8 West 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419-2553 | (612) 861-2265
8 West 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419-2553 | (612) 861-2265
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Richfield Lutheran Church
60th Street @ Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis 612.861.2265
From the latest issue of "The Good News"
Dear Friends, It’s time to get serious about evangelism. We all know that this is the Achilles heel for most mainline church groups—Lutherans included. We do many things well (especially worship and music), but not evangelism. Usually we put it in the “Baptist” category (but in recent years even they are struggling). I’ve written about evangelism often—perhaps too much so. But this is a congregational issue, not just one for your staff. I know that you know this, but we often want someone else to deal with those things which make us uncomfortable. On Facebook this past week an assistant to the Lutheran bishop in Texas posted a comment on how many Lutheran congregations in Texas want him to find them a young pastor eager to recruit young families, but they don’t want to change anything in their (older) congregations to make them more meaningful to the younger potential members. As a result the congregations stay stuck—and they continue to get older. This posting hit a real nerve. He put in on an ELCA clergy-only Facebook group. This means that only pastors are allowed to read it. In a few hours he had almost 200 responses. Pastors all over the country knew he was not alone in frustration. Evangelism is not just inviting. It is also making the churches to which newcomers are invited as meaningful as possible for the newcomers. In our rapidly-changing world this is a tremendously difficult task. But we are called to wrestle with it and do our best. At RELC we are trying. And we need to keep vigilant in seeking ways to be responsive to the needs around us—not just our own. Last month your church council heard a presentation on this issue from a friend of mine. They were so impressed and inspired that they insisted that he present this to the whole congregation. Pastor Tim Thompson will return on Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m. to speak to anyone who can get here. (Since he serves a congregation in St. Paul his ability to get here on weekends is limited.) Please make every effort to attend. In August he will also preach here and repeat his presentation. But we want to get the conversation going in earnest. Every member needs to hear his message. Our future is tied to how we deal with our neighbors, how we reach out, as well as how we shape some of our attitudes. I look forward to working with you to share the good news of Jesus in meaningful ways with our neighborhood. Pastor Rolf Olson
It’s time to get serious about evangelism. We all know that this is the Achilles heel for most mainline church groups—Lutherans included. We do many things well (especially worship and music), but not evangelism. Usually we put it in the “Baptist” category (but in recent years even they are struggling). I’ve written about evangelism often—perhaps too much so. But this is a congregational issue, not just one for your staff. I know that you know this, but we often want someone else to deal with those things which make us uncomfortable.
On Facebook this past week an assistant to the Lutheran bishop in Texas posted a comment on how many Lutheran congregations in Texas want him to find them a young pastor eager to recruit young families, but they don’t want to change anything in their (older) congregations to make them more meaningful to the younger potential members. As a result the congregations stay stuck—and they continue to get older.
This posting hit a real nerve. He put in on an ELCA clergy-only Facebook group. This means that only pastors are allowed to read it. In a few hours he had almost 200 responses. Pastors all over the country knew he was not alone in frustration.
Evangelism is not just inviting. It is also making the churches to which newcomers are invited as meaningful as possible for the newcomers. In our rapidly-changing world this is a tremendously difficult task. But we are called to wrestle with it and do our best. At RELC we are trying. And we need to keep vigilant in seeking ways to be responsive to the needs around us—not just our own.
Last month your church council heard a presentation on this issue from a friend of mine. They were so impressed and inspired that they insisted that he present this to the whole congregation. Pastor Tim Thompson will return on Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m. to speak to anyone who can get here. (Since he serves a congregation in St. Paul his ability to get here on weekends is limited.) Please make every effort to attend. In August he will also preach here and repeat his presentation. But we want to get the conversation going in earnest. Every member needs to hear his message. Our future is tied to how we deal with our neighbors, how we reach out, as well as how we shape some of our attitudes.
I look forward to working with you to share the good news of Jesus in meaningful ways with our neighborhood.
Pastor Rolf Olson
It will be a warm sunny morning (hopefully) when many of our congregational and community friends came together for a special mid-week worship just for them. The service is designed for those who for many reasons can't attend Sunday morning worship. Through the efforts of several congregational volunteer drivers and family members, we bring people together for worship and lunch from our many senior resident and care facilities in Minneapolis, Richfield and Bloomington. Before a worship service that included several "hymn favorites" and communion in the pews, the group will gather for continental breakfast and fellowship hosted by the RELC Freetimers. Here are photo's from our 2012 event.
NAVIGATING THROUGH STORMY SEAS;
PREPARING FOR THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE
While life may seem smooth sailing for us at the moment, perhaps smoother for some of us than others, all of us know that our future is unknown, that stormy seas may lie ahead in our lives, and that death is eventually inevitable. How do we deal with that?
You are invited to an informative seminar entitled “Navigating through Stormy Seas; Preparing for the Loss of a Loved One” on Tuesday, June 4, 10:00 – 12:00, at Richfield Lutheran Church, Nicollet Avenue & E. 60th St. It will feature an inspiring presentation by Emilie Odde, Lake Nokomis Lutheran church member, who will share her personal journey of coping with the terminal illness and death of her husband. Her story will be interwoven with useful, general information for all of us on topics such as legal, medical, financial, final arrangements, care giving and grief. Professional experts will be present to answer questions. Several resource materials will be available on these topics.
There are many reasons why planning ahead for those stormy times and crises in our lives is important and beneficial. It helps reduce stress and confusion in a time of chaos and turmoil when we may feel overwhelmed and not be thinking clearly. We may be dealing with mega changes and our lives may feel turned upside down. Yet it is during these difficult times that decisions and arrangements need to be made, and a myriad of details need to be addressed.
Planning ahead allows us to be in control and to make informed decisions while we are capable of doing so. The earlier we plan ahead, the more choices we have.
Planning ahead serves as a road map for our family and loved ones; it demonstrates care for them. It is a gift not only to us but also to our loved ones.
Please join us for this unique opportunity.
Call Richfield Lutheran at 612-861-2265 to reserve space just for you!
RICHFIELD LUTHERAN CHURCH, 60th and Nicollet, Mpls, needs an experienced person for PT CUSTODIAL work, Sunday AMs and other times, as needed.
For more information, call Randy, 8AM to noon, at (612)-861-2265 or see RLC website, for full Job Description: www.richfield-lutheran.org.
Mail resume to: Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church
c/o Jo Magnuson
8 W. 60th St.
CURRENTLY SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT AT: Richfield Lutheran Church - address listed below
TITLE: Part-time Custodian
Primary Function: The part-time weekend custodian is primarily responsible for making sure that all RELC building facilities run smoothly on Sunday mornings, as well as while serving at other times.
Line of Accountability:
Expectations of each staff person at Richfield Lutheran Church:
LOCK UP/SECURITY CHECK/LIGHTS OFF SHOULD OCCUR AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
Time Needed: Part-time, Sunday mornings and other times as needed
For more information: call Randy, 8AM to noon, at (612)-861-2265
It's Praise, Beauty and Joy for preschoolers
to learn about God's big backyard in a morning of fun
designed with them in mind. Each day a different theme
and a different way to learn about ourselves and
being community with other kids in a nurturing setting
that is designed just for preschoolers to 2nd graders!
FREE Program - donations accepted to cover cost!
Meets May 29-31 9:00 - noon daily Parent and Grandparent
Please register at www.richfield-lutheran.org or by calling the church office at 612 861 2265 so we can plan just for YOU!
Attached is the most recent month of "The Good News"
Join us Mother’s Day Weekend for…
DISNEY'S ALADDIN jr
May 09 - 12, 2013
May 09 6:00 p.m.
May 10 & 11 7:00 p.m.
May 11 & 12 2:00 p.m.
Adults $10.00 Students & Children $7.00
Tickets on sale now! Reserved limited seating performances!
Y-LIFE YOUTH AND CONFIRMATION WORK AS PART OF THE WOVEN TAPESTRY THAT IS "YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY" AT RELC.
OUR CONFIRMATION PLUS PROGRAM RUNS AT LEAST TWO AND A HALF YEARS AND OFFERS YOUTH AND FAMILIES FAITH FORMATION, VIRTUE AND VALUE LESSONS, COMMUNITY BUILDING AND OPPORTUNITY TO "serve God by serving others." WHEN THE EXPERIENCE IS COMPLETE - WE OFFER THE OPTION TO HAVE ALL YOUTH AFFIRM THEIR BAPTISM THROUGH A CELEBRATION OF CONFIRMATION EXPERIENCE. ***2012/13 Registration Form Attached***
CONFIRMATION PLUS- WHEN DO WE MEET?
At RELC, we realize that the traditional model of Confirmation Class every WEdnesday night, just doesn't fit with the busy lives of youth and families any more. Therefore, we offer a once a month Saturday afternoon workshop. Each workshop starts with a potluck meal - planned and served by our confirmation class for their parents. While the kids prepare the meal, parents have a chance to meet with each other and have conversations before their busy world starts again. After lunch and clean up, parents depart and the work begins! Devotions and check in happen followed by faith formation learning. Each session includes hands-on learning and dialogue and a service project related to the monthly theme. Children learn their bible basics and review at an older age those fundamental things taught in Sunday School. As young adults preparing to live and work in the world, current events are always brought into the mix as we discuss how we will live and work in the world today with all of God's people.
Each Saturday will be followed by a “service project” the following week. We will also have family service days – TBD and just plain old funday Sundays or other days to round out everything. I will have more details on workshop but here is the basics to put on your calendars.
Workshop always noon – 5 lunch option with kids preparing the meal
Service Project hours TBD
DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER JOY OR CONCERN?
Let us bring your prayer petition to the RELC church family next Sunday morning. If you have a prayer joy or concern - here's what you do.
1. Go to the home page
2. Under "Site Navigation" click the Contact Us tab
3. List your prayer concern there and we will include it during our next Sunday morning worship. If you want us to reply to you - please let us know that, too and we will be in touch.
For more immediate concerns - please feel free to contact the church office at 612 861 2265. God's richest blessings on your day!
FMSC? Why, Feed My Starving Children, of course! And we need you to help us pack meals for starving children world-wide. Fall and Winter are great times to pack and we have lots of groups going through the week. Below is our current schedule through the middle of 2013
All ages CHANHASSEN LOCATION - Drivers needed
RELC Packers - Noon - 2:00 p.m. SESSIONS
Christmas Season - Sharing our Gifts with Others Packing Session
2:30 - 4:30 multi-generational session during winter break
Free Transportation - Details to follow closer to event day
*Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Packing Trips @ 12, 2:30 and 6:00 p.m.
bus transportation provided - come and share in the MLK Day of Service Event.
The following are RLC Daytime Packer Shifts meet at church @ 11:30 a.m.
Packing Sessions are noon - 2:00 p.m. @ Chanhassen Location
"For I was hungry and you gave me food" Mathew 25:35
There’s no place like home, or….
The Richfield Lutheran Youth Theater Company!
Where we journeyed over the rainbow and back for five amazing performances! Every show was nearly sold out and the audiences were great! The weather cooperated with rainy days outside but rainbows inside! Check out these fun show memory photos!
What's next, you ask? We continue the magic this summer when
The Richfield Lutheran Theater Company presents, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella - the enchanted edition"
August 10 - 12, 2012
The Munchkins on tour at CUB Foods April 28
SOMETHING DIFFERENT EVERY WEEK - SOMETHING FUN FOR YOU!
The KSKD Club meets once a month, Saturday Evenings, for fun and fellowship. It may be an adventure at church or a trip to someplace around the Twin Cities area - but guaranteed fun for all.
Here are a few photos from Fall 2011 trips to a river boat cruise and a Halloween party hosted by KSKD Club.
The 17th Annual Fall Festival
The day might have started with thick fog – but it wasn’t long before the sun was shining around the 17th annual Fall Festival and Craft Fair. When all was said and done, we say a steady stream of about 700 people who came to the event. The bake sale and food booth were busy all day along with the games and raffle. The Crosstown Community Band entertained us at noon with a fun concert that included both classical and pep band music. The crafters saw good to fair business – depending on what they were selling. The Barrel Butter Booth was so busy that they ran out of product and had to shut down early while other vendors didn’t see much in sales. It does depend on the market and those you market to. But as one crafter said, “If you make back your table fee – it’s a great day because you get to meet so many people.” The flu shot clinic and blood drive saw a steady flow of people and the free pony rides and petting zoo are always a hit with the community. The volunteers did a great job with the day as well as set up and clean up and on Sunday morning we saw two families return for worship who had been at the Fall Festival! Our name and our programs/worship opportunities are out in the neighborhood and that is a good thing. The Bake Sale Booth outdid themselves and had a record $640 in profits for the day which will go to support our many RELC ministries after expenses are paid. Our community saw RELC shine for the day in hospitality and community welcome and we provided a fun, low cost or free way for people to spend time together. You can’t ask for more then that! If a picture is worth 1,000 words - the day was worth at least a million!
Thanks to so many who made this event a great sucess in the fight to end WORLD HUNGER!
RELC’s World Hunger Garage Sale is asking…
“Are your discards another person’s delights?”
They will be if you donate to this year’s sale!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO WORK A VARIETY OF SHIFTS AND JOBS. SIGN UP NOW IN THE NARTHEX OR CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE. NO SUNDAY TRANSPORTATION TEAM AVAILABLE.
Your donations make this sale possible
We take all gently used items except:
-water beds -car seats- -humidifiers/dehumidifier -mattresses
-pianos/organs -oil/kerosene burners -refrigerators
"Seussical the Musical" What Great Fun!
NEWS FROM FAITH DEVELOPMENT MINISTRIES - as printed in the September 21 issue of the Good News
NEWS FROM FAITH DEVELOPMENT MINISTRIES - as printed in the September 21 issue of the Good News
LATE AUGUST ISSUE: There are so many things happening at RELC this fall. But as the summer winds down, it is also very important to highlight with you what a great summer it has been. Many of you are not around RELC on weekday afternoons, but if you had been you would have seen children all over the place, so let me share with you a summary of how the spirit is working to make RELC a place for everyone.
In late May we brought 17 preschoolers together for PB&J Adventure Camp. In June our high-schoolers went on a life-changing mission trip; those six kids continued to volunteer in their community and at RELC programming all summer long. Once a month we sent at least 16 intergenerational packers to Feed My Starving Children for a packing session to help combat world hunger. In July we had 62 kids in drama camp with junior high and high school age leaders who put on a great show about the Perils of Paul Bunyan and friends. In mid-July, with the help of camp credit received through your campership designations and the Ole & Lena Spaghetti Dinner last April, we sent 22 campers to Luther Park Bible Camp in Danbury, Wisconsin. They toughed it out during the hottest week of the summer in tree house camping. In late July, we had 45 kids experience Creation Keeper Camp and learn through hands-on activities how they can be stewards of God’s creation. The first week in August was Show Choir Camp where we doubled our numbers to 22 dancers.
They entertained for the public Friday night but more importantly, every day the toddlers and preschoolers of our 4C daycare came down during camp and had a mini “dance party” with the dancers. Just last week, we auditioned 61 kids for our upcoming fall musical, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”. That number includes all 12 of our RELC youth with the remainder being from our community. It was a lot of work and took a lot of people to be the leadership we needed to make these programs happen. The reality was we only had two adult members of RELC help as leaders for this group. The rest of the leadership was done by RELC’s Youth Group, Youth Theater Company youth, and their parents. Our membership is the membership of those in God’s kingdom who join us from the neighborhood and surrounding community. As RELC ages, we are transitioning in new people who are excited and committed to making RELC the place to be for youth and families.
And much like what you read in the Evangelism article about “Would you like to join me”, these people were personally asked to be a part of the RELC family in the fall. As a result, we several new community youth and their families joining our Confirmation group, about twenty families added to our Youth Theater Company roster and Wednesday night programming, and two families who are looking forward to joining The 10:45 worship and Sunday School experience this fall. It’s a celebration for RELC; it’s an even bigger celebration of how RELC is a safe and nurturing place for youth, families, and everyone, in the summer and all year long. Please continue to celebrate this growth through your interactions, attendance of fall programs and activities and most importantly your prayers, as RELC continues to make footprints in our community. Thank you for your support.
- Mary Beth Weibel
A Minister of Faith Development
Fair Trade Coffee Sales has Returned to RELC! You've missed it and asked for it; now it's back. You'll be able to find the Fair Trade Coffee Sales table will return the first Sunday of each month in the Narthex. For our current cycle regular, decaf, and flavored coffees are available for purchase along with a variety of organic tea blends. Fair Trade Coffee is purchased through Lutheran World Relief's partner Equal Exchange and supports local coffee and tea growers around the world. For more details, contact the church office and ask for Kathy Lindquist.
The Y-LIFE Group of RELC stands for Youth-Living in Faith Everyday. And this summer they are living up to that name with a great reputation. They are working with their busy schedules to find time for Youth Group meetings and with their busy schedules that is hard to do sometimes. This summer they will continue to lead and mentor community youth through a variety of summer camps and fun intergenerational events. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they help RELC be a "safe and nurturing place for children" this summer and all year long!
Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church
8 W. 60th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419-2553
(612) 861-2266 Fax
April was Luther Park Bible Camp Month at Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church. It is a time when we share the benefits of Bible Camp in a young person's like and why RELC supports camping ministry.
We are part of the corporatation of churches that support Luther Park Bible Camp in Danbury WI. We're going as a group from RELC to church camp June 24 - 29 this year. We know that Lake 26, the lake on which the camp is located, will feel especially good for this group of campers as they experience Tree House Camping first hand this summer. This year we earned funding close to $6000 for camper scholarships through our annual:
OLE & LENA SPAGHETTI DINNER
It was a whoop-dee-doo good time, don't cha know for everyone and camperships for Luther Park - with half the proceeds going in camp credit for RELC campers to use during our summer adventure!
Why Bible Camp? I am often asked this question and why is it important. In a world that if filled with everything from “Art Camp to Zoology Camp” and lots of sports and creative camps in between, the concept of Bible Camp has gotten buried in a large pile of possible registration forms. But here’s the thing: Bible Camp is a unique experience and Luther Park is premiere in that concept. They start with the diversity that comes from a camp staff from across the world, people who have a gift of working with energetic (and sometimes homesick) youth of all ages. They provide leadership, but more importantly, mentoring and a wonderful listening ear for all those conversations that come with teenage angst or elementary school friendship groups. They fill the camp with the concept that no child is ever denied the camp experience. That's a true servant heart concept in a world where camps of any kind cost nearly $500 per week. Bible Camp also provides a wonderful routine that many children need during the summer; a routine that starts early and goes all day with a little FoB (Flop on Bunk) time built in. And talk about faith life development! They start with morning Word; they offer prayers before all meals. They have morning and evening worship with lots of group singing; they share in daily Bible themes; they offer devotional small group discussions and round it out with LIFE Groups where kids apply their faith in everyday life. It all happens in a north woods setting where children see God’s nature all around them, not just in a zoo.
It's a place for base camping for the Great Lakes Mission Trip experience. In this concept, teens base at Luther Park Bible Camp. One of the many Mission Trip Adventures is to the Duluth area where youth head up to Duluth for a wonderful immersion experience with education and experience in homelessness, elder care, children, and service mission outreach.
In a world that has become 24/7, we also provide a unique challenge for our children: no MP3 players or IPODS are allowed. No cell phones are permitted during camp or for mission trippers during the day. No e-mail leaves the camp. Only faith, fun, and fellowship for a weekend, a week, or a double week. For many of us, it is the retreat that provides a breath of fresh air (literally) in the busy world we call life.
Why Bible Camp? I can’t think of a better place to nurture faith for us all! For more information about Bible Camp or how you can provide a camp scholarship for one of our many campers or mission trip attendees, please contact me via the church at (612) 861-2265.
Mary Beth Weibel Minister of Faith Development
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: volunteers of all ages hand-pack meals designed especially for starving children, and FMSC ships the meals to more than 50 countries around the world. Click here to learn more about FMSC and how you can become involved.
Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church continues to support FMSC through a variety of service and fundraisers. There is considerable concern as rising rice prices throughout the world threaten the ability to reach children. The price of this tonage of rice has increase from $385/ton to over $780/ton. To date, our Y-LIFE Youth Group has raised over $1,000 in this effort.
Meal Prices Continue to Increase For 5 years, each Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) meal cost 15 cents to produce. However, due to increasing food and fuel prices, last year each meal was 17 cents, then 19 cents and now in 2011 it has increased to 24 cents per meals. Although that seams like a lot - remember that is under one quarter to give a meal to a child that will sustain them for another day. An M&M tube of quarters equals $14 and that equals over 56 life-giving meals. We need your help to bridge the meal price gap. Please consider a monetary donation to our mission partners at Feed My Starving Children.
See Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church's FMSC schedule here.