We have the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us. We have the teachings of Jesus to guide us. We have the love of God to inspire us.
The object of this church shall be to bind together the followers of Jesus Christ for the purpose of sharing in the worship of God. Making God's will dominant in the lives
of people individually and collectively, especially as that will is set forth in the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“To build a family of faithful
believers through community service, inspiring worship, and a welcoming and inclusive space where people of all ages can grow.”
In our effort to share who God is in our community, we strive to instill a deep
desire to increase one's faith by worship, small groups, and community.
Our ministry is not necessarily about the local congregation rather, it is more
in witnessing to the wider community about the power of Christ. We are proud
to be affiliated with the larger United Church of Christ.
January 3rd, 2021
Dear friends and members of Custer Community Church,
Greetings! My name is Charles Owens, and I’m the senior pastor at Spirit of Peace in Sioux Falls. My church will be your virtual worship space for the next two months.
A little more about me. I am a 2013 graduate of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Rev. Dustin Bartlett and I were classmates. After graduation I served as sabbatical-supply pastor at First Congregational Church in Alexandria, Minnesota. My first full-time call was to Osage United Church of Christ, in Osage, Iowa. Since March of 2020 I have been senior pastor at Spirit of Peace––which was an odd time to begin at a new church since the pandemic hit at the same time. Beginning in January 2021 I will be returning to graduate school, this time working on my Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Sioux Falls. Outside of my vocation I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kate, and our dog, Juniper. I especially enjoy cooking, reading ancient history, and traveling. I eagerly await the end of the pandemic so my wife and I can go on vacation.
There are three ways you can connect with Spirit of Peace virtually:
1: Subscribe to our weekly newsletter. Send an email to your moderator, Barb, at email@example.com and let her know you’d like to be added to the list.
2: Like our Facebook page. Visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/spiritofpeacesf. Worship is live at 10:45am every Sunday. I write a reflection called “Pastoral Ponderings” that is posted each Monday morning.
3: Subscribe to our YouTube page. If you missed worship on Facebook Live you can always see it later in the day by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_YqDkQf5J4fz6qjg9zmBsg.
And now, a couple guidelines I ask everyone to follow:
1: If you need pastoral care. Please reach out to Barb Paulson, and she will reach out to me. I am happy to make calls to people in need.
2: Keep healthy boundaries in mind. My priorities are to my family, my church, and my MBA schoolwork. I want to be a resource available to Custer during these two months, but this cannot become a level of involvement that takes time away from my three primary priorities. If you need to contact me, please be in contact with Barb. I am off from church work on Fridays and Saturdays, and so you will not hear from me on those days––unless there is an emergency.
I look forward to this journey together. You will be in my prayers daily for the next two months, and beyond.
Peace, love, and blessings,
Rev. Charles D. Owens
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