St. Croix Valley UMC’s heroic act paves way for
Twin Cities campus of Embrace
St. Croix Valley United Methodist Church is changing! After forty-six years of serving Christ in the Valley, SCVUMC is discontinuing its corporate entity in order to welcome Embrace UMC of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to plant an extension campus at this location.
Rev. Cindy Gregorson, director of ministries for the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, writing on the website of the Mn. Annual Conf.,summarizes the movement of God in this great undertaking:
“Bishop Ough (who is also Embrace’s bishop) invited Embrace's leadership to consider starting a campus in the Twin Cities. And so this past summer, they said “yes” to the invitation, no matter how crazy it appeared on the surface.
“The heroes of the story are the people of St. Croix Valley United Methodist Church in Lakeland. They were willing to give over everything - who they are, what they have, what has been sacred and meaningful to them - for the sake of reaching the next generation.”
And so in keeping with its mission, to know Christ and to make Christ known, the people of SCVUMC, on Monday night, August 24, 2015, in Church Conference setting, and in the words of Cindy Gregorson, said, “Yes, we will lay down our life so those we don't know - the people we aren’t reaching but Embrace can, those who are in the next generation - may find a faith community that offers to them what we have already found: Jesus Christ who offers a way to a life of love and joy.”
The new congregation at 16600 7th St. South, Lakeland, MN, will be known as Embrace: St. Croix. It will launch its first worship service in a remodeled sanctuary on November 8, 2015 with worship slated for 10:00 & 11:15am. You can learn more about Embrace: St. Croix at www.iamembrace.com, or email the campus Pastor Austin Walker at:
In the meantime, St. Croix Valley Church will temporarily meet for worship and fellowship every Sunday at Afton-Lakeland elementary school from 9:00 – 10:30am. It’s last Sunday of worship will be November 1, 2015.
If you wish to learn more about St. Croix Valley Church and the transition to Embrace St. Croix, you can contact Pastor Jeff Utecht at:
or call 651-436-5024.