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This Sunday – the first Sunday in July – we celebrate the arrival of summer! The earth still turns and observes its galactic pathways in the faithful rhythm of Creation. Glory be! We gather, too, in faithful rhythm. We return week by week to the Base Camp of our church community to rest, reflect, refuel, and restore our sense of reverence. This Sunday we observe Holy Communion, take stock of where we stand – a spiritual inventory – and share resources as we discern together. We will sing and wonder and consider scripture. We will stretch and pray and ponder. And then we will send each other out again – with courage, curiosity and compassion – to address the enormous needs at hand and to LIVE the GLORY of this singular SUMMER!

To join PPUMC online worship, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89027561222
Meeting ID (if requested):  890 2756 1222
The live feed begins at 9:30, with worship at 10 am.

For log-in questions prior to worship, please contact:
Cathy Velasquez Eberhart: 651-587-5356 cathy@vfamilycoffee.com.
Steve Ozanne: 612-986-4675 / steve.ozanne@gmail.com
Audio-only dial-in: 1-312-626-6799 / meeting ID: 890 2756 1222 #

INVITATION: What would you like to sing in worship this summer?
Send the title or description to Pastor Chris or Dave Nyberg or Kathy Webb (or call one of us), and we will do our darnedest to make sure we get it into the line-up!
It's never been easier to share and/or invite a friend to join us.
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Photo Quilt: Who We Are & What We Stand For

"Who is that masked man?"
"I don't know - but he stands for PEACE!"
We are collecting images for our Photo Quilt, and it will not be the same without YOU. The plan is to collect many, many photos and put them together into a montage of who we are. (See the July Prospectus for more!) All it takes is a selfie - or have someone else take the shot. Then turn it around and take a shot of THEM! Neighbors, friends, family; all are welcome from near or far!

1. Make or find a sign you can hold (or stand beside).
2. Be where there is bright color or a rainbow (or wear it).
3. Take a photo and send it to us by clicking HERE.

These may not be our most glamorous "close-ups," rather they are a glorious representation of the beauty of WHO WE ARE!!

PPUMC Summer Book Club Starts July 12

EVERYONE who is part of the PPUMC community - neighborhood, congregation and beyond -  is invited to join in the summer book read: 
"A Good Time for The Truth," edited by Sun Yung Shin. 

We'll support that read also, with a book club!
PPUMC Summer Book Club will hold two sessions each week.
The times have been determined by the greatest availability reported in our recent survey.
Choose whichever session which works for you to attend.
Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm, beginning July 12,
OR
Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm, beginning July 16.
We plan to meet for 8 weeks, reading 2 chapters per week.
Come to the first session having read the
 introduction and first 2 essays (pages 3-42). 
Pastor Chris will facilitate the conversations.

"A Good Time for the Truth" is a collection of first-person essays written by Native American writers and writers of color about their own experience of racial disparities in Minnesota. As such, our conversations will center around important and sometimes challenging ideas. We ask that you come to book club with an open heart, a willingness to listen, and kindness on your lips.

You can purchase a physical copy of the book at booksellers such as Magers & Quinn and online via the MN Historical Society. This book is also currently available for reading FREE over the next two months at Ebooks MN. If you have questions, please reach out to Angela Hed Vincent or Pastor Chris.
This conversation will take place over Zoom. Links will be provided prior to the first gathering.

Online Small Group Activities

Online small group gatherings continue.
It's the holiday weekend, so we'll be taking a break from our Saturday Morning Stretch and Afternoon Maker's Circle gatherings tomorrow, July 4, but reconvening on Saturday, July 11.  
We hope you'll consider checking them out...and invite a friend!

Saturday, July 4th - no classes...Happy Fourth of July!  

Tuesday Evening Bible Study - Job: This group has been established and meeting for the past several weeks, taking a deep dive into the book of Job. If you are seriously interested, please talk with Pastor Chris.

Saturday Morning Stretching: July 11 @ 8:30-9:00 am 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85828456150
Meeting ID: 858 2845 6150

Saturday Afternoon Makers Circle: July 11 @ 1-2:30 pm 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87695049041
Meeting ID: 876 9504 9041

Please click on ANNOUNCEMENTS at the top of this email for details, or visit the Events page on our website by clicking HERE.

Fourth of July, 2020

We stand face-to-face with the pandemic of racism in our communities, our state, our nation. In that light, there may be no more appropriate way of “recognizing” the Fourth of July this year than to remember, reflect and re-commit ourselves to the ideals found at the very heart of our democracy:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all [persons] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As followers of Jesus, we stand as people who believe – who KNOW – that we are all equally sacred in the heart of God and there can be no place for racism in our policies, our systems, our churches; nowhere in our midst.

Pastor Tyler Sit of New City Church in Minneapolis – located in the same neighborhood as where George Floyd was murdered - calls upon all United Methodists to make anti-racism part of their faith practice and to attend to it weekly in order to build the kin-dom of God. We follow Jesus best when we are anti-racist. You can see Tyler's reflection HERE.

Know Justice. Know Peace. Happy Fourth of July.

The people of PPUMC stand with the Minnesota Conference in rejecting the

Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent

with the gospel message and will resist its implementation. 

We remain committed to full inclusion.

LOVE GROWS HERE.

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