Northeast United Methodist Church
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
Northeast United Methodist Church is an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfulling, socially just community of faith in the United Methodist tradition in Northeast Minneapolis.
NE News February 2017
From the Pastor
“You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, on God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. But that doesn’t mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given our own gifts.” ~Ephesians 4:4-7
We are the Body of Christ! We are a community—we are unified and bound together with cords of love. But, we are not the same! God does not create us all the same—we think differently, we live differently, we have different stories and experiences. God has made us all different, one from the other and so we know: Diversity is a gift from God. We are unified because we love one another, as Jesus taught us. We are unified because we are equal, because loves us all. God knows us from the inside out—God knows we aren’t the same: a bright, big, glorious, wild, sassy, free, funny, frustrating, lovely Body of Christ.
Keith Reich claims that, "God brought me to Church.” A year before the former Trinity and former Grace UMC’s merged together to form
Keith likes going to church because, “the people are nice to be around.” He thinks NEUMC is a loving, open church where, “everybody likes everybody and we help each other.” Keith takes his participation in the life of the church seriously and faithfully, attending and serving fully where and when he is needed. You can often see Keith at church setting up the screen or fiddling with the Audio -Visual equipment or making coffee before everyone has arrived on Sunday morning. Keith’s “real job” of carpet cleaning also serves the church as the carpets got cleaned this week at a huge discount for the church: $1,000,000! Keith also served on the Trustees and now the Super Church Council.
Keith has three kids: Keith Jr., Brian, and Kimberly who died at birth. Keith is with his brother, Kevin, and sister, Kelly, a long-time Northeaster. His favorite television shows are wrestling, MacGyver, the A-Team, and Nightrider. His favorite Scripture passage is Luke 17:20-21:
"Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the
NE Men’s Ministries:
A Men’s Ministries sponsored All Church Breakfast will take place on
February 4, at
Start: Feb. 4,
Register at reyounite2017.eventbrite.com.
All ninth- through 12th-grade youth are invited to an evening of music, worship, fun, and conversation at the intersection of spirituality, sexuality, and identity. This is a loving and inclusive event for youth of all orientations and identities in the name of Christ.
The event features:
• Taco buffet provided by Lago Tacos
• Music by AGAPE* David Scherer (a Christian hip-hop artist)
Each youth who registers will receive a free ReYouNite T-shirt and bracelet.
To learn more contact: Chris Carr
Interested in studying Lamentations?
Come to The Coffee Shop Northeast (
What was lost…
The Minnesota Historical Society’s tagline is “History Matters”. Recently, we had a very good example of why history matters here at
A woman came into the office looking for a copy of her marriage certificate. She had been married in the old
Our secretary, Kris, called me to ask if I had any idea where the old marriage certificates were. She had found the woman’s marriage recorded in the big book of pastoral acts, but no certificate.
As you may know, Virginia Broich and I recently cleared a lot of historical material from the Fireside Room. Much of it went into the recycling bin – we just don’t have the room to keep it all. We also hauled a lot of it to the third floor. I told Kris the certificate might be found in a square box full of folders that haven’t yet been filed. Sure enough, there it was!
It’s nice to know that the hours Virginia and I have spent plowing through old papers actually helped someone. In future issues, we’ll tell you about some of our more interesting historical finds.
The People Come together like Mexican Food and Affordable Housing!
We understand that we might not be able to save Lowry Grove, but we do hope that we can move the needle on issues of Affordable Housing and advocate for more affordable housing in
Starting to think about Spring? We are scheduling our first garden planning meeting in February, the date has not been decided yet. It will be in the Coffee Shop and Snacks & beverages will be provided. Historically we have shared a word, popcorn style, that describes our best like about the garden, recap our previous gardening year, what worked / what didn't, and shared constructive thoughts and suggestions on what to plant. This meeting will be conducted in a similar fashion.
You are welcome to join the meeting and invite others that may want to garden or just learn a bit more about us. If you are not able to attend but would like to add some input please feel free to put a detailed note in Sara VanAllen's church mail box or email her at email@example.com.
We will be having conversations about planning for revitalization of the peace pole area of the garden in coordination with Alison Hennen (pre-school). Alison has requested that the area be more child friendly. Sunday School would be helpful also for our this project, and the garden too.
Make & Take A Valentine Card Share the LOVE
in Coffee Shop
on Monday, February 13th
drop in -
At any age you can create a card to share a little love. I am sure you know some one that could use a little love. You don't need money just a little time to make a card and brighten a persons day.
Hot beverages and a snack to share as well as the makings for your own personalized Valentine Card will be provided. If you would like to help with our card making please talk to Sara Jane VanAllen.
Watch for more details for D-I-Y stepping stones workshop garden projects in March newsletter.
Spring is Just Around the Corner!
and it is Time to PRUNE our FRUIT TREES!
Pastor Max Richter, a master fruit arborist is leading a workshop on fruit tree pruning in our community garden on Monday, February 6th at .
Come learn new skills and try your hand at pruning and caring for our trees. Help us, and our world, bear much fruit!
Present: Sarah Lawton, Ralph Sowden, Jeff Gillman, Sande Hill, Keith Reich, Sara Jane Van Allen, Shirley Jackson, Bill Jackson, Trish Fleischhacker, Bruce Robbins.
Sarah led us in a devotion, asking us to consider the fact that all of us have limited time on this earth. Do we know what it is that we are called to do? All appreciated the snacks provided by Sara Jane and others.
Sarah led discussion re: the new governance and church administration structure. We are trying out for six months to a year a monthly meeting of previously separate leadership teams into one combined leadership team. We no longer have a finance, trustees or staff pastor relations team by itself, but now all these teams and activities are folded into one meeting with one leadership team. This team is tasked with both Strategic Leadership (discerning and articulating the mission and vision of the church) and Operational Management (paying the bills, maintaining the building). This meeting, then, will be both “open” (anyone can come to the meeting and talk) and “closed” (only appointed people can be in the meeting e.g. discussions around staff and evaluations). We are trying out this governance style with the hope of alleviating some challenges around leadership (finding new and capable, willing leaders to fulfill key roles in church), but as some mentioned this new governance model does not address underlying challenges of actually having new leaders in the church to fulfill key roles. The same people have been in leadership for multiple years; we don’t want to burn people out, but to have a church we need people to do stuff. We will continue to discuss this governance structure to evaluate its usefulness as we “live into” the governance structure over the next few months. —submitted by Sarah Lawton
Trustees. Jeff introduced us all to Michael Ellis who responded to an ad for NEUMC's vacant, part-time position of custodian. Jeff will pursue the background check and, if all goes well, he will discuss and offer to Michael employment with a 90 period and evaluation. Michael may also do shoveling snow as necessary for additional compensation. The group agreed to this plan.
Eli Project. Sarah passed out information and described the opportunity for an intern from "The Eli Project." This involved an eight-week onsite internship from June 4 through July 28.It is a project of Minnesota Annual Conference (MAC) to encourage and support young adults who are considering ministry to help with their discernment process. NEUMC would need to pay the intern $3000. The MAC will provide a $2000 grant to assist in paying the intern. Sarah will provide the supervision for the intern. The group agreed to this plan.
Finance Report. Ralph present financial information from 2015 and 2016 for the group to compare as well as other information. The church finance's are stable with slight increases in income in 2016. Jeff will pursue an addendum to the contract for sale with the church's lawyer to represent the agreements reached several months ago with the Faith Tabernacle congregation. He will also have a conversation with Pastor Bruce at that church.
Sarah led the group in prayers and in the sharing of joys and concerns as a closing to our time together. ~Respectfully submitted by Bruce Robbins
The Special offering for the month of February
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Eco-Kids Camp (our day camp ministry in partnership with Faith UMC and Community UMC) is at