Welcome!

St. Peder’s affirms the welcome of God to all persons.

St Peder’s welcomes you to a community of faith nurtured by God’s abundant grace, Christ’s peace and the Spirit’s lively presence!  In response to such love, we open our hearts and hands and doors to joyfully serve our neighbor – whether it’s you or someone across the world.  We invite you to join us for worship or any activity at the little church on the corner of 46th Avenue and 42nd Street in South Minneapolis.

Coming Soon at St. Peder’s…

Climate Change: A  Sunday Lenten Series

In this season of reflection, it is appropriate to spend some time exploring climate change and what it means for all of creation – including how we live in our world.

This year, our Sunday morning schedule will be different during the five weeks of Lent.  We’ll have one worship service at 9:00 a.m., followed by a time for coffee and conversation.  Then, we’ll re-convene to the sanctuary at 10:15 am by a speaker on the topic with time for questions and answers. (See the February Messenger for full details on the schedule and speakers)  There will also be activities for kids available each week.  (Confirmation and high-school youth are encouraged to attend the series.)

On February 14 our speakers will present on the Paris talks and outcomes. 

Claire Curran, Campaign Coordinator
Claire Curran leads MNIPL’s policy advocacy, communications, storytelling work, and River Prairie Regional Network in South Central MN.  She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Peace Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College. Claire has a strong background in organizing, having coordinated the Lutheran Advocacy MN’s Clean Energy Campaign and directing Environment California’s campaign office in Los Angeles. Claire brings a sincere belief in the power of faith communities to create positive social change. She is passionate about intersectionality, storytelling, and creating spaces for people to join their deep gladness with the world’s deepest needs. Her mission is to build authentic relationships with faith communities and empower them to take meaningful action on climate change. You can reach Claire at claire@mnipl.org.

Trevor Leuzinger, Lutheran Volunteer Corps Member and Outreach Coordinator Trevor joins MNIPL for this year as a member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps, a year-long service program. He works for the solar and energy efficiency teams to engage faith communities and help them to achieve their goals for environmental justice. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, where he first began to organize for the environmental  movement. He has a passion for fighting intersectional and systemic issues, and helping people become changemakers, because concerned individuals working together is the only way to solve these issues. You can reach Trevor at trevor@mnipl.org.

On February 21 our speaker will be Dr. Mark Boslough Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories and Adjunct Professor, UNM  

Mark is a Principal Member of the Techncial staff with a broad range of research interests spanning physics, geophysics, and computer science, with a focus on national security applications. His past and current projects include: asteroid impacts and planetary defense; climate change and paleoclimatology; nuclear weapons effects; high pressure equations of state and energetic materials; high-consequence risk assessment; evolutionary computing and robotic flight; global monitoring systems; and prediction markets and intelligence analysis. Mark received his BS in physics from Colorado State University in 1977 and his MS in applied physics from Caltech in 1978.  He received his PhD in applied physics with a geological and planetary science focus from Caltech in 1983 and immediately joined the technical staff at Sandia. He is also an adjunct professor in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department at the University of New Mexico and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Faith Strengthening Doubt: A Wednesday Lenten Series

Theatre is all about asking the big questions: Who are we? Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? And when it comes to issues of religion and faith, theatre asks even harder questions: What is truth? Who can be trusted? How does religion help or harm? By asking the questions of characters in tough situations, we also ask the questions of ourselves. 

In this Lenten series we’ll experience vignettes from plays that ask us these hard questions. We’ll wrestle with the role of doubt in a healthy faith life. Are there situation where doubt can bring us closer to our faith and to God? Can doubt be a healthy counterpoint to faith? 

Experience vignettes from :

 W;t by Margaret Edson

Doubt by John Patrick Shanley

Son of a Gun by Shannon T.L. Kearns

Faith Healer by Bryan Friel

(and one more TBD)

This five-week series begins on Wednesday, February 17.  Join us for soup supper at 5:30 p.m. (free-will offering), at 6:15 join in for the Lenten book study The Last Week by Borg and Crossan, and then we’ll gather at 7:00 p.m. in the worship space for Holden Evening Prayer along with a dramatic vignette. 

GATHER BIBLE STUDY

SERVANT-SHAPED SOLDIERS IS THE TITLE OF THE BIBLE STUDY LESSON FOR FEBRUARY.  

THE THEME VERSES ARE PHILIPPIANS 1:27–2:18.  IF YOU ARE ABLE, PLEASE READ THE THEME VERSES AHEAD OF TIME

WE WELCOME ANYONE TO OUR GROUP.  REFRESHMENTS ARE SERVED.

WHAT:  GATHER BIBLE STUDY

WHERE:  ST. PEDER’S LIBRARY

WHEN:  FEBRUARY 16, 2016

TIME:  9:30-11:00 

Book Study:

Starting on February 17th we’ll be discussing the book “The Last Week” by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. A counterpart to our Advent series, this book looks at the historical context of the last week of Jesus’ ministry and life. We’ll have these discussions on Wednesday evenings for the during of Lent, in between the soup supper and the prayer service.  Shannon has several copies of The Last Week

Meals on Wheels Delivery Week—February 15-19

Don’t forget to sign up to drive or deliver. New volunteers are always welcome. Talk to Sandra Hultgren with questions.