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NE News November 2017

Wednesday, November 22nd at 6:00pm. A tradition at NE UMC, this meal offers the community an opportunity to celebrate the holiday in a welcoming environment. And the food is good too!!


NE Transition Town and Northeast United Methodist Church are hosting a Garden Harvest Conversation, an  informal seed exchange and a light supper of soup and bread on Wednesday,November 15th, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM. This event will allow some of us gardeners to be able to exchange ideas about what grew well and ask questions about problems they may have encountered during the growing season. This event will offer us a chance to talk about the past growing season, exchange ideas and if you have extra seeds, an informal opportunity to share or exchange seeds that have been saved. Anyone is welcome to come and share in conversation, soup, bread, and seeds in the NEUMC Social Hall.  Feel free to invite others as well. Help welcomed, talk to Sara Jane VanAllen.


Food Shelf Giving Doesn’t Have to Break Your Budget The grocery cart in the welcome area is empty! There are hungry people in Northeast Minneapolis who could use your help. 

1.  Shop the BOGOs. (That’s grocery store lingo for “buy one, get one free.”) If the brand of peanut butter you buy is on a BOGO, buy one jar for yourself and put the “free” one in a bag for the food shelf. 

2.  Shop the bargain section.  At Cub, for instance, there’s an area in the store where you can find half-price or lower deals on food and other items.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the food, it’s not out-of-date, but it’s not flying off the shelves as fast as the grocer would like. Or maybe the manufacturer is changing the look of the package.  Or someone dropped a case of cereal and the corners of the boxes bent. A recent foray through the bargains turned up infant formula for half off, and  medium-sized jars of grape jelly for 79 cents. 

3.  Use coupons. If there’s a special on soup and you have coupons—hey,double points for you! 

4.  Make it a game to add just one $1 item to your grocery bag each week. In a month, it will be full, and you can donate it without having gone over budget.



I Would like to thank the folks that showed up to help with organized garden clean up October 13th & 14th and testing out the tomatillo soup recipes, thank you, thank you!  As we continue to put our gardens to bed for the winter we still have much to do as weather permits, such as re-enforcing raised beds, raking and taking leaves to the berry bed. (You are welcome to bring your leaves to our berry bed area as well for later composting.) For a complete list of garden todo’s, see sign-up genius for details or a printed list in the coffee shop on/or near yellow table.  



Alison Hennen has been busy adding our personal triangles to the peace gardens so if you have not made your individual triangle or given your drawing to Sara Jane please do this in the next day or two to be used in our gardens. If you have a desire to create a larger stone paver or mosaic paver for our gardens, email or chat with Sara Jane she will help you if desired.   Also, remember before you leave church today to glue one or two mosaic pieces on to our community peace pavers so Sara Jane is able to finish the pavers for Alison to install by November, before  snow please.



If you have noticed there are still carrots and beets that are growing in the garden beds, we plan to use these for our Thanksgiving Community meal on November 22nd this year.  Will need to harvest the carrots and beets Monday or Tuesday November 20th or 21st unless the temperature will be below freezing for 4 or 5 days in a row then the we will need help to dig earlier.  If you would like to help dig beets and carrots and/or to help wash them please signup.  There are still other items to harvest as they are needed, collard greens, kale and broccoli at are at Pastor Sarah's if you need some before there are several hard frosts. 



Walapini: Sophia has some (not ready but growing) broccoli, brussel sprouts, mustard greens, celery, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, lemon verbena still growing this season.  These plants usually require some watering every one to two weeks as needed. Note, hint for help :-)  Remember to continue to bring items for the Little Kitchen Food shelf to the grocery cart in our Narthex. Wondering if you would like to bring fresh items?  Let us talk to figure out a good solution for delivery if this is a desire.  Who is willing to deliver? Will you label and place the items in the frig? We need feedback from Little Kitchen before we can start delivering fresh produce.


Canning Bee Friday, November 3rd starting at 9:30 AM in church kitchen for those that would like to join in.  Sharon & Sue Carley and Sara Jane will be jamming more of our harvest starting at 9:30 AM if you would like to participate later in the day or evening let Sara Jane know day before. Otherwise the ending time for our bee will be when we run out of steam.



Watch for future volunteer sign up genius opportunities for Community Meals on November 11th and November 22nd.  In December you will have a chance to start signing up for your preferred dates to host coffee social hours in 2018.  We will try this with volunteers putting themselves in signup genius with Sara Jane and Marlys helping to plug people once we get to January.


Please join in helping to do a heavy duty cleaning of the kitchen on Monday, November 13th starting at 9:30 am.  List of what extras are needed will be on a clipboard in the kitchen if you want to help earlier or at a later date and time.  There will also be an ongoing list requesting volunteers to clean areas of the kitchen periodically.  If you are not sure where items are in the kitchen or you are not sure how to clean something, etc. you will find and 3-ring notebook on microwave with this information provided it is returned to this location.  Constructive positive feedback  about notebook welcomed.  Thanks! Sara Jane



The NE Chorale will perform at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church at 1509 NE 27th Avenue, NE Minneapolis on November 18th at 7:00pm. Molly, Virginia and Tony hope to see you there!



Elizabeth Michaelis, JD, MBA is coming to speak on wills, trusts, endowments and keeping your family out of probate on Sunday, November 5 at 11:30am. Community UMC, Columbia Heights. All are welcome, invite your congregations and if possible, have them RSVP to or call 763-788-9009 (we want to have enough hand-outs)



Healthcare Enrollment Events at Northeast UMC 

 Hello, my name is Derrick Watson and I am a community activist in Northeast. Over the past three years I have worked with community organizations and businesses to organize and promote healthcare enrollment event for individuals and families in our community. With the uncertainty surrounding the future of healthcare in our nation, I'm hoping to organize as many events at as many locations as possible this year. Sarah has graciously agreed to host some of those events at Northeast UMC, and I'm very excited about working with you on this initiative!

 If you are interested in volunteering for an event or have any thoughts or questions, please feel free to contact me at




TMM Community Resource Services is hosting a “Write the Vision” Vision Board Party Saturday November 18th from 1-4pm here at the church. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please email Audrey D at or call 612-567-9316 for more information. 

TMM Community Resource Services would like to provide 10 families in need with a Thanksgiving meal. If you or someone you know has a need for a meal or you would like to donate a meal to a family, please contact Audrey D for more information.