The Ripple Effect Concert at Peace: July 22

The Ripple Effect is the unique ensemble-in-residence at Southside Christian Church (DOC), in South Bend, Indiana. Peace United Church of Christ Groves will host The Ripple Effect for a transformative evening of music on Saturday, July 22 at 7p.m.

Not just a group of singers in a choir, The Ripple Effect is a collective truth-speaking voice in the community, by way of the enormous power of music. The concert will also include testimony from people who represent groups that are often unheard in our society. All are welcome, a free will offering will be received to support both The Ripple Effect and the Freedom School at Peace United Church of Christ.

Save the Date: CROP WALK is October 1st

The 2017 CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, October 1st at Eden Seminary.                    Registration begins at 5:30p.m., on-campus walk and refreshments 5:30-6:30p.m., followed by the CROP Concert in Wehlri Chapel at 7p.m.,featuring Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, along with Paul Vasile and the Eden Choir, among others.  This walk raises money to fight hunger globally and locally.

 

Freedom School Registration

Freedom School Registration is Open for Scholars K-2! 

If your child has completed K-2 grade, they are welcome and encouraged to sign up for Freedom School at Peace UCC! The program runs June 19, 2017 – July 28, 2017, 8:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (extended day available until 5 p.m.) There is no fee for the program. Please see the sign up clipboard in the narthex if you are interested.

Click here for the flyer.

Click here for the registration form.

Click here for more information on the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools.

Church Picnic: June 4, 2017

Peace UCC Church Picnic: Sunday June 4, 2017

Immediately following the second service (11AM worship) on the church lawn. This annual event features fried chicken, along with potluck sides and deserts. All are welcome! Special thanks to the Community Team for this event, a fabulous way to kick-off the summer at Peace. (Rain location: Fellowship Hall)

Sprouts of Peace on KSDK

The Sprouts of Peace program brings children from Peace UCC, United Hebrew Congregation and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis together for learning, sharing, community building and just plain having fun together.

Now in its second year, Sprouts of Peace was featured on the “Making a Difference” segment of KSDK News Channel 5. Click on the link below to watch the video!

Sprouts of Peace brings together kids of different faiths

WEBSTER GROVES, MO. – The shortest distance between two people is a song. Or it could be a story. That’s the thinking behind a pilot program called Sprouts of Peace. “It’s sparking an imagination that we can make friends in all sorts of different places. And we don’t have to be exactly alike,” Rev.

 

Sharing Our Sacred Stories during Learning Hour- All Summer at Peace

Sharing Our Sacred Stories During Learning Hour – All Summer at Peace 
During the bylaws discussion session there was a lot of conversation about “hearing each other’s spiritual stories”.
We all have a Sacred Story about how we got to the spiritual place we are right now.  It has a beginning, middle and current spiritual place. It’s likely there are some similarities and lots of ways those stories are different.  Let’s share those Sacred Stories about our spiritual lives.
This isn’t a talent show.  We really want to know each other’s beginning, middle and current place – what’s happening where the spirit meets the bone.
– From June-Aug, each Sunday in the Sanctuary two people/families will share for one half hour each.
– The Sacred Story Teller gets to pick the format for their half hour.  Some examples:  someone might want to sing songs that help tell their Sacred Story.  Others might write it, create a slide show, find/write/read poetry.  Some will want to work hours on it, others will want to speak off-the-cuff.  The Sacred Story Teller gets to decide if they want questions asked of them in their half hour.  They get to decide if their Sacred Story is five minutes followed by twenty-five minutes of silence.  There is not a right or wrong way.  Hopefully the format helps the Sacred Story Teller better express themselves.  Maybe a family wants to do it together.  Maybe it’s just one person from a family.  The Sacred Story Teller(s) get to figure that out.

Holy Week Worship Schedule at Peace UCC

4/13—Maundy Thursday, with First Congregational UCC of Webster Groves, Worship at Peace at 7 p.m.

 4/14—Good Friday, with Sts Claire  and Francis ECC, Worship at Peace at 7p.m.

 4/16—Easter Morning, worship at 6:23a.m. (Sunrise), 8:30a.m. and 11a.m. Pancake Breakfast in Fellowship Hall, 9:45-10:30a.m.

 

Wednesday Evening Lenten Devotional

All are welcome to join us on Wednesday evenings during Lent as we read and             reflect on the book “A Way Other Than Our Own” by Walter Brueggemann. Books will be available for purchase from the church office, however, if cost is a concern please know that a book will be provided for you. We will meet at 6:30p.m. in the sanctuary on Wednesday evenings between March 8-April 12.