living room conversations
We don’t have to look far to be reminded that our world needs an outpouring of healing, reconciliation, love, and peace. As Jesus-followers we know this is bigger than well-meaning social activism. We believe part of our invitation is to partner with Jesus as we live his prayer - “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. Join us this fall for a series of Living Room Conversations - spaces designed to help us continue the conversation around topics that need our hearts and minds and attention. Our hope is that these Conversations offer a safe space to listen to different perspectives, share stories & ideas, and consider small next steps in our everyday lives
Hospitality | Human Trafficking | Education | Immigration | Race
A series of conversations to explore healing, reconciliation, love, and peace.
If you want to dive deeper into God's Word, and discover a treasure of information that is typically "lost in translation", please join Dave & Sarah Melander in their home for a 1x/month Socratic-Style (question-style) Bible Study.
When: Thursday, November 21 | Thursday, December 19
Where: Melander's Home in Edina
Cost: $20/session (scholarships available!)
Please contact Sarah with questions
“dive deeper and discover a treasure that is typically lost in translation"
in the country we love book club
During our Summer Voices series, Jen Chu & Raquel Jarabek shared about their experience at the US/Mexico border (listen HERE if you missed it). If the topic of immigration is close to your heart and you want to keep the conversation going, Jen is hosing a once-a-month book club on Sunday's at 3:45pm. This group will be reading, In the Country We Love, by Diane Guerrero, which tells of the challenges Guerrero faced as a citizen child of undocumented parents. She came home from school one day, at 14 years old, to find that her parents had been arrested.
When: October 20 & November 17 | 3:45pm
Please contact Jen with questions
“keep the conversation going through reading and discussing with others"
ur men monthly event
Men of Upper Room, join other guys from the community for a casual night out over food and drinks and other fun activities on the first Tuesday of every month. Learn more!
When: December 3 | 6:30pm
Please contact Greg with questions
“Join other men from the community for a casual night out over food and drinks"
ur young adults dinner
Community members, Emily & Steve Conrad, would like to invite the UR Young Adults to their home for dinner on the second Tuesday of every month. After reflecting on the influence UR had on them while they were in their 20s, they simply want to create a space to come together and create community. No need to bring anything, simply RSVP to help them in their planning, which is also where you'll receive their address in a confirmation message.
When: December 12 | 6pm
Where: Conrad's home in South Minneapolis
Who: Young Adults
Please contact Emily with questions
“gather together and create connections with other young adults in the community"
families moving forward
Twice a year, for 7 days, Colonial welcomes several families through the Families Moving Forward (FMF) shelter program, an initiative of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. FMF offers overnight shelter and support to families experiencing homelessness.
This year we are partnering with Colonial to support these families during their stay. We are looking for about 125 volunteers the week of November 10-17 to help serve on a variety of teams… everything from shopping for groceries & preparing dinner to hosting evening activities & serving as overnight hosts. Many of these teams are family-friendly.
To help streamline volunteer coordination, we will be going through Colonial’s database. If you are interested in signing up or learning more - fill out the form - you will then receive an activation email to gain access to the Families Moving Forward Volunteer Group
When: November 10-17
Where: Upper Room
Please contact Katie with questions
“Join us in partnering with Colonial to support families during their stay at Colonial Church "
food packing with Sheridan Story
Loving others is at the heart of our identity as a church. One small way we are spreading that love is through our partnership with the Richfield STEM School through an organization called The Sheridan Story. Join us as we join up with Colonial for a Sheridan Story food packing night. Due to the nature of this activity, adults and families with kids in kindergarten and above are invited to participate. We will have childcare available for nursery and preschool kids, so we are looking for volunteers to serve in these rooms as well. And we will have pizza (donations accepted to help cover the cost) starting at 5:30 to make it an easy night for all! To help us plan for this night please register today.
When: November 20 | pizza at 5:30pm, packing at 6:30pm
Where: Upper Room
“One small way we love is through our partnership with the Richfield STEM school."
When we stepped into a collaborative partnership with Colonial Church it was decided that one of our goals would be to collaborate as two distinct churches for the sake of the Kingdom of God in faithfulness to Jesus Christ. One simple way to live into this is by knowing what is happening in each other’s communities and participating in opportunities each person feels would be a good fit. Click on the buttons below to see what’s happening at Colonial.