Conversation Group: Grassroots Christianity

This is an informal group that plans to meet 4-8 times over the summer, as participants are interested and available, to discuss what most excites, intrigues, perplexes and challenges us about Christian faith, spirituality and practice.  So far we plan to give each participant one “session” to present the ideas that are inspiring or challenging to them, and for the group as a whole to ponder, discuss, pray and practice together.  But the group might change its plan based on the needs presented over time.  Come and see! If you are looking for a place to tackle your faith, set the agenda and learn in a truly collaborative, lay-led, non-scholarly environment, this is for you.  Folks with lots of questions, wannabees, the wildly enthusiastic, and other followers of the way of Jesus welcome—contact Liz Farmer at farme086@umn.edu

  We will meet at St. Matthews and (probably) walk across the street to the park. Bring your calendar and a picnic dinner, preferably items to share with others.

Cook's Night Out

Cooks' Night Out Resumes This Wednesday, July 17 
Please join us in supporting local restaurants on University Avenue by dining at Hoa Bien Vietnamese restaurant this Wednesday, July 17 at 6 pm. Hoa Bien is located at 1105 University Ave. W. in St. Paul, and their phone number is 651-647-1011. You can view their menu here. Their large parking lot offers ample places to park.

 

Rummage Sale

he Blue House team is offering a great opportunity to reduce clutter and recycle items for reuse by others this summer! All proceeds will go to the Blue House! The sale will be held at St. Matthew's on Thursday, July 25, and Friday, July 26, from 9 am to 6 pm each day. Donate household goods, sporting goods, gardening items, and gently used clothing and toys and bring to the church starting Sunday, July 21. Please price your items before bringing them. For help with pricing, please visit these pricing guides on the Salvation Army and Goodwill websites. Stickers will be available at church for you to attach your prices. You can pick up your tax receipts when you drop off your items.

Please note: all items not sold will be donated to the DAV. Please save your books for the next library sale. Sorry, but we cannot take any large furniture pieces. You can help! The Blue House team is looking for volunteers to organize items before the sale and to help during the sale. Please contact Linda at lindablopez@gmail.com  if you can help or if you have any questions about the sale. You can also help support the Blue House by coming to the sale to shop!

Rummage Sale

The Blue House team is offering a great opportunity to reduce clutter and recycle items for reuse by others this summer! All proceeds will go to the Blue House! The sale will be held at St. Matthew's on Thursday, July 25, and Friday, July 26, from 9 am to 6 pm each day. Donate household goods, sporting goods, gardening items, and gently used clothing and toys and bring to the church starting Sunday, July 21. Please price your items before bringing them. For help with pricing, please visit these pricing guides on the Salvation Army and Goodwill websites. Stickers will be available at church for you to attach your prices. You can pick up your tax receipts when you drop off your items. Please note: all items not sold will be donated to the DAV. Please save your books for the next library sale. Sorry, but we cannot take any large furniture pieces. You can help! The Blue House team is looking for volunteers to organize items before the sale and to help during the sale. Please contact Linda at lindablopez@gmail.com  if you can help or if you have any questions about the sale. You can also help support the Blue House by coming to the sale to shop! 

Soaked: The Holy Spirit

Christians have plenty to say about God and Jesus but the Holy Spirit has often been a little more mysterious. Is the Holy Spirit a person, a thing, or neither? What are spiritual gifts? When, how, and why are Christians "filled" with the Holy Spirit? Soaked is a Bible Study at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, which will take place partly in-person and partly online beginning June 9. We'll read the story of the Holy Spirit through excerpts of Luke-Acts, and discover why meeting the third person of the Trinity is one of the most important foundations of Christian discipleship.

Format:          

1) Two in-person meetings at the beginning and end of the course 
2) Post-at-your-own-pace online discussion 
3) Weekly 10-minute online videos 
4) Three chapters of Bible reading per week

Dates:  June 9 - July 14
Location:  St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and www.stmatthewsbiblestudy.com
Instructors:  Reed Carlson and Blair Pogue

How It Works:
The first week of the course, participants will meet in-person at St. Matthew's for an introduction to the class, to meet each other, and to sort out technical issues. The next four meetings will take place online through a Google Groups forum and a series of youtube videos. Participants will be expected to read along with the schedule, watch a short video lecture, and post answers to a discussion question in the online forum. At the last meeting, participants will again meet together in person at St. Matthew's for a time of reflection, feedback, and prayer. Students will need a computer, a modern, non-paraphrased translation of the Bible, and a Google Account for using Google Groups. Tech support will be available at the June 9 session in the St. Matthew's library.

Please RSVP to Blair Pogue at rector@stmatthewsmn.org if you plan to attend.

 

 

 

Pages