8 West 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419-2553 | (612) 861-2265
8 West 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419-2553 | (612) 861-2265
Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?’~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr~
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
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!
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!
The readers have voted - and we were surprised to find out:
Richfield Lutheran Church made the "Best of 2014" as chosen by the Richfield Sun Current in the categories of:
A) Best Pastoral Leadership - Pastor Rolf Olson
B) Best Youth Group - The Y-LIFE Youth
Thank you everyone for this wonderful honor. We will continue to make you proud in 2014 - and beyond!
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.
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!
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!