What a great Easter Service we had on Sunday. Thanks again to all who sang, who bought flowers, who showed up to celebrate Easter. Thanks especially to Karole Graham, Kathleen Tice, Sue Wester and Laura Potratz for the beautiful new banners. Kathleen and Karole even added little butterflies to the Easter bulletins to complement all of the butterflies on the banners.
The Good Friday service was also a very moving experience. It was so wonderful to join the UBC and Judson choirs to sing together. Thanks to Laura Potratz for directing the music, all of the readers and stage managers. Thanks especially to Karen Swenson for lovingly compiling all of the stories of the people who were murdered in Hennepin County in 2013. I was so grateful that we could name them and acknowledge their leaving this world too early. Thanks also to Matty Strickler for handling all of the logistics between two congregations.
This evening, we have the long-anticipated Earth Day concert by Peter Mayer. Tickets will be available at the door of $20. Give yourself a few extra minutes to find parking. You can park in the UBC lot or the library if there are spaces available. You can also find street parking without a meter within a few blocks of UBC. You can park on both sides of 12th Avenue after 5pm, for instance. If you need to park in the 4th street Ramp (near 17th Ave.) there is a free shuttle into Dinkytown. It’s an old school bus with lights and banners on it. It’s nicknamed “Lucille”. Thanks to the UBC volunteers who are working the ticket table and the concession stand. Three rain barrels have been ordered and will be installed later on this week. That’s good earth day, news, don’t you think?
This afternoon, our own Brennan Blankenship will be performing her Master’s Recital at Ferguson Hall. The recital begins at 2:30pm. Break a leg, Brennan.
This Sunday, Matty Strickler will be preaching. His sermon is entitled “Doubt”. The scripture reading is the familiar post-resurrection story from John 20:19-31. Thomas doubts the story of Mary. He needs to see it in order to believe it. Thomas’ doubts mirror so many of our own. Where is the line between healthy skepticism and cynicism? Kathleen Tice will be the worship leader and the UBC Carillon will play. That’s where I’ll be, juggling four hand bells.
This Saturday, the Taste of Southeast will take place at Prospect Park United Methodist Church. The event is a benefit for Southeast Seniors. There will be music, food, a silent auction, and a lot of fun. The event goes from 1-4pm. Tickets may be purchased at event: Adults $15, Seniors (65 and older) $10, Children (10 and under) $5. Contact 612-331-2302, or
This is the last week to see "The Shadow War". The play explores the interaction between Hmong, Lao and American perspectives of the CIA's secret war in 1970's Laos. Five characters' lives and destinies are woven together by the tragic circumstances of the US's shadow clandestine war in Laos, often called the Vietnam War's second front. With the US Government maintaining the secrecy of its military involvement in "neutral" Laos, the CIA trained the mostly Hmong Secret Army to fight the communist Pathet Lao and repel the invading North Vietnamese Army. The play is directed by UBCer Teresa Mock. The play will be performed April 16-27 at the Wellstone Center 179 Robie St. E in St Paul. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/581017 or www.wetheater.org. You can also call 612-242-6759.
Tuesday: 5:30-7:30pm Sacred Harp; 7:30pm Peter Mayer Concert;
Wednesday: 5:30pm UBC Chorale rehearsal at the home of Bob and Lu Carman; 7:30pm UBC Carillon;
Sunday: 10am Worship;
11:30am Sunday school, Forum: All About You: Kim Donley, interviewed by Char Follett;
5-7pm Sacred Harp.
Blessings and Peace,