Pastor Rob on Sabbatical May 27 – August 20, 2022

Every year, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities encourages pastors to take sabbatical to find renewal and take rest. While Pastor Rob is away, guest preachers will join us each Sunday, so please join us. If you need pastoral care, please contact the church office at 952-423-2212 or email us at spirit@spiritoflifeav.org, and your request will be directed as follows:

May 27 – June 8: Rev. Kate Payton
June 9 – 11: Loretta Hunt
June 12 – 19: Rev. Kate Payton
June 20 – July 17: Marge Braden
July 18 – August 19: Loretta Hunt

Newsletter — May 24, 2022

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship! All are welcome!

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

Book Study: As Pastor Rob is starting his Sabbatical, he has challenged us as a congregation to work through the same book he will be using over the summer: “Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives”, by Wayne Muller. There is an opportunity for you to join in with a group study of this book, if you are interested. Denise Lewis will lead it and will be hybrid so our online congregants can join in; if you would like to sign up, and/or have her order a book for you, please email ASAP. She will place the book order on Wednesday evening, so that the books will be available for distribution to you on Sunday, May 29. They are $10 each. You can also order your own book, but please let her know if you plan to join the study.

Here is the proposed schedule for study (tentatively planned for following worship, with the adult Sunday School zoom link):

June 12: Section 1, REST
June 26: Section 2, RHYTHM
July 10: Section 3, TIME
July 24: Section 4, HAPPINESS
August 7: Section 5, WISDOM
August 21: Section 6, CONSECRATION (Pastor Rob’s first Sunday back)

The sections are short and include exercises to help us practice Sabbath. Journal, or take note of, any topics of interest to you, any exercises you particularly liked (or didn’t like), or bring a Bible verse you would like to share that reflects the topics in the section. You are welcome to attend all sessions, or only some of them. If you have any questions, contact Denise dlewis9476@comcast.net.

Emergency Pastoral Care Coverage while Pastor Rob is on sabbatical:

May 27-June 8: Rev. Kate Payton
June 9-11: Loretta Hunt
June 12-19: Rev. Kate Payton
June 20-July 17: Marge Braden
July 18-Aug 19: Loretta Hunt

Coffee and Conversation Mondays, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.
During Pastor Rob’s sabbatical this summer, Bob Shepard will be leading the weekly coffee and conversation time with the above hours and using the same zoom link below. (NOTE: C & C not meet Memorial day.) Come as you are. This is a gathering online and in person. It is open for you to pop in and out any time so feel free to drop in and say hello.*Note, same login, recurring meeting each week. Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/286584190
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The session of elders of Spirit of Life is hosting our regular community PICNICS this year while Rob has sabbatical. We ask those able to bring a side or dessert to share and the session will provide a main course. Dates will be June 26th, July 31st, and August 28th and the time will be approximately 11:15am (immediately after worship) with games in the backyard for kids and food and fellowship for all.

From Community Service: Spring has sprung! The Community Service team is looking for help in weeding our many flower gardens. If you would like to spend some quiet time outside, please contact Chris Sachs or sign up on the clipboard in the back of the church. We will establish a schedule with volunteers signing up for a week when they can do it at their convenience. Thanks!

Hi everyone! The Outreach team is looking for assistance with updating our website content. If you’d be willing to take photos, write website content, or even suggest ideas for how to make our website better, please contact Mary Brause.

From Community Service: The Community Service committee has planted the donation vegetable garden. This garden is a ministry of the Community Service committee, and all produce from the garden is delivered to the Rosemount Family Resource Center food shelf. We’ve already made our first delivery of 7 pounds (asparagus, rhubarb, and chives)! Our deliveries will continue to be weekly, and up to twice weekly as the garden starts to really produce later in the summer. So, helpers for maintaining and harvesting the garden are needed all summer long. If you are interested in joining us, either this coming weekend or later in the summer, please contact Denise Lewis, dlewis9476@comcast.net to get on the email list for updates.

At the session meeting on 5-9-2022 we approved a change to future name tags and by opt-in/voluntary for existing tags the change being to add pronouns to name tags.
For design, basically like we already have with something like:
Ryan Currens
My pronouns are: He/Him/His

If you are looking for ways to help the people of Ukraine, here are a couple of effective organizations that are working to bring relief:
– Church World Service, which sponsors CROP Walks, also works in the areas of disaster relief and refugee resettlement and is actively responding in the Ukraine crisis. You can read about their efforts and donate here https://cwsglobal.org/appeals/ukraine-crisis-response-fund/
– Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is also actively involved, and you can read about their response here https://pda.pcusa.org/situation/ukraine/

From Community Service: Our LITTLE FREE PANTRY has been of great use to our neighbors and is in need of frequent replenishment! We can now resume contributing canned items as well as other non perishables. Donations may be left in the little pantry or in the cabinet inside the church entry. Many thanks for your wonderful support of our pantry and neighbors!

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email the office at spirit@spiritoflifeav.org. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

2022 Per Capita is $36.50