Today is Tuesday, October 6, 2015. I’m standing outside this morning to remind everyone about the World Hunger dinner on Friday. Also, aren’t the leaves beautiful? Wednesday I am meeting with area pastors in a Bible Study to discuss our upcoming sermon topics. In the afternoon I’ll be meeting with area United Methodist pastors. Thursday [...]
Opening Sentences Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8 Those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary; they will walk and not grow weak. Isaiah 40:31 Praise [...]
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Oct_2015_Conference_Connections Click on the link to download the October newsletter from the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Midday Prayer meets on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. and runs less than 20 minutes. It’s perfect for those who have a lunch hour and you can still get a quick lunch in. We use the Order for Midday Prayer found in the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship.
Today is Tuesday, September 29, 2015. I’m having my morning coffee on this National Coffee Day. Did you know that we have coffee available before worship every Sunday starting at 9:30 in the Library/Conference room right off the sanctuary? All are invited and we have a variety of single serve coffee and tea options. Wednesday [...]
Here is a list of items from Terri Lynn and Equal Exchange that will be on sale in support of our youth ministry. Our youth are planning on going to New York next year for a seminar at the United Nations Church Center. Thank you for your support! Youth Nuts and Coffee Sale 2015 Price [...]
It’s Thankful Thursday! What are you thankful for right now at this moment? Let us know on our Facebook page.
Today is Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Isn’t it great to have the choir back from their summer break? I so appreciate their ministry. Thank you to Al, Karen, and everyone in the choir. Wednesday I am meeting with area pastors in a Bible Study where we talk about our sermon preparation and get input from [...]
Our regular Third Friday Community Supper will be held this Friday starting at 4:30. We are serving a free spaghetti dinner to all who come until the food runs out!
Today is Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Rally Sunday was a great success! We are looking forward to a great year at United and it’s not too late to get involved. Wednesday I will be laying to rest Marilyn Reitan at the cemetery in a brief ceremony with her family. Her funeral service was a few [...]
All lay people are called to ministry within the church, but do you think you might have a calling to a specialized ministry perhaps in preaching or Christian education or hospitality? Then courses and certification through the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Lay Servant Ministries Program may be what you are looking for. Take [...]
Today is Tuesday, September 8, 2015. We’re busy in the office, but not too busy for a staff selfie. We had a rare conjunction of our regular Tuesday morning staff – Jan Hockman (secretary) and myself – with Lisa Knight (accountant) and Emily Linn (education). On Wednesday I’m meeting with area pastors for Bible study [...]
You can now donate safely and securely online to United Church. We’ve added a “Donate” listing to our menu on the left. Feel free to donate any amount at any time and we thank you for your support of our ongoing ministries!
Today is Tuesday, September 1, 2015. It’s been a busy week and we are looking at another busy week ahead. Lots of things are happening at United. I’d point out that Neighbor to Neighbor needs help moving this week. Stop by the old location on 1st Avenue or the new location in the old Grace [...]
Choir resumes rehearsals on Wednesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. and will meet regularly at that time throughout September to May (with some breaks and adjustments along the way). No experience is necessary and all are welcome! We believe in the choirhood of all believers! Contact Al Anderson for more information.
Sunday School for young folks (Pre-school to Grade 3) resumes on Sunday, September 13 at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall on the west end. Contact Emily Linn for more information. During Sunday School there is Early Bird Fellowship upstairs with beverages (coffee, tea, water) for older youth and adults. All are welcome!
Neighbor to Neighbor needs your help! We are finally ready to move into our new location on 7th Street (the former Grace Baptist building). We need workers every day next week, mostly from 9AM-4PM. (If you’d like to help some evening, contact Jim or Scott and we can work it out.) We hope to move [...]
Today is Tuesday, August 25, 2015. For the last 4 Sundays in a row I have had at least one newcomer come up to me after worship and ask about joining our congregation. Thank you for undergirding our outreach ministry with your prayers and intentions! This does not happen by accident. God has plans for [...]
This fall we will have three six-week small groups meeting from the end of September to the beginning of November. You can sign up for these downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Pew to 5K – Julie Luchsinger is leading this weekly walking/running group and beginners are welcome. Midday Prayer – Take a prayerful midday break [...]
What hymns would you like to sing this fall? During September, October and November we will be observing World Communion Sunday (Oct. 4), Reformation Sunday (Oct. 25), All Saints Sunday (Nov. 1), Thanksgiving Sunday (Nov. 15), and Christ the King Sunday (Nov. 22). Send Pastor Lawrence your suggestions including the title of the hymn and, [...]
Today is Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Sunday was wonderful with a small, but peaceful, worship service at Lakeview Park, then a great report from our VBS crew at our 10:30 service, and then hand made pizzas at Camp House in Brimson. Thanks to Al & Jan Ringer for organizing the pizza party. Wednesday morning I [...]
Book Club met in August and developed our reading list for the coming year. We will continue to meet the second Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at Ecumen Scenic Shores assisted living. Everyone is welcome to join us! SEPTEMBER 2015 King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed [...]
Notice of Special Congregational Meeting A Special Meeting of the United Church of Two Harbors, Minnesota, will be held following 10:30 am worship on Sunday, September 13, in the Sanctuary of the United Church of Two Harbors (531 Third Avenue) (in the event of postponement, the meeting will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015 [...]
For those going heading to school this fall – whether you be a kindergartner or a high school sophomore or a college grad student or a teacher – bring in your backpacks or briefcases to be blessed during 10:30 worship on Sunday, September 6 so we can start off the new school year right.
We will be gathering at Camp House in Brimson to eat pizza made on site in an outdoor pizza oven, play on the waterfront, and just enjoy each other’s company. And it’s all free! Facebook event
Today is Tuesday, August 11, 2015. We had a wonderful Sunday! The Blessing of the Animals at the 8:30 service was fun and contemplative. I blessed 6 dogs, 2 geckos, and 1 rat. And then we celebrated the baptism of Arianna Rose DeYoung at the 10:30 service along with a good Q&A sermon on the [...]
The date has been set for the annual World Hunger Dinner and Auction at United for Friday, October 9 with the dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. and the live auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. All funds raised will go to support local, regional, and global hunger relief efforts. Share our Facebook event with your friends [...]
Today is Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Sunday services were wonderful. I appreciated all of the thoughtful questions on Holy Communion and the Outdoor Service was so peaceful. Wednesday morning I will be in Bible study with several area pastors as we contemplate what we are preaching this coming Sunday. In the afternoon I’ll be meeting [...]
Today is Tuesday, July 28, 2015. I had a wonderful time away at St. Gregory’s Abbey just outside Three Rivers, Michigan and it’s good to be back. There are pictures on my Facebook page. Wednesday morning I will be in Bible study with several area pastors as we contemplate what we are preaching this coming Sunday. Thursday [...]
The theme of our Vacation Bible School this year is “Weird Animals – Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-Kind.” We will be joining with Emmanuel and Bethlehem Lutheran Churches, meeting at Bethlehem Lutheran Church from 9:00-Noon August 10-13. Bring Friends. Volunteers are needed. Contact Emily.
Today is Tuesday, July 7, 2015. This past Sunday we had two great services. At the 8:30 service I preached on Galatians 5 and freedom for the Christian. At the 10:30 service for “Ask the Preacher” I drew the question “Religion, God, Earth, Climate Change and the Interconnection” which isn’t really a question, per se, [...]
Some of you may be wondering how the June 26th Supreme Court ruling on marriage rights being extended to same-sex couples nationwide will impact our local congregation. The short answer is “not at all.” The United Methodist Church still prohibits its pastors from performing same-sex weddings and, likewise, prohibits its sanctuaries from being used to [...]
We will have a Blessing of the Animals at our 8:30 Outdoor Worship Service on August 9. You are invited to bring your pets or animal companions to be blessed during the service. If it is impractical to bring the animal, a token or picture of the animal will suffice.
Today is Tuesday, June 30, 2015. We had two great services on Sunday, in Lakeview Park and at United Church. Both were very different and lovely in their own ways. Wednesday morning I will be in Bible study with several area pastors as we contemplate what we are preaching this coming Sunday. In the afternoon [...]
Today is Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Sunday was very emotional, but we had two very good worship services. Thanks to all who came and prayed. The stirring hymn we sang at the second service, “They Met to Read the Bible,” is posted in its entirety on our Facebook page. Yesterday was the 46th anniversary [...]
Simple suppers are served before the Thursday evening Two Harbors City Band Concerts in Thomas Owens Park (across the street from United Church) starting at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person or $20 per family. The supper is simple fare, such as hot dogs, sloppy joes, a baked potato bar, etc. The menu changes [...]
Today is Tuesday, June 16, 2015. We’re definitely in summer mode now, with our new outdoor worship service in its second week. Things are not slowing down here at United. If anything, they are ramping up. Wednesday morning I will be in Bible study with area pastors as we discuss what we are preaching this [...]
Today is Tuesday, June 9, 2015. On Sunday we recognized our graduates, we started a NEW worship service in Lakeview Park at 8:30 (that will run through August), and we started the “Ask the Preacher” series of sermons in morning worship. A big day, indeed! Today I will be presiding over the funeral of our [...]
Today is Tuesday, June 2, 2015. I’ve heard great things about our Trinity Sunday celebration and Peace Pole ceremony from this past Sunday! Thanks to everyone who made it a joyful celebration. Wednesday I will be meeting with local pastors for Bible study in the morning and we’re going to be talking about what we [...]
This summer we will have Outdoor Worship every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at Lakeview Park in Two Harbors. This is an informal service and feel free to bring your dogs with you. You can bring your own seating or sit on a picnic table bench. Dress for the weather.
Today is Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Pentecost Sunday was a wonderful celebration and we are looking forward to next Sunday, Trinity Sunday. We will be having a Peace Pole Ceremony at the conclusion of the service outside, if weather permits. I will be out of town most of this week. I’m heading back to Ohio, [...]
Today is Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The weather didn’t cooperate with our scheduled outing to Split Rock Lighthouse, but we had a good time Sunday in the Fellowship Hall with food, music and games. Thanks to Emily Linn and everyone who pitched in to make it a fun event! Wednesday I will be meeting with [...]
Today is Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Thank you for your prayers and support for me and my family. My father, Wayne, was remembered, celebrated and laid to rest this past Saturday in my hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio. I am currently still here helping my mother and my family sort things out after dad’s death. Today [...]
Today is Tuesday, May 5, 2015. On Sunday we had a member of our congregation experience a medical emergency in the middle of our worship service. The service stopped and we prayed and allowed the EMTs to do their job. She is doing better today and is at home recuperating. She thanks you for your [...]
Today is Sunday, April 26, 2015. I am heading back to Ohio this week to be with my father and my family. Thank you for your continued prayers for me and for my family during this difficult time. If you have a pastoral emergency please contact Pastor Susan Berge. I plan to be back in [...]
Today is Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Thanks to everyone who came for worship and stayed for our Congregational Meeting this past Sunday. I appreciate all the input on the revised by-laws. If you didn’t have a chance to be at the meeting but have input, please send it my way and I will pass it [...]
Kannon Ault and Maggie Swardstrom were confirmed this Sunday morning. Congratulations to them both!
Today is Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Today I will be celebrating the long life of Eleanor Trewhella at Cavallin’s Funeral Home at 2 p.m. If you can’t be there, I invite your prayers. Easter was glorious! And we had at least 97 kids in attendance at our first Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. Not bad [...]
Today is Tuesday, March 31, 2015. It’s the Tuesday of Holy Week and we’re finishing up the Good Friday and Easter Sunday bulletins this morning. I’m also working on the wedding for Steve & Harriet for this coming Saturday and Eleanor Trewhella’s funeral for next Tuesday. Wednesday morning I have Bible Study with area pastors. [...]
Today is Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Thanks to everyone who came to Geno Goedel’s funeral on Saturday. I know the family appreciated it. What a great gathering. Eleanor Trewhella died last week at 101 and her service will be on Tuesday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at Cavallin’s Funeral Home. Wednesday morning I will be [...]
Today is Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wednesday evening I will be at Knife River Lutheran Church for our Community Lenten Worship with supper starting at 5:30 and worship at 6:30. They will be using the Holden Evening Prayer service, which I love. I hope you will join us. Thursday I will [...]
Today is Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Yesterday I met with the family of Geno Goedel to plan his funeral service. The service is set for Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at the Two Harbors High School Auditorium. The reception will be held immediately afterwards at the Moose. Look for more information in the coming [...]
United Church is hosting a Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Thomas Owens Park (across the street from the church) at 10 a.m. This is an event designed for kids ages 2 to 10. In case of bad weather, this event will be held in United Church Fellowship Hall.
Today is Tuesday, March 3, 2015. How did you spend yesterday? I spent quite a bit of my day off in a dentist’s chair having cracked a tooth at lunch on a potato chip. I hope you had a better Monday than I did. Wednesday evening our Community Lenten Worship will be at Bethlehem Lutheran [...]
Today is Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Sunday was wonderful! Great worship and an excellent Annual Meeting! I thank everyone who showed up and to the UCM for preparing lunch for everyone. The input on the by-laws for the first reading was very thoughtful. I expect more input as people start digesting the by-laws more fully. [...]
Today is Tuesday, February 10. We had a wonderful Sunday with members of the Loaves & Fishes community in Duluth present and sharing. Last fall we helped support their ministry through our Annual Hunger Dinner. It was great to hear about their on-going ministry and their commitment to peace and justice by making a real [...]
Today is Tuesday, February 3. I’m currently at a conference on internet crowd-sourcing of biblical research in Three Rivers, Michigan. Thanks to Pastor Susan Berge who filled in for me on Sunday. While I am gone Pastor Cindy Rasmussen of Asbury United Methodist Church in Duluth will be available for pastoral emergencies. Wednesday I’ll be [...]
Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting The Annual Meeting of the United Church of Two Harbors, Minnesota, will be held following 10:30 am worship on Sunday, February 22, 2015, in the Fellowship Hall of the United Church of Two Harbors (531 Third Avenue), (in case of postponement the meeting will be held on Sunday, March 1, [...]
Today is Tuesday, January 27. Thanks for bearing with me Sunday in my illness. In spite of my coughing, I thought it was a great worship service and I got a lot of positive feedback on the hymns and the sermon. I’m feeling much, much better today. Wednesday morning I will be at Essentia for [...]
Today is Tuesday, January 20. With these updates coming out on Tuesday now I’m going to start sharing my week from Wednesday through the following Tuesday. I hope that won’t be too confusing. Wednesday I have my regular lectionary study group in the morning and my Presbytery sub-group meeting at noon. The Thursday morning Bible [...]
Today is Tuesday, January 13. With these updates coming out on Tuesday now I’m going to start sharing my week from Wednesday through the following Tuesday. I hope that won’t be too confusing. Wednesday morning I will be at Essentia for an Institutional Review Board meeting and then at Text Study to look ahead at [...]
Today is Sunday, January 11. This is an updated schedule as my internet conference has been postponed. Our Sunday morning worship was wonderful and I appreciated the spirit of the participation in the worship service and discussion around baptism. Tuesday I will be at the church working on worship services and the Annual Report. Wednesday [...]
Today is Tuesday, December 30. Last week we had 2 very wonderful Christmas Eve services. Thanks to all who made them possible! Our prayers are with the family of Roberta Schmid, whose memorial service was on Saturday. Thanks to Louise Anderson for leading the Sunday morning service while I took a Sunday off. We’re in [...]
Today is Tuesday, December 23. Wasn’t the Children’s program on Sunday morning fantastic? Thanks to Emily Linn, Katya Gordon and everyone who helped bring it to life! We’re in the office this morning finalizing Christmas Eve plans, next Sunday’s service bulletin and the memorial service for Roberta Schmid this Saturday. Next week, Sunday, December 28, [...]
Today is Tuesday, December 16. We had a wonderful time on Sunday caroling! It was a joyous outing. Next week, Sunday, December 21 there is a Deacons Meeting on Sunday before worship. Our children and youth will be helping lead worship this Sunday in word and song. Do not miss that! After Fellowship the youth [...]
Our United Church Choir singing at the Community Advent Worship Service.
Today is Tuesday, December 9. Sunday was wonderful. We had great worship in the morning and I had some wonderful feedback on my sermon. Our confirmands had fun with a Christmas trivia game. Our middle and high school youth met in the afternoon to watch The Princess Bride and talk about what “true love” is [...]
Today is Tuesday, December 2. We have entered into the season of Advent and preparation for Christmas! I was away visiting family in Ohio last week. Pastor Susan Berge was intended to be in the pulpit for me this past Sunday but her mother died. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. [...]
Today is Sunday, November 23. Happy Christ the King Sunday! I will be gone on Thanksgiving Vacation this week. If you have a pastoral emergency during this time please contact Rev. David Bard, pastor of Duluth First UMC (the Coppertop). Looking ahead to next week, Sunday, November 30 is the First Sunday of Advent, the [...]
A Special Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, December 7, 2014, following worship in the Sanctuary of the United Church of Two Harbors, 531 3rd Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616 for the purpose of adopting a budget for 2015. In case of bad weather, we will meet on Sunday, December 14, following worship in [...]
Today is Tuesday, November 18. I just met with the family of Roberta Schmid to plan her memorial service on Saturday, December 27. Please keep them in your prayers I had a great discussion with our confirmands on Sunday about the Wesleyan concept of grace – prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying. We have a perceptive and [...]
Today is Tuesday, November 11. We remember Veterans and their service on this day and the end of World War I. Thank you to all who served. Wasn’t the concert on Friday great? For those who missed it, we had LOON (Lyric Opera of the North) and members of the DSSO (Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra) [...]
It’s a roast beef dinner to help those who don’t have food on their tables. Enjoy the dinner, bid on the silent auction, and stick around for the auction. All money raised goes to hunger relief. The event is on Friday, October 10 starting at 5:30 p.m.
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.