Gentle Yoga – meets Thursdays at noon for an hour in the Mathison Room for contiguous seven-week sessions.  Student/senior rates for 7 week classes is $63, drop in at $10/class.  Private sessions may also be arranged.

Qigong Practice Group – meets Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m. between Labor Day and Memorial Day.  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 – meets the 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.  New members are always welcome!  Old & new book club selections are available in the church library for checkout.

Evening Book Group – meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., usually 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:

April “The Wind and the Drum” by Katharine Johnson

May “Skinny Legs and All” by Tom Robbins

June “‘A’ Is for Alibi” by Sue Grafton

Page Flippers Book Club is for preschoolers through Grade 7, meeting the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  Younger children (usually through Grade 2) and their accompanying adult will engage in group read-aloud stories and activities, while older children (usually Grades 3-7) engage in discussion and activities relating to a book they’ve all read; see www.facebook.com/duluthpageflippers to learn what book older youth are reading this month.

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.  This program year’s special project is pet beds for Animal Allies.  People of all abilities are welcome to be part of the Hope Quilters (this includes cutting up scraps at home for pet bed stuffing).  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 Helpers (provide goodies for Sunday fellowship time on a one-time or occasional basis, or join the team to serve on Sunday mornings)    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!