8 West 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419-2553 | (612) 861-2265
8 West 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419-2553 | (612) 861-2265
Congratulations Confirmation Class of 2013 - Confirmed October 27, 2013. You are both amazing ..
.........and silly - and we love you bunches!!!!
They came together along with their underclass people for two years of saturday workshops. Now they are technically adult members of Richfield Lutheran Church - watch as they make a difference in the world around us by living their motto "Serving God by Serving Others." For More information about Confirmation Plu - our 4th - high school Christian Education Program - contact Mb Weibel at 612.861.2265 x3
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!
Rejoice – the Child is Coming! Often, the hustle and bustle of preparing for
Christmas is outshone by the amount of presents, cards and cookies you prepare
or consume. In this season of Advent, we
invite you to reconnect with the Advent Wreath with a few minutes each day to
reflect on your blessings and how you can share with the world in simple and
meaningful ways. Join us Sundays in
December at Richfield Lutheran Church as we count our blessings and light
the Advent Wreath. Our themes of Hope,
Love, Joy and Peace will include weekly readings that include reflection and
application into our everyday world. Each
week an additional reading will be added to this site for your reflection. Rejoice, the Child is Coming!
THE HISTORY OF THE ADVENT WREATH
The Advent wreath, or Advent crown, is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage
of the four weeks of Advent in the liturgical calendar of the Western church. It is usually a horizontal evergreen wreath with four candles and often, a fifth, white candle in
the center. Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, the lighting of a candle
can be accompanied by a Bible reading and prayers. An additional candle is lit
during each subsequent week until, by the last Sunday before Christmas, all four
candles are lit. Many Advent wreaths include a fifth, Christ candle which is
lit at Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The custom is observed both in family
settings and at public church services.
The ring or wheel
of the Advent wreath of evergreens decorated with candles was a symbol in
northern Europe long before the arrival of Christianity.
The circle symbolized the love of God which has no beginning and no end while
the evergreens and lighted candles signified the persistence of life in the
midst of winter. Some sources suggest the wreath—now reinterpreted as a
Christian symbol—was in common use in the Middle Ages, others that it was
established in Germany as a Christian custom only in the
16th century. There is evidence of pre-Christian Germanic peoples using
wreathes with lit candles during the cold and dark December days as a sign of
hope in the future warm and extended-sunlight days of Spring Its the coming of
2013 Weekly Advent Candle Reading and Reflection
Advent 1: “Hope” December 01 - Today is the beginning of
Advent. In this season of preparation it
is a time for us to look beyond how we worship in our Sunday lives to how we
live and interact with God’s people everywhere in our Monday world. It is here that we meet others in the name of
Christ. It is here that we will love,
care and embrace the world. On this
first Sunday in Advent we light the Prophecy Candle. In a world that is often unreal and computer
generated, we sometimes cannot separate the unbelievable from the
believable. In a world where doubt is
the norm – let us remember that for God all things are possible. Let us be hopeful for all things God lays
before us. And in the words of the prophet
Isaiah, we remember that during this busy season – our true job is to prepare
for the gift that comes in a child this Christmas. Let us stop often in our daily lives and
remember to prepare the way of the Lord in both our hearts and in our actions
with others. Listen – and prepare for the Child of Hope is coming!
Advent 2: “Peace” December 08 - Today is the second Sunday
of Advent. We lit the first candle – the prophecy
candle – to remind us that God’s word is real regardless of how unbelievable it
many seem in our lives. The second candle of
Advent is the Bethlehem Candle.
It is the candle that represents the uncertainty of life as Joseph and
Mary travel to Bethlehem. Their journey is one of faith to a place
where many cultures and religions clashed together. A tiny town of Bethlehem that was certainly
overcrowded, filled with many customs and languages In a time and place when it would have been
so easy to say, “not my problem” one inn keeper and family offered the gift of
hospitality for a struggling couple – a struggling couple who was very pregnant
with child. The warmth of a stable was
certainly humble but most welcoming at a time when others had shut the door on
this soon to be family. In our world
today, let us be reminded that a word of welcome is often the only peace we can
give to others. Listen – for the Child
of Peace is coming!
Advent 3: “Joy” December 15 - Today is the third Sunday
of Advent. We lit the first candle – the
prophecy candle – to remind us that God’s word is real regardless of how
unbelievable it many seem in our lives.
We lit the second candle of Advent – the Bethlehem Candle – to remind us
of how we can be hospitable in the world around us. We light the Shepherd’s Candle. The shepherds represent any of us who work in
the world to make a living for our families.
Our jobs, whatever they are, give us the incomes we need to provide for
our families and ourselves. And in the
darkness of their lonely nights under the stars, the shepherds were commanded
to leave their livelihood, leave their sheep and journey into the night
following God’s command to “Go to Bethlehem and see this great
joy.” As we light this candle – we need to ask ourselves–
would we go? Would we leave all we have
to follow God’s command? In our world today that often requires us to leap into
new and uncharted circumstances, let us remember that God is always with us to
guide and lead us. Let us find joy in
the journey – wherever it takes us.
Listen – the child of Joy is coming!
Advent 4: “Love” December 18 – (Lit during the Traveler’s Christmas) or December 22
Today is the fourth Sunday
of Advent. We lit the first candle – the
prophecy candle – to remind us that God’s word is real regardless of how
unbelievable it many seem in our lives.
We lit the second candle of Advent – the Bethlehem Candle – to remind us
of how we can be hospitable in the world around us. We lit the third candle – the Shepherd’s
Candle – to remind us that God is with us in this journey of life. We light the
fourth candle – the Angel’s Candle. The words are familiar to most of us
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising
God” We’ve heard the words – we sing the
song “Go Tell it on the Mountain” but the question to each of us is “How do we
shout the Good News of Jesus to those we meet in our world today? Do we shout it from the mountain tops or
whisper it in fear of what others will think.
Will we stand alone in truth or just silently among the masses? Will we
be a voice for the voiceless around the world? When society cowers with
political correctness – let us step out boldly, with confidence and yet
lovingly – “That Jesus Christ is born!” Listen
– the child of Love is coming!
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
We are Christ's ambassadors in the world!
You will never know where you will find the youth of RELC making a difference in their neighborhood, community or the world. Our motto is to 'Serve God by Serving Others' and that might find us at worship, teaching Sunday School, working a church dinner, packing meals at Feed My Starving Children and sharing faith, fun and fellowship over a stack of pancakes at Perkins or a board game afternoon at the church.
DRAMA MINISTRY – MORE THAN JUST THEATER…
Well..the set is cleared, the lights are down and the costumes and props are almost put away...I guess that means the house is dark...for awhile anyway! This past weekend, a cast and crew of over 100 adults and children worked together to bring a double bill production to the RELC Theater that included “Bye Bye Birdie and Rock and Roll is Here to Stay!” And I hope many of you got to see the show because the talent of our young people and supporting adults in the Richfield Lutheran Youth Theater Company is amazing!
Our younger troupe Drama Delights, learned how to have stage presence, project their voices, memorize dialogue, work together as a team of 20 and sing and dance their way into your hearts with a pre-show that told the history of Rock & Roll. Then, the Main Stage Players brought together 4th grade through 23 year olds in a full length Broadway musical (no junior versions here) of Bye Bye Birdie. But our drama ministry program is MORE THAN JUST A GREAT SHOW! And I feel a need to share that story with all of you…
You see, the finished product that the audience sees is but icing on a cake that is filled with many layers. The basis of all productions is grounded in the RELC mission statement. How? Let me tell you.
It invites all children – all talent levels – a place to do quality theater without the fear of rejection or inability to be involved because of cost. Theater is expensive and many of our production companies around town charge $100-$500 fees to be in shows. At RELC, the fees are minimal ($50 a show or less) and no child is turned away because they cannot pay the fee. That is covered by the Faith Development Ministry scholarship budget. While in production, youth learn to sing, dance and act along the way. For our high school plus cast, they are given opportunity to learn life skill tools like being accomplished actors, student directors, lighting designers, choreographers, stage managers and costumers – all skills that can turn into careers.
It is more than just putting on a show. You see, the acting and performances are the end result of living out the RELC Mission Statement. Theater involves ways to "love one another" with care and compassion, reach out to all people in our community and not just congregational members, inviting and involving everyone - all of this through the stage door! During the four plus months of rehearsals, the families involved in the show share their joys and struggles together and for many reach out to tap our ministry base beyond drama. Some, even have decided to make RELC their church home for other ministry options. Together our “theater family” form a small group ministry that laughs and cries with each other as we experience life on a daily basis. Many have become close-knit beyond the show.
The wonder of being a part of a production help young people and families achieve confidence, mentoring, fellowship and intergenerational opportunities through being on stage, part of the production crew and being part of a show family. In addition to long rehearsals, the youth come to support other church functions as part of their “give back” to the church that provides them with a theater and place to hone their talents. They do service projects around the church and in the community and do creative fundraising (like Cabaret Night) to help support the theater program, too.
Youth Drama gives a portion of each ticket sale to help in the upgrade and upkeep of the theater that includes equipment like wireless mics, lighting, cabling and sound enhancements that make our theater better and more appealing – as well as enhancing all the other functions that happen in the Fellowship Hall. And…we even have “patrons of the arts” who have given financial gifts to support the needs of the youth theater.
But the RELC Youth Theatre Company is more than just good theater - each production is grounded in both scripture and virtue/value base living examples – like understanding and talking together about the “Bye Bye Birdie” themes that promote acceptance of cultural and intergenerational conflicts that are not just a thing of the past – but a part of everyday life for all of us. Virtues and values are stressed as an intergenerational group of actors and adults come together with respect for each other. It is the “body of Christ” in motion – as without all elements working together – the show could not go on!
As you can see – the layers of this cake are many! Together our goals for drama ministry are to find ways to work things out, share in our variety of religious and cultural backgrounds, live in a theater world that allows actors to perform in all roles, share in a community outreach without the bottom line $ being the basis for ministry support, provide a place for adults and youth to work together and embrace a ministry that is to always further God’s kingdom and not just make every actor part of the RELC congregational base. And I think our youth theater company is doing a great job at accomplishing those goals!
And… if we also make others happy by watching the show, make people forget about their troubles for a few hours, make congregational members feel a part of the production through their donations of props and costumes, bring 500 community people through the theater who learn about the many facets of RELC through displays and playbills, -(and make enough revenue to pay the costs of a show and still have seed money to bring future productions to the stage) well, then we have iced a truly wonderful cake called outreach ministry!
And finally, I need you to know that before each performance, the entire company gets together for prayer. We thank God for the day, for each other, for the talents we have received, the abilities and facilities we have to perform and bring joy to the hearts of our audience. This weekend, I heard many prayers but these three petitions need to be shared with you:
“Thank you God for Richfield Lutheran for being my theater home.”
“Thank you God for Richfield Lutheran and it’s people for giving us a nice place where I can be a star”
“Thank you God, for Richfield Lutheran being part of my family”
And that my friend, is why youth drama is part of the outreach ministries of RELC.! This is the “News From Faith Development Ministries” for this issue. Grab a copy of the new RELC brochure in the Narthex for more summer programming options happening at RELC and share it with others! Thank you for your support!
RICHFIELD LUTHERAN - A PLACE FOR ALL AGES
We embrace children in church where the littlest voices engage in church as they coo and cry, talk and giggle in praise to the Lord. Our "Sunday School" is on Wednesday Nights and Faith Education resumes September 11 with "PB&J Kids Bible Adventures" 6:30 - 7:30 weekly for Preschool - 3rd Graders (See September 08 Kick off article on the side bar for details). Our "Confirmation Plus" workshops are held the second Saturday of each month startingSeptember 14 from noon - 5 p.m.
Children's Bulletins are available for littles as well as busy bags during both worship services Sunday. See an usher for details. Changing stations are located in our restrooms
Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church: a place for everyone,
where faith, fun, and fellowship go hand-in-hand.
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!
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.
FAITH LINK By integrating experiences of education and worship, children’s understanding of life together among God’s people is greatly enhanced.Worship and Sunday School provide many opportunities for children to practice their faith development through life skill development.
Development of healthy faith development can happen in many ways. Some happen in worship, like celebrating the sacraments, praying for others, sharing God’s peace and singing faith and praise. Others take place beyond the worship setting; praying at home, forgiving one another, sharing faith with others, serving God by serving others and working for justice in our world and local communities. Connection of children and families with their congregational family and community provides a strong link for putting our expressions of faith into action.
A key component to faith development is application development. Showing faith through example and participation encourage children of all ages to celebrate and share in the congregational growth and development of faith in action. Children, families, congregation, worship and education are key foundation stones for our building of faith and life long learning habits that can be strengthened in all of us. Who teaches a child about faith and worship – we all do!