This Sunday, October 4, is World Communion Sunday, where we get to come together to share in the breaking of bread with Christ followers around the world, as we stand in solidarity as believers in the sacrificial love of Jesus shown by his death on the cross so that we may live and live abundantly. What a blessing that we can come freely to the table and break bread in remembrance of Jesus and all he did for all the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to share in this experience with other believers worldwide. We meet at 9:30AM at Emmanuel Mennonite Church. See you there.
Peace be with you.
This is a message of greeting from your new Pastors, Kim and Chris Becker. We are so excited to be here with you at EMC. We are just beginning to fall into a rhythm here. Our new office hours are M-Th 10-2. Call the church phone (651-766-9759) before stopping in to make sure we aren’t out and about in the neighborhood or on a call. We look forward to getting to know each and every person who attends. You’ll be hearing more from us in the coming days, weeks, years. Look here for new posts. Also, if you use FaceBook, or have thought about using FaceBook, EMC has a new page for you to check out. “Like” the page to see updates and posts there. Find that at EMC FB Page. Have a blessed week….
I wish to affirm and underscore what Archbishop Neinstedt recently wrote for The Catholic Spirit on November 7, in an article entitled, ‘Protecting Young People, Restoring Trust….”http://thecatholicspirit.com/that-they-may-all-be-one/protecting-young-people-restoring-trust-inspire-commitment-concrete-actions/ “Our first goal,” he says, “and of greatest importance, is keeping our focus on creating and maintaining safe environments. In short, the protection of minors must be our top priority, and it must be what animates our every action and decision.” He then says that, “Our second goal is to care for those who have been harmed by members of the Church. Our third goal is to facilitate the beginning of a healing process for our local Church in order to restore trust with the Catholic faithful, who are counting on the clergy and leadership of the Church to make virtuous decisions for the good of the Body of Christ. And, our fourth goal is to restore trust with our clergy, who are dedicated men and are deserving of our confidence and respect.”
As pastors, we both agree that trust is basic to the ministry of Christ’s under-shepherds, Continue reading “MORE THOUGHTS ON RECENT CLERGY ABUSE REVELATIONS”
Where did we Mennonites get our funny name? From a prominent Anabaptist leader, Menno Simons. Good thing we were named after his first name: “Simonites” are those who buy or sell ecclesiastical office for financial gain, one accusation that the Anabaptists’ enemies never tried to make stick. They were too poor. Below is an excerpt from Menno’s testimony about how and why he left his comfortable position as a parish priest, after being shaken spiritually awake by some of the writings of Martin Luther, and then seeing the terrible debacle that was the Muenster Rebellion, in Germany, 1534: Continue reading “LEADING UP TO (ANABAPTIST) REFORMATION SUNDAY….”
With all the headlines in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about clergy sex abuse and cover-ups, some are crying “Foul!” at what they see as a journalistic witch hunt aimed selectively at the Christian church. Consider all the good that churches do for the poor, the sick and the shut-ins, they say. And aren’t there other organizations and institutions, corporate and governmental, at least as guilty of crimes and cover-up? Continue reading “ON A RECENT ROUND OF CLERGY SEX ABUSE REVELATIONS…….”
This is the first of what will hopefully be more testimonies of….
HEROES OF FAITH IN OUR TIME
A CLOUD OF WITNESSES
by Rev. Philip Friesen, Minneapolis, MN
I was having my worst year of college, almost flunking a course in my major field and feeling somewhat guilty about being of no help at home. My sister, Jewell, at 16 years of age, was helping pay expenses with an after school job, and Dad was in bed after major back surgery, having spent 6 weeks lying immobile on what was then called a sandwich board, Mom also having been immobilized by crippling arthritis that made it impossible for her to even dress or bathe herself. During that time Continue reading “IN MY CLOUD OF WITNESSES…..”