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We are an active, intimate fellowship seeking to be faithful disciples through celebration, study, prayer and service.

We are an inclusive community where all persons of differing backgrounds and life situations are welcome.

We are a committed people who serve Jesus Christ through outreach and community involvement, worship and study.

Our mission:
By encountering Christ in our church, we
share God’s Word in the community to heal
and change lives

Covid-19, Join us on Zoom
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Sunday Service 10AM
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Bible Study* Sunday 6:30PM
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Centering Prayer Tuesday 3PM
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Check-in Wednesday 7PM
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*For weekly bible study passages, click on the Lectionary link in the navigation bar to the left. Each Sunday we will study the bible passages for the following Sunday.

Watch: July 5, 2020 Covid Sunday Service


Our location: Edgcumbe Road 1 block west of South Snelling Avenue and immediately west of Highland High School. Click the map above to see an interactive map.

Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church
Midweek Update September 21, 2020

In this issue: Unlearning: Choosing Connection, New Member Class, Worship Survey, Zoom, RJAM, Prayers

Unlearning: Choosing Connection
On Sunday, Pastor Luna talked about the invitation from Non-Violent Communication (NVC) to choose connection. This means UNLEARNING our habitual reactions of judgment or blame or comparison or shame or withdrawal. In Matthew 22, Jesus sees the “evil motives” of his questioners, who have been trying to trap him for several chapters. Rather than leaving or yelling, Jesus invites his questioners into both relationship and transformation with his presence and questions.
Here are a few of the basic beliefs of the NVC approach, with biblical connections.
We all share the same basic needs. Our strategies for meeting those needs might be similar or super different, but all humans share the same needs. This is a consistent biblical message as well. There is not a list of the fruits of the Spirit for men and a different one for women, or a great commandment for children and a greater commandment for adults. Fundamentally, we are all the same (one body--1 Cor. 12). It is our nature to enjoy giving and receiving in a compassionate manner. The basis of who we are is not selfish or cruel; it is loving and kind and generous. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:7-8) If you want to connect with someone, the first step is to want to connect. Our intentions matter. As I step toward a conversation with my child or neighbor or sibling or even with myself (!), I ask myself, what is my intention? Is it to be right? To be safe? To be strong? To win? To look good? What if I desired connection, first and foremost? How would that change how I listen, how I speak, how vulnerable I allowed myself to be? Jesus said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

New Member Class
After Zoom worship this Sunday, we will have a New Member Exploration class in place of our usual fellowship time. However, everyone is welcome!

Online Worship Survey
The Session has asked for a new worship survey to hear your thoughts about Zoom worship and the options for in-person worship over the coming months. The link to the short online survey is here: https://forms.gle/nT6UccfkP81f9pN79. If you haven’t done so yet, please fill out the survey as soon as possible or before October 28. Thank you!

Racial Justice and Me (RJAM)
RJAM Update from Leslie: Thanks to all of our participants who have shared their learning last week. This week we will be having an open discussion with a focus on trying to identify possible action steps that individuals or the church as a whole can take. Please be sure to join the Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday.
My journey with RJAM has widened my own perspective on how my white privilege affects me and those around me. I have considered what I can do to help support people of color in my family and community, which has included educating my children about how to repair bad credit or build new credit, since two of them are really in need of permanent housing, and cannot get it because of their past history. I am in negotiation with my son about how to do some writing around his experience with incarceration, possibly in a theatrical format. I have also explored an important resource that helps me understand the experience of incarceration from the viewpoint of the inmate (https://www.weareallcriminals.org) This makes me want to join other white advocates to work on recommendations for prison reform that include transitional services that really work for re-entering citizens. I also learned that there is a Native-run bank in the Franklin Avenue area of Minneapolis that assists the local community with small business development. There's so much to learn! I look forward to our discussion on Wednesday!

Prayers
Prayers of gratitude and healing for Carol Schweickhardt who is home and doing well after surgery on Monday. If you can help out by bringing Carol a meal, please arrange the details with daughter Heidi at 763.280.0154.

Quarantine Creativity
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