We March with PRIDE!

Cherokee Park United
marches in the (Ashely Rukes) Pride Parade in downtown Minneapolis, joining with UCC churches to support our LGBTQ sisters and brothers. Please cheer us on at the parade on Sunday, June 25 at 11am. Plan to attend some of the other wonderful events of PRIDE weekend. A complete list of activities is available at https://www.tcpride.org/

Summer Hours

Even Though It Is Summer, God is still speaking, Come listen with us!
We gather at 9:30 am for Sunday Worship from June 11 through September 3. You are welcome to join us every Sunday in our “prayer-conditioned” sanctuary. A Fellowship Hour follows each service.  The rest of the year worship is at 10:15 AM.

The annual “Gathering in the Park” will be on July 23. 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.

Grow Your Spirit! – Ecclesiastes LISTEN UP! Bible Study

God’s word is alive. God will always have something new to say to us.The Adult Forum will study the Book of  Ecclesiastes.
Classes resume 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.
Sometimes considered the most curmudgeonly and cynical of all the books of the Bible, Ecclesiastes is also praised for telling it like it is. It addresses eternal problems that have always troubled human society: the problem of pain, the fruitlessness of overwork, the vanity of ambition, the age of anxiety, the fear of death and being forgotten. Ecclesiastes reminds us that these are not 21st century problems.


This book of wisdom also reminds us that the great joys in life are fairly simple: snuggling under the covers, having close friends and/or a sweetheart, sunlight, rest, eating good food and drinking good wine, and a good day’s work. It offers soothing certainty about what it means to enjoy the good life: waiting, expecting, with open arms, to receive day by day the good things that come from God.

Happy Anniversary to Us!

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 49th 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!

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.