Experience what makes
Park Avenue United Methodist Church

We invite you to join us for worship each and every Sunday at 10am on the corner of 34th Street and Park Avenue in Minneapolis. There is also a smaller, more intimate congregation-led gathering in the Sanctuary at 8am.

Our church has been on the corner of 34th Street and Park Avenue (address & directions here) in South Minneapolis for over 100 years, and we’d love for you to be a part of the next 100!

 Welcome to our newest hires!

We are pleased to announce several new staff members. A warm welcome to Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas, who will be with us “for a season” to assist in a variety of pastoral areas as Pastor Will returns to full-time. Congratulations to Carla Urban, who is no longer “interim” and will be our official Director of Children’s Ministry – and she will be assisted/job-share with Patsy Semkoff. And Laura DesRuisseaux will now be in charge of the Early Childhood program. (Many thanks to Kelly Kahle for her years serving in this position!)

So many new fall activities … get involved!

Women’s Bible Studies:  “Morning Blend” meets Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30 in the Children’s Village downstairs; childcare is provided. And GROW with “God Renewing Our Women” as they begin a book study on Sunday, September 23 at 9am.

Youth Worship Kick-off:  Sunday, September 9. Will dismiss after the “Glory Be”
each Sunday and meet in the Youth Room upstairs.
Ministry Fair & Potluck
: Sunday, September 16 at 11:30am in the parking lot. Bring a favorite dish to share; grill meats & beverages will be provided.
Learn about a new way you can get involved.
Gospel Choir Kick-Off & Potluck: food & fellowship is a great way to start off the choir season and they’re looking for new voices! No audition needed; just a love for praising God through song. Monday, September 17th at Pastor Will & Julie Healy’s house; RSVP needed. Contact martialbesombes@parkavechurch.org for information.
Fruits of the Spirit Bible Study: Wednesdays beginning September 19 from 6:30-8pm. Led by Pastor Jia and Pastor Gloria Roach Thomas to discuss Galatians 5:22-23. Everyone is invited!

Jia Starr Brown named as Associate Pastor

Press Release ~ May 27, 2018 ~ The District Superintendent of the Twin Cities District of the United Methodist Church, Minnesota Annual Conference, has announced that it is the intention of Bishop Bruce Ough to enter into a contract with Pastor Jia Starr Brown as the Interim Associate Pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, beginning July 15, 2018.  Acting on behalf of the congregation, the Staff Parish Relations Committee has confirmed the Bishop’s intention. Click here  to find out more about Pastor Jia.


We’re looking for a Youth Minister.  Know someone who would be an awesome fit? Let them know!

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