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

Happy Anniversary to Us

CPUC Front ViewSunday, June 5th 10:15a.m.
It is our tradition to celebrate, on the first Sunday in June, the beginning of Cherokee Park United Church, a merger of St. John’s United Church of Christ and Cherokee Heights Presbyterian Church. This is our 48th anniversary.  We also celebrate milestones in membership, our new high school graduates (if we have any), and following worship, enjoy a tantalizing roast beef dinner (vegetarian dishes included.)  Happy Anniversary Cherokee Park United!

Campaign for Earned Sick and Safe Time

earnedsick_safe-insideA public meeting will be held at CPUC, organized by ISAIAH, to lead this campaign for the 72,000-plus St. Paul workers who do not have access to paid sick time to care for themselves or their family members when they are ill.  The workers who need paid sick time most are those least likely to have it. Together we will share our faith and stories and we will engage in dialogue with our District 2 City Council member about this issue.  This event is organized by ISAIAH, acting out of a fundamental set of values of dignity, inclusion, equity, and redemption.  They seek to work together with our state leaders to put the truth of God’s love back at the center of society.  Churches throughout the state are involved in ISAIAH.

Interim Pastor (Joyful) Welcome

Joy_SmithOur Church Council has approved the Reverend Joy Smith
as our Interim Pastor. Her first official day with us will be
Monday, June 20, and her first Sunday in the pulpit will be
June 26.

Pastor Joy comes to us from the Presbyterian
tradition and for the past eight years has been the pastor of
the (Presbyterian) Church of the Apostles in Burnsville.
Joy is a great preacher with a gift for pastoral care. She
has experience leading multiple churches through a variety
of difficult situations and transitions. Joy is dedicated to
proclaiming the social justice mission of the church and is excited to come to a community that seeks to right the wrongs done to the Earth, and to proclaim Christ’s message of justice for the poor and oppressed.

In her personal life, Joy is a runner and dog lover. Her husband, Chuck is a Dean at Minneapolis Community
Technical College. They have a daughter, Katie who will enter the PhD program for
Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, and a son, Hunter, who will
graduate from Evergreen College in Washington this June with a degree in Creative
Writing and Media. You will find a message from Pastor Joy in the June newsletter.