Welcome to White Bear Lake UMC!
Please join us this Sunday for a special Musical Treat!
Our music department has prepared 2 special services this Sunday.
At 9:30 enjoy a service of Lessons and Carols.
At 11:15 enjoy featured local musician Joe Cruz singing and playing the holiday music of local singer/ song writer Peter Mayer.
Joe Cruz is regarded as one of the most versatile and energetic multi-stringed instrumentalists on the Twin Cities music scene today.
Throughout his 30-year career, this passionate musician has been involved with numerous groups and recording projects, developing a vast array of styles.
On any given night he can be found playing anything from solo acoustic guitar to screaming electric, swinging with a jazz combo, picking mandolin in a
bluegrass band or exploring Latin music on Cuban trés and Puerto Rican cuatro. Also a composer, Joe has an extensive repertoire of original song and
instrumental compositions. In addition to his musical talents, Joe is an accomplished wood turner and furniture builder. He currently performs solo,
as well as with his trio, Scenic Roots. He also plays regularly with fiddler Brian Wicklund &The Barley Jacks and with blues piano man Scottie “Bones” Miller.
Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of "folk", and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.
Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. He studied Theology and music in college, and then spent two years in seminary.
After deciding that the priesthood wasn't for him, he took a part-time job as a church music director for 8 years, while performing at clubs and colleges,
and writing and recording his music. In 1995, he quit his job and started touring full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth
following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has nine CDs to his credit, and has sold over 70 thousand of them independently.
Winter Book Study - "Painting the Stars"
All Church Study beginning in January!!!
In January, we are going to be doing an all church study based upon the Study “Painting the Stars.”
We are hoping to offer this at approximately eight different times during the week. It will be starting the week of January 4th and last seven weeks.
More details to come.
Brief Course Description:
Celebrating the communion of science and faith, Painting the Stars explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality.
Featuring over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers, the seven-session program includes a downloadable/printable participant reader
(written by evolutionary theologian Bruce Sanguin) and a facilitator guide with discussion questions.
The basic format for each 1-1 1/2 hour session includes conversation around the readings, a 20-minute video presentation and guided discussion.
"When I have a terrible need of – dare I say, 'religion'? – then I go outside at night and paint the stars."
-- Vincent Van Gogh
For a promotional video about "Painting the Stars", Please Click HERE.
Join us for our NEW Service:
Sundays from 11:15 AM until Noon
Short. Sweet. Powerful.
Are you looking for a new church?
A place to meet new people and build spiritual knowledge?
Join us at White Bear Lake United Methodist Church as we launch a new service with a redefined style.
Join us and bring your questions on faith.
- Band-led worship music.
- Interactive teaching.
- Just 45 minutes.
- Kids' programming for birth through Kindergarten.
White Bear Lake United Methodist Church is a community of people striving to walk in the path of Jesus. Though we are unified in our mission, we are diverse in our thoughts, beliefs, and actions. As a practice, we believe religion and faith is a dialogue, not a dictate. We invite you to explore our belief statements and hold them in conversation with us and with one another.
We believe in teaching our children, youth, and adults to be critical thinkers and adventuresome followers who can ask big questions in church and get honest answers.
We believe that Jesus is our primary pathway to God at the same time we respect other pathways to God.
We believe in taking the Bible seriously but not literally.
We believe God lives and moves among each one of us.
We believe the kingdom of God is a present reality, not just a future one, and that we each have a role in contributing to its presence.