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Meet Our Interim Pastor
We are pleased to welcome Rev. Eva Jensen as Interim Pastor to Grace Lutheran Church! She began working with us in a half-time position in the beginning of March 2015. In addition to a Masters of Divinity, she holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies focused on community-based development and social change, gender and development, food systems and food security.
Pastor Eva is leading a series of Sunday conversations on “Life Together as a Community of Faith” on April 12, 19, 26 and May 3. She has designed the conversations to be fun and a way to get to know each other in new ways as we create a visual image of “Grace Lutheran’s Journey of Faith in Northeast Minneapolis.” The group will create a timeline of our three congregational streams of ministry united as one, eight years ago. The timeline will capture significant events, people, transitions, challenges and achievements in our life of faith and service. We will also create a timeline image of the history of Northeast Minneapolis so we see Grace Lutheran in the context of our neighborhood.
We will conclude the conversations on May 3 with a birthday celebration of our 8 years as Grace Lutheran Church! We’ll take a glimpse into the future that we imagine for ourselves as we respond to God’s call and continue in our journey of faith together. The group will meet after worship in the multipurpose room with coffee and snacks.
It’s time for mothers, daughters, sisters and friends to gather at this annual, elegant event. The tea will be held in Mary & Martha’s Tea Room (AKA the Grace Center Multipurpose Room). Tickets are as follows:
Young Ladies, 5 – 12 yrs., $7.00
Little Ladies, under 5 yrs., No Charge
Reservations are requested by April 29. HURRY, seating is limited. For tickets, please see or contact Jennifer Fischer (612-781-1117 or Snooky1022@comcast.net) or call the church office at 612-788-2444.
The event will include a quilt raffle and small marketplace available before and after the tea. The tea is a fundraiser; $5 of the $15 ticket is tax deductible. Hats are strongly encouraged, and NO jeans please
March Fundraising Boosts Little Kitchen FoodShelf!!
Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign! Here are the results:
Money Raised: $23,768.18 (includes a $10,000 matching gift from a generous, anonymous donor form Grace Church and $6,000 raised by the Eastside Food Co-op when customers “rounded up at the register.”)
Pounds of Food Collected: 2,060
The money raised will help erase the Emergency Foodshelf Network (EFN) debt we have had on the books from 2014. (The Little Kitchen Foodshelf purchases basic staples at or below wholesale cost from EFN to supplement food supplies and meet the needs of hungry neighbors.)
In addition to the totals above, the Little Kitchen Foodshelf will receive additional funds through a percentage-match from Minnesota FoodShare to help stock its shelves throughout the year.
Farewell Reception For Pastor Crag Pederson Held February 1st
The reception followed Pastor Craig’s last Sunday leading the worship service. Pastor Craig is leaving our congregation to join the Minneapolis Area Synod staff as Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Vitality.
Pastor Craig has had a connection with our congregation and the local community for over twelve years. He served as pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Northeast from 2002-2007. St. Paul’s was one of the three Lutheran congregations that merged in 2007 to form our congregation. Pastor Craig oversaw the merger of our three congregations and the development of Grace Center for Community Life, which in addition to housing our congregation houses a number of social service and educational programs.
Our congregation will be saying goodbye to Craig and his family as members of our church, but they will be staying in the area and we can look forward to seeing them out and about in the community. We thank them for their years of friendship and service and wish them well in the next chapter of their lives!
Thank you to 2014 Church Council!
Vote To Change Name Unanimously Approved!
A special congregational meeting was held on Sunday, April 6 to vote on changing our name from “Northeast Community Lutheran Church” to “Grace Lutheran Church of Northeast Minneapolis.” The name change passed unanimously. This new name orients us firmly in God’s grace and aligns our name more directly with Grace Center, the community center project that we started back in 2010. The new name will be officially introduced and begin to be used on Sunday, May 4, on the occasion of our congregation’s 7th anniversary.
Multi-Generation Mission Trip
Plans have begun for Grace Lutheran’s first group mission trip. We will be traveling July 19 through July 26, 2014 to the farming town of Booneville, Arkansas. During the week we have plans to work with the local Family Resource Center, the Boys & Girls Club, spend time with senior citizens, work projects and children’s programming. Please come to our informational meeting or contact Pastor Lori Youngvorst or Grace Pardun Alworth if you have any questions or are interested in taking the trip!
Landscape Renovations at Grace Center
A major transformation of the massive “sea of asphalt” surrounding our building took place during the month of November. A generous grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) along with other Grace Center Funding sources allowed us to remove almost half of the asphalt area and replace it with rain gardens, bio swales, landscaping, grass turf, and dedicated parking. We installed a shorter decorative fence with gates in place of the six-foot-high chain link fence and the large backstop fences in the corners. The west parking lot on the 5th street side of the building will be partially regraded and repaved. Some of the landscaping has been installed, but more will follow when the weather warms in the Spring.
ELCA “Day of Service”
On Sunday, September 8, 2013, members and friends of our church engaged in a variety of service projects as part of the ELCA’s 25th anniversary celebration. We met in the sanctuary at the regular start time for worship for a brief prayer service and then went out to do projects. Service projects included:
- Assembling care packages and bagging bulk items for the Little Kitchen Food Shelf
- Finishing two quilts to be given to families in need
- Spreading wood dhips in a nearby park
- Picking up trash on the west bank of the Mississippi river.
Kitchen Renovation Complete
Completion of our kitchen is complete and we will be able to make full use of it for our September 28, 2013 Community Dinner. We are looking forward to using “real dishes” and expanding our cooking equipment beyond roasters and outdoor grills. Our kitchen has been under renovation throughout the summer of 2013. Our church has been without a working kitchen since moving into Grace Center in July of 2010. In our building’s former life as Holland elementary school, the kitchen lacked cooking equipment. (The school district operated a centralized kitchen that did all of the cooking for the schools. Food was sent out in plastic trays or bags to be kept chilled or warm.) When our church moved into the building the kitchen consisted of two small sinks, warming racks and cupboards. Refinancing of the original loan that provided for the purchase and renovation of Grace Center made upgrades to the kitchen (and heating/cooling improvements) possible. The renovation has also included installation of a new walk-in refrigerator. The Little Kitchen Food Shelf was awarded a $7,000 grant for the purchase. The walk-in fridge will enable proper and adequate storage of the abundant produce donated by neighbors, the Garden Gleaning Project, and grown on-site in the Grace Center raised bed gardens. Congratulations to Food Shelf Manager Jennifer Schultz who worked hard on the grant application.