Worship this week - January 10
The Baptism of the Lord - Mark 1:4-11
Becoming New - Sermon by Pastor Daveon by
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Dangerous Religious Ideas

All religious ideas are dangerous--even those that stand at the heart of religion! Join us for a Wednesday evening webinar, 7:00-8:30 p.m., January 20 through February 10, when we will discuss Dangerous Religious Ideas, a new book by Rabbi Dr. Rachel S. Mikva who will be our leader for the first session on January 20. Advance registration is required: Register Here.

You may purchase the book from the registration page or here:

We encourage you to get started right away, but you won’t need to have the whole book read by the time we get started on January 20.

In the course of four Wednesday evenings, we will use Mikva’s book to consider the tools our traditions have bequeathed us for recognizing and guarding against the inherent dangers of religious ideas, affirming them as models of self-critical faith, making room for multiple voices, doubt, change, and the sometimes slippery nature of truth. Building on them, we also find valuable roadmaps for navigating difference--even as we still struggle to determine the proper role of religion in our collective public life.

Rabbi Dr. Rachel S. Mikva serves as the Herman E. Schaalman Professor in Jewish Studies and Senior Faculty Fellow of the InterReligious Institute at Chicago Theological Seminary. The Institute and the Seminary work at the cutting edge of theological education, training religious leaders who can build bridges across cultural and religious difference for the critical work of social transformation. Her most recent book is Dangerous Religious Ideas: The Deep Roots of Self-Critical Faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Beacon, 2020), and she is working on a textbook for graduate and undergraduate students, Interreligious Studies: An Introduction, to be published by Cambridge University Press. 
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We would love to have you as a liturgist (reader) in one of our Sunday morning worship videos. It's a wonderful way of serving, it's nice for people to see you, and it allows Pastor Dave a chance to visit with you for a few minutes!

In order to do this, you'll need:
  • One hour available for recording on a Wednesday, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • A reliable internet connection
  • A computer equipped with a camera and microphone that allow you to use Zoom (sorry, but cell phones just don't work well for our purposes)

On the Monday preceding the Wednesday for which you sign up, we'll send an
e-mail with your readings, easy-to-follow setup instructions, and a Zoom link. It's that simple.

So, if you'd like to give it a try, click on the button below to choose a date and time.
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Stewardship Campaign
MODERATORS NOTES DECEMBER 27, 2020
Reflecting on 2020
What a week we had at Peace UCC! Reverend David Pattee, with much
help from Luke Shepard and our Church Community, produced three
stunning worship services for Christmas; the service on December 27 th ,
the Christmas Eve Luminaria Walk, and the streaming service on
Thursday. All were wonderful expressions of faith, love, peace and
hope. The fact Reverend Pattee was able to organize all three events
was a testament to his vision, creativity, and organizing skills and also a
direct reflection of the depth of supportive talent we have in this
Church. We are profoundly thankful for all the gifts we have received
and are able to deploy to enable services such as these. Thank you all.
Poetry at Peace
Each week a small group from our community gathers to share, read poetry and meditate. If you would like to participate, please email Bonnie, bonniep357@gmail.com
New Year's Morning by Helen Hunt Jackson
Only a night from old to new!
Only a night, and so much wrought!
The Old Year's heart all weary grew,
But said: "The New Year rest has brought."
Loving God, you fill all things with a fullness and hope that we can never comprehend. May we place our hope in what matters and what lasts.
Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our suffering world. 
We open our hearts and offer prayer to :

Sarah, and all those with Covid 
Heather
Eileen, Tamara and all those fighting cancer
Anne Rogers and all those adjusting to the death of a spouse
Prayers for the journey of the soul of William Z Good, Holocaust
survivor, who died Christmas day
Thanksgiving for the life of Beverly Brook’s mother, who died on her
98th birthday 
Prayers for Erika and the soul of her husband Chris, who died on New
Year’s Eve
Teachers, who are facing an impossible task.
     Prayers for all those unsheltered
     This week, especially, we ask for prayers for our country, for the
health of our democracy and for a peaceful transition of power.
Knowing, good God, you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God. Amen.

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins,
To find the lost
To heal the broken
To feed the hungry
To release the prisoner
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among all,
To make music in the heart.
~~ Howard Thurman 

Blessings for a beautiful week,

Bonnie Lange
bonniep357@gmail.com | 360.921.7629
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