Roseville Campus (Roseville, MN)

Roseville Campus

1524 W County Rd C2
Roseville, MN 55113 (map
 

Traditional Worship

Sundays @ 9:30a 
Nursery & FaithWalk available
(FaithWalk = Sunday School)
 

Kids2 Worship

(kid-friendly, and for all!)
2nd Sundays @ 9:30a 

St. Anthony Park Campus (St. Paul, MN)

St. Anthony Park Campus 

2200 Hillside Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108(map
 

Contemporary Worship

Sundays @ 10:00-11:00a
Nursery & FaithWalk available
(FaithWalk = Sunday School)

Contact Us

 

Give us a call:

 651-633-7644
 

Send us an email:

cumc [AT] centennialumc [DOT] org
 

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Roseville Campus
St. Anthony Park Campus

 

 

Centennial UMC intends to remain fully inclusive of all our LGBTQIA members, friends, and neighbors as beloved in Christ.  Our commitment is to keep our congregation’s members and friends current on what is happening in our United Methodist denomination after the February special General Conference decisions.  See senior pastor Brian Hacklander’s sermon below from March 3 on these decisions. 

 

Alive in the Adventure with Jesus:

A Reflection on Life Together in The United Methodist Church

After General Conference 2019

Delivered March 3, 2019

By Brian C. Hacklander, Senior Pastor

 

**I was 22 and just starting seminary at Duke Divinity School when I started serving as a pastoral intern in various churches in North Carolina.  I served two churches out in the country near Raleigh.  I served a medium-sized church just west of Charlotte.  And I served a large church just north of Charlotte.  I had young supervisors, I had middle-aged and older supervising pastors. 

  • Now during my college years, I had frequented a number of churches of various denominations who made sure that someone believed just like they did before they would ever consider doing their funeral.  So when I started serving internships in churches, it came as a shock when I learned that as United Methodists, we would do the funerals of anybody in the community. We believe that everybody deserves a dignified, loving service celebrating their lives and sharing the pain of sorrow. We believe that anyone and everyone is a child of God.  What it comes down to is that we believe in embodying the love of Jesus, who had a place for everyone at his table.
  • After I was ordained as a United Methodist pastor, I served for 5 years down by Winona, and then was appointed to serve as pastor in south Minneapolis.  Now this was the late 1980s, so it was a very different time.  And one of the active members of the church came to me to ask if I would do the funeral of her uncle.  He had not been active in the church for a long time, and he was gay.  His family was very tentative about asking me, but I said I would be honored to officiate his funeral, and we honored his life with all the dignity and all the love we would give any of our loved ones, any child of God, because he was a child of God.

 

**Our United Methodist movement is a movement that goes back to John Wesley in 18th century England, John Wesley being so filled with the love of Christ for everybody that he preached from factories and mines and wherever he could gather a crowd.  He opened Holy Communion to anybody who wanted to turn toward God, because he believed that the loving, living God was at work through the sacrament.  Ours is a movement that has always proclaimed that Christ’s infinite love is for all, not just for some. 

  • I come to you heartbroken today.  This past week, the special United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis, with delegates from around the world, voted down the One Church Plan.  The One Church Plan hoped to keep as much of the United Methodist Church together as possible.  It sought to give express approval for churches and clergy, as our consciences lead us, to open our doors to our LGBTQ loved ones, friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters and siblings in Christ.  But all of this was turned down by a 53% to 47% vote by the 800+ delegates, and the language that says that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching was retained.  This language is hurtful to LGBTQ persons, and we need to acknowledge this.  No person is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”  As our bishop says to our LGBTQ fellow Christians, You are not the problem.  The church is the problem.  It remains to be seen how much of the General Conference’s actions will be deemed unconstitutional.  But this is a heart-rending time for our denomination.

 

**But I am also hopefulAs Pastor Whitney and I have shared in our sermons at our two campuses through the years, we are passionate about sharing Christ and Christ’s love and about being a truly inclusive church. 

  • Remember that the General Conference is only a part of the church.  We are the church on the local level, right where we live.  Our ministries of youth work, children’s ministries, worship & music, adult classes, small groups, and serving at Ronald McDonald House and Dorothy Day still go on.  Our caring ministries for our homebound members, and in times of illness and crisis still go on.  Our women’s circles and United Methodist Women’s activities and men’s ministries still go on.  The love with which we hold each other as sisters & brothers in Christ still goes on. 
  • We stand by our Reconciling and Welcoming Statement as Centennial United Methodist Church, which was approved by a 90% to 10% vote in February 2015 after 3 years of a wide variety of congregational conversation events: Centennial United Methodist Church has a place for you. We believe God welcomes all people. We value diversity and recognize the sacred worth of each person, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, economic means, marital status, education, or faith history. With open hearts and minds, Centennial United Methodist Church is a Reconciling-Welcoming Congregation. If this is your first visit, welcome. If you are returning, welcome home.
  • As I said during our fall sermon series to our LGBTQ brothers & sisters—I say now: "I want every adult, every child, every youth that is a part of our church to know that we have your back, that we love you, that we walk beside you, that as a church we love you unconditionally, that Jesus loves you infinitely."

 

**No doubt we will have much conversation and prayer in days to come as a

congregation. But we are people of the Resurrection.  We believe in God who

brings new life, and led by the Spirit, we will find a way to grow in Christ’s ministry and mission. We will be developing plans for more information, prayer, and conversation, as there is much we don’t know yet.  But we do know that we can reach deep within our hearts and souls to embody the Christian virtues of a humble mind, a tender heart, and mutual affection.  May it be so. 

 

New informational item as of May 2, 2019 about a national gathering: Centennial UMC intends to remain fully inclusive of all our LGBTQIA members, friends, and neighbors as beloved in Christ.  Our commitment is to keep our congregation’s members and friends current on what is happening in our United Methodist denomination after the February special General Conference decisions.  As we have shared at the Centennial all-church forum on March 19, there are many conversations going on about whether to stay in the United Methodist denomination and resist, or to help form a new progressive Methodist denomination.  These conversations, large and small, are happening here in Minnesota and throughout the United States.  Here is an update about a gathering at the largest United Methodist church in the US, at Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City.

UMC Next Gathering receives over 2,600 nominees

As members of the convening team plan for a major May gathering for UMC Next at Church of the Resurrection, they invited leaders to nominate themselves or others. They received over 2,600 nominations from around the country for the 600 available spots. These leaders were from over 2,000 different churches. Uniting these leaders was their support of the One Church Plan or Simple Plan and their desire to work for a better way forward for the United Methodist than what was passed at the recent General Conference.

The goal for the upcoming event, being held May 20-22 in Kansas City, is to convene a meaningful conversation about the future of the United Methodist Church from a wide array of leaders from across the entire United States, and to discern what comes next for United Methodist centrists and progressive churches. From the nominations, ten persons were invited from each US annual conference. Future conversations will expand to include international partners. These ten were selected from the nominees by seventy people who attended smaller gatherings in Dallas and Atlanta last month.

While this gathering is limited to 600 to allow for conversations around tables, participants are asked to return home to work with others who were nominated to organize similar conversations in their annual conference. The May gathering will include 600 clergy and laity as well as bishops and general secretaries. 18% of the invitations were sent to young people, 18% to people of color and 12% to LGBTQIA+ persons.

At the event, conversations will include discussions of the hopes and dreams for United Methodism’s future, the theological and missional character of the church, and strategies for how to create this church given the current gridlock at General Conference and the recent approval of the Traditional Church Plan. Among the strategies being considered is one called, “Remain and Reform” and described as the Roman Catholic approach to reformation – reforming the church from within. The second strategy is to create a mechanism for thousands of churches that do not identify with the Good News/Confessing Movement/WCA coalition to form a new United Methodism. This has been described as the Protestant Approach to reforming the church.

For many United Methodists, laity and clergy, it is difficult to imagining leaving their church to form a new one. While there is an urgency following the General Conference, and a desire on the part of some in the Good News/Confessing/WCA coalition to quickly reach some agreement, most UM’s have not spent the years the WCA has in creating plans for leaving, which leads many to suggest that if a division of the church is to happen, with centrists and progressives leaving, it will not be viable before 2024 or possibly 2028.

Eight new members have been invited to join the leadership team of UMC Next to assure diverse representation from across the church. We are seeking a future that reflects a vibrant, vital and missional United Methodist Church, one that is passionately Wesleyan and authentically Christian, evangelical and fully inclusive, seeking to pursue justice and while drawing people into relationship with Jesus Christ.

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About: UMC Next Conversations were originally convened by Rev. Adam Hamilton, Bishop Mike McKee, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, Rev. Tom Berlin, Rev. Junius Dotson, and Rev. Jasmine Smothers to begin discussions with a wide range of stake-holders to move the UMC forward in a faithful, prayerful, Christ-centered, and Wesleyan way.

Contacts: Rev. Jasmine Rose Smothers and Rev. Tom Berlin 404.524.6614 ext. 1000 and 703.793.0026 ext. 104 jasmine [DOT] Smothers [AT] ngumc [DOT] net and TBerlin [AT] florisumc [DOT] org umcnext [AT] gmail [DOT] com

New informational item as of May 2, 2019, from Minnesota Methodists: Centennial UMC intends to remain fully inclusive of all our LGBTQIA members, friends, and neighbors as beloved in Christ.  Our commitment is to keep our congregation’s members and friends current on what is happening in our United Methodist denomination after the February special General Conference decisions.  As we have shared at the Centennial all-church forum on March 19, there are many conversations going on about whether to stay in the United Methodist denomination and resist, or to help form a new progressive Methodist denomination.  These conversations, large and small, are happening here in Minnesota and throughout the United States.  Here is an article from Minnesota Methodists which (1) is an update about the decisions made April 26 by the Judicial Council of the denomination, which is like the supreme court, ruling on the constitutionality of the decisions made by the February special General Conference; and (2) updates you on many conversations going on around Minnesota. 

 

The Judicial Council has ruled.  

What is next for Minnesota?

The Judicial Council's Two Decisions

Yesterday, the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church made two rulings regarding the legislation passed at the Special General Conference held in St. Louis two months ago.  The Council ruled portions of the Traditional Plan constitutional and ruled a disaffiliation petition creating a "gracious" exit constitutional.

What do these new rulings of the Judicial Council mean for the United Methodist Church? 

Traditional Plan Ruling

  • Self-avowed, practicing homosexual is now more specifically defined to include anyone living in a same sex marriage or civil union or anyone who has made a public statement that they are self-avowed, practicing homosexuals.
  • Bishops can't declare LGBTQIA+ Bishops and can't commission or ordain LGBTQIA+ clergy.
  • Establishment of minimum penalties for clergy who officiate same-sex marriages (one year suspension for the first offense and a loss of credentials for the second offense).
  • A changed just resolution process now requiring agreement to be made with the accuser (this means anyone who accuses clergy of an LGBTQIA+ offense must agree before a just resolution can be signed).
  • The United Methodist Church can now appeal trial courts that fail to punish LGBTQIA+ offenses sufficiently.

Disaffiliation Petition Ruling

  • Starting January 1, 2020 congregations who choose to leave the United Methodist Church before December 30, 2023 will be able to keep their church property if they pay two years of apportionments, their prorate share of aggregate unfunded pension liabilities, and any other debts, loans, and liabilities to the Annual Conference.  

For the full decisions of the Judicial Council, please see here (Traditional Plan) and here (disaffiliation petition).  

What does this mean in Minnesota?

We have heard you!  Your call for a Methodist faith that does not discriminate is loud  in Minnesota.  As you can see, supporters range from Moorhead to Harmony, and communities between. 

You have told us we collectively build more disciples for Jesus Christ to transform the world when no one is excluded.  And this is where we need your help. 

  • Please ask everyone in your congregations to sign onto the letter from Methodists in Minnesota, showing God loves all people, and so do we here in the land of 10,000 lakes!  Please sign here.  And then ask your friends and congregations to sign.  We know with your help we can have more than 2,000 signers in the next week.  The power of each signature shows this movement matters.  Together we can show the world Minnesota does not stand for discrimination. 
  • Want to share your view?  We once again invite you to share your vision for what an inclusive church could be. 
  • Give feedback!  UMC Next is hosting an event to convene a meaningful conversation about the future of the United Methodist Church.  The UMC Next planning team has invited the following United Methodists from Minnesota: Becky Boland, Walker Brault, Shirley Durr, Laurie Kantonen, Dave Nuckols, Cindy Saufferer, Tyler Sit, Mariah Tollgaard, Judy Zabel, and Carol Zaagsma.  An email address has been set up to communicate with and share feedback with that team.  You can contact everyone on that team at UMCNextMN [AT] gmail [DOT] com.  
  • Want to know more?  The Strategic Road Map for Minnesota Methodists has been posted here.   

Events

  • TOMORROW, April 28: Town Hall Forum at Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church, 5:30 p.m.  More information here.  Or call the church at 218.847.4818.
  • May 1: Town Hall Forum at Path of Grace United Methodist Church in Maplewood.  More information here.  
  • May 7: Town Hall Forum at Centenary United Methodist Church in Mankato.  More information here.
  • May 10: Benefit Concert featuring Jumpin' Jehosafats at Peace Community of Faith in Shoreview.  More information here.
  • May 17-18: Our Movement Forward at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.  More information here.
  • September 28: save this date for a youth and young adult rally at Anoka United Methodist Church.

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