EACH ONE REACH ONE REDEEMER CONTACT TREE // As we continue learning how to navigate the new normal with safer-at-home guidance and virtual worship, and as we approach the season of interviewing pastoral candidates, Redeemer staff and council are looking for ways to keep us all connected. One way is through our Each One Reach One initiative. We hope to send everyone a Redeemer Congregation roster of our current members and attenders so that when emergency announcements come through, you may find your name and contact the next person or family on the list. This will ensure that congregants stay informed of happenings and concerns even if they are not online often or at all. Please let us know as soon as possible if you DO NOT wish to be part of this Contact Tree!
MID-JANUARY OFFICE CLOSURES & CHANGES // Amy will be attending a community organizing training Monday through Friday this week, and checking email occasionally. Immediate questions or needs can be directed to Pastor Kelly. Offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
ANNUAL MEETING: JANUARY 24th via ZOOM // We will hold our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 24th at 10:30am via zoom. This meeting will take place during our regular weekly fellowship, and can be joined through the Sunday fellowship zoom link. Meeting ID: 828 2807 5412 | Passcode: 371196 or dial in by phone to (312) 626-6799
WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES // We need readers for January 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 month of January. We imminently need readers for next Sunday, January 12th. Know that you can speak aloud the readings linked on the sign-up or from a children’s or other translation in your home.
MINNEAPOLIS AREA SYNOD COMMUNITY ORGANIZER TRAINING OPPORTUNITY // With prayers of thanksgiving for Redeemer Lutheran members and RCFL staff for enrolling in the Minneapolis Area Synod Zoom weeklong community organizing training. Redeemer Lutheran received a $15,000 grant from Augsburg University Riverside Innovation Hub to cover all expenses for 26 participants. The next training is June 21-25 on Zoom. We will host a Zoom Call of all of this week’s trainees for turning out another group from the congregation and the Harrison community. Please contact Amy or Pastor Kelly for more information.
2021 GIVING ENVELOPES // Pardon the late notice to pick up your 2021 offering envelopes. Some were distributed at the Nov. 8, 2020 Parked Bike and Car Worship. Come to claim yours at the Redeemer office at 10am on Monday, Jan. 11th; Tuesday, Jan. 19th, and Monday, Jan. 25th. We thank you for your financial giving to Redeemer Lutheran.
OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED // We need help stuffing envelopes on Tuesday, Jan. 19th and mailing the February newsletter the last week of January. If you can come to Redeemer to serve, please contact Amy or Pastor Kelly.
HELP RESTORE REDEEMER PARAMENTS // Do you like sewing? The white and green high altar paraments need their hems restored. Call Redeemer at 612-886-1468. Pastor Kelly will bring and retrieve them for your expertise.
REDEEMER CALL COMMITTEE UPDATE // The progress continues! The call committee met with Pr. Craig Pederson of the Synod Office on December 15, 2020 to review the next steps to find and call the next pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church! The congregation submitted the list of potential candidates to the Synod office; and the Synod office has reviewed the list and has added their own candidates as well (there was overlap with some candidates). In the next couple of weeks, interested pastoral candidates will be sending the Call Committee their Rostered Minister Profiles. These are essentially applications to be the pastor at Redeemer. Once the Call Committee receives a few Rostered Minister Profiles, we can set up interviews with the candidates. The Call Committee will be meeting January 5, 2021 to review and discuss interview questions and the interview process, as we prepare to start holding interviews with candidates in mid-to end January. Let us pray for God’s guidance and understanding as we head into the final phase of calling our next pastor.
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM BISHOP EATON // In her 2020 Christmas message, Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, offers a reflection on what it means to be home in Christ. While many of us will not be physically home for Christmas this year, Eaton reminds us, “Precisely in our distress, in our dislocation, the Lord shows up. Emmanuel — God with us — makes his home in the very places we find foreign or isolating. … There is no God-forsaken place and we are never alone — not in hospital rooms, or sheltering in place, or Zoom calls or on dangerous roads.” Bishop Eaton’s Christmas message is available for download inEnglish andSpanish.
ORDER YOUR “REDEEMER BELIEVES BLACK LIVES MATTER 2020” TEES // Redeemer’s Service & Advocacy ministry (led by Holly De Souza) partnered with the Northside’s Juxtaposition Arts to create a brand new 2020 “Redeemer Believes Black Lives Matter” shirts. They are now available for pre-order for a suggested donation of $10 or more which will fund the ongoing work of the S&A committee! Please fill out the pre-order form, and if you choose to, you may pay online through our online giving portal!
THANK YOU to our Sunday morning Advent households for praying and lighting the Advent wreath, speakers of the weekly readings for the First Sunday and Second Sunday of the Christmas seasons. We thank our preachers, Dr. Bell, Pastor Ankerfelt and Ministry Associate Scherer.
THANK YOU from MARY BOLL // Mary Boll sends thanks to those who donated baby yarn for her ongoing project of crocheting and donating baby caps to Hennepin County Obstetrics and Gynecology. If you’d like to donate baby yarn to Mary Boll to help her continue this ministry during our long winter season, please email Amy to bring baby yarn to Redeemer Lutheran marked Mary Boll and a family member will pick it up for her.
CAN YOU ATTEND HNA MEETINGS? // The Harrison Neighborhood Association is hoping to engage community members and friends in ongoing planning and conversations. All meetings are held via zoom at 7pm on the third Monday of each month. If you can join and represent Redeemer and our community, please do!
HEALTH COMMONS at the LIVING ROOM currently offers Zumba, Book Club Discussions, and Health Q&A's online and via Zoom. Follow them on Facebook to get current schedules, events, and other resources: Health Commons at the Living Room.
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