Volume 18, No. 26 | July 6, 2022

Equipping a courageous Church alive with Christ’s transforming love
Music & Worship Leaders’ Retreat August 18-20 at Luther Crest

Outdoor Ministry of the MN Conference invites congregational musicians, clergy, and lay leaders to an August music retreat. Join musician and psalmist Richard Bruxvoort Cooligan and colleagues from around Minnesota for a few days of singing, music making, and rich conversations about music and worship that sustains and enlivens our souls and the soul of our communities.

There will be plenty of time to rest, create, and contemplate by the lake. The beauty of Lake Carlos and the woods surrounding Luther Crest Bible Camp will be the backdrop for our retreat. There are wonderful walking trails and views of the lake to encourage us to ponder our inner “wild spaces.”

Richard Bruxvoort Colligan is a musician, composer, teacher of the psalms and lover of puns. He serves the Olive Branch community in Rochester, MN, and lives with his family in Strawberry Point, Iowa.

Cost: $200/ person for double room; $250/ person for single room
Where: Luther Crest Bible Camp, Alexandria
When: August 18 at 6:00 pm – August 20 at 11:00 am
Register here by August 5.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Sheri Nelson at sherin@uccmn.org.
Two Resolutions Passed at 2022 Annual Meeting
Delegates to the 2022 Minnesota Conference UCC Annual Meeting passed two resolutions:

Read more about them and see videos from the Annual Meeting HERE
Conference News & Events
You are Invited to Two Upcoming Ordinations and Installations

First Congregational UCC Church of Zumbrota invites you to the ordination of J D Haas on Sunday, July 31, at 2:00 pm, 455 East Avenue in Zumbrota, Minnesota 55992. Clergy are invited to wear the stole of their choice. Following the ordination, there will be frozen custard in the Fellowship Hall. J D promises that the ordination will be “just like” the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California­—except shortened, in a church, without the parade, and in Minnesota, in July.
St. John’s United Church of Christ in Norwood-Young American invites you to the celebration of installation of Rev. Scott Siefert as pastor. The worship service is Sunday, July 17, at 2:00 pm,12984 County Road 51, Norwood-Young America. Masks are recommended and will be available at the entrance but are not required for the in-person service. Clergy are invited to wear the stole of their choice. An ice cream social and time of fellowship will follow the service in Fellowship Hall. The service will be available on the church’s Facebook page and an edited recording will be available later on their YouTube channel
COMMAntary Goes to Summer Schedule

COMMA is on an every-other-week schedule through Labor Day. So, watch for the next edition on July 20!
Mark Your Calendars for September Men's & Women's Retreats

The Minnesota Conference UCC Outdoor Ministry invites you to join the Men's Wilderness Retreat at Camp Amnicom or Women's Retreat at Camp Onamia September 9–11.

Women are also invited to the Women's Wilderness Retreat at Camp Amnicom September 23–25.
Help for Communicating Your Stewardship Efforts

Are your church’s financial efforts changing to meet the challenges of fundraising in the 21st century? The national setting of the United Church of Christ is offering webinars for churches on making your church’s communications seamlessly overlap with your stewardship programs and help congregations stay “on-message” to your community. The webinars are led by The Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, a well-known and well-respected school that understands the basic nature of congregational life and giving. For more information on how you and your church can participate, click HERE.
Conference Minister Prestemon on Sabbatical

In keeping with the Conference sabbatical policy, Conference Minister Prestemon will be afforded sabbatical leave this summer. She will be away until September 14. Reverend Rick Wagner, who retired as Associate Conference Minister in February 2020, is serving as sabbatical supply Conference Minister on a part-time basis during Rev. Prestemon’s sabbatical. He will provide support to the Conference staff team and will respond to needs of congregations under his specific assignment.
ConNext Summit 2022

Faith Formation leaders, clergy, staff, volunteers, and all who walk with others on their spiritual journey are invited to ConNext Summit 2022: In the Ways of Jesus - Gracious Idleness, Scrappy Transformation, Radical Belonging. Find time for rest and renewal; developing and deepening friendships and colleague groups; inspiring innovations; and processing the past few years with a comedy troupe. Learn more and register HERE.

Contact your judicatory office to learn about scholarships; United Theological Seminary students attend free through the MN Conference UCC.
Upcoming Conference Events
More Resources & Opportunities

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  • The Conference website offers a wealth of resources related to Covid, racial justice, and more.
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The Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ (UCC) equips a courageous Church alive with Christ’s transforming love. Through advice, support, and resources, we strengthen the 126 congregations throughout the state to do the redemptive work of God in the world.