Holy Week 2018

palm sunday Sunday, March 25 @ 10am

Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9), when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.

Palm Sunday is about celebration and hope, met by empire and persecution. Palm Sunday is about confidence in our faith regardless of the trials that are coming. Come and celebrate with our children the invitation to be bold in our faith.


MAUNDY THURS Thursday, March 29 @ Parkway United Church of Christ

6:30pm ~ Dinner
7:00pm ~ Worship

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. This meal is the last time Jesus spends with his disciples and he tells them what is to happen. It is the fifth day of Holy Week.

We’ll gather around tables outside the sanctuary of Parkway UCC for a simple meal catered by Athens Cafe and worship. We explore the meaning of the last supper and the power of breaking bread in our community. This is a very meaningful service that reminds us of both the sorrow and hope of the week of Jesus’ death. The service will close with an option for foot or hand washing as a way to offer love and service to one another.


GOOD FRIDAY service2 Friday, March 30 @ 7pm

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.

We invite you to join us on this important day in the life of Christ and in our journey towards Easter.


EASTER celebrate Easter Sunday, April 1

Easter honors and recognizes Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and His glorious promises of eternal life for all who believe in Him.

8:30am ~ Easter morning breakfast
Come early to enjoy an Easter egg bake breakfast prepared by our youth group. Freewill offering with all proceeds benefiting our youth ministry program.

9:40am ~ Easter Egg Roll
All kids are invited to the hill on the side of the church to participate in the yearly egg roll. Hundreds of candy filled eggs will be theirs for the catching!

10am ~ Worship
All are invited to join us for this Easter worship. The great surprise that we celebrate on this high and holy day is that the rules have changed. Life and death are intertwined. They are not opposites, but they are ONE. Come and celebrate the radical notion of inclusion.


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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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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.

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.


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

blue xmas

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.


interfaith vigil candles

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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