We have waded deeply into Lent already and are well on our way into the heart of this season. Our Sunday morning worship services are centering on scripture stories about people who were challenged to live their beliefs under intense pressure. They come from both the Older and Newer testaments – with a little Apocrypha thrown in for spice. These are stories that in many ways run parallel to Jesus’ last days in Jerusalem and inform us as we consider our own choices. First, we heard the story of Daniel in the den of lions, told from the perspective of the keeper of the king’s lions; next, of Jonah and his journey to Nineveh, somewhat famously made in the “belly of a whale,” from the perspective of a Ninevite who experienced the transformation of the city.
The celebration of Mardi Gras colors and pancakes on Shrove Tuesday was legendarily delicious – again! – and fed those who attended with both food and good company! The Ash Wednesday service, hosted by Compassion of Christ the next evening, was a sacred shared time. As the ashes fade we are called to consider Mary Oliver’s haunting words, “Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
You can find the Lent and Easter schedule at the end of the newsletter.
Love Grows Here!
Prospect Park United Methodist Church
22 Orlin Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
“Life takes a bit of time and a lot of relationship.”
-William Paul Young, The Shack
We are currently reading The Shack for our Lenten Book Study. All are invited to read the book and join us for discussion after worship each Sunday during Lent.
Organ mandala image by Chris KW
HOT OFF THE PRESSES!! NEWS FLASH!!!
As we begin our efforts to re-leather our organ an anonymous donor has stepped forward with matching funds! Our donor has committed $1,000 to match any gift up to $100 on a first come, first served basis - if you qualify!! Here’s how it works: All you need do is to be an official “DONOR.” As in, it says so on your drivers license or state I.D. Show Pastor Chris your I.D. and she will see to it that your gift is matched as specified above. This is a sweet deal as we sweeten the sound of our historic Hinners organ. Repairs begin June 12!
The Fuzzy Math jazz ensemble entertains an enthusiastic crowd at the March PPUMC Community Concert show, held Saturday evening, March 11, in support of Glendale Food Shelf. More than $800 was raised for the popular Prospect Park neighborhood program. Our sincere thanks to Mark Vandermyde and the members of Fuzzy Math for their generous contribution of music and artistry! For more about Fuzzy Math, visit them on Facebook at Fuzzy Math Jazz. For more details on Glendale Food Shelf, click here.
The next Community Concert performance features the popular sounds of Tower Hill Brass, Saturday, April 9, 7 pm, in support of MN Interfaith Power and Light. We hope to see you there!
Members of theHabitat for Humanity community celebrate the opening of a new home for another appreciative Twin Cities family. The house was constructed with support from Tres Eglesias, a consortium of congregations from Prospect Park UMC, St. Frances Cabrini, and St. Cecilia. Thanks to Patsy Olson and Steve Kerrigan for their on-going support and coordination!
Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar held a neighborhood community conversation Wednesday evening, March 15, in the PPUMC Community Hall. Nearly 100 people attended the event, which featured a wide ranging discussion on current events and issues. To contact Rep. Ilhan, visit her website at https://www.ilhanomar.com.
Through the conservatory's open walls
I hear an unfamiliar tune,
perhaps one newly composed by the singer.
His smooth voice with guitar accompaniment
pulls my attenton from the indoor orchid show.
Relaxed. Full. His captivating music
draws me outside where he strums his guitar
with his finger-less hand.
I listen to the heart of his song and am reminded-
We each sing our own song, the one we are given,
It is important to appreciate what we have.
I remember, and I listen, as I continue
my stroll back inside the conservatory-
in the sunshine of his song.
Lent & Easter Schedule
Lenten Sundays remaining are March 19 and 26, andApril 2 (also Communion).
April 9 is Palm Sunday, where we invite everyone – ESPECIALLY CHILDREN AND YOUTH – to join in the procession of palm branches.
April 13 is Maundy Thursday Service at Living Spirit UMC. This Communion service is shared with Epworth, Walker and Living Spirit UMCs. Living Spirit UMC is located at
4501 Bloomington Ave. So., Minneapolis. 6:15 combined choir rehearsal (David Nyberg and Frank Trnka leading) 7:00 worship service. (PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE FROM EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT.)
April 14: Good Friday Service hosted by Compassion of Christ, 7-8:30 pm in the PPUMC Sanctuary.
April 15: Saturday Morning Easter Egg party for the neighborhood, 9:30-11 a.m in Community Hall.
April 16: Easter Sunday!!Resurrection Day!!! Sunrise service at 6:20 a.m. on Tower Hill Breakfast in Community hall following...then... Easter Worship service at 10:00 a.m.