About Us

About Us

Here’s a bit about our church.  We’re so grateful to be a United Methodist church at this point in history in this area.  These are exciting times!  We’re certainly not a new church.  We’ve been around for nearly 150 years – going back to the days of circuit riding Methodist preachers!  However, even though we’ve been around for a while, we do have a new name!  We chose the new identity of “Lino Lakes Community Church”.  We did this so that people who don’t know much about us – or even about Methodism – can easily know what we’re up to.  Our name clearly states that we want everyone to know that we’re here in this specific area as a church that emphasizes ministry to and with the community of Lino Lakes.  Here’s some history about us.  We used to be called the German Methodist Church – then Rice Lake Methodist.  More recently we’ve been known as Gethsemane UMC.  (In fact – many in the community still refer to us by that name – which is fine.  Change takes time to adjust to!!)  From our vantage point, as followers of Christ, we believe that God is always doing new things among us – and in scripture, a name change is often an indication of that!  What else is new at Lino Lakes Community Church?  We’ve got a new pastor and new piano accompanist!  The pastor is interesting, informative, and inspiring.  People really enjoy his well-delivered sermons and he’s a good worship leader and overall guide for our congregation.  The pianist is quite accomplished – working on getting his masters’ degree.  He provides beautiful, unique music for all to enjoy.  Jazz is his specialty!  We’ve also got several of our church members who lead our singing in worship each week – including musicians – who are all  quite dedicated.  What’s been going on for us the last 3 years?  Our experience of the COVID 19 CoronaVirus epidemic took a hit on our church, like all the other churches.  Nevertheless, we are working hard at reinventing ourselves – using technology and other new approaches to ministry.  This is a unique time in the history of Christianity to make the move from striving and just surviving to thriving!!  Now – a bit about our property and programs.  We have a beautiful view of Marshan Lake from our 7 acres of well-maintained facility.  We’re only a mile south of Target at 7330 Lake Drive.  (You might even miss the entrance to the church the first time or two that you arrive.  No problem – it happens to everyone!  It’s a “hidden approach” to our property.)  On the church grounds we’ve got a lovely gathering space at our backyard shelter where there’s also a large firepit and grill for “get togethers” all summer.  In terms of ministry activities, we have been putting on a Booya feast (delicious soup/stew that we’ve made for 99 years from our outdoor kettles).  It’s hoped that we’ll continue this tradition of making gallons and gallons of Booya – shifting our focus from merely fundraising – through selling this delicious food – to feeding hungry families, as well.   Here’s one specific program in the planning stages to pique your interest.  We’re looking for young families to come use our large puppet stage for wholesome story telling.  It would be fun for you and for us!  We’d love to see a few more young children again in our building and we’ve got some puppeteers with some experience to help lead the program. If we have older grade school children and teenagers join us, they can learn puppeteering.  When it comes to puppets – everyone, young and old, loves to watch!   Here’s the bottom line at Lino Lakes Community Church: come join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 at our church for worship in person – then join us for a fellowship time (coffee and goodies) right afterwards.  We offer a traditional United Methodist worship experience that lasts about 45 minutes.  Last September/October we had been averaging only about 15 people each Sunday in worship.  Now we’ve doubled that and are in the 30s most Sundays.  We’re growing – slowly – and we’re having a good time with each others.  You also have the option to check us out on YouTube and Facebook by searching for us at Lino Lakes Community Church – if that’s more convenient for you.   You can reach us by phone at 651-784-7667 or [email protected]  via email.  We can’t wait to see you and have you join us in our exciting future!  God’s blessings are on the way!!