8 West 60th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419-2553 | (612) 861-2265


Upcoming worship Events, News and schedules.

WE'RE HIRING: Choir Director & Organist

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Richfield Lutheran Church is seeking applicants for the following positions:

-Choir Director


Job Descriptions and Details are attached.


Information is also available on Facebook at:


choir director:    https://www.facebook.com/events/255735174596929/

organist:           https://www.facebook.com/events/814722805277427/

May 17 Make Sandwiches - Feed Others - Feel Good!


"I was hungry and you gave me food..."
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May 17 will be a great "Service with Service" Sunday at the Common Grounds Community Center

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? After a short gathering with song and scripture....we will join together as a community to learn about 363days.orgfrom founder Allan Law. Then we will make hundreds of sandwiches for Allan to distribute to the homeless in our community.

WHEN CAN I DO THIS? Join us May 17 at 10:45 a.m.at Common Grounds Community Center located on the west end of Richfield Lutheran Church

HOW CAN I HELP? CALL MARY BETH AT 612.861.2265 x3 to sign up so we can plan assembly line space for everyone!!!
WHAT CAN I BRING? BETWEEN MAY 03 and May 09  if possible bring one of the following: a loaf of sandwich bread, a package of processed meat (ham, turkey or bologna), american processed cheese slices (no deli please) or zip lock sandwich bags and your willingness to serve God by Serving Others.

HOW CAN I SERVE? All ages, all abilities - together we will make a difference in the fight against hunger in our community!

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD TO OTHERS WHO WANT TO HELP MAKE SANDWICHES:  https://www.facebook.com/events/348551198679476/


  http:// www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/10/allan-law-feeds-the-homeless_n_5966246.html


Common Grounds Community Center Offers Worship, Fellowship and Community!

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A New Way to Meet in the Middle...

For Worship, For Fellowship, For Growth.

Looking for a new style of faith community that works to "be church" not just " do church?" Our 10:45 worship moved to the newly rennovated space last January.  Together with casual worship opportunities that welcome people to join together in conversation, word, song and prayer - we will be hosting monthly gatherings for service and community building as things unfold. 

What does that include? Honestly we don't know all the possibilities but we would love to have you be a part of the "dream team" of this new style of worship and fellowship that will begin the new year "on Common Grounds."

On Sunday January 04, as part of it's 100th year kick off, Richfield Lutheran Church dedicated this new worship space: 

Common Grounds Community CenterCommon Grounds Community Center.  
April 26 - Earth Sunday Worship and TED TALK
MAY 15 - Sing a long Song Coffee House
and Game Night!
We are excited for the other possibilities that it may include as the new year unfolds.

Please pray for this new adventure and join us whenever you can!

The Pastor's Corner


Pastor Rolf Olson

 From the latest issue of "The Good News"


Behind the scenes much is happening at your church—all good. Did you know that we have 50+ neighbors at our Weavers meal each Sunday? Or 50 kids [along with many parents] at our youth drama each Wednesday? Or that many of our people pack meals for thousands of hungry souls each month at Feed My Starving Children? Yes, I know that we are aging and we bemoan our finances, but RELC is making an impact—truly “a community church with a worldwide influence.”

            Last September we met to shape our focus for the remainder of our Centennial Fund Appeal timetable and Centennial year. We highlighted three goals through 2015.

1.       Connecting more effectively with the neighborhood

2.       Welcoming, lively worship in various forms with creative leadership at the helm

3.       More effective communication inside and outside the church

Here’s an update on what is happening.

Neighborhood Connections

We have developed the Common Grounds Community Center. In sum, it is a mission outreach within the church building. By moving our 10:45 service down the hall we have also expanded its mission to be much more connected with our neighborhood. Already we have hosted coffee-shop type activities with MANY guests. We plan to host dinners and concerts in the future. It is certainly a worship experience on Sunday morning, but so much more.

Signs advertise our many activities to passing cars. We have gotten phone calls in response. Summer programming will draw well over 200 youth to our various camps in a safe and nurturing environment. Most of these kids are from our neighborhood—the neighborhood where God placed us 100 years ago and which we are called to serve.


With the departure of Mark Hedman God provided leadership for us in the persons of Patrick Anderson, Robert and Jeong.  Now we are advertising for permanent positions in order to give creative and strong leadership going forward. Feedback indicates that our Lenten midweek dramas, Centennial service and hymn, and Easter celebrations were all well received. More creativity coming! We will offer a Centennial concert on May 31 to showcase our musical talents. Combining this with the Weavers meal and honoring our Special Friends (elders) will make this a memorable event. We will do a joint Pentecost service with Mundo de Paz. The August Centennial weekend will leave a big footprint in our neighborhood.


It’s a different world!... and we are striving to work with it. Electronic communication is the medium of the day. We are redesigning our website and posting regular Facebook updates. We continue to print the “Goodnews,” and we have added the” Centennial Times” to highlight our festivities this year (please pass these along to former members and neighbors!). We have added our regular phone call service which gives everyone updates.

            This only a brief listing of how we are strategically moving forward to shape a healthy future. We have a great message to share and we’re doing our creative best to communicate that. But, without question, the most important communication is word of mouth—i.e., YOU!   When others hear from you about what is happening; when visitors are welcomed by you when they arrive; when strangers are affirmed in Christ’s name---THEN we are on our way to a bright future.

            We’re in this together. Thank you for the partnership in Christ that we share.         


Pastor Rolf Olson

For complete copies of the last three months of "The Good News" newsletter of Richfield Lutheran Church -

please check under the designated tab on the righthand side of this page.



The Colors of the Church Seasons

Color, like music, plays an important role in the life of God's worshiping people. Just as music is the "handmaiden to theology," liturgical color complements the message of the seasons and occasions during the church year. Taking a familiar seat in the sanctuary preceding worship on any given Sunday, and the worshiper's emotions and intellect are immediately engaged by color. Liturgical colors aid in establishing a climate in which Law and Gospel may be heard and received.

Color, like light which is its source, is most helpful when it is pleasing as well as stimulating to the senses. However, let's never forget its primary role in divine worship: Color allows us to see the Light of Life, Jesus Christ. At Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church, we see light reflected in our beautiful Christ window throughout the year in many different ways, depending on the location of the sun and the cloud cover of the morning.  At RELC, we follow the liturgical calendar.   The paraments, vestments, altar clothes, banners, traditionally employed each Sunday, must be seen as more than an attempt to decorate, or give accent to the chancel. They reflect the liturgical season we are currently in. 

Traditionally, five basic colors of a festive, penitential, and neutral nature have been used in most liturgical congregations. At RELC we use blue, white, purple, red, green, and black.  Following the church calendar (that begins with Advent in December) here is a brief listing of what colors go with what seasons:

BLUE is the more contemporary color increasingly used by many congregations in their observance of a new church year. Advent takes place four weeks prior to Christmas

WHITE is the color Christmas and Epiphany and takes us through Transfiguration Sunday - the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.

PURPLE is the color of Lent and is used in church settings from Ash Wednesday through Maundy Thursday.

BLACK  is seen very seldom during the year. It appears on Good Friday and is seen on the altar and cross.  The absense of light and the stark surrounding of the sanctuary send a sobering message of Good Friday.

WHITE is used for the season of Easter that takes us from Easter Sunday 50 days to the beginning of Pentecost.

RED is used on Pentecost Sunday and then during the season of Pentecost, the paraments change to Green. Red is also used in late October for Reformation Sunday.

GREEN is by far the most common color seen during the year. Lutheran Worship calls for its use during the seasons Pentecost.

On Christ the King Sunday, in late November, Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church celebrates the church year by combining every color of the liturgical season into a celebration worship that leads us through the many seasons of the church before we start a new church year, the next Sunday, the beginning of Advent.

We invite you to join us any Sunday morning for worship at see the many colors of the church seasons reflected in our rainbow effected Christ Window at Richfield Lutheran at 9:30am.






at Richfield Lutheran Church.  Call 612.861.2265 for details



Reaching out to our community through Weavers Wholeness Center


Almost two years ago the RELC Weavers Wholeness Center was established to better serve the needs of at-risk families and individuals in our community.  Since then a hot meal and fellowship is offered from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. each Sunday at no charge.  There is a steady participation of 40-50 guests each week plus a crew of faithful RELC servants cooking and mingling.  We have seen friendships develop among the regulars and volunteers and we pray that those hours nurture all in body and soul.


During the past year there have been a number of special holiday events and photos of the Weaver’s Christmas Dinner are included here.  As you can see, there are lots of smiles.  All enjoyed singing, creating greeting cards for nursing home residents, putting together food baskets and dinner with Santa.


WEAVERS is funded entirely outside the RELC annual budget and relies on donations of food (thanks Turtle Bread and Cub), time, and money. To keep this ministry healthy and growing, we need your support.


A Century Ago....

In The Beginning 


In the summer of 1914, the area around our current church looked nothing like it does today.  At that time, Richfield was a little truck farming area with no sidewalks or paved roads.  It was the little village in the shadow of the "big city" of Minneapolis.  It didn't even have public transportation yet.  The streetcar line stopped at the Minneapolis city limits on 50th street and the old Dan Patch railroad line ended at 59 1/2 street on the west side of Nicollet Avenue.  On the east side of Nicollet, just about where CUB Foods currently stands, a pasture was home to cows, chickens and other farm animals.  

     Times have changed and Richfield Lutheran has changed but the faithful continue to evolve.  Exactly 100 years to the day, on January 04, 1915, the community of faith known as Richfield Lutheran Church was born.  A century later we celebrate our rich history and the thousands of people who found RELC to be a place of faith, a place of learning, a place of community.  


Today we hold worship close to that original house pictured above, located at 58


th & Clinton.  We are blessed with a wonderful facility that has replaced wooden boards laid across barrels for people to sit, borrowed hymnals and a portable pump organ with a few keys that didn't work because the mice had chewed through the bellows.  Times have changed and Richfield Lutheran has changed but the faithful continue to evolve.  Exactly 100 years ago to the day, on January 04, 1915, the community of faith known as Richfield Lutheran Church was born.  A century later we celebrate our rich history and the thousands of people who found RELC to be a place of faith, a place of learning, a place of community.  



     The times have changed and our worship styles, facilities and music have evolved.  We continue to gather as a community of faith, boldly envisioning new and creative ways to praise God to a new generation of people.  And yet one thing never changes: we continue to live by God's promise heard that first Sunday a century ago, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20). 


HaRichfield Lutheran Churchppy 100th Birthday, RELC! Follow us here or on Facebook for upcoming centennial celebration year activities, worships and events.



"THE GOOD NEWS" electronic copy - church monthly newsletter

RLC's church newsletter - the Good News - has gone to monthly issues starting with October 2014.  Click below for the latest issues in electronic form!For more information or a printed copy - contact Bonnie Nichols @ 612.861.2265 x1

Faith, Fun and Fellowship 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 January 14 with "PB&J Kids Bible Adventures" 6:30 - 7:30 weekly for Preschool - 3rd Graders  Our "Confirmation Plus" workshops are held the second Saturday of each month resumes in January 2015 after a December break. 


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.



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WELCOME - Come B.R.E.W. with us...

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!



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!


Bible Study Options at RELC

There are seasonal studies and book discussions happening throughout the year at
Richfield Lutheran Church.  Please call the church office at 612.861.2265 to see what options are available at this time!
Men's Ministry Bible Study and Breakfast Fellowship
1st & 3rd Saturday Mornings each month 7:30am
in the Mary Martha Room
Contact the church office, or Earl Evanstad at (612) 861-4793

Women of Faith Coffee & Conversation Group
2ns Saturday morning every other month - resumes September 2014

Wednesday Night Music Options For Adults

At Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church we have two Wednesday night music options for adults:

 6:30pm to 7:30pm - HANDBELLS 

Meets in the Sanctuary

The Top Ten Reasons to Play in the Jubilation Ringers:

 10. JuBELLation!  
 9.   Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings. (It's a Wonderful Life)
 8.   You miss playing in the high school band.
 7.   You enjoy being a ding-a-ling. 
 6.   Develop your eye-hand coordination. 
 5.   You will be a mover and a shaker. 

 4.   Build your biceps. 
 3.   Learning music!
 2.   Team work.
 1.   "Think when the bells do chime, 'Tis angels' music." -George Herbert




7:30pm to 9:00pm - SENIOR CHOIR 

Meets in the Choir Room


The Top Ten Reasons to sing in the Choir:

 10. Your favorite movie is Sister Act.
 9.   The side door conveniently located for early departure. 

 8.   The best way to start the week is on a high note.
 7.   When Pastor Rolf starts “preaching to the choir,” he’ll be preaching to you!
 6.   Enjoy reserved seating on Easter Sunday.
 5.   It's like American Idol, but we let you stay.
 4.   Breathe deeply, oxygenate those tired blood cells after work. 
 3.   Sing your faith with others.  
 2.   Help lead worship.
 1.   Exercise your musical gifts to the glory of God. 


For more information about these Music Ministry programs, contact the church office at (612) 861-2265.


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