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Worship Services at Unity Church
During the church year (the Sunday after Labor Day through the Sunday before Memorial Day) worship services are held at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. The entrance to the Sanctuary is at 733 Portland Avenue and parking is available in the church's lot on the corner of Portland Avenue and St. Albans Street. Map and Directions
Each Sunday, through the work of the Generosity Ministry Team, seventy percent of the offering is placed in the hands of the chosen community non-profit recipient. The remaining thirty percent goes to support of the Community Outreach Ministry at Unity Church. Offering recipients for each Sunday are listed below the Sunday service description. If you would like to nominate a non-profit to receive the Sunday offering, please fill out the online nomination form.
November/December Sunday Worship Calendar
November 30: Keepers of the Flame — Lindasusan Ulrich
How and when do we fulfill our promises? Whether personal, political, or prophetic, the way we follow through on our commitments points to our true beliefs. Hallman Ministerial Intern Lindasusan Ulrich and worship associate Joan Velasquez explore the connection between our loyalties and our actions.
Offering recipient: Sharing Korner Food Shelf
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no religious education classes on November 30. There will be activities for school age children in the Art & Body rooms and we will have activity packets for children that choose to worship in the sanctuary with their family.
December 7: The Light We Share — Janne Eller-Isaacs
When we attend worship we don't often think of the role that we play as participants. We think we have come to be filled up but actually all of us participate together in making the worship hour occur. Join Janne and worship associate Jen Welsh as they explore the concept of active waiting and active participation.
Offering recipient: Parents United for Public Schools
December 14: Turn to Wonder — Rob Eller-Isaacs
Advent is all about waiting. Waiting for the light, waiting for the child, waiting for wonder to return to our lives. Sometimes though we need to do more than wait. “When the going gets tough,” writes Parker Palmer, “turn toward wonder.” Rob and worship associate Heidi Mastrud will lead us back to wonder.
Offering recipient: Sarah's... an Oasis for Women
December 21 • Family Sunday • The Empty Present
As Christmas Day approaches the whole church family will gather to sing (SHOUT at 11:00 a.m.) carols, prepare ourselves to greet the child, and remember some of the nicest gifts we have ever received. Gifts like peace and joy and yes, even emptiness. The ministers will be joined by Director of Religious Education Rev. K.P. Hong for a festive celebration. There will be no Soup Supper after the 4:30 service on December 21.
Offering recipient: Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
On Family Sundays, children experience the entire worship together with their families in the Sanctuary. A children’s message and activity books related to the stories and sermon help children to engage in the experience of worship. Regular religious education programming does not take place on Family Sundays; however, the nursery is open for children under three years of age.
December 21 • Winter Solstice Celebration • 7:00 p.m. • Parish Hall
Come join us for a contemplative, family-friendly, Celtic-inspired ritual to mark the turning of the year as the darkness gives way to the growing light. This participatory ritual will include chanting, meditation, candle-lighting, singing, and cauldron jumping. Kids—bring animal masks and hand percussion (rattles, shakers, bells)! If you would like to participate as a ritual leader or if you have questions, please contact Lindasusan Ulrich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-228-1456.
December 28 • One service only at 10:00 a.m.
Other People's Children — Lindasusan Ulrich
Hundreds of thousands of children languish in foster care across the U.S., but the weight of displacement and broken bonds is not borne evenly. Hallman Ministerial Intern Lindasusan Ulrich will examine historical forces, current conditions, and the complications of love that echo between the child welfare system and one family’s decision to flee Bethlehem.
Offering recipient: Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre
Family and Story Sundays
Family Sundays take place five times each church year:
Merging of Waters (September)
Story Sundays happen frequently throughout the church year, with school-aged children (Workshop Rotation, Grades 1-6) beginning in worship with the congregation in the Sanctuary. After the opening hymn, prayers, and children’s message, the children proceed with their Journey Guides to their classrooms for religious education programming.
Story Sundays for the 2014-15 church year include: