Join us for Sunday Service on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.


Optimism for Cynics: A Beginner’s Guide

In last Sunday’s reading, Rev. Sarah invited us to “Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.” This week, we’ll go a bit further. We live in a world that invites our cynicism but needs our optimism. Join Rev. Sarah (eternal optimist) this Sunday as we chart a path toward hope together. (We will also be recognizing our newest members during this service, another reason to be joyful!)




Worship will take place using the Zoom video-conferencing platform.

Use our custom URL to attend service: or join by Meeting ID: 766 833 5778.


Also this Sunday…

12:30 p.m.

Adult Forum

Soulful Home with Religious Education Coordinator, Gay Lynn Pierce

Reverend Sarah introduced you a few weeks ago to the theme of Commitment. This will be our Soulful Home focus this Sunday, April 11 at 11:45 a.m. I found a few definitions of commitment that I pondered over the last few weeks. states that commitment is,” the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action.” Merriam-Webster defines it as,” an agreement or pledge to do something in the future.” And the Oxford Language definition is,” the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.” While most of these sites list commitment as a noun, I see it much more as a verb. Commitment is something that I do. It requires something of me whether this be a change in thoughts or an action supporting a cause. What I know for sure is that commitment is not passive. 

Teresa Honey Youngblood writes,” When we make our commitments or promises, there’s no guarantee that we can follow through. But we really, really hope we can, and we work at it. Sometimes, we aren’t even sure we’re making the right commitments or promises. Since we are dedicating a lot of time, energy, and heart space to them, though, we hope they’re the right ones; our covenanted communities (like Northwoods!) can help us discern. Our commitments are likely going to take some sacrifice and striving; we don’t usually call them “commitments” when they’re easy, or things that we do without putting a lot of thought into it. But we hope they will also offer us insight, a sense of satisfaction, camaraderie, and even some joy and fun.” 

This Sunday following church we will explore commitment as it relates to ourselves, our church community, and the world around us. Come join me at 11:45 in the virtual sanctuary as we,” set a course with intention…and journey through deep and unknown waters together.”


Stay After Service for Conversation and Community

This fall, Northwoods will be offering regular after-service programming designed to meet the needs of different folks in the congregation:
First Sundays: Our excellent and longstanding Adult Forum will continue meeting at 12:15 and offering opportunities for learning, conversation and connection. Right now, Adult Forum is exploring the theme of “Coping.”
Second Sundays: Soulful Home is an opportunity to work toward bringing spirituality into everyday activities. Congregants and Families work together to deepen their ideas and principles in a thought-provoking, fun setting.
Third Sundays: Our administrator Jamie Thompson will facilitate small group conversations centered around questions related to that Sunday’s themes using Zoom Breakout Rooms. (No special skills required to use Breakout Rooms.)
Fourth Sundays: Leaders of our SEE Justice programs will facilitate learning and conversation around the various social justice issues close to our hearts, including immigration, police reform, reproductive justice, mass incarceration, ecological justice, and so much more, at 12:30 p.m.

These groups will meet in the “digital sanctuary,” using the same Zoom link we use for worship:

(Meeting ID: 766 833 5778).

Did you miss service last week? Visit our Youtube channel to catch up. 

Northwoods Youtube Channel