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We’re happy you’ve taken a moment to visit the website for First United Methodist Church, Red Wing, Minnesota, and we would be glad to meet you, or to welcome your participation in ministries or worship. Whatever you’re seeking, we hope we can help you feel connected and affirmed on your spiritual journey, whether you’re new to this quest, someone recently drawn to faith, or a long-term Christian. We’re trying to stay connected with God and neighbor, to grow spiritually, and to serve others. Maybe that’s your path, too? May God bless and encourage you on the way!
“God Is On the Move” Service Group, October 18-22
We are experimenting with a new community service venture for all youth currently in grades 5-12 in our own church, other churches and youth from the community. The cost will be $30 per person (scholarships available). It is scheduled for October 18-22. An Event Overview: This will be a Mission-trip and church lock-in combined to serve neighbors in our Red Wing community. Some examples of projects we plan to do include: minor home repair, assisting Jordan Towers and non-profits in town with beautification projects, including fall gardening activities, washing windows, and mowing lawns. We may also send groups to the food shelf, nursing home, and senior centers to assist with volunteer work there.
Our goal is to do work that will help those in our own town. We want the youth to learn how to volunteer in their community. The work teams will be a mix of youth with adult supervisors from our own church and other churches they attend. They will have time when we first gather on Wednesday night to get to know each other and doing some team building activities. The evenings will be spent together as a large group with an evening worship and structured social time to hang out and play together. Friday night will be a community event in the park with a meal served and music and fellowship with our teams! For questions, to register, or for more information please contact Crystal Henderson, our Family Ministries Assistant, at 651-212-3963 or email Crystal at email@example.com
Special Church Conference, October 22, 10:40 a.m.
All church members of the First United Methodist Church, Red Wing, are encouraged to be present in worship on Sunday, October 22, and to remain afterward briefly for a special church conference. The purpose of the conference is to address a single resolution brought to the church by the church council which affirms our openness to full inclusion of all persons in worship and all aspects of our ministries. The resolution notes support for full inclusion of persons who might not be welcomed in various other settings. The voting will be by written ballot, and there is an informal understanding that it will be adopted only with 70% support of members present and casting a ballot. The resolution follows below: First United Methodist Church of Red Wing celebrates that ALL persons are God’s children, created in God’s image and of sacred worth. We affirm our congregation’s commitment to spiritual diversity, individual integrity and right to conscience before God. Our faith calls us to be in intentional ministry to, with and for, all people, including those who have not always been accepted because of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities/qualities, socio/economic status, family make-up, or religious background. We respectfully advocate for full legal, civil and ecclesial rights for all persons. We are a community of Jesus Christ seeking to welcome all.
Adult Forum for 10/29 and 11/2:
The Art of Listening to Others, God, and Self
Reverend Cooper Wiggen, a gifted pastor and teacher, and Mary Lynn Oglesbee, a Center for Courage and Renewal retreat facilitator, will lead two adult forums on "The Art of Listening to Others, to God, and to Self" on Sundays, 10/29 and 11/2 at 10:40 a.m. each Sunday.
Wiggen and Oglesbee will help us to remember and appreciate when we have been well-heard by others, and will also teach ways of listening deeply to other people, to God in prayer, and to our own inner voices. Part of the teaching will be on ways to manage conflict with others by attentive listening.
Their teaching will echo that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who wrote, "The first service one owes to others in a community involves listening to them. Just as our love for God begins with listening to God’s Word, the beginning of love for others is learning to listen to them. God’s love for us is shown by the fact that God not only gives God’s Word, but also lends us God’s ear. We do God’s work for our brothers and sisters when we learn to listen to them."
Please join the sisters and brothers as we learn to" listen with the ear of the heart" (Saint Benedict of Nursia, 480--547 A.D.)