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E-Notes—November 15, 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.

(Ann out 11/21 - 11/27)

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 24
J. Christensen Visitation 1 PM
J. Christensen Memorial 2 PM
J. Christensen Lunch 3 PM

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

December 1
Daring Group 2 PM

December 2
Sanctuary Choir 8:30 AM
Worship 10 AM
Fellowship 11 AM
Faith Circles 11:15 AM

December 3
Handbells 5:45 PM

December 4
Staff Meeting 11:45 AM

December 5
Quilters 9 AM
Commosso 6 PM

December 6
Celebration & Worship 5:30 PM

Pastoral Care Update

Please hold in your prayers:

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.

Charlotte, mother of Pamela Schoon, as she recovers from a stroke.

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.

Midge Beck as she continues her cancer treatments.

Nancy Cook as she is treated at Mercy Hospital for several health issues including double pneumonia.

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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Give Thanks

sunday sunsetThis Sunday, instead of a sermon, we will hear testimonies from one another about how God is working in our lives. During worship, we will have opportunities to reflect on what we are grateful for and share our stories. What are you grateful for? What do you thank God for this Thanksgiving?

"so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever."

Colossians 3:15-17, Psalm 30:12

fair trade market logoHoliday Fair Trade Market
November 17-18

New Life Presbyterian Church will hold their Holiday Fair Trade Market this weekend 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 FacebookBe sure to stop and shop!! 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! This Sunday, Nov 18 we will continue 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." If you would like to borrow a copy of this book, please talk to Ann or Mari.

Youth Volunteer at FMSC TOMORROW

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.

DoGood Roseville

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.

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.

E-notes Thanksgiving Break 

Due to the short holiday week, E-notes will not be distributed next week. E-notes will resume the following week, November 29.

Intergenerational Pop-Up Nativity Performance

Calling all would be thespians young and young at heart: Did you ever want to be on stage but not have to speak? Still wishing you could have portrayed Mary when you were child? Want to bleat like a lamb? Please join the children on December 16th for an "on the spot" nativity performance. Everyone is welcome to participate. A simple portrayal of the nativity by the congregation with narration and Christmas carols.

Thank You, Volunteers!

For those of you involved with helping with the Presbytery meeting held at New Life Church on Tuesday November 13th, a Huge Thank You.  We had well over 100 in attendance from the Twin City Area Presbyterian Churches.  It was a pleasure to "show off" our beautiful facility.

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.  

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. 


Tell Congress: Stop Supporting Destruction in Yemen

Yemen continues to be the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. For nearly 4 years, the US has been backing a UAE and Saudi-Led intervention in Yemen’s civil war. Across the four years, the Saudi-led coalition has routinely targeted civilians and non-military infrastructure with their airstrikes. Alongside the direct civilian deaths, which have included such targets as a school bus with 40 children, the bombings have caused a famine and an unprecedented cholera outbreak. 
According to the Yemen Data Project, Saudi and Emirati aircraft have conducted over 18,500 air raids on Yemen since the war began—an average of over 14 attacks every day for over 1,300 days. Between March 2015 and August 2018 the United Nations documented over 17,000 civilian casualties
Click Here to Contact Congress
Congress has never authorized America’s involvement in this war in Yemen, yet the United States has fueled the conflict and the suffering of Yemeni civilians by providing mid-air refueling to coalition jets, sharing intelligence for targeting assistance, and selling weapons to the Saudi-led coalition – all assistance that is used in the coalition’s bombing campaign that has killed thousands of civilians and directly contributed to the humanitarian crisis. It’s time for the United States to end this unauthorized war in Yemen once and for all.
Ask your Senators to co-sponsor and support Senate Joint Resolution 54 and ask your Representatives to support House Continuing Resolution 138. Both resolutions end U.S. military involvement in the war. Without US support, the Saudi coalition will not be able to continue their war against Yemini civilians.
Contact Congress Today

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.

To Breathe Free, a short movie produced by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), was screened twice at the recent DC Shorts Film Festival in Washington, D.C. Produced and shot in D.C., the film follows the five-year saga of a Syrian family fleeing the war in Homs, Syria, to refugee camps in Jordan to beginning their new life in the nation’s capital. The 16-minute documentary, which focuses on the humanity of refugees, brings a perspective and voice that goes beyond the political rhetoric surrounding the ongoing refugee debate.

To Breathe Free was shown at Landmark’s E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C. The film’s director, David Barnhart, PDA associate for story ministry, uses home movies, phone video, family photos, and interviews with family members and former refugees to provide an intimate and unique perspective not seen in current media reporting regarding the refugee crisis.

“One of the many narratives that make up the complex history and identity of this country is the story of refugees and asylum seekers, and it’s shocking that the current administration is essentially denying this part of our nation’s identity,” said Barnhart. “Our film weaves together narratives of refugees, past and present, and I feel now is the time to honor and celebrate the refugee story as part of our American experience and identity.”

The refugee family and former refugees featured in To Breathe Free attended one of the screenings to present their stories personally and lead a Q&A session with attendees.

Three of PDA’s Story Productions documentary films have recently won Impact Doc awards, which celebrates excellence in social issue documentary filmmaking. They are Locked in a Box: Immigration Detention, Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence, and To Breathe Free.

“We believe in the power of story to connect and create wider circles of community and essentially these documentaries are resources for communities and congregations,” said Barnhart. “PDA is committed to story and recognizes its value and importance as a means to cultivate community engagement and action.”

Visit for more information about award-winning documentaries and resources on immigration, gun violence, race and racism, and more.

Let us pray: Loving God, thank you for continuing to move in our lives: for sending us and for sending others to us. Bless all whom you call to serve, whether down the street or across the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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