8 West 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419-2553 | (612) 861-2265
8 West 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419-2553 | (612) 861-2265
Welcome to Richfield Lutheran Church!
Come B.R.E.W. community with us this fall - as we striving to be a place that is Building Relationships - Enhancing theWorld each and every day! We are blessed to be a thriving Christian community centered on God’s grace in the Lutheran tradition. We welcome all who seek to meet the Risen Christ in worship and ministry and serve our community in his name. Actually, our mission statement lays it out: Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church (RELC)—Reaching out to Everyone with the Love ofChrist. We strive to embody our faith and mission in our own community and across the globe with partners nearby (Latino, African American, Russian) and in Tanzania. We invite you to join us in this mission as we share the truth and love of God in Jesus Christ. So, if you are part of this congregation, I thank God for you and your participation with us. If you are just begining acquainted with us, we look forward to getting to know you and sharing with you the wonder of this faith we share! Welcome and God bless you!
Pastor Rolf Olson
Join us in Service at The Weavers Wholeness Center!
Free Community Meals to Serve or Receive every Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
ALL are welcome!
Come B.R.E.W. with us this week!
During Advent, Richfield Lutheran Church will put emphasis on Tiny Tim's words - "God Bless Us, Everyone." Each week we will uplift some of our many blessings God has given to each of us. What are some of your blessings?
Come and share your blessings with us during Sunday morning worship.
December 1, 8 & 15 - Two worship Sundays with services at 9:15 (traditional) and 10:45 (casual contemporary)
December 15 "Lessons & Carols" worship at 9:15 and "Cards for Caring" as part of The 10:45 worship
December 22 & 29 -One Worship Sundays with combined worship @ 10:00 a.m. the 10:45 worship returns on January 05 with Epiphany Sunday (Three King Sunday)
We will have ornaments for you to fill out and together we will place them on our sanctuary Christmas tree during worship. We also will perform "A Christmas Carol" December 13 - 15 as part of our celebration of the season of Advent and our focus on preparing for the Christmas gift to come.
Christmas Eve Worship December 24 @ 4:00 - & 9:00 p.m.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE - CALL TODAY!
Mark Your Calendar and join us for a wonderful performance
that comes straight from the pages of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." A great production for all ages!
December 13 & 14 @ 7:00 p.m.
December 14 & 15 @ 2:00 p.m.
performances run about 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission
Adults $9/Children & Students $5
Box Office 612 861 2265
We offer Faith Education during our Wednesday Night Live programming- see below
Wednesday Nights - our Faith Education fun is now on Wednesdays so families can worship together each Sunday. Join us for "Bible Adventures A-Z" each Wednesday night for preschool - 3rd graders. An hour of faith, fun and fellowship for littles to enjoy learning at their level. The Evening also includes:
-Family Style Dinner @ 5:00 p.m. - free will donation accepted
-Choir Options as follows: 5:30 (kids) 6:30 (adult bells) and 7:30 (adult choir)
-The Youth Theater Company rehearses 5:30 - 8:30 with many options for parents to also help as production crew.
-**NEW** this year is Godly Play for littles and their parents or family members from 6:00 - 6:30 for those not involved in theater rehearsal.
-Bible/Book discussion with Pastor Rolf also starts in later September with a series on "Unbinding the Gospel" from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. and our Women of Faith Coffee and Conversation Saturdays continue November 09.
There are also many other faith, fun and fellowship groups that resume in the fall - look here for more details each week!
Richfield Lutheran is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing place for all our programming, theater and activities for children. We require that we have information about a child and their family contact information before we start any multi-day program. Please tale time to fill out the attached form and bring it to one of the beginning sessions of your child's course work. For those returning, please fill out a new form if you have changed any of the contact information or something has arisen that we need to know about as RELC staff. A current form can be found at the bottom of this article. Thank you!
2012/13 program registration form attached
NEWS FROM FAITH DEVELOPMENT MINISTRIES
JANUARY 2013: We continue to find ways to warm out heart in these cold midwinter days. Our complexion of what makes up a congregation of faithful people may be different then ten or twenty years ago. But…regardless we are seeing children, teens and adults who are doing good works for God’s people in many different and new creative ways. In this issue of The Good News you can see all kinds of ways we are reaching out to others with the love, care and compassion of Christ. My questions and challenge to each of us is “How do we support the many ministries of RELC?” Each of us is called to support the body of Christ in our many ministries – even if it is not a ministry we are directly part of. How can we do that? Simple. We can each pray, attend, contribute, donate and positively uplift with others all the wonderful things happening at RELC (whether we participate in the ministry or not.) Of course, not everything will be for everyone – but we can build positive energy through support in our positive conversations and prayers about what is happening that will make RELC strong into the next 100 years. This photo alone show our future in the children and families of RELC as they make Valentine Day flower arrangements for use in the weeks ahead for coffee hour and other events in the Fellowship Hall. Let us always embrace each other – each of us - as a vital part of the body of Christ. Together we are making firm and solid footprints in the neighborhood, community and world – and that is a GOOD and GOD thing! Winter blessings to you! Mary Beth Weibel, Minister of Faith Development
We continue to find ways to warm out heart in these cold midwinter days. Our complexion of what makes up a congregation of faithful people may be different then ten or twenty years ago. But…regardless we are seeing children, teens and adults who are doing good works for God’s people in many different and new creative ways. In this issue of The Good News you can see all kinds of ways we are reaching out to others with the love, care and compassion of Christ.
My questions and challenge to each of us is “How do we support the many ministries of RELC?” Each of us is called to support the body of Christ in our many ministries – even if it is not a ministry we are directly part of. How can we do that? Simple. We can each pray, attend, contribute, donate and positively uplift with others all the wonderful things happening at RELC (whether we participate in the ministry or not.) Of course, not everything will be for everyone – but we can build positive energy through support in our positive conversations and prayers about what is happening that will make RELC strong into the next 100 years. This photo alone show our future in the children and families of RELC as they make Valentine Day flower arrangements for use in the weeks ahead for coffee hour and other events in the Fellowship Hall. Let us always embrace each other – each of us - as a vital part of the body of Christ. Together we are making firm and solid footprints in the neighborhood, community and world – and that is a GOOD and GOD thing! Winter blessings to you!
Mary Beth Weibel, Minister of Faith Development
“Don’t we do anything but drama around here?” I hear that question here and there around Richfield Lutheran and thought it might be best to answer it in print for all to read. The answer is “YES, we do lots of things. Just come and see!” Summer is a time when we REALLY do a lot of things for youth and families at RELC. You see, it is a common fact that ‘when school is off – church is on.” And during the summer our programming focus is all about “Serving God by Serving Others” with programs, activities and worship services that involve God’s children of all ages. Member or not, RELC is the place to be for youth and families all summer long– it has been for the past three decades. The fact is when school is off – there are many families in our congregation and community that need a safe and nurturing place for children who are past the childcare option but too young to be home alone all day. This is exactly the niche that RELC fills! This summer we have the following options that include ALL of our congregational children for at least one or more activities and a WHOLE BUNCH of our community families in the south Minneapolis, Richfield and beyond communities. Each program building on our mission statement by being ambassadors for Christ in the world around us. Here’s a list of what is happening this summer:
PB&J Kids Adventure Camp (June) Mission Trip 2012 (June)
Luther Park Bible Camp (June) Summer Drama Camp (July)
Show Choir Camp (July) Ecology Camp (August)
And in between fun afternoons where we host congregational and community kids for: Random Acts of Kindness (RAK Attacks) , RELC, clean & organize the church closets and bulletin board teams, flower water & weed teams, bible discussion groups, 4C programs, Feed My Starving Children packing teams, fun outings for all youth, lock-ins for (middle school plus) and late-ins for younger kids, art nights, worship team leaders at The 10:45, host park activities and youth leadership training.
Anything but drama – absolutely! But remember, we also do drama VERY WELL and we should be proud to be one of the “best church theaters” in the twin cities area! Please keep the children and our program staff in your thoughts and prayers. And if you are around the church during the week this summer – look for us! We’ll be there creating a safe and nurturing place for God’s children! Thanks for your support!
Mary Beth Weibel, Minister of Faith Development
Come and share in some old-fashioned community fun this holiday season! We will have many different things for children of all ages to make as stocking stuffer gifts. We will also make cards for shut-ins and prepare Christmas Food Baskets for those in need. At 5:00 Santa will join us for a wonderful meal served at the Weavers Wholeness Center of RLC and later Santa will pose for photos and give out little gifts to the children. Holiday music will fill the afternoon with joy and laughter. This event is FREE; however, reservations requested so we can plan space for you! Call 612.861.2265 weekdays!
You can give back to our community by "Wrapping it Up" for Angel's Wings Bus Passes. And if you are gift wrapping challenged or can't make the dates, you can still help - just pass along the information to your contact list. Thank you!
WHAT IS THIS FOR? In this time of year when we discuss what we are thankful for and how we count our blessings one that is rarely identified is "transportation." Everyone needs some form of transportation to get to work, get groceries or get assistance.Richfield Lutheran Church is one of the many organizations that receives these bus passes free from Angel's Wings so we can share them with those in need on a daily basis.
WHAT IS ANGEL'S WINGS? The Angel's Wings bus pass program is one that provides those bus passes to youth and adults who need those tokens to help them get to an agency, to work or school without so much struggle. You can see more information about Angel's Wings at workandworshipinstitute.com
Gift Wrapping Days and Times are:
LOCATION: This will be at Barnes and Noble in the Galleria Shopping Center in Edina.
Like many wonderful causes - We graciously received on "Give to the Max" Day NOVEMBER 14, 2013 - below are the causes we highlighted. Read our story and then view the options for continued ministry giving through the RELC website...
"So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; WHAT IS IT? On November 14, every donation you make gives your favorite nonprofits and schools the chance to win even more money. Hundreds of organizations will offer the opportunity to double your dollars with matching grants throughout the 24 hours. Richfield Lutheran is asking that you look at our highlighted ministries and perhaps, you will consider giving your donation dollars to these worthy causes. Many, many organizations will be asking for your donations - we hope ...our community connection to the needs of children, fighting hunger and creating a place where all are welcome will touch your heart and bring your giving to our ministry programs. Below is some more information about our requests and how we make footprints in both the community and the world with our efforts. Thank you for taking time to visit with our ministry effort today.
THE RLC CONNECTION: WE are highlighting our Weavers Wholeness Center which serves free meals every Sunday to community guests and our Youth Theater Company which provides a Broadway level theater and mentoring experience to community children preschool through college!
HOW DO I GIVE? Simply go to Givemn.org - search for Richfield Lutheran - and you can see the ministries being supported by this effort. And remember in addition to the support - your gift will further mission and ministry - and its tax deductable.
GIVE TO THE MAX: Join thousands of others as they "Give to the Max" for MN charities and non-profits. Look for the checkbox that says "Make this donation count for Give to the Max Day." The donation will be deducted from your credit or debit card at 12 a.m. on November 14 and RLC will be blessed with your gift.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW YOU CAN CONTINUE GIVING TO RELC and the Richfield Lutheran Connection - see what it's all about at GIVEMN.ORG
search: Richfield Lutheran
FOR ONLINE GIVING VIA THE THRIVENT GIVING LINK LISTED BELOW
RLC IS THE PLACE TO BE....TO B.R.E.W.Community! WE celebrate fall and the return of programs and activities that were on hiatus during the summer! Check back often as we work in our neighborhood and the world as we strive to do God's work with our hands each and every day! Here's our fall banner that invites you to be part of our B.R.E.W. Crew!
Here are just a few pictures of highlights throughout the year at RELC. Check back often as we update the page as new pictures are available!
PB&J Kids create praise, beauty and joy as they plant flowers!
working together at the Weavers Wholeness Center
Senior weekday worship for homebound and shut-ins
Waiting for lunch at the outdoor worship service in Veteran's Park
Summer Drama Camp brings 46 actors to the stage
Show Choir camp bring the art of "Glee" back for a fourth season with the RELC Sing-sations!
"An Evening Under the Stars" Broadway Cabaret brought cool performances to a hot July Friday night and a great crowd to watch the show!!
TRASH ART Creations during Creation Keeper Camp!
Youth created and ran a Penny Arcade to raise funds for Feed My Starving Children
The Mid Summer Bash on August 4th rounded out a fun summer of faith, fun and fellowship in our neighborhood, community and our world!
Our summer musical presentation of "Guys & Dolls" was well attended and brought much laughter to our community through the wonder of musical theater!
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!
RELC continues to provide a variety of programs for youth and families each year. As with all programs, we continually update our data bank with emergency contact and phone number info on all program participants. If you have auditioned for "Rock Nativity" we have your new 2012/13 registration information. If not, we ask that you fill out the attached form and bring it to the office when you are next at RELC. We continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all children and appreciate your help in keeping us updated. Thank you!
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. ***2013/14 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!
Youth Theatre Company - Drama Ministry and Beyond!
This program started by giving young people a chance to explore the world of creative dramatics through community theatre. From there it has grown in the past eleven seasons to a multi-faceted youth theatre company with a place for all. Those with a love for drama are invited weekly to explore technique and skill development on stage. A love for drama, willingness to memorize, and a commitment to hard work is required for this weekly component. We have two troupes ready for the 2011/12 season; troupes that started meeting again in September. Below is a company photo from our most recent production "Godspell" which had theater capacity performances May 15-17, 2011.
Come and join the fun for this fall. "Once Upon a Musical" Summer Drama Camp was held the week of July 11-15, 2011.
The 2011/12 season will include "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" in December 2011; a Winter Comedy in January, 2012; and The Wizard of Oz in the spring of 2012. Audition information will be posted closer to each show.
Drama Delights meets from 5:30 until 6:25 Wednesday nights for ages Kindergarten through 4th grade.
Main Stage Players meets from 6:30 until 8:30 Wednesday nights for 5th grade and up.
Remember - Youth Theatre Company is for actors who want to embrace theatre; it's not designed to be a child care option. Thank you!
Y-LIFE = Youth-Living in Faith Everyday! This weekly group will take time for scripture and talk that centers around their world as teenagers. Designed for the 6th grade through high school and 18-21 year-old youth mentors groups. Y-LIFE also meets separately for monthly service and fun throughout the year. With the heavy homework load and schedule of high school, dates and times will be determined by the group as schedules permit.
Serving God by Serving Others
It might be dishwashing for a church dinner; it might be packaing meals at Feed My Starving Children. But guaranteed, there's always something happening for youth at RELC. Check out the church calendar or other postings on this website for more information about how youth are furthering God's mission here on earth through faith, fun, fellowship, and service!
We Came - We sang - We danced!
The last week of July, 2010 was full of singing and dancing at Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church's first summer show choir camp. And based on the registration and the talent - it won't be the last time this summer camp is offered! Complete with the comgs from the popular TV show, "Glee" the RELC Sing-sations belted out the tunes of Journey - to Van Halen - with a ballad of Over the Rainbow! We definitely won't stop believing that this group will be around again and performing in musicals and cabarets this coming year on the RELC stage! Welcome to the show, Singsations! To see the entire set - check out the Youtube program here!
The Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church Youth Dessert Theatre Drama Troupe is a great place for mentoring opportunities to happen. Each week there are many ways in which the "olders help the youngers." This is seen at the high school level through the lower elementary ages where youth are helping youth in acting, running lines, stage directions, costuming, sets and make up. There is team work built into the fun and generation to generation mentoring. It's a great place to grow in spirit and ability. For more information about how your K-12 grader can be part of the acting experience, call Mary Beth Weibel at (612) 861-2265 x3.