“There is a difference between curing and healing, and I believe the church is called to the slow and difficult work of healing. We are called to enter into one another’s pain, anoint it as holy, and stick around no matter the outcome.

- Rachel Held Evans,
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
Part VI: Anointing of the Sick, page 208
Nate Note
Three quick notes:

First, today is the deadline to register for the Trail of Terror / Lock-In on Friday. Don't miss out on this fun tradition, and thanks for your prompt reply! And yes, parents, we could use one more lock-in chaperone, thanks!

Second, thank you to all of the parents who came out for our first-ever Video Theology on Sunday night. We had a great conversation about early Christian settlers and Native Americans as well as colonies dealing with challenges when people believed different things. We'll continue our series on Sunday night.

Finally, we need parents to sign up to do the Sunday night meal for the rest of 2017. In 2018, we'll have the new kitchen space and have new options, but for now we need families to sign up for the remaining nine Sundays when we have a meal this fall, please. Who can step up for this Sunday?

In Christ,
Rev. Nate Melcher
Associate Pastor
1 part spooky, 1 part sleepy!
7:00pm Oct. 13 - 8:00am Oct. 14
Meet on campus at 7:00pm to carpool to the Trail of Terror or meet on campus at 11:00pm for the Lock-In. It's going to be a great night! YES! We need drivers AND overnight chaperones!
Registration Deadline: NOW!

  1. Trail of Terror + Lock-In, $20
  2. Trail of Terror only, $15
  3. Lock-In only, $5
Ask dad to borrow the car!
Oct. 29, 4:00pm-5:30pm
5:30pm-6:00pm Clean Up
We're returning with this amazing event aimed at families in our church and our neighborhood! Teens are in charge of the "Spooky Labs" while parents can host a car in the Treat Zone!
Sunday Night Youth Fellowship
LAST WEEK: Trunk-or-Treat Prep

Trunk-or-Treat Prep
Oct. 8, 5:30pm-6:30pm
We have a great idea of what we're doing for Spooky Labs. This week, we'll wrap it up and do another great small group check-in.
Confirmation Class
Thanks for a great retreat!
Last Week: We interviewed each other about our families and how they've influenced our life choices, our faith, and how we see the world.

This Week: Cultural Influences
Parent Volunteer Signups Need Volunteers!
We can't do it without parents!
Parents and guardians, we need your help making some of our new and favorite ministry traditions happen this year. Please look over all of these opportunities and commit today!

  1. Bread Break Meals Signup
  2. Youth Ministry Events Signup
  3. Confirmation Co-Leader Signup
  4. Sunday Night Leader Signup
  5. Youth Donut Sales
Starting October 8, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Church of Youth Room

Parents! Invite a friend and be a part of this brand-new drop-in group! We watch a documentary episode, short film, or a film in parts and explore its themes and ideas for our faith, our lives, and our God in a casual group discussion. Gatherings are facilitated by Pastor Nate Melcher. Yes, we will have popcorn! Open to all adults, so invite a friend! #livetoinvite

A co-production of Frontline and American Experience for PBS, God in America examines the history of religions in what is now the United States from around 1600 to 2010. We'll see priests and Pueblos, early Methodism, the Civil War, religion and schools, the trial of evolution, the simultaneous rise of Billy Graham and Martin Luther King, and today's religious pluralistic society.

Oct. 8: First Nations and First Settlers - What happens when Christians meet native peoples with different views of God? See how the first colonies handle disagreement and witness one of America's first feminist theologians in action.

Oct. 16: Spreading the Word - Friend of John Wesley, George Whitefield, takes his message to the fields and preaches to crowds of thousands! Witness how the word spreads throughout the colonies and beyond.

Oct. 23: The Rise of Methodism - A young man on the verge of his calling stumbles upon early Methodist camp revival meetings and has a converted heart. Meanwhile, Thomas Jefferson discerns how best to read scripture for his own faith.

And many more to come, including waves of religious immigration, the Civil War and Reconstruction, social gospel, monkey trials, Billy Graham, Martin Luther King, church and politics, and many more.
November Event: "The Event" at Craguns!
Old schoolers called it "JUMYs."
The Event at Craguns
Nov. 3-5, Cost TBA

Confirmation Students, you're not going to want to miss this weekend at Craguns resort with games, service projects, a live rock band, workshops, new friends, a pool, nature walks, worship, and one of the most fun road trips ever!
the event jumys
December Event: "Force for Change" Lock-In
Serve God and be a Jedi!
"Force for Change" Lock-In & Field Trip
Dec. 15, 7:00pm - Dec. 16, 12:00pm, Cost TBA, Fundraiser event, too!

Let's be a Force for Change! We'll go to Feed My Starving Children , watch Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, get some sleep, then wake up early to catch a matinee of Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi on opening weekend!
Get ready for major events, like...
10.08 Video Theology (Parent Drop-In Class)
10.13 Trail of Terror Lock-In
10.29 Trunk-or-Treat
11.03-11.05 "The Event"
12.15 "Force for Change Star Wars Lock-In
03.14 Ash Wednesday Worship
03.30 Good Friday Worship
06.24-06.30 LYFE Camp 2018
07.21-07.29 Senior High Mission Trip
Church of Youth Ministries of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Rev. Nate Melcher, Associate Pastor 

511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403-3223 
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This email is sent in the highest spirit of Christian love. If you think something is "lost in translation" between us, please contact me so we can explore it together. Thank you. -nm