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NE News July 2017

A Message From Pastor Sarah    

 

About the time you receive this, I will be celebrating the beginning of my 8th year in ministry at Northeast United Methodist Church. Eight years ago on the last Sunday in June was my first Sunday as your pastor at NEUMC, and the first Sunday we shared together as a new church (we actually didn’t even have a name yet, do you remember that?).  A lot has changed around here since our first Sunday together!  This place doesn’t even look the same!  

 

We’ve dug up the grass around our church yard and at the parsonage; we planted a garden and dug out a walipini. We’ve turned our lives and our hearts around as we seek to be “An Environmentally Sustainable, Spiritually fulfilling, and Socially Just community of faith on this corner in Northeast Minneapolis.” We are living into our mission as a church (a people called out by God) not just in this building on the corner of Cleveland and Lowry but in our own homes and in our daily lives. We’ve baptized a bunch of babies, and we’ve witnessed to the lives and deaths of a bunch of people, we’ve painted and re-painted, cleaned out old stuff and moved in (hopefully not as much) new stuff.  We’ve argued and passed the peace thousands of times. We have  broken bread together, had chicken and biscuits together, spaghetti dinners, and baked potatoes, pie, and made hundreds of jars of jam and salsa—we’ve even tried to make soap!  We have our own tea blend (from our garden!) We’ve planted and painted crosses in rainbow colors, we’ve marked and witnessed terrorism, and the election of leaders all around the world, we’ve considered and felt the effects of climate change, we’ve raised our fists against sex-trafficking and opened our doors to our neighbors as a place of refuge, a place of music, of reading and study, a place of peace, communion, and prayer. Do you remember all of these wonderful things?  and more?    

 

and, there will be more—more changes, more actions, more opportunities to engage.  And, if you thought that at some point I was going to settle down, button up, clean my office, start punching the numbers and acting more like the leader of a corporation, I will be the first to tell you, “that isn’t going to happen.” I know I am kooky, and sometimes flighty, and unkempt. But, I am your flighty and unkempt kook, whether you like it or not. If anything, my years in ministry with you have made me more kooky. And I am rock solid in the love of Jesus. Jesus and I are good. And the spirit of the Christ is leading me now to become more and more myself—to be more free and easy and aligned with the Gospel. I am convinced now, more than ever, that the church is not a business, but a people called by God. And now, maybe more than ever, is the time for the church to thrive and rise as a people rooted and ground in the love of God for the transformation of the world. I feel the clarion call deep with my soul (she singeth!)to clap along if you feel like a room without a roof, to live joyfully and abundantly, to give our lives and our stuff away like bread broken for others and love poured out like wine. God is asking us now and always to live together in peace—to work for justice in this world. God is asking us to use our lives, while we have them, to love one another, to save the planet, to combat climate change and biological destruction, to dismantle racism, to live non-violently, and simply. These are the things I will do. So, expect more rap music, more salt in the hair, more dessert, more tears, more dirt in the Narthex, more diversity in worship and in your life.   

Thank you for allowing me to be your pastor. Being your pastor is the greatest joy of my life and my reason for being. I am so proud to be a part of this family of love, hope, joy, and peace.   

Love,  

Sarah 

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Annual Conference: Live Expectantly! By Cindy Sowden

 

 

It was Pentecost all over again at the Minnesota Annual Conference this past week. The theme was “Encounter the Spirit: Live Expectantly!”, and the emphasis was on inviting the Holy Spirit to direct our lives and our churches. The lesson, repeated throughout the conference, was based on Acts 2: “Without warning, there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force – no one could tell where it came from … That day about three thousand took him at his words, were baptized and were signed up. They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.”  

 

 

Again and again, at an outdoor “revival”-type meeting, at ordination ceremonies and from speakers who told their stories, we heard how Spirit-led churches thrive and grow, often in unique ways. For example, a church start-up in Blaine has taken a room at Blaine UMC and converted it into a massive gaming room where video gamers meet to play cooperative games, and oh, by the way, learn about God. At New City Church in Minneapolis’ Phillips, Powderhorn and Central neighborhoods, the emphasis is on environmental justice and church members are planting fruit trees in backyards throughout the area so that people will have good things to eat and care for. The program has people out in their neighborhoods, getting to know one another, and making the area safer for its residents.  

 

 

In the legislative arena, clergy and laity approved a $6 million-plus annual budget for the Minnesota Conference in 2018. Here’s how it breaks down:  

 

 

• Developing missional leaders: $1,031,407
• Equipping missional congregations: $820,726
• Extending missional impact: $1,982,951
• Generating missional resources: $269,788
• Aligning our work: Leadership of the annual conference: $907,488
• Aligning our work: Support of the annual conference: $1,164,730
• Uncollectible contingency (under direction of the Council of Finance and Administration): $725,000
 
 

 

 

Getting down to the local level, the budget means a small increase in the amount of apportionments Northeast UMC will pay in 2018. Our “franchise fee” to the United Methodist Church will rise $374 to $19,586. By the way, our church has paid its apportionments on time for six years in a row!   

 

 

We voted on five amendments to the constitution of the United Methodist Church. These amendments were voted on at the General Conference in Portland in May and submitted to the various annual conferences for voting. Our ballots were sent onward to the General Conference for tabulation; we will learn the results and how Minnesota Conference delegates voted at next year’s Annual Conference. The five amendments were:

1. Including a paragraph on gender justice as an affirmation that the United Methodist Church will  “forever stand” against any actions, organizations or individuals that discriminate or dehumanize women and girls anywhere on this plant.  

 

 

      2.  Adding “gender, ability, age and marital status” to the list of characteristics that do not bar people from membership in the church.   

3.  Adding a sentence that General Conference delegates be elected by the annual conferences, and not appointed by bishops.  

      4.  Amending Paragraph 46 to say that bishops in the central conferences (Africa, Asia and Europe) are to be elected at regular conferences, instead of at a special session, except when an unexpected vacancy occurs. This falls in line with the way bishops are elected in the U.S.  

      5.   Adding a paragraph to enable the Council of Bishops to hold individual bishops accountable for their work if it affects the universal church. For example, in 1844, a bishop held slaves, which lead to a split in the Methodist Church. Right now, bishops are accountable to their local conferences only.  

 

 

     Local legislation dealt with mundane subjects such as updates to the Minnesota Annual Conference Policy and Procedure Manual.  

 

 

     One exception was a vote to protect the church’s right to peacefully address injustice through boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS). This spring, the Minnesota legislature passed a law banning state dealings with companies that participate in BDS. The states the Minnesota Annual Conference’s opposition to any state or federal legislation that seeks to restrict the right to address injustice through boycotts, divestment and sanctions and joins the Rabbinical Council of Jewish Voice for Peace in calling on our elected officials “to resist efforts to stifle the movement toward justice for Palestinians through the current wave of ‘anti-BDS’ legislation.” The approved legislation also calls for the Minnesota Conference Secretary to write a letter to President Trump, Gov. Mark Dayton, and Minnesota’s congressional and state leaders, informing them of this resolution and including the approximate number of congregations and church members within the conference. 

Prayer for Living Expectantly  

Gracious and Life-Giving God, 

  • Pour our your Holy Spirit, like a mighty wind and tongues of fire, to unleash our churches to see kingdom visions, to dream your dreams, and to prophesy to your saving grace and justice.
  • Revive the power of the gospel in the hearts of our clergy and lay leadership and prosper their words and works, so that all nations may hear the good news in their own tongues.     
  • Boldly use me, without limits, delays or excuses, to be a living praise and witness to your love throughout all the earth and a blessing to all creation.
  • Create in me an expectant heart, eager to receive your Spirit gifts and guidance to the glory of Jesus Christ, in whose precious and powerful name I pray.
  •  
    Amen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bishop Bruce R. Ough 
     
    Dakotas-Minnesota Area of the United Methodist Church
 
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There are some exciting changes

surrounding the Peace Pole! We are in the design phase of creating a small Labyrinth in this area. We started in June by excavating the circle and installing C-5. On Sunday, July 16th after coffee hour, we will be installing the pavers. So bring your design eye to church on the 16th and join us if you can.

Peace,  Alison

 

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Please mark your calendars for a Family Fun Night!

Event will include, food, kickball, water balloons and other amazingly fun activities. 

When: Friday, July 21st @ 6pm

Where: Audubon Park

What: Bring a dish to share if you are able 

This is a fun event for families and all people of NEUMC to come together and build community. 

If you have questions or ideas, contact Trish Fleischhacker (651.262.8415) or Grace Corbin.

 

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Pictures from the Annual Conference

 

  

Andy Petter, who used to attend our church, was named a locally licensed preacher. He serves Hibbing UMC. He talked with Shirley and Bill Jackson afterward.

 

  

Tyler Sit, who has preached at Northeast UMC, became a fully ordained elder. 

 

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Garden Updates 

Our communal gardens are growing well with the hot weather and with care. Although, a few replacements were planted.  In fact many greens are doing so well they need to be harvested.  You’re help is welcomed to harvest a meal or take some to Little Kitchen Food Shelf.  The currants, some cherries and strawberries are needing harvesting as well.  If you want to help harvest fruit but don't want to bring any home; then wash, clean, measure; label with quantity, the name and date on the container and put in the freezer for later use.  We can make jams or desserts with the frozen fruits.

A total of 9lbs of produce and flowers were taken to the food shelf, this included: Rhubarb, oregano, thyme, arugula, radishes, kale, and a bag of mixed greens and lettuce.  

 We always need help watering, as needed.  Even though Jeff Gillman has installed an irrigation system on the church property there are still some watering needs.  So if you see dry planters or plants, feel free to pick-up a watering can or hose and give them a drink, especially the new Sungold Apricot tree at the corner of Cleveland and Lowry.  If Pastor Sarah is out of town, the gardens at the parsonage will need watering as well.  If you have questions about water please chat with Sara Jane. 

 As mentioned in previous newsletter, our organized gardening summer hours start about 10 am until about 7pm, on Wednesdays.  We would like to have all ages & abilities participating in the gardens. Picking & washing fruits and veggies and weeding are just a few of the activities.  Participating for a half hour at a time is just fine, anything you are able to do to help is great.  We garden other days but Wednesday is the day to attend if you have questions on what is a veggie or flower, etc..  Please join in.

 

 Another activity that is needing your help to complete, are the peace garden renovations/ installation (see Alison’s article) as well as creating 30(?) small triangular pavers.  These little triangles will be the added bling to the circle.  Alison Hennen or Sara Jane will help with the general vision guide.  They need to be pre-school, environmentally focused, spiritually appropriate and colorful.  Sara Jane will help with the forms that can be pre-cast if you would like to make a mosaic or forms and cement if you will be embedding items.  Sara Jane will help you with the size and cement logistics but you are needed to bring the creative ideas to completion of the triangles. We still have lots of projects on our garden to do list in the coffee shop and on website. 

 Workshop/Demo Classes (RSVP appreciated for materials, 612-789-7462)

On June 28th starting at 6 pm in the garden we will have a DIY Leaf Impression birdbath or birdfeeder workshop, this will be the 1st of a 2 day workshop.  The 2nd day will be decided by those participating on Wednesday, June 28th. Please wear old clothes since you will be working with cement, if you have goggles & dust mask bring also. There will be a $5 materials fee if you make and take a large birdbath otherwise it is free. 

Limited number possible for a large leaf make & take. 

July 10th starting at 10 am in the Social Hall/Kitchen a demonstration of hot water bath canning, freezing, discussion of pressure cooker canning and simple herb drying food preservation will take place. Free.

July 13th starting at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall/Kitchen a demonstration of, some hands on, raspberry jam & jelly canning & preservation. Free unless you want to purchase product.

DIY Stepping Stone 2-day workshop date to be determine by those that would like to participate.  What dates & times work for you?  Email or talk to Sara Jane. (please ignore the date that was listed in the bulletin for the 2nd workshop)  

 As tomatoes start to ripen canning salsa class date will be decided probably 3rd week in August.  Let Sara Jane know preferences.    

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The Special offering for the month of 

July: Northeast Senior Services 

For over 40 years the Northeast Senior Services, Inc.

formerly North East Senior Citizen Resource Center has been helping seniors. 

Our mission is “Helping Seniors Live Independently with Dignity”. Many committed volunteers make it possible for us to help seniors with rides, home repairs and other services that help seniors live independently in their homes. 

Services that we provide include: 

NE Senior Home Connection

We connect seniors to no/low cost services and programs that help with:

*Troubleshooting Digital TV converter boxes and setup digital televisions

*Applications for no/low cost home improvement

programs for seniors.

*Yard care, snow shoveling, minor home repairs, and

housekeeping by volunteers and/or low cost independent

contractors.

*Checking out local senior housing and tours of different senior housing options in our community.

*Signing up individuals for the Senior Legal Clinic for Real Estate Related Issues.

 

RIDES

Seniors can receive rides to appointments. Our volunteer drivers provide over 1,300 door-to-door rides each year. Volunteer drivers provide rides in their own vehicles. We pick up seniors who live in Northeast Minneapolis,

Columbia Heights, New Brighton and St.Anthony Village and drive them to the their appointments in the metro area. 

NE Senior Wellness

We locate and make accessible services that help seniors improve their health and continue to live independently.

*Information on resources available to help you stay in your home.

*Referral to home health services in the neighborhood.

*Weekly exercise class especially for seniors.

*Foot clinics in the communities we serve. 

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Childcare will be provided during the summer for the worship hour. Children are always welcome in the service, but if they prefer to play while you worship, Myra Philpot and her friend Emma have agreed to watch the children.

Regular Sunday School will resume again September 17th! Please contact Trish Fleischhacker if you have any questions about the programs for children at N.E. UMC  trish.fleischhacker@gmail.com or 651.262.8415

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 2017 Twins Concession

Schedule & Report Times

 

Saturday, July 8

Twins vs. Baltimore

11 a.m.

 

Saturday, July 22

Twins vs. Detroit

3 p.m.

 

Saturday, August 5

Twins vs. Texas

3 p.m.

 

Saturday, August 19

Twins vs. Arizona

3 p.m.

 

Saturday, September 2

Twins vs. Kansas City

3 p.m.

 

Saturday, September 19

Twins vs. Detroit

 3 p.m.

 

Saturday, September 30

 Twins vs. Cleveland

  3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some exciting changes

surrounding the Peace Pole! We are in the design phase of creating a small Labyrinth in this area. We started in June by excavating the

circle and installing C-5. On

Sunday, July 16th after coffee hour, we will be installing the pavers. So bring your design eye to church on the 16th and join us if you can.

Peace,

Alison

 

 

 

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

 

Please mark your calendars for a Family Fun Night!

Event will include, food,

kickball, water balloons and other amazingly fun activities. 

When: Friday, July 21st @ 6pm

Where: Audubon Park What: Bring a dish to share if you are able

 

 

 

 

This is a fun event for families and all people of NEUMC to come together and build

 

 

 

community.  If you have

questions or ideas, contact Trish Fleischhacker (651.262.8415) or Grace Corbin.

 

 

 

~~~~~~~~~~~

Please mark your calendars for a Family Fun Night!

Event will include, food,

kickball, water balloons and other amazingly fun activities. 

When: Friday, July 21st @ 6pm

Where: Audubon Park What: Bring a dish to share if you are able

 

 

 

 

This is a fun event for families and all people of NEUMC to come together and build

 

 

 

community.  If you have

questions or ideas, contact Trish Fleischhacker (651.262.8415) or Grace Corbin.

 

 

 

~~~~~~~~~~~

Garden Updates

 

 

 

 

Our communal gardens are growing well with the hot weather and with care. Although, a few replacements were planted.  In fact many greens are doing so well they need to be harvested.  You’re help is welcomed to harvest a meal or take some to Little Kitchen Food Shelf.  The currants, some cherries and strawberries are needing

 

 

 

harvesting as well.  If you want to help harvest fruit but don't want to bring any home; then wash, clean, measure; label with quantity, the name and date on the container and put in the freezer for later use.  We can make jams or desserts with the frozen fruits.

A total of 9lbs of produce and flowers were taken to the food shelf, this included: Rhubarb, oregano, thyme, arugula, radishes, kale, and a bag of mixed greens and lettuce.

 

 

 

 

 We always need help watering, as needed.  Even though Jeff Gillman has installed an irrigation system on the church property there are still some watering needs.  So if you see dry planters or plants, feel free to pick-up a watering can or hose and give them a drink, especially the new Sungold Apricot tree at the corner of Cleveland and Lowry.  If Pastor Sarah is out of town, the gardens at the parsonage will need watering as well.  If you have questions about water please chat with Sara Jane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 As mentioned in previous newsletter, our organized gardening summer hours start about 10 am until about 7pm, on Wednesdays.  We would like to have all ages & abilities participating in the gardens. Picking & washing fruits and veggies and weeding are just a few of the activities.  Participating for a half hour at a time is just fine,

 

 

 

anything you are able to do to help is great.  We garden other days but Wednesday is the day to attend if you have questions on what is a veggie or flower, etc..  Please join in.

 

 

 

 

 Another activity that is needing your help to complete, are the peace garden renovations/ installation (see

 

 

 

Alison’s article) as well as creating 30(?) small triangular pavers.  These little triangles will be the added bling to the circle.  Alison Hennen or Sara Jane will help with the general vision guide.  They need to be pre-school,

environmentally focused, spiritually appropriate and colorful.  Sara Jane will help with the forms that can be

pre-cast if you would like to make a mosaic or forms and cement if you will be embedding items.  Sara Jane will help you with the size and cement logistics but you are needed to bring the creative ideas to completion of the triangles. We still have lots of projects on our garden to do list in the coffee shop and on website.

 

 

 Workshop/Demo Classes (RSVP appreciated for materials, 612-789-7462)

On June 28th starting at 6 pm in the garden we will have a DIY Leaf Impression birdbath or birdfeeder

workshop, this will be the 1st of a 2 day workshop.  The 2nd day will be decided by those participating on Wednesday, June 28th. Please wear old clothes since you will be working with cement, if you have goggles & dust mask bring also. There will be a $5 materials fee if you make and take a large birdbath otherwise it is free. 

Limited number possible for a large leaf make & take. 

July 10th starting at 10 am in the Social Hall/Kitchen a demonstration of hot water bath canning, freezing,

discussion of pressure cooker canning and simple herb drying food preservation will take place. Free.

July 13th starting at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall/Kitchen a demonstration of, some hands on, raspberry jam & jelly canning & preservation. Free unless you want to purchase product.

DIY Stepping Stone 2-day workshop date to be determine by those that would like to participate.  What dates & times work for you?  Email or talk to Sara Jane. (please ignore the date that was listed in the bulletin for the 2nd workshop)

 

 

 

 As tomatoes start to ripen canning salsa class date will be decided probably 3rd week in August.  Let Sara Jane know preferences.    

 

 

 

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

 

 

The Special offering for the month of 

 

 

 

July: Northeast Senior Services

 

 

 

 

For over 40 years the Northeast Senior Services, Inc.

 

 

 

formerly North East Senior Citizen Resource Center has been helping seniors.

 

 

 

 

Our mission is “Helping Seniors Live Independently with

 

 

 

Dignity”. Many committed volunteers make it possible for us to help seniors with rides, home repairs and other

services that help seniors live independently in their homes.

 

 

 

 

Services that we provide include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NE Senior Home Connection

 

 

 

We connect seniors to no/low cost services and programs that help with:

*Troubleshooting Digital TV converter boxes and setup digital televisions

*Applications for no/low cost home improvement

programs for seniors.

*Yard care, snow shoveling, minor home repairs, and

housekeeping by volunteers and/or low cost independent

contractors.

*Checking out local senior housing and tours of different senior housing options in our community.

*Signing up individuals for the Senior Legal Clinic for Real Estate Related Issues.

 

 

 

 

RIDES

 

 

 

Seniors can receive rides to appointments. Our volunteer drivers provide over 1,300 door-to-door rides each year. Volunteer drivers provide rides in their own vehicles. We pick up seniors who live in Northeast Minneapolis,

Columbia Heights, New Brighton and St. Anthony Village and drive them to the their appointments in the metro area.

 

 

 

 

NE Senior Wellness

 

 

 

We locate and make accessible services that help seniors improve their health and continue to live independently.

*Information on resources available to help you stay in your home.

*Referral to home health services in the neighborhood.

*Weekly exercise class especially for seniors.

*Foot clinics in the communities we serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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