This Week – June 1, 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, June 4, 2017
9:15 a.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship/Communion
Scripture: Selections from the Biblical witness to the power of Wind and Breath and Spirit
Sermon: “Wind, Breath, Spirit: the Trinity of the Third Person”

Serving Our Church This Sunday:
Liturgist: Heidi Schellhas
Greeter: Marilynn Krekelberg
Ushers: Board of Deacons

THIS Sunday…

Worship & Communion
Last Sunday to hear the Choir before they take a well-deserved summer break.
We will receive the Strengthen the Church Offering.
Dessert of the Month Drawing
VEAP Food Shelf Sunday
Governance Structure Meeting – Following Worship

 

This is Food Shelf Sunday
Please bring non-perishable items for the VEAP Food Shelf or make a donation. We gather at God’s table to receive and remember and celebrate the grace we have been given. We offer food from our tables to those who are in need.

VEAP is a basic needs and social services organization whose programs promote access to healthy foods, stable housing and transportation. VEAP’s programs are designed to address a particular need and when used together provide hope and can help avoid a financial crisis such as loss of housing, transportation or employment. Whether the hardship is from a disability, job transition, or the financial and physical stresses of aging, VEAP has been helping our neighbors in need for over 40 years.

WEED Appreciate Your HELP!
Let’s ALL pitch in to help keep our landscaping looking beautiful.  Even a few minutes of weeding before or after church would be helpful!

“Strengthen the Church Special Mission Offering”
Pentecost Sunday

Fire in the ancient world was a sign that a divine announcement was imminent.. Flames surrounded a bush that did not burn and called Moses to Holy ground. Elijah prayed for fire and it appeared before all the priests of Baal could muster a spark. On Pentecost, fire comes as literal communication – as tongues of fire endowing the apostles with multi-lingual capabilities. Being gifted with tongues of fire meant they could speak the languages of many nations and be understood. All the people from all over the known world of that day, all those foreigners and travelers that flocked regularly to Jerusalem, could, on this day, understand what was being said by the apostles on Pentecost.

What a gift that would be! What a super power! Imagine being able to travel across the world and speak Danish to the Danes, Urdu to the Pakistanis, German to the Germans, Shona to people in Zimbabwe, and Mandarin to the Chinese. Neuroscientists are studying how being multilingual increases brain size, and we know that understanding each other’s language is what increases the power of humanity to come together. Opening up the way to global conversation is part of our mission as the United Church of Christ, and Strengthening the Church through our gifts to mission is a way of broadening and deepening these conversations.

Going global also might mean learning local. The First Congregational Church of Elmhurst, Illinois, is growing the brains of their children and contributing to a multilingual church. They do this every Monday evening as part of their De Colores Children’s Spanish Program. It’s a program in which children from grades K-5 combine learning Spanish with growing Christian faith using stories, games, art, food and prayer. What an opportunity to share tongues of fire, strengthen our church and deepen our future by teaching young brains to learn the language of others. Happy Pentecost!

busesHelp Needed in the Nursery
There are 3 Sundays this summer where Ashley (our nursery attendant) will be gone due to work & family commitments. They are: June 18, July 9, and July 23. Please respond to this email or call the church office (952-935-3025) if you would like to spend an hour (during worship) with the youngest among us.

Looking Ahead
June 4 Choir’s Last Sunday
Strengthen the Church Special Offering
VEAP Food Shelf Sunday
Dessert of the Month Drawing
Congregation Meeting to Discuss Governance Structure – Following Worship
June 6 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
June 7 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
June 13 Tai Chi – 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
June 14 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
June 17 House of Charity – Volunteers Needed
June 18 Book Club – Following Worship

Worship This Week
Scripture: Selections from the Biblical witness to the power of Wind and Breath and Spirit
Sermon: “Wind, Breath, Spirit: the Trinity of the Third Person”

Pentecost Sunday:
50 days Luke, in his second work – the Book of Acts – records the coming of the Holy Spirit with the sound of wind and divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them. In worship we will mark that anniversary and give thanks for the work of our choir to manifest the Spirit’s presence among us through music. Acts 2: 1-4 describes the coming of the Spirit.

  • How did you find your way into the church?
  • What has kept you returning?
  • What winds have blown into your life?
  • Were they always holy ones?
  • What other winds swirl around you?

Prayer
Holy One, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Amen.