Dear Friends, 


Wednesday Outdoor Worship, Wednesday, August 2 (TODAY): Come for Wednesday Outdoor Worship tonight!  We will start the evening with the Bike Rodeo at 6:15 pm.  The Minnetonka Police will offer instructions in bike safety.  We will also be blessing helmets, bikes, and riders of all ages.  Outdoor worship begins at 7:00 pm at our outdoor worship space, rain, shine or heat. We will move indoors if the weather is inclement. Invite your friends, we hope to see you there! 



9:00 am Outdoor worship with Holy Communion 

10:45 Traditional Service with Holy Communion.  We will begin our Gospel and Film series. 

SermonGrowing and Maturing in Faith 

ScripturePhilippians 1:3-11 

Adult Bible Study at 8:00 am in the adult studies room.   

Sunday School for PreK-6th grade during 10:45 am worshipThis week in Sunday School for K-6, kids will dive into the book of Genesis in our fun new theme “ZOOM!” 


Andrea Zuellig’s mother, Nancy, dealing with health concerns. 


Don Kerr and family on the death of his mother, Darlene.  She passed away this morning surrounded by her family.  Cards of care can be sent to Don and Phyllis at 2650 Maplewood Circle W, Woodland, MN 55391 


Jim Stumpfa’s daughter, Carol, who is struggling with cancer. 


Anette Seaberg as she deals with health issues. 


Pat Shoop dealing with continued health concerns. 


Karen Hanson as she has surgery tomorrow. 



Young Adult Gathering, Thursday, August 3:  Those ages 16-25 will have a special night out on Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m.  We will meet at church, go out to eat, and serve at Feed My Starving Children.  RSVP today to Pastor Tiffany (tiffany.mcdonald@minnetonkaumc.org) or Haley Mathison (haley.mathison@minnetonkaumc.org).  


Prayer Shawl Ministry – SundayAugust 6, 10:0010:45 am:  The group will meet in the Adult Studies Room this week. Bring the shawl you are working on or choose from some new yarns!  Knitters or crochers at all levels and ages are welcome.  Questions?  Marcia Yockers 952-807-4167 or Barbara Lunde 612-616-6569. 


Celtic Worship Meeting, Monday, August 7, 7:00 pm:  We are exploring what a second year of Celtic worship will look like. If you would like to be a part of the conversation, please join us on Monday, August 7 at 7:00 pm in the Adult Studies room. 


Guest Readiness Building Updates:  Please check out the design boards in the lobby with pictures of the building updates. Teams have been planning and meeting over the past year with their MCCI assigned coaches to get to this point of visible work.  It is very exciting to have these changes take place among us.  We not only get to enjoy the outcome but it puts us in a better Guest Readiness posture for the future of our church.  
Dementia Friends Minnetonka – Making Minnetonka a Dementia-Friendly Community – Thursday, August 10, 7:00-8:15 pmCome and learn what dementia is, how it effects people and how we each can make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia. Learn what is normal aging and what are the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Learn helpful ways to communicate and interact with people living with dementia. Learn how to help with everyday tasks. This session is open to anyone so bring friends and family who are interested in learning more about this very important topic for today. It is sponsored by Minnetonka Senior Services and will be presented by our own Steve Pieh.  


Grounds Upkeep – Weed & Feed, Saturday, August 12, 7:00 am: The upkeep of the grounds of MUMC is a never-ending task. We will meet at 7:00 am, August 12 to work a few projects.  If you can spare even an hour or two, it will be a big help.  Contact Ron Scheel with questions, 612.910.2490. 


In Radiance Concert, Saturday, August 12, 7:00 pm: The Boston-based group In Radiance will perform a concert at Minnetonka UMC. The concert will boast a broad style of genres, including movie music from the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings films. In Radiance will also play music from Latin America, Shakespeare inspired music, and a few other surprises. The concert is free to everyone, but we will be taking donations to help offset their travel and lodging experiences. If you have questions, please contact Matt Reaves at matt.reaves@minnetonkaumc.org. 


Panama 2018 Informational Meeting – Sunday, August 13, 12:00 pmIt is time to start planning for our 2018 International Mission trip to Panama, February 2-10.  We will again serve in Santiago, Veraguas, at Punta Delgadita, with four sub-teams: construction on the multi-purpose building, Vacation Bible School, a dental clinic and a women’s health clinic. Many people have expressed interest in joining the team on this mission. This will be an informational meeting in the Adult Studies room to share information about the trip. We will provide information on cost, travel and lodging arrangements, what is involved in construction and the sub-teams and answer questions. Please join us and learn more about Panama and the work we are doing there. If you are interested in the Panama trip but are unable to attend, please contact Judy Sunderland, jsunder@msn.com, 612.849.3027. 


SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE for Resource West:  Our School Supply Drive to benefit local youth through Resource West continues through August 27. Especially needed are composition notebooks, red pens, dry erase markers, packs of 3×5 inch index cards, zippered pencil pouches for 3 ring binders, and 5×8 inch pencil boxes. Please place your donations in the big yellow school bus box outside the Sanctuary. Thanks for helping children have a great start to the new school year!  


Wednesday Night Dinners:  Starting in September, along with all the other Wednesday night programs, we will begin our church family dinners. Our long-time chef, Jeff Yeager, has decided to step away from preparing the dinners this year. Because of that, we are in search of someone to prepare simple meals for about 50 people on the program evenings. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Judy Sunderland, judy.sunderland@minnetonkaumc.org , or the church office. 



My niece Jalyn (16) and nephew Jody (9) came for a visit in July. They live in Olive Branch, Mississippi, a suburb of Memphis.   It was a lovely week with them, full of fun adventures.  My nephew is obsessed with fishing.  I took him at least 5 times, and he caught over two dozen bluegill, one bass, and several crappies.  He was elated!  I loved watching his sheer joy in fishing.  He made friends with the other fishermen, asking questions and offering his own stories.  When he caught a fish large enough, he offered it to those who were keeping their own catches, and he was proud when they accepted.  Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”  John 15:9-11.  What brings you joy?  May you find some time to enjoy those activities that make your heart sing.   

Pastor Matt & Pastor Tiffany