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Ministry Activities


Below is a list of ministry activities that meet on a regular basis.

On this page:

 • Bible Study
 • Caregiver and Bereavement Support Groups
 • Choir
 • Cope and Hope (Cancer support group)
 • Council Meetings
 • Depression Allies Support Group
 • Handbell Choir
 • Knitting Group
 • Meet and Eat
 • YALL - Young Adults Learning and Living



Bible Study


This Bible Study for adults is anything but dull!

Led by Ken Gowdy, the group takes a slow and deep approach to scripture. Ken leads the group through one book of the Bible at a time. The group is currently spending time with the gospel according to John.

Leslie Amundson reflects on her past experience in Bible Study:

Like many people, my Bible knowledge has been shaky – even though I am a minister’s daughter! I really thought most people knew much more about the Bible than I did, and I felt kind of embarrassed. Well, Ken makes everyone feel good about their contributions in class.

After some negotiation about the pace of class, we decided to take things very slowly. We talk about what the scripture meant in historical terms, and also what application there may be to our lives today. The hour and a half we have together once a month is invigorating, interesting, and fun. There is little if any homework – usually we are asked to read beforehand the verses we will cover in class. Sometimes I haven’t even done that! But I can still come to class and get something out of the study, from Ken and from my fellow students. We laugh a lot, and get to know one another, too. Ken is perhaps the most gifted teacher I have ever known; he shares himself with us, and is very encouraging. Please join us.


Bible Study meets roughly once a month, September through May. See calendar for dates.



Caregiver and Bereavement Support Groups


Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter reflects on the universal nature of caregiving:

“There are four kinds of people in the world:
those who have been caregivers,
those who are currently caregivers,
those who will be caregivers,
and those who will need caregivers.”


~ Rosalynn Carter, Helping Yourself Help Others
NY: Three Rivers Press, 1994, p. 3.

The Caregiver Support Group is open to members and friends who are in relationship with loved ones who are experiencing a decline in physical and/or mental health. Caregiving can be stressful and isolating, and research shows that staying connected with others and being in relationship is key for the health and well-being of the caregiver.

Co-facilitated by Ted Bowman and Pam Dragseth, the group meets the first Thursday of the month, 10:00-11:30 AM.


"Thinking about my deceased loved one was the same as the hole you keep on feeling with your tongue after losing a tooth. Time after time, your mind keeps going to that empty spot." ~ from the book Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Bereavement Support Group is an outgrowth of the Caregiver Support Group.

Launched in January 2016, the Bereavement Group is open to anyone who is bereft following the death of a loved one.

Compassionate support from others is an essential component of the journey of grief. Feeling lost, lonely, bereft after the death of a loved one is a common experience, though no two experiences of grief are the same. This group offers a designated time and place for people who are coping with the death of a loved one, whether recently or long ago.

Co-facilitated by Marilyn Benson and Victoria Wilgocki, the group meets the first Thursday of the month, 10:00-11:30 AM


Both Support Groups are in partnership with the St. Anthony Park Area Seniors program and several other churches in the surrounding area.

Click here for the brochure: Caregiver Bereavement brochure April 2016 FINAL.pdf (PDF)

Please contact the church office for more information.



Choir


The Sanctuary Choir rehearses from 6:30 - 8:00 PM on Thursday evenings, September through May. The Sanctuary Choir sings in worship 3 to 4 Sundays per month, including two "all choral" worship services -- one in fall/winter and one in the spring, and at special services such as Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Christmas Eve.

Kids sing! The Cherub Choir and the Joyful Noise Choir sing in worship two times during the school/program year. When the children's choirs rehearse, it is on Sunday mornings as part of their Sunday School time.

Cherub Choir – ages 3, 4, K, 1st, 2nd grade
led by Godly Play teachers
rehearse in the Esther Room
9:15-9:35 AM

Joyful Noise - 3rd-5th grade
led by John Habermann
rehearse in the Sanctuary
9:15-9:45 AM

There is NO gathering time on the mornings that the children’s choirs rehearse. See calendars for dates.




Cope and Hope (Cancer support group)


A support group for people living with cancer or in remission meets bi-monthly.

Contact the church office for more information.



Council Meetings


Church Council meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM. Council meetings are open to members or friends of the congregation.



Depression Allies Support Group


The “Depression Allies” support group met for the first time in November 2009.

The group offers a safe place to be heard, to listen, to give and receive empathy, to offer one another “tools” for living with depression, to share personal stories, and to be fully oneself in the context of this community of faith. It’s a designated time – in a safe circle of care – to journey together rather than be isolated. As one person said, “It’s connected to our being an Open & Affirming congregation. We get to tell the truth about our lives and be who we really are.”

The group is open to any adults who are living with depression. The “allies” meet on Saturday morning every 4 to 6 weeks. If you’d like to be a part of this support group or learn more, please contact Pastor Victoria at pastor@sapucc.org, 651 646-7173 or in person.



Handbell Choir


The handbell choir rehearses on Sunday, September through May, 11:45 AM-12:30 PM. Mike Smith directs the Handbell Choir, and the bells play in worship 3 to 4 times per year.



Knitting Group


Calling all knitters (and crocheters)!

St. Anthony Park UCC has a knitting group. It meets the fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00 PM, in various group members' homes.

Low-key, informal, good conversation, great company, come as you are and when you can....

Whether you are a beginner or an expert knitter or somewhere in between, you are welcome to the knitting group.



Meet and Eat


Meet and Eat, hosted by Paul Scherrer and Sue Grove, is a time of community fellowship. Come and enjoy a casual meal and conversation!

Meet and Eat takes place a handful of times a year, on Wednesday at 6:00 PM. (Check calendar for dates) Menu is potluck unless announced otherwise.



YALL - Young Adults Learning and Living


There's a growing number of Young Adults at SAPUCC!

The young adult years are often full of intensity -- major life transitions, graduate school, employment, housing changes, partnering or not, babies or not, and moving into the fullness of adult life.

The Group was launched in January 2011 and provides a time for young adults to come together for conversation, social events, spiritual growth and service projects. Above all, it's a time for young adults to connect with peers and share some of what's happening in their lives.

The gatherings are open, so friends are always welcome. See calendar for dates and events.


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