OUTDOOR WORSHIP SUNDAY at 10:30am // While we prepare for our new pastor's arrival, Redeemer has the space and opportunity to engage in a practice of the early church where laity lead important conversations. We are having a Community Building Conversation during worship this Sunday, July 17th. This will allow all of us gathered in Christ's name to be the leaders and disciples we are called to be. Join us for worship this Sunday.
Member Rev. Sally Ankerfelt will lead worship, and Pastor Babette Chatman and longtime Redeemer community member J’Marnica Taylor will lead community dialogue. Our Sunday worship will also be streaming on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89983395756?pwd=YUZZdzN3WnF6bzY5azVhY091NGxzdz09
Meeting ID: 899 8339 5756 Passcode: 334806
The link, along with a bulletin for each worship, can also be found on our website www.redeemermpls.org and on our Facebook page.
We thank Menzi Nkambule for preaching last Sunday and for Sally Ankerfelt leading worship this coming Sunday. Here is the schedule of preachers and worship leaders going forward until Pastor Jen’s first Sunday:
July 24: Kendrick Hall preaching - Randy Romsdahl presiding
July 31: Pastor Russell Pointer (MCCC) preaching - Sally Ankerfelt presiding
August 7: Kendrick Hall preaching , Randy Romsdahl presiding
August 14: Dr Robin Bell - Preaching and presiding
August 21: Pastor Jen Collin’s first Sunday!
REDEEMER CALLS PASTOR JEN COLLINS // Pastor Jen Collins has been called to be Senior Pastor of Redeemer! The congregation voted to call her last month with a unanimous vote of all who were present and she has accepted. Her start date is set for August 15th and her first Sunday will be August 21st. You can view the call meeting from last Sunday and see the presentation the call committee put together that includes a video of her preaching by clicking this link. We look forward to this new chapter of Redeemer's witness as a "beacon of hope" in North Minneapolis! - Kristen Hoyles, Chair, on behalf of the call committee; Mike Tarras, President, on behalf of the church council.
PASTOR PETER ON-CALL // Pastor Peter will remain available for funerals and pastoral emergencies until Pastor Jen arrives. Redeemer will have guest preachers and worship leaders in the month of July and early August. Call 612-900-8410 to reach him.
REDEEMER GARDEN JULY EVENTS // We invite you to join us in the Redeemer Community Garden for the following events!
Pizza Party: Thursday, July 21st from 6-8pm ~ Enjoy made-to-order pizzas
Arts & Crafts in the Garden: Sunday, July 24th from 1-3pm ~ Kids of all ages are invited to explore & create garden-centered outside!
SEASONAL WORK OPPORTUNITY with SENIORS // Do you have a heart for serving Senior Citizens in North Minneapolis? Senior Community Services, a nonprofit, needs people like you to mow lawns this summer. If you are 16 or older, have your own lawn mower and transportation you are eligible. You manage your own schedule and number of clients. Pay is $18 per hour. Contact JoAnn at 952-767-7880 or go to email@example.com.
SUMMER COOKOUTS RETURN // Come July 27th for our next community summer cookout. We’ll enjoy food, community, and North Minneapolis vibrancy. We would love to see familiar and new faces. This year’s dates are Wednesday, July 27th, Tuesday August 2nd (National Night Out), and Wednesday, August 17th. For more information please contact Lonna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FINANCIAL UPDATE: We thank you for the wonderful response to the cash flow issues we experienced in the past few weeks. The Redeemer community is indeed generous! To continue to be in the best financial position possible as we call a new pastor, the council asks that you prayerfully consider whether you are able to make an extra offering towards Redeemer, or give several months of your regular offerings to Redeemer at this time. Please reach out to Kristin Gilbert, Treasurer (email@example.com or 218-368-3135), or Mike Tarras, President (firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-231-8323) if you have questions or would like to see more detailed financial reports.
LVC SERVICE-YEAR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN // Do you know someone - maybe even yourself! - who would be a great Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) Volunteer? Help spread the word! The LVC Volunteer application is open now for anyone 21+ who's interested in spending a year serving at a social justice non-profit while exploring social justice, intentional community, spirituality, and living simply & sustainably. The next service-year begins in August and we'd love to help connect you and those you know to the many wonderful service positions available in all LVC cities. Here in the Twin Cities, placements include Restorative Justice Community Action, The Advocates for Human Rights, Ace in the City, Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES), createMPLS, Daily Work, Minneapolis Area Synod, & the Camden Promise! For more information and to apply, please visit: https://lutheranvolunteercorps.org/volunteer/timeline/
GOFUNDME FOR SHARON PETERSON // Sharon Peterson is a long-time resident of the Harrison Neighborhood in North Minneapolis. Recently, her home was condemned by the City of Minneapolis due to plumbing issues which created a hazardous living situation. As a result, she has had to vacate her home until it can be removed from condemnation status. Sharon has always stepped up to help her friends and neighbors; now it’s our turn to step up and help her. We're asking for financial donations to cover the cost of the repairs so that Sharon can get her house out of condemnation and avoid it falling into the hands of developers. Please consider donating and/or sharing to the GoFundMe. https://gofund.me/16cc69df
RCFL SEEKING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR // If you have someone you think might be interested, please have them send their resumes to EDSearch@redeemercenter.org. Please also spread the news to your professional networks. The job has been posted on the MN Council of Nonprofits career site and on RCFL's LinkedIn site. You can find a copy of the job description here.
Redeemer Giving App // Redeemer now has an online Giving app! In the Google Playstore or Apple App Store, you can search Vanco Mobile, download it, and follow these simple steps to set up your easy and efficient online giving with Redeemer straight from your Smartphone. You can also give through our website.
COVID-19 OMICRON UPDATES // As we gather, we will continue to practice social distancing and recommend mask-wearing to protect the unvaccinated and the most vulnerable among us who cannot be vaccinated yet.
United in Christ and guided by the Spirit, we pray for God’s church, Their creation, and all who are in need.
~ Pause for Reflection ~
Ever-present God, in Christ you fill all things. As your church gathers to hear your word, share your meal, and receive your blessing, teach us to welcome strangers as we have been welcomed by you. God of grace, hear our prayer.
Creating God, through Christ you made all things, visible and invisible, and you hold them all together. Teach humankind to glory in your wondrous works – from billions-years-old ancient galaxies now visible through NASA’s Webb Telescope, to the tiniest cells movies through your most microscopic creations. Teach us to love and protect all creation as ourselves, knowing all life is connected to each other through Christ. God of grace, hear our prayer.
Repairing God, through Christ you repair, restore, and reconcile all things. Command those in power to end all forms of enslavement, whether by incarceration, forced birth, or underpaid labor; to put an end to dehumanization and State-sanctioned brutality of every kind; and to honor the rights and improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. God of grace, hear our prayer.
Mediating God, through Christ you bring peace. Assure all who are worried and distracted by many things of your constant presence. Comfort those suffering in mind, body, or spirit. Sustain all who are afflicted and those who serve as caregivers. Heal all who are or have been sick or infirmed, who are suffering from long COVID and other effects of the pandemic; those suffering from mental illness; for incarcerated people suffering and longing for hope; and for caregivers everywhere in their care for the sick and mentally ill. We especially lift up Mary Lou Williams, Claudia Runnels, and Carlos Garces who are recovering from surgeries; Bill Viebahn who now suffers with late stage lung cancer, Mike Murray who is in cancer treatment, and Shelby Andress’s daughter Mary Sue Barber whose cancer is in remission. God of grace, hear our prayer.
Mysterious God, in Christ the Living Word you make yourself fully known. Inspire Redeemer to abide fully in you as we sit at the feet of Jesus. Bless the ministry of teachers, prophets, public theologians, and Bible study leaders. God of grace, hear our prayer.
Providing God, through Christ you create streams in the desert and make ways where no ways were yet seen. Prepare Pastor Jen Collins, whom we have called and you have equipped to be our pastor. Bless her as she prepares to join our community and lead us into the future you have prepared for us, and for which you have led her to us. God of grace, hear our prayer.
Resurrecting God, in Christ you brought forth the firstborn from the dead. We give thanks for the saints you have gathered at your table and now hover over us, our great cloud of witnesses. Gather us with them in your eternal glory. God of grace, hear our prayer.
God of the Cosmos, maker of every galaxy old, new, and yet to be, who sees, hears, and attends to us here: In Jesus’ name and filled with your Holy Spirit, we entrust these spoken prayers and all those in our hearts into your holy keeping.
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