GALA BIG-TICKET DONATIONS NEEDED // The 2020 RCFL Gala: Rooted in Community is around the corner on September 12th, and the Gala Committee is looking for three big-ticket items to include on their auction for this year's virtual event. Do you have a North Shore cabin you'd be willing to open up and share? Are you or do you know of a chef who'd be willing to donate an in-home cooking experience for four? Do you have a personal talent or skill you'd be willing to donate or host for a small group in 2021? Please connect with Mali to share your ideas with the Gala Committee.
JUST-a-MINUTE Lectionary-Based Bible Study Online // The Rev. Mark Wegner of the Minneapolis Area Synod has provided us another opportunity for bible study and reflection with his Just a Minute dive into the revised common lectionary's five weeks of August in the Gospel of Matthew. Reflection questions based on the 9th through 13th weeks of Pentecost, along with the readings and a prayer of the week, are all available on Redeemer’s bible study page. We encourage you to share your thoughts with family, friends, or Pastor Kelly by email or phone! We’d even love to share some of your reflections in September’s Faith Matters newsletter -- just send them to Amy by August 25th!
Volunteers Needed for Holy Trinity Food Distribution // Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis has been providing goods and services to neighbors who, over the course of the Minneapolis Uprising, lost or experienced significantly reduced access to transportation services and affordable grocers. They plant to continue distribution every Wednesday and Friday through September 4th. They are asking for 5-10 volunteers weekly from Redeemer to help organize and distribute goods to neighbors. Their greatest need is for second-shift volunteers. Please sign up here.
August VBS-at-Home Kits Coming August 16th // Redeemer’s EduYouth Ministry Team (Lonna, Jason, and Anna) will be distributing August VBS-at-Home kits to parents in Redeemer’s backyard on August 16th, so save the date! These kits will have even more fun activities and treats for our kiddos to enjoy at home while we all dig deeper in our faith from a distance. If you can’t be there on the 16th for pick up, contact Lonna or Anna, or Amy in the church office to arrange pick-up or delivery for a different time!
North Porch Project // Leila, one of the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement (CLNE) and RCFL’s summer interns, has developed the North Porch Project to depict North Minneapolis neighbors at their homes and share their stories and what sparks hope in this moment in history. Families are asked to pose on their porches (or at home) in a way that genuinely portrays their life. The purpose of North Porch is to give North Minneapolis a face and create a sense of familiarity to the non-suburban communities; to show how real people are living and connecting right now. If interested please contact Leila Rocha Fisher.
The Bright Stars of Bethlehem-Minnesota team wants to stay connected to Redeemer Lutheran congregation. They will look forward to engaging Redeemer congregation in the HOPE that Bright Stars of Bethlehem brings to our sisters and brothers in the occupied Palestinian territories through awareness and education, advocacy, and financial support. Please contact Amy if you’d like to be part of the Redeemer partnership.
REDEEMER COMMUNITY GARDEN EVENTS // Summertime is busy in Redeemer garden! Along with our weekly garden work days every Sunday afternoon from 1-4pm, we’d love for you to join us at these social-distanced events! For more information, contact our garden coordinator Greta.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED // In light of the May 25th murder of George Floyd, Siri Fiebiger (Redeemer Church Council President) and Mali Jensen (RCFL Director of Volunteers & Partnerships) are working together for Redeemer to help meet community needs! If interested in becoming part of Redeemer’s team of volunteers who receive ongoing calls to action (e.g. Holy Trinity, church cleaning, donation supply management, voter registration, etc), please contact Siri or Mali.
ZOOM FELLOWSHIP at 9:30am Sundays // Join us Sunday mornings at 9:30am for fellowship and prayer. Follow this link to join open the Zoom app or call in by phone to (312) 626-6799 using the following: Meeting ID: 820 1983 1981 | Password: 814644.
MENTAL HEALTH CONNECT (MHC) with MICHAEL MADDAUS // 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. On August 11th at 8:30am, they will host Michael Maddaus in a presentation on his eight daily habits for optimal health. Learn more about this event here. You may register here for this event, visit MHC’s 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 at the LIVING ROOM currently offers Zumba, Book Club Discussions, and Health Q & A's online or in-person with social distance. Follow them on Facebook to get current schedules, events, and other resources: Health Commons at the Living Room.
10th Sunday after Pentecost | Readings and Gospel:
1 Kings 19:9-18, Psalm 85:8-13, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33
Intercessor: Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need--
For your whole church throughout the world. Give courage in the midst of storms, so that we see and hear Jesus calling and leading us to follow with this invitation: “Take heart, it is I: do not be afraid.” Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For the well-being of your creation. Protect waterways, forests, lands, and wildlife from abuse by helping the human family endeavor to sustain and be sustained by the resources of your hand. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For the nations and their leaders. May nations and localities in conflict know the peace that is the fruit of justice, and justice is the path to peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those in need. Accompany all who are lonely, hear the voices of those who cry out in anguish, and support those who are frustrated in their search for an affordable place to live. We lift the suffering with COVID-19, Mary Lou, Traiveon and the family of Wilma Belvins, the grieving survivors of hurricanes and tornadoes, the explosion in Beirut and any we name before you... Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For Redeemer, gathered as your people giving thanks for this gift of our Call Committee. We pray for those who are new to this community, for students and teachers preparing for a new school year, and for those struggling with unexpected hardship. Supply us generously with your grace for our life together. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Pastor: In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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