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Papa Sandhill Crane & ChickJoseph of Arimathea, detail from the Basilica of the National Shrine, Washington, D.C.; A Father Teaching His Daughter to Fly.

Progenitors, papas; playmates, fathers have many faces. This Sunday we are mindful of the fathering people in our lives that plant and challenge and cheer us on. We consider the simple actions of “the other” Joseph and the impact of his faithfulness.
In this time of isolation, unrest and uncertainty, we pray for creative power, sound plans, and purposeful action toward the day when every father’s child walks in love and justice.

See Drive-by Photo-Op at PPUMC 
below for details on TWO reasons to drive by PPUMC sometime between 11:00 and 1:30 this Sunday!

To join PPUMC online worship, click here:
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 /
Steve Ozanne:  612-986-4675 /
Audio-only dial-in:  1-312-626-6799 / meeting ID   890 2756 1222 #
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This Sunday - Drive-By Photo Op at PPUMC

This Sunday, Father's Day, and the date of our neighborhood restaurant fundraiser,
we ALSO have a photo opportunity for YOU!!

Drive to church. Park. Visit the table to write a sign
(like the small ones in the photo above),
hold your sign as you stand in front of our rainbow sign to
have your picture taken!

We will then create a large montage of our community taking a stand for what matters to us! All are invited - neighbors and friends as well!
Chris and David will be onsite to say hello and take the photos.
This will be outside, or in the event of rain,
just inside the back door of the chapel.
We will wipe down anything touched between people.
We will make certain that social distancing is observed.
We will be wearing masks and we ask people to wear masks outside of the immediate photo moment.
We will have a few gloves onsite if needed.
Feel free to BRING YOUR OWN sign/s!!
Households will be photographed together if desired.
and...we have ONE more copy of the book (see below) that has not been spoken for as of yet!

We would LOVE to see you...AND we trust you will take care of your needs first and foremost.
Raising Cain's Chicken Fingers, a neighborhood eatery, is offering a lunch time special for PPUMC as part of their "Summer Faith Fundraiser Series." Details above.
If you'd prefer a plant-based meal, we'll match 15% of your purchase (anytime in June) at Trio Plant-Based Restaurant in the Lyn-Lake Neighborhood.
Trio is Minnesota’s first Black-owned plant-based restaurant.
We have ONE COPY of the book we are reading that has not been spoken for! First come, first served, unless you phone or text Pastor Chris to claim the last one!
Expect a survey early in the week as we find a time - or times - to hold book conversation during the month of July!

Juneteenth Freedom Day - June 19

On June 19, 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas were finally informed of their freedom, more than two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Combining June and 19 resulted in today's celebration now known as “Juneteenth,” or “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.” With the recent protests of the killing of George Floyd and others, this year’s celebration has taken on even greater meaning.

Here in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz has proclaimed today "Juneteenth Freedom Day" and is asking the state legislature to make June 19 an annual holiday to mark the end of slavery in the United States. You can read more about the governor’s proclamation and a listing of Juneteenth events online in the StarTribune by clicking HERE.

In addition, Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness today released, “Sick & Tired”, a powerful anthem for the racial justice movement. The song was written and produced by music director Gary Hines, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the George Floyd Scholarship Fund. For more, read the Minnesota-Spokesman Recorder story HERE.

Food Drive/Community Support/Racial Justice

Throughout the month of June, PPUMC is hosting a food drive to support Glendale Food Shelf, operated by East Side Neighborhood Services. Through today's upheaval and uncertainty, we have the opportunity to be part of the rebuilding, recovery and healing process. To contribute, please write a check with ‘Glendale Food Shelf’ in the memo line; or contribute directly online at the East Side Neighborhood Services metro food programs information page by clicking HERE. Please let us know if you contribute directly - we'd like to count our full congregational donation!

You’ll also find a Racial Justice Resources page on the PPUMC website that contains a growing list of ways you can respond to the needs in the greater community according to your personal preference and capacity. You'll find the Racial Justice Resources page by clicking HERE.
If you have something you would like to be considered for the list, please send it to Dave Nyberg, Comms Team Chair or to the office.

PPUMC Men's Group meets online Saturday, June 20

The PPUMC Men's Group will hold their monthly breakfast gathering tomorrow, Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 am via Zoom.
Connect from the comfort of your home by clicking here:
Meeting ID: 890 1771 3685 /
password: 122345
As a primer, Harry Boyte has co-written a reflection on the misuse of war as a metaphor for citizenship and government action - click HERE to read.
New members are always welcome!
And, for those participating in the 8:30-9 am virtual Zoom stretching class (log-in details below), feel free to join us afterwards.

Book Club: "A Good Time for the Truth"

The PPUMC Summer Book Club is now forming as we read, "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota," edited by Sun Yung Shin. There has never been a more important time to confront the racial disparities in our state, with sixteen of Minnesota's best writers offering a range of perspectives on living in the land of 10,000 lakes as a person of color. 

The book is available through local booksellers such as Magers & Quinn or online. We have one remaining copy available for pick-up during our Father's Day drive-through Photo-Op from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. this Sunday!

Book club meeting times are being determined; look for our online survey early next week as we begin to schedule book conversations. For questions, please reach out to Angela or A.K. Hed Vincent or Pastor Chris. 

Online Small Group Activities

Online small group gatherings continue.
Consider checking one out, and if you are a regular (you know who you are!) maybe one of these days, invite a friend!

Friday Evening Movie Club: June 19 @ 6:30-7:30 pm
(Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Part 1)
Meeting ID: 874 1374 3368

Saturday Morning Stretching: June 20 @ 8:30-9:00 am
Meeting ID: 858 2845 6150

Saturday Afternoon Makers Circle: June 20 @ 1-2:30 pm
Meeting ID: 876 9504 9041

Tuesday Evening Bible Study: This is the one group that is established and in session. We are studying the book of Job. If you are seriously interested, talk with Pastor Chris.

Wednesday Lunch Break: June 24 @ 12-12:30 pm
Meeting ID: 883 2258 3836

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

Pride Fest 2020 Virtual Parade Postponed 

In solidarity with Black Lives Matter, the virtual 2020 Twin Cities Pride Parade has been postponed to a later date. Instead, organizers will be hosting the, “Taking Back Pride: Justice for George Floyd March” on Sunday, June 28, starting at Loring Park. Details are being finalized; WCCO-TV has more on the story by clicking HERE, or visit the Twin Cities Pride website at

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.


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