Support West Side Schools! : West Siders for Strong Schools

Join us at Humboldt High School on January 25th.
Cherokee Park United is partnering with West Siders for Strong Schools to promote special events at West Side Schools this year. Beat cabin fever and join the community at Humboldt High School on January 25 from 5 to 7 pm.

Humboldt is at located at 30 Baker St. East.  It’s the night of the school’s Winter Concert so music will be in the air. There will be a delicious free dinner, family-friendly activities, and the opportunity to learn more about local schools and community organizations.   Bring your family and friends and support learning in our neighborhood! More information is available at 651-500-1059 or email [email protected]

Advent and Christmas Events

Faith Life Intergenerational December 4, Sunday following worshipcpuc-birch-candels
All are invited to fellowship snacks and then join in Advent activities. We will be making Advent candle birch logs, and if we run out of logs, there are other crafts, cookie decorating (and eating) and music with Abe. Come and prepare for the Birth of the Baby.

Ramsey County Family Christmas Program
CPUC is again bringing Christmas joy to a family through this Community Human Services Department project. Last year this program served 88 families in need of Christmas help. This year we have been matched with a family of eight. You are invited to sign up to purchase a toy or clothing for children (suggested range $20-$30) or clothing for adults (suggested range $30-$50). A signup sheet is available at the Baker St. entrance starting November 27. There is also a “wish list” for gifts for the family. All gifts should be brought to the church by Sunday, December 11. Cash donations for purchase of gift cards at a grocery store are needed as well. Please have a gift receipt with the gift and clearly put the name of the gift recipient on the gift. It is suggested you include a note, “From your friends at Cherokee Park United Church.” Nativity Figures Needed Do you have a crèche? Will you please loan us the characters? (Jesus, camels, sheep, cows, Mary, Joseph, the 3 wise ones, and anyone else you think was in Bethlehem.) They will become a part of the Christmas Eve service.Please drop them off at church by December 18 or 19.

Children’s Nativity Gospel December 18, Sunday, 10:15 a.m. mary-jesus-copy
Enjoy our (seventh year) tradition of having the Sunday School children help lead us in worship. This year’s theme is love. Our liturgy comes in part from “Mary Shows Us the Givingness of God” from the book “Heart Talks with Mother God” by Bridget Mary Meehan & Regina Madonna Oliver. We also take inspiration from biblical and contemporary stories of God’s love for the world expressed through mothers. We welcome Grandmas and Grandpas and extended families to come for the message and snap pictures of the kids in their costumes. While current Sunday School students will lead the service, we’d love for Sunday School alumni (18 and under) to participate also. If you have a musical instrument, or dance, or poem, or some other way you want to be part of the fun, please contact Andy George. As with all things Christmas, the more the merrier!

Christmas Potluck and Caroling December 18, Sunday 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Deck the Halls and share in the feast. The annual CPUC Christmas Dinner starts at 4:00 p.m. Sign up sheets for potluck contributions will be available every week through December 11. There are a couple of changes for this year: Dishes: Bring a dish, take a dish—an empty one that is. The hardworking clean up crew will not wash the pots and pans and casserole dishes you bring with your contributions. Take them home to wash, making the task of the clean up crew more manageable. Containers will be available if you want to share any of your leftovers.
Caroling will start at the church, following the meal, with a mini concert presented by our members who play instruments or sing and group caroling. From there groups will go by car caravan to the homes of some of our members or others who are not able to attend the dinner. (There will not be caroling at Cerenity Center this year.)

Candlelight Christmas Eve Servicechristmas-night-copy
December 24, Saturday, 5:00 p.m.

Christmas Day Service
December 25, 10:15 a.m.
Since Christmas Day is on a Sunday this year, we will have a worship service. This will be an informal setting, with time to come and breathe and reflect on the festivities of the holiday and to sing Christmas carols.

Cherokee Park United Hosts Bearing Witness Retreat

witnessCherokee Park United was pleased to host the Bearing Witness Retreat in November.

Participants honored the resilience of Native Peoples in Minnesota as they revisited the sites and history of the violence and genocide against our state’s first inhabitants. The retreat was a collaboration between Clouds in Water Zen Center, Healing Minnesota Stories, St. Paul Interfaith Network, Healing Place Collaborative, Zen Pacemaker Order, and the church.

West Side Wednesdays

wsw-flyerCherokee Park United is pleased to be a community partner for West Side Wednesdays this year.  Please come to Riverview School on October 26th to celebrate literacy and learn the important work of learning that is happening in our neighborhood. You’ll enjoy a free meal, meet lots of West Side neighbors, and have fun with the educational activities planned for the evening.

The church is a strong supporter of public education.  For twenty-seven years the church sponsored Building Blocks Tutorial, an volunteer-based program that worked with elementary grade children attending West Side Schools.  Be sure to look for our table and come over to say “Hi!” or “¡Hola!”

You Are Invited…

Cherokee Park United worships at 10:15 am each Sunday. You are invited to join us. Our service is engaging and our welcome warm. Please plan to stay for Fellowship Time after worship. That is in our Social Hall on the lower level. A handicapped entrance and lift are available on the Manomin Street side of the church.
The Adult Forum resumes at 9 am on Sunday, September 17. Please consider attending these insightful and uplifting sessions where we share and grow our faith. Anyone high school age or older is welcome to join us in the Parent’s Room, near the Manomin Street entry.
Starting Sunday, October 1, the first Sunday of each month will be a Connect! Sunday. This is an inter-generational event beginning at 9:00 am. in the Social Hall that will focus on exploring spiritual concepts in fun and meaningful ways. Whether or not you have small children you are invited to participate and have your soul nourished. We will no longer have classroom-based Sunday School lessons for kids on the other Sundays of the month. Instead, once a month (on a different day than Connect!) there will be a kid-friendly, spirit-filled activity that all children of the church will be invited to attend. Please contact the church for a schedule of upcoming outings.

Supporting our Mendota Mdewakanton brothers and sisters

Participants in Dakota WacipiOur ongoing supportive relationship with the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community includes hosting the closing feast for the annual POW WOW (wacipi).  This year the gathering is September 9 through 11th at the St. Peter’s Church Grounds in Mendota.  The dinner is from 5 to 7 pm on September 11th.

Neoteric Chamber Winds Performance

Cherokee Park United Church was very pleased to Host the Neoteric Chamber Winds, the Twin Cities’ modern musical mix of woodwinds, brass, piano & voice, on August 9th.
The performance featured rare musical works from the 20th and 21st centuries & living/local composers –
Betz, Chavez, Eychenne, Gorb, Roseman, Stravinsky & Wittgraff.

Welcome Pastor Joy Smith, Interim Minister

Joy welcomePastor Joy Smith is now Interim Minister at Cherokee Park United Church.  In her first sermon, Pastor Joy challenged the congregation to embrace the power to remember and the freedom to forget.   A festive welcoming fellowship followed Pastor Joy’s first service.  In the picture at right, she chats with Joanne Sylvander, liturgist and member of the Pastoral Transition Team.  Join us at worship at 9:30a.m. each Sunday thru Labor Day as we begin this interim time together.

Even Though It Is Summer, God is still speaking, Come listen with us!

SummerCPUCWe gather at 9:30 am for Sunday Worship now through September 4.  You are welcome to join us every Sunday in our “prayer-conditioned” sanctuary.  A Fellowship Hour follows each service.  The annual “Gathering in the Park” will be on July 31.  We’ll worship at the pavilion in nearby Cherokee Park.  A “potluck” picnic follows with grills available and games for kids of all ages.  Join us as we celebrate this special season in Minnesota.

Summer programming includes:
June 18– Habitat for Humanity landscaping project- Minneapolis site
June 26– Worship and welcome – Interim Minister, Pastor Joy Smith
July 23– Capital View Park Art Show
July 31– Ordination Service for Herbert Perkins/Okogyeamon, 3 pm
August 9– Neoteric Chamber Winds Concert, 7:30 pm; good-will offering taken