PARKED CAR WORSHIP CANCELED NOVEMBER 1st // Due to projected cold temperatures, there will be no parked car worship this Sunday, November 1st. Instead, we will livestream worship via Facebook at 9:30am, and we invite you to receive drive-through communion between 10am and 11am from Redeemer’s backyard.
FREE FLU SHOTS at MINIFLU CLINIC SUNDAY // In partnership with Fairview Health System we will be providing flu vaccines this coming Sunday November 1st from 10am - 2pm. People six months and older are eligible. The senior dose for those 65+ will not be available. There is no need topre-register (but it's helpful if you do!). The vaccines will be given inside the church in the library as in years past. We will need to physically distance and have you wear a mask that completely covers your nose and mouth. A team will be on site to assist with paperwork and flow, and those who receive flu shots will also get a free meal from Milda’s.
VOTE VOTE VOTE! // Due to recent changes in Minnesota's voting laws, the Secretary of State has advised that it is too late to send absentee ballots in through the mail as all ballots must be received by November 3rd. Instead, voters should plan to vote early or on November 3rd at their polling place, or physically deliver absentee ballots to your polling location or to an official drop box!
PROVISIONS for NEAR-NORTH HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT // A new homeless encampment has moved to near north within blocks of Redeemer and they need a lot of provisions: Firewood, consistent propane refills, winter gear, hand warmers, meals, and more. If you would like to help, you may visit the signup genius or text organizer Kristen (or contact her via Signal) for more information at 760-898-4004. (She responds quickly to text message but does not answer calls from unknown numbers.)
SIGN UP to SPEAK the READINGS! // Pleaseregister online for speaking aloud the assigned readings and recording yourself as well as those in your household for our prerecorded worships during the season of Advent and Christmas. Know that you can speak aloud the readings located on the website or from a children’s Bible in your home.
GIFTS of THANKS TO CHRISTINE BELFRY JOHNSON and KENDRICK HALL // Would you like to send a gift of thanks or encouragement to Christine or Kendrick? You may view their October 11th conversation from October 11th online, andcontact Amy in the church office to receive their personal contact information if you'd like to send encouragement! Expect to hear from these seminary graduates again.
STEWARDSHIP BRAINSTORMING // Stewardship minister Kristin Gilbert invites each of you to join her for a meeting to dream and brainstorm about stewardship in the coming year, to align our stewardship plan with our values during this time of Covid, the Minneapolis uprising, and the election, as well as a pastoral transition. Do you or others you know want to be a part of this 1-hour conversation? If so, complete thisDoodle poll so we can find a time that works best for the group. Let her know if you have questions or would like to share your thoughts but can't make the meeting.
CELEBRATING ADVENT and CHRISTMAS: Seasons of Gratitude // Given that we are gathering online (live and pre-recorded) rather than inside of Redeemer Lutheran for celebrating the seasons of Advent and Christmas, here are some invitations for sharing your household faith expressions with Redeemer Lutheran (and visitor viewers) in quarantine:
>> Send your online (video recorded) Advent and Christmas devotionals and greetings to Redeemer that we can include in our pre-recorded worships. Maybe we will receive enough videos to make a montage!
>> Share gratitude with greetings and making ornaments. We welcome your biodegradable ornaments for the ornamental tree of gratitude at Logan and Glenwood. Take a snapshot for sharing on Facebook.
Expect more invitations for celebrating these seasons of the church year that commemorate the calendar year.
IRA CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTION // We invite you to prayerfully consider sharing with Redeemer Lutheran Church your qualified charitable distribution from your Individual Retirement Account. Basic requirements and limitations for a Qualified Charitable Distribution include: The donor must be at least 70½ years of age at the time of the distribution; The distribution must be from a Roth or Traditional IRA; And the distribution must be made directly from the IRA administrator to a qualifying charity such as Redeemer Lutheran Church. Qualified Charitable Distributions are limited to $100,000.00 per individual per year (a spouse who qualifies may give a similar amount from his or her IRA). Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) benefits include: A QCD from a traditional IRA uses pre-tax dollars; Generally, a QCD is excluded from taxable income*; and a QCD can be applied to required minimum distributions, if applicable.*
HEALTH COMMONS at the LIVING ROOM currently offers Zumba in Redeemer’s backyard, Book Club Discussions, and Health Q & A's online or in-person -- all with social distance and masking. Follow them onFacebook to get current schedules, events, and other resources: Health Commons at the Living Room.
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. VisitMHC’s website to learn more or contact Mali, Redeemer's MHC ambassador.
*The SECURE Act, which became effective January 1, 2020, raised to 72 the age for beginning required minimum distributions, but retained the age of 70 ½ for making QCDs. It also authorizes tax-deductible contributions to IRAs after age 70 ½ if the IRA owner is still working. If a tax-deductible contribution is made to an IRA after age 70 ½, the amount that may be excluded from income for a later-made QCD may be affected. Please consult your tax advisors for more information about this and other questions regarding IRA QCDs.
All Saints Sunday | Readings & Gospel: Revelation 7:9-17, Psalm 34:1-10, 22, 1 John 3:1-3, & Matthew 5:1-12
On All Saints Day, we thank God for all the baptized, both the famous and the forgotten, both those who lived in the past and those around us today. Come to worship, to gather at Jesus’ feet and to receive his words of blessing.
Longing for Christ’s reign to come among us, we pray for the outpouring of God’s power on the church, the world, and all with needs...
Lord of all the saints, we praise you for evangelists and martyrs who inspired us with their courageous sacrifices to witness to your gospel across time and space carrying our faith to new people and places around us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Lord of every nation, guide this country—red states and blue states, rural voters and urban voters, young and old—as we share in another national election seeking our common needs especially where lives have been disrupted by protests in Philadelphia, North American Wildfire Season, Atlantic Hurricane Season, Sudan and Monsoon flooding, Venezuelan Humanitarian and Refugee Crisis and any unnamed natural disasters. Renew us by the blessed work of naturalists, conservationists, and park rangers training our attention to the wonders of the world you have made. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Lord of every blessing, your Son’s blessing came to those living with poverty, grief, hunger, thirst, persecution; accompany any in new and unfamiliar places Ione, and Sarah, living in care with Bill and all receiving hospice, our local and global siblings living with COVID-19 and accompanying lockdowns with quarantines, for first responders as well as disaster volunteers. We raise any needing an invitation to community, the campers at 2nd Ave North and Van White Memorial Blvd, brothers James and Bobbie, Bud, Cindy, Linda, Kristen, MarySue, Shoonie, Edina Community Lutheran Church and the family of Pastor Sartain, the recently moved to start their first year of college, a new job, or a missionary position in another land and our hope for a new pastor. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Lord of every time, countless are the multitudes you have called by name and gathered to yourself. Comfort us as we grieve Delores Runsewe, a Redeemer member, with Mary Olson Cornils Baich, Mark, and all who died this year. In faith, may we join with them in ceaseless praise. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Receive our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, until that day when you gather all creation around your throne where you will reign forever and ever. Amen.
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