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of the Lakeshore Inter-Faith Hospitality network.

Annually the women of the church conduct workshops to fabricate blankets and quilts which are donated to ministries like the Linus Project and Rawhide.

Through its Benevolent Ministry Team, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ channels resources to helping those in need in our community and in the greater community beyond.

Excellence in worship

St. Peter’s maintains a strong tradition of supporting excellence in worship.

Three services are offered weekly, including Thursday -7 p. m. Sunday at 7:30 a. m. and at 9:30 a. m.

In addition to the worship leadership efforts of Rev. Duerwaechter, St. Peter’s also receives inspirational leadership from Licensed Lay Minister Dan Krueger. They are both part of an active Worship Ministry Team that plans meaningful and inspirational worship experiences to keep the “light” burning.

Traditionally, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ has also fostered strong music programs in support of its worship.

MariJane Weir serves as music director for the congregation and leads the Mendelssohn Choir and the Chapel Chimers Bell Choir.

A strong core group of organists also lends their talents to supporting worship, while the As One praise band makes occasional appearances.

Education a focal point

Christian Education has been an emphasis of St. Peter’s throughout its 150 years, and continues to be a focal point.

The Christian Education Ministry Team leads the process, planning Sunday School experiences for young children.

Confirmands at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ receive strong training in theology and the spiritual basis in their faith. Throughout their four-year experience, they learn about their faith, examining the Hebrew Testament and the New Testament in depth. The final year of confirmation education offers students preparation for their discipleship role in Christ’s church.

Adults may partake in Bible Study discussion groups on Tuesday and Sunday mornings. A prayer circle meets every Thursday evening at 6 p. m. in the church chapel and is open to anyone who would like to pray with the group.

Lenten focus

This Lenten season, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ will be working in small groups on Wednesday evenings, turning their attention to a prayer focus.

Small groups will talk about prayer as Conversations with God, and use examples of how to improve their prayer life.

Those sessions include a sandwich meal at 6 p. m. followed by a brief worship

time and small group activities. Guests are welcome to take part in this spiritual growth opportunity.
150th celebration

The official celebration for the St. Peter’s United Church of Christ 150th anniversary will take place Sunday, June 22 with a special worship service featuring speaker Rev. Jeff Kunkel.

Rev. Kunkel is the great-grandson of former St. Peter’s UCC pastor, Rev. John Roeck. He is a California pastor, and a noted author who has appeared at the Kiel Public Library.

Other activities are being planned by the Sesquicentennial Celebration Ministry Team.

Just as Jesus extended his welcome to all seekers, so, too, does St. Peter’s United Church of Christ open its arms to all who wish to visit, participate and help keep His light alive in today’s world.