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E-Notes—November 8, 2018

Upcoming Events

(View the online church calendar.)
Office Hours: Tues - Fri, 10 AM- 2 PM 

We're currently experiencing some techincal issues with the calendar on the website. Therefore, not all events are on the website calendar are current. The calendar below is current.

November 8
Building & Grounds 7 PM

November 10
Congregational Care 9:30 AM

November 11
Veteran's Day
Sanctuary Choir 8:30 AM
Worship 10 AM
Fellowship 11 AM
Faith Circles 11:15 AM
Confirmation Class 11:30 AM

November 12
Rebekah Circle 9:30 AM
Handbells 5:45 AM
Finance 7 PM

November 13
Staff Meeting 11:45 AM
Presbytery Meeting 2 PM
Faith Formation 6:30 PM

November 14
Quilters 9 AM
Commosso 6 PM

November 16
FMSC 6 PM (off site)

November 17
Holiday Fair Trade Market 10 AM

November 18
Sanctuary Choir 8:30 AM
Worship 10 AM
Holliday Fair Trade Market 11 AM
Faith Formation 11:15 AM
Youth Group 5:30 PM

November 19
Handbells 5:45 PM

November 20
Staff Meeting 11:45 AM
Care-Giver Re-Entry 1 PM
Esther Circle 6:30 PM
Personnel 6:30 PM

November 21
Quilters 9 AM
Sanctuary Choir 6 PM
Thanksgiving Worship 7 PM

November 22
Happy Thanksgiving!
Office Closed

November 25
Quilt Sunday
Sanctuary Choir 8:30 AM
Worship 10 AM
Fellowship 11 AM
Faith Circles 11:15 AM
Confirmation Class 11:30 AM

November 26
Handbells 5:45 PM

November 27
Session 6:30 PM

November 28
Quilters 9 AM
Commosso 6 PM


Pastoral Care Update

Please hold in your prayers:

Betty Flater as she settles in her new residence. Visits & cards welcome at:

White Bear Heights Senior Living
4650 Centerville Rd #128
White Bear Lake, MN 55127

Bill & Midge Beck as they settle into their new home at Maple Hill Senior Living, 3030 Southlawn Drive.
Midge's # 651-200-4636
Bill's (new) # 651-770-1985

Billy & Jeanne Hane as they recover from a car accident.

Bob Kerns as he recovers at Episcopal Homes.

Bobby Roan, Irene Meinen's son-in-law as he recovers from a heart attack.

Cameroon during this time of unrest.

Dan Stout as he undergoes medical procedures.

Jan Hubbell as she continues chemotherapy treatments.

Jim Sargent on his recent move to assisted care at Johanna Shores. Jim's phone number remains the same but his new apartment number is #172.

John Meyer as he recovers from a successful open heart surgery.

John Sargent as he receives hospice care.

Lois Jenkin as she recovers at home.

Mark Hare and Jenny Bent, Keila and Annika, our Mission co-worker partners.

Marlys Giesecke as she recovers from a fall.

Marquise Wall as he works through some health challenges.

Midge Beck as she continues her cancer treatments.

One another as we work toward justice, healing and reconciliation of our communities and nation.

Pete Marchetto's father for overall health and wellbeing.

Sarah Park as she continues on her path to health and well being.

Staff at our church, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area and the church around the world.

of Hurricane Michael as they continue to recover and rebuild.

Prayer Requests: Contact Pastor Riz in the office with a voicemail message.

Stephen Ministers are also available, please contact Barb Nelson for more information.



Church Leaders

Pastor Riz


Notes & Newsletter

Our monthly New Life Notes are online! Download the November 2018 Newsletter. Please email the office if you need a printed version mailed to you.

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Everything You Got

sunday sunsetHe sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Mark 12:38-44, Hebrews 9:24-28

fair trade market logoHoliday Fair Trade Market
November 17-18

New Life Presbyterian Church will hold their Holiday Fair Trade Market on Sat. Nov. 17, 10am-4pm and Sun., Nov. 18, 11am-1pm.  Choose from fair trade handicrafts and food items from around the world.  Finish your holiday shopping early and know that you have helped fair trade artisans and food producers with your purchases.  Enjoy soup and snacks in the café when you shop.  Cash or checks are preferred. Invite your friends, download a flyer to spread the word or join the conversation on FacebookPlease stop by our table on Sunday to sign up to help - we have a variety of opportunities!! Thank you!!!

Adult Faith Circle
Topic: Mass Incarceration

Join us in the upcoming weeks as we explore the topic of Mass Incarceration in Adult Faith Circle after worship service! On Nov 11 and Nov 18 we will begin with covering the recent history and current state of the U.S. criminal justice system.

On Dec 2 and Dec 9, we will be discussing the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, who as a young attorney founded the Equal Justice Initiative legal practice. This account of the author's personal experience of providing legal defense to "the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system" has been described as "a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice" and "a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields."

DoGood Roseville

Join DoGood Roseville for their Ask an Indigenous Person event on Tues, Nov. 13 at the Roseville library at 1910 County Rd B W from 6:30 to 8pm! Several indigenous community members will share their voices about the Native experience. Some of the topics discussed will include Native Lives Matter, the Dakota Access Pipeline, Native education, and life on a reservation. The program will be preceded by a Smudging Ceremony in the Children's Garden Space from 6:00-6:15pm.

Interested in connecting with your neighbors to share resources, information, and opportunities to make an impact on the Roseville community? Come to Roseville Community Connectors, which meets every 2 months. Community Connectors next meeting will be Sat, Nov 17 from 10am to 11:30am at Roseville Library at 2180 N. Hamline Ave.

Youth Volunteer at FMSC

The Youth will be packing meals at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan on Friday, November 16, 6-7:30 PM. We will meet at church at 5:15 PM before heading out. The sign up sheet is just outside the atrium on the youth bulletin board. For more information, contact Pastor Riz.

Thanksgiving Worship Service

Plan to join us on Wednesday, November 21 at 7 PM for a Joint Ecumenical Service at New Life Presbyterian. Before the worship service, the Sanctuary Choir will practice with the combined choirs of Como Park Lutheran and Falcon Heights UCC at 6 pm. Pie, ice cream and fellowship will follow the Thanksgiving Eve Service.

Music Schedule Changes

Sanctuary Choir - Sunday 8:30 am
Handbells - Monday 5:45 pm
Commosso - Wednesday 6:00 pm
Please, join the Sanctuary Choir! We need sopranos, altos, basses and lots of tenors.


The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf is available to help those in need during this upcoming holiday season.  
Thanksgiving Baskets: Available November 1-21. Call the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf early to schedule your appointment.  651-621-6280.

Operation Joy: Two ways you can register your children

- During any daytime food shelf appointment (November 1-30) by calling 651-621-6280.  You will receive food and your toy pick up times the same day.

- Wednesdays, November 14 or 28 from 9:30-11:30am, walk in registration for toys.  Please bring: picture ID for yourself, current piece of mail (proof of residence), some form of identification on your children (medical cards, schools IDs, birth certificates, or social security cards).

Important: Your children may only be registered for one holiday toy program.  Toy registration ends November 30. Questions - call the food shelf at 651-621-6280.

Project Home Hearings in Roseville

Planning Commission Meeting: Dec 5, 2018 6:30 p.m.
City Council (tentative): January 7, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Both are open meetings and we are urged to come. 

…helping hungry families in our community.

Both these offerings will go to Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul’s Department of Indian Work Food Shelf to assist low-income native American families with culturally appropriate food, including holiday food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Donate cash in an envelope or a check to New Life marked for Thanksgiving Offering or through your electronic giving designation. Put your loose change in the offering plate during November or in the Bowl of Abundance on the last Sunday of the month.  Thank you for your generosity!


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is offering immediate aid to communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. This joins responses already underway for those affected by Hurricane Florence, and also by the recent earthquake in Haiti; monsoon flooding in Kerala, India; earthquakes resulting in a tsunami and volcanic eruption in Indonesia; and Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines, China and surrounding areas. Due to lack of widespread media coverage of some of these disasters, PDA needs our help to ensure that it can continue to provide emergency response (food, water, sanitation, shelter) and long-term recovery support (food security, water sources, restoration of livelihoods) for all these areas. Please donate this month if you can: checks to New Life, memo PDA or cash in a New Life envelope marked for PDA. We pray that God’s healing may spring up quickly and that hope will be drawn out of the chaos.  

A Message From Josh

It is with a heavy heart that I write this: I have officially put in my resignation from work at New Life Presbyterian Church. My last day in the office will be Friday, November 2nd. 

It has been a stressful transition time for me in my life, and in order for me to be healthy with my career and personal life, I can no longer work two church jobs. I would like to thank the entire congregation for welcoming me, and for having me be a part of your team. I appreciate the time and patience you have shown in working with me, and I wish only the best for this congregation and its future ministry work. I sincerely hope that New Life and Como Park will continue to be friends in ministry and I wish to continue fostering our relationship together as we move forward. 

God's peace,
~Joshua Svenulski 

Notes from North Como Preschool

On November 19th and 20th, our students will be bringing someone special to school with them to share their day.  

We will be closed on November 21st through November 23rd for Thanksgiving Break.

 ADULT Winter Clothing Donations Needed for Maghakian Place

Greetings church sisters and brothers:

People Incorporated's Maghakian Place is where I've spent most of my Sundays working  as a mental health practitioner for the past 9 months. As many of you know Maghakian Place is named after New Life's former pastor's father, Harry Maghakian, because of his role as the founder of People Incorporated. Harry started the nonprofit by simply inviting homeless veterans into the basement of his church and talking with them. Now we are one of the largest non-profit mental health service providers in the Twin Cities.

In the past few weeks our staff has noticed many of our clients are not prepared for winter, they don't have warm coats, hats, shoes, and gloves that are needed to get through Minnesota winters. All of the clients at Maghakian Place are adults and young adults receiving treatment for severe and persistent mental illness; these diagnoses include:  bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. They often are diagnosed with co-occurring with chemical dependency issues.

Many of our clients are coming to us homeless or directly from the hospital often with barely more than the clothes on their back. If they have any income at all it is usually through general assistance or Social Security which provides them $99 a month of personal needs money while they are in treatment. We provide room and board as well as the group therapy and mental health coping skills that aid our clients in re-integrating into the community.

This is a personal request, not from the "PR department" to assist our 16 bed facility in acquiring winter clothing for our clothing closet.  Any assistance with this is greatly appreciated. If you would like to learn more about the work of this non-profit please visit us online at Thank you so much for your generous clothing donations. We are still looking for and accepting winter outerwear such as coats, jackets, hats, gloves and boots for adults. Thanks and God Bless.


Hope Laizans

We Welcome Trained Service Animals

Please help us to keep our church a welcoming and safe place for everyone by keeping pets at home. Trained service animals are always welcome. Thank you!

Community Garden Updates and Opportunities

If you are interested managing the garden, being on the garden leadership committee, and/or participating in other ways we need you now more than ever! Especially needed is a volunteer that can send email communications to gardeners, schedule the garden season activities, and work with non-profit groups we serve and our immigrant families. We need someone with a manager's mindset to manage collecting plot fees and reservations with Mary Fran and communicate with office staff. This could be one person or several. OR perhaps you have some new ideas or opportunities we should consider. After 8 garden seasons, Darby Laing is moving on to new opportunities and will no longer be the garden leader/coordinator. She will continue to garden and help to transition new people! This well organized and enthusiastic ministry is home to a community of 32 gardeners and their families. Annually, well over 100 people benefit directly from the food grown. In addition, over 100 pounds of fresh vegetable are donated to the local food shelf. Find a more detailed description for duties of the Garden Manager on our website. If you are interested or have ideas please talk to Riz or Darby. 

Hold the Oranges, Please

We have a new member of our community who has a severe allergy to oranges. Please refrain from bringing anything containing this ingredient to church during church related activities. Thank you!

Operating Fund—into the new fiscal year

September is month two of our fiscal year.  Income exceeded expenses by more than $17,000.  But that is typical of results early in the year.  Most contribution income is received in the first half of the year and most expense is incurred in the second half.  The annual report projected expenses to exceed income by over $26,000 for the full year.  But staff vacancies may once again reduce expenses.  Annual reports are available in the atrium of the church.  Please pick one up and review the reports if you haven’t already done so. 

October Session Highlights

Action Items
+ Elder Lane presented the Terms of Call for approval.  Pastor Riz recused himself from the meeting for this item.  His salary represents a 3% raise.   APPROVED.
+ Pastor Riz requested communion be served November 4th instead of November 28th APPROVED.
+ Pastor Riz requested Session to approve the baptisms of new member, Breanna Banks and her two children:  5 year-old Axel and 2 year-old Iris.  APPROVED.  
+ An electronic omnibus vote was requested by Pastor Riz on October 9th, 2018 for the following items: All of the following items were APPROVED.
Church & Society Committee is asking Session “to approve the creation of a dedicated account named Project Home Administration. Disbursements will be for administrative and other fees associated with Project Home. Receipts will include member donations, fee waivers and funding from outside sources. Church & Society chair will be the account authority for this account.  No operating funds will be used.” 
Approve Earl Nolting’s request to transfer his membership to Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.  
Approve the reactivation of Vaughn Bodelson to the active membership roll.  
Information Items
+ New Elders Griffin, Hirabayashi, Ward-Thompson, Irsfeld and Reimers-Erickson were welcomed.  
+ The election of the Nominating Committee will be postponed until early next year.  
+ Josh Svenulski, Faith Formation coordinator, has submitted his resignation effective November 2, 2018.  The committee will be searching for a replacement.  
+ Pastor Riz asked Session members to attend the Presbytery meeting to be held at our church Tuesday, November 13th from 2 – 6 p.m.  
+ Barb Nelson reported she participated in the annual minutes review with the stated Presbytery clerk, Barbara Lutter, earlier today.  We are in compliance in almost all areas.  Several new items were added to the minutes review this year.  Presbytery suffered a loss of data due to a change in computer systems and extra documents were requested and given. 
+ Elder Irsfeld reported she has a committee in place for Membership & Growth consisting of herself, Pete Marchetto, Mary Barraclough, Jeanette Wilson, and Darby Laing-Brandsness.  She will be advertising in the St. Anthony Bugle and the Roseville Review.  She will also do a Bookmark with our mission statement, values, and our services and activities.  Other Elders also suggested the following: doing a boost on Facebook, displaying committee information on the board in the atrium; featuring committees in E-Notes, our website, and bulletin. The goal is to increase participation on committees and hopefully get less active members more involved. 
+ Update re: the Project Home neighborhood meeting held October 16th - Pastor Riz and Elder Hirabayashi reported only one neighbor came and he was supportive of holding Project Home in our church.  Several church members attended. Our church administrator, Pastor Riz, and others will attend the Roseville City Council and protest the fees totaling over $2500 required to hold this meeting. 
+ Pastor Riz outlined the agenda for the annual congregational meeting to be held November 4th, 2018. The two teams that evolved from our Session Retreat held October 12-13 (Worship/Music and Building Usage) will present information to the congregation. They will ask for group gatherings/listening sessions to engage in discussion re: the future of our church.

Excerpt from presbyterian mission yearbook for study and prayer

Inspiring stories of Presbyterian Mission Agency activities are published online daily on the Presbyterian Mission Yearbook webpage. Many people find its stories, Bible lectionary links and prayer to be a helpful daily study/devotion guide.

Racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, sent shockwaves of fear and grief across the United States on an August weekend last year.

Like many other Americans, Presbyterian pastor Jon Brown was distraught to the point of numbness, but on the following Monday morning his hope was renewed.

His spirits were lifted by dozens of elementary-aged children who had gathered for Peace Camp at the congregation he serves, Old Bergen Church in Jersey City, New Jersey. “To see children of different races, ethnicities and faith traditions singing, laughing and creating together was a powerful medicine for all of us in that moment,” he said.

The four-day event, which had been planned for months, drew nearly 100 children. It was sponsored by Christian congregations, a synagogue and a mosque in Jersey City, one of the most ethnically, racially and religiously diverse communities in the U.S.

Presbyterians from across the country, through their gifts to the Peace & Global Witness Offering, played a role in the camp’s success.

The neighborliness theme was developed with help from a curriculum published by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, a ministry that relies on Peace & Global Witness Offering gifts. The curriculum draws a connection to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, a PBS program that was created and hosted by the late Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister.

The idea for Peace Camp originated in an interfaith clergy group. Members had developed friendships and stood in solidarity against threats of violence against mosques and synagogues. “So, it only made sense that we instill that same sense of being good neighbors in this generation of children,” Brown said.

The children learned about ways to resolve conflicts and how to handle angry and sad feelings. They brainstormed about what is needed for a good neighborhood and built model neighborhoods out of cardboard boxes and other materials. They also learned about the elements of a virtuous neighborhood from people such as a police officer, librarian, teacher and public health official.

Brigid D’Souza, the parent of two campers and one of the camp’s adult leaders, called it “a really important gift” to her children and other campers.

“When I was growing up, I didn’t attend Bible study camp or any kind of camp like that, so for me it was really informing to see what this type of camp could mean for kids,” she said. Leaders of the event were so impressed by its results that they decided to repeat it this year.

Gifts to the Peace & Global Witness Offering help Presbyterian congregations implement creative ideas like Peace Camp. A Season of Peace, which began on Sept. 2 this year, leads up to the Peace & Global Witness Offering. Most congregations received the offering on World Communion Sunday.

Twenty-five percent of the offering is retained by congregations for local ministries of peacemaking and reconciliation, another 25 percent supports ministries at the mid council level, and the remaining 50 percent supports the peacemaking and reconciliation ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

Let us pray: Loving, gracious, holy God, thank you that in calling us you also equip and empower us to be your faithful witnesses wherever you may lead us. Please keep us faithful in your way of love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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