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The Community

Events

Have fun and connect with others as we work with community partners to make Cottage Grove an even better place to live.

Groups

Build relationships and find encouragement for following the way of Jesus in everyday life. 

Partnerships

Come alongside other community organizations working to meet the needs of families in Cottage Grove.

Gatherings

Get a taste of our vision for The Planting Project’s worship experience — powerful music, compelling teaching, and a truly welcoming environment.

Events

Get out into the community. Have fun with friends and family. Build relationships. Make a difference.

Free Family Racing

November 7 . 3pm . The Grove (8600 90th St S)

Go for a Sunday afternoon drive **AND** contribute to your community! Join us on Sunday, November 17 for an afternoon of **FREE** family fun. You can take a spin around a one of a kind remote-control race track with Rally Raceway. Enjoy some hot apple cider and donuts. And submit your drawings for a t-shirt design contest to raise money for SoWashCo CARES.

Groups

Groups — made up of 4-8 people — are intentionally smaller environments meant to grow meaningful relationships and encourage us in following the way of Jesus.

New Study Starting in November

“Bless This Mess: A Modern Guide to Faith and Parenting in a Chaotic World”

A witty, compelling guide to raising open-minded and morally grounded kids in these crazy times, with an approach that’s rooted in science, psychology, and faith.

“Groundbreaking, profound, frank, and friendly.”

read the full Book Description

When Rev. Molly Baskette and Dr. Ellen O’Donnell first met, they were both new mothers seeking parenting wisdom. They read a lot of books on the topic, but none of them contained practical suggestions that would help their families psychologically and spiritually while maintaining their progressive values: How do we teach the art of forgiving and serving others? How do we raise kids who are tolerant, curious, and honorable? And what about the sex talk?  

Taking matters into their own hands, Baskette and O’Donnell began creating actionable steps addressing these questions and more. This audiobook is the fruit of their many conversations begun long ago during the daycare carpool, from angsty moments to hallelujahs. 

In Bless This Mess, listeners will gain constructive tools as they learn how to talk to their children about social justice, money, God, ethics, bullying, disabilities, sexuality, and their bodies. Parents will also glean insights on how to serve others with joy, give generously and gratefully, and – perhaps most important – learn how to stop being so afraid all the damn time, even while raising kids in an increasingly chaotic and often scary world. With real-life examples, relatable personal stories, and strategies tailored to the toddler, preteen, or teenager, Bless This Mess guides parents of children at all stages of their development.

Partnerships 

As a part of the larger Cottage Grove community, we’re dedicated with working alongside a variety of other organizations in order to make our city an even better place to live for all. 

armstrong elementary

We’ve been working with our neighbors at Armstrong Elementary School to provide cold weather clothing. Here’s a list of outstanding items which you can donate.

no kid hungry (NKD)

As families throughout South Washington County experience food insecurity, No Kid Hungry works to provide meals when students are out of school — over the weekend, long vacations, and summer break.

St croix family resource center

We’ve been helping support and promote the St. Croix Family Resource Center’s new Youth Connections Drop-in Center for teenagers experiencing homelessness in Cottage Grove.

Gatherings

While the launch of weekly public worship won’t happen until late 2020, we’re planning opportunities to get a taste for what a worship experience that grows vibrant faith in families might look like.

Vision Gathering: Multiply

january . 5pm

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