The Extension – September 2019

Minnetonka United Methodist Church

The vision of Minnetonka United Methodist Church is to be caring, inclusive, and Spirit-filled in all that we do.

Our commitment is to follow Christ’s example and, as a Reconciling Congregation, to welcome persons of all sexual identities and orientation into this faith community.

Kick-Off Sunday – September 8

We will be back to TWO Worship Services

9:00 am Traditional service with choir

10:45 am Jazz with the Restoration Jazz Band

Special treats following worship.

Check out the Information Wall in Fellowship Hall?

Sign up for Small Groups, Young at Heart, Family Ministries, Mission Opportunities, and other ways you can serve Minnetonka United Methodist Church on Sunday mornings and beyond.

Wednesday Night

Programming Kick-Off

Wednesday, September 18

Come for dinner with your family at 5:30 then stay for programming for all ages at 6:30 pm.

  • Quest for Kindergarten-6th Grade

  • Confirmation for 7th & 8th Grade – Orientation September 18

  • Sanctuary Choir

  • Adult Education Classes

Celtic Worship

Sunday, September 22

5:00 pm


Join us for this meaningful contemplative worship opportunity.

Enjoy readings, music, and a time of prayer.

Celebrating the Ministry

of Haley Mathison

Sunday, September 15

Join us on September 15 as we celebrate Haley’s ministry at Minnetonka UMC and wish her well for her future ministry.

More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Sanctuary Choir

Wednesdays starting September 4

Our fantastic choir meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm to prepare for our 9:00 am worship time. We sing a variety of styles including gospel, traditional, folk songs, contemporary, and many others. This fall we will also be working on music for a Lessons and Carols service. All are invited to come and see what singing with our Sanctuary Choir is all about. If you have questions, please contact Matt Reaves:

Young at Heart – Dogwood Coffee Co Tour

Thursday, September 12

Do you enjoy supporting local business? Does the smell of freshly ground coffee perk you up in the morning? If so, you do not want to miss this special Young at Heart outing! Join us as we tour the Minneapolis-based Dogwood Coffee Company Roasting Facility. Learn how coffee is farmed, harvested, transported, roasted, and ready for you at the store or your local coffee shop. We will also learn how to do the best home brew… and don’t forget getting to do a coffee and espresso tasting! This event is free, but sign-up is required. Please sign up for the 10:30 am or 12:00 pm slot in the Fellowship Hall. Questions? Contact Matt Reaves:

Blood Drive

Wednesday, September 25, 4:00-7:00 pm

Sign up in Fellowship Hall.  Thanks in advance for your support of this effort to insure adequate blood supplies to those in need in our community.  There is always a great urgency for donations.  If you have questions, please call Eric Lunde @ 612-695-5618.

All-Church Cleaning Event

Saturday, September 7, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

The day before kick-off Sunday, the entire church is invited to sign-up for a time slot to help get our church organized and spic-n-span! Whether you’re good at organizing and finding a spot for everything, or you just want to help by pushing a broom, a mop, or a dust rag, there is a ton of work to be done! Every room in our building deserves some attention. Where is God calling you to help?

If you have any questions, please email Matt Reaves:

Annual Men’s Golf Outing

September 9-11

All golfers are invited for the annual men’s golf outing at Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids.  Sign up in Fellowship Hall.  For more information contact Mike Harrison 612.310.8004.

Men’s Retreat

September 13-14

We will enjoy Christian fellowship and have a lot of fun on this weekend retreat held at Koinonia Retreat Center. The cost is $85, with a $25 deposit due at sign up. Please sign up on the slat wall in Fellowship Hall. If you have questions, please contact Bill Lurth at 952-933-1390.

Candidate Forum at Minnetonka Community Center

Sunday, September 15, 1:30-3:00 pm

Here is an opportunity to meet the candidates for Minnetonka City Council and hear their views on rank choice voting, environment issues and affordable housing.  Be engaged and informed for this year’s local election.

Family Ministry News

Sunday School Kick-Off

Join us on Sunday, September 8 for kicking off a new year of Sunday School! Then, come back each Sunday during either the 9:00 am or 10:45 am worship service for Sunday school. Preschool and Childcare available during both services.

COMING SOON: 7th-12th grade Sunday School during 10:45 service

Backpack Blessing

If you haven’t yet, be sure to pick up your backpack blessing tag for this school year! They can be found at the kids check in desk in Fellowship Hall.

Wednesday Nights starting September 18, 6:30-7:45 pm

Join us for learning, relationship building, and fun activities!

Kindergarten-6th Grade


Calling all 4th-7th graders! Are you interested in being an acolyte (candle lighter) in worship this year? Sign up on Kick-Off Sunday or by emailing!

Children’s Choir

We are seeking a Children’s Choir Director.  This position is for Sunday mornings, September-May, $50 a week, to help the children’s choir share their musical gifts in worship.  If you know someone who would be great, please encourage them to apply.

Bible Sunday, October 13

3-year olds & 3rd graders get their Bibles! Talk with Haley Mathison if you have a special 3-year-old or 3rd grader in your life who’d like to receive a Bible.

3rd grade Bible classes:

Sunday, September 22, 10:00 am

Sunday, October 6, 12:00 pm

Wednesday, October 9, 6:00 pm

VBS Thank You

To all our volunteers that helped with Vacation Bible School set up, during the week, take down, behind the scenes, and the picnic and carnival we extend to you a huge thank you! We had tons of volunteers who helped throughout the week, and 126 kids in all. Thank you to the congregation for all your support as our children’s programs grow here at Minnetonka UMC – you make VBS possible.

All-Church Service Event

Feed My Starving Children

Wednesday, October 16

All ages are invited to participate in our all-church service event. Ages 5-105 are welcome! We’ll meet at church and carpool to Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen. Sign up at the Family Ministry Table on Kick-Off Sunday!

Youth News

Confirmation Orientation

All 7th & 8th graders (and older students who haven’t been confirmed) are invited to come to the confirmation orientation on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 pm with their parents. Any questions or to sign up, contact Pastor Tiffany McDonald.

High School Youth

This fall, high school youth will be gathering monthly for planning, devotions, serving, bonding, food, and friends! Email to be added to the email list to get weekly updates on programs and events!

Youth Events

Join us for serving at Feed My Starving Children at the All-Church Service Event on October 16, then stay at church for a lock-in afterwards! We’ll have food, watch a movie, play games, and more! Friends are welcome.

News & Upcoming Opportunities

Spiritual Writing Class: Putting Your Soul on Paper

Wednesdays, September 11-November 6, 9:30-11:00 am

When we quiet our minds, reflective writing has the power to tap into deep truths about who we are as spiritual beings. Turning off the mind and tuning in to heart, participants reveal insight into their own stories. Using meditations, short readings and writing prompts, the writing often magically unfolds on the page. Participants benefit from hearing others’ stories in this non-judgmental and safe group setting. No writing experience is necessary, and sharing is optional. $90/person per 8-week session. Class begins on September 11 and runs eight Wednesdays from 9:30-11:00 am through November 6 (no class on October 16) at church.  Class size is limited.  To register or to find out more, please contact Carey Meyer at 612.202.0120 or

Wednesday Night Dinners & Activities

Starting September 18 – Dinner served 5:30-6:15 pm

Everyone is welcome to enjoy delicious food and inclusive fellowship!

Please email or call the church office or complete a reservation slip to let us know you will be coming, and include your payment with your reservation slip, if possible.

All are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

Suggested payment$5 – Adults; $3 – Children; Free – Children age 3 & under; $20 – Family Max

You can now pay online by texting MINNETONKAUMC Wednesday ${amount} to 73256.

September 18

Pizza and Salad

September 25

Meatloaf Dinner

What’s Happening in the UMC?

In February 2019, the United Methodist Church held a special General Conference for the purpose of finding a way to move forward as a united body in spite of differing beliefs about the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ persons. By a narrow margin the conference passed The Traditional Plan that re-enforces existing regulations in the UMC Book of Discipline prohibiting the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ persons.

However, the matter is clearly not settled. Immediately after the General Conference, strong adverse reactions began coming from many Annual Conferences in the U.S. including Minnesota, and from Western European conferences. The Minnesota Annual Conference voted at its June meeting to reject the Traditional Plan and, by 85%, support a fully inclusive Vision Statement.

The opposition continues. Multiple plans are being discussed that would provide the option for an inclusive United Methodist church. Proposals will be submitted to the May 2020 General Conference.

The Servant Leadership Board has asked a small task force of MUMC members to stay informed about what is happening, to share that information with the congregation, and to provide opportunities for people to ask questions and share thoughts. The task force will make information available in a variety of ways including the newsletter, updates in the weekly emails, printed materials on the Information Wall in Fellowship Hall, presentations, and informal discussions.

The task force members want you to know that they are available to anyone who wants to ask a question or share a thought. They are happy to chat individually or with any group.  All you need to do is ask any one of them. The members of the MUMC Task Force on What’s Happening in the UMC are:

Sharla Duerre,, 612-202-5041              Judy Fallat,, 952-938-3903

Bobbie Nebel,, 612-618-0357           Warren Nelson,, 612-859-4022

Judy Sunderland,, 612-849-3027

Minnetonka United Methodist Women

Lunch Bunch – Wednesday, September 25, 11:30 am: This month, Lunch Bunch will be gathering at The Marsh. The address for The Marsh is 15000 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345. Sign up is in Fellowship Hall; please be sure to also fill out the menu selection card. If you would like help scheduling a carpool from church, please call Matt Reaves or the church office. Everyone is invited to join in fellowship, fun, and fantastic food.

United Methodist Women (UMW) Work to End Maternal Mortality – September 28 

Since 2000, the maternal mortality and morbidity rate in the U.S. has increased 26.4%–the only developed country whose rate did not decline.  At the September 28 Twin Cities United Methodist Women’s gathering at Minnetonka UMC, Deaconess Kim Harris will address this issue, and tell what efforts are being taken in Minnesota to fund prenatal and postnatal care of American Indians and other women of color in parity with white women.  All are welcome to attend.  Register for this event with Karen Malmstrom at, or Barbara Stark at  $12 with lunch, or $5 for speaker only.  Come early for Emma Norton Tea at 8:30 am; program begins at 9:30 am.  Deadline to register is September 18.  Childcare available if requested by September 18.

Bundles of Love

Minnetonka United Methodist Women will be creating center pieces for the September 28 Twin Cities District UMW Gathering, that will be donated to Bundles of Love, a volunteer group that puts together diaper bags with 25-30 hand-crafted clothing, bedding, and baby care items for newborns. These bags are given to over 60 clinics, agencies and hospitals for families who struggle with providing the basics.  If you would like to donate to these centerpieces, check with for small needed items, or contact Marcia McConkey at

Mission Opportunities

Simpson Shelter Needs: Simpson Shelter always needs new or gently used flat & fitted twin size sheets, pillowcases, pillows, new or gently used bath towels; travel size shampoo; gloves, blankets, new men’s and women’s underwear, socks and t-shirts; disposable razors; stick deodorant; travel size toothpaste! Please place your donations in the bin in the lobby. Thank you to all who have donated so generously!

Small Sums – Stairsteps Project: Small Sums recently moved into new offices. Small Sums is seeking sponsors at $1,000 per step to add inspirational sayings to the 43 steps leading to the offices. We already have a commitment for matching donations up to $500. If you are interested in contributing, please make your check payable to MUMC and designate Small Sums Stairsteps as the recipient. Thanks!

Celtic Pilgrimage

This fall 36 pilgrims are headed to Scotland, with some continuing onto Ireland. The focus will be on Celtic spirituality, with time spent on the island of Iona.  Pilgrims have traveled to Iona since the 7th Century.  Each day we will have devotions together, and we will worship.  This is Rev. Mike and Nancy Miller’s third tour, and many from our church have been able to travel with them.  As we send forth those from our congregation, we ask that you be in prayer for them.

Mike & Marjean Barlow

Cynthia Jung

Bobbie Nebel

Al & Linda Swanson

Katie Childress

Marty & Tiffany McDonald

Marsha Scott (Bobbie’s Sister)

Bill & Rosalie Lurth

Rev. Mike & Nancy Miller

Judy Sunderland

With Appreciation

A big thanks to the MUMC community for their support of the VBS Mission Project. Many students from Minnetonka and Hopkins School Districts will be better prepared because of MUMC’s generosity. ResourceWest also sends their thanks and appreciates our support.

CORR Team Highlights

The MUMC Commission on Religion and Race is excited to share the following developments and opportunities for our congregation that help move us from exploration toward action:

Interfaith Community Dialogue Continues – September 10, 7:00 pm

Location:  The ICA building, the Jones Room: 12990 St. David’s Road in Minnetonka. There is additional parking just west of St. David’s Episcopal Church

St. David’s Episcopal Church will present a documentary called, Traces of the Trade. This is a documentary telling the story of how a current day family discovered that their ancestors were the biggest slave traders in the history of our country. And, that contrary to most people’s beliefs, they were from the north, not the south. Discussion will follow the screening.

MUMC CORR hosted the first Interfaith Dialogue in June, attended by 13 congregations of all faith backgrounds (multiple denominations of Christian, Jewish, Muslim). We strongly encourage you to attend this event, to meet our neighbors, come to better understand this issue and learn from each other.

Church-wide Implicit Bias Review – beginning in September 2019

An implicit bias is any unconsciously held set of associations about a social group.

We began this process by having 41 leaders attend an Implicit Bias training led by Rev. Shawn Moore. We learned that we need to go back and explore our experiences in order to reframe our worldview and go forward. And, we can become more like Christ when we examine this and learn to understand what moves our hearts and the hearts of others.

Please watch for next steps as we begin to look at every aspect of who we are at MUMC in order to raise collective consciousness around our racial implicit biases that do not align with our vision of inclusivity.

Destiny Hill Church Open House – Saturday, September 21

Earlier this summer, we learned that Destiny Hill Church, a predominantly Black church in our community, had been experiencing vandalism and harassment for over a year, allegedly due to a white person in the neighborhood. When we asked Rev. Muturi how faith communities could lend support he invited us to join them for worship on June 30. Those who attended were blessed with a warm welcome and spirit-filled service.

Out of appreciation for the community’s presence and support, Destiny Hill Church is hosting an Open House on Saturday, September 21, 11:00 am-1:00 pm at 13207 Lake Street Extension in Minnetonka (near Hwy 7 and Baker Rd). They are looking forward to meeting more neighbors!

On Facebook? 

Like the MUMC CORR page for inspirational posts, updates, and invitations to events!

Facing America Exhibit

MUMC will be hosting an exhibit called FACING AMERICA.  It is a collection of portraits painted by local artist Joe Burns that depicts new immigrants.

In the show, Burns presents different people of all ages and places of origin who have come to this country to make a better life for themselves and their families. Each portrait has a story associated with it.  The display will be in Fellowship Hall and entry way. The display will be at MUMC September through

October and is open to everyone in the greater MUMC community.  You won’t want to miss this exhibition of immigrant portraits!  Viewing hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-3:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am-1:00 pm.  Also, may be viewed Sundays 8:00 am-12:00 pm.

Dave’s Deliberations

Dear Friends,

Anyone who has spent any time sitting in our sanctuary knows that we have some significant acoustical challenges.  The challenges are both architectural and technological.  Intelligibility is an issue even for those who hear well and for those with hearing challenges it is much worse.  All of this is in spite of architectural and acoustic adaptations that have been made over the years.

Because of my professional mobility, I am aware of and have experience with a newer technology that the Servant Leadership Board, the Technology Team, and the Facilities Team and I believe may be of significant help in improving the ability of hearing impaired individuals to hear and understand what is being said in worship and we are excited to bring that technology to MUMC.

The technology is known as a “hearing loop system” and is a low wattage broadcasting system that broadcasts directly to any hearing aid equipped with a “t-cell”.  This includes the vast majority of hearing aids manufactured in the last 10-15 years.  These systems are installed in many churches, synagogues, concert and lecture halls, and public meeting rooms already and your audiologist will be familiar with the technology and anything that you may need to do to benefit from it.  In addition, the system includes 6 portable headphone units for use by persons who do NOT use hearing aids.  Additional headphone units can be purchased either by the church or by individuals who wish to own their own (cost will be about $150 per unit)

The estimate we have in hand suggests that the total cost of the system in our Sanctuary will be about $18,500.  The Guest Readiness team has made about $7,500 available for this project and the Legacy Fund Team has agreed to match all gifts toward this project up to a total of $6,200.  You will be hearing more in the weeks to come about how you may support this new initiative at MUMC.

Equipping the fellowship hall with a hearing loop will require a whole separate system, but if our experience with it in the sanctuary is positive and significant, we plan to expand into the fellowship hall as well.  In the event that this first phase of the project is oversubscribed, the additional funds will be “squirreled away” for a “phase two”.

Looking forward to utilizing this new technology!

MUMC cares and asks you to pray for…

  • Gayle Eisert on the death of her son Peter

  • Prayers for the family and friends of Jessica Williams, 27, St. Paul; 9th confirmed victim of domestic violence homicide in Minnesota in 2019.

  • Prayers for the family and friends of Crystal Marie Bundy, 30, Sauk Rapids, 10th confirmed victim of domestic violence homicide in Minnesota in 2019.

  • Prayers for the family and friends of Darla M. King, 47, Bloomington; 11th confirmed victim of domestic violence homicide in MN in 2019.

  • Karen Malmstrom on the loss of her brother John.

  • Those dealing with cancer and treatments: Jim Anderson; Peter Fischer; Roger VanHaaften

  • Terry Confer and Sherrie Steen recovering from surgery