Prospectus 2.0: May 2017

PPUMC Email Newsletter | Issue 15, May 17, 2017.
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From Pastor Chris:

I write with a breeze as companion under a green canopy of leaves. Squirrels are playing tag nearby (or something far more serious that I cannot decipher) and children’s voices bubble from the playground. What a gorgeous May we are having!

This is the month when so many things here at PPUMC wrap up and shift into summer mode. A great moment to pause –  –  – and take a breath.

This is the last month of Sunday School until fall.
Thank you to the teachers and teacher substitutes – Rebekah Richards , Donna Shaheen, Nancy and Ben Kristensen, Christy and Meridith Melendez Meyers,  Sharon Nielsen, Steve Kerrigan and Melissa Hodne who shepherded the children and youth through so many deep and playful and challenging encounters with the Word, each other, and the wider world.
Thank you to the children for their undaunted spirits and the joy they carry.
Thank you to the parents who support them.

Thank you to Marie Ström and Greg Neumann who have worked to organize and facilitate Adult Learning this season, your insight and wisdom have enriched us.
Marie has been engaged in this service for several years and will be shifting to other foci in the year to come.
Thanks to all the presenters and preparers and participants!

The choir will sing their last anthem of the season the final Sunday of May when all are invited to come to join a rehearsal of Love Grows Here at 9:00 a.m.
Thank you to each singer who has given time and heart to create the choir this year.
Thank you to the instrumentalists (A.K. Hed Vincent, Marilee Johnson, Laura Dillon, and Megan Brown) who have added percussion, horn, flute and violin to the choir anthems this year.
Thank you to director David Nyberg, whose direction challenges and delights.
Thank you to Frank Trnka, whose accompaniment regularly supports and amazes.

ORGAN: we approach June, we also realize we have only a handful of Sundays left before the organ re-leathering begins (June 12) and Frank takes July and August off.
Thank you, Frank, for the rich tapestry of music with which our sanctuary is draped throughout each liturgical season.

Although our work continues no matter the season, it is a good time to stop and realize all that we have accomplished together since September!
Thank you for the vast amount of the work done by those who respond to the needs of our community on all levels. I cannot even begin to make a list of all the names of those of you who have stepped in time-and-time-again – or one specific time – to do what needs to be done in the systems, the building, the programs; the LIFE of this congregation.
Thank you to those of you who are willing and able to take on leadership roles.
Thank you to those who roll up your sleeves and pitch in.
Large or small, each action matters.
One very specific thank you to Jody Oradnik, who has tended some details of our website and overseen the recording of sales during the Art Fair/Bazaar for years and is now moving on to put down roots in her new home!

Thank you to the administrative and custodial staff that has so meticulously, faithfully, and positively moved through this year: Anna Rieth, Administrative Assistant, Cassie Davies-Juhnke, Communication Associate, and Gaitlin Gaffney and Sam Johnson, Caretakers.
The work of the church ranges all the way from changing light bulbs to keeping the database to writing newsletters to spreading the Good News!

For all of you, for all your work, thank you, thank you, and thank you.
Philippians 1:3-4 – I thank God every time I remember you. And I find myself praying for you with a glad heart.

Welcome summer! Please keep in touch!! Send postcards from your adventures so we can share: WISH YOU WERE HERE.

Love Grows Here!
Prospect Park United Methodist Church
22 Orlin Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Sunday Worship 10:00 AM
Childcare provided
Click here to see a full list of events!

by Joy DeHarpporte

Rain alive with thunder
and flashes of light
discloses a waking world.
Rain might wash away worry too
if you let patters and splashes
carry you forward to a quiet heart.

Rest your eyes in the green haze
of trees, grass and other new beginnings.
Hyacinth, tulips, daffodils, violets
brighten our wet soil
and shine through fresh grass.

Rest in our warm sun
as it lights our search
for renewal and new growth.
Watch the earth demonstrate
the rhythm of life,
ongoing Creation.

Now is the time for whispers
of praise from the stones-
from light and rain, from sun and clouds.
Birds, bugs, and baby critters
join in praise for Creator
and for you,
and your place in this spring.

VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS – COME HOLY SPIRIT! The concluding ecumenical Taizé Prayer evening for this season will be Thursday, May 25, 6 pm simple potluck meal, 7 pm prayer, at Prospect Park United Methodist Church, 22 Orlin Avenue SE, Minneapolis. As we look to the Feast of Pentecost and know we are sent to live in the life of the Spirit, we pray together with our sisters and brothers from nearby churches. This community prayer gathering includes brief sung chants in English and a variety of languages (we are more diverse than we might think…), Scripture, shared prayers, and silence in a candlelit environment. Everyone is invited to bring finger food to share… or just come hungry!

The 2016-17 PPUMC Community Concert series ended on a high note – literally and figuratively – with the May 13th performance by Calliope Women’s Chorus. One of the nation’s oldest, most established feminist musical groups, Calliope delivered a captivating evening of song entitled, “The Bonds Between Us”, which included the emotional, spell-binding work, “Anne Frank: A Living Voice”. Proceeds from Saturday’s program will go to support the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services, working to support new lives of freedom, hope, and opportunity for families and individual across the state. You can learn more about their work at For more on Calliope, visit their web site at

We hope you’ll join us in the fall for the eighth consecutive season of the Prospect Park Community Concert series; for show dates and times, keep watching Prospectus 2.0, and follow us on Facebook at Prospect Park Church or on our web site, Thank you for your support!
Click the image to view a video of the MN Boychoir singing "Al Shlosha D'Varim"
Members of the Minnesota Boy Choir joined the Prospect Park UMC congregation for a special worship service of inspiration and song on Sunday, April 30, during the group’s “Green Line Tour” across Minneapolis and St. Paul. Approximately 40 of the talented singers performed selections from their wide-ranging repertoire, as well as enthusiastically joining in with the congregation on the morning’s spirit-filled hymns. Thanks to Executive and Artistic Director Mark Johnson and the members of the Minnesota Boy Choir for their gift of song! To learn more, go to
The national Organ Historical Society will hold its annual convention in Minnesota in August. The finest pipe organs in the city will be featured in recitals around town, including the Cathedral, Basilica, Central Lutheran, House of Hope Presbyterian... AND PPUMC! There will be two recitals on the PPUMC Hinners organ on Monday, August 7.
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