"Wherever God's Spirit is at work in the world, people are drawn more deeply to love... beginning with God." - Brian McLaren, We Make the Road by Walking
Nate Note

Vacation Bible School is underway and it's a blast!On Monday morning, I got to witness around 25 kids sing, dance, and pray while coming together to experience "Hero Central," a superhero-themed VBS. My role? Tech crew! Somebody's gotta run the sound and that new-fangled Blu-ray player!

Witnessing young people, especially children, learn about God is one of the greatest joys in my life. There are few thing greater to me than to hear a child tell me God lives in her heart or to hear him lead a prayer. There is wisdom in the beautiful abandon of children's trust in God. What if we could get back there? Could be a good Pub Theology question for this Wednesday night at Herkimer!

Rev. Nate Melcher
Sunday Scripture Reading
Philippians 1:20-30 (NRSV)

Philippians is one of my favorite of Paul's letters. Romans gets a lot of the glory, and rightly so, yet here Paul gets practical and poetic pretty quickly. 

I appreciate this notion of living a life worthy of Christ, that this is the place to stay firm (and to stay firm together, side-by-side, in community!). It's not about what town you grew up in or what sports team is on your t-shirt or what corporation hands you a check every two weeks. Paul is offering that your identity is to be of Christ. All of the rest is great. And, above all, you are of Jesus.

That's the sort of identity for me and for you that gets me excited for how people might engage each other. If we first see each other as loved and belonging to Christ, does peace come next?
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United Methodist News
Even 100-year-olds need a good birthday party, and one United Methodist Church stepped up for three people to have one!

Did you know young people in Tonga are working with the church to bring hope and justice to all in their nation?

What would you say to spending time in your daily devotions while out on the river by canoe? This United Methodist pastor is doing just that.
Pub Theology

6:00pm-8:00pm, August 9

2nd Wednesdays of the Month

August 9: Herkimer

2922 Lyndale Ave S,

Minneapolis, MN 55408

Next: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13

What's Pub Theology? Info on tap.

Young Adult Ministry Events
Young Adult LYFE Group

Come together with young adult peers to share a meal, read scripture, and talk faith every other Monday evening all summer long. This group is reading and discussing We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren. Get a copy from Pastor Nate.

Upcoming Schedule:
August 14, 6:00pm

Hosted by the Petras Family

Please RSVP, thank you!

Leadership Institute

September 27-29
Contact: Dawn Breffle

We need young adults like you who are excited about the mission and vision of this church! Leadership is heading to the UM Church of the Resurrection for a third annual trip for workshops, speakers, great worship, and community brainstorming

Are you called to lead? Come and see!

Save the date:

Sept. 6 is our annual Young Adult Fall Shindig!

Coming soon:
New "Adulting 101" classes. Invite friends!

Are you ready for the summer's family concert?
Save the Date
Mark each of these upcoming ministries and church events on your calendar now. This way, you can better incorporate the life of the church in your own life.
Aug. 19 - Family Concert: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Nap Time Players
Sept. 6 - Young Adult Fall Shindig
Sept. 10 - Rally Sunday, with the launch of a new book to read as a church
Sept. 27-29 - Leadership Institute at UM Church of the Resurrection
Nov. 10-12 - Young Adult Retreat
Contact Pastor Nate Melcher

Rev. Nate Melcher, Associate Pastor
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403-3223
Executive Assistant: Dawn Breffle | dawn @ haumc.org  | 612-435-1312
612.435.1301 office | nate @ haumc.org
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