Wednesday evenings and other weekday activities

Sanctuary set up for contemplative worshipWednesday evenings offer  contemplative worship

On Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7 p.m.(September through May), we gather for a casual, contemporary worship service in song, poetry, scripture, and silent and spoken prayer. It’s at time to slow down and re-center ourselves in the midst of the week—to remember that we are the people of God, called to be a loving, healing, and justice-seeking presence in the world. We find calm in meditative music, we center ourselves in prayer and silent meditation, and we experience scripture in a new way when we read it side by side with contemporary or ancient poetry. We light candles to remember those who have gone before us, to send healing prayers for those who need healing, encouragement, or justice and to express our commitment to continue listening to God’s will in our lives.

You are welcome to participate at whatever level you want to participate! You may want to slip in quietly and simply let the liturgy and song wash over you without uttering a word. You may want to join in the singing and the communal prayers. You may want to participate in leading the service by lighting candles, reading, leading prayers or songs, and even choosing readings or setting up the altar.

The services take a summer break from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Also on Wednesday evenings (except during the summer):

At 5:30 p.m. we have a weekly meal in Fellowship Hall. It's open to all; no reservations required! It's a great way to connect with others. A $5 donation is appreciated but not required. All are welcome! We are in need of volunteers to help prepare, serve or clean up. No experience is needed, and you can commit to help on a week-by-week basis.

The Sanctuary Choir practice is at 7:15 p.m. and the Centennial Bell Choir practice is at 7:30 p.m.; both groups take the summer off.
 

New! Monday evening Bible study

Join Rev. Diane Christianson at 6:30 p.m. on Monday evenings for a study the book of Acts. The study starts on September 17.

Lectionary study on Thursdays

Join Pastor Diane Christianson each Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in the church conference room for a discussion of the scripture texts that will be the source of the message for the next Sunday's morning worship service. The disucssions are informal and are not deep theological discussions. The group's participants share their thoughts and explore what the lectionary readings mean to them. There are no wrong answers, and a deep understanding of the Bible is not a requirement. The scripture readings change weekly and are noted in the Sunday bulletins. Regular attendance is not required to participate. This is a great way to enhance your Sunday morning worship experience by gaining a deeper understanding of the biblical text and the message.

Art and Soul

Looking for a way to connect with your church friends while working on your arts or crafts projects?! Art & Soul is for you! Anyone is welcome on the third Saturday of the month to get together, be creative, learn from one another, or just enjoy a good chat! We meet in the Fellowship Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Can't stay the whole time? Drop in whenever you can, for as long as you like. Check the Art and Soul page for more information. (We usually take the summer off.)

Mary Martha Circle

First and Third Wednesdays

All women are welcome to join the Mary Martha Circle, which meets twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Ebenezer Room. During Advent and Lent the group will meet every Wednesday.(The group does not meet during the summer.)

All women are welcome to join the group. Please contact Ardyce Johnson for further information.

New! Game Day on first and third Thursdays of the month

A new "Game Day begins on Thursday, October 4. You'll help decide what games to play: 500 cards, Scrabble, Hand & Foot, Mah Jongg, etc.

We'll gather at 1 p.m. on October 4 and decide if the first and third Thursday afternoons are agreeable to all; we can change if necessary. This event is not limited to church members; we will welcome anyone, so bring your friends! If you have questions, contact Reggie McCarthy at 612-789-4600.

Men's Breakfast Group
Second Saturday of the month

You're invited to join a group of men who meet at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the Perkins restaurant at County Road D and Highway 88 in New Brighton. It is set up so that you come when you can and enjoy breakfast and fellowship with other men of the church. During the week before the gathering, an e-mail reminder is sent, and the announcement usually includes some historical trivia for the date of the next gathering. If you would like to be on the reminder list, contact the church office or Dick Sawyer. 

Women's Breakfast Group
Third Saturday of the month

You're invited to join a group of women who meet at 9 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the Perkins restaurant at County Road D and Highway 88 in New Brighton. It is set up so that you come when you can and enjoy breakfast and fellowship with other women of the church. During the week before the gathering, an e-mail reminder is sent, and the announcement usually includes some historical trivia for the date of the next gathering. If you would like to be on the reminder list, contact the church office or Jan Pappin.

Men's Work Group
Third Thursday of the month

Each month a group of the men of the church meet to do repairs and upgrade the church building and property. They enjoy a time of fellowship with coffee and a special treat, and they keep the church in its beautiful condition. The group will gather at 9 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Questions? Call Dan Kramer at 612-781-0277.

 

News at Faith

We will honor our loved ones who have passed away in the last 12 months on All Saints Day, which will be observed during our morning worship service on Sunday, November 4.

Our contemplative worship service is on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. It is preceded by a simple meal in our Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m.

Faith UMC will offer a study of the book of Acts and weekly prayer walks at a local layrinth.

Our Sunday morning adult education classes offer three opportunities to choose from. The classes are from 9 to 10 a.m.

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