Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
Annandale United Methodist Church
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
To generously share God's love with everyone we meet

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events at the Annandale United Methodist Church:

Pathways 4 Youth LLC is an entry point for youth experiencing homelessness to gain access to resources which can put them back on a path that will help them grow as individuals and be contributing members of our community.

Pathways 4 Youth offers one-time and long-term volunteer opportunities that allow you to make a difference in the lives of the young people they serve. Learn more at or call 320-316-1640 or email


Camp Minnesota 2020: The 2020 Camp Minnesota brochures are here and there are so many opportunities available for the 2020 camping season! Why Camp Minnesota? Camp Minnesota takes the camp experience one-step further by intentionally including opportunities and activities that allow campers to develop a deeper relationship with God. Campers see how God is at work in their own lives and the world. Browse through the brochure or visit the website at


Gospel Music Concert at AUMC



Ernie and Jason Couch will be back with us on Saturday, May 23rd for another fabulous concert.  More details will be in the May newsletter.


       -Linda Elfstrand


March FoodShare Campaign 2020


 As a congregation we will participate in the March Food Share Drive for cash and food items. We are very fortunate to have such a robust food shelf here in the Annandale area. According to the Minnesota Food Share hunger facts, over three million visits are made to Minnesota food shelves each year and nearly one in eleven Minnesotans experience food insecurity. It is very important that government programs like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) continue to be supported. 

Our first load of pack the pews was taken into the Food Shelf to help with the current pressing needs this past week.


Due to Food Shelf needs at this time and the limitations on fulfilling those needs, we are ALL feeling the pull to provide for our own households/families and are aware that we want to help others also. Therefore the Annandale Food Shelf and we here at AUMC are extending our collection of food items and money through the month of April. If needed, we will bring our collections in along the way rather than one final collection delivery.  To facilitate collecting the items, while not holding Sunday morning services, you are invited to bring donations in and place them on either the south or north back pews as we have been doing (any checks or monetary donations may be left with staff in the office).  Know that our 'competition' is really a competition for us all together to 'win' at helping others.  The church will be open for this during Linda's office hours: Monday – Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. While you are there feel free to sit for a while and enjoy the peace and beauty of the sanctuary.  Take the opportunity to say "Thank you God".


Thanks for your support,


Linda Elfstrand and Aleta Isaacson, Outreach Coordinators












We will be selling grilled brats and hotdogs, chips, pop, and water at our refreshment stand on Thursday, July 4 starting at 9:00 a.m. If you are making cookies or bars, please put two large or three to four medium cookies to a bag. We will be selling the cookies for $1.00/bag. Don’t forget to stop by and enjoy refreshments while watching the parade!


On Saturday July 20, Annandale United Methodist Church will enjoy a picnic meal at 5:30pm. Bring your favorite side dish to share. Brats, hotdogs, and beverage will be provided. Following our meal we will have a family-friendly informal worship experience. 






  • On Sunday, October 14 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, Annandale United Methodist Church will host a concert featuring music from the Renaissance period as presented by Phillip Rukavina on the lute and Sarah Jackson as soprano soloist.  This pair, who are highly acclaimed performers of Early Music, will take the audience to places of haunting beauty and delight. A free will offering will be collected at the door.  There will be a coffee fellowship following. Call the church office with any questions. – Linda Elfstrand

Family Night – 2nd Wednesdays

Wednesday October 10th at 6:30 we will meet for our 2nd Family Night of this School Year.  It has been great to meet your families, and I am looking forward to meeting more of you this month.
We will share a light meal, some fun time, and  a short Bible lesson for all.  Bring one of your favorite jokes to share.   Here is one of pastor’s favorites.  “How do you make a Kleenex dance? You put a little boogie in it.”
We would also like to plan fun activities and disciple-like activities such as Feed My Starving Children, Project Hope, and possible AUMC member assistance, such as raking for the elderly, etc. And finally, bring your calendars to the October Family Night so we can find a date for the youth to participate in the entire worship service. 
We need someone to volunteer to host the meal portion this month.  Please call or email the church office if you are able to host.    – Pastor Paul and Laurie Dick