“The Wired Word” – Rev. Joan Goebel, retired UMC clergy, will facilitate a Sunday morning class using The Wired Word, a United Methodist resource.  The Wired Word starts with a news article from the week, and offers scriptures and questions to help a class confront the news with our faith.  How does our faith help inform us about choices being made around us?  The class is not about changing our opinions; rather it is meant to help us be better Christians in our world. The class will begin June 18th at 11:10 in the Mathison Room.  Feel free to get a cup of coffee and snack before  we start.  Drop in any time this summer!   Contact the office if you hope to attend, and you can receive an emailed copy of the week’s news article on Fridays.

Gentle Yoga – will return in the fall, meeting Tuesdays 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Mathison Room for contiguous seven-week sessions.  Student/senior rates for 7 week classes is $63, drop in at $10/class.

Qigong Practice Group – is meeting in the enclosed screen house at Aftenro during the summer months, returning to Hope UMC after Labor Day, Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m. Free and open to all! Qigong exercise is a blend of gentle movements, bringing balance and healing to the mind, body and spirit. With love, kindness, and gratitude, we share our practice and build community to awaken the healer within each of us. For more information, call Michelle: 218.390.4239

PageTurners 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in Mathison Room This daytime book club meets each month at Hope UMC to discuss books chosen by the group.  In June, we will celebrate and share poetry; please bring in two favorite poems to read a loud to the group, and wear a hat — we’ll meet in the church garden if weather permits. No meeting in July, but read ahead for August: “The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society” by Augusta Trobaugh. New members welcome. Old & new book club selections are available in the church library for checkout.

Evening Book Group 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. This group usually gathers at the church. Since the time and place sometimes changes, if you are interested in joining us, please check with the church office (before 2:00 weekdays) or Pastor Laurie. We would love to have you join us! Upcoming books are:

June Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver.

July “Light On Snow” by Anita Shreve.

August If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name” by Heather Lende.

Page Flippers Book Club is a summer program for preschoolers through Grade 7, meeting the fourth Wednesdays of June, July, and August.  After snack and opening activities, younger children with their accompanying adult will engage in group read-aloud stories and activities, while older children engage in discussion and activities relating to a book they’ve all read.  Please contact Katrina at the church for more details.

Prayer Group meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in Mathison Room During this time group members learn about different ways to pray as well as praying for members, family and friends of the faith community. This group also prays for people from around the world who have made prayer requests to the Upper Room.

Men’s Coffee meets every Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Mt. Royal Caribou. This group discusses many topics chosen each week. All men are welcome to attend!

Hope Quilters meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. This group sews quilts but also works on other projects such as bags for missions, banners for the sanctuary and blankets for nursery school children for emergencies. People of all abilities are welcome to be part of the Hope Quilters.  Check with the office for any changes to the meeting schedule for the summer months.


Do you have an idea for a small group? One time or ongoing? Please contact the office or Pastor Laurie with your ideas!

We also have ongoing “groups” of people needed to help things operate smoothly here at Hope! Please consider becoming an active participant in any of these areas:  Sunday Worship Scripture Readers (scriptures provided in advance of the service)  Hospitality Servers (critical need for Sunday mornings. Goodies and dish washing help are provided. Helpers just need to make coffee, set up for fellowship service and then clean up following.)  Ushers (hand out Sunday bulletins and help collect offering)  Communion Helpers (This includes providing/prepping the communion elements as well as assisting congregation during communion service during worship)  “Fix-it Team” (Have fix-it abilities? We always seem to have little tasks needing attention around the building. Let us know what your skills are and we may ask your help!)  Mission Item Delivery Drivers (Bringing collected mission donations to area site such as CHUM, Damiano Center, etc.)  Chaperones for Youth Events (Hang with our awesome youth!)  Office Volunteers (We could use both “people people” for answering phones when staff is scheduled out of office as well as “paper people” who would like to help organize/declutter/ maintain/clean our various office areas.)

And that’s just a short list! If you have a skill and/or time to volunteer, we will have something for YOU! Just connect with us either by phone: 218-724-2266 or by email: office@hopeumcmn.org to let us know your availability and skills and we will work with you!