Worship is On (line)

 

During the encouraged social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, we will be connecting and worshiping online.

Join us for online worship on Sundays at 10am by Zoom here or by Facebook here. You may also call in to listen by dialing 312-626-6799 and entering meeting code 908-357-395.

Join us for online for Midweek Mediations on Wednesdays at 6:30pm by Zoom here or by Facebook here. You may also call in to listen by dialing 312-626-6799 and entering meeting code 114-860-901.

You do not need a Facebook or Zoom account to watch videos or listen by phone.

You can also find past videos of worship on Facebook.

If during this time you find yourself in need – your employment is reduced, your isolation increases, or you’re simply wanting a new book recommendation – please feel free to contact Pastor Emmy directly. We will be reaching out to every family in the congregation and finding ways to keep in touch, but we don’t want anyone to slip through the cracks. We are here for you.

LKFS Coronavirus Plan of Operation

In an effort to continue serving our clients but also align with current state and federal guidelines concerning the Coronavirus pandemic, Little Kitchen Food Shelf will temporarily switch to a pickup-only system of distribution, consisting of pre-packed bags of essential food staples, personal items, and fresh produce.
Monday and Tuesday, 3/16 and 3/17
The food shelf will be closed.
Wednesday, 3/18
The food shelf will be closed, but volunteers will be needed to help pack bags between 9am-2pm.
Thursday and Friday, 3/19 and 3/20
Food shelf will be open regular hours these two days, however clients will NOT be allowed inside the building. All pre-registered households will receive pre-packed bags of groceries, and we will follow the normal once-every-four-weeks rule. However, we will only allow pre-registration via the phone—no in-person pre-registration will be allowed during this time.
Week of March 23
Food shelf will be open for all normally scheduled hours, but we will continue following the pickup-only system for the entire week. At the end of the week we will determine our plan for the following week of March 30.
We are requesting a few volunteers on the following days/times to help pack bags, and we are also hoping all previously-scheduled volunteers will be willing/able to come in for their shift. But of course, we do not want anyone to come in if they are feeling sick or if they are uncomfortable helping out in the food shelf during this time. 
 
Volunteers are needed to help pack bags on these days/times:
Wednesday, March 18, 9am-2pm
Tuesday, March 24, 9am-2pm
Thursday, March 26, 9am-2pm

Church in the Time of COVID-19

The Christian church has long been a place of gathering in times of trouble and worry. As new information and confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to dominate the headlines, we want to be proactive in our community care and prevention.

As of the morning of Thursday, March 12, the Minnesota Department of Health is not recommending the cancellation of community events and church gatherings. If this changes, we will follow the suggestions of the MDH.

While we continue to gather for worship, we will make changes and suggestions to our community life together:

  • In past weeks, we have moved to communion only by small disposable (compostable!) cups.
  • We are continuing to provide our usual hand sanitizing station, and added an additional pump bottle near the kids’ worship supplies.
  • We will be strongly encouraging social distancing during worship. This includes no-contact sharing of the peace (bump elbows, give a two finger “peace” sign, or fold hands in front in a prayer gesture).
  • Social distancing in worship may also mean sitting further from each other than usual.
  • Worship will continue to be livestreamed on our Facebook page (facebook.com/gracenempls). You do *not* need a Facebook account to watch the livestream.
  • We are adding a call-in service so that those without access to a computer can listen by phone to worship! On Sundays at 10am, you may dial 646-558-8656 and enter meeting code 908-357-395 to join. (It may ask you for a participant ID, which you can skip by pressing pound.)

Our food shelf will base its opening and closing decisions on recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minneapolis Public School system, and our primary food partners Second Harvest Heartland and the Food Group (who are also implementing additional cleaning procedures).

 

If you’re scheduled to help with a service activity but you’re sick, you can call or text Pastor Emmy at 612-548-1439 (or contact whoever is in charge of your activity, like Lynn Mena if you’re working in the food shelf!) and she’ll work to find a replacement.

If you are concerned about your financial stability during the outbreak (especially if your employment will be affected), please contact Pastor Emmy so that we might look for resources together to help.

If you’re tired of singing Happy Birthday while you wash your hands, our ELCA colleagues out in the Delaware-Maryland Synod released this alternative:

Our life in Christ is one of compassion and mutual care, and we ask that everyone remain mindful and aware as we do our best to prevent the spread of all illness in our shared spaces. Please reach out if you have any questions or feedback. We will be monitoring the situation and communicating any changes that need to be made. Peace be with you.

Hang on… what’s Lent?

Lent begins 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter, and it is set aside as a time of self-reflection, prayer, fasting, and charitable giving. In the time of the early Christian church, as adult converts were added, Lent was designated for preparation and teaching, with baptisms and first communions after sundown on Holy Saturday or at first light on Easter Sunday. The 40 days of Lent are for Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness.

Why purple?

Lent is the season leading up to Jesus’ death on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter morning. Before his crucifixion, Jesus was dressed in a purple robe by Pontius Pilate, mocking Christ’s claim to power. Purple reminds us of the upside-down reign of Jesus, the son of God who dies for us. Purple is also the color of  near-night and near-dawn, calling us to self-reflection and repentance.

What’s with the pancakes?

By the 15th century, Lent had been established as a time of solemnity and fasting. Christians were expected to get rid of all the luxurious foods in their house — specifically butter, eggs, and fat. Guess what you can make with those! Thus grew the tradition of Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday,” when Christians would eat and drink and do everything else they planned to not do for the next 40 days.

What’s this about fasting?

Fasting has long traditions in many world religions as a way to focus the mind and show one’s spiritual devotion and commitment. Temporary self-denial can invite us to compassion for those who are hungry not by choice, to a remembrance of the trials of Jesus, or to better appreciation of food when we do eat. A common practice today during Lent is to give up a particular kind of food or drink, like chocolate, candy, or alcohol (some even give up coffee!). But in a day and age when eating disorders are not uncommon, it’s important to remember that what we do during Lent is not for us, but for our relationship with God and compassion for our neighbor. A practice that puts us in physical danger is not the kind of fast God invites us to. That’s why we pray at the end of each Lenten service:

May we fast from worry and feast on trust.
May we fast from haste and feast on patience.
May we fast from judgment and feast on kindness.
May we fast from gossip and feast on service.
May we fast from resentment and feast on forgiveness.
May we fast from fear and feast on love,
finding our power for compassion in the life of Jesus our Lord.

LKFS Garage Sale Fundraiser

GarageSaleTreasures

Friday June 14, 9am – 5pm
Saturday June 15, 9am – 4pm  

Location: Corner of 27th and Johnson St. NE in the Gustavus Adolphus Church parking lot.  

All proceeds will be given to the Little Kitchen Food Shelf.

Questions? Contact Beth Breiter.

 Ways you can help make our fundraiser a success!

  1. ​Volunteer:  We’ll need helpers to organize the sale, work the sale both Friday and Saturday and pack up and haul away leftovers at the end.  If you’re an organizer, a worker bee, or a people person, we want you. Kids are welcome helpers too.
  2. Shop at the sale and spread the word.  We can turn every dollar raised at the sale into food for hungry neighbors.  Share our Facebook event on your social media page. https://www.facebook.com/events/876348202711093/
  3. Clean out your closets and donate items to the garage sale.  The best way to donate is to simply bring items to the sale between 7 am and noon on Friday, June 14th.  If you need to bring items earlier contact Beth. I’ll arrange for drop off or pick up and store items in my garage.  No large furniture please but all other general merchandise and clothing is welcome.