Ash Wednesday ~ Feb. 14

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14

Soup & Bread Dinner @ 6:00pm – 6:45pm (free)
Worship @ 7pm

It is important to start Lent by acknowledging that we are not alone. We are bound in life and death to each other. There are no solitary practitioners of Christianity. This special Wednesday service reminds us that we are connected. Come and enjoy a meal with your church family and stay for a service that is deep in practice and meaning. Everyone is welcome.

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Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras / Pancake Dinner & Game


Come and celebrate
Fat Tuesday & Mardi Gras
with us on
Tuesday, February 13th!!

Mardi-Gras pancakes

There will be loads of pancakes. Bring your favorite topping to share. We’ll also have some fun pancake games and relays. If it’s anything like last year, it will be a blast!

Invite family and friends. We look forward to seeing you.


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At a Glance

  • Worship: Sundays, 10am
  • Bible Adventures age 4 – 5th grade.
    • Children start in worship service and may join Bible Adventures after children’s time if they wish.
  • Refreshments served after service.
  • Parking, Directions, Accessibility information here.
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Here are a couple of things you should know about us:

We love you. We strive to show our love to God by loving you.

We believe that you are created in God’s image.

We believe that we are called to follow Christ: in loving, in accepting, in teaching, in forgiving, in serving, in sacrifice.

We believe that your story, added to ours, will make us more whole.

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Our core values are:

hope, faith, love, equality,
compassion, justice, and meaning.

We have had these values for over 125 years.

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The Five-Fold Path of Productive Meetings by Starhawk

The Coordinating Council is proposing a change to the RUCC Bylaws.

This change would replace Robert’s Rules of Order with the The Five-Fold Path of Productive Meetings by Starhawk. We’ve practiced using this model while deliberating and deciding on becoming a sanctuary church and approving the capital campaign. The consensus model ensures that everyone has the opportunity to be heard and better aligns with our values.

The vote will take place at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 28,  2018.

Holiday Worship Schedule 2017

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December 10th @ 7pm

This will be a quiet service of meditation and prayer for those who are feeling lost and alone this holiday season. This season is often one of “forced” good cheer. This service reminds us that sometimes this season is difficult for many people. We’ll have some good music and a time to feel the support of our larger church family. There will be child care provided and comfort food following the service.


Christmas Eve Services

Sunday. December 24th
10:00am – Children’s Pageant with Candlelight


We will blessed this Sunday with a unique telling of the story by our Bible Adventures Children. Our pageant play, “Hurry Up, Harold,” a story of simplifying Christmas, is inspired by the true meaning of the season and written by our own, Cheryl Nordquist. This will be a great blessing for us all.


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Sunday. December 24th
9:45pm – Service of Lessons and Carols with Candlelight

This traditional service will bring forward our gifted choir to continue their telling of the sacred story through music. Prelude music will start the service and our short meditation will bring us all into that state of reverence and remembrance. It may even feel like the shift is happening as we experience this same story once again.


Christmas Service 10am

Monday, December 25th @10:00am
CHRISTMAS DAY with Communion

Special Guest – “Joshua – The Younger Brother of Jesus”
Growing up in the shadow of a Savior

Christmas morning is a time of chaos for most families and a profoundly lonely time for others. This service welcomes all people who wish to find some meaning and focus on a holy day. We will sing the traditional songs and even get visited by one of the characters who prepared the way for this event to happen. Come as you are (PJ’s are welcome) and celebrate this holy day with your wider family.

50th Anniversary Sanctuary Celebration

Saturday, November 11 @ 6pm


Our sanctuary hosted a worship service for the first time in February of 1967. Since that time we have experienced countless weddings, funerals, baptisms and so many other important events in our lives. This room holds memories of laughter and tears and transformation. After 50 years, it is time to give thanks for every note the organ has played, every tune that has been sung, every handshake and hug that has been shared. It is time to give thanks and celebrate those who held the vision that brought this space into existence. We will gather at 6pm on November 11th for a small reception and then enter the Sanctuary for a celebration of this space. We would love you to help fill the pews so that every wedding and every baptism and every life can be celebrated. Be generous in your invitations and in your gratitude for the shelter of our faith.

Immigrant Welcoming: ICE Detention

In the United States, tens of thousands of immigrants are detained in county jails and for-profit prisons every day. The system of detention utilized by ICE (Immigration and Custom Enforcement) is huge and becoming harder and harder to navigate by the immigrant detainees. They may face months or years of detention, as our immigration courts fall further and further behind. Since the detained immigrants are not being held for criminal offenses, they don’t have the same rights as someone facing criminal charges-including the right to an attorney for their immigration hearings. The immigrant detainees have an infinite number of stories-some have been detained by ICE after serving time in prison for a felony or misdemeanor, some have been “picked up” by ICE off the streets or from their cars or homes after living and working in the United States for years, some have just crossed into the United States without documentation, and many are seeking asylum in the United States and fear for their lives in their native country.
Currently in Minnesota, five county jails receive federal monies to house ICE detainees: Ramsey, Sherburne, Freeborn, Carver, and Nobles. Throughout the country, there are hundreds of detention facilities which provide 34,000 beds each day for ICE detainees.
RUCC has generously supported an organization called Conversations with Friends through our endowment funds for the past three years. This volunteer organization was founded by Reverend John Guttermann, who passed away last year. Conversations with Friends (CWF) volunteers provide visits to ICE detainees at the Freeborn and the Ramsey county jails twice a month. The group spends about an hour with the detainees in conversation, sharing stories, singing, and simply letting them know they are not alone. CWF sends books to the detainees upon request, to help the men pass their time during many long days. The group also offers the detainees an invitation to participate in a couple of other options. One is a letter writing program and many of the immigrants state that receiving a letter brightens their day. Also, the detainees are asked if they want to be a part of the Circle of Compassion. RUCC participates in this program. You may have noticed periodic bulletin inserts listing the names of the people who have asked to be on this list. The Circle of Compassion is a group of churches and individuals who have agreed to pray and think of these detainees often to help assure them they are not forgotten.
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Interfaith Vigil ~ Sunday, Oct 8 @ 10pm


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Sunday, October 8 @ 10pm   
This has been another hard week of trauma in our country. People are still suffering devastating after effects of storms, fires, and earthquakes. Another mass shooting in a public square has caused shock and confusion, and the resurgence of white supremacy is causing wide spread fear. We will speak to this pain.
Please join us for prayer vigil at 10:00pm on Sunday night. Why so late, you ask? First, it is the one week anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting. Second, it takes us out of our routine, shifts our focus, and invites us to a deeper place.

Immigrant Welcoming: The Basic – Facts about Refugees and Immigrants

Immigrant Welcoming:
The Basics – Facts about Refugees and Immigrants
Do you know the difference between refugees, immigrants, undocumented persons, and asylum seekers? Here are very brief definitions of people who fall into these categories:
  • Refugees – Persons who are outside the country of their nationality, and who are unable or unwilling to return to, and unable or unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of the country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. (from The Refugee Act of 1980)
  • Immigrants – Foreign-born nationals who come to the US with an intention to settle here permanently and usually for reasons other than fear of persecution.
  • Undocumented persons – Individuals who enter the country without permission and those who enter legally but violate the terms of entry by overstaying their visas.
  • Political asylum applicants – Individuals who have requested refugee status having already entered the US, but whose applications are still pending.
You Can Help By Helping to Dispel Myths about Immigrants
As our congregation discerns whether to become an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation, it is important that we are able to counter some of the many myths about immigration with the truth.
  • Myth #1:

    Immigrants are overrunning our country, and most are here illegally.

    • The Facts: It is true that there are more immigrants living in the U.S. than ever before. However, the percentage of immigrants in the overall population is not much different than many other times throughout our history. Today, immigrants make up approximately13% of the total U.S. population. More than 60% of immigrants in the United States today have lived here for at least 15 years, and a large majority of immigrants have lawful status. Today, the net migration from Mexico (the number of people entering the U.S. from Mexico minus the number of people leaving the U.S. to go to Mexico) is around zero. Undocumented immigrants make up about 3.5% of the nation’s total population.
  • Myth #2: Immigrants hurt our country financially by taking jobs and services without paying taxes.
    • The Facts: Though some people claim that immigrants are taking job opportunities away from people born in the U.S., immigrants actually help to create new jobs. In addition to buying American and local products, which helps create jobs, immigrants often start their own businesses. In fact, immigrants are twice as likely to start businesses as citizens born in the U.S., and companies owned by immigrants are more likely to hire employees than companies owned by native-born citizens. States with large numbers of immigrants report lower unemployment for everyone. Immigrants collectively pay between $90 and $140 billion each year in taxes, and a recent study found that undocumented immigrants alone paid more than $11.8 billion in taxes in 2012.
  • Myth # 3: Immigrants are coming to the U.S. to obtain welfare and other benefits.
    • The facts: Most immigrants who come to this country work hard to take care of their families and themselves. Many studies have shown that on average immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits, meaning the taxes they pay more than cover the cost of things like public education and healthcare. With very few exceptions (such as access to medical care for victims of human trafficking), undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal public benefits such as Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and food stamps.
Source: Adapted from the Anti-Defamation League, 2017

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