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A GREAT WAY TO HELP EMMA NORTON SERVICES -BECOME A PARTNER CHURCH. A Partner Church contributes $2/member to Emma Norton Services each year.  We currently have 31 Partner Churches.

Lake Harriet UMC

4901 Chowen Ave. S.


 UMW Meetings open to all!

Second Wednesday mornings:
10:00 - Welcoming Coffee
10:30 - Speaker/Program in the Fireside Room
11:15 - Business and Break
Noon-Lunch at the "Cafe" (Fellowship Hall)

contact Marge for reservations and arrange for a ride if needed gmargie61@earthlink.net or 952-831-1965.



MN Council of Churches Refugee Services

offers assistance to persecuted people who come to Minnesota as refugees.  The MN UMC Conference is a key member of the MN Council of Churches and we are also the local affiliate for UMCOR’s work with refugees.  We work with persecuted people who come by invitation of the US Government to start new lives in the United States and offer a range of educational and ministry opportunities to local congregations to learn more about and assist new refugees.  Although refugees arrive filled with hope and possess vast life experience, they arrive with very few material belongings with which to begin life in the United States.

As part of our efforts to warmly welcome new arrivals to Minnesota, we set up apartments for new families before their arrival, but we need help to do so!  Attached is a list of supplies needed to supply a family of five with what they need to start life in Minnesota.  UMW groups at church and district levels could help to assemble welcome kits which will be delivered to new refugee familes.  There is even the opportunity to set up the apartment!  Since most refugee resettlement happens in the Twin Cities, this is a great opportunity for churches in Greater Minnesota to have a direct impact on the lives of newly arriving refugee families.

Thank you for sharing this information, and feel free to relay questions back to me.  I think that this would be a great and impactful way for UMW groups to get involved in a group activity!

In Peace,

Kristin Zoellner
Refugee Services Resource Coordinator
Minnesota Council of Churches-Refugee Services


Simpson UMC

To all,  Simpson is starting a Children's Book Club.  We will be using the Simpson UMW is collecting children's books from the UMW Reading Program.  We would love to have any children's books from the UMW Reading Program that you no longer wish to include in your church or UMW library.  Eventually, we may use only current books, but to get started we welcome any books, even those five years or older on the Reading Program list.  The books may be donated to Simpson or loaned;  just let us know which you prefer.  Bev Bickelhaupt of Simpson UMW started this program.  Another interesting side benefit, Bev engaged a grandmother, who has not been a UMW member, to help with this program.  A new recruiting mechanism!  If you find you have some books to share with Simpson, please bring them to TC District meetings. Let me know if you prefer to have us pick them up.  Thanks,  Mary Gates, 612 789 8767