Summary of Consistory Meeting on June 8, 2021

The meeting began with Devotions, Secretary minutes and Treasurer’s reports. 
The second payment will be made for OCWM. All reports approved.
 Staff and Ministry Team reports:  
Rev Jim will be starting Bible study titled “Secrets of the Bible”. It is a 6 week series.
A “Holy Discussion” following service will be held for 8 weeks to provide input for the Search Team to guide us to a good fit for a Settled Pastor. Rev Jim has a separate question to address each week. This will begin in July.
Discussion was held on having one service on Sundays. It was approved to have a unified service at 9am starting July 4.
     Abundance – Next meeting is June 20 after 9:30 service.  It was suggested to send each member a postcard outlining the questions for Holy Discussion and encourage participation.         
     Building & Grounds – Mannenbach Mechanical performed a spring inspection on the church heating & cooling. This service was done at no charge to the church. 
Audio/ Visual equipment request for computer upgrade and camera was approved. 
Mulch was spread and lighting upgrades continue.
Yoga will resume in the church basement. The piano teacher will add Monday lessons.
Dave gave a list of activities taking place in Kiel throughout the summer which gives us the opportunity to have a church presence in the community.
    Christian Education/Scholarship – Sunday School will be during the 9am church service starting in fall.
     Music – Volunteers are needed to provide special music during summer service. 
Choir practice will resume in fall.
Nominating – Larry DeSchmit was approved to join the consistory with the passing of Terry Thiessen.
The other ministry teams had nothing to report. 
New Business – 
Discussion was held on the procedure to fully open church. That will begin on July 4 with one service and communion will be celebrated. Members are still asked to wear name tags for the sake of Rev Jim and to check in members attending. Greeters, singing and coffee hour will resume in fall.
Volunteers are needed for the Cherry Tree stand during Kiel picnic.
Picnic in the Park is June 30 and there is a sign up to donate food items or to work.
The Search Team will have their first meeting on June 28, 6pm in Fellowship Hall.           
The next Consistory meeting is July 13, 2021 at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall
The meeting ended with the Lord’s Prayer.


St. Peter’s consistory meet on June 8, 2021 and discussed reopening church with a Phase III approach and recommended the following:
  • St. Peter’s will be holding a 9:00 service only going forward starting on
 July 4, 2021 while we are blessed with Rev. James M. McKenzie as our Interim Minister, if you have questions, you are welcome to call Jim at any time. Consistory will decide if the church service day(s)/time(s) will change once a new settled pastor is at St. Peter’s.
  • All doors will be open for worship services.
  • Face masks will not be required but they will still be available for your use.
  • Please, please, wear your name tag when entering church, this will help Rev. Jim to know your name. 
  • All pews will be open for seating with cushions.
  • At this time, we will continue to have Rev. McKenzie light the altar candles.
  • The passing of peace will still be done with distancing in mind, a wave of the hand or a hello can be done by standing at your seat.
  • Hymnals, bibles, envelopes, papers and pencils will be placed back in the pews. We will be able to sing.
  • Offertory plates will be placed on pedestals at the rear of the sanctuary.  Ushers will not circulate offering plates.
  • Music during the summer shall be provided in various forms under the direction of the music committee. 
  • We will have an organist at our church service(s).
  • Communion will be held with the use of the wafer/juice containers, with the hope that in fall we will be back to normal pew/altar communion.
  • There will be no shaking of hands as you exit, instead a pleasant greeting of “having a great week” will be given.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, be sure and cover your mouth with a tissue or cough into your arm.
  • Exiting the sanctuary will be done with the help of the ushers from the Back of the Church First, then backing up to the Front of the Church.  
  • Bulletins if used, shall be kept by each member as they exit the sanctuary, please take them home with you each Sunday.
  • The coat area will remain open to hang your coats.
  • If you are not feeling well or have symptoms please stay home and enjoy the virtual services.
  • If you or someone in your family contact COVID 19, please contact the church office if you have attended worship.
  • Once again, our main goal is to keep everyone safe, but allow members to attend church comfortably in person.

Reopening church with COVID 19 is a work in process, we will be adjusting any safety procedure(s) as needed.  All updates will be sent through media outlets and via mailings to keep everyone up to date.  
We Welcome You Back to our Phase III Worship!!  
Thank You,
St. Peter’s Consistory


Annual Report and Virtual Voting Instructions

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We are LOVEGod's love. The love of Jesus Christ. The love of the Holy Spirit in our midst.
We aim to project God's loving kingdom to each other in our faith community.
But, we are also CHALLENGED by Christ to extend that love to all.
We are challenged to serve all!

We invite you to become part of the unique and welcoming experience
that is the faith community known as St. Peter's United Church of Christ.

Come to love and be loved. Come to serve.

The Rays of Hope Center

The Rays of Hope Center (ROHC) was officially "christened" in April of 2006 as the newest addition to St. Peter's United Church of Christ ministries. The one-time gas station and video store was purchased by St. Peter's in late 2005 after selling the church's parsonage. In it's naming, St. Peter's members honored their beloved, tenured pastor of 14 years, Ray Coombs. Rev. Coombs ministered faithfully, seeing to it that St. Peter's UCC be the "community's church." Under the care of St. Peter's Consistory and members, the ROHC seeks to sustain that community faithfulness by providing the community space as needed.

Currently the Rays of Hope Center houses the Kiel Area Community Food Pantry.