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Thursday, June 21, 2018
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June 2018 Newsletter

 

From the Pastors Desk:  

 

An Order of Farewell  

I thank you, the members and friends of Northeast United Methodist Church, for the love and support you have shown me while I ministered among you. I am grateful for the ways my leadership has been accepted. I ask forgiveness for the mistakes I have made. As I leave, I carry with me all that I have learned here.

 

We receive your thankfulness, offer forgiveness, and accept that you now leave to go to Duluth and Hope United Methodist Church. We express our gratitude for your time among us. We ask your forgiveness for our mistakes. Your influence on our faith and faithfulness will not leave with your departure.

 

I accept your gratitude and forgiveness, and I forgive you, trusting that our time together and our parting are pleasing to God. I release you from turning to me and depending on me. I encourage your continuing ministry here and will pray for you and for Pastor Leah and Pastor Hope.

 

Let us pray.

 

Eternal God, whose steadfast love for us is from everlasting to everlasting, we give you thanks for cherished memories and commend one another into your care as we move in new directions. Keep us one in your love forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

FOR ALL THAT HAS BEEN

THANKS!

 

FOR ALL THAT HAS BEEN

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Blessings, Pastor Sarah

 

 

 

Garden News

The gardeners have been busy cleaning up the beds and weeding.  We have planted some seeds, vegetable plants, and flower pots.  Ask Sara Jane and Ryan Siskind about the raised garden beds that they rebuilt at the parsonage garden. They've done a lot of work, and some still needs to be done. 

Sara Jane also built a storage bench for some of the yard and garden tools. (It's near the cherry trees and the children's playhouse.)

She did this before her Hawaiian trip. 

Sharon used the water wells donated by George Carlson. They were placed around peppers and tomato plants for warmth. This lets us grow plants earlier in the season to get things going.  So far, it's working. 

Arlin has been working on staining the wood benches, wood burning plaques, and watering. 

Sue, Sharon and Marlys have done a lot of weeding and raking. 

 

Salad greens, radishes and some pea pods are coming up. 

Thanks Joan Kaye for the beautiful flowers in the planter outside the Lowry door and your weeding. 

Cindy S transplanted the squashes that had already blossomed in the walipini. 

Thanks for the cleanup work of Jim B and Shirley J and to anyone I missed, and those people pulling weeds. 

Cherry, plum and apple trees bloomed beautifully. 

Finally, happy growing season!

Sue Carley

 

 

The Special Giving for the Month of June is:

The Little Kitchen Food Shelf
a no-boundaries, no-restrictions food shelf serving
Northeast Minneapolis and beyond. We serve all people. In
addition, we stock dog and cat food to feed the companion
animals of those in need.

 

Eco-Kids Camp

August 6th – 9th (Mon – Thurs)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Children entering grades 3-6 are welcome!

We will be learning from wolves this year. We have arranged field trips to Silverwood Park and the Wildlife Science Center.  Other camp activities will include science and art.

The cost is $75 per child, scholarships available.

Register online at www.faithumchurch.com  

This camp is organized by Faith, Community, and Northeast United Methodist Churches.  Questions? Contact Rev. Susan Mullin, smullin@faithumchurch.com.

 

Well folks, here we are! Beloved people of Northeast UMC, we now find ourselves in this liminal space between our respective losses of what is known and very unknown future which holds a new model of ministry and TWO new ladies in leadership. And though it's a clunky, academic word, I do think there is some wisdom in thinking of these next weeks and months as liminal, as that experience of ambiguity and "disorientation" that occurs as people shift from one way of being into another. Anthropologists note that in this time, "continuity of tradition may become uncertain and future outcomes once taken for granted may be thrown into doubt." I, in all honesty, think that sounds pretty uncomfortable, maybe even awful. Why tolerate more ambiguity in a world that is full of it? From my time as a pastor, chaplain and social worker, I have found that in the face of ambiguity, threatened tradition, and unknown future outcomes, there tend to be two human responses: dig in and demand that the new reality mirror the old one, or to flee and get as far away, either physically or emotionally, as possible. 

 

So, in this time of liminality, how will we all respond? As we enter into this time of change and re-negotiation together, I hope that we can practice courage in trusting that God's up to something good, that we practice vulnerability as we acknowledge our limitations, and that we treat ourselves and one another with as much gentleness as we can muster. I find in myself that the anticipation of change and transition can often be worse than the actual experience. My hope is that as we begin to get to know one another and create a new future together, that we can actually get in touch with the reality that we have always been called to navigate change. And, that actually, we have done a pretty decent job of it! I also hope that together we can reconnect with our roots, that we can take our place in our long line of ancestors who wandered in liminal spaces. We follow the footsteps of God's people in the desert, called to let go of the known and take steps into the unknown. And we follow in the paths of our immigrant ancestors holding with courage our histories of hope, trauma, fear and discovery that we inherit from our relatives who left their own countries, languages, comfort foods, social norms, for a new and unknown place.

 

And so, given our histories, individual, familial, and collective, I am hopeful that we will, indeed, make our way through this current liminal space! Probably not perfectly, but hopefully with orneriness, grace, and with enough openness to grow a new imagination for what we can create together as church. Yes? Yes, with the help of God (as my ordination vows say!).

 

Finally, I am aware that most of this note has been fairly high-brow and philosophical, so just for balance: I am VERY excited to be your new pastor!!! Three exclamation points worth of excitement! I am also 5'9 with a significant overbite and very thick glasses. I deeply relish stout beers, heavy on the malt, usually accompanied by some kind of fried starch (lately, sweet potato tots). Spicy foods often give me hiccups, though I am hoping that's some sort of weird, early-30's life stage thing, and I really love olives - what an ingenious vehicle for salt! On a more tender note, though I am young, I lost my mother-in-law, grandmother, and father within two years of each other (and all within my first two years of marriage to Jeff), and thus I place immense value on levity and laughter and attempting to be very present for each blessed moment of aliveness. You may find that I annoy you at times with heavy gesticulation while speaking, long (strange?) pauses in between words, or naming uncomfortable realities. I hope you also find, though, that I am with you, that you feel attended to, loved, challenged and growing when we are with one another in this liminal space and far beyond it. It is my belief that it's a miracle and our salvation that Jesus started this whole mess of loving each other in our weird beauty. And it is my hope that I can lead with you in that endeavor. May we, together, falteringly at first, and with awkward elegance as we get used to one another, offer a little more grace and hope and food and delight to one another and to ALL our neighbors - human, dandelion, and starfish. Amen.   Blessings, Pastor Leah

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