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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

March 2018 Newsletter

Lenten Schedule

March 7th 5:30pm at NE UMC the topic “Listen”

March 14th 5:30pm at Community UMC the topic “Learn”

March 21st 5:30pm at Faith UMC the topic “Sent”

March 25th is Palm Sunday

March 29th Maundy Thursday, 7:00pm gathering at Pastor Sarah’s home

March 30th Good Friday, 7:00pm service

April 1st Easter Sunday

              6:30am Sunrise service

              10:15am Worship Service


During Lent we will be following the readings of: Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People.  Christianity is a surprising religion. It has changed the world in remarkable ways throughout history simply through Christians living out their faith. More recently, we’ve become afraid of a habituated Christianity, thinking that routines will rob our faith of its vitality. The net effect is that we’ve replaced the habits that surprise the world with habits that mimic the world―and both we and the world suffer for it. Integrating the five habits in the BELLS model―Bless others, Eat together, Listen to the Spirit, Learn Christ, and understand yourself as Sent by God into others’ lives―will help you spread the gospel organically, graciously, and surprisingly.

It’s that time of year again!


Starting at 6:00pm with pie

Followed by the Talent Show!!

Mark your calendars now!!

From the Pastor’s Desk:

On Sunday, March 4th, we will participate in the great joy of baptizing one of our babies. We will baptize Eleanor Rose. The Oxborough family chose this date because of the poetic calling to be bold and brave (March FORTH!)

What a great gift we can give to one of our little beloveds, to lift a little baby in love and power, to God and the whole world! We have within us, the power to bless one another for good in this world.  And each little child of God is a blessing to us in return. Each little child is reminder to us that God has big dreams for us for justice, joy, and peace.  Each child encourages and challenges us to do more in our journey of reconciliation, justice, beauty, and health. We are daily reminded, if we are open to the prompting, to do more to partner with God in the transformation of the world. 

So, Join us!  This March.  March Forth with NEUMC!!


Tuesday, March 6th a group from NEUMC will join the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless to Homeless Day on the Hill.  We will go to the Capitol to speak to our legislators to and advocate for just housing policies in Minnesota.


Spend the month of March advocating for Just Immigration Policies.  On March 31st Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for people from 10 countries will end.  This will directly affect thousands of Liberians, who are Minnesota United Methodists.  Join United Methodists from around the state to write to our legislators to revise unjust laws that tear families apart.


Give Sacrificially and Generously to UMCOR.  United Methodist Commission on Relief (UMCOR) provides

1) Humanitarian Relief / Disaster Response 
2) Sustainable Development
3) Global Health (in collaboration with Global Ministries) with people and places all over the world.


I used to think that it was necessary to go "out there” in order to serve others (it was always someone else who needed the stuff I had to give). I used to think that the great issues of racism, poverty, violence, and injustice were issues that “other people” had to endure “over there."  I had a long way to go to realize that here is the place where we encounter all of the issues that we once merely thought about. I know now that “we” not “them” are involved in the fight against evil and injustice in all of its forms, and even more painfully, that “we” more often than not are involved in perpetuating the problems the world decries.

So, we are engaged in this fight!  We are baptized people and we claim on March 4th (and all the days of our lives) the blessing and the burden of baptism.  We are blessed with the power and the love of God and we carry the burden of the call of God to transform the world, to bring forth the reign of God here on Earth.  We know this work is not easy; this work is challenging.  And this work is exciting and brings invigoration all its own.  We are baptized into one Body and one faith and so we don’t have to do this work alone; We work together for righteousness, justice, and peace.


Ten countries are on the list of Temporary Protected Status recipients:

El Salvador: since 2001, with an estimated 200,000 people qualifying

Haiti: since 2010, about 50,000

Honduras: since 2001, 58,000

Nepal: since 2015, between 10,000 and 25,000

Nicaragua: since 1999, 2,600 (slated to end in January 2019)

Somalia: since 1991, 350

South Sudan: since 2011, 20

Sudan: since 1997, 500

Syria: since 2012, 4,500

Yemen: since 2015, 500-plus


Liberia has a similar deportation reprieve called Deferred Enforced Departure. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services does not know how many Liberians have it, but 4,200 were eligible when DED for Liberia started in 2007.

Special Giving for March


(Formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)

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.

Because you give, the United Methodist Church’s compassionate response to human suffering continues today:

  • When tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, we responded
  • When children in Zimbabwe lost parents to AIDS, we responded
  • When a massive tsunami devastated lives in Japan, we responded
  • And when the next mass crisis occurs, we will be prepared to respond

When we meet the needs of those who suffer we actually minister to Jesus, who said:

“I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.  I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.” (Mt. 25:35-36, CEB)


3/3 – 12:00pm Ogren funeral followed by a  luncheon


3/4 - 3rd Sunday in Lent

       10:15 Worship

        10:15 Sunday School


3/5 – 10:00am Adult Bible study

          6:30pm Miriam Circle, social hall


3/6-3/8- 9:00am-3:30pm Neighborhood Children's preschool



3/7 – 5:30pm Lenten meal and service at NE UMC


3/10 – 6:00pm Community meal


3/11 – 4th Sunday in Lent

       10:15 Worship

        10:15 Sunday School

     Daylight Saving Time begins


3/12 – 10:00am Adult Bible study


3/13-3/15 - 9:00am-3:30pm - Neighborhood Children’s preschool


3/14 – 5:30pm Lenten meal and service at  Community UMC


3/17 – 6:00pm Community meal


3/18 – 5th Sunday in Lent

            10:15 Worship service

            10:15 Sunday school       

     6:00pm Pie followed by NE Home  Companion


3/19 – 10:00am Adult Bible study

            1:00pm Foot Clinic

3/20-3/22 – 9:00am-3:30pm Neighborhood Children's preschool


3/20 – The 1st Day of SPRING


3/21 – 5:30pm Lenten meal and service at Faith UMC


3/23 – 6:00pm-9:00pm Piano Recital, 

            Sanctuary, Social hall (Rebecca Hass)


3/25 – Palm Sunday          

            10:15am Worship service

            10:15am Sunday School

The Sacred Harp Singers will be in worship


3/26 – 10:00am Adult Bible Study


3/27-3/29 - 9:00am-3:30pm Neighborhood Children’s preschool


3/29 – Maundy Thursday

           7:00pm service at Pastor Sarah’s home


3/30 – Good Friday

           7:00pm service at NE UMC 


4/1 - Easter Sunday

        6:30am Sunrise service

        10:15am Worship service





Miriam Circle 
will meet on Monday, March 5

in the NE UMC Social Hall.

6:30 p.m. ~ Enjoy Treats / Thank Offering

7:00 p.m. ~ Work on our Visitor Welcome Project 

and make Easter cards for our Shut-ins.
You are welcome to join us!
Questions? Call Margaret Fishbeck




Minneapolis Garden Lease Program Invites Applications for 2018 until February 23 (deadline extended)

The City of Minneapolis invites applications for priority to lease available City-owned lots for community gardens and market gardens through February 23, 2018.  Information about available lots, application process and the request form are available at For questions or to renew an existing lease, contact Phil Binns at 612-673-5245 After leases have been allocated through the current process, remaining lots will be available on a first come, first served basis.

New in 2018, the City is partnering with the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Garden in a Box program to offer a limited supply of vegetable garden kits for new or renewing gardens on City lots, with priority given to gardens on lots requiring raised beds. A separate application will be required to participate. Indicate interest through the Garden Request Form or by contacting Support for the Garden in a Box program is provided through the Minneapolis Health Department and State Health Improvement Partnership of the Minnesota Department of Health.

Do You Work in Minneapolis & Earn $10/hr or Less? You May Qualify for a Paid U of M Research Study!

The University of Minnesota is evaluating the effects of the Minneapolis minimum wage increase on health. Participation includes height and weight measurements, surveys, and food receipt collection. Compensation is up to $70. Eligibility: 20-years old or older, speak English or Spanish, not a full-time student, work at least 20 hours a week at a wage of less than $10/hour, work at least one job in Minneapolis at $10 an hour or less, plan to continue working in Minneapolis in the next 5 years, and can verify hourly wage with a paystub or other document. Contact study staff to learn more: 612-624-7673 or


Homegrown Minneapolis Mission & Vision

About Homegrown Minneapolis and the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council Homegrown Minneapolis is a citywide initiative expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods. Homegrown Minneapolis brings together key partners from local government, area businesses, community organizations, nonprofits, and residents to build a healthy, local food system. The Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council envisions a vibrant local food system that enhances the health of all residents, protects the earth, increases economic vitality, expands social connectedness, and improves food security. To continue to advance Homegrown Minneapolis, the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council works to support all Minneapolis residents and increase access to quality food, address hunger and food insecurity, connect sectors of the food system, influence policy and decision making, and ensure an environmentally sustainable and socially just food system. To accomplish this, the food council: 1. fosters City-community partnerships; 2. convenes and engages diverse stakeholders to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve the local food system; 3. provides ongoing guidance to the City on local food issues; and 4. serves as a platform for collaborative, coordinated action. For more information, visit 


Check out what you can do to get involved as well as what others are doing to help each other in Minneapolis.  


The Open Door
2018 Empty Bowls Fundraising Event
Thursday, March 8, 2018
11 am–2pm4:30 pm–7:30pm
St. John Neumann Catholic Church
4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan

* choose a hand-crafted bowl
* make a donation (suggested $20 per bowl)
* enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread
* take your bowl home as a reminder of those who are hungry in our com