Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, August 13, 10 a.m.

DogsWe celebrated our 4-legged friends and the families who love them in August on the south lawn of the church (to the left as you face the front door). It was enjoyable for all to enjoy the animals, and Bonnie McGinnis made a special tribute to and photos of their beloved golden retriever, Sandy, who had departed this earth recently before.Save

PAST EVENTS: Book-signing Event, July 20

Author Melinda Nelson and award-winning photographer Karen Melvin joined us Thursday evening, July 20, for an engaging presentation on their research for the beautifully illustrated book Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka.

At the event, a custom-made boat blanket (pictured here), which features a detailed monogram of Lake Minnetonka and its port communities, was raffled off. Proceeds will be given to the Minnetonka Tree House youth outreach program, an organization supported by the church.

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Blessing of the Children

Congregants kids/grandkids (and maybe some neighbor kids too?) helped us celebrate the next generation on Sunday, July 10! They'll feel loved, we guarantee. And they got a front-row seat to the special joy that day of an infant baptism!

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Matteo Musso Event & Book Signing

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If you were fortunate enough to join us June 8 to hear Matteo (Teo) Musso and his mother, Annette Musso, you undoubtedly were amazed by the insights on love, God, and finding happiness from this remarkable boy. Teo was silent for 12 years as a result of his autism but now, at age 13, is able to freely express his thoughts through a unique system of communication called SOMA RPM—and does he ever have thoughts! The presentation from this articulate, wise-beyond-his-years young man was awesome. Teo and Annette live in California but have many friends and relatives in Minnesota, including our very own Mike and Cindy Niemann, Teo’s uncle and aunt.

Teo has written a book, titled Handbook of Us: Understanding and Accepting People with Autism that he told us  about and signed for those who had or bought copies. As Teo has stated, “My thoughts aren’t necessarily like yours! If you can open your minds, I promise you an unexpected adventure!”

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World Religions series - 2017

globeOn Tuesday evening, May 16, our World Religions series continued with Rev. Molly Cox sharing photos, highlights, and reflections of her recent week in Bethlehem. Her comments about the Holy Land and the current state of Israeli-Palestinian relations were especially interesting.

The church has presented World Religions discussions twice before, in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, a two-part series convened on October 25 with featured speaker Mr. Rashed Ferook from the Islamic Resource Group in Minneapolis. He also spoke in 2015 and was back by popular demand! His discussion provided an overview of Islam, plus information on the religion's history, practices, and beliefs.

Then, on November 29, David Locketz, Senior Rabbi at Bet Shalom synagogue in Minnetonka, spoke to us about Judaism, in particular in comparing Reformed with Orthodox Judaism. He was a most interesting speaker, and the evening was very informative and enjoyable.

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