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Northeast United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

NE News October 2017

From the Pastor 

The theme and guiding image for Sunday School at NEUMC this year is:

Hungry Bodies, Inquiring Minds, Souls for JUSTICE!!

Isn’t that wonderful for our kids to tackle such weighty concepts and dreams! 

Why don’t we, the adults acquire this theme, too?  What if we, the adults, took as seriously our commitment to discipleship as we do the training of our kids?

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?






                                                            Up Coming in October

 Adult Bible Study meets each Monday at 10:00am             

 10/1 - 8:30am All Church breakfast sponsored by the Men’s Ministry, Social Hall 

10/2 - 7:00pm Miriam Circle, Social Hall

10/3 - 10:30am Knitting group, Library

10/6 - 8:30am-4:00pm Plant Home School, 2nd floor, Social Hall, and Kitchen

10/13 - 9:30am-5:00pm Garden Clean up

10/14 - 9:30am-5:00pm Garden Clean up

             6:00pm Community meal

10/19-10/22 - Earth keepers training, Northern Pines in Park Rapids, Pastor Sarah is attending

10/26-10/27 - The Spirituality of Eating, Chicago Theological Seminary, Pastor Sarah is attending

Confirmation class meets at 6:15pm each  Wednesday 


The Special Offering for October is the Milla Tres Water System in Honduras. In 2009 Milla Tres experienced an earthquake that damaged a portion of their water system and some of their community no longer has a dependable water distribution system. Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is designing, funding and supervising the construction of the water distribution facility that will increase the access to water for a community of 1,500. EWB's local team of engineers including our own Bill Jackson have been working diligently on the design of the project for over a year and just returned from Honduras after completing the construction of Phase 1 of the project, a 17,000 gallon concrete water tank.

Additional phases of the project include a 2 mile 3 inch diameter pipeline from a water source in the mountains, distribution system to houses and a chlorination system. Construction of the remaining phases of the project cannot proceed until additional funds are raised for the project.  Please help improve the quality and quantity of water for the communities of Milla Tres by contributing to the October Special Offering.  Find out more about the Milla Tres Water System Project by attending the all church breakfast on Sunday, October 1st at 8:30 AM in the Social Hall when Bill Jackson and other members of the EWB team will give a presentation about the project. 


There will be a Men’s Ministries sponsored all church breakfast n Sunday, October 1st at 8:30 AM in the Social Hall. Bill Jackson and other members of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) team who recently  returned from Honduras after building a 17,000 gallon concrete water tank will be giving a presentation on the design and construction of  improvements to the water system for the 1,500 people of the community of Milla Tres, Honduras. 


What: Miriam Circle’s first meeting

of 2017-18

When: Monday, October 2,

from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Where:  Social Hall, NE UMC

Why:  We’re looking for your Fresh Ideas for Miriam activities.

             We will also be making

Visitor Welcome Pots.

Questions: Call Margaret Fishbeck,


 All are welcome to join us! 


RALLY SUNDAY!! (9/17/2017) 

The first day of Sunday School (Rally Day) was September 17th.  Our theme for Sunday School this year is Hungry Bodies, Inquiring Minds and Souls for Justice 

With our theme in mind, we are focusing on service and missions. We spent Rally Day making over 150 sandwiches for The Dignity Center.  The kids and the adults had a blast. One kid even said, “this is actually really fun.” 

Other service or mission projects we hope to incorporate into our Sunday School year include:

Solar Powered Bread Making

Restocking NEUMC supplies for those in need (food, gas cards, grocery cards)

NEUMC Community Meal

Feed My Starving Children

Cards and gifts for shut-ins

Bags for homeless

Support for the Faith Tabernacle Church Community as they works to grow and thrive

If you have others, please let Trish Fleischhacker know and we will work to integrate. 


Garden News!! 

We had our Canning Bee on September 6th with Arlin Carlson, Sharon & Sue Carley, Marlys Norvell and Sara Jane Van Allen putting up tomato products.  This time we canned 14 pints & 9 ½ pints of salsa and 13 pints & 5 ½ pints of Tomato Basil Soup.  The jamming session date is still to be determined.  We will be picking more of our raspberries as the fall harvest is ready.  We will also be canning more tomatoes as they are ready. Our canning is used for community meals as well as for sale as a fundraiser and gifts on special occasions.  We have additional items that many of us have hand made for sale in our coffee shop as well.  Check out the supply and buy as needed it’s one of our ongoing fundraisers.  Remember the best way to recycle the empty canning jars as long as they are in good condition is to place in kitchen dirty dish area or in coffee shop for canning reuse.  

We continue to harvest lettuce and greens to serve at our community meals and share with Little Kitchen Food Shelf.  Estimated 100 pounds have been donated during August and September. Depending on our weather, we will use some of our beets and carrots at our Thanksgiving meal, on Wednesday, November 22nd.

Organized group days for gardens fall clean-up will be October 13th and 14thstarting at 9:30 am until 5:00 pm.  I will be supplying morning treats, soup & bread, please let me know if you are coming so I can plan accordingly. In case of rain, we can work on various inside cleaning projects. Anytime you can spare for this event will be appreciated.  And know that on Saturday you are welcome to stay for a Community Meal of Chili, then you won’t have to cook on Saturday. A list of things to be done will be available on signupgenious.  You are welcome to work at other times and dates as you wish.  For communication purposes, please note the tasks as you finish so others know what is done or left to-do.   Do know that raking leaves will be on going until the snow covers.  Loose leaves can be bagged, some bags will be saved for  composting or used as ground cover.  There is usually something any age and ability is able to help with during fall and spring cleanups.   Have you made your triangle for the peace garden area?  We need 62 triangles and few special pavers to finish the project.  Would you like to help plant tulips?  Thanks! Sara Jane 






All are invited to join us at the Northeast Senior Services, Inc. (NE Seniors)  Fall Fundraising Dinner on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.  It is being held at Faith United Methodist Church, 2708 33rd AVE NE, St. Anthony. The main course is Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken. Beverages and dessert are included. We will enjoy musical entertainment provided by Lao musicians, have some fun with door prizes, and you can pick up a cool holiday gift in the silent auction. Tickets are available online at, from a board member or at the door: $15.00 per adult; $5.00 for ages 6-16; and free for those age 5 and under & 100 and older. A family ticket is available at the door for $40.00.

Questions?  Call NE Seniors at 612-781-5096.




Orange Brownies

1 ½ c all-purpose flour

1 t salt

2 c sugar

1 c (2 sticks) butter,


4 eggs

2 t pure orange extract

1 t grated orange peel* 


1 c powdered sugar

2 T orange juice*

1 t grated orange zest* 

*1 large orange is typically enough for all three ingredients

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 9x13x2 pan. Mix together flour and salt.  In a mixer blend butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs. Mix well. Add extract and peel. Add in flour and salt.  Mix until well blended. Pour into pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until light golden brown and set. 

Combine glaze ingredients.  Pour over brownies when it comes out of the oven. 

Spread evenly.  Let cool.  Enjoy!

Mary Halet 


Faith & Clean Energy Campaign Kickoff Tuesday, Oct 24th

Across Minnesota, people of faith have come together to embrace a vision for universal access to clean, affordable energy. Please join us at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 24 to discuss the important role faith communities can play in encouraging lawmakers to support this vision by increasing Minnesota's Renewable Energy Standard. The Faith & Clean Energy Campaign is sponsored by the EcoFaith Network of the Minneapolis Area Synod, Isaiah, Lutheran Advocacy and Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light.

Registration and catered lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Program: Noon  
The event will conclude with a speaker event at Xcel Energy headquarters in downtown Minneapolis.

Location: TBA in downtown Minneapolis

Please RSVP by completing this form by Oct. 15.

Jody Thone

Director of Leadership Development Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church 

October 27th  is the Autumn NE event (formerly called the Fall Fine Arts Show) at the Solar Arts Bldg located at Quincy St NE and 15th Ave NE. The public is invited to vote for the winners between 5 and 10PM that evening. Only NEMAA members may exhibit. It is free,  fun, with great hors d'oeuvres by Chow Girls and a cash bar.

Donations to NEMAA are accepted.  


Earthkeepers Training and Commissioning

God calls each of us individually in many thousands of unique ways.  Each person is called and gifted by God for work in this world.  And, as Christians, we believe that God is calling us at this time for all of us to do all we can to protect and conserve the environment in which we live.  God is calling us to care for God’s creation, because God so loves this planet.

If you are recognizing this calling in your life, come be an EarthKeeper!
EarthKeepers are United Methodists who are keenly aware of the ecological challenges in our world today and feel called to be part of a movement to transform the world.  EarthKeepers are missionaries to the planet.
Come learn more about God’s call to us humans at this precious time, identify your work within God’s call, and be trained in community organizing and mission work.

Our first training in Minnesota will be October 19th-22nd at Northern Pines in Park Rapids, Minnesota. 

Join others in the EarthKeeper network around the world to do what we can right now for the good of the earth and for each other. 


A Call for Water Justice Registration has begun for
Why Water Matters, an ecumenical summit offering workshops, worship, and keynote 
presentations from United Methodist bishops, Native American activists, professors, and ecumenical faith leaders. 
The summit will be held November 16-18, 2017 at Embassy Suites Airport, Minneapolis, MN (7901 34th Ave S, 
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55425).  Keynotes and presenters include Bishop Sally Dyck, Bishop Bruce Ough, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Dr. Randy Woodley, Lionel Little Eagle Pinn, John Hill, Rev. E. Michelle Ledder, Rev. Paul Perez and Laura Pfeffer.  
This summit will provide a theological foundation for environmental action, teach faith and community leaders to 
engage in direct communication with government agencies and commercial companies that oversee the care of bodies of water, offer tools for creating effective solidarity with Native American spiritual and tribal leaders whose source/s of water has become threatened, and empower individuals to create an action plan for water advocacy and/or sustainability in their local communities.

About Why Water Matters
Why Water Matters was created in response to the crisis at Standing Rock, and further inspired by the continued need for faithful education and action for water justice.  This event has been planned by Native American clergy and laity, with the hopes of creating an inter-generational opportunity for solidarity and transformation.  The leadership team encourages each annual conference to bring a small group, including at least one young adult.  To learn more, visit


Subject: Once in a lifetime opportunity - I’ll Push You the film in partnership with the MDA

I hope you are all doing well!

I wanted to let you know about an amazing opportunity. On Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 we all have the chance to be a part of a one-night event where we can see an incredible film and change lives at the same time.

I’ll Push You is the story of two best friends who embark on a life-changing journey. If you haven’t heard of it yet, check out the trailer for the film at The film tells the story of Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray’s 500-mile wheelchair journey through Spain. These two men took on the challenge of the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage that traverses the vast terrain of Spain. Patrick, and many others, pushed Justin in his wheelchair, the entire way. But this isn’t just a film about an incredible wheelchair journey, this is a film about humanity at it’s best.

This is a story of love, adventure, friendship, sacrifice, and what it takes to overcome the challenges of life – community.

I want to invite you to join me at Moundsview 15 and AMC Theater in Roseville, at 7:00 on Thursday, November 2nd to witness this film on the big screen. But this one-night event is so much more than just a film. The filmmakers and subjects of I’ll Push You have joined forces with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to affect change in the lives of millions. In addition to seeing the film, you will learn how you can help the MDA in their fight for strength, independence, and life. You will discover how Initial Email Template for IPY Champions to send out you can help the MDA in the fight to free individuals – and the families who love them – from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related life threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.

By simply attending this film and inviting all you can to come with you, you are helping this amazing cause.

Throughout this film, the theme is community; the only way we can overcome many of the limitations in our lives is through the helping hands and hearts of others. We can be those helping hands and hearts.

By simply attending this film and inviting all you can to come with you, you are helping this amazing cause. If you are not in the area, make sure to find a theater near you.

To purchase tickets to this one of a kind film, click here: 

Please feel free to share this email with all you know.

I can’t wait to see you all at Moundsview 15 or AMC Roseville, at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 2nd. 

On a personal note, Justin Skeesuck is my cousin and I am very proud to promote the Movie Screening of these two very special people who embark on a very personal journey.  A journey that began as children and continues to grow to an even deeper level as they grow older.  It is a beautiful story of Faith, Friendship and Community.  I highly recommend that you either read the book or attend this screening, or BOTH!  I

encourage you to share this with other friends and family.  I do have 10 Tickets to the Moundsview Theater if anyone is interested in attending.  

Thank you and Love to All,

Rena Gillman