LUTHERANS RESTORING CREATION WORSHIP // This weekend, April 25th, Redeemer is partnering Lutherans Restoring Creation and congregations across the nation to share in creation-focused worship service. The worship service premier will begin at 5pm today (4/24) on YouTube and Facebook, and will also be available on our website.
TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION for POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY & SYSTEMIC CHANGE // Now that we have a police accountability victory, let’s work toward true systemic change so that no more people are killed by police and no more police go to jail. One way to enact enduring systemic change is through legislative advocacy. We ask you to contact your state representative and senator to support the bills in the linked document. We all have “response-ability” for what happens next and advocacy does not take a lot of time. Please pass this document widely through your contacts and ask those you know to do the same.
In the Spirit,
Redeemer Lutheran Church Service + Advocacy and Outreach + Evangelism Ministers,
Holly DeSouza, Sally Ankerfelt, Pastor Babette Chatman
WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES // We need readers for Easter and Pentecost worship!! Please register online or email Amy to sign up to record yourself and/or your family speaking the assigned lectionary readings for our prerecorded worships during the months of April and May. Know that you can speak aloud the readings linked on the sign-up or from a children’s or other translation in your home.
KUAMBATANA (ACCOMPANIMENT): THE MINISTRY of MARK and LINDA JACOBSON Documentary // For 38 years, Mark and Linda Jacobson have worked in the health field in Tanzania, becoming the ELCA’s longest-serving missionaries. In partnership with Tanzanian leaders, they’ve developed the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, started the Widow’s Might craft project and more. Their powerful story is featured in the new documentary Kuambatana, which means accompaniment in Kiswahili. The 30-minute video premiers on the ELCA Facebook page this morning at 11am. Be sure to check it out!
JOIN HANDS for the HARRISON NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD SHELF FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS at 10am // Evangelism & Outreach minister Pr. Sally Ankerfelt invites us to help our siblings in Christ at the church around the corner from Redeemer (MCCC at 4th & Newton) where you will make a huge difference in the lives of our Harrison neighbors. The bonus is that you will make new connections and friends and have fun in the process! And stay tuned for details about an ongoing collaboration for summer food distribution beginning when we’ll need 5-7 volunteers weekly at MCCC!
EMERSON VILLAGE UPDATES // Beacon Interfaith Housing Collective provided two important and time-sensitive updates / actions for us as we continue to work with the City of Minneapolis to move these homes forward:
1. The North Minneapolis Neighbors Night that had been scheduled for 4/22 has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 6. If you live in North Minneapolis, please take a minute to register for this important community conversation by clicking here. Don't live in the neighborhood? Share the invitation with anyone in your circles who does and encourage them to register to learn more about Emerson Village.
2. The city's Public Comment period for Emerson Village wraps up at the end of April, and we still need a LOT more letters of support! If you're a resident of Minneapolis, can you send a quick email to Carrie Goldberg with the city sharing why YOU want Emerson Village prioritized in upcoming funding decisions? Email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org and copy Emily (email@example.com). You can find more information on our request here - but the main need is to send in your email TODAY and say you support Emerson Village!
ZOOM & FAMILY SUNDAY MORNING FELLOWSHIP // Join us each Sunday morning at 10:30am for for Zoom Fellowship (Meeting ID: 833 6902 2900 | Passcode: 561285 | Dial-in: 312 626 6799)!
COVID-19 PREVENTION & VACCINES // The best protection from the various mutations of the COVID-19 virus—whether you are vaccinated or not—is to:
-- stay home whenever possible;
-- stay 6 feet away from others in public spaces;
-- wear a mask (or two) so that there is adequate filtration and a snug fit over the bridge of your nose, cheeks, and chin; and
-- wash your hands often and well.
See the MN Department of Health COVID-19 site for more in-depth and current information about symptoms, testing, and vaccines. Minnesotans 16-years of age and older are eligible to be vaccinated. Vaccine demand often exceeds the supply. MN Department of Health offers a vaccine locator site. You can also attempt to access vaccines through community pharmacies (Walgreens and CVS) or your healthcare provider. When you receive a vaccine appointment, be sure to dress appropriately so that your upper arm is easily accessible (for example, wear a short-sleeve t-shirt under your sweater/jacket).
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