Missions Summer Series – with a Twist!

For the past many years, the Mission Commission has sponsored a Sunday Morning Summer Series related to missions –  both near and far.  We have had the opportunity to introduce the Park Avenue community to some of our long-term mission partners serving in various ends of the earth.  This has been a great opportunity to hear about how God is working on the other side of the globe.

We have also had the opportunity to hear from some of our local mission partners to hear about how God is working right here in our own back yard.

This year, we are continuing this tradition, with a twist. Starting on Wednesday evening, June 15 …

“God’s 20/20 vision:  Spreading the Gospel during hard times?”

When: Wednesday Evenings at 7:30pm on Zoom. Each week, join others as a different mission partner talks about how God is working during these times.

As God told Habakkuk 1:5 “Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days that you would not believe if you were told.”

Register Here: Click here – register once, and you will be set for all the sessions.

July 15: Christ’s Children Ministries
Founded in 1994 by Rev. Chris McNair and his wife, Lisa, their mission is to lift up the name of Jesus and work toward the transformation of children, youth and their families through evangelism, discipleship and Christian community. The many programs and activities of Christ’s Children are vehicles for our community to encounter God in Christ through redemptive relationships.

July 22: Families Moving Forward
Park Avenue has partnered for the last few years with Richfield UMC and Families Moving Forward to host families who are experiencing homelessness, extending hospitality and a warm, safe place to rest.  The program has shifted to address concerns with Covid 19.

July 29: Navigators – Jane & Ryan Menning
Jane helps lead Navigator’s city work and works with multiethnic churches creating disciple-making cultures. Ryan is a trainer in race/culture for our staff and has other support roles.

August 5: Source Ministry
Through urban outreach and anti-trafficking efforts, SOURCE empowers the at-risk and unreached to make a break from the past and build foundations for the future.   Source has been very involved in city ministry, having given away 80 tons (YES, TONS) of food in Minneapolis during the month of June.

August 12: Iglesia Piedra Viva
“Living Stone” Church is a Spanish-speaking United Methodist Church for the growing community in South Minneapolis.

August 19: Navigators – Anna Snider
Anna is a holistic disciplemaker, focusing on journeying with white people to see how the gospel impacts and transforms the racialized identities. She is also engaged in staff training with The Navigators, and serves on a team addressing systemic bias within the organization.

August 26: Jon Urban – Park Avenue Creation Care
Transformational Creation Care is a ministry founded to seek a more holy relationship between people and the natural world.


Contact Tricia Bergh for questions about the missions program, or Jeff Bloem for Zoom technical assistance.

Thanksgiving Service & Pie Social

Join us for a simple Thanksgiving service to celebrate a season of harvest and giving thanks, followed by LOTS of PIE in the Gathering Room! If you’re a baker and have a favorite recipe to share, bring a whole or half pre-sliced pie. This is a great service to invite visitors – neighbors, family & friends!

When: Wednesday, November 27, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Thanksgiving Service will be held in the Sanctuary (main level) and the Pie Social will be held in the Gathering Room (main level).

Who: Everybody is welcome at the Thanksgiving Service and Pie Social. Invite your neightbors, family, and friends!

What to bring: Bring a whole or half pre-sliced pie to share, if you are able.