Our summer camp - a collaboration with Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL) and AJ and Erin Pratt - has happened! What a grand adventure! One mother sums up the many reactions when she says her daughter wishes camp were all the time. She says, "I described it to someone as art/nature/science/love camp. That should be the tag line!"
Each day of camp opened with a “council,” a gathering of everyone in the sanctuary. The first day opened with African drumming and dancing – and we all were invited to join. On various days it was here that we met a red tailed hawk, an American kestrel, and a horned owl from the Raptor Center. We saw monarch butterflies and had an introduction to the nature of birds. One day we met a hula hooper who hooped with a ring of flashing light! (Later, campers hooped during playtime.)
After council, campers split into four groups and moved to one of four units: art, crafts, music and nature. Throughout the day each group experienced each of the four units, separated by group snacks (a huge favorite) and group lunch and play time. Teen counselors were their guides and companions throughout. Volunteers served snacks and presided at the playground.
In the art room campers made puppets and masks from newspaper, craft paper, buckets of paper maché paste and tremendous imagination. The principles of art we learned were to start with information and then use our media and imagination to transform information into birds!
In crafts campers made a quilt, did weavings, cooked together, learned about worms, and built bird houses.
In music campers learned songs, African drumming, and played Orff instruments (marimbas, box drums, and xylophones).
In nature campers explored Tower Park in new ways: zip lining, building person-sized nests of various kinds, sliding down the hill on water slides and much, much more. The oldest campers took a day-trip to canoe on the St. Croix. One day each group of campers, and a group of teachers and counselors, climbed to the top of the Water Tower and looked out from the sky.
During the last week, campers began to learn movement and how to use their masks and puppets. Then music was added for a performance of a grand story of a Council of Birds which carried the message of unity of all life – visible from a bird’s eye view.
PPUMC worked with MNIPL to create an amazing experience for more than 40 campers. It took more than 40 volunteers and a couple dozen teachers and counselors to make it happen (more on that in the September issue of the Prospectus). What a work of heart!
A special thank you to Christy Myers, Erin Pratt, and Claire Curran for providing the photos used in this feature. If you would like to see more pictures from camp, please go to our Facebook page!
Update on the Tres Iglesias 2016 Summer Project
This year flooring was put down in almost all the rooms and the kitchen cabinets were installed. Quite a bit of painting was done, outside on the house, porch and the garage, and inside on trim as well. Trim was put up around doors and windows. Doors were installed. Stairs were made. Dry Wall was put up in the basement. This is some of what was done during our two weeks.
Those who worked on site were Andrew Clausen, Liam Clausen, Chris Ulrich, Dennis Ulrich, Linda Ulrich, Maya Ulrich, Steve Kerrigan, and Sharon Kimble.
Those who donated, prepared and/or served food were Ginia Klamecki, Patsy Olsen, Mike Hvidsten, Mary Parish, Abby Farr-Peterson, Steve Kerrigan, Donna Shaheen, Christy Myers, Pastor Chris.
Thank you to those who donated money as well.
Tres Iglesias is an association of three neighborhood churches (St. Frances Cabrini, St. Cecilia's, and Prospect Park United Methodist) who have joined together every year since 1992 to work on a Habitat for Humanity project in the Twin Cities area.
SWEET CORN SUNDAY
Our traditional time to gather together for conversation and local food while we give God thanks for the bounty of this Earth is this Sunday, August 21. Bring a dish to share, and come to enjoy each other and the sweet corn and butter at Pratt Park across the street from the church.
Help carrying tables, chairs and food over after the 10:00 service will be appreciated.
JOIN USon September 11, 2016 forRally Sunday! We will be serving lunch after the worship service, and there will be information tables around the church letting you know how to get involved in the life of the church. From choir to adult education to gardening, there is something for everyone!
We hope to see you then!
First Saturday Folk
Join us as we kick off the 2016-2017 Community Concert Series on Saturday, September 10 at 7:00pm. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided after the performance.
The Olympic Refugee Team reminded me [sic] that PPUMC has been able to help our Minnesota Refugees in the past. Through the MN Council of Churches we have donated items that are needed for new families arriving in MN with only the clothes on their backs (literally). Let's go for the "gold help" at PPUMC! Check out the table in the Community Room for a list of items needed and bring in your donations. For more information contact Joy DeHarpporte.
Love Grows Here!
Prospect Park United Methodist Church
22 Orlin Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414