Every year the Epworth Church Association invites the public to enjoy the visiting minister series as well as a family event during the summer season. We look forward to bringing quality programming to Epworth every year.
Worship is held Sunday mornings at 10:30am with our guest minister, who also leads a Sunday evening Vespers service (8:30PM in June and July, 8:00PM in August, except where noted).
Many of our weekly ministers also lead a time of lecture/discussion on Monday mornings, at 10:00 a.m. in the Marine Dining Room.
A Peace of My Mind, John Noltner
Our Artist in Residence in 2018 was John Noltner. We look forward to bringing quality programming such as this to Epworth for the 2019 season.
With images and words as his medium, John Noltner has been telling stories for twenty years for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Forbes, Midwest Living, and the New York Daily News, among other publications.
Throughout his career, Noltner has managed logistics for editorial and commercial clients nationally and internationally. He has worked on three continents. Noltner carefully arranges details and builds relationships, using humor, understanding, and compassion to craft compelling and insightful stories.
After twenty years as an award-winning still photographer, Noltner has begun working in film, first developing multi-media pieces for non-profits, and recently producing short videos for clients and documentary projects. Film is a medium that combines the writing, production and visual skills learned over a two-decade career into a powerful story-telling vehicle.
Over the past decade, Noltner has dedicated an increasing amount of time to in-depth social commentary, combining portraiture, oral histories, and video to examine our society and how we relate to one another.
In 2011, Noltner partnered with the Islamic Resource Group to design and develop a project called Muslim Experience in Minnesota, an oral history and photographic project designed to document a cross section of the diverse Muslim community in Minnesota, funded by a Legacy grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.
A Peace of My Mind is Noltner’s flagship effort, allowing him to use his storytelling as a medium for bridging social, political, and cultural differences. A Peace of My Mind represents Noltner’s belief that art and storytelling have the power to transform our hearts as well as our communities.
Noltner is an active local advocate for peace and justice. He is a member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association and the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers. Noltner served on the board for Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry from 2006 to 2009 to support education, medical, and economic services in developing nations. He was also a founding board member of Peace House Africa from 1999 to 2002. In this position, he assisted in planning and establishing a boarding school for orphans of the AIDS epidemic in Tanzania.