The Project F-M has (what we hope is) a huge event on Monday night, May 13th at 5:30 PM out at Rustic Oaks. “Spring for the Soul” hopes to gather both “Project Participants” and those who may not consider themselves part of our demographic, but are curious about what we are doing. We hope to gain some supporters and friends.
Expect food, wine, beer, lemonade, and some amazing truffles. All board members and the Director of the Project F-M will be on hand to talk with people. There will also be a time of learning about what The Project F-M is up to these days, along with some information about the sociological demographics of the group of people The Project F-M is geared towards.
The evening will conclude with a worship experience we call “Sounds Sacred (to me)” which uses poetry and music centered around a sacred theme. On this night we will explore what poets and musicians have to say about the scripture of the world. Following Jesus’ teaching, we will “consider the lilies of the field” and see what we can learn there. We will head into the wild, deserted places to see what comfort we can find, and we will listen for the song of all creation.
The songs will be presented by a band that is led by musician Michael D. Larson and other Project Participants. Songs from people like Josh Ritter, The Beatles, The Weepies, The Fray, Cloud Cult, U2 and even John Denver will be shared, and you are welcome to sing along if you want. The poetry will also be read by Project Participants, from poets like Marge Piercy, RS Thomas, Wendell Berry, e.e. Cummings, and Mary Oliver.
Come if you are curious about The Project F-M. Come if you like poetry, music, and nice Spring evenings on a farm. Come if you want to support an emerging style of ministry for young adults.
If giving a financial gift to The Project F-M is a possibility for you, we hope you’ll consider it around this night. We have four generous “challenge gifts” that we hope to meet on that night. Olivet Lutheran Church Foundation and Tom and Siri Fiebiger have both given a dollar for dollar match, equal to $5000. So for every dollar that comes in up to $5000, it will be matched. Help us reach that challenge!
In addition, if you are a “Project Participant” (meaning that you come to events sometimes and are somewhere in the ballpark of 20-40 years old…) Clark Tufte will give $20 for any donation you make. Then, the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the ELCA decided to kick a challenge in that says for every $10 a “Project Participant” donates, they will donate $25.
This is a great way to maximize your gifts, which in turn maximizes our ability to do the kind of work The Project F-M is doing. We hope what we do at The Project and what we learn along the way helps inform the whole Church (and world) as we all attempt to move into an unknown future where new paradigms are emerging.
The Project F-M sees its call as “Making space for people in their 20’s and 30’s to love God and love their neighbor, by cultivating an open-minded, curious faith.”
Rustic Oaks is located South of Moorhead. Go South out of town on 8th St. (HWY 75). Turn Right on 120th Ave S, and Left on 3rd St. South until you see the sign that guides you in to Rustic Oaks.