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Thursday, May 12, 2022

We are a church that believes all people are children of God, unconditionally loved by our Creator whatever their age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, marital status, physical or mental ability.

Inclusive | Intergenerational | In Community
Sunday, May 15
"All Apologies"
We continue our exploration of the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso. This week we explore the power of an apology.
Pastor Karen Bruins

Read the scripture here:  

Ephesians 4:25-5:1

Music this Sunday is led by Ariel Johnson, Cherub Choir Director; Cherub Choir; GodsKids Choir; Wee Chime & Sing Choir; Sherry Landrud, sign language teacher; Sanctuary Choir. and Jungjoo Park.

Livestream Worship Resources
Worship Bulletin

Livestream Links
Our Website
Streaming Service

Live Phone Stream
Listen via phone at 651-564-4463

Pathways to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies: Using methods by Resmaa Menakem and facilitated by Bill Konrardy

May 15 & 22, 2022, 10:30 am

Designed to be:

  • an introduction to current affairs
  • engaging participants with a new approach
  • participatory in nature
  • part of the LHUMC plan for Racial Reconciliation

Materials used include:

The Blessing of the Bikes

May 29, 2022, 10:30 am

Ride your bike (or bring it in the car) to church.  Don’t forget your helmet!  Following the worship service, we’ll gather outdoors to bless the bikes and riders.

Jonathan Bovee, a professional BMX biker, will demonstrate some tricks in the parking lot.

After the blessing of the bikes, all who are interested will head out on an optional bike ride around the lakes.




Food Truck Party: Vacation Bible Camp
July 11-15, 9am to 4pm
3-6th grade (in Fall 2022)   Cost: Free

Join us for this year's awesome Food Truck themed Vacation Bible Camp!  Camp is a FULL DAY LONG camp! From 9-4:00p, Monday-Friday, we're going to have a blast talking and learning about God's great love for us. 

You can sign up your campers here.   Deadline for registration is June 20th (this gives time to order all the supplies needed for camp!) 

Also, put on your radar the Picnic Party following camp from 4:15-6:30p. This will be a time when campers share what they did all week, plus there will be food trucks and entertainment too! 

Vacation Bible Camp Servant Leaders (Volunteers)

It takes many amazing servant leaders to make VBC week great! There are three different jobs available to sign up for. Please read the following carefully before selecting your dates:
  1. Group Leaders (9th grade and up): Group leaders are assigned a group (ages Pre-K through 6th grade) for the week. In order to be a group leader, you need to be available every day of camp from 8:30a-4:30p. 
  2. Station Leaders (7th grade and up): There are five stations at VBC: Science; Recreation; Storytelling/Music; Snack; and Crafts. It is possible to sign up to help with a station half of the day or a full day. Simply select both the morning and afternoon time slot when you sign up.
  3. Greeters (21+): Greeters are responsible for helping campers sign in or out of camp and also provide an extra layer of security while camp is running. You can sign up to help half day or full day. 
NOTE: ALL SERVANT LEADERS (VOLUNTEERS) must attend a safety training prior to attending camp. Dates are Wednesday, July 6th at 6p and Sunday, July 10th at 10:30a. If you cannot make either time, please email Ariel to arrange an alternate date. 
NOTE: ALL GROUP AND STATION LEADERS must attend a leader training from 11a-2p on Sunday, July 10th. This is where you learn your role and help set up for camp week. If you are unable to attend, you must find a date prior to the week of camp for training.

For all the opportunities to volunteer visit here.


Lay Readers and Greeters. Readers will get the reading from Karen several days before Sunday. Greeters - what a great way to say hello to old friends and meet new ones. Greeters also do a headcount and take any money collected to the safe in the workroom. Training and written instructions are provided.

Communion Servers (4)

Communion Sunday is always the same day as the Children’s Service; this would be an excellent way to combine both and get your Family involved with the Communion experience. Instructions are provided.

Communion Steward (1-2+)

Another excellent opportunity to get your Family involved on Communion Sunday. Ideally, bread and juice would be dropped off at church on the Thursday before Communion Sunday. Cutting the bread and filling the juice cups take place before the service begins and instructions are provided.

Feed My Starving Children

We are transitioning to a Wednesday Morning schedule. We need three volunteers/week. Please check for openings through the church website.

Every Meal at Lyndale School (2)

This is a critical way to provide food for children and families who may not have enough to get them through the weekend. Usually takes place weekly on Fridays, but the schedule could be fluid due to school holidays. This is truly a joyous way to spread love and kindness in a school setting with darling children.  There are many openings through the rest of the school year, which for Every Meal has been extended to June 17th.  


Provide rides to medical appointments and more. Contact Liz for details.

If you have any questions, contact Liz McGillivary, Volunteer Coordinator, at

Theatre Camp: What’s in the Bible?
Original Show by Ariel Johnson and Alec Lorio
August 1-5
Grades 3 – 8 (in Fall 2022)  Cost: $125

This year, LHUMC’s first-ever Theatre Camp presents the original show, What’s in the Bible? written by Ariel Johnson with music by Alec Iorio. This 45-minute show explores a few of our favorite Old Testament Bible characters in a modern way – participation on a game show! Our host, Abraham, will play the game ""What’s in the Bible with Esther, Job, and Ruth. Who wins? You’ll have to wait and see to find out!

Auditions take place right away on Monday morning of camp, with roles assigned that same day. Scripts will be available ahead of time – all who participate in the camp get a part!
Camp runs Monday, August 1st through Friday, August 5th  from 9a-4p with a 5:00p performance for parents and family members following camp on Friday, and then another performance on Sunday, August 7th in worship here at Lake Harriet at 9:30a. Campers will also help serve communion and assist in other elements of worship.

Click here to signup! After signing up please click here to pay.
Questions?  Contact Ariel Johnson, director of children’s & family ministries.

Food Shelf Needs

Here's what is most needed at Joyce Uptown Food Shelf:
  1. Paper bags!  It costs the food shelf 30 cents to buy a bag.  So clean out your supply.  You can drop them off at church. There are bins for donations to the food shelf in the front entry.
  2. Personal Care Items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, tampons, shampoo, bar soap etc.  These donations may be dropped off at church and put in the bins in the entry way.
United With Ukraine: In Prayers for Peace

The UMC’s Board of Global Ministries offers a way for United Methodists and others to help provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people suffering from Russia’s invasion of their country. You can contribute through the Advance for Christ and the Church. Give to Advance #982450, UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery. This fund will provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine, as well as Ukrainian refugees fleeing to neighboring countries.

Give online at Or give by using the toll-free telephone number: 888-252-6174. Or mail a check with “Advance #982450-Ukraine” written on the memo line, to Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087-9068. Or give to UMCOR/The Advance through any United Methodist church. One hundred percent of all Advance contributions go to the designated cause.

Have you signed up for summer camp yet?

Check out all the great options for summer camps! Check out this link to learn more.  
Pastor Karen leads United Methodist Family Camp - August 1-7, 2022 at Koronis Ministries.  It's listed under "Offsite Programs and Events" at the end of the list of camps.  

LYFE for grades 7-10 is June 19-25, 2022 at Northern Pines.  Look for camp #176.

LIT (Leaders in Training for LYFE Camp). June 19-25 at Northern Pines.  Look for camp #276
Get ready for summer camp - Camp Minnesota!
A big welcome to you from Camp Minnesota, a year-round ministry of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. This is your chance to enjoy fun, friends, faith, adventure, activities, and discovery this summer! If you’ve been to camp before, you know the adventure that awaits. If you’re considering camp for the first time, come see what everyone is talking about! Experience Christ, Creation, and Community with Camp Minnesota.
All Camp Minnesota campsites are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), the only national accrediting body for camping programs. This mark of distinction identifies that our camps comply with the highest standards of health, safety, and program quality.
Registration opens in January 2022. Registration is simple, and there are multiple ways to sign up for camp at:
Adult Learning and Spiritual Enrichment Winter Offerings
1619 Chapter by Chapter
Many who participated in the J-term 1619 Project study groups expressed an interest in continuing the conversation about this book. There is a weekly discussion, beginning with the Preface; Origins by Nikole Hannah Jones. We will explore the book  chapter by chapter at a slower pace than we did in January. ALL are invited! The group will meet virtually on Thursday nights from 7-8:00p. This is a drop-in group, however it is important that you have read the chapter for the week. This group will be facilitated by Julie Konrardy, and others. If interested please email

United Methodist Women (UMW) Book Group
Date: The first Thursday of the month at 7:00p. The group has been meeting via ZOOM.  Julie Konrardy is the facilitator.

To receive the Zoom link click here Julie Konrardy

Join this group of interesting and diverse women of all ages. The group focuses on one book per month. The book list is developed by the group itself.

Jun 2- Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
Jul 7- Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng
Want to send some cheer to a friend or celebrate a life event? The Lake Harriet Youth Mission Team is delivering a flock of flamingos to raise funds for the Appalachian Service Project. Sign up to send these festive pink flamingos to brighten a neighbor’s day or celebrate a birthday or a graduate! Suggested donation to send the flocking flamingos is $30. Recipient address must be within a 5 mile driving radius of LHUMC. 
Not a fan? Do you have an aversion to plastic yard decorations? That’s ok, we have an insurance policy for you! For just $10 you can purchase Anti-Flocking Insurance to prevent these flocking birds from landing in your yard! 
Interested in supporting the ASP mission trip without participating in the Flocking Flamingos project?

Click here to donate. 

Thank you for supporting our youth as they make a difference in the world!
Zoom Coffee Hour: Sundays at 10:30a
Do you watch our livestream worship but miss the fellowship time after church each Sunday? Join us for online fellowship right after church ends. Interested? Click here to email Maria Parker-Witzke to be sent the Zoom link for this Sunday.
Prayer Requests
To submit prayer requests online, click here. Prayer requests are confidential and are sent directly/only to Pastor Karen Bruins. 
Contact Us

Rev. Karen Bruins

Søren Bijnagte
Business Administrator | Facilities Manager

Ariel Johnson
Director of Children & Family Ministries |
Cherub Choir Director

Thomas Johanson
Bell Choirs Director

Andrea Wright
Preschool Director
Rev. Chris Carr
Pastor of Youth Ministries

Jungjoo Park
Director of Music Ministries

Janet Bomar
Connections Coordinator |
Preschool Teacher

Liz McGillivary
Volunteer Coordinator

Matt Feyen
Director of Communications

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