New Sermon Series: Journey Towards Wholeness

One of the challenges in a congregation like Living Spirit, where we focus on outward issues of social justice, is to do the inward work of personal and spiritual renewal—the things that strengthen us to do the outward acts of faith in action. When I visited Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco a number of years ago and participated in their Empowerment Journey, they shared about the recovery process they developed and engaged their church members and staff in. It is meant to be a supplement to the traditional 12 step process (not a replacement) and is for anyone, whether they have a “formal” addiction or not. Because everyone is in need of recovery from something. Our entire community—business leaders, alcoholics, government leaders, people who have experienced physical abuse, psychological abuse, loneliness, disconnection, lack of meaning in life – are challenged by recovery everyday.

This Sunday we begin a four part sermon series called “Journey Towards Wholeness.” There will be a slight pause with Multicultural Sunday on the 22nd, but will then resume the following Sundays:

  • Facing Our Inner Darkness—September 15

  • (Multicultural Celebration—September 22)

  • Naming Who You Are—September 29

  • Embracing Community—October 6

  • Experiencing Rebirth—October 13

We engage in recovery because it helps us to become more fully human and strengthens us to do the work God calls us to. And it enables us to reach out to others in their journey towards wholeness.

—Pastor Suzanne

Fall Schedule

We celebrated the new program year with a rainy Rally Day indoor picnic, and now it’s time to get back to our regular schedule. Here’s what to watch out for on Sunday mornings:

Breakfast—We serve a free breakfast every Sunday from 8:30–9:15 a.m.

Igniting Our Faith—This is a series of short term studies that meet on Sunday morning. The first study, led by Brent Holmberg, runs from September 15 to September 29, and invites us to see the bible through new eyes.

Children’s Church—After the children’s message in worship on non-communion Sundays, children age 4–5th grade are invited to their own service, featuring stories, crafts, songs, and more. (Learn more about our offerings for families)

And don’t forget—the Living Spirit Singers meet in the sanctuary at 9:20 a.m. Everyone who wants to sing is welcome to join.

Sign Up for Flu Shots

In partnership with TRUST, Living Spirit is hosting a flu shot clinic after worship on October 20. Advance registration is preferred, so please take a moment to register. Both the regular vaccine and the high dose vaccine (for ages 65+) will be available. If you have questions about the flu shot, here are some resources:


If you have questions about the clinic at Living Spirit, you can ask in the comments or contact the church office.

Updated Directory

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A new Friends of Living Spirit directory has been printed and is available in the gathering area on Sundays in September. If you don’t make it in (or forget to take a copy), you may call or e-mail the church office and request that one be sent to you. Please specify in the e-mail whether you would like a paper copy mailed to your house or an electronic copy (PDF) e-mailed to you.

As always, if you have changes or corrections to your directory information, you can report them here.

Update from Katie

[Ed. note: Katie served as a pastoral intern at Living Spirit during the 2018-2019 academic year.]

Hi Living Spirit!

Thank you so much for the ways you helped to celebrate my graduation and supported me through my internship. I've really missed you. I'm glad that Richard has been able to join you a few times, he's been sharing updates when he gets home.

In July I was hired to be the director of Spiritual Outreach at First United Methodist Church - Red Wing. First UMC is a downtown congregation founded 166 years ago on the edge of a park just blocks from the Mississippi River. It was the original home of Hamline University.

My work mostly involves finding ways to strengthen connections within the church through spiritual formation groups; boosting the signal of the church in the community through events, social media and service projects; and finding ways to welcome new people into our community. I'm preaching once a month and doing some pastoral care and enjoying getting to know a new community and church.
If you come down to Red Wing to watch the fall colors hiking Barn Bluff or check out the world's largest boot at Red Wing Shoe please reach out. If I'm in town I'd love to get a coffee at Mandy's or a donut from Hanisch's (WCCO named them Minnesota's best bakery).

Sending all my love and gratitude!


New Supper Menus Available

Check it out! The menus for community supper on Wednesday evenings are now available for the rest of 2019. You can see what’s going to be served any given week by checking the calendar.

Just a reminder—our community meals are always free and open to all. We serve supper every Wednesday from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can expect a main, a side, beverages, and dessert, plus a lot of great conversation with both Living Spirit friends and community neighbors.