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• To Lucy Violet Wellenstein, daughter of Melissa and Chris, who was baptized into the Christian faith on Sunday, February 26.

• To everyone who gathered for Dinner With Our Muslim Neighbors on Saturday evening, February 25. Over 75 people from our two congregations shared a potluck dinner and lots of conversation.

Special Thanks

• To Erin Arthur and Sherri Melichar for providing special music for our Ash Wednesday service.

• To the Fellowship Team for hosting a Mardi Gras Pancake Dinner on Tuesday evening, February 28. Special thanks to Terry Sdun and Tracy Bretl for coordinating the meal.

• To Kierstin Cira and Annette Stimac for serving as Parent Helpers for our Family Promise Confirmation Adventure.

• To Mira Stimac and her family for providing Nursery care on Sunday morning, February 26.

• To Alex Funk for facilitating our becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Conference study sessions.

• To Michael Rego and his family for providing Nursery care on Sunday morning, February 19.

• To everyone who helped serve the evening meal at St. Ben’s on Thursday, February 16: Brianna Franks, Ella Gilhooly, Mason Lanser, Craig Modahl, and Beckie, Elijah, Eva and Elaina Perez.

• To Beckie Perez for coordinating our Middle School Winter Adventure and to Nels Garthus and Christa Karrels for serving as Parent Helpers.

In Memoriam

Jane Derks died on Sunday morning, January 29. A memorial service will be held at the church on Saturday morning, June 17.

From the Archives

February 22, 2017

February 15, 2017

February 8, 2017

February 1, 2017

January 23, 2017

January 11, 2017


Jeff Suddendorf will be gone for his annual study leave March 6 – March 12. He will once again be returning to the Holy Cross Monastery in Santa Barbara, California. Jeff first visited the monastery in the winter of 1986. This will be his nineteenth study retreat to Santa Barbara. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.


Each Thursday evening during the church season of Lent, March 16, and 23, 30 and April 6, Jeff will be conducting a time of Silent Reflection and Prayer followed by the celebration of Holy Communion.  We will gather in the sanctuary from 6:00 to 6:30.  Please help spread the word!


The United Church of Christ offers a free Daily Devotional as part of the national UCC website. If you are interested in a short but inspiring message to begin your day, you may register to have the devotional sent right to your email or mobile device. Just click here to register!


All children 4K through 7th grade are invited to participate in our Church School program, held on Sunday mornings at 10:00. Church School Schedule


Each Sunday morning during the 10:00 service, our church provides a Nursery for children newborn through 4-years-old. Parents are required to register their children, and to sign their children in and out of the nursery. We want to do our very best to make the nursery a safe and secure environment.


Each Wednesday at Noon, you are invited to meet Jeff at church for lunch and Bible study. The group always takes time to visit before reflecting upon the lectionary reading for the upcoming Sunday. Coffee is always provided, but please bring your own lunch.


Men in the church are invited to gather for breakfast every Thursday morning, at 8:00, at the Dockside Deli. The group often has fun considering a Question of the Day. If you are able, please come and join the conversation.


If it should be necessary to cancel one or both of our Sunday services, we will put a message on the church answering machine by 7:00 on Sunday morning. Please call the church office, 284-2022, if you have any doubts about the weather.


A gentle yoga class is held in Fellowship Hall every Wednesday evening from 5:15 - 6:15. The cost is $10 per class. For more information, please contact Susan Niederfrank at


An AA Group meets at our church every Sunday afternoon at 3:00. For more information, please contact the church office.


If you wonder what you missed, copies of last Sunday’s bulletin are always available on the literature rack in the church entryway and CDs of the service are always available in the church office.


We continue to offer a gluten-free option for receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The gluten-free communion bread is purchased commercially, and prepared separately, so that there is no chance of contact with our regular sourdough communion bread.

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