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Upcoming worship Events, News and schedules.

FEB 15 ***UPDATE***Make Sandwiches - Feed Others - Feel Good!

WE DID IT!  1284 sandwiches made - many hungry people will be fed through the dedication of Allan Law and 363Days.org.

Many thanks to our community partners:  Cub Foods & Saints Food Service for their generous donations of food and store credit to our cause.  That, along with the cash donations from Souper Bowl of Caring fundraising efforts in January and the "sandwich making crew" donations and our noisy offering -   we collected $517.00 of the $547.00 it cost for sandwich making supplies.  Individuals brought food stuffs so we could make an additional 284 sandwiches beyond our goal.  The other $30, the space, the set up and paper products were given inkind from the Outreach Ministries of Richfield Lutheran Church!  Great job team!

"I was hungry and you gave me food..." 
Common Grounds Community Center's photo.
February 15 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 February 15 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? 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/

LEARN ABOUT 363Days: http:// www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/10/allan-law-feeds-the-homeless_n_5966246.html


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.



Common Grounds Now Open at RLC

Richfield Lutheran Church's photo.
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 will move to their new space starting January 11. 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 Center.

It offers Sunday morning worship, event and activities, occasionally a Sunday noon meal, coffee house venue some days, Wednesday night dinner and activities space and who know what else.

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 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

Jo Magnuson@ 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!

The Pastor's Corner


Pastor Rolf Olson

 From the latest issue of "The Good News"

Dear Friends—

Change is in the air. Pastor Mike’s leaving certainly left a void in our pastoral leadership. I have been VERY busy trying to cover all the daily pastoral duties, worship planning and leadership, emergencies and special events (weddings and funerals) as well as visiting our homebound saints. Pastor Mike’s call to serve us would have ended next year so his new church provides much more security for him and his family. (I’d say it is a “God thing.”) I appreciate your patience  as we try to sort out our leadership needs.

Now, with the departure of Mark Hedman, we face another void. Mark has served us well for over six years. His skill on the keyboards is phenomenal.  Moving forward we will need to fill in leadership for the holidays as well as look for long-term musical coverage.  For our staffing needs we will look for someone – or people--who can lead our choirs and worship services. This will require creativity on our part to craft position descriptions as well as patience and prayers from you to support us in the search.

We don’t want to rush forward and simply fill positions. We want to act strategically to accomplish our goals. In a September planning session we listed three priorities for the next year:

1.       Connecting with our neighborhood        

2.       Welcoming worship lively/ dynamic/ engaging

3.       Internal/external communication (signs, mailings, phone calls, internet, etc.)

Now we will move forward with staffing to advance these priorities. We’d love to have a new person (or persons) on board shortly into the new year, but the exact details are yet to be finalized. Please pray for our work. We trust that God has a person in mind. We just need to make that connection happen.

When I arrived here eight years ago the mood was sour. You had been through several interim pastors and a short-term senior pastor. Several people were blunt with me: “why would you want to come here?” The fear, anger, and depression were almost palpable. I sense a bit of that now. Let’s turn that around! Of course our future will not be a repeat of the past (people wanted me to recreate the Rasmussen days). The world of 2014 is not the world of 1960—or even 2000. The challenges are daunting. We all need an extra dose of encouragement—and patience with each other.

Please remember: we have a God of resurrection! We have a God who came in Jesus to walk beside us. The Holy Spirit is blowing through our church in so many ways (how ‘bout our recent Fall Festival—well over 500 people visited us for a wonderful day). We have a God who calls us from the future to join in creating a great future together. So—patience and prayers , please. Be open to a different future than our past. Always focus on our mission of following Jesus rather than promoting an institution or traditions.

We’re in this together. It will be good.                                                                                                        

Soli deo gloria! (To God alone be the glory)                                                                               

Pastor Rolf Olson


Dear Friends,

Change is in the wind! Obviously, with the impending departure of Pastor Mike we have staff changes coming. We are certainly sad to see him go, but we knew it was coming in the next year unless something drastic changed in our finances (his position has been funded, not by our budget, but by our three-year Centennial Fund Appeal which ends next August). What does his departure mean for RELC’s future?

     Short term, it means that I will preach more and cover all emergencies. I will be in Korea for three weeks at Thanksgiving so we will have a couple of guest preachers. Also, it will certainly change leadership for Weavers.

     Long term, we are working on that. Your leaders are doing some strategic thinking to determine exactly what outcomes we want to achieve over the next two years. This will determine how we will allocate ministry tasks and what staff we will consider hiring. Pastor Mike was called to develop evangelism and young adult ministry. Weavers Wholeness Center was started to help in these areas. I will spend more time with Weavers and evangelism. This area will not be dropped! Our strategic planning team will consider other areas that need attention, such as home visitation and worship. It is clear that something like the previous Stephen ministry or our phone calling ministry need to be reconsidered. We have plenty of caring resources within our congregation!

     Over the month of September I will preach sermons that outline our current state and directions that I believe we need to go. As we approach our Centennial year it is timely that we revisit our mission and how we are living that out. For the past 100 years we have lived with the mindset that people will come to us and that we need to welcome them. Welcoming people is not enough anymore. Inviting them,  going out to them is the order of the day now. It is a 180 degree turn from our past patterns. We are not a churched society. Most of our neighbors are clueless about Jesus except what they see on TV or what we tell them. Our Centennial Mission Fund and Pastor Mike’s position were based on this new reality. With his departure we need to consider how we will continue moving into the future. This will be the focus of my sermons.

     Dear friends: we have choices to make. Many of these are difficult and emotional. But the world is moving ahead whether we like it or not. Our choice is how to respond. The outcomes for us will be determined by the choices we make.

     In all this we ask the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Please pray for me and for our leaders. It’s a challenging and exciting time. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future. In that assurance we move forward. To discuss all this we will offer a congregational information session on Sunday, Oct. 5 or 12. Please watch for more information.

Your fellow servant,


Pastor Rolf Olson


The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. And he thrust out the enemy before you and said, ‘Destroy’. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
Dear Friends--
I perceive a lot of anxiety around us these days. There is so much unspoken nervousness and fear about so many things—war, economy, politics, climate, immigration. It seems like our world is constantly on edge with little flexibility. Our relationships go the same way—tense, rigid. I’m sure you’ve seen it and probably experienced it up close and personal.
Never has there been a better reason to have a daily prayer life, a time set aside to simply rest in God’s caring arms and let go. When we are on edge our bodies and spirits wear out. The fear we feel saps the energy that we could use in more positive ways. Those minutes that we give to resting in God’s caring arms permeate every other hour of the day. Our perspective brightens up. Our relationships improve.
From a historical perspective, today’s stresses are more the norm than the exception. In centuries past there were always the fundamental questions of safety (will that other tribe attack us?) and food (will our cops get the rain they need so that we can store up supplies for the winter?), etc. Fear was the dominant emotion.
That’s why the phrase “fear not” is used 365 times in the Bible (one for each day!). That’s why the passage I quoted above is so wonderful. As the hymn says, we “lean on the everlasting arms” of God. God is indeed our dwelling place, not fear, not trouble, not disaster.
How else can we go forward but wrapped in God’s everlasting arms? How else can we recover from tragedy than knowing this is true?
The words which follow our Bible passage complete the thought for us: “So Israel dwelt in safety.” 
God’s promise is that we will dwell there eternally as well. In that promise we can find rest each day.
Pastor Rolf Olson


Dear Friends,
     For the past few days Nancy and I have hosted Pastor Paul Mdumi from Tanzania, and many of you got to meet him. He is a most interesting man. He is a Lutheran pastor and a former student of ours. But he is so much more. He left Wazo Hill congregation a few years ago to get an advanced degree (after our Richfield group worshipped there). During this time he also began a business of supplying food to ships coming into the port of Dar es Salaam. It has gone very well. He has also started three other businesses. On Monday, July 21, we visited an egg farm here so he could learn from American poultry practices. Paul is an eager learner and excellent businessman. 
    I find this inspiring because he connects his faith so closely with his work. He employs over ten people now, some of whom have been hurt in their previous jobs and he has given them a second chance. He gives away generous amounts of his income to help orphans. He bought all sorts of gifts for family and friends while here. In our conversations about whether he should get back in the pulpit (which he deeply wants to do), I told him, “Paul: the Kingdom of God needs more than preachers to accomplish its mission.” He clearly has the gift for building successful businesses.
    It’s all part of stewardship and God’s mission. Each of us has talents to use in serving God’s world. Some preach. Some do electrical or plumbing work. Some teach. Some build businesses. A core belief for Lutherans is “the priesthood of all believers.” By virtue of our baptism we are ordained--called to be priests— called to use our talents in service to Christ’s mission wherever that might be. None is better or greater than the other. We are all needed.
    Pastor Mdumi is an example of the diversity of services that we can provide, and how we can move from one area to another, always serving the one common mission of Christ: to love and serve our neighbor and to care for God’s beautiful creation.
Pastor Rolf Olson


Unbinding our Future

Dear Friends,

We have been working through various aspects of evangelism the past few weeks. About 40 RELCers have been meeting in small groups to discuss this more deeply through Unbinding Your Heart, but all of us in worship have been exploring it together on Sunday mornings. It is a fact that most Lutherans do not talk about what we believe. It is also obvious that if we don’t talk about it, then others will have little reason to come near us to explore what the Christian faith might offer them. The sad outcome is the demise of the Lutherans.

BUT!!! RELC is working to change that direction. We have been working at a positive understanding of evangelism: “sharing something you enjoy with others that you like.”  Isn’t that great? We do it with recipes, with gardening tips, with sports stories. Why not with the deepest meaning in our lives? With that positive understanding we can talk with others and explain what is behind our worship, our lives of loving service, our focus on forgiveness over revenge.

Long after our six weeks emphasis is over we will need to continue to build on this focus. A baby step now will need to be followed by giant steps into our future. Please continue to pray for this process. We will talk more about this at a congregational information session after worship on Sunday,  June 29. Please make every effort to attend.

Your fellow servant in Christ,


Pastor Rolf Olson

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





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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