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Pastors Weekly Message

Pastors Weekly Message 2017-10-26T13:45:43+00:00

10.26.2017

 

Dear Friends, 

 

THIS SUNDAY –  

9:00 am Traditional Worship 

10:45 am Jazz Worship 

Sermon: Getting the Slavery out of the People 

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-21 

8:00 am Adult Bible Study   

Sunday School for PreK-6th grade during both worship services: Kids are invited to join us in Sunday School this week to learn about The Fab Five Prophets. This week, we’ll learn about Jeremiah. 

 

PRAYERS 

Cindy and Stu Dahlman’s grandson Gentry, as he is undergoing testing at University of Texas Medical Center.  Prayers of wisdom for the doctors and for answers. 

Sandy Harrison undergoing cancer treatment. 

 

Victims and survivors of domestic abuse and violence during this Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS/INFORMATION 

Family Fall Festival – Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am-12:00 pm:  Join us for this time of crafts, games, and activities. Wear a costume and participate in the Kiddie Parade at 11:00 am! Invite friends and neighbors, too. 

 

Simpson Shelter – Monday, October 30: Sign up to serve our delicious MUMC specialty meatloaf meal and/or bring desserts. Each month we serve over 100 people!  We need 10 dozen cookies, 8 dozen brownies or bars and one dozen people. Join us for this fun and rewarding family service opportunity! Sign up in Fellowship Hall. Organizer: Kathy Arendt, 612.810.0699 or kjarendt@aol.com. 

 

Potholder Project for Solar Oven Partners – Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 pm:  Join us to make potholders to send with the Solar Ovens going to the Dominican Republic and Sierra Leone through Solar Oven Partners, and Advance Mission of the Dakotas Conference.  Bring your rotary cutters, cutting mats, or just come and help cut and put together these simple potholders to accompany the solar ovens.  Portable sewing machines will be helpful too.  Other needed supplies: all cotton fabric, all cotton batting and thread.  Contact Melinda Kohrt with questions: 952.934.9325.  

 

6K Run and Walk – Saturday, November 4, 9:30 am – Elm Creek Park Reserve:  Every night in Minnesota, 6000 youth experience homelessness.  This Run/Walk is presented by the youth groups of the Brooklyn Area Congregations to benefit Avenues for Homeless Youth. Register: http://conta.cc/2gDQiSp.  Early registration (by October 27) is $35; after October 27, $45; Family registration is $90.  Questions about the event, contact Craig Freeman cfreeman@avenuesforyouth.org 

 

MME @ MUMC First Fridays – Friday, November 3, 4:00-6:00 pm: All students from MME are invited to walk over to Minnetonka UMC after school the First Friday of every month and hang out from 4:00-6:00 pm in a fun, safe environment – we’ll provide the snacks, games, and Wi-Fi!  Invite friends! 

 

Celtic Worship Service, Sunday, November 5, 7:00 pm: Join us for a Journey of Celtic Prayer and Praise; our theme will be Mercy.  Music by Laura MacKenzie and Ann Johnson. 

 

Communications Administrator Job Opening: Minnetonka United Methodist Church is seeking a part-time, qualified, passionate candidate to serve as Communications Administrator. The Communications Administrator will be responsible for office administration functions including weekly bulletins and service presentations, maintaining membership records, and other administrative tasks.  This position will join our Financial Administrator in the operation of the church office.  This is a part-time, hourly position, approximately 15-18 hours per week.  Send resume and cover letter including experience to: minnetonkaumc@minnetonkaumc.org with title, “Administrator Application”.  For questions, contact Pastor Matt.   A full position description can be found at http://minnetonkaumc.org/our-staff/. Deadline is November 15 or until filled. 

 

Bishop Bruce R. Ough invites all Minnesota United Methodists to join him in Praying our Way Forward.  Each annual conference will spend one week in intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, which is working to address the denomination’s differences regarding human sexuality.  Learn more about the commission and this prayer initiative at www.minnesotaumc.org/prayingourwayforward.  The Minnesota Conference’s week of prayer is Nov. 5-11, 2017. Here are three ways that you can participate: 

  • Sign up online at www.slotted.co/prayingourwayforwardmn for one or more half-hour time slots when you commit to praying that week. You can pray individually or with others in your congregation. 
  • Submit a prayer online at http://tiny.cc/prayingourwayforwardmn to be shared on the Minnesota Conference website and via social media during that week. 
  • Subscribe to Minnesota Conference “Special Alerts” emails (online at http://mnumc-email.brtapp.com/subscribe) and/or visit the Minnesota Conference Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages (@MinnesotaUMC) frequently throughout that week to find and pray prayers submitted by others. 

 

FROM PASTOR MATT’S HEART  

I received a touching note from a mother in our congregation and I wanted to share that note with you as a STORY THAT SHAPES US in ministry. During the month of November and throughout the stewardship campaign, I hope to share stories of the ways Minnetonka United Methodist Church is having an impact on people’s hearts and minds. This email came after the recent protests at church and the video that Tiffany and I put together. This story captures the essence of what we hope to accomplish through our ministry efforts. 

 

[I saw the] recent email with the section on the protester. That was disappointing news. However, I wanted to thank the church and Pastor Matt in particular for how the matter was handled. You gave me a great jumping off point for talking to my daughter about love and acceptance, and tolerance towards those not showing either. This was a lot for a young girl to take in. She doesn’t like that someone was being mean. She doesn’t understand why there are no “brown” people at church. She doesn’t understand why we have to let everyone speak, even when we don’t like what they’re saying. I let her go to your church BECAUSE it is reconciling. That’s important to me. It’s important that my child is accepting of all people, regardless. I appreciate that you as a church foster that for my small one! 

  

The fact that there was a protester at all is horrible. There is nothing to protest; anyone should be free to worship! But I love that the church is responding with love and acceptance. I love that my child is seeing that first-hand. That increases my trust and respect for Minnetonka United Methodist Church. My child is in the right place. 

  

Going along with the message of fighting hate with love, I appreciate what you as a community have done. I will stress the message of acceptance with my daughter, and we will pay as little attention to the misguided protester as possible. Well done Minnetonka United Methodist Church! Keep up the good work! My thanks to all of you! 

 

Pastor Matt & Pastor Tiffany