The most wonderful time of the year may not be so for those among us grieving the loss of a loved one, estranged from family members or struggling without employment or housing. The Blue Christmas service acknowledges these circumstances and provides an opportunity to express grief for the past and hope for the future.
Sunday Service December 24 11am
All are In stead of gathering for a 8:30am and a 11am regular Sunday service, Peace will gather for one service at 11am.
Christmas Eve Family Service December 24th at 4:00pm
All are welcome at this festive service, complete with a walk-on Nativity Pageant. Any child wanting to participate should meet at 3:30pm in the church to pick out a costume (shepherds, angels, animals). The costumed children will sit with their families until they are called to the chancel area to recreated the familiar nativity scene. No rehearsals, no memorization, just an invitation to be in the story.
Christmas Eve Candle Light Service, December 24th at 11:00pm
We gather in the darkness for a traditional candle light service of readings and carols. Communion will be shared and the Chancel Choir will sing as we prepare for the coming of the light into the world on Christmas day.
Gloria Wells will be hosting a bead party on Sunday October 22nd from noon (after church) until 3:00 pm.The Cost is $20.00 if you are making jewelry. Everything you need to create your masterpieces will be provided. It is a great way to make Christmas presents. 50% of the proceeds will go to Peace UCC Freedom School. If beading is not your thing, stay anyway and have a bite to eat and enjoy fellowship with your church family. Please bring a snack to share to add to the party atmosphere.
On Saturday evening, October 14, at 7:30pm the Grenadilla Celestina Clarinet Quartet will present a concert “The Art of the Clarinet” in the sanctuary of Peace United Church of Christ to benefit the 2018 Peace UCC Freedom School. Come join us for an evening of fun and diverse music. Members of the group are Peter Chow, Dan Lowenstein and Jason Blumenfeld, clarinets, and John Panhorst, bass clarinet.
Save the Date: CROP WALK 10.1.2017: 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 Wehrli 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.
Friday, September 29th 7:00 PM Richard Bruxvoort Colligan and Bret Hesla will be doing a concert at Peace UCC. Their program will include songs for ecology, climate change, justice and peace. There will also be many opportunities to singalong throughout the concert. Plan to join us for this family friendly event. Click here to view the concert flyer.
The mid-year congregational meeting will be at noon, after the second service on July 30. More information and agenda to follow. Please click here to review the draft of our February Congregational Meeting minutes prior to July 30.
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.
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.
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)