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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 Grove 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.

ARTiculate: A Community Painting Party

MARCH 21 . 11Am . Woodridge Park (9000 90th St, Cottage Grove)

Whether your creations are stick figures or French impressionism, we want to see your artwork!

Share your stories about the community! Form bonds with people and make long-lasting relationships by talking, laughing, and creating art. Each person will receive a small canvas to paint or draw their story. At the end of the event, you are welcome to take your art home or leave it to be displayed on a community wall.

Visit our Facebook event for more information or to RSVP.

Groups

Groups — made up of 4-12 people — are intentionally smaller environments meant to grow meaningful relationships and encourage us in following the way of Jesus.

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 5:30 PM

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

Parenting is hard, and parenting children in faith is even harder. When life is chaotic, it’s helpful to know that we’re not in it alone.

Join us on Wednesday nights as encourage meaningful relationships and nurture the goodness in our kids alongside others whose lives are just as crazy as yours.

While we’ll use the book “Bless this Mess” to guide some of our discussion, reading is optional. We just want you to show up as you are!

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.

MONDAY NIGHTS AT 7 PM 

Benefit of the Doubt discussion group

The beauty of the Bible is that is shows us what the life of faith looks like — and the life of faith is often messy and full of questions. Sometimes questions seem off-limits, leading people to walk away from the church or never fully welcome in the church to begin with.

Join us with your questions in hand as we explore God, the Bible, Christianity, and much more without judgment or fear. We won’t guarantee answers, but you will walk away knowing you’re not alone.

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.

SoWashCo CARES

SoWashCo CARES — South Washington County Community Action Reaching Every Student — helps meet the basic needs of students and their families. Through the SoWashCo CARES Facebook page, followers in the community can see posts requesting specific items for families in need.

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.

In January, join us each Sunday at The Grove United Methodist Church in Woodbury for FRESH, a sermon series about experiencing life anew. Each service will feature a time of introducing the vision, mission, and strategy of The Grove Planting Project.

Freshly Squeezed Juice

Living with Fresh Courage

JANUARY 19 . 9AM & 10:30AM

Join us at The Grove United Methodist Church in Woodbury all of January as we explore what it looks like to experience life anew through a new church start.

Town Hall Meeting

JANUARY 19 . 11:30AM

Join us at The Grove United Methodist Church in Woodbury for a time of learning and discussion about The Grove Planting Project. Lunch and childcare provided.

Fresh Air

Refreshing Our Mission

JANUARY 26 . 9AM & 10:30AM

Join us at The Grove United Methodist Church in Woodbury all of January as we explore what it looks like to experience life anew through a new church start.

Town Hall Meeting

February 6 . 7pM

Join us at The Grove United Methodist Church in Woodbury for a time of learning and discussion about The Grove Planting Project.