Northwood United Methodist Church
62 West Highway 61 | Esko, MN 55733 | 218.464.1636

Sunday Worship

9:00 - 10:00 AM


Come just as you are to worship!

Fellowship 10:00 - 10:30 AM

Sunday School for preschool through adult 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Find Us!

A small church with a big heart


Painting of Northwood United Methodist Church in Esko MN by Judy Andersen

We are a small church looking to expand in our mission and vision. We welcome everyone who walks through our doors in search of a relationship with Jesus Christ. We currently provide a Sunday morning worship service at 9 AM, a time of fellowship after the service and pre-school thru adult Sunday school from 10:30 - 11:30. We provide monthly fellowship opportunities and services to the surrounding communities of Esko, Cloquet, Carlton and Duluth. We are looking to broaden and deepen our individual relationships with Christ through a variety of special seasonal worhip opportunites. Ours is an open communion table and everyone is welcome to take communion which we offer on the first Sunday (usually) of the month. YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US - THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU!


Pastor Cheryl Fleckenstein


Picture of Northwood United Methodist Church Pastor Cheryl Fleckenstein

I have been a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1999. My first congregation was Elim Lutheran Church in Barnum, then I served Salem Lutheran Church in Hermantown. From there I moved to Wisconsin to serve Bethany Lutheran Church in Mauston. At that time I took the intentional interim ministry training and was certified as an Interim Pastor.

I then returned to my beloved Minnesota to serve as Intentional Interim Pastor to Salem in Deerwood, and I completed my second interim with Bethesda Lutheran in Carlton in December 2016. Throughout all my ministry I have enjoyed working with children, and have developed about a dozen puppets that I use during children’s time in worship. A favorite of adults and children alike is Bobcat, who is rather snarky and self-centered, but a softie at heart.

My husband Paul, to whom I have been married since 1990, works for Northwoods Children Center in Duluth. We have one child, Katie, who lives in St. Paul and is working on her Masters of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.

Our family also includes two dogs, one cat and a horse. My favorite pastimes are knitting, reading, motorcycling, and horseback riding.

It is so good to join you as your Intentional Interim Pastor. I am looking forward to meeting you, learning about your unique gifts, and discerning with you where God is calling you at this time.


608.495.3147 | fleckensteincheryl@yahoo.com


Northwood Highlights


Join us as we celebrate in growing God's church in fun food fellowship and FAITH

  • Communion served first Sunday of the month unless otherwise announced
  • Epiphany Celebration first Sunday after January 6th, Pinata for kids and South of the Border Potluck for all
  • Mardi Gras Sunday Worship, Indoor Parade and Cajun Potluck
  • Palm Sunday Procession and Children's Singing
  • Maundy Thursday ~ Judeo Christian Seder Meal, Kid Friendly Passover Meal and Communion
  • Easter Morning Breakfast and worship
  • Spring and Fall Service Auctions
  • Vacation Bible School and Supper ~ second week in June
  • Rally Sunday ~ second Sunday in September
  • All Saints Day worship service
  • Christmas Cookie Bake Sale
  • Sunday School Christmas Program and Potluck
  • Happy Birthday Jesus Sunday
  • Christmas Eve Evening Service (8:00 PM)

Find us on Sunday


Please find us at 62 West Highway 61 Esko, Minnesota. Esko is about halfway between Duluth and Cloquet, Minnesota and can be reached from I-35, taking the exit at mile post marker #242 and heading north onto Thompson Rd. Turn west at the town's center onto Hwy 61. Northwood Church is on the south side of the divided highway about 1 mile west of the intersection of Thompson Rd and Hwy 61.