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Pastoral Activities for April 27-May 3, 2016

4/26/2016

Today is Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Thanks to everyone for the gracious feedback on my sermon this week. It’s kind of daunting to have just 5 more sermons left here at United. I was doing a little mental math in the car during my commute and realized that I must have preached well over 600 [...]

Pastoral Activities for April 20-26, 2016

4/19/2016

Today is Tuesday, April 19, 2016. I had a wonderful meeting with Pastor Paula this week as we work on transitional items. She is looking forward to meeting all of you and she welcomes your prayers, as do I, in this period of transition. She will be beginning her work her on July 1. Wednesday [...]

Pastoral Activities for April 6-12, 2016

4/5/2016

Today is Tuesday, April 5, 2016. It’s a beautiful spring day! I hear we’ll have snow. Such is life. Wednesday morning I will be joining with fellow pastors to study the Bible and look at texts for upcoming sermons and then in the afternoon I’m joining with United Methodist pastors from around the area to [...]

Pastoral Activities for March 30-April 5, 2016

3/29/2016

Today is Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Happy Easter! What great services last week. I got great feedback on our Maundy Thursday service and it was wonderful to worship with Bethlehem and Emmanuel on Good Friday. The Easter morning celebration was big and joyous! The good news is, if you missed it, we celebrate Christ’s resurrection [...]

Wednesday Evening Service Cancelled

3/15/2016

Due to the winter storm, the Community Lenten Worship Service and Supper at Emmanuel has been cancelled.

Pastoral Activities for March 16-22, 2016

3/15/2016

Today is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. On Sunday we installed our new officers in worship. Congratulations to those who are new or returning to these positions! Please keep them in your prayers. Wednesday through Friday I will be substitute teaching in a local high school, but I will be available for emergencies. Sunday is Palm [...]

Introducing Pastor Paula Gaboury

3/6/2016

Pastor Paula Gaboury has been appointed by Bishop Bruce Ough to serve the United Church of Two Harbors effective July 1, 2016. Here is what she has written about herself as an introduction. Education St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, MA in Psychology University of Minnesota Duluth, BA in Psychology Employment or Ministry Related Work I [...]

Pastoral Activities for March 2-8, 2016

3/1/2016

Today is Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Isn’t our choir wonderful? I am thankful for them every Sunday. Their anthem was lovely this Sunday and this coming Sunday they are taking a long-deserved Sunday off. Let them know how much you appreciate them. Wednesday morning I’ll be gathering with area pastors to read scripture and talk [...]

Pastoral Activities for February 24-March 1, 2016

2/23/2016

Today is Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Our Annual Meeting was a wonderful celebration of our ministry as a congregation. Thank you for being there! Please pray for our newly elected officers as they take office next month. Wednesday morning I’ll be gathering with area pastors to read scripture and talk about what we are preaching [...]

Pastoral Activities for February 17-23, 2016

2/16/2016

Today is Tuesday, February 16, 2016. I’m standing next to my Chris Monroe original depicting a woman and an angel. Many of you have commented on this painting when you come into my study. It means different things to different people and that’s one of the things I love about it. What does it mean [...]

Pastoral Activities for February 10-16, 2016

2/9/2016

Today is Tuesday, February 9, 2016. The Annual Reports are being readied by a bevy of volunteers as we speak! You should receive it in the mail later this week. Our Annual Meeting is on Sunday, February 21, after worship. Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. We will be joining Bethlehem at Emmanuel [...]

Pastoral Activities for February 3-9, 2016

1/31/2016

Today is Sunday, January 31, 2016. Oh, I love a good potluck! Thanks for everyone who brought something today! It was terrific and a wonderful time to chat with and get to know those who are new to the church. For one fellow I sat down with today this was his first Sunday at United. [...]

Pastoral Activities for January 27-February 2, 2016

1/26/2016

Today is Tuesday, January 26, 2016. When you walk into my study the first thing you will see is a handwritten version of our mission statement. It’s been there for almost my entire tenure here, 12+ years. I wrote it up and put it there as a reminder for me (and others) what our common [...]

Pastoral Activities for January 20-26, 2016

1/19/2016

Today is Tuesday, January 19, 2016. On days like this I’m grateful that I have my lava lamp to keep me warm. Okay, it doesn’t actually keep me warm, but it warms my spirit, which is just as important, right? Wednesday morning I’m meeting with area clergy for Bible study to discuss our upcoming sermons [...]

Pastoral Activities for January 13-19, 2016

1/12/2016

Today is Tuesday, January 12, 2016. The service for Joanie Gunsolus was moving. Thank you for being there for the family. And our Sunday morning worship service was a wonderful celebration of our baptismal covenant. Thank you for being there to renew your vows. Wednesday morning I’m meeting with area clergy for Bible study to [...]

Pastoral Activities for January 6 to 12, 2016

1/5/2016

Today is Tuesday, January 5, 2016. I’m standing outside this morning because, if we discern correctly why there are “no parking” signs out front, this may be the last picture of the tree on the corner. It’s been dead for some time and we’ve been asking the city to remove it for over a year. [...]

Pastoral Activities for December 30, 2015 to January 5, 2016

12/29/2015

Today is Tuesday, December 29, 2015. Christmas Eve services were lovely, as usual. Thanks so much to Jose Leon for preparing the projections. It was a lot of work and it made the services run very smoothly. Wednesday morning I’m meeting with area clergy for Bible study to discuss our upcoming sermons. Thursday is New [...]

Pastoral Activities for December 23-29, 2015

12/22/2015

Today is Tuesday, December 22, 2015. I loved the Children’s music and participation in our Sunday service! What a celebration! Wednesday morning I’m meeting with area clergy for Bible study to discuss our upcoming sermons. Thursday is Christmas Eve. I won’t be in my study in the morning, but we will have two services of [...]

Pastoral Activities for December 16-22, 2015

12/15/2015

Today is Tuesday, December 15, 2015. We are busy getting ready for Christmas in the church today and even working on Lent. Yeah. Really. Lent comes early next year. Ash Wednesday is February 10. Wednesday the Tableaux group is meeting for a practice at 4 p.m. in preparation for Sunday. Sunday morning our children will [...]

Pastoral Activities for December 2-15, 2015

12/1/2015

Today is Tuesday, December 1, 2015. I’m standing this morning in the sanctuary next to our Hat, Mitten, and Scarf Tree. It’s empty. You can help fill it! Wednesday morning I am meeting with area pastors to talk about our upcoming sermons. In the afternoon I will be meeting with area United Methodist pastors. In [...]

Pastoral Activities for November 25-December 1, 2015

11/24/2015

Today is Tuesday, November 24, 2015. I love the newly repainted entry area of our church. Thanks to Joe Selvog and all who helped make it happen. Wednesday I will be on my way to Ohio to spend Thanksgiving with my family. Sunday we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent with a potluck after worship [...]

Pastoral Activities for November 18-December 1, 2015

11/17/2015

Today is Tuesday, November 17, 2015. I truly enjoyed the exuberance of our children at Sunday’s worship service. Didn’t you? They are a blessing. Wednesday I am meeting with area pastors in a Bible Study to discuss our upcoming sermon topics and in the afternoon I will be meeting with Presbyterian pastors from around the [...]

Pastoral Activities for November 11-17, 2015

11/10/2015

Today is Tuesday, November 10, 2015. We remember the 29 people who died aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald 40 years ago today. May light perpetual shine upon them. Wednesday I am meeting with area pastors in a Bible Study to discuss our upcoming sermon topics. Thursday I will be out of the office, but Bible study [...]

Letter from the Pastor

11/8/2015

Dear Members and Friends of United Church, This morning I announced to the congregation that I will be leaving United Church next year, on or before June 30, 2016. I make this announcement so that there may be an orderly transition to a new pastor and that the position may be properly publicized for United [...]

Pastoral Activities for November 4-10, 2015

11/3/2015

Today is Tuesday, November 3, 2015. I’ve been talking to many new potential members about who we are as a congregation and how that’s reflected in our structure. That’s why I’m standing by this white board this morning with a diagram of our organization. With our new by-laws passing last week without dissent, this is [...]

Fall Back – Time Change this Sunday

10/29/2015

Don’t forget to turn back your clocks one hour this Saturday before you go to bed. You get an extra hour of sleep this Saturday night! For those who forget, don’t worry! We have Early Bird Coffee every Sunday at 9:30, an hour before worship.

Pastoral Activities for October 28-November 3, 2015

10/27/2015

Today is Tuesday, October 27, 2015. I know a lot of you are excited about the nut order coming in. I just got off the phone with the shippers and we should expect it sometime this week, so they will be for sale, Lord willing, this Sunday! Wednesday I am meeting with area pastors in [...]

Dividing the United Methodist Church – A PBS Documentary

10/26/2015

This is an excellent, up to date, summary of where The United Methodist Church is right now in regards to homosexuality. If this is an issue that you are grappling with or passionate about I encourage you to watch this video and I am happy to discuss this with you. - Pastor Lawrence Lee

Pastoral Activities for October 21-27, 2015

10/20/2015

Today is Tuesday, October 20, 2015. I’m standing in the Sunday School room next to a giant chain our kids made. It was part of a lesson about how much you can do when you work together. I’m very grateful to Emily Linn and our whole Sunday School team for their work with our young [...]

Pastoral Activities for October 14-20, 2015

10/13/2015

Today is Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Have you seen our new sign outside the church? Thanks to Al Ringer and George Anderson for their perseverance and work getting it done and up. Wednesday I am meeting with area pastors in a Bible Study to discuss our upcoming sermon topics. Thursday morning I will not be [...]

Order for Midday Prayer – Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 12:10 p.m.

10/6/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for October 7-13, 2015

10/6/2015

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 [...]

prayer@ucth.org

10/1/2015

Send your prayer requests to United Church, or request that you be taken off the prayer list for whatever reason, to prayer@ucth.org. These requests will be sent to the office and to the pastor.

October Conference Connections

9/30/2015

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 – Tuesdays 12:10-12:30

9/29/2015

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.  

Pastoral Activities for September 30-October 6, 2015

9/29/2015

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 [...]

Fall Youth Fundraiser

9/25/2015

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 [...]

Thankful Thursday

9/24/2015

It’s Thankful Thursday! What are you thankful for right now at this moment? Let us know on our Facebook page.

Pastoral Activities for September 23-29, 2015

9/22/2015

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 [...]

Community Supper Friday Night

9/17/2015

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!

Pastoral Activities for September 16-22, 2015

9/15/2015

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 [...]

Lay Servant Ministries

9/8/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for September 9-15, 2015

9/8/2015

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 [...]

Donate Online

9/8/2015

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!

A Prayer for Workers

9/4/2015

Happy Labor Day!

Pastoral Activities for September 2-8, 2015

9/1/2015

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 Rehearsal – September 9

8/30/2015

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 Begins September 13

8/30/2015

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 Moving Week – August 31-September 4

8/28/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for August 26-September 1, 2015

8/25/2015

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 [...]

Fall Small Groups

8/25/2015

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 [...]

Fall Hymn Suggestions

8/25/2015

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, [...]

United Church Book Club 2015-16

8/18/2015

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 [...]

Reading of the Revised By-Laws – September 13

8/18/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for August 19-25, 2015

8/18/2015

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 [...]

Blessing of the Backpacks – September 6

8/14/2015

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.

Pizza at Camp House – August 16

8/13/2015

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

Pastoral Activities for August 12-18, 2015

8/11/2015

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 [...]

World Hunger Dinner and Auction – October 9

8/9/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for August 5-11, 2015

8/4/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for July 29 – August 4, 2015

7/28/2015

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 [...]

Weird Animals VBS – August 10-13

7/10/2015

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.

Pastoral Activities for July 8-28, 2015

7/7/2015

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, [...]

Blessing of the Animals – August 9

7/1/2015

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.

Marriage and United Church – A Pastoral Statement

7/1/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for July 1-7, 2015

6/30/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for June 24-30, 2015

6/23/2015

  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 2015

6/18/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for June 17-23, 2015

6/16/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for June 10-16, 2015

6/9/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for June 3-9, 2015

6/2/2015

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 [...]

Outdoor Worship June-August

6/1/2015

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.

Pastoral Activities for May 27-June 2, 2015

5/26/2015

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, [...]

Pastoral Activities for May 20-26, 2015

5/19/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for May 13-19, 2015

5/12/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for May 6-12, 2015

5/5/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for April 29-May 5, 2015

4/26/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for April 22-May 2, 2015

4/21/2015

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 [...]

Confirmation

4/12/2015

Kannon Ault and Maggie Swardstrom were confirmed this Sunday morning. Congratulations to them both!

Pastoral Activities for April 8-14, 2015

4/7/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for April 1-7, 2015

3/31/2015

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. [...]

Pastoral Activities for March 25-31, 2015

3/24/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for March 18-24, 2015

3/17/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for March 11-17, 2015

3/10/2015

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 [...]

Community Easter Egg Hunt – April 4

3/9/2015

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.

Pastoral Activities for March 4-10, 2015

3/3/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for February 25-March 3, 2015

2/24/2015

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. [...]

Pastoral Activities for February 11-17, 2015

2/10/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for February 4-10, 2015

2/3/2015

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 [...]

Annual Meeting – February 22

2/1/2015

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, [...]

Pastoral Activities for January 28-February 3, 2015

1/27/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for January 21-27, 2015

1/20/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for January 14-20, 2015

1/13/2015

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 [...]

Revised Pastoral Activities for the week of January 11, 2015

1/11/2015

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for the week of January 4, 2015

12/30/2014

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for the week of December 28, 2014

12/23/2014

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, [...]

Pastoral Activities for the week of December 21, 2014

12/16/2014

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 [...]

Star in the East

12/10/2014

Our United Church Choir singing at the Community Advent Worship Service.

Pastoral Activities for the week of December 14, 2014

12/9/2014

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 [...]

Pastoral Activities for the week of December 7, 2014

12/2/2014

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. [...]

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