Cinco de Mayo Parade

On Saturday, May 6 the Cinco de Mayo Parade marches south on Wabasha and Cesar Chavez Street in a colorful, spirit-filled procession.  Come join us!  Cherokee Park United will be there with our float.  Look for us in our church T-shirts and with our puppet friends.  Plan to stay for the food, festivities and fun after the parade.

Following worship on May 7, the Outreach Ministry team will host a special Fellowship Hour in honor of Cinco de Mayo. There will be Mexican pastries and a piñata for the children. Bienvenido!

West Side Wednesday

Come make new friends and celebrate our multicultural world at West Side Wednesday on May 3! Join us at Cherokee Heights Elementary School (694 S. Charlton St.) from 5:30-7:30 pm (note the time change from other West Side Wednesday events) Cherokee Park United Church will be there with our puppet friends, encouraging all to look for us in the upcoming Cinco de Mayo Parade Bring your friends, neighbors and family to enjoy a delicious dinner, activities for all ages, and the opportunity to learn more about our local schools and community organizations. For more information about West Side Wednesday, call 651-500-1059 or e-mail [email protected].

Spring Art Fest: Healing Spirit; Hidden Wounds

Cherokee Park United Church will sponsor a Spring Art Fest April 28 through June 4. The exhibit is entitled Healing Spirit; Hidden Wounds. Alice Savitski will show her Mixed Media art in the sanctuary. Ellie Leonardsmith will display photos from her project What We Hide in the Parent’s Room. Both exhibits focus on human struggles and healing connections through art. The Art Fest is part of the St. Paul Art Crawl on Friday, April 28, 6 to 10 pm and Saturday, April 29, 12 to 8 pm. Both artists will talk about their works starting at 7 pm that Friday. The exhibit will be open on Sundays and by appointment through June 4. Please bring your friends and come to see this amazing art.

Mardi Gras & ASDIC Fundraiser

Cherokee Park United is proud to be the site for the 3rd annual Antiracism Study and Dialogue Circle’s Mardi Gras Celebration.  This year, ASDIC is raising funds to incorporate as a 501(c)(3) at this event. Join us for a home-cooked feast of Cajun, Creole, and Brazilian food, DJ and line dancing, mask-making, games for kids, and good company.   Wear your favorite Fat Tuesday costume!  Tickets at the door will be $12 or $20 for two tickets. The event is on Saturday, February 25 from 7-11 p.m. For information please call Okogyeamon at

Inquirer’s Class

Wondering about membership at Cherokee Park United Church?  A two session Inquirer’s class will be held on Sundays, February 12 and 19 at 6 to 8 pm.  We will meet in the Parent’s Room, accessible by the Manomin Street door.  Learn about the history, connections, and common life of this vital faith community.  Please contact Pastor Joy at [email protected] or 651 227-4275 to register for the class.

Community Connections and Conversation: Climate Change and Our Response.

Join us from 4 to 7 pm on Saturday, February 11 in the Social Hall.. We will screen Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Steven’s film Before the Flood. After sharing a light soup supper,  a Cherokee Park United member active in environmental issues will facilitate a discussion about this compelling issue. Please invite your families, friends, and neighbors. (Suggested age 10 years and over). A free-will offering will be taken for the meal. Please contact the church at [email protected] with questions.

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 info@ westsidestrongschools.com.

Advent and Christmas Events

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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!”