Peace United Church of Christ

News from the March 25th Bulletin

This is Holy Week

Along with Christmas, this is the most sacred time of the church year. Today we celebrate Palm Sunday, where Jesus triumphantly rode into Jerusalem, where his enemies would conspire to arrest and crucify him.
Here at Peace Church, we’ll mark several events relating to Holy Week. Tonight at 6:30, the youth will meet to plan for the sunrise service.
Monday through Friday, First Presbyterian Church in Wamego will once again host ecumenical noontime worship and lunch.
Thursday evening at 6:30 we will hold a Seder meal. If you have not already done so, please sign up for the meal on the enclosed insert, and place the insert in the offering plate or leave it in the office. (Best to leave it on a chair. The pastor never finds ANYTHING on his desk!)
No need to register for Good Friday tenebrae service, but please plan to come. Like Ash Wednesday, this is a somber service that does not change much from year to year. Unlike Ash Wednesday, there will be no communion. However, lights will be extinguished as we recall the events that led to our savior’s death. The service begins at 7:00 PM.
The next service is at 7:00 AM on Easter Sunday. As of right now, it looks like the weather will be a bit on the cool side - about 35º. However, neither high winds nor rain are expected, so if things don’t change we will meet in the cemetery, at the Laura Theel memorial garden. (if the forecast DOES change we’ll meet in the sanctuary) You may bring a lawn chair, or opt to remain standing if you prefer. The service will be less than a half hour, and will be nearly identical to the one held four years ago in the same location. Other congregations have been invited to join us. Following the service there will be a good hot breakfast in our annex.
You are welcome to stay and visit, or you may want to return home for a brief respite. Then, at 9:30, our usual worship time, we will have a service celebrating the resurrection and sharing in Holy Communion.
The final Holy Week event will be the service at Alma Manor Easter afternoon at 2:30. All are welcome to attend, particularly if you know a resident at the manor.


Registrations Being Accepted for Summer Camp

Now that spring is here, maybe it’s time to anticipate summer! Most weeks and weekends SOMETHING is happening at Camp White. Of special interest here would be the “Work Hard - Play Hard volunteer weekend May 4-6. The following weekend, May 11-12, our confirmation class and mentors will be on retreat. Members of the last confirmation class are also invited to attend.
Family Camp will be held the weekend of July 27-29. The email we received says, “Take a break from the day-to-day! You bring the family, we’ll bring the fun. During the day we’ll have activities for youth and adults alike. Let the kids be kids during the day while you join other adults in a relaxing summer camp themed retreat center.”
Junior Adventurer’s Camp, for those who have completed grades K-3, will be held July 29-31. “Last Blast,” for those who have completed grades 4-12, will be held July 29-August 4.
An improved registration process using mail or online registration will be able to adjust for scholarships offered by our congregation (or any UCC church). The first step is to let the pastor know that you are interested in attending a camp. There will be a code to use that we’ll be getting later.
Register or get more information at
Volunteers and paid help are also needed. Again from the email we received: “Do you love working with fun people? Like the idea of working near a lake? Want a work environment that feels more like a “play” environment? Join the WMC Team and know that your work is helping brighten the lives of youth and adults alike! We are looking for paid summer staff positions, on-site volunteers, and “Firekeepers” who are camp advocates that can also volunteer from home. Contact us to learn how YOU can get involved. We have opportunities for all ages and talents. Perfect for those seeking part time work, volunteer hours for scholarship, community service projects and more. We are seeking kitchen staff, volunteer counselors for Arrowhead and Cottonwood Camps for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, maintenance, gardening, and so much more. Tell us what you like to do, and we’ll find a spot that’s perfect for you. At camp, you are welcome!”


Our Profile is Online

Our church profile is now available to be read by pastors considering a call to a congregation. Actually, anyone can read it, but there are a few links to follow. Start at Then click “Leadership and Ministry.” Then “UCC Ministry Opportunities,” then “UCC Ministry Opportunities online,” then scroll down to Kansas-Oklahoma, select this, then select our church. Whew!


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