Urban Plunge Kicks off September 14!

2014 urban plunge logoThe Urban Plunge is our congregation’s initiative to serve our community. This year there are 18 projects from which to choose. Serve with your small group. Serve with your family. Invite a neighbor to serve with you. Served before? You may want to try a different project. Along with some familiar favorites, this year there are two new projects: Stacking & Seeding at Alimagnet park in which we partner with greatrivergreening.org to plant native plants. We’ve added a project to serve the food shelf in Farmington.

Every person in the congregation; children, youth and adults are all invited to participate!!! Our goal is to have 400+ people serving in hands-on ministry.

At Rosemount UMC our mission is: SEEK CHRIST. SERVE OTHERS. CELEBRATE! Through the Urban Plunge we see the face of Christ on those we serve and those with whom we serve. We serve our community and are blessed by the joy of service. We celebrate that every person can serve in some capacity … and that we’ll have a joyful time making new friends!

Questions about the Urban Plunge may be directed to Pastor Karen Bruins kbruins@rosemountumc.org (651) 423-2475.

September Newsletter

Happy Labor Day! As summer reaches its end, everything is gearing up at Rosemount UMC. Check out the September edition of the Newsletter, with tons of information about:
  • The R&R project
  • Spotlight on the South Campus (Farmington/Empire) outreach
  • One Thing missions focus
  • Adult Life Groups
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • and so much more!
This is our most information-packed and useful newsletter of the year! Please take some time to read about all the great things coming up at Rosemount UMC!

This Week at a Glance, September 15-22

For exact locations, please see the monitor at the Welcome Desk upon arrival.
Monday, September 15
4:45pm Simpson Shelter Meal Serving, Off Site, An Urban Plunge Event
6:00pm Mission Team Meeting
6:00pm Den 1 Pack 295
6:30pm Den 7 Pack 295
6:30pm Den 6 Pack 293
7:00pm Finance Team Meeting
Tuesday, September 16
6:00am TMT (Tuesday Men Thing)
1:00pm Church Staff Meeting
6:00pm Basketball, Picone
6:00pm Youth Council
7:00pm Worship Council
7:00pm Stewardship Team
Wednesday, September 17
9:00am Piecemakers Quilting Group
9:15am Parents Morning Out
5:30pm KFC Choir
6:30pm Drive Worship
6:30pm Zone 56
6:30pm Club 78
6:30pm Chancel Bells Rehearsal
7:00pm Seek-Adult Small Group
7:00pm Children’s Church School
7:00pm Rejoice NOW Team Rehearsal
7:00pm The Gathering Team Rehearsal
7:00pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal
7:30pm GET It! (Guy’s Evening Thing)
Thursday, September 18
1:00pm Book Discussion Group
6:00pm Den 3 Pack 295
6:30pm Allegro Choral Academy
6:30pm Boy Scout Troop 295
6:30pm Adult Life Leader Team Meeting
7:00pm Pack 295 Committee Meeting
Friday, September 19
9:30am London Bridge
5:30pm Carnivale
Saturday, September 20
8:00am Basketball
3:30pm Family Life Center Set Up
Sunday, September 21
8:30am Arise Worship Service
9:15am Sonbeams Choir Rehearsal
9:45am Rejoice Worship Service
9:45am Explore Rosemount UMC
9:45am Children’s Church School
11:00am The Gathering Worship Service
11:00am Children’s Church School
11:00am Explore Rosemount UMC
11:00am Open Hearts, Open Minds
1:00pm Moving Spirit Dance Ministry
2:00pm Run UMC, Diamond Path Elementary
3:00pm Girl Scout 16836
4:00pm Basketball Capra
5:30pm Senior High Leader Prep
6:00pm High School Youth Group
6:30pm LARVA Group, Off Site
Monday, September 22
8:30am GDK Picture Day
9:30am Moms on Mondays
6:00pm Mission Team Meeting
6:00pm Den 4 Pack 295
6:30pm Den 6 Pack 295
6:30pm Den 2 Pack 295
7:00pm Stamping Group


Replace & Repair Project

R&R logo 3photoOur building is again showing its age and has needs to Replace & Repair that exceed our annual operational budget. The Trustees have prioritized our “home improvement projects” as follows:

  1. Replace Our Roof. We are literally using buckets to control the leaks. We need to tear off and repair the flat roofs in the Education and Adult Wings. We also need to replace the skylights in those roofs. The bids we sought for the project are coming in at $160,000 plus a 10% tithe .
  2. Repair Our Parking Lots. The cracks and potholes are becoming safety hazards. We need to repair and sealcoat both the main (north) and back (south) lots. The bids for this project are coming in at $40,000 plus a 10% tithe.
  3. Replace Our Windows. They’re letting in cold air that’s increasing our heating costs. We need to replace the courtyard windows and the Sanctuary’s east window. Bids for this project are coming in at $35,000 plus a 10% tithe.
  4. Future Projects: Remodel Adult Wing Bathrooms and complete Sanctuary Lighting. We have not yet sought bids on these projects, and we’ll update the congregation next year.

Recognizing the urgency to take care of our church home, the Church Council has approved raising money through special offerings and tackling each project one-at-a-time as the funds are raised.

Ready to Help? Take the $1-a-day challenge.

$1 a day logo copyDid you know that if 500 people gave $1 a day for a year, we’d raise the roof… er… pay for a new one? And the sooner we raise the funds, the sooner we can move on to the other priority projects.

So starting in September, we are asking everyone to begin participating in the R&R Special Offering by committing a dollar a day—or another amount that you prayerfully, cheerfully, and generously decide to give. For electronic givers, a form will be available to update your EFT amounts. For paper givers, mark your envelopes or checks “R&R.” For those with debit cards, we’ll be trying out a new iPad kiosk in the lobby.

We’ll celebrate every achieved goal and move on to the next. Together, we can tackle these projects!!!

Have questions about the projects? Contact…

Have questions about church finances? Contact…

Have questions or ideas regarding stewardship and fundraising? Contact…

One Thing

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This fall we will be implementing a new way of reaching out to partner with God to heal God’s world through an initiative called One Thing. That is, every month we will focus One Thing that we can do meet a need out in the world. We have already kicked this off with our Operation Classroom school supplies drive in August, and we will continue throughout the year. Every month there be One Thing that we will focus on as a congregation, and our hope is that in doing this, we can do that One Thing well.

September’s One Thing: Sweat pants & underwear for early elementary kids.

Let’s face it, sometimes accidents happen, especially when you’re young and school is new. A simple way to help out is by donating new or gently used sweat pants and new underwear for our local elementary school kids. 
Look for the 1 THING sign in the lobby to donate!

Readiness 360 Survey

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Rosemount UMC is taking seriously our call to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world as we expand our ministry in Rosemount, Farmington, Empire, Eagan, Apple Valley and surrounding communities. We are considering how we might create new places and opportunities to reach new people. To that end we are asking you to take an online survey called Readiness 360. This effort has costs and challenges associated with it but the most important part of our discernment process isn’t about the strategy to be used or the money to be spent, but about whether our congregation is ready to partner with God in such an endeavor. To that end we are asking you to take an online survey called Readiness 360. Thank you for your time and valuable input!

Please click here: http://readiness360.org/r360/survey_login.php to log in. You’ll need a passcode to continue – it should have been emailed to you. If you don’t have the passcode, please call the church office at 651-423-2475.
Set aside 20 minutes to take the survey between now and Monday,
September 22 at midnight.
If you need help, please contact the church office at 651-423-2475, or Karen Bruins at kbruins@rosemountumc.org.
Thanks in advance for helping our congregation assess and grow into God’s preferred future.

9th Annual Rosemount G.O.L.F. Classic

golferThe 9TH ANNUAL ROSEMOUNT UMC G.O.L.F. CLASSIC Benefiting Carnivale! features four-person teams competing in a net Scramble format. This year’s Classic will be held at Rich Valley Golf Course in Rosemount. The Classic is open to all players of any ability with a “make-your-own-team” concept. That is, players may sign up as an entire team, any part of a team or as an individual and be placed on a team. A team handicap is then calculated with the team receiving 10% of the total.

Entry fee is $70 per person and includes green fee, golf cart, prizes and the awards dinner held at Rosemount UMC immediately following play. 
Event details:
Saturday, August 23
12:00 pm – Registration at Rich Valley Golf Course, Rosemount
1:00 pm – Tee-time/Shotgun start
5:00 pm – Dinner at Rosemount UMC

Carnivale! is a free respite care program conducted six times annually by the Inclusion Team for families having children with developmental disabilities. 

The G.O.L.F. Group (God Overseeing Lovers of the Fairway) is a fellowship-based, small group of the Rosemount United Methodist Church made up of persons who enjoy playing golf. The G.O.L.F. Group is open to everyone!
Download the registration form: 2014 Golf Classic Entry Form and return it with payment ($70, checks made out to Rosemount UMC) to the Rosemount UMC church office by Wednesday, August 20 at 3 pm.

Meet & Greet Events with Pastor Nate and Brittny Larson

There are several upcoming opportunities to get a chance to get to know our new pastor, Nate Larson, and his wife Brittny. Pastor Nate is our new Minister of Outreach, and will head up Rosemount UMC’s efforts to reach out to the communities in Farmington and Empire.
Upcoming dates:
July 12: 3:00pm at the home of Gina and Aaron Penn (Rosemount)
July 18: 1:00pm at the home of Dennis and Norma Lund (Lakeville)
July 31: 7:30pm at the home of Tammy Brollier (Farmington)
Aug 3: 1:00 pm at the home of Bill & Jill Middlecamp (Apple Valley)
Aug 6: 7:30pm at the home of Kim and Jeff Walton (Farmington)
Aug 14: 7:30pm at the home of Bob and Diane Hawkins (Empire)
Aug 18: 7:30pm at the home of Joe and Pat Hanna (Apple Valley)
Aug 21: 7:30pm at the home of Karen and Dave Bruins (Rosemount)
Click here or on the “Signup for Online Classes & Events”  button on the right of the page and select the event you’d like to attend. More opportunities to meet Pastor Nate and Brittny will be added, so keep checking this space, the bulletin, and Rosemount UMC Facebook page for more information!

July 2014 Newsletter

As we head toward the long holiday weekend, please take a moment to check out the July 2014 Newsletter!


Garden Sanctuary Paver Engraving

garden sanctuary brickWe’re excited to announce that we are again taking orders for brick engraving in the Garden Sanctuary. Engraving a brick is a special way to honor a loved one or memorialize an event or family member. The cost of engraving is $40/brick for up to 3 lines of text. Order forms are available in the lobby on the black tables. Thank you for your past and future support of the Garden Sanctuary project.

Summer Park Playdates!

Let’s get out and enjoy the summer! Sunday, June 8, join families at Camfield Park for a picnic to welcome summer. Then join us for fun at local parks throughout the season. Click the image to see the times and dates for  fun-filled summer activities, and get to know other Rosemount UMC families. Hosted by Moms on Mondays small group.

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June 2014 Newsletter

The June edition of the Rosemount UMC Newsletter is published!

June 2014

Boundary Waters Canoe Trip for Women

Women’s BWCA Canoe Trip: We had so much fun last year, we’re doing it again in 2014. Pastor Karen Bruins and Kathleen Nelson are putting together a BWCA trip for women ages 18+. We can take nine women (BWCA permits are limited in size). Dates: In the BWCA Thursday, July 17-Sunday July 20. Leave the Twin Cities late afternoon on the 16th and stay in Ely. We’ll be out on the water Thursday morning. Cost: Approximately $250. Costs include complete outfitting for the BWCA (tents, canoes, food, equipment, etc.) RSVP: Kathy Nelson skavnels@gmail.com (612) 791-9497.

May 2014 Newsletter

The beginning of a new month means a new crop of news and announcements from Rosemount UMC. Don’t miss all the great information about upcoming events!

May 2014

And also don’t miss the special edition of the Rosemount UMC Newsletter introducing our newest pastoral staff member, Nate Larson!

Please welcome Nate Larson to the Rosemount UMC Staff!

Nate LarsonIt is the intention of Bishop Bruce Ough to assign Nathaniel (Nate) Larson full-time as a qualified lay-person to Rosemount United Methodist Church for the Farmington/Empire Outreach Effort (River Valley District), from pastoral service with another Christian denomination, effective June 15, 2014.

Acting on behalf of the congregation, the Staff Parish Relations Committee has unanimously confirmed the Bishop’s intention. Each church member’s supportive prayers and acts of kindness during the transition period will be greatly appreciated by all of the involved persons.

  • Nate is coming to us from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He holds a BS degree from Sioux Falls University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Sioux Falls Seminary.
  • Nate has experience in several congregations, including an Associate Pastor position in a new church plant in Sioux Falls
  • Served as a Chaplain Resident, Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Currently serves as an Associate Pastor with responsibilities in adult discipleship, small groups and pastoral care
  • Experience in youth ministry, summer camps, mission trips, etc.
  • Enjoys preaching, teaching and developing new leaders

Nate is married to Brittany Larson. They are expecting their first baby fall 2014. Brittany is an Occupational Therapist and works in a clinic for children.

The Staff Parish Relations Committee interviewed Nate and found him to be warm and engaging, with a deep passion for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The Farmington/Empire outreach is being funded through a five-year grant through the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist. In addition to the grant, Nate will be receiving coaching with a coach who has a background in multi-site expansion/new faith community formation.

On March 2, 2014 Bishop Bruce Ough preached at our church and challenged us to begin this new outreach. Farmington and Empire have been areas of rapid population growth, with much growth still to come. Rosemount UMC will serve as the main campus, with a new worshipping community being brought to the Farmington/Empire area. Now that the minister has been identified, a ministry plan will begin to be developed with the hope of launching a public worship experience sometime in the fall of 2015.

Please pray for Nate and for Brittany as they make the transition to Minnesota. Pray for our congregation that we will boldly follow where the Holy Spirit leads. Most importantly, please pray for the residents of Farmington/Empire who do not have a church home, that through this new effort men and women, boys and girls, will come to know and experience the love and grace of God in Jesus Christ!

In Christ’s Service, The Rosemount UMC Staff Parish Relations Committee;
Dave Zimmer, Jeff Hegna, Ray Lockhart, Elizabeth Larsen, Tammy Brollier, Hallie Goetzke, Ryan Riley, Kerri Hall, Carol O’Neill, Tami Luckhardt, Pastor Paul Baudhuin and Pastor Karen Bruins


Matthew 28:19- Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

April 2014 Newsletter

Despite the looming winter storm, it’s still April and time for the April 2014 Rosemount UMC Newsletter. Enjoy, and think warm thoughts!


April 2014 

Bishop Ough’s Challenge to the people of Rosemount UMC

In his sermon on March 2nd, Bishop Ough placed a vision before our congregation – to reach out to the new residents of Empire, Rosemount and Farmington.  The Empire/Farmington area has quadrupled in size since 1995. Rosemount continues to have new construction to the east of Highway 3 and will continue to expand as development begins at a future date on the UMORE property.

Bishop Ough has challenged us to begin a new faith community to be held off site, in the area of such dramatic growth. This is called multi-site ministry.

On February 18th our District Superintendent Clay Oglesbee and the Director of Congregational Development, Dan Johnson, met with leaders of our congregation to cast the vision for this exciting ministry possibility. Leaders representing the Church Council, Staff Parish Relations Committee and the Discovering Tomorrow Team heard the vision, asked lots of good questions, prayed together and felt that they could affirm the vision.

Next steps in the process are… 

  • Sunday, March 23rd: A congregational presentation by our District Superintendent and the Director of Congregational Ministry. Clay and Dan will present on what multi-site ministry is, and why this congregation is being asked to consider it.  They will outline next steps and a timeline. They will speak during worship and will host a Question/Answer session in the chapel after each service.
  • The Bishop will appoint an additional clergy person to Rosemount UMC. Their primary responsibility will be outreach to these new geographical areas. The Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church will pick up the salary and benefits of the new pastor. Rosemount UMC will receive financial support, coaching and training for a five-year period. A team from Rosemount UMC will be created to guide and shape the vision.


What is being asked of us?

  • Pray.  Pray for God’s will to be revealed to us. Pray for leaders who are exploring this possibility. Pray for the pastor who will be brought onto our staff. Pray that we will have evangelistic hearts to share the good news of Christ. Most importantly, pray for the new residents who are coming to our area. At several points along the way, we will be called to affirm that God is or is not calling us to take the next step.
  •  Watch and listen for lots of communication and news as things unfold.
  • Ask questions.  Talk to anyone on the Church Council or Staff Parish Relations Committee. Talk to staff members. Things are still developing so not every question will be able to be answered today, but will be able to be answered down the road.


This is an exciting time in the life of Rosemount UMC! We are a vibrant community with a lot to offer and the Bishop has noticed that. He has discerned that God has challenging but also exciting things in store for us. So keep your questions coming, keep your prayers going, and let’s step out on to the waters of faith and see how far God can carry us!



March 2014 Newsletter

Is the cold and monochromatic winter getting to you? Then check out the very colorful (and informative!) March 2014 Rosemount UMC Newsletter. Read about all the wonderful and warm things happening this month! There’s even some information looking forward to summer, so don’t miss out on looking ahead to all the great things to come.

Highlights this month:

  • Season of Lent – The Jesus Creed
  • Information on a Lenten Retreat on April 5
  • Plans for Jamaica Mission trip
  • Children’s Ministries Lenten (and summer!) activities
  • Youth Ministries mission trip info
  • One Great Hour of Sharing

… and much more!

March 2014 <— Click to read

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February 2014 Newsletter

The February 2014 edition of the Rosemount UMC Newsletter is live and ready to be read! Look inside to find great information on our upcoming Lenten series, Chili Fest, new happenings in Children and Youth Ministries, and lots of new information on Missions inside and outside of Rosemount, and a lot more!

Click to read –> February 2014