April 17, 2017
Thanks to Gayla Marty, we had a wonderful hour of sharing at yesterday’s forum, "Earth Day: Where Are We Now?" Lots of reflection, inspiration, and examples of things we are doing as individuals and a faith community - from marching and recycling and changing the way we shop and eat to installing solar panels. Lots of expertise among us! Of course we have ideas for more change, too. Thanks to everyone who attended. This Saturday is another opportunity to hit the streets:
April 29, 2:30 p.m.
People's Climate March Minnesota
(this is a sister march to a big one in DC the same day)
Minneapolis U.S. Federal Courthouse
300 4th Street S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
https://peoplesclimate.org/ for the national effort and links to the states
Minnesota QPOC [Queer People of Color] Climate March
(this is listed as a sister march to the one above, as well)
April 29, 1 p.m.
The Exchange, 3405 Chicago Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Sunday was our annual commitment Sunday. If you did not get a chance to turn in your pledge card or ministry commitment forms, just do so this week. You can also drop them off in the church office. The information on those cards and forms are immensely important as the Council develops a budget and a slate of officers and ministry team leaders for the coming year, which begins on July 1.
The series My Neighbor is Muslim continues this Tuesday evening. What a blessing it has been so far. Here’s the schedule for the series:
Week Date Topic Pages to Read Location
1 04/11/2017 Islam 101: Five Pillars 3-13 UBC
2 04/18/2017 Islam 102: Muhammad 3-13 UBC
3 04/25/2017 Islam & Christianity 21-28 UBC
4 05/02/2017 War & Peace in Islam 36-41 NICC
5 05/09/2017 Women in Islam N/A NICC
6 05/16/2017 Islam & Charity
MN Muslims Up Close 29-35
40-45 (optional) NICC
7 05/23/2017 Diversity within Islam None UBC
You can download the curriculum we well be using by clicking here: http://www.lssmn.org/refugeeservices/study/ The first three weeks will be held at UBC, and the next three weeks will be held at the Northwest Islamic Community Center Masjid Al-Kareem, 3300 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth, MN 55441. For the last week we’ll return to UBC. We ask that attendees prepare themselves for the discussion each week by reading the assigned pages before we meet. Free parking is available at St. Lawrence Catholic Church at 6th St. and 13th Avenues SE as well as at University Lutheran Church of Hope at 6th St. and 13th Ave SE.
This weekend, my daughter Becca is performing in “The Dining Room” at Irondale high school. I’m attaching a Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1660909137550784/ This is her last high school drama performance and she wants her UBC family to know about it. Shows are Thursday- Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 1pm.
Matty Strickler is returning to the pulpit this Sunday. Matty’s sermon is entitled, “Release the Prisoners.” Isaiah 42 speaks of the vision of God that relates to the end of the exile. In that day, says God, the eyes of the blind will be opened, idolatry will be a thing of the past and the prisoners will be set free. Jesus would quote a similar passage from Isaiah 61 in his first sermon (a sermon that got him run out of town). I wonder what it might mean to imprisoned by our privilege, our biases, our prejudicies, our idols. What would liberation look like? What would we gain and what would we lose? Paula Moyer will be the worship leader and the UBC Chorale will sing.
The Worship Planning Team will meet on Sunday after the Forum. All are welcome. We would love to have your ideas.
Tuesday: 5:30-7:30pm Sacred Harp, 7pm “My Neighbor is Muslim” series;
Wednesday: 5:45-7:15pm UBC Chorale,
11:30am Education Hour, Forum “MicroGrants” with Don Samuels,
12:30pm Worship Planning Team.
7pm Sanctuary Movement Prayer service at St. Francis Cabrini Church (1500 Franklin Ave SE)
Blessings and Peace,