Deacon’s Spring Neighborhood Lunch
Jun
2
11:30 AM11:30

Deacon’s Spring Neighborhood Lunch

St. Luke Deacons invite you to stay after church on June 2 and enjoy lunch with those in your St. Luke neighborhood.  Don’t need to bring anything.  Just enjoy the food and camaraderie.  In case you don’t know which neighborhood you’re in… there will be lists posted on the doors of the Garden Court.  Everyone is welcome. Visitors too.

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Living Hope Mission (Haiti)
Jun
9
9:15 AM09:15

Living Hope Mission (Haiti)

Living Hope Mission’s CEO Mike Lawson will speak about the organization’s work building schools and providing clean water, micro loans and educational opportunities by partnering with area churches.  Mike Breckenridge has worked with Living Hope for a few years, and this talk will bring back fond memories of St. Luke’s support for Haiti Outreach.  

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Celebration Barbecue
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Celebration Barbecue

We are burning the smaller of our two mortgages in June!  Pledges and funds received have met and exceeded our goal.  Any extra will be divided between mission funding and advancing payments on our larger mortgage.  All are invited to a celebratory barbecue on June 19!

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Missa Gaia Earth Mass
May
19
10:30 AM10:30

Missa Gaia Earth Mass

Choir, chamber orchestra, mask, puppets, and dancers, along with the recordings of wolves and whales, join together in this environmental liturgy in celebration of Mother Earth.

Jen Burleigh-Bentz, guest soloist

Choreography by Tamara Rogers

Puppetry staged by Rev. Colin P. Elliott

Conducted by David Lohman

 

 

 

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Techniques for a more intentional life
May
12
9:15 AM09:15

Techniques for a more intentional life

Martha Williams and friends will share information about (and then you will get to try short sessions) mindfulness-based stress reduction, simple meditation techniques and loving kindness meditation. Come learn some simple techniques to create better sleep, dissolve anxiety, increase mental clarity, self-realization, and live a more intentional life. We will be seated in chairs but feel free to bring a lumbar support if you have one.

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Intergenerational Talent Show
May
11
4:00 PM16:00

Intergenerational Talent Show

The next celebratory offering in our “Now is the Time” mortgage burning event series is an intergenerational talent show here at St. Luke.  We’ll share in a simple, delightful afternoon offering of our creative gifts and hear an update on our mortgage burning effort.  Word on the street is that our worship staff is willing to sing and dance to help our congregation reach our shared goal! 

Singer, poets, actors, painters, and creatives alike:  we invite people of all ages and stages to share their gift and passions for our show.  Contact Colin (Colin@stluke.mn) to sign-up and/or learn how to get involved.

 

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Mano a Mano: Partnering for Sustainable Development in Bolivia 
May
5
9:15 AM09:15

Mano a Mano: Partnering for Sustainable Development in Bolivia 

Mano a Mano is doing work in rural Bolivia in the fields of health, education and agricultural economic development. During the past 25 years, they have completed sustainable projects in over 300 communities in partnership with community residents, local government officials and other organizations, such as Rotary.    Hundreds of thousands of Bolivians who live below the poverty line, as defined by World Health Organization, benefit from these projects. 

 

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What Spiritual Journeys
Apr
28
9:15 PM21:15

What Spiritual Journeys

What spiritual journeys have we taken, particularly in Nature?  How have they transformed us? As a group of spiritual seekers, can we gain insight from each other’s experiences?  Jim Gregory is preparing to hike 650 miles of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain this year beginning mid-May.  Jim invites you all to share how you physically and spiritually prepare yourself for such trips.

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Solar Garden Party
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Solar Garden Party

It’s a Party… A Solar Garden Party – at St. Luke

Learn from experts about rooftop solar for homeowners; Community Solar Gardens as an option that doesn’t require panel installation; energy efficiency; and ways to reduce your household's energy consumption.  Social half hour with appetizers, 4:00-4:30.  Presented by MNIPL, Citizens Utility Board of MN, All Energy Solar, Center for Energy and Environment and Green Home Doctor.

 

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Art and Empathy
Apr
14
9:15 PM21:15

Art and Empathy

Ari (Aribert) Munzner, long-time artist, will discuss the role art plays in helping people to develop empathy.  Ari is an 89-year-old WWII refugee who spent 45 years on the faculty or as Dean of the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

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Winona LaDuke at St. Luke
Apr
7
9:15 AM09:15

Winona LaDuke at St. Luke

 

Join us on Sunday, April 7 as renowned activist and author Winona LaDuke speaks at our 9:15 am Adult Education hour and in our 10:30 am worship service.

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.

As Program Director of the Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. And in her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non profit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she also continues national and international work to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.

In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community commitment. In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms.Woman of the Year ( with the Indigo Girls in l997) , and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which in part she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The White Earth Land Recovery Project has won many awards- including the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, recognizing the organization’s work to protect wild rice from patenting and genetic engineering.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. The Author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations and a novel - Last Standing Woman, she is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.

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Adult Education
Mar
31
9:15 AM09:15

Adult Education

ICA Food Shelf: Eliminating Hunger is More Complex than You Think.  Peg Keenan will discuss what ICA is doing to help stabilize families in regards to Southwest Light Rail Transit and affordable apartment sales impact.

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Adult Education
Mar
17
9:15 PM21:15

Adult Education

Gender 102. Rev. Colin will host a panel of non-heteronormative people who identify as trans, non-binary, or pansexual. Panelists will speak about living as a non-heteronormative person, plus participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel. Attendance at the previous Gender 101 workshop is NOT required, though encouraged.

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The Favorable Economics of Solving Climate Change:  The solution is cheaper than doing nothing
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Favorable Economics of Solving Climate Change: The solution is cheaper than doing nothing

Presentation by U of M Economist Jay Coggins

Jay Coggins is a Distinguished University Teaching Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He was raised on a small dairy farm in Northern Wisconsin.

Co-sponsored by St Luke Presbyterian Church, West Metro Climate Action & Minnetonka Climate Initiative

Free admission – Everyone is Welcome!

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Adult Education
Mar
10
9:15 AM09:15

Adult Education

Gender 101. Sexual orientation and gender can cause a great deal of anxiety, fear, curiosity, and prejudice in our society. In this workshop, Rev. Colin will explore the development of gender identity, gender roles, and sexual orientation. A mini-lecture will explain these concepts and participants will also get a chance to explore how biology and socialization influence sexual development.

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Adult Education
Mar
3
9:15 AM09:15

Adult Education

myHealth  For nearly 47 years myHealth, formerly West Suburban Teen Clinic, has been providing adolescent healthcare to youth ages 12-26 in the southwest metro. Laura Herman, Development, Outreach, and Communications Coordinator, will give an overview of myHealth’s history, programs, client insights, current health trends, and ways to take action and support their work.

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DIW LEAP
Feb
25
5:30 PM17:30

DIW LEAP

LEAP: Feeding Native Families, Empowering Native Youth, is the Division of Indian Work’s annual fundraiser to support its Horizons Unlimited (HU) food shelf and Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP). HU has provided food for the Twin Cities American Indian community since 1952 and remains the only culturally-sensitive food shelf serving the west metro American Indian population; YLDP has worked to empower American Indian youth since 1980.

LEAP event highlights include live entertainment, a silent auction, live auction, appetizers, and a cash bar. Proceeds raised during the evening will support food shelf and yout program costs. Last year we raised more than $50,000! We invite you to be part of an amazing event filled with laughter, friendly bidding competitions, and a common purpose—helping to provide services to the Twin Cities Native American community.


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Adult Education
Feb
24
9:15 AM09:15

Adult Education

February 17 and 24  – Congregational Organizer for Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative Kat Vann joins us for a two-week “Inreach” training.  We talk a lot about mission and outreach, but are we tending to the inward work of helping one another find our places of calling and connection? This practical training offering will equip us to listen to others in a manner that cultivates calling by helping individuals find their personal connection to our shared story of justice and peace. 

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Adult Education
Feb
17
9:15 AM09:15

Adult Education

February 17 and 24  – Congregational Organizer for Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative Kat Vann joins us for a two-week “Inreach” training.  We talk a lot about mission and outreach, but are we tending to the inward work of helping one another find our places of calling and connection? This practical training offering will equip us to listen to others in a manner that cultivates calling by helping individuals find their personal connection to our shared story of justice and peace. 

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The Stories that Shape Us
Jan
27
10:30 AM10:30

The Stories that Shape Us

Join us for a round table forum with leaders from Division of Indian Work.  We’ll reflect on the ways that the stories we hear or inherit shape our world, including a discussion on who holds the agency in shaping these stories. We’ll hear firsthand how three inspiring leaders are working to empower Native communities by equipping them to create their own story.  See full bios of our forum guests here.

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Adult Education
Jan
27
9:00 AM09:00

Adult Education

Empowering Women, Empowering All - Three local State Representatives (Rep-elect Patty Acomb, Rep Cheryl Youakim, and Rep Laurie Pryor) will talk on this topic including key action points on how St. Lukers can effect change.  The event will be held in the Sanctuary from 9:00-10:15 am.  

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Women's Wave Minnesota
Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Women's Wave Minnesota

Minnesota, it's time to march again! We're bringing #WomensWaveMN to St. Paul on January 19th 2019. Join us!

10:00 AM - Meet at Western Sculpture Park to line up for the march, 387 Marion St, St. Paul

10:30 AM - March starts

12:00 PM - Rally at State Capitol

RSVP to this event to stay updated as information about this event becomes available.

Donate in honor of the ReSisters in your life with a gift to Women’s March Minnesota. Share your feminist spirit by donating $10 or more in honor of those who inspire you to march: https://form.jotform.com/83437713384967. Every dollar makes a difference in the fight for Women's Rights!

All donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We are a 501 c 3 non-profit organization.

Sign up here to learn more about how you can be involved or volunteer to bring a Women’s Wave into 2019. https://tinyurl.com/WomensWaveMN19VOLS

Sign up here to learn more about how you can be involved or volunteer to bring a Women’s Wave into 2019 on buses from MN to DC! https://form.jotform.com/90045432643956

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Seasoned Lukers to Bell Museum
Jan
10
1:30 PM13:30

Seasoned Lukers to Bell Museum

We have scheduled a guided tour from 1:30-2:40 at the new Bell Museum, located in Falcon Heights on the U of MN St. Paul campus. The cost is $12 per person.

Meet at church at 12:30 to carpool.

Sign-up deadline - December 18, Tuesday. * Note: Reservations with payments are required by Dec. 18 to Anne in the office. Make your check payable to St. Luke Church.

Indicate if you are carpooling and if you can drive.

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Advocate for gun safety reform
Jan
8
10:00 AM10:00

Advocate for gun safety reform

Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55155

Come and give a loud welcome back to Minnesota's representatives and senators as they start their first day of the 2019 legislative session! From day one, they need to hear from all the gun sense voices across our state. Expect Us! Gather 10:00-10:45 Press Conference Room B971 Wear your red Moms Demand Action t-shirts! Welcome Back 11:00-12:00 We will walk together to the House and Senate chambers to welcome them back as a united force.

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Blanket Making
Dec
4
1:00 PM13:00

Blanket Making

Enjoy an hour of conversation with friends and an hour of cutting fringe on fleece blankets. Bring sharp scissors! The blankets will be given to Allen Law, “the sandwich man”, to distribute to the Twin Cities homeless as he delivers sandwiches. Monetary donations will be accepted for the cost of the fabrics which have already been purchased.

Sign-up deadline - November 29, Thursday.

Note - this is not limited to women!

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Gift Making Workshop
Dec
1
9:00 PM21:00

Gift Making Workshop

At our annual Gift-Making Workshop children have fun making (instead of shopping) for gifts for their family and friends.  You can be part of it!  We need youth and adults to run a craft table design to teach the children how to make a certain gift (you bring the idea or use one of ours).  We also need help with gift-wrapping, snacks, registration and assisting at the craft tables.  Please sign up on the clip boards at the back of the sanctuary.

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Adult Education - Aging With Purpose
Nov
18
9:15 AM09:15

Adult Education - Aging With Purpose

What is the very best vision you have for your senior years? What tools can you use to attain that? ‘Aging with Purpose’ is a guide to how to restore your spirituality, reframe your legacy, shore up your social support, balance compassion with self-care and other self-help principles. Cindy Johnson Suplick presenting.

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Book Discussion
Nov
11
11:45 AM11:45

Book Discussion

Learn More About Immigration on November 11

Read The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu and join the Racial and Ethnic Justice Focus Group for a lively discussion on Sunday, November 11 at 11:45 am.  If you don’t get a chance to read the book, come anyway and learn from the discussion. 

For Cantú, son of a Mexican immigrant, the border is in his blood.  Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, Cantú joins the Border Patrol where he learns to track other humans, haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive.  Plagued by a growing awareness of his complicity in a dehumanizing enterprise, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life.  But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him. 

Hennepin County Library has many copies available and the book is also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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