UNITED CHURCH BOOK CLUB SEPTEMBER 9 (led by Crystal Emerson) Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World By Brian D. McLaren Overview: When four religious leaders walk across the road, it’s not the beginning of a joke. It’s the start of one of the most [...]
The Nominating Committee meeting that was scheduled for today at 9 a.m. is postponed. Pastor Lawrence is subbing for Pastor Susan Berge at Knife River Lutheran Church.
Religion Statistics Profile of Lake County, Minnesota Here is some interesting and useful information about the religious preferences of the county in which United Church resides based on a 2002 survey. Of the 11,058 residents of Lake County 63% declared a religious affiliation. Of those who declared an affiliation, 43% (2,987) were Lutheran (ELCA) and [...]
A sermon preached by Pastor Lawrence on June 29, 2014 on Matthew 10:40-42.
A sermon preached by Pastor Lawrence on June 22, 2014 on 1 Peter 2:1-10.
This greeting comes from former United pastor, the Rev. Pam Barbour, who can’t be with us on Sunday to celebrate our 45th anniversary. Congratulations to each of you as you celebrate 45 years as a United Church. I was United’s pastor beginning in the summer of 1996. I was able to be with you for [...]
Today as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met in General Assembly in Detroit it was the will of the assembly, after much prayer and study, to open the rite of marriage to all couples and to allow congregations and pastors to celebrate marriages that are legal in their state, according to their own conscience and discernment. [...]
A sermon preached by Pastor Lawrence on June 15, 2014 on 2 Corinthians 13:11-13.
For our fathers, who have given us life and love, that we show them respect and love, we pray to the Lord… For fathers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them, we pray to the Lord… For men, though [...]
A sermon preached by Pastor Lawrence on June 8, 2014 on Acts 2:1-21, 37-47.
A sermon preached by Pastor Lawrence on June 1, 2014 on Philippians 2:1-13.
A sermon preached by Pastor Lawrence on May 25, 2014 on Philippians 1:1-18a.
Greetings are coming in as we come up on our 45th anniversary, a month from today. Here is a greeting from Rev. Graden Grobe who served both congregations before the merger in 1969. He is now retired and living in Florida. Your invitation to the 45th Anniversary Service at the United Church is very meaningful [...]
Starting this coming Sunday, May 25, worship begins at 9:30 a.m. This will go through the summer until after Labor Day. See you this Sunday in worship!
A sermon preached by Pastor Lawrence on May 11, 2014 on Acts 16:16-34.
For our mothers, who have given us life and love, that we may show them reverence and love, we pray to the Lord. . . For mothers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them, we pray to the Lord. [...]
The average cost of a wedding in the United States is $25,200. Just let that number sink in for a bit. The modern wedding industrial complex got its start post WWII with high profile Hollywood weddings and the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten. Because of film news reels and, later, television we got [...]
Today is Maundy Thursday. Why is it called that? On this day Christians remember the following things: Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, but we don’t call it Footwashing Thursday. Jesus had his “last supper” with his disciples which instituted the practice of Holy Communion, but we don’t call it Last Supper Thursday or [...]
Lord, you taught us to render unto Ceasar that which belongs to Ceasar, the same Ceasar whose soldiers abused you, whose functionaries tried you, whose bureaucrats calculated that it was better for you to die for the good of the many. Through your servant, Samuel, you taught us that this would be the way of [...]
Holy Week Services Sunday, April 13, 10:30 – Palm/Passion Sunday at United Church Thursday, April 17, 6:30 – Maundy Thursday at United Church Friday, April 18, 1:30 – Good Friday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Friday, April 18, 7:00– Good Friday at Knife River Lutheran Church Sunday, April 20, 10:30 – Easter Sunday at United Church
It does not matter That it’s a small choir in a small church in a small town. Alan directs it as if his life depended on it. And it does. And so does ours Depend on getting our time just right, Living with the passion That the music deserves. by Jon Fagerson
This past weekend I (and apparently a lot of other people) forked over some money and went to see Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” on the big screen. Some Christian leaders are panning the movie saying it isn’t faithful to the Biblical account. I counter that where it might fall short in Biblical literalism, it makes up [...]
Due to extreme cold temperatures we will not be holding regular worship on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Stay warm and pray for those who must travel or work in the cold.
Due to icy conditions the steps to the sanctuary entrance will be blocked off tomorrow, Sunday, December 8. Please use one of the other entrances.
The time has come again for the Youth’s Annual Fall Fundraiser! We are doing it a little different this year. We are not taking special orders in advance but will be ordering in products based on data from previous years. We have a pretty good idea of what you like! We will then have the [...]
Our contribution to the community Chalk-a-Lot festival across the street from United. Thanks to Crystal Emerson, Rodney TeSlaa and everyone else who helped. This is a rendering of one of our stained glass windows.
Bulletin & Announcements – May 19, 2013 Pastoral Availability – May 19, 2013
Pastor Lawrence receives four weeks of vacation time (including four Sundays) and two weeks of continuing education time (including two Sundays) a year. This has not changed since he came to United Church ten years ago. Any unused time disappears on August 1. As he has only used four days of vacation this year so [...]
After the passage of the marriage law which makes same sex marriage legal in Minnesota many of you are probably wondering what this means for United Church. Now that it’s legal, will we start hosting same sex marriages? The answer, in short, is “No.” United Church is part of the United Methodist Church and the [...]
Bulletin & Announcements – May 12, 2013 Pastoral Availability – May 12, 2013
Bulletin & Announcements – Week of April 21, 2013 Pastoral Availability – April 21, 2013
Bulletin & Announcements – Week of April 14, 2013 Pastoral Availability – Week of April 14, 2013
Bulletin & Announcements – Week of April 7, 2013 Pastoral Availability – Week of April 7, 2013
Bulletin & Announcements – March 31, 2013 Pastoral Availability – March 31, 2013
Bulletin & Announcements – February 24, 2013 Pastoral Availability – February 24, 2013
Bulletin & Announcements – February 10, 2013 Pastoral Availability – February 10, 2013
On Sunday, February 10 the Book Club will be offering a soup and bread lunch after the morning service. There will be a free-will offering taken that day. The proceeds will be sent to an organization that will put it in the hands of women in the form of a micro-loan. For more information on [...]
Bulletin and Announcements – February 3, 2013 Pastoral Availability – Feb 3, 2013
Bulletin & Announcements – January 27, 2013 Pastoral Availability – January 27, 2013
Bulletin and Announcements – January 20, 2013 Pastoral Availability – January 20, 2013
We want you to know that we are very sensitive to the fact that it is flu season at United Church. We encourage people to take proper precautions around attendance to worship and other church activities. Stay Home if You Are Ill – If you are ill and exhibiting flu-like symptoms, please do yourself and [...]
Bulletin & Announcements – January 13, 2013 Pastoral Availability – January 13, 2013 Starting this week we are also including a spreadsheet including times Pastor Lawrence is available for visits. Please contact him to arrange for a visit either at his study at United or elsewhere.
Financial Summary – United Church Click on the link above for a brief summary of our year end status. The good news is that we are current with all of our obligations and we have a bit in the bank as well. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the church this year with your prayers, [...]
The office computer crashed today so there will be no e-announcements going out today. Luckily, we did get the bulletin printed before the computer crashed, so we have got that going for us.
There will be a Special Congregational Meeting of the United Church of Two Harbors on Sunday, January 13 following 10:30 worship in the sanctuary (in case of postponement on Sunday, January 20 at the same time and place) for the following purpose: To receive the 2013 budget. The Rev. Lawrence Lee, Moderator Muriel Swardstrom, Clerk
With winter storm warnings people have been asking if we are going to have worship tomorrow. It’s way too early to determine that, but here is the procedure as a reminder. If we decide to cancel services we will do the following… 1) Email out an announcement. 2) Update this website and our Facebook page. [...]
Bulletin & Announcements – Week of December 9, 2012
You can follow Pastor Lawrence now on Facebook. Visit his page and comment, leave links, share thoughts, and so on!
Bulletin and Announcements – Week of November 18, 2012
New Hymnal Pledge Form In our open Council meeting this past Sunday it was decided to let people vote with their pocket books as to whether we would get the new Presbyterian hymnal to go alongside our current United Methodist hymnals in the pews. If you are interested in pledging to purchase new hymnals in [...]
Bulletin and Announcements – October 21, 2012 Please pray for: Shirley Davies Ron Bigelow Gene Kennedy, brother of Jan Hockman. Monica Cardinal Marge Pearson Ricthard Thompson Doris Samuelson Gary Bolander, brother in law of Crystal Emerson
David Blankenhorn (author of The Future of Marriage and president of the Institute for American Values) and Jonathan Rauch (author of Gay Marriage: Why it Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America) talk honestly and openly about the definition of marriage and our the state of our civic discussion in the [...]
There will be a Council-led listening session to receive input on the New Hymnal Task Force’s recommendation on the purchase of 100 of the new Presbyterian Hymnals (entitled “Glory to God”) on Sunday, October 28 immediately following worship in the sanctuary. The New Hymnal Task Force recommends the following actions: Pre-order 100 of the new [...]
UCBC is starting this fall! Simply read the book and then join the discussion. Here is the book list and the dates for the first two discussions. Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn – Monday, October 29, 7 p.m. The Interfaith Alternative: Embracing Spiritual Diversity by Steven Greenebaum [...]
We are following members of our congregation, the Gordons, as they sail from Knife River to the Caribbean and back this year. Here is their second log entry. Thursday, September 13-Sunday Sept. 16 Once again we were up at dawn, motoring in gloomy skies out the Portage Canal. The forecast was favorable, but strong. If all [...]
We are following members of our congregation, the Gordons, as they sail from Knife River to the Caribbean and back this year. Here is their first log entry. Wednesday, Sept. 5 We moved aboard at different times–rather anticlimatic, really. By mid-afternoon I was tired of the house and it looked as done as I could [...]
Bulletin and Announcements – September 16, 2012 (click to download) Please pray for: The family of Candy Mischler who died on September 12 Gene Kennedy, brother of Jan Hockman Shirley Davies Ron Bigelow Monica Cardinal The family of Debbie (Ferguson) Wynn who will be remembered on September 15 Marge Pearson Richard Thompson Krystal Hanson Doris [...]
Bulletin and Announcements – Week of September 9, 2012 (click to download) This Sunday we go back to the 10:30 worship time, Sunday School begins, choir begins, and we have a Council meeting at 9 before worship! It’s a big Sunday. Please pray for: Shirley Davies Ron Bigelow Monica Cardinal The family of Debbie (Ferguson) [...]
Bulletin and Announcements – September 2, 2012 Please pray for: Gary Bolander, brother in law of Crystal Emerson Ron Bigelow Monica Cardinal The family of Ruth Ferguson Marge Pearson Ricthard Thompson Krystal Hanson Doris Samuelson
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is publishing a new hymnal which comes out a year from now, September 2013. The United Church Council has commisioned a task force to look at this new hymnal and make a recommendation on whether we should adopt it or not. The task force is chaired by Louise Anderson and is [...]
This is from the Rev. Cynthia Coffin-Langdon of United Campus Ministry at UMD. You may recall she preached at United in May. Hello Churches! We need volunteers THURSDAY, AUGUST 30th! Please spread the word and put in your electronic news if possible. United Campus Ministry is teaming up with The Women’s Resource and Action Center at [...]
Mark, Katya, Cedar, and Lamar Gordon were blessed today in a “Blessing of the Travelers” as they prepare to sail off on a 9 month journey through the Great Lakes, down the Atlantic coast, to the Caribbean. They spoke about their planned journey after worship in the fellowship hall. You follow their journey on their [...]
Bulletin and Announcements – August 26, 2012 (click to download)
United Church Youth Council Ballot For all active youth in United Church, please vote for a Moderator, Clerk, Chaplain, and Treasurer to help lead your youth group this year. Ballots are due back to the church by noon on Sunday, September 2, 2012. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bulletin and Announcements – August 19, 2012 Please pray for: Will O’Neil The family of Ruth Ferguson Marge Pearson Clair Newton Ricthard Thompson Monica Cardinal Ron Bigelow Krystal Hanson Jim Anderson Doris Samuelson Joan Gonsolus Brent Lindahl Brian Christensen
Bulletin and Announcements – August 5, 2012 Please pray for: the family of Ruth Ferguson for the death of her daughter, Deb Marge Pearson Clair Newton Ricthard Thompson Monica Cardinal Ron Bigelow Krystal Hanson Jim Anderson Doris Samuelson Joan Gonsolus Brent Lindahl Brian Christensen
Presbyterian Pioneer Parish in NW Wisconsin is seeking a 1/4-to-1/2-time youth director to coordinate youth activities for 6 congregations in Douglas and Bayfield Counties, with emphasis on planning community service and recreational activities, assisting with confirmation class, and promoting youth involvement in worship. Sincere faith in Jesus Christ, experience working with youth, an understanding and [...]
Westminster Presbyterian Church is now able to clean out their building after the June flood. Volunteers are welcomed to assist congregational members Tuesday, July 31 through Friday, August 3. The work will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Any amount of help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. This will be [...]
Roger Anderson, a member of United, is one of the commissioners from Northern Waters Presbytery to the Presbyterian (USA) General Assembly this week. He is sharing with us along the way. 2 June 2012 I left Two Harbors on Monday, 25 June, and drove to Madison, Wisconsin. I had supper with friends in Madison. That is pizza. Then I drove on to Milwaukee and [...]
Bulletin and Announcements – June 10, 2012 Please keep in your prayers: Monica Cardinal Richard Thompson Vinton Beckstrom Brian Christensen Gloria Lindahl Ron Bigelow Krystal Hanson Jim Anderson Karen (Mitchell) Hermanson Doris Samuelson Joan Gonsolus Ken Peterson
Pastor Lawrence’s Building Fund Challenge Pastor Lawrence is challenging United Church folk to pledge to give to the church’s Building Fund a bit for every pound he takes off this summer. Click the link above for the form and fill it out and send it to the church or drop it in the offering plate. [...]
Bulletin and Announcements – Week of June 3, 2012 Please keep in your prayers: Vinton Beckstrom Krystal Hanson Monica Cardinal Jim Anderson Karen (Mitchell) Hermanson Doris Samuelson Ron Bigelow Joan Gonsolus Brian Christensen Gloria Lindahl
A Special Congregational Meeting of the United Church of Two Harbors will be held on Sunday, June 17, 2012 in the sanctuary at 531 3rd Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616, following morning worship for the following purposes: To authorize tuck pointing of the church building by Chesley and Sons, Inc., Duluth. To authorize repair of roof of [...]
Annual Conference is this week in St. Cloud and Emma VanVactor-Lee is your elected member. She, along with Pastor Lawrence, will be dealing with many legislative items. Here are some helpful links to information on the conference: Annual Conference Session Annual Conference Session resources 2012 Legislation 2012 Legislation supplemental
Roger Anderson, a member of United, will be one of the commissioners from Northern Waters Presbytery to the Presbyterian (USA) General Assembly this summer. He will be sharing with us periodically along the way. 14 May 2012 I attended the 2 hour training session on General Assembly in the Twin Cities on Saturday, 5 May. I learned more about the procedures at [...]
Bulletin & Announcements – May 13, 2012 Sunday, May 20 is our Family Day at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Mark your calendar and plan to pack up family and friends and head out following morning worship. Save the date for Vacation Bible School: June 25-29 at United Church. The staff from Clearwater Forest will [...]
If anyone can provide food (cold cuts, cheeses, buns, fruit, pasta salads, veggies, etc.) or bars for Katie Roiland’s service on Friday they can drop items off at the Fire Hall by 11 a.m. on Friday. People are also needed to help serve. Please contact Julie O’Neil if you can help.
Mark your calendars! Starting May 27 worship at United begins at 9:30! Based on input from the congregation, the Council decided today to change our worship time during the summer to 9:30 a.m. This will be in effect from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Bulletin and Announcements – April 29, 2012 This Sunday, April 29th, is Fifth Sunday Potluck. Remember to bring a dish to share and enjoy a wonderful meal and time of fellowship. Please keep the following in your prayers: Al Anderson Jim Anderson Vinton Beckstrom Ron Bigelow Monica Cardinal Alice Carson Ruth Ferguson Joan Gunsolus Krystal [...]
Roger Anderson, a member of United, will be one of the commissioners from Northern Waters Presbytery to the Presbyterian (USA) General Assembly this summer. He will be sharing with us periodically along the way. 25 April 2012 I was asked to serve as the alternate commissioner to General Assembly about a year ago. The person who [...]
A Special Congregational Meeting of the United Church of Two Harbors will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 in the Sanctuary at 531 3rd Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616, following morning worship for the following purposes: Election of a trustee and council member to fill unexpired terms, through February, 2013. To discuss and advise council [...]
Announcements and Bulletin – April 22, 2012 Please welcome our new members who will be joining the United Church Family on Sunday: Dave Nonnemacher, Al Ringer and Jan Ringer. Next Sunday, April 29th, is Fifth Sunday Potluck. Remember to bring a dish to share and enjoy a wonderful meal and time of fellowship. There is [...]
Bulletin and Announcements – April 15, 2012 Our prayers go out this week to The Anderson Family Doris Samuelson Alice Carson Richard Thompson Bill Shadduck Monica Cardinal Alayne Hockman Karen (Mitchell) Hermanson Ron Bigelow Joan Gunsolus Ruth Ferguson
Presbyterian Hymnal 2013 Alphabetical Index of Hymns The Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song released a list of the intended hymn contents of the new hymnal to be released in September, 2013. They caution that this list is subject to change as they negotiate licensing. This list is alphabetical by first line and/or by common title. [...]
Bulletin and Announcements – April 8, 2012 Easter Breakfast Easter Breakfast will be provided by the Rick Ray and Jim McDannold families, Jono Goedel and friends before worship starting at 8:30 am, on Easter Sunday, April 8. Donations will be accepted to cover the costs. Thanks to all who volunteer and for their willingness to share [...]
The contents of the new Presbyterian hymnal will be released on April 9, 2012, the day after Easter, according to this announcement from the Presbyterian Church (USA). The hymnal is slated to be ready for distribution in September, 2013. United Church has just begun its consideration of whether or not to adopt the new hymnal. In preparation [...]
Bulletin & Announcements – Week of April 1, 2012 This weeks Lenten Services include: Maundy Thursday service will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 6:30pm. There is no dinner. Good Friday Services are at United Church at 1:30pm and at 7:00pm at Knife River Lutheran Church. Easter Breakfast Easter Breakfast will be provided by the [...]