News items By: Sandy Kellen

This Time In Between

– from Reverend Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister This Time In Between It is Wednesday of Holy Week, not a day in this holiest of weeks that garners much attention. Some Christian traditions have regarded it as “Spy Wednesday”, since it is the day on which scripture suggests Judas Iscariot determined to betray Jesus for thirty… Read more »

Is Missions your Church’s Number One Priority?

OCWM Subcommittee Chair Bob Peterson (member, New Brighton UCC) shares his personal perspective on individual and congregational giving. He thinks giving to missions and Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) should be a congregation’s first priority. What is your congregation’s approach to giving?  ♦ Christians who use the “Share, Save, Spend” priority system to manage their… Read more »

Signs of Hope

Rev. Dick Fylling, member of the Annual Meeting Planning Work Group, reflects on signs of hope that point to the potential for a world free from racism. This coming June the MN Conference Annual Meeting will gather around the theme of “Going Deeper: Trusting in Sacred Conversation” which developed out of a resolution adopted at… Read more »

Still More Bridges Left to Cross

– from Rev. Dick Fylling, Annual Meeting Planning Work Group Two weekends ago, up to 80,000 people gathered at Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the crossing of the bridge there and those who had first tried to cross it on what became known as “Bloody Sunday”, March 7, 1965. While the crossing… Read more »

Learn the New UCC Profile System

Learn the New UCC Profile System Workshops with Rev. Malcolm Himschoot The Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ and UTS welcome all authorized ministers, Members in Discernment, and interested mentors and advisors to attend all or part of this two-day event: Day One: “Searching for Change and Changing the Search: New Tools and… Read more »

Global Ministries Mission Update – Honduras

– from Don and Maryjane Westra – Subirana Clinic, Subirana, Yoro, Honduras March 1, 2015 Greetings from Don and Maryjane Westra, Global Ministries Mission Personnel in Honduras. Our tenure with Global Ministries began in 2009 in Mt. Selinda Mission Station, Zimbabwe. In 2013 we moved to Honduras where we now serve with Global Ministries’ partner,… Read more »

What Makes a Church?

– from Reverend Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister I kept thinking about that question recently while sitting in a nearly empty church building in Maple Grove. The building was the site of our former congregation, Pilgrim UCC, in that community. More than a year ago now, the faithful remnant of that congregation’s membership determined that it… Read more »

March 2015 Board of Directors Report

– from Chelle Lyons Hanson, Board Member At Large The Board of Directors of the Minnesota Conference met on Saturday, March 7 at Mizpah UCC in Hopkins, MN. Rev. Garth Shumacher, interim minister at Mizpah welcomed us warmly and shared some information about the congregation. He described the church as a welcoming congregation and we… Read more »

Back Bay Mission Trip 2016

– from Bob Peterson, OCWM Subcommittee After a great trip with 23 volunteers who traveled to Biloxi the last week in January to work at the Back Bay Mission, it is time to think ahead to 2016. This year the 23 volunteers represented 13 different UCC churches in Minnesota. It was a great opportunity to… Read more »

We Are All Children of God

– from Rev. Dick Fylling, Annual Meeting Planning Work Group I was thinking about our Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Conference late one night last week and its theme – Going Deeper: Trusting in Sacred Covenant . At that gathering, we will be examining the issue of racism and how it affects all of us… Read more »