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Struggling Cottage Grove Church Asks Older Members To Go Away (MN)
CBS Minnesoto ^ | 01/22/2020 | CBS Minnesota

Posted on 01/21/2020 12:48:46 PM PST by aimhigh

A struggling Minnesota church is asking its older parishioners to leave in hopes of making it more attractive to young families.

Grove United Methodist Church in the St. Paul suburb of Cottage Grove is closing in June, with plans to relaunch in November. The present members, most of them over 60 years old, will be invited to worship elsewhere, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The church is asking that they stay away for two years, then consult the pastor about reapplying.

“I pray for this church, getting through this age-discrimination thing,” William Gackstetter said at church on a recent Sunday as the gray-haired heads around him nodded in agreement. But church officials said the congregation needs a reset and the best way is to appeal to younger people.

(Excerpt) Read more at minnesota.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: agediscrimination; church; cottagegrove; elderlychristians; methodists; old; stpaul; waronchristians
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It took me a while to realize this wasn't satire. Wow.
1 posted on 01/21/2020 12:48:46 PM PST by aimhigh
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Speechless.

2 posted on 01/21/2020 12:50:09 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (To restore all things in Christ~~Appeasing evil is cowardice~~Francis is temporary. Hell is forever.)
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To: aimhigh

Marketing!!


3 posted on 01/21/2020 12:50:15 PM PST by marron
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I agree. Wow.


4 posted on 01/21/2020 12:51:19 PM PST by Tax-chick ("The diversity cult is destroying the very foundations of our civilization." ~ Heather MacDonald)
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To: aimhigh

LOL!!

Motto: “Open doors, open hearts - but go away.”


5 posted on 01/21/2020 12:52:03 PM PST by fwdude (Poverty is nearly always a mindset, which can’t be cured by cash.)
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To: aimhigh

Just get a “worship band” that plays bad music at 90 decibels, that should do it. Another possibility would be to make all your worship leaders get tattoos, piercings, and bones through their noses and spools in their ears.


6 posted on 01/21/2020 12:52:12 PM PST by kaehurowing
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Wh9mdomthe6 think funds the church?


7 posted on 01/21/2020 12:52:51 PM PST by gunnut
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It isn’t satire?

Dear God, reality is giving the Babylon Bee a run for it’s money.

I’m gobsmacked.


8 posted on 01/21/2020 12:52:53 PM PST by Jotmo (Whoever said, "The pen is mightier than the sword." has clearly never been stabbed to death.)
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Sorry. Who do they think funds the church?


9 posted on 01/21/2020 12:53:22 PM PST by gunnut
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To: aimhigh

WWJD?

I don’t understand what’s happened to the churches. They seem more obsessed with being some sort of paid for community and not spreading the mission of God.

Maybe that’s because they’re all socialist missions now.


10 posted on 01/21/2020 12:53:54 PM PST by Skywise
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They can “reapply” after 2 years?

No way would I even walk into a church that says crap like that!


11 posted on 01/21/2020 12:53:59 PM PST by MagUSNRET
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You may be closer than you think. The old folks were probably too influenced by the Bible.

Why do older people read the Bible so much?
They are cramming for finals.


12 posted on 01/21/2020 12:55:23 PM PST by Cold Heart (.)
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I’ll bet the jerks are liberals who want the Church to be attractive to the trans crowd... I’ve got a flash for them... the hype about there being so many sexually liberated progressives just waiting to ‘go to church’ is a lie.

First, there aren’t that many of ‘em....


13 posted on 01/21/2020 12:55:35 PM PST by GOPJ (Will MSNBC bimbos go moist talking to Lev Parnas like they did with Michael Avenatti?)
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It’s a fake church. Run!


14 posted on 01/21/2020 12:56:52 PM PST by FES0844
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i find at our church it’s the gray hairs like me at the contemporary service and the younger folk go mostly to the traditional service


15 posted on 01/21/2020 12:59:04 PM PST by Mom MD
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I understand the need to attract younger people but wow...telling old people that they need to stay away? I’m hoping it’s just a biased way of reporting it.


16 posted on 01/21/2020 12:59:45 PM PST by DouglasKC
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There are a lot of churches in my area that are like this and they offer Starbucks coffee at a serving counter.

I, unfortunately, have to go to one of these worship houses to vote.


17 posted on 01/21/2020 1:00:07 PM PST by Dacula (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.)
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To: aimhigh

That will kill the church for sure. Actually seen that happen.


18 posted on 01/21/2020 1:00:32 PM PST by \/\/ayne (I regret that I have but one subscription cancellation notice to give to my local newspaper.)
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The OK Boomer criminally insane maniacs are on the march.


19 posted on 01/21/2020 1:00:56 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Democrats only believe in democracy when they win the election.)
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church is asking its older parishioners to leave in hopes of making it more attractive to young families.

What kind of bizarre thinking led to this conclusion?? I’d venture a guess, but I’m going to hold my judgement.

20 posted on 01/21/2020 1:03:06 PM PST by PGR88
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