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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

NE News September 2017

From the Pastor 

It’s that time of year again, when all the little kidlets go back to school.  I know it may not affect you personally, still I think if you took a moment and tried to remember what the First Day of School felt like you would recall and realize that for many families in our community of faith and in our neighborhoods, going back to school is a big deal! We, as Christians, celebrate education, discipleship, the seeking of wisdom and peace, and experiencing new things.  Paul encourages us all "to be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.” ~Romans 12:2 

As United Methodists, education and learning are built into our understanding of faith.  One core component of our Wesleyan Quadrilateral (our unique Methodist understanding of faith) (do you remember what this Wesleyan

Quadrilateral is?*) is REASON.  We, as United Methodist Christians, actively support and invest in education in our homes, our churches, and in our communities.  Because we, as humans, know what dire and strange consequences arise when “ignorant armies clash by night.”**  Our life of faith requires of us growth and change and constant learning. 

So, now is great time for you, and all of us, to celebrate our kids, ALL of our KIDS, going back to school, and to try something new for ourselves. 

Please PRAY FOR ALL of OUR KIDS as they enter school and for the whole year of school.  We know, you know, how school impacts and influences and shapes kids for the better and for the tougher. 

  • Consider volunteering at your local school.  Public schools are woefully under funded and need more support than can usually be paid—no matter your expertise, your local school can use your help!


  • Gladly pay for Public Education and willingly agree to pay for more public education.
  • Support Public libraries--For students who don’t have books or internet access at home, the library is an invaluable resource. About half of low-income families nationwide lack internet access, and libraries fill this  gap for students. Many libraries also take an active role in education, providing after school programs and  homework resources to expand learning beyond the classroom.
  • Attend a Local School Board Meeting—come as a caring, curious community member and stay as a committed Christian who cares about kids in our community (for that matter, attend city council meetings, too!)
  • Show a teacher you care.:  think creatively and intentionally!
  • Eagerly continue your own learning—NEUMC has a fantastic Sunday School Program for kids, and we also have several education options for adults, too!  (did you know that?!)  Monday Morning Bible Study meets Monday mornings at 10 am Sept-May.  And new this year we will have monthly Season for Local Justice Gatherings (check out the ad inside this newsletter!)
  • Follow the promptings of the spirit in your life and learn something new: Read a book (or two or ten!), take a class (there are LOTS of Community Education class Offerings this Fall!), gather friends (and enemies!) together and tackle a new topic, learn a new language, experience something new and reflect upon it!
  • Become a teacher!  I’ve heard it said that the best way to learn something is to teach it!  There is no reason why you cannot offer a class here at NEUMC.  

    Blessings on your journey seeking wisdom, truth, and peace, 



*The phrase, Wesleyan Quadrilateral, which has relatively recently come into use to describe the principal factors that John Wesley believed illuminate the core of the Christian faith for the believer. Wesley did not formulate the succinct statement now commonly referred to as the Wesley Quadrilateral. Building on the Anglican theological tradition, Wesley added a fourth emphasis, experience. The resulting four components or "sides" of the quadrilateral are (1) Scripture, (2) tradition, (3) reason, and (4) experience. ~from

 **from “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold




Upcoming in September 

September 2: Twins Concession at 3:00pm  

September 5: Knitting group at 10:30am

September 6: Time in the garden at 10:00am

September 9: Community meal at 6:00pm

September 13: Time in the garden at 10:00am

September 16: Twins Concession at 3:00pm

September 16: Community meal at 6:00pm

September 17: RALLY SUNDAY!!

September 18: Foot Clinic at 1:00pm

September 20:Time in the garden at 10:00am

September 21: “ Simply in Season” 6:00pm at Tony Pollock’s home

September 27:Time in the garden at 10:00am

September 30:Twins Concession at 3:00pm




 Join Barb Draper, Tony Pollock, and Sarah Lawton for a freshly made seasonal meal, rich conversation, and support as we engage climate change.  Our text for this study is the cookbook "Simply in Season.”  Our first gathering will be Thursday, September 21st at 6pm at Tony Pollock’s house 3000 Johnson St. Ne  Minneapolis, MN 55418

Our hope is to meet once a month through the school year, for a meal and shared learning.  Each person is expected to read one or more supplemental resources and add to our conversation.  Please join us for what we hope will be a delicious and inspiring gathering as we all do what we can to love the planet on which we live. 



The Special offering for the month of 

September: Dignity Center 

The Dignity Center works with people to achieve and maintain stability. Participants engage with one advocate, make and keep appointments, set goals and report actions taken to achieve those goals. We work together on stability skills such as problem solving, decision making, organization and budgeting. Progress is measured as improved housing, increased financial situation, completed education and training, obtained employment, and supportive community. - See more at:



Twin Cities District United Methodist Women would like to invite NE UMW to the fall gathering that will take place at Centennial United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 in Roseville. The speaker will be Bukola Oriola, a formerly trafficked victim. Registration occurs at 8:30 and the price for lunch is $10.00 as indicated which includes the price of registration materials and the program handbook.  

Centennial United MethodistChurch

1524 Co. Rd. C2 West

St. Paul (Roseville), MN  55113 

Program: 8:45 Registration and Emma Norton Tea; resource room and displays

9:20 Gathering for singing; worship; business meeting; program-guest speaker, Bukola Oriola; announcements

Grace; lunch (resource room and displays);

installation of officers 

Cost:  $10 – checks made out to Centennial United Methodist Women. Mail check and registration form to:  Peggy Rhodes, 2849 Farrington Street, Roseville, MN  55113





Sharon and Susan Carley  and I continue to pick and deliver produce to the food shelf. We have been serving our salads and greens at the Community Meals.  Eco Kids were picking and munching on fresh green beans and strawberries during their week at NEUMC gardens. The kids also helped to plant our Manchurian Apricot tree on the old parsonage property. We were able to plant the tree using much of our own compost and a new planting method “Planting by the Blueprint”. Watch the U-tube video on New City Churches website (Tyler Sit). Eco Kids and parents left their prayers for trees amongst the branches of our trees also, in case you had seen little pieces of paper in the trees and yards they are compostable prayers. 


As August draws near tomatoes are ripening, yippy skippy  for God’s home grown vine ripened tomatoes. I must admit vine ripened tomatoes are a real motivator for me to work in the garden. The sun warmed sweetness of the cherry tomatoes right off the branch in the garden is awesome. Having  thick slices of tomato with salt & mayo on fresh bread or on BLT makes the summer complete.  God’s garden is good to us all, pick as you need.  If you are not physically able to pick there are plenty of able bodies in our congregation that will assist you. Ask and you shall receive.


The Canning Bee will happen, hopefully on Wednesday, September 6th from 4-8pm we will be using the  kitchen & social hall and focusing on tomato basil soup and salsas.  If you have extra tomatoes, peppers, onions or basil in your gardens that you would like to donate please let Sara Jane or Sharon or Sue Carley. We tentatively will have a second canning/jamming session the following Monday or Tuesday on September 11th  or 12th  watch for more information in the bulletins or emails.


The Peace garden needs volunteers to help finish creating the small triangles and other pavers and peace pavers for the finishing touches of this space.  Would like to see your personal creativity while making little mosaics, by embedding natural elements or non degradable items that help reflect nature. We will work after church Sunday, August 27th and Wednesday, August 30th. You are welcome to work on mosaics at any time. Partial table space will remain set-up for mosaics in the coffee shop for a couple weeks. Questions check with Sara Jane.




Environment Information  

I had the opportunity to learn about a first time event taking place in the US thru my conversations at Transitions NE at Diamonds Coffee Shop on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 8:30 am.  It was the Transition US National Gathering that took place at Macalester College Campus in St Paul July 27-30th, 2017.  This event was pretty impressive and so was the campus.  Their site was chosen because of their commitment to striving to be a green campus.  I would like to encourage you to check out the website for this gathering while it is still up.  You will be able to guide yourself around and learn much about the different workshops by clicking on different links. (under the program tab, click on schedules and scroll down)


Many of the different workshops will allow you to click within them which will  lead to the presenters sites.  Such interesting information and people.




I am hoping to see if we will be able to bring the documentary “Tomorrow” to our church for community viewing at NEUMC.  The movie was a bit long but I found it full of information and it ended on a hopeful note. I like to have a little hope. This was my favorite part but I also enjoyed listening to Charlie Brennan from Australia in his workshop “Making Sense of Place” and William Faith’s workshop “A Permaculture Primer.”  I am looking forward to learning more about permaculture and sharing with you.  Have any of you taken a class or read a book?  “Introduction to Permaculture" by Bill Mollison and "Gaia’s Garden" by Toby Hemingway were recommended books if you have an interest in learning about permaculture planning.  I don’t know who said this but I find the following  helps me to feel I am able to help our environment; " we can each do our part by taking reasonability for our existence and that of our children/family.  Each doing our part for ourselves is a manageable piece that fits with every other family that is being responsible for their part. Our many parts improve the big picture environment."

The Transition movement sure helps to encourage looking differently at the many ways we do things and use resources.  They especially encourage local communities to give this a look.  Tim Jordan, Seth Erling, Peter Doughty are key folks to talk with about Minneapolis Transitions Northeast group.  Also check out website.  Sara Jane


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 


Workshops for Those Who Want to Age Boldly

Dr. Steve Arnold, a resident of St. Anthony Village for the past 5 years, is presenting a series of four monthly workshops at the Benedictine Center in Maplewood called “The Life Journey: Aging with Dignity.”  Sessions will be held on Tuesday’s, starting September 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.  Remaining sessions are on October 3, November 7 and December 5.  The cost for all four sessions is $80.  

 “Participants will examine misperceptions about aging and focus on aging as a gift of God,” explains Sam Rahberg, director of the Center.  Sessions will include presentations on issues of aging, reflections, contemplative prayer and conversations based on questions that come up, such as ‘Who am I as my roles change?’ or “Where is God in the aging process?  


 Arnold is a spiritual director, Lutheran deacon, and serves as one of the chaplains at Crest View Senior Communities in Columbia Heights. He has a PhD in Curriculum Development with a focus on adult development and gerontology. Dr. Arnold has completed the training to be a certified dementia specialist and has provided teaching and training  sessions throughout the United States as well as sites in northeast Minneapolis.  Dr. Arnold has facilitated a faith-based support group for those caring for someone with dementia for the past 5 years at St. Paul’s Monastery and has led numerous training sessions at churches throughout the country.


 “The workshops are for people who want to age  successfully,” Arnold explains, “which means being all they can be while facing the reality of aging.  Their bodies may not be working the way they want them to work, and they wonder where God is when their bodies are not working as they once did. How can I accommodate these changes with grace?” This will be an interactive session. The goal of this series, he says, is to help participants explore the aging process, accommodate its changes with grace and build a life that has purpose and depth. This is a focus upon launching into the third-third of life.  

 For more information, call 651-777-7251 or email:  The  Benedictine Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood, located at 2675 Benet Road.