Volume 18, No. 17 | April 27, 2022

COMMAntary
Equipping a courageous Church alive with Christ’s transforming love
FourTHursdays Return to In Person, with Virtual Option
April 28; Lunch: 11:30 am | Program: 12:00-1:30 pm
 
Join us for the return of our in-person FourTHursday gatherings for faith formation leaders! After over two years meeting on Zoom, we will have the opportunity to come together in-person (or online) for a time of connection and conversation with colleagues from around the Minnesota Conference. The primary agenda for the day is to simply be with one another. Rev. Kevin Brown, Associate Conference Minister of Faith Formation for Children & Youth will host our time together and invite participants into a time of wondering, reflection, and story sharing.
 
Register to join in-person for lunch and conversation or to participate via Zoom. The Minnesota Church Center no longer requires masks for onsite gatherings. All registered participants will receive a copy of the beautiful children’s picture book Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem by Amanda Gorman and Loren Long.
 
Please note that registration is required for all in-person participants, with a firm registration deadline of April 27. Due to distancing requirements. In-person participants will be required to make a meal selection at the time registration so that individual box lunches may be ordered in advance. 

Please contact Kevin with any questions regarding the gathering or the Conference’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. We look forward to seeing you for FourTHursday.
Conference News & Events
Annual Meeting 2022 Updates

The deadline for workshops is just a few days away! All forms, registration links, and other materials are available on our website. On this page you will find everything you need to know about Annual Meeting, including deadlines for registration, exhibits, and workshops. 
  
  • Registration deadline for workshops: April 29
  • Registration deadline for exhibits: May 1
  • Registration deadline for Annual Meeting: June 2
 
This year registration is being done completely online, whether you are attending in person or via Zoom. If you need assistance with electronic registration or anything else, please contact the Conference office at 612-871-0359.
What's Next in Faith Formation?

Leaders, clergy, and volunteers in ministry with all ages are enthusiastically invited to join the ConNext Summit 2022: In the Ways of Jesus - Gracious Idleness, Scrappy Transformation, Radical Belonging. This ecumencial gathering of progressive leaders offers opportunities to network, share inspiration, and rest. Learn more HERE.
Call for Ordination and Church Anniversaries

If you have an ordination anniversary of 50, 55, 60 or 65 years coming up and would like to be included in the celebration booklet for annual meeting in June 2022, please email our Administrative Assistant, See Chang, at comadmin@uccmn.org.

We would like to acknowledge and celebrate anniversaries from the last two years at this year’s Annual Meeting. If your church has celebrated an anniversary of 100 years or more within the last two years and you would like to include that in the celebration booklet for annual meeting, please send an email with a short summary of the church’s history (including anniversary year) to our Administrative Assistant See Chang. SEND EMAIL
Upcoming Conference Events
Joys & Concerns
We offer prayers for Peace UCC in Rochester, whose facility suffered significant damage from a fire on Easter night.

Congratulation to Rev. Jessica Chapman-Lape and her husband, James Dallas Lape, on welcoming their baby son, Johnathan Hugh, born Monday, April 18, at 6:56 am. We are so happy for the both of you and your family. May you have many blissful days ahead. 

The Committee on Ministry will host an Ecclesiastical Council for Mitch Nelson on Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 pm via Zoom. This is an opportunity for our member churches to participate in the Conference’s discernment for our candidates for ordination. Please consider joining in this important process. You can read Mitch’s ordination paper HERE and learn more about him HERE. RSVP to See Chang at COMadmin@uccmn.org to receive the Zoom link.
More Resources & Opportunities


  • Send story ideas, insights and more to communications@uccmn.org. COMMAntary is published on Wednesdays; submissions are due the Monday prior to publication at noon.

  • 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.