News Tagged: COMMAntary

New Beginnings Leads to a New Pastor and a New Name for New Journey United Church of Christ

The UCC Church in Hutchinson Minnesota has been on quite a journey.  After the retirement of longtime pastor, Brian Brosz, the church decided to take time to examine themselves and their church rather than immediately form a search committee for a new minister.  Under the guidance of Pastor Cindy Mueller, the congregation participated in the… Read more »

MN Conference Celebrates Wider Church Covenant Throughout the Weekend – OCWM at Work!

“The Holy Spirit envisions a future in which the United Church of Christ matters.” Those words from Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister & President (GMP) of the United Church of Christ, defined a weekend of events where Minnesota Conference clergy and lay leaders gathered to celebrate being part of the UCC and to reflect… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – January 2016

On a single weekend just before Christmas, I had the privilege of being with two of our congregations in the Minnesota Conference. The first was a very large congregation in the metro area. This church has multiple staff and has nearly completed major improvements to their sizable facility. The atmosphere during my visit to this… Read more »

Raising Our Voices in a Messy World – A Pastoral Letter from the Conference Minister

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” I John 4:18 It has been a devastating, mind-numbing week. Last Thursday, suicide bombings in Beirut left at least 43 dead and over 200 more wounded. The very next day, 129 souls perished in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. In… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – November 2015

Stepping Into Uncharted Territory It was the first-ever mission trip for this congregation and they were so excited! Twelve youth and three adult chaperones from the church I was pastoring in Wisconsin headed to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi in the oppressive heat of a Southern Summer many years ago. I was excited too…. Read more »

OCWM Makes Many Things Possible

Why Support Our Church’s Wider Mission? This month at the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ, there have been numerous happenings that give us reason to support Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM). When you think about whether your church can afford to make a pledge or contribution to OCWM, please consider all that the Minnesota… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – October 2015

A call to Prayer & Action Conference Minister Shari Prestemon reflects on the tragic events of Umpqua Community  College last week and calls the Minnesota Conference to add their action to their prayers. “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough,” said President Obama.  “It’s not enough.” President Obama shared these remarks last Thursday, responding to… Read more »

Back Bay Mission Trip January 31 – February 6, 2016

The Minnesota Conference UCC is sponsoring a mission trip to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi during January 31st – February 6, 2016. Thirty-six volunteers from eighteen different churches will be giving their time for this trip. The Vision Statement for Back Bay Mission is “To eradicate the sting of poverty and its effects on individuals and… Read more »