Summer is a great time to grab a good book and sit outside to read. This summer we are going to read and discuss a book that compliments our summer sermon series “Who is My Neighbor.” The book is called The Faith Club:  A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew –Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner.

It is a first-person story of three women who meet after 9-11 and come together to write a children’s book about their three faiths to help their own kids understand what was going on in New York City where they live. The women, who became good friends, discovered that was a nearly impossible task. As they began exploring their own faith and learning about the other religions, they discover that they had more questions than answers. The result was the book The Faith Club that chronicles their journey together.

You are invited to read The Faith Club prior to July 14, when it will be the basis for the sermon “Who is My Neighbor?  People of Many Faiths.”

Then you are invited to a two-part book discussion that we’re calling Books with Betsy & Reading with Ruth. Because summer is such a busy time, we have several options. Come to one (or more) as your schedule allows:

Daytime option:  Tuesdays July 16 and 23, 10-11:30 a.m.

Evening/Weekend option:  Sunday, July 14, 11:15-12:45 and Tuesday, July 23, 6:30-8 p.m.

Books may be purchased at church for $5.50. Books are also available from your favorite bookseller and from the Ramsey County Library. You can learn more about the book at

Books with Betsy & Reading with Ruth is a new event that we hope to do several times throughout the year.