CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH // We join with our Black siblings at Redeemer, in Harrison and North Minneapolis, and across our state and country in celebrating June 19, 1866 when word of emancipation and the end of enslavement finally reached Galveston, TX where the last enslaved Africans were finally freed. Even as we celebrate, we grieve the unjust police killings of our Black neighbors and the unjust treatment of protestors who publicly mourn their murders in public spaces. We know institutionalized and interpersonal racism are far from over, and we commit ourselves to the holy work of doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly in the direction of whole and total liberation for our Black siblings. Learn more about how Redeemer is taking meaningful action for police accountability and systemic change below.
VENTURE NORTH GRAND REOPENING // Venture North is back and open! Stop by Thursday through Saturday, between 7am and 1pm, to check out the reimagined space, grab a cup of coffee, and have your bike tuned up!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for PARKED CAR WORSHIP // Along with needing weekly lectors to read the week’s first and second readings and Psalm, we are also looking for volunteers to help with set-up each Sunday morning (arrive by 9:30am) and to learn how to run the sound system and livestream videography for when Dave and Amy are unavailable. Contact Amy or Pastor Peter to sign up and volunteer!
REDEEMER GARDEN PIZZA PARTY SUNDAY at 4pm // Bring your friends, family and neighbors for a pizza party on Sunday, June 20th in the Redeemer Community Garden! (Lot behind Venture North 1830 Glenwood Ave) We will make pizzas in the community bread oven after our garden work day (weekly Sundays from 1 - 4pm). Please bring a mask and plan to social distance. Pizza ingredients provided.
GRANT-FUNDED COMMUNITY ORGANIZING TRAINING OPPORTUNITY NEXT WEEK // Last fall, Redeemer received a $15,000 grant from Augsburg University Riverside Innovation Hub to cover all expenses for 26 participants at the Minneapolis Area Synod’s week-long Community Organizer Trainings for Faith Leaders. The next training is this next week, June 21-25, and Redeemer still has funds for Redeemer participants to join! Are you available last-minute for this hybrid in-person/online training and interested in joining? Please contact Amy or Siri for more information!
SUMMER COOKOUTS RETURN NEXT TUESDAY! // You’re invited to this summer’s Backyard Cookouts from 5-7pm in Redeemer’s backyard! Immanuel Lutheran will host next Tuesday, June 22nd; ECLC will host on Tuesday, July 27th; and Redeemer will host Tuesday, August 24th. Tables will be set up, but feel free to bring your own chairs for social distancing. Masks and distancing are encouraged for those who aren’t eating and/or are unvaccinated! For more information, contact Mali!
CHURCH STAFF OFFICE HOURS // We have new office hours! Through the summer months, Pastor Peter and Amy will be in the church offices on Wednesdays from 1-3pm and Fridays from 10am-noon. Mondays will be their day off when offices are closed. If you need to stop by the church at any other time during the week, let Amy know and she can make arrangements to meet.
VENTURE NORTH 10th ANNIVERSARY PARTY: June 30, 2021 // We are celebrating the last 10 years of Venture North by hosting a party! Partnering with our neighbors, Royal Foundry, join us on Wednesday, June 30th at Royal Foundry (241 Fremont Ave Minneapolis, MN 55405) from 6-8pm. We will look back on 10 years of history in our community offering great coffee, bike repair, a gathering space, and more. Hear from Stacey Jones, our Chief Youth Development Officer as he lays out his vision of Venture North's future for the Harrison neighborhood. Register here!
SAVE THE DATE: ECUMENICAL JOINT WATER SERVICE 7/11/21 // The Ecumenical Water Initiative of the Minneapolis Area Synod is hosting a special Ecumenical Water Service in Redeemer’s backyard at 3pm on July 11th, and we hope you will join us. This is a family-friendly community event at which we’ll share stories about water and watersheds in our lives. This is especially important as so much of our country faces drought amidst record heat waves, and as our Indigenous siblings across the state are currently protecting water sources in Northern Minnesota. We ask that you wear a mask to this event and bring your own chair or blanket if possible. Got questions? Contact Madeline Troyer at the Synod office!
SAVE THE DATE: WORSHIP with WESTWOOD 7/16/21 // You’re invited to join us Wednesday, July 16th here at Redeemer for a special joint worship service with our partner congregation, Westwood Lutheran. Stay tuned for details to come, or contact Pastor Peter for more info!
CALL COMMITTEE UPDATE - 5/28/21 // The Call Committee continues to pursue interested candidates for Redeemer's pastoral position. We recently extended an invitation to a candidate to meet with the Redeemer church council - which is the final step in the call committee's process - but in the end the candidate decided to pursue a different call. This can happen when we pursue highly sought after candidates! We are coming up on the call committee's formation anniversary (June 2020); Pr. Craig Pederson shared that this process on average can take a year or more. We know that this is an important role to fill and we're trusting in God's wisdom and timeline for Redeemer. Please continue to keep us all in your prayers as we continue the journey forward.
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH is HIRING! // Our beloved office coordinator Amy Koopman is moving on to her seminary internship as of August 13, 2021. We’d like to have our new coordinator in place by August 9, 2021. The Office Coordinator of Redeemer Lutheran Church is a part-time position (20 hours per week, ideally, 4 hours per day) whose chief responsibilities include representing the church as the first point-of-contact for phone, email, and in-person visitors; coordinating office responsibilities; and supporting relationships with church congregants, our ministry partners and our Harrison neighbors. Familiarity with gmail, google drive, canva, imovie (or similar filmmaking software), garageband (or similar audio manipulation software), microsoft and apple office platforms, and all social media platforms are important. Curiosity, flexibility and humor are vital! Please contact Pastor Peter Samuelson (612-259-8976) for more information.
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 read, act, and pass this document widely through your contacts and ask those you know to do the same.
In the Spirit,
Redeemer Service+Advocacy and Outreach+Evangelism Ministers,
Holly DeSouza, Sally Ankerfelt, Pastor Babette Chatman
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!
THE HEALTH COMMONS is a drop-in health and wellness space here in North Minneapolis whose services are FREE and open to everyone. They offer Zumba classes every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 6pm. They also host book clubs and healing circles outdoors, along with Health Q & A's online (Facebook Live) or in person with social distancing. For more information and questions, visit their facebook page or contact our Community Liaisons: Bertha 763-843-9988 | Angela 651-529-6003
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 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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