This Week – July 27, 2017

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We open ourselves to God’s Spirit in worship, prayer and study, holding each other
in community and encouraging one another to grow in the Spirit.
We reach out in generosity and compassion to the people around us.

Sunday, July 30, 2017
10:15 a.m. Worship

Serving Our Church This Sunday:
Minister: Rev. John Roschen
Liturgists: Heidi Schellhas & Evan Ramstad
Greeter: Stacy Kehrwald

Scripture: Psalm 73, Romans 8: 26-39
Sermon: “Proper Alignment, Promised Engagement, & Provident Assurance”

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Night to Unite Flyers Were Delivered!
360 Night to Unite flyers were hand delivered to our surrounding community. Special thanks to Bob Guelich who carefully organized the routes and provided maps and the correct number of flyers for each route.

The following folks walked door-to-door delivering the flyers:
Doug & Meredith Allen, Mark & Susan Brauer, Sandy Davis-Lerner, Julie Guelich, Bob Huber & Chris Solso, Stacy Kehrwald, the Kerr family, Caroline Mast, and Evan Ramstad.
We are grateful for their contribution!!

House of Charity – Volunteers Needed – Saturday, August 5th
We are looking for volunteers to help at the House of Charity on Saturday, August 5th. We arrive around 10:00 a.m. and help with getting the food service set up… no cooking is required of the volunteers!  We serve from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. and stay to help with clean up until about 12:00 noon.

The House of Charity is located at 510 South 8th Street in Minneapolis (easy parking at meters in front of House of Charity or use the HCMC ramp across the street). Please sign-up in the Narthex if you are able to help.

Looking for a Room
We received a request from someone who is looking for a room. She can pay monthly or she can clean house on Sundays in exchange for the room.

Please contact Genny Nelson (952-594-1535 or gennybsosa@gmail.com) if you are able to help.

Sign-Up to Usher or Greet
Please consider signing up to usher and/or greet on Sunday mornings. The ushers and greeters help build community and add warmth and caring to our weekly worship service. The Deacons are always available and happy to assist if needed. Sign-up chart is in the Narthex.

VEAP

Neighbors Serving Neighbors in Need
Thank you so much for your support of VEAP. Our gifts allow VEAP volunteers and staff to provide access to healthy foods and social services that support low-income individuals and families in our community.

Chapel Hills giving history from April 1 to June 30… $955.00 and 199 pounds of food.

VEAP is grateful for our commitment to financially support families and individuals in crisis. Together we are meeting basic needs and building stronger, more hopeful, communities.

“Weaving the Future”
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Sometimes our world is woven out of starts and stops, and the threads tear and we don’t always see how grace is evident in things that feel hurtful. Clearly, Jacob’s extra seven years at work for his beloved probably didn’t feel like a good turn of events. Life doesn’t always turn out the way we think it will, and reconciliation doesn’t always happen. People from our past who have wronged us or misjudged us rarely come to us and say, “I’m sorry.”  But what a surprising and hopeful thing it is when resolution and healing does happen, and how appropriate when it happens in the church, especially between a church and a pastor.

In 1981, Rev. Kevin A. Johnson was ousted from his United Methodist church when a member of the congregation outed him as gay. At the time, it was devastating to him and for twenty years he left church work.  In 2002, after joining the United Church of Christ, he returned to ministry and helped start the Bloom in the Desert Ministries, a sanctary community for people who have experienced abuse and discrimination. This year the church that fired him asked him to come back and be feted so they could apologize and make right what was wrong.

The United Methodist Church in Kenosha Wisconsin voted to become a reconciling congregation within the United Methodist system. They now stand as a congregation fighting their denomination’s stance on sexual orientation. They now stand as a church that, like the United Church of Christ, offers extravagant welcome to the whole world.

And that welcome included a reaching out to their old pastor and a hope for reunion.

In February, 2017, Reverend Johnson and his husband were welcomed to Kenosha with tears and great joy.  In the years he spent out of the church, Kevin Johnson says he never felt separated from God. As injustice and ill treatment did not break the spirit of Jacob, neither did it destroy the spirit of radical inclusion that emerges anew every day from the power of a reconciliation such as this.

Looking Ahead
August 1 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Night to Unite – 6:00 p.m.
August 2 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
August 5 House of Charity – Volunteers Needed
August 8 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
August 9 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Psalm 73Romans 8: 26-39
Sermon: “Proper Alignment, Promised Engagement, & Provident Assurance”

Prayer
May the strength of God guide us, the Power of God preserve us, the wisdom of God instruct us, the Spirit of God be within us, this day and evermore. Amen.