This year’s annual celebration and dinner was held in junction with the annual meeting on October 19th at Prairie Church in Eden Prairie. The Jumpin’ Jehosafats got us off to a rousing start. The theme of the evening was ‘Let’s Connect’. Cindy Gregorson, Conference Council Director led a panel of pastors in a discussion of ‘Innovative Community Ministries’. Rev Rachel Morey told the story of Mosaic’s beginning and their partnership with Brooklyn Park to build a homeless shelter for youth. She also updated us on the work of the Center for Servant Ministries at Simpson UMC. Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas of Camphor Church spoke of their church’s focus on health and wellness ministries, particularly in the area of diabetes prevention and Alzheimer’s care. Rev. Sarah Lawton of Northeast United Methodist Church described their community garden and how it is impacting their community and transforming their church.