Redeemer Celebrates God’s LGBTQIA+ Beloved // As we come to the close of Pride Month 2020, Redeemer Lutheran Church celebrates our LGBTQIA+ members and neighbors as we strive to become an ever-more inclusive community that affirms and honors how God is revealed and God’s Kingdom made manifest through all genders, orientations, expressions, and races, most especially in our Black Trans neighbors.
RCFL Welcomes New Executive Director Veronica Hawman! // Redeemer Center for Life is thrilled to introduce their new Executive Director, Veronica Hawman! Veronica has spent her career working in nonprofit development. Earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Hamline University, Veronica is an experienced and skilled leader and fundraiser passionate about racial justice. We are so excited to have her at RCFL!
Volunteers Needed // In light of the May 25th murder of George Floyd, we at Redeemer want to show up and do our part for our community. Siri Fiebiger (Redeemer Church Council President) and Mali Jensen (Dir. of Volunteers & Partnerships) are working together to make this happen and need your help! If interested in becoming part of Redeemer’s team of volunteers who receive ongoing calls to action, please contact Siri and Mali with your availability, flexibility, and areas of interest. Some ways volunteers can help are through making phone calls for current needs, cleaning the kitchen after an event has taken place, donation supply management (receiving, storing, distributing), voter registration, and being available for distribution events.
Faith-Based Community Organizing Training // We are seeking a team of people interested in receiving training in faith based community organizing through funding granted by the Augsburg University Riverside Innovation Hub (RIH) that Redeemer has been part of for the last two years. The training event primarily delivered in a Zoom format will occur in January 2021 hosted by the organizing staff with special guests in the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. If you are interested in becoming part of Redeemer’s Riverside Innovation Hub Team and receiving this training, please reply to Amy or Pastor Kelly no later than June 30th so we can welcome you to the Team, introduce you to the project and its expectations, and so we can submit the proper information to Hub directors at Augsburg!
Climate Justice Voter Training: Relational Organizing for Transformational Change - Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light // Join Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light to learn how you can be a Climate Justice Voter Champion. During these 90 minute trainings, you will learn about the importance of this year’s election for our climate. You will also get trained in the Empower app, a digital organizing tool that allows you to share messages and connect with the people in your network. Virtual trainings will be held throughout the summer and fall. Currently, trainings are scheduled for Monday, June 22, 7-8:30 pm, Tuesday, July 7, 7-8:30 pm, Wednesday, July 8, 12-1:30 pm, Tuesday, July 21, 7-8:30pm and Thursday, August 6, 4-5:30 pm. Visit mnipl.org for more information. Register for the July 8th training here.
Celebrate Bill Nord’s 95th Birthday on June 28th! With his assisted living facility on total lockdown, there is no way we can celebrate with him in person. He has been completely isolated since March. Understandably, he’s feeling lonely. Please help us remind Bill how much he is loved and valued by sending him a birthday card or letter sharing a happy memory of him. Use REALLY big type, like 28 point, because he's going blind. You can also call him at 763-540-1967, but you may have to shout into the phone for him to hear you. Please send cards to
5800 St. Croix Ave N, Apt W302
Golden Valley, MN 55422
ZOOM FELLOWSHIP @ 9:30am Sundays // Join us Sunday mornings at 9:30am for fellowship and prayer. Follow this link to join open the Zoom app and enter the following:
Meeting ID: 853 1810 2674 | Password: 557820 or call in by phone to (312) 626-6799.
SUNDAYS IN THE GARDEN, 1-4pm // You are invited to join us each and every Sunday in Redeemer Community Garden from 1pm-4pm. We're planting, watering, tending, and growing so much life. Do you have extra hostas or other plants? Bring them to Redeemer and plant them around the perimeter of our properties! By mowing less and planting hostas around Redeemer, along with ongoing tending to plants and clearing of rubbish and litter, we reduce our carbon footprint. Come on over and help us plant new seeds, tend growing ones, and keep the garden free of garbage so it's a healthy and welcoming space for our neighbors, all while enjoying each other’s company safely. See you there!
MENTAL HEALTH CONNECT (MHC) // Mental Health Connect is a local non-profit based out of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis offering free, non-biased support for anyone seeking mental health resources. Visit their website to learn more, or contact Mali, Redeemer's MHC ambassador.
HELP US MAKE MASKS! // As this pandemic continues amidst reopening, summer life, and the current Uprising for Justice, the need for cloth masks is growing! If you or someone you know is able and willing to help sew masks for ongoing distribution, please contact Redeemer's minister of service and advocacy, Holly De Souza.
Health Commons @ The Living Room continues to provide services to the Harrison and North Minneapolis community! You can stay updated on their schedule of services and events, including virtual nurse consultations and Zumba classes, via their facebook page!
Readings & Gospel: Jeremiah 28:5-9 | Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 | Romans 6:12-23 | Matthew 10:40-42
Intercessor: Called into unity with one another and the whole creation, let us pray for our shared world -- a brief silence --
God of companionship, encourage our relationships with our siblings in Christ as we give thanks for Bill Nord celebrating his 95th birthday. Bless our conversations in seeking a pastor for shaping our shared future and enlarging hearts eager to join in festal and faithful shouts of praise. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great
God of mercy, inspire authorities, judges, and politicians to act with grace-filled compassion for citizens and our environment. Teach us especially in Minnesota to overcome fear with hope, meet hate with love, provide for all in need, and welcome one another as we would welcome you. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
God of care, accompany all who are in deepest need. Comfort those who are sick, lonely, or abandoned especially Sarah, recently hospitalized, and those resting heavily on our hearts and minds. Strengthen those who are in prison or awaiting trial. Renew the spirits of all who call upon you. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
God of love, you gather in your embrace all who have died including Joe, brother of Zoe, the sister of Trina, Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon. Keep us steadfast in our faith and renew our trust in your promise. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Pastor: Receive these prayers, O God, and those too deep for words; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
image: "The Teacher" by Elmer Yazzie, Navajo Artist
> This Sunday, June 14th, we will host a memorial services for the Delores Runsuwe family on what would have been her birthday, and for our Harrison neighbor Toche's sister-in-law who passed away recently. Please hold these families in your prayers throughout the weekend.
> Breeze Online Directory: If you haven't joined already, please click here to create your Breeze church directory listing!
> COVID-19 Testing during Uprising: The state of MN recommends that anyone who lives in high-impact neighborhoods, has participated in direct actions (protests, marches, vigils), or volunteered at various donation intake and distribution sites during the Minneapolis Uprising be tested for coronavirus. Testing is available for free without cost-sharing. A list of testing locations is available here.
> If you or someone in your family would like to participate in virtual worship by reading or helping with our recording, please contact Amy. We would love for you to be part of our online experience!
PRAYERS of INTERCESSION
June 14, 2020 | 2nd Sunday of Pentecost
Readings & Gospel:
Exodus 19:2-8 | Psalm 100 | Romans 5:1-8 | Matthew 9:35-10:23
world, organizations, and individuals in developing lasting peace and reconciliation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Holy One, empower all whose voices go unheard, and help us respond to the pressing needs of our neighbors. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Holy One, you bring all people to yourself. We give thanks for the holy people who have gon before us: Ahmaud, Arvid, Cordelia, Breonna, Delores, George, Chief Seattle, William, the Emanuel 9, and all deceased from COVID-19. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Receive these prayers, O God, and those too deep for words; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
image: "Jesus the Good Shepherd" by Anthony Falbo
"Rejoice" Video Collaboration! >> The Redeemer Education/Youth team is making a virtual worship video with the whole congregation and we need your help! Please send us videos of your crew dancing to Agape's Rejoice Song by email or text, so that we can combine clips from the congregation into one video! You can sing/lip sync along with this track and dance the "Rejoice Dance" (tutorial here, or just freestyle!). Be as creative as you like, just please join the *virtual* celebration! Please email your video clips to Anna Kottkamp! Thanks! Let us know if you have questions!
Virtual Worship Continues into June >>
As the state begins to open again, Bishop Svennungsen and the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA remain wholly committed to making the health of all our congregants the top priority. In accordance with the Synod's guidelines, Redeemer will continue to host online worship services every Sunday through at least June 7th, which are available on our website, YouTube Channel, or on our Facebook Page. We hope you are being fed and enjoying the services from the courtyard! Please let us know how we can serve you well as we continue worshiping from home and practicing physical distancing.
The Minneapolis Synod will also host worship over two holiday weekends -- Memorial Day Weekend (this Sunday, May 24th) and Independence Day Weekend (July 5th). We will share those recordings on our media outlets and include the week's bulletin in announcements. (This week's bulletin, provided by the Synod, can be found here.)
Redeemer's 2020 Stewardship Campaign Continues 'til May 31st >>
As we continue the work of calling a new pastor, we invite everyone for whom Redeemer is home to pledge their gifts - time, money, and talent - to sustaining Redeemer in the coming months. Redeemer needs all of us! Pledge online here.
Wednesday Night Transition & Pastoral Call Discussions >>
Every Wednesday at 7pm, we are hosting zoom meetings to discuss Who and Why We Are (with our transition questions) and preparing to call a new pastor to Redeemer. If you want your voice heard and to share what you believe are Redeemer’s core values and needs, please join the calls via this link!
Sunday, May 24, 2020 (Seventh Sunday of Easter)
Readings & Gospel: Acts 1:1-11 | Psalm 47 | Ephesians 1:15-23 | Luke 24:44-53
Intercessor: Uplifted by the promised hope of healing and resurrection, we join the people of God in all times and places in praying for the church, the world, and all who are in need— [a brief silence.]
O God, unite your church in the truth of your gospel, the love of our neighbor, and the call to proclaim your reign to all people. Call us to be one as you are one with Christ as we seek our next pastor. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Guide your people as we explore the mysteries of the universe especially as our globe is under siege by a novel coronavirus. We pray for the work of scientists and mathematicians whose skill enriches our public health and understanding like Nicholas Copernicus and Leonard Euler whom the church remembers today. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect the vulnerable living under severe flooding Michigan and where nations are currently in crisis by redirecting their authority towards justice rather than the weapons of violence and greed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for those engulfed in grief, those without support, and for all who are isolated, powerless, or afraid, that all may rest in your care Bud, Mark, Sarah, Karen and Kayla, and those we name before you now... Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Give courage to all who embark on new ventures, any risking their lives to serve in our armed forces whether at home or abroad. Grant safety and assure them of your never-failing strength. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Pastor: With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord. Amen
VIRTUAL WORSHIP CONTINUES ONLINE: Redeemer continues to host online worship services every Sunday which are available on our website, YouTube channel, and on our Facebook page. We hope you are being fed and enjoying the services from the courtyard!
WEEKLY SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY NIGHT ZOOM FELLOWSHIP: We extend much appreciation to Stewardship Minister Kristin Gilbert and the Redeemer Council for agreeing to call members especially at the close of the 2020 Stewardship Pledge Campaign. Instead of only the Redeemer Council making calls to members, I am asking everyone who joins the Sunday Zoom Fellowship to call one or two people and invite those members to speak and/or listen during our next Zoom meetings. More and more congregations are committing to this practice for engaging as many members in conversation during this global public health crisis. Join us -- and invite others to as well -- every Sunday at 10:30amvia this link and every Wednesday evening at 7pm via this link.
JOIN REDEEMER'S CHURCH DIRECTORY: We are transitioning from Instant Church Directory to Breeze Church Management for our online directory and we need your updates! CLICK HERE to create your Breeze account. You can then view your own family profile and gain (limited) access to fellow Redeemer congregants’ contact information. If you need help, email Amy: email@example.com.
NEWS FEATURING REDEEMER & VENTURE NORTH: In late March Dave Pierini of North News featured Redeemer in an article about Northside worship during coronavirus, and just this week Patagonia Outfitters featured Venture North in their story about mountain biking. We hope you'll check out both!
MENTAL HEALTH CONNECT (MHC) is a local non-profit based out of Bethlehem Lutheran in South Mpls offering free, non-biased support for anyone seeking mental health resources.Click hereto learn more or contact Redeemer’s MHC ambassador: Mali@redeemermpls.org.
ZOOM ZUMBA & NURSE CONSULTATIONS: Health Commons continues to offer zumba classes and nurse consultations via zoom! Click here to learn more!
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
May 10, 2020 | Fifth Sunday of Easter
Readings & Gospel: Acts 7:55-60 | Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 | 1 Peter 2:2-10 | John 14:1-14
God of healing and rest, help any whose hearts are heavy and weighed down by comforting their suffering, easing their distress, and carrying their burdens especially Bud Klippen, Mark Hanson, and the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria... Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Nurturing God, we pray for those who tend and teach young children, for the safe pregnancies of expectant parents, and for families who struggle with infertility and miscarriage. We give thanks to all who have shown mothering care, and we remember all for whom this day is difficult. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Pastor: With bold confidence in your love, almighty God, we place all for whom we pray into your eternal care; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
WEEKLY SUNDAY ZOOM FELLOWSHIP: We invite you to join us every Sunday at 10:30am via zoom for fellowship and conversation with Pastor Kelly as we continue to explore and discuss our congregational identity and goals through this pastoral transition and pandemic. Join us here.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
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