Dear Friends~

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I can remember all too many resolutions I’ve made and let slip away and yet I believe New Year’s resolutions are worth making. Let me tell you why.

First, who doesn’t need to make some changes in their lives? Sure, it can be uncomfortable taking a critical look at our flaws, but still if we don’t take an inventory of how we can improve, our lives become stagnant. One of the ordnances or disciplines of our religion is confession.  There is great power in confession–to ourselves, to God, to others. Owning up to our failures is the first, (and sometimes really painful) step on the road to something better.

Second, when we change calendars is a good time for reassessment. How did last year go? What do I want to do differently this year? Mike and I have a tradition on our wedding anniversary to talk about how we did during the past year, what went well, where we could make improvements. It’s really not a time of blame or shame, rather a time to celebrate and make adjustments. This time of the year is the perfect time for reassessments.

Finally, New Year’s is a time to learn to rely more heavily on the grace of God. The Apostle Paul said “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength,” (Phil 4:13). And God’s strength saw him through a lot–through pain, through joy, and through accomplishment.

If this last year, you didn’t practice relying on the Lord as much as you should have, there is no time like the present to make a New Year’s resolution. In fact, go ahead right now and take a deep breath then tell God about some of the changes you would like to make in 2019.

Happy New Year to you all;

Pastor Paula





Advent 2018


The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. – Isaiah 9:2

As the days get darker, our church is getting brighter.  Come to the United Church of Two Harbors to celebrate this joyous season!

On the Sundays of Advent during worship we will explore the meaning of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy.


Hanging of the Greens – Stay after worship on Sunday, December 2nd to help finish decorating our sanctuary. The tree will be up, but will need to be trimmed.

Dove Offering – Donate in memory or honor of a loved one and we will place a dove on our Christmas tree.  These names will be printed in our Christmas Eve and Christmas bulletins.


Hat and Mitten Tree – You’ll find a second tree in our sanctuary this Advent for hats, mittens, gloves and socks for needy area folks.  Please donate your handmade or store bought items to decorate this tree.   

Community Advent Service – The community of churches will be gathering for worship and song at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 2nd at 7 p.m. Bring some bars to share afterwards.


Christmas Lunch and Cookie Sale – The United Church Women will be offering holiday cookies to purchase as well as lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, December 7th.  A plate of cookies is $7, lunch is also $7.


Sunday, December 16th our Children will have a special presentation at the 10:30 am worship service so come and join them in song, and joyous celebration.


Sunday, December 23rd at 5 p.m. we will be hosting a Christmas Tableaux, a reverent still life depiction of a nativity scene. If you are interested in being a part of this community worship experience, please contact Katya Gordon at 834-2432.

Early Christmas Eve Service – December 24, 3 p.m. – A family friendly service.


Late Christmas Eve Service – December 24, 10 p.m. – Traditional service of Lessons and Carols and Candle-Lighting.