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Please visit us for Sunday worship any time – we start at 9:30 am – children stay in worship for the first 15 minutes, have a “Children’s Message”, then leave for classes.  We always have nursery care for the little ones.

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THREE ANTI-RACISM WORKSHOPS

herbperkins-300x2752-300x275Our leader is the Rev. Dr. Okogyeamon Perkins, Director of ASDIC Metamorphosis in Minneapolis, an antiracism workshop provider in Minneapolis.  You do not have to be a member of the church to participate.  Each session is after worship – 10:45 to noon; childcare provided

Feb 5: Downloading & Internalizing Maps & Meaning

  • To create the emotional context & experience the basic processes of an antiracial dialogue
  • To understand how we come to receive & internalize the racist structures of thinking and understanding
  • To come to question our received world view and social stereotypes and see how these stereotypes look like in social interactions

Feb 12: Downloading & Internalizing the Racial Social Order

  • To be able to identify the ongoing operations of the racial order in our lives—what it looks like, where it is found, how it influences our thinking and behavior.
  • To understand how our “self-Other” understandings are constructed through the culture (the stuff, the standards, and the processes of interpretations)

Feb 26: Downloading Racism: Myth, Social Reality, Frame of Understanding

  • To understand the myth of “race” as a social construction that has real consequences in social reality
  • To understand how we have come to see through a framework of race as a central organizing principle – organizing our knowledge, beliefs, assumptions, expectations, feelings and worldview.

This program is funded by a grant from The Enduring Fund of Chapel Hills UCC, Edina, MN

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THIS MONTH at NEW SPIRIT

  • Sunday, February 5 – 9:30 am – Worship, Communion, Sunday School.  We practice open communion and welcome to Christ’s table all who wish to follow his way.  Children and youth may receive under the guidance of their parents.  
  • Tuesday, February 7 – 6:30 pm – Boards meet; 7 pm – Rep Board meets
  • Wednesday, February 8 – 7 pm – Choir rehearsal – new singers always welcome!
  • Thursday, February 9 – 6:30 pm – New Beginnings Team meets
  • Sunday, February 12 – 9:30 am – Worship, Sunday School, Refreshments
  • Monday, February 13 – PIZZA with the PASTOR.  6:30-8:30 pm An informal once-a-month gathering for adult conversation, spiritual exploration and fun.  Recognizing that we are not all of one mind in response to the current political climate, this month we’ll talk together in ways that are respectful of our perspectives and differences.  What is God calling us to be and to do in these challenging times?  New Spirit members Verlyn Hemmen and Phil Allers-Hatlie will join me in moderating our conversation.   A free will donation will cover cost of food.  Click here to let Pastor Rosemary know that you’re coming and what kind of pizza you like and if you need childcare.  You con’t have to be a member to participate.
  • Tuesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day!
  • Wednesday, February 15 – 6:30 pm – Confirmation
  • Sunday, February 19 – 9:30 am – Worship, Sunday School, Refreshment
    • Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad; join others for this 2 pm musical followed by dinner and conversation.  $15.  Location: Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Mpls.  Carpooling available.  –
  • Monday, February 20 – Ruby’s Pantry – housed at Glendale United Methodist Church, 13550 Glendale Rd., Savage.  Ruby’s distributes surplus food to fight poverty and hunger in our community.  It’s a place to go to if you need assistance – and a place to volunteer for any or all of these activities:  2:30-4:30 pm – set up; 4:30-6 pm – help distribute food; 6-6:30 pm – clean up.
  • Saturday, February 25 – 6 pm – MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT – Enjoy some old fashioned detective fun at this adult murder mystery night set in 1920’s Chicago.  You get to be a character and at this party – anyone could have committed the crime.  We’ll feast on Chicago-style pizza; bring potluck appetizers and desserts.  Feel free to “dress the part” and contact Pastor Rosemary if you’d like to participate.
  • Sunday, January 29 – 9:30 am – Worship, Sunday School.  Guest preacher The Rev. Dr. Okogyeamon Perkins, Co-Director of ASDIC Metamorphosis, whose mission is to bring people together to build community – while also developing the knowledge and skills to effectively address racism – through shared study and dialogue. Okogyeamon is a name given to Herb Perkins in Ghana. It means “He who awakens a village in danger.”

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

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Welcome to New Spirit!

If you’re looking for a church home or just a warm and welcoming place to be once in a while, please join us on a Sunday morning.   Once a farm house, our church is tucked behind Target in Savage.  We have plenty of parking and our building is totally accessible, including bathrooms and an elevator.  We have a paid staff for nursery care.

Come inside.  On Sundays at 9:30 am you’ll find a not-so-formal worship style. We have comfortable chairs rather than pews, and an atmosphere that invites questioning. There are lots of friendly people, Sunday school for the children, great singing and plenty of hot (free-trade) coffee, usually accompanied by yummy treats.

Not sure what you believe or whether or not you believe anything?  You will find here many others with similar stories.   “Faith is a journey, not a destination.”  We live that perspective.  Members come from many denominations, some have no religious background, and we have active friends of other faiths.  Our denomination’s idea of a “Still Speaking God” affirms our practice of taking the Bible seriously, but not literally.  As an Open & Affirming congregation we welcome people and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities.   As best we can, we try to reach out to the community and the world, to be God’s people in the way of Jesus Christ by loving others, serving those most vulnerable and working for justice and peace.  We also like to have fun!

Singles and couples.  Families and empty-nesters.  Gay and straight.  Elders and children.  Norwegian-Americans, native Kenyans and East or West Coast transplants: you are welcome here.

Rev. Rosemary Rocha, Interim Pastor

To learn more about our denomination, the United Church of Christ, click here.

New Spirit UCC • 14394 Quebec Ave S • Savage, MN • 55378