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Who Are We?

The United Methodist Church of Peace

Built at 64th Street between Washburn and Xerxes Avenues on the Richfield-Edina border and dedicated in January of 1958, Church of Peace was chartered with seven families, members of Oakland Avenue Evangelical United Brethren Church who lived in the vicinity of this growing area on the edge of Minneapolis. With the merging of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968, Church of Peace became The United Methodist Church of Peace.

The Mission of the United Methodist Church : “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

The Purpose at Church of Peace“Our congregation exists to exemplify by word and deed the love of Jesus Christ to all people and specifically to our community through loving relationships.”

 

Musings from Pastor’s Office

Wow! We have had a long journey with “Choosing the Faithful Path.” We started it in September of 2021 with two groups totaling 20 participants. These groups laughed, studied, prayed, and discussed together for 12 weeks. We affirmed our deep love for our church and faithfulness to God. We recommended the “re-innovation” path at the end of our session and the mission and ministry board took it from there in January. For the last 4 months, the board has collaborated to come up with action plans to re-innovate our mission and ministry. Last Sunday, we approved the plans and they officially become now “a church plan.”

Our action plans are: Nurturing through Special Music Sunday (Once a Month), Special Meals (spring, fall, and winter), Outreaching through Group Fitness Exercise, and Witnessing through digital sign, ice-cream social (June, July, and August).

Some of the plans have already been in the process of implementation. We do not know if they will produce a good harvest or not. Even we don’t know how we define their success. Measurable success matters but we should remember there is unmeasurable success. Numbers don’t tell everything. How can we measure the impact that ice-cream socials can make on our neighbors and communities. One thing is clear. The church “chooses a faithful path” through these action plans. Whether we are convinced enough to fully support those action plans or think we have a better idea, these plans are now owned by the church that we all cherish.

Plans await implementation that won’t happen without us. At the same time, it won’t be accomplished without God. Let’s remember the word of God that reads, “The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

Blessings in Christ,

Rev. Dr. Woojae Im

For more Musings from Pastor’s Office:

April 2022 Musings

March 2022 Musings

February 2022 Musings

January 2022 Musings

 

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