear from you.

The more we know, the better we can serve your team and connect you with other churches who may be doing similar things.

Please contact Rev. Sheri Nelson.

Make Your Church’s 5 for 5 Contributions Count

The United Church of Christ’s popular 5 for 5 recognition program honors churches who participate in Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) and all four of the Special Offerings:

  • One Great Hour of Sharing
  • Strengthen the Church
  • Neighbors in Need
  • The Christmas Fund

The cutoff date for recognizing a 2022 gift to any of the 5 for 5 offerings is January 20, 2023. If your church is sending in a 2022 5 for 5 gift after December 30, please indicate that the gift should be for 2022; otherwise, anything not noted will automatically be recorded as 2023 giving. Thank you for participating in 5 for 5!

Joys & Concerns

We offer our prayers for Rev. Lindy Purdy, whose husband of 52 years, John, passed away in late October. Memorial services were held November 28 at Wayzata Community Church. Read his full obituary.

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