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Pastor’s Corner: July 2020

I have long been fascinated by what Jesus looked like at the time he walked the dusty paths of Nazareth. I noticed early and often that the images of Jesus I encountered in the painting in the Sunday School classroom, in the stained-glass window in the sanctuary (pictured), and the small one in a book in my grandmother’s house looked nothing at all like one another.

This Is the Time

It is difficult for me to speak these days. It is difficult to stand in a pulpit that has historically belonged primarily to white voices and raise up my own white experiences and sensibility, my own comparatively insignificant pain and suffering. And “difficult” doesn’t cut it. “Difficult” can’t stop us. I am so deeply humbled…

The Book of Job

We are studying the book of Job. It is beautiful. It is a wonderful vehicle for considering many of the questions we have about how (and why) we suffer. It is profoundly challenging. We’ve just begun our study and will be at this for awhile! If you are interested, please help us suggest where we…

Virtual Open Yoga with Leslie Ball

OPEN YOGA / Virtual Schedule Mondays at 6pmWednesdays at 5:30pmSaturdays at 11am Classes are open to all levels. No previous yoga experience necessary. Instructor Leslie Ball is a certified teacher in Vinyasa, Hot, and Yin formats. She trained at Corepower Yoga in Minneapolis, and at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts. She is a licensed practitioner of LifeForce…

PPUMC Responds to COVID-19 Outbreak

Beloved friends, by now, I’m certain you have heard several opinions about helpful response to the virus spreading throughout the world. C-19, Covid, COVID-19, the Pandemic – by whatever name, this contagion has its own momentum and must be reckoned with. Let’s respond boldly and set our goal at 0% illness within our small and mighty…

Grove Church Response from MN UMC Conference

In light of recent publicity around the closure and relaunch of The Grove UMC church in Cottage Grove, we wanted to provide additional context on what has become a complicated and often confusing mix of media accounts and dialogue. For many years, there have been two campuses for The Grove church – one in Woodbury,…

A Message from Bishop Bruce Ough

Greetings, Friends: you may have already seen various media accounts or read an assortment of online postings in relation to last week’s announcement of a possible plan to form a new structure within The United Methodist Church. A diverse, 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders has offered a proposal that would preserve The…