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News for the Week of April 4

posted Apr 4, 2016, 6:05 AM by Penny Skildum

Only 4 days left until the Bobby Jo Valentine Concert on Thursday, April 7! Have you bought your tickets yet? If not, go to to get your tickets today! Please remember to invite your friends!


April 24:  Special Worship Focus: Homes for All

Homes for All is a coalition advancing policy initiatives that lead to housing stability for all Minnesotans and includes over 180 organizations.

In 2016, Homes for All supports $130 million in bonds for housing. This investment will build or preserve affordable housing for families, individuals, and seniors who are low-income and experiencing homelessness throughout Minnesota.

The 2016 request includes $110 million in Housing Infrastructure bonds and $20 million in General Obligation bonds to:

·       DEVELOP affordable home ownership opportunities through land trusts. 

·       PRESERVE rental housing for low-income individuals, families with children, and seniors living in federally subsidized units.

·       BUILD and PRESERVE supportive housing for Minnesotans experiencing homelessness.

·       NEW ELIGIBLE USE: Housing for Minnesotans age 55 and older living at or below 50% of area median income.

·       REHABILITATE public housing to preserve federally subsidized units for low-income Minnesotans throughout the state.

Our Guest Speaker will be Suzanne Mades. She is a United Methodist clergy person living in the Minneapolis, St. Paul metro area. She has served congregations in Ely, Austin, Minneapolis and Bloomington. She has a deep passion for issues related to poverty and social justice which has led her to take a leave of absence from parish ministry to explore other forms of community leadership through volunteering with the Homes for All coalition. 


Peace Praise Singers singing Requiem by Mark Hayes during worship on April 17th

This music is a lovely rendition of the Latin texts for the traditional movements of the mass for the dead. In the Easter season of resurrection, it seems appropriate that we ponder how we deal with death both in its personal and communal dimensions and its literal and metaphorical senses. This music will be the heart of a worship experience that addresses these issues.