The Women of Redeemer embarked on their annual retreat at Bay Lake Camp in beautiful Bay Lake, Minnesota last weekend (Nov. 3rd-5th). I think it is safe to say that everyone who attended the retreat was immensely grateful for the opportunity to spend the weekend with the wonderful and wise women of Redeemer. The theme of this year’s retreat was “JustUs Women: Being Women of Justice.” Each woman had a different story and insight to share with the group which resulted in very fruitful conversations throughout the entire weekend. We shared and listened and became closer to one another in ways that can’t happen all the time in our busy day-to-day routines. Pastor Babette stressed the importance of taking time away to just be and refocus, and at the end of the weekend, it was evident, that doing just that can make a world of a difference. The women of Redeemer who couldn’t attend were greatly missed and plans were put into motion to find ways to meet more often and more intentionally throughout the course of the upcoming year. It was a beautiful and inspiring weekend.
Celebrating the Reformation, Redeemer Lutheran Church hosted a community meal after service on October 29. The room was packed, conversations abundant, and the aroma of various foods prepared for the hundreds of people in attendance.
The Living Room opened its doors again to H-Cubed’s intentional healing space and open mic on October 27th. The event featured performing artist Ej Easley "Grey Matter" and visual artist Emilie Bouvier.
This weekend, the Living Room hosted H-Cubed's Equinox celebration. Featured performing artist McKenna Selissen stunned the crowd with her powerful voice, while featured visual artist Imani Waters shared her original paintings throughout the night. A big thank you to everyone who came to support the artists and those who shared their gifts during the open mic!
On Thursday, August 17th, Redeemer said goodbye to its 19 high school STEP-UP interns, though Redeemer’s impact on them and their impact on our community will reverberate long after the summer.
On August 25th, Freedom Square hosted the last outside event for H-Cubed. Throughout the night, local visual and musical artists shared their gifts on the stage and on canvas. It was a beautiful evening with talented people!
Congressman Ellison held a forum in the Redeemer sanctuary on Wednesday night, August 16th. Congressman Ellison invited multiple people to speak at the forum and share their stories and thoughts about an issue that has seriously affected the North Minneapolis area for years. However, taking into consideration the recent changes the U.S. is now facing, Congressman Ellison stated, “This is not the time to cut back, this is the time to move forward,” in response to the budget cuts the Environmental Protection Agency is currently experiencing among other issues. The forum addressed some important concerns like how North Minneapolis has the highest hospitalization rate in all of Minnesota and has had more cases of lead poisoning reported than Flint, Michigan. Among the various speakers was a mother from the North Minneapolis community whose son suffered lead poisoning when her and her family moved into an apartment that had issues with lead and the landlord failed to notify her of this. Her tragic experience led her to begin her fight with Congress that she is still fighting today. At the end of the forum a speaker closed with a few encouraging words about the positive movements that are being put into place for better air and water and for a better environment as a whole.
On Sunday June 11th, Redeemer celebrated its 108th anniversary as a church. Members of the community shared a delicious meal, stories and spoken-word. We also celebrated the high school graduation of Beatrice and Aaron!
On Sunday May 21st, 25 volunteers from Calvary Lutheran Church joined Redeemer’s garden coordinator Beatrice Kahnake and other members from the Redeemer community for a workday. Volunteers planted hostas outside Venture North, prepared new beds for planting and raked up sawdust. The volunteers ranged from approximately one to 65 years of age and were seemingly unfazed by the rainy weather. Check out this photo of Beatrice and Northside Leader Maddy planting tomatillos with some of the young volunteers.
Beatrice is always looking for volunteers to help out in the garden. She’s there Wednesday afternoons starting at 4pm or Sundays after church. Interested in donating supplies or finding a different time to volunteer? You can contact Beatrice at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at 612-374-4139.