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Northeast United Methodist Church
Monday, March 27, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

NE News March 2017

 From the Pastor

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought to love one another. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and God’s love becomes complete in us.”  I John 4:11-12 

Myrna Rule started attending Trinity United 
Methodist Church in 1948 when she and her family moved into the neighborhood. They had attended the former First Methodist Church (which no longer exists), which had a more “modern” worship experience than what she first experienced at Trinity UMC.  But, over time, she and her family began to feel at home, just as she did when Trinity and Grace UMC’s merged in 2010. Myrna has been attending Northeast UMC ever since. Myrna likes coming to NEUMC because, “the people are so friendly,” and claims that “new
people are coming into our church because people here are so friendly.  When you come to church people recognize you and know you as a person.”
Myrna’s mother, Fay, died last Christmas and Myrna’s brother, Tom, died several years ago. Myrna has family in the area and continues to live in her long-time home in Northeast Minneapolis. Myrna worked for over 40 years for the Billy Graham Ministries. She didn’t set out to work for Billy Graham, but she needed the job, they gave her one and before she knew it 40 years had passed! Working for Billy Graham Ministries was a positive, transformative experience one that taught her to accept people for who they are and for what they believe. Her work instilled her with a desire to want to work with people from groups of all sorts, that in religion there is no compulsion, “anyone can come. You can’t make someone believe the way you do. You make a commitment in your own way with God and with yourself.” So, a church is a good place, a place of “communicating with friends.” Myrna has faithfully engaged and participated in church, attending Monday morning Bible Study and is one of the co-leaders of our church telephone prayer chain.
Myrna is well-known as a super-duper dog lover, having many dogs in her home (even caring for the pastor’s dogs when she is away!). She enjoys watching re-runs of old shows on TV and The Price is Right. Some of Myrna’s favorite Scripture passages are:   

"Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 and " Cast all your anxieties on him, for God cares about you.”  I Peter 5.7 

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“Living Christianity: Being Christian” 

Wednesday March 8th, 5:30pm @Faith UMC “Saying Yes and Saying No” 

Wednesday March 15th, 5:30pm @ NE UMC “Household Economics” 

Wednesday March 22nd, 5:30pm@ Faith UMC    “Hospitality” 

Wednesday March 29th, 5:30pm @ NE UMC “Dying Well” 

Wednesday April 5th, 5:30pm @ Community UMC “Singing our Lives: Shaping Communities”

 The schedule is 5:30 Dinner, 6:15-7:00 Worship

               April 9th, Palm Sunday

 April 13th, Maundy Thursday service at 7:00pm, Pastor Sarah’s home

April 14th, Good Friday service at 7:00pm    

 April 16th, Easter

6:30am Worship

7:30am Breakfast

10:15am Worship 


Coming Sunday, March 12th!!! 

It's time once again for the NE Home Companion, our annual talent show!  Sign up with Roger or Nelda Hart (612-789-9292) for a spot in the show's line up. Pie will be served in the social hall at 6:00pm, followed by the talent show at 6:30. Come one, come all!!


NE Men’s Ministries: A Men’s Ministries sponsored All Church Breakfast will take place on Sunday, March 19 at 8:30 AM in the Social Hall


Pray in Color During Lent!

You've probably heard about the adult coloring book craze. The website Praying in Color has templates to help people keep a daily discipline during Lent while also letting their creative juices flow. The idea is simple: Choose a word or name each day, and write it in the designated space within the template. Color or doodle around that word or name as you hold it in your heart and mind and say a prayer. 


NEUMW News—Twin Cities United Methodist Church Unit of United Methodist Women is once again  a 4 Star  Unit which means we have met the criteria that includes having  donated money to all of the mission categories required, Pledge to Mission, Gift to Mission, Gift to Memory, World Thank Offering and Special Mission Recognition. Our small unit donated a total of $981.07 in 2016 which also included a $200.00 gift to Emma Norton Services. Our certificate is posted on the UMW board in the hall near the Fellowship Hall.


Twin Cities District  United Methodist News—Northeast United Methodist Church will sponsor a twin cities wide gathering of United Methodist Women on April 22, 2017. Women from all over the twin cities district (usually 80-110 people) will gather at Northeast UMC for a program that will focus on Climate Justice from the perspective of Native Americans. This event will last from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 22nd and will include a worship service developed by NE UMC women, a panel discussion by knowledgeable activists moderated by  Reverend Sarah Lawton who participated in pipeline protests in North Dakota. Lunch will be available for a $10.00 fee and there will be child care free for participants. Registration forms for this event will be made available in The Connection newsletters from UMW and will appear in the UMC newsletter for April.

Everyone is welcome.


Garden news

Stepping Stone DIY (Do it Yourself) Workshop:

Interested folks, I am tentatively planning on Thursday, March 23 (or March 30th) depending on which date works for those interested. We will have this first workshop for 6-8 of us since we don’t have many forms. If you just want to observe that is okay. Please talk to Sara Jane if you would like to be a part of this DIY which will start at 6 pm in the social hall. If you want to learn and give the stepping stone to the garden there is no charge. If you want to make and then take, a small donation will be appreciated. There are some supplies you will need to provide such as your own dust mask. Sign-up or email ( or call (763-781-1860) Sara Jane by March 15th if you would like to participate so she has time for purchase of materials for class.  This will be a messy process that will take 2-3 days to dry without moving. (Half social hall will be reserved March 23-27th) This class will be a starter/initiation type class for Sara Jane so your constructive feedback will be appreciated. There will be another DIY class for new stepping stones for the peace pole area.  There will also be a future class that will be advertised later this year depending on time.


Updates on Garden news since the initial planning meeting:

Watch for a sign-up genius email for spring garden clean-up. Our planned group date will be April 29th however, doing whatever clean-up we are able to do before Easter is wonderful so your church grounds are looking good sooner is even better. In the Narthex, a wish list of seeds for the garden will be on a clipboard.  If you would like to purchase please note your name then purchase and place in the coffee shop in the box “See Donations” by March 15th if possible. Please purchase seeds as specified that are organic or of the heirloom varieties. If you have requests for certain veggies you would like to harvest from the gardens please note your request on sheet and let Sara Jane know as well.  Our gardens are communal; we try to honor your requests.

Virginia Broich has successfully been helping start seeds for our gardens for several years in her home which has been most helpful.  We welcome help starting our little seedlings.  Let Sara Jane know if you want to help.  Thanks!  


The Special offering for the month of 



(formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)

 Since 1940, when UMCOR’s forerunner was

established to meet the needs of those suffering

overseas at the onset of World War II, we’ve continued to respond to those in desperate need—today throughout more than eighty countries around the world. The response of UMCOR isn’t something “they” do, it’s something “we” do. When You Give You Equip Christ’s Body to Serve in His Name

That’s because your generous giving to UMCOR is what allows UMCOR to act as the arms and legs of Christ’s church, moving toward the most vulnerable in their darkest days. Convinced that all people have God-given worth and dignity—without regard to race, religion or gender—together we are assisting those impacted by crisis or chronic need.



Eco-Kids Camp will take place August 7– 11 from 9:00-4:00 Monday  through Thursday, and a half day on Friday. This camp is for all children entering grades 3-6 and will be held at, Northeast UMC. We will be exploring the amazing life of trees through field trips, hands-on science, and the arts. The cost is $75 per camper. Full or partial scholarships are available. We need teachers to lead classes, and volunteers to help the teachers and chaperones for all our field trips. Please consider being apart of this special week. If interested, please let Sarah Lawton know—planning has already begun and we would love to have as many folks from our church involved as possible! and invite the kids in your life to Eco-Kids Camp!! Registration Now Open! Forms can be found in the church office, or at the website.