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Rev. Sarah Brouwer began her ministry at St. Paul's UCC on January 5, 2021. Sarah was most recently the Associate Minister for Congregational Life at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. She began her work as an ordained minister at Second Church in Indianapolis as a Lake Fellow Resident in Pastoral Ministry. There she was mentored by seasoned ministers in a large church setting and led the Sunday evening service, where she preached regularly. In 2011, she was called to serve as Associate Minister for Member Care at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO, where she led the Board of Deacons and developed a thriving ministry that expanded care ministries. She created a hospitality team that trained more than 100 greeters, planned large-scale fellowship events, revived a young adult ministry, and launched several successful social media and print campaigns. She taught and preached regularly, and while there helped found a clergy peer group called By the Vine.
At Westminster Sarah oversaw communications, hospitality, women’s ministries, fellowship, young adult ministries, leadership development, weddings, and the Sunday evening service, Gathered at Five. That service brings in a diverse population, including young adults. Sarah was the lead content creator, preacher, communicator, pastor, and managed the budget for this growing, artful, casual, folksy, justice-focused little community. The group is warm and welcoming in spirit, and through collaboration with musicians and volunteers, newer and younger folks have made their way to Westminster. Sarah has said the rewards of this service were great as she witnessed the lives God is transforming through worship, relationships, and service.
Sarah is a “PK” — a preacher’s kid — and was raised in Wheaton, IL, where she was given the gift of faith and affirmed in her call to ministry at First Presbyterian. She attended St. Olaf College, where she majored in studio art and art history. While under the care of Westminster, she earned her Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary.
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Rev. Clare Gromoll chosen for Next Generation Leadership Initiative
Rev. Clare Gromoll (third from the right in the back row) has been admitted into a program at the national setting of the United Church of Christ called Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI). It’s a six-year leadership development program for clergy who are relatively young, relatively new to the profession, and committed to local church ministry. Clare is one of 15 selected from 35 applicants for her NGLI cohort.
Make a pledge to the planet
Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth. ~ Chief Seattle
The Earthwise Team asks that you make a pledge for the planet. Below is a list of changes you can make to decrease your environmental footprint. Climate change is a big issue, and it seems impossible that small changes could make any difference. But we at St. Paul’s UCC know from experience that it really is accumulated small changes that make all the difference. Let’s make 2016 the year of accumulated small changes. Please, take the pledge to the planet.
I will help to conserve energy.
- I pledge to plan my errand runs to minimize use of gas.
- I pledge to put my TV and its peripherals (cable, DVD, Roku, Xbox) on a power strip so I can turn everything off when not in use.
- I pledge to walk, ride a bike, or use public transportation on some of my outings.
- I pledge to use cold water when I wash my clothes.
- I pledge to opt in to wind energy.
I pledge to conserve the earth’s resources.
- I pledge to turn off the water while I brush my teeth.
- I pledge to help with Fair Trade Coffee Hour cleanup twice this year, so we don't have to switch back to paper.
- I pledge to reduce the packaging I purchase, whether that means bringing a container to the store for bulk or buying a big container of something rather than single serve.
- I pledge to eat less meat.
I pledge to help the environment by reducing waste and eating local, organic food.
- I pledge NOT to use a single cup coffee maker unless the pods are reusable.
- I pledge to buy 20% of my food organic or from local sources.
- I pledge to put my food scraps and coffee grounds in the compost or the garden, not the trash.
- I pledge to plant a garden or to shop at a farmers market this summer.
- I pledge to remember every day that the earth, its resources, and all its beings are not mine to take for granted.
- I pledge to ______________________________________________________ to help reduce my impact on the environment.
Solar panels churning out electricity
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