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Healing a Broken World


Faith UMC hosts workshop, wrestles with racial injustice

Faith UMC hosts workshop, wrestles with racial injustice

4/13/2017

The people of Faith UMC in St. Anthony invited neighbors to a half-day workshop on "Discerning Whiteness" to help them wrestle with the reality of racial injustice in their community.


Spirit River Community meets local needs through free legal clinic

Spirit River Community meets local needs through free legal clinic

4/6/2016

“Hosting this important event is a privilege and gives us a chance to reach out to a population that might not have the resources able to go to a lawyer’s office,” said Rev. Jim Crecelius.


Normandale Hylands “warms the bench” with Super Bowl blanket drive

Normandale Hylands “warms the bench” with Super Bowl blanket drive

2/10/2016

Normandale Hylands UMC (Bloomington) found a creative way to host a Super Bowl-themed blanket drive.


Coon Rapids UMC children, youth provide ‘blessing bags’ to homeless

Coon Rapids UMC children, youth provide ‘blessing bags’ to homeless

1/6/2016

Children and youth at Coon Rapids UMC filled Ziploc bags with necessities to distribute to people in the community who lack consistent housing.


Glendale UMC celebrates first anniversary of Ruby’s Pantry

Glendale UMC celebrates first anniversary of Ruby’s Pantry

8/12/2015

Over the past year Glendale United Methodist Church in Savage has handed out boxes of food to more than 1,325 guests.


Youth share God’s grace, serve neighbors through Urban CROSS

Youth share God’s grace, serve neighbors through Urban CROSS

7/7/2015

Last month, 36 Urban CROSS campers spent a week in St. Paul, helping neighbors with painting, yard work, landscaping, cleanup, construction, and repair projects at 39 sites across St. Paul’s residential East Side.


Christ UMC in Rochester hosts climate conversation

Christ UMC in Rochester hosts climate conversation

3/4/2015

More than 60 people from churches in Rochester, Plainview, Chatfield, and elsewhere met at Christ United Methodist Church to strategize faith-based action on climate change.


Minnehaha UMC youth perform 15,000 good deeds in 2014

Minnehaha UMC youth perform 15,000 good deeds in 2014

2/18/2015

Does a good deed stay with the recipient all day? Will the recipient in turn perform a good deed for someone else? That’s what youth at Minnehaha United Methodist Church in Minneapolis asked each other before setting a goal to complete 15,000 good deeds in 2015.


Byron UMC shoe giveaway touches hearts, calls church to mission

Byron UMC shoe giveaway touches hearts, calls church to mission

2/11/2015

Rev. Beth Perez invited members to bring new shoes to donate to the children at Rio Bravo Children’s Home in Mexico. The church, which averages 85 in worship attendance, produced 44 pairs of shoes.


Hastings UMC garden blesses community with fresh produce

Hastings UMC garden blesses community with fresh produce

12/3/2014

Tammy Bailey used to visit her local food shelf on a regular basis in order to be able to provide for her 16-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. But since Hastings United Methodist Church started a community garden in the summer of 2013, her trips have become few and far between.


Fairmount Avenue UMC youth group provide warmth to homeless

Fairmount Avenue UMC youth group provide warmth to homeless

11/12/2014

Sixty-six. That’s how many beds the downtown Minneapolis Simpson Housing Services overnight shelter has available to the homeless. It’s also the number of blankets that the Fairmount Avenue United Methodist Church youth group collected for guests.


Champlin UMC hosts clothing ‘boutique’ for families in need

Champlin UMC hosts clothing ‘boutique’ for families in need

8/11/2014

On August 4, Champlin United Methodist Church, other faith groups, local schools, and the surrounding community hosted a clothing “boutique” that allowed families in need to “shop” for free school clothes.


Grace UMC blesses community through annual ‘Big Give’

Grace UMC blesses community through annual ‘Big Give’

5/8/2014

What started as an outreach ministry by one of Grace United Methodist Church’s Bible study groups has become a yearly event that the entire church community has embraced.


North UMC uses social media to rally community, serve hungry

North UMC uses social media to rally community, serve hungry

4/22/2014

Many of us use social media to connect with our friends, but how about if we use it to spur action in our communities?


Park UMC youth use early release day to pack meals for Kids Against Hunger

Park UMC youth use early release day to pack meals for Kids Against Hunger

3/13/2014

When they had an early release day from school on March 5, Park UMC youth (and adults) went to pack meals for Kids Against Hunger.


Richfield UMC youth spread the word about homelessness in MN

Richfield UMC youth spread the word about homelessness in MN

2/27/2014

Richfield UMC youth educate and encourage congregation members to take part in ending homelessness through creating a display with a tent and backpack to emphasize the reality that many homeless youth face.


Byron UMC brings help and hope to refugee camps in Afghanistan

Byron UMC brings help and hope to refugee camps in Afghanistan

2/26/2014

Byron United Methodist Church’s confirmation class project collected 500 pairs of shoes, which went to a refugee camp in Afghanistan. Church members went to a Twin Cities airport to witness the send-off.


Churches’ ‘Souper Bowl’ yields 1,000+ cans of soup for hungry

Churches’ ‘Souper Bowl’ yields 1,000+ cans of soup for hungry

2/11/2014

The Seahawks and the Broncos weren’t the only ones competing on Feb. 2. Two churches in the Minnesota Conference were having a “Souper Bowl” of their own.


Advent UMC evangelizes through action on mission trips to Haiti

Advent UMC evangelizes through action on mission trips to Haiti

12/3/2013

Almost every year, members from Advent United Methodist Church travel to Haiti to work on projects there in collaboration with local residents.


Grand Rapids UMC’s ‘open-door coat rack’ provides winter gear for 1,200

Grand Rapids UMC’s ‘open-door coat rack’ provides winter gear for 1,200

12/2/2013

In the harsh northern Minnesota winters, no one can go without a coat—and no one needs to thanks to Grand Rapids United Methodist Church’s “open-door coat rack.”


Normandale Hylands UM Women engage community in fighting human trafficking

10/23/2013

After Normandale Hylands United Methodist Women read a book about human trafficking in the United States and discovered that the problem was prevalent in Minnesota, they were committed to doing their part to combat it.


Gethsemane UMC, other area churches keep food shelf going strong

Gethsemane UMC, other area churches keep food shelf going strong

10/22/2013

The Centennial Community Food Shelf, which began in the 1950s, has continued to thrive and grow thanks to an ecumenical group of area churches that keep it going, including Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Lino Lakes.


A Brush With Kindness team ‘serves Jesus while serving others’

A Brush With Kindness team ‘serves Jesus while serving others’

10/17/2013

Two years ago, members of Lindstrom and Main Street UMCs returned from a mission trip inspired to make change in their own communities.


Advent UMC engages in a day of sharing within community

Advent UMC engages in a day of sharing within community

9/11/2013

Members of Advent United Methodist Church in Eagan wanted to celebrate the church’s 30-year anniversary by sharing God’s love with the community. They chose to do that with one great day of sharing, an event they called “Advent Cares.”


Lydia Zion UMC’s birthday ministry brings mission work to everyday life

Lydia Zion UMC’s birthday ministry brings mission work to everyday life

9/4/2013

Lydia Zion United Methodist Church celebrates members’ birthdays in a most unique way: Birthday honorees (and/or other worship attendees of their choosing) are invited to perform a special mission task. Tasks have included zipping through the day with a smile, calling on a friend to see how they’re doing, reading a scripture, taking a meal to someone, bringing a friend to church, and visiting a Sunday School class. It’s a reminder that “we can all be in mission,” says Pastor Larry Kasten, and the ministry has been well-received by the 155-member congregation.


At North UMC, ‘faith is community’

At North UMC, ‘faith is community’

8/27/2013

North United Methodist Church is big on community outreach. One of its most well known ministries is its clothing closet, through which residents in need can come up to several times each month and select items at no cost.


Park UMC shares God’s love by sharing muffins with passersby

Park UMC shares God’s love by sharing muffins with passersby

8/14/2013

Park Avenue United Methodist Church’s Women to Women Ministries group started thinking about ways it could spread God’s love through an unassuming act of kindness and came up with the idea to distribute muffins to people passing by the church in vehicles and by foot.


Small Church of Peace launches big fight against hunger

Small Church of Peace launches big fight against hunger

8/12/2013

When the Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People food shelf in Bloomington needed emergency bags of groceries for people unable to wait for the next available food pantry appointment, Richfield’s Church of Peace stepped up to the plate.


STORM Camp goes missional once again

STORM Camp goes missional once again

8/5/2013

This year’s STORM Camp moved to Faribault. In late July, 63 students and 12 adult drivers from 14 congregations served 70 families in the community.


Willmar UMC rises to donor’s challenge, donates two arks of animals, five pigs to families in need

Willmar UMC rises to donor’s challenge, donates two arks of animals, five pigs to families in need

7/30/2013

In conjunction with vacation Bible school, which had a “Down on the Farm” theme, Willmar United Methodist Church Education Director Jackie Svejkovsky hoped that the congregation might contribute $120, enough to donate one pig through Heifer International.


At Thief River Falls UMC, talents, denominations combine for Imagine No Malaria

At Thief River Falls UMC, talents, denominations combine for Imagine No Malaria

7/29/2013

Three talented musicians who attend a nearby Lutheran church heard about Thief River Falls’ ambitious fundraising goal for Imagine No Malaria and offered to help out by performing a benefit concert.


Jamaican Adventure

Jamaican Adventure

7/17/2013

A 14-member work team from Brownsdale United Methodist Church recently returned from Brown’s Town, Jamaica, where they worked with local community members.


“Ton of Tuna” campaign feeds a community

“Ton of Tuna” campaign feeds a community

7/16/2013

During Minnesota FoodShare month, River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville saw a need to fight hunger in its community. The church came up with a “Ton of Tuna” campaign, which resulted in the collection of 6,555 cans, or almost 3,000 pounds, of tuna to give to local food banks.


Minnetonka UMC youth fundraisers net $41K for Imagine No Malaria

Minnetonka UMC youth fundraisers net $41K for Imagine No Malaria

7/8/2013

Minnetonka United Methodist Church youth have driven the church’s Imagine No Malaria fundraising efforts, which to date have raised $40,609 to combat malaria deaths in Africa.


Lanesboro UMC’s ‘High Tea for High Waters’ Raises $1,300 for Disaster Relief

Lanesboro UMC’s ‘High Tea for High Waters’ Raises $1,300 for Disaster Relief

6/26/2013

Lanesboro United Methodist Church may be small in membership but it’s big on helping those in need. The church raised $1,300 from a “High Tea for High Waters” and used it to support two outreach efforts.


Thief River Falls UMC “Changes the World” During May

Thief River Falls UMC “Changes the World” During May

5/24/2013

Thief River Falls United Methodist Church raised over $1,400 for Imagine No Malaria during the month of May. The church had a “Muffins for Malaria” fellowship after worship on May 5.


Fridley UMC third-grader leads effort to raise money for homeless

Fridley UMC third-grader leads effort to raise money for homeless

5/15/2013

A third-grade girl at Fridley United Methodist Church has a heart for people who are homeless, and she led a three-week church fundraising effort that brought in $156.65 for Family Promise of Anoka County.


Richfield UMC sandwich-making ministry provides food for homeless neighbors

Richfield UMC sandwich-making ministry provides food for homeless neighbors

4/18/2013

363 Days organization seeks to provide those people who are experiencing homelessness with food for every day out of the year (363 because there are typically meals served at many shelters and other places on Christmas and Thanksgiving).


Packing for the weekend: Feeding hungry children in Lake City

Packing for the weekend: Feeding hungry children in Lake City

4/17/2013

A year ago a team of volunteers at Lake City United Methodist Church began an outreach ministry called “Packing for the Weekend.” This program feeds children on weekends that miss out on nutrition when school is not in session.


Brooklyn UMC youth offer token of warmth and comfort for families of Sandy Hook victims

Brooklyn UMC youth offer token of warmth and comfort for families of Sandy Hook victims

12/20/2012

In response to the Dec. 14 shooting in which twenty children and six school administrators were killed, youth from Brooklyn United Methodist Church (Brooklyn Center) offered a token of warmth and comfort for the grieving community during the Christmas season.


Town’s annual celebration provides an opportunity to raise awareness for Imagine No Malaria

Town’s annual celebration provides an opportunity to raise awareness for Imagine No Malaria

8/23/2012

Each summer, the town of Adrian, Minn., hosts a “Christmas in July” celebration for the community. Seeing an opportunity for community involvement with Imagine No Malaria, Adrian and Magnolia United Methodist Church set up a “game tent” for children to win prizes during the day-long celebration.


Inaugural Camp MSP gives middle-schoolers an opportunity to serve the community

Inaugural Camp MSP gives middle-schoolers an opportunity to serve the community

8/17/2012

The first Camp MSP (mission, service, purpose) was held Aug 14-16. Twelve churches from the conference participated in this event designed to bring United Methodist fifth through seventh graders together to have fun, learn, and have the opportunity to serve their neighbor.


The Church Takes To The Streets

7/24/2012

Urban CROSS service camp took place this summer, and was hugely successful. Fifty-four campers completed many projects on houses in the Dayton’s Bluff area of St. Paul.



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