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Mission Trips and Camps

Mission Trips: We currently offer bi-yearly mission trips for our youth. Our High school do a more intensive trip with travel out-of-state, while our Middle school generally do a weeklong program in MN. Most recently our High school youth participated in the DOOR program in Chicago and our Middle school youth participated in Urban Immersion in Minneapolis. We also offer mission and service projects as a part of our regular program.

Camps and Retreats: As a youth group we go bi-yearly (on non-mission trip years) to Pilgrim Point Camp, our UCC camp near Alexandria, MN. Many of our youth also go to Pilgrim Point each summer. In addition, our youth participate in retreats sponsored through the MN UCC, as well as local retreats at Good Earth Village.

These “time away” events are integral to building lasting friendships, connecting to the larger “church” and experiencing God at work in creation, in each other and others and in our own lives in creative and interactive ways.

For questions and a list of upcoming trips/camps, please send an email to our Director of Children/Youth/Young Adults at

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

Each Stephen Minister trainee goes through 50 hours of training, followed by a Commissioning service during worship. We currently have ten Stephen Ministers and almost all have a Care Receiver.

We meet regularly for Peer Supervision and Continuing Education; always striving for each of us to be more spiritual, faithful, and better Stephen Ministers.

Peace United Church of Christ will be holding a training class for new Stephen Ministers starting on September 18, 2016.   We invite you to join us to learn more about Peace’s Stephen Ministry program on August 28, 2016 at both services.

If you are interested in providing or receiving care, contact Sondra Bentz or Kim Sullivan (through the church office).



This team meets once a month to help plan out and provide support for special themes for the worship year (such as, Lent, Fall, Advent, etc). If you are interested in being a part of this team, contact Pastor Paul (

Meeting Schedule: 4th Thursday of the Month @ 6:00pm – Pastor Paul’s Office

If you’d like to participate as a helper on Sunday mornings (eg, Song Leader, Children’s Message, Reading Scripture), sign up HERE!


  • Rags to Riches Textile Recycling Campaign
  • United Church of Christ Special Offerings
    • OCWM, OGHS, Neighbors in Need, Christmas/Veterans of the Cross, Spread the Love / Strengthen the Church


Meeting Schedule: Meets once a month


To enrich, guide, and support the Faith Formation program at Peace United Church of Christ.
We accomplish this by seeking to provide Faith Formation opportunities for all learners & learning styles by:

  • Providing Faith Formation opportunities outside of the classroom.
  • Helping to provide ways around hurdles that people might have in participating.
  • Helping to choose curriculum, set calendars, over-see the nursery, make decision about, and provide safety policies in regards to the Faith Formation program.

Challenge conventional thoughts on education through:

  • Ensuring or helping the safety, support, and spiritual growth of the youth at Peace UCC.
  • Christian Education including curriculum, calendars, nursery, youth, and adult activities.
  • Guiding teachers and nursery staff by setting up guidelines for children.
  • Guiding, supporting, overseeing, directing, making decisions, form, and structure.
  • Enrich, encourage, and support the Faith Formation Program at Peace United Church of Christ.

The Faith Formation team is open to anyone interested in helping to shape Faith Formation ministries at Peace UCC. Generally this group will meet monthly (date/time TBD). The meetings are always “open” to anyone who wants to come, but we also want to develop a “core team” committed to helping create and support long-term strategic and sustainable Faith Formation ministries here at Peace UCC.


Social Action Outreach Ministry is currently focused on the theme of homelessness – specifically on youth and families either homeless or at risk of homelessness. The goal is to have a positive impact on ending homelessness through advocacy, education, financial support and volunteer outreach. We are doing this primarily by supporting three local organizations that directly serve the needs of these groups, Family Promise, LINK, and Project Legacy.

This year we expanded our activities to support two additional non-profits focused on serving homeless, or those at risk of homelessness:

  • Habitat for Humanity – providing both monetary donations and volunteers at build sites
  • Hawthorne Helps – providing living essentials that cannot be purchased with Food Stamps (SNAP) cards, to Hawthorne Education Center students.

Meeting Schedule: First Monday of the month; 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (excluding July and August).

Link Program

LINK is one of the programs which Peace United Church of Christ supports. For more information and knowledge about

the LINK program, visit their web site by clicking here.

Channel One Food Bank

This group meets at Channel One Food Bank the last Thursday of each month from 9 – 11am to help pack food items for distribution. To learn more about the Channel One Food Bank, visit their web site.

If you are interested in being a part of this team, contact Jody Morbeck at

Family Promise
(Interfaith Hospitality Network)

Family Promise (previously Interfaith Hospitality House) is one of the programs which Peace United Church of Christ supports. We also partner with Redeemer Lutheran Church 2 – 3 times a year to provide support, meals, transportation to Family Promise Guests. Volunteers must attend specialized

orientation/training before working with Family Promise Guests. For more information on Family Promise visit their web site.

To be a part of this ministry, contact
Adele Bauch at

Samaritan Bethany
(Sr. Care Community)

Peace United Church of Christ has a long-standing partnership with Samaritan Bethany. In early 1919, the Brotherhood of Peace made the bold step to build a Convalescent Home. The purpose was to provide proper care and Christian service at a reasonable rate to pre- and post-operative patients at the Mayo Clinic who had to remain the city for some time. In March 1922, the dedication of Samaritan Convalescent Home was made with Dr Charles Mayo in attendance.

Peace United Church of Christ continues to remain involved through fundraisers, providing resident assistance to chapel service 2 months out of the year, recognizing staff, and also provides leadership through holding 6 seats on the board of directors. For more information about Samaritan Bethany, please visit their web site.
If you have an interest in being part of this support team, contact Debby at

Project Legacy

Project Legacy (whose director is a Peace UCC Member) is one of the programs which Peace United Church of Christ supports.

For more information on Project Legacy, visit their web site by clicking here.