We are Sanctuary Supporting!

The Sanctuary Supporting Task Force is continuing to meet (usually on a monthly basis) to work on ways SpringHouse can live into its sanctuary supporting role. They have drafted an “Immigrant Welcoming Resolution” that will be reviewed by all three congregations, their members, and the SpringHouse board. Watch for this draft to be presented to congregations in November.

They have also planned an Sanctuary Supporting/Immigrant Welcoming Fair for Sunday November 12 at 11:30 am. This will be an opportunity for all of SpringHouse to learn more about how we practically live out this calling we have declared.

We are looking for some additional representation from Salem to be part of this task force moving forward. If you would be interested in helping shape how we move forward as sanctuary supporting, contact Pastor Rhonda. The next meeting will be October 19 at 4:30 pm.

Reformation Feast:

Saturday, October 28, 4 pm

Mark your calendars for our Reformation Feast on Saturday October 28. This is a chance for us to come together for fellowship and celebration around our great tradition of resistance, persistence, and reform.  Dinner will be catered by Black Forest Inn and authentic German cuisine and beverage, Reformation Trivia, and “table talk” will be the center of our celebration.

Watch for a formal invitation to come in the mail and via email in the next week. We are asking you to RSVP by Sunday October 15 to make sure we have enough strudel!

SpringHouse Adult Faith Formation

–Join Us, It’s Fun!

Our fall series on Faith, Sexism, Justice will run through Sunday October 15 at 9:30 am in the gathering space. It’s not too late to join us for this important conversation!

On Sunday October 22, join us for or first Faith 101 session…Judaism. Faith 101 is a periodic opportunity hear from those outside the Christian tradition about their faith and how we can better relate in the context of community.

On Sunday October 29, join us for our Reformation Day Intergenerational Event! Children, youth, and adults are invited to come learn more about this moment of change in all Christianity. There will be activities for everyone!

November 5 is still TBD, but we will meet in the gathering space at our normal time.

On Sunday November 12, don’t miss hearing from our guest speaker Christian Piatt as part of the FCC VOICES conference series.  More information about the conference here:  http://www.fccminneapolis.org/home/voices/

Confirmation Ministry

When several pastors and youth leaders from the Minneapolis Synod got together in July to brainstorm a new model of confirmation that would include any churches who had 1-10 confirmation age students, willing to be part of a joint ministry that met once a month on Sunday afternoons together instead of weekly as individual churches, we never imagined the turnout at our first event in September. While I don’t have the exact numbers, it is fair to say that there were 50-60 young people plus their adult mentors that filled the room at the Synod Office!

In the mix of that giant group of kids were 5 of our best and brightest! That’s right…Salem has 5 youth who are of confirmation age and all of them were part of the inaugural meeting of Reformation Confirmation. Each month we will meet in a new venue from Luther Seminary to SpringHouse and other churches that are part of the venture. We will delve into a variety of ideas as we learn and grow in faith and understanding of our baptism and our church. October’s theme is, obviously, the Reformation, our namesake. We will be looking for a way for our youth to tell you all about what they are learning and share how they are growing as the year progresses.  This next meeting will be October 1.

Sunday Mornings at Salem

On Sundays Salem offers two worship options – Traditional Worship and Jazz Worship. These two worship services are connected by Sunday School and Youth Group, as well as Adult Ed.  Child care is available throughout.  Full schedule >

SpringHouse Partner

Salem’s home is the SpringHouse Ministry Center, a shared, sustainable facility that anchors three churches with distinct identities and rich histories. Salem shares SpringHouse Ministry Center with partner congregations Lyndale United Church of Christ and First Christian Church. Learn more >