Remaining Connected in Christ as a Community
The staff and leadership of Minnehaha Communion Lutheran church have, at the direction of the the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC, made the decision to suspend the use of our physical building for all community members. Our ministry has developed nicely through other means of live streams, phone calls, and increased community connection. The staff will continue to check in at the physical building and day-to-day operations will continue. The mission of Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church does not stop. It will continue in new ways that will continue to deepen our relationships with God and one another.
Below are the opportunities for connection during the week!
Sunday Morning Worship
Sundays at 9:45 am
First Sunday of the month is worship with Holy Communion.
Download the April 18 2021 Bulletin
Thank you for joining us for worship. You can watch the video of 4/18 worship on Facebook. You do not need a Facebook account to view the video.
We are aware some of you have had issues viewing worship online. While we are working on these at our end, you can try accessing Facebook from the blue box at the bottom of the website (as opposed to the link in the text) or waiting until 11:00 or later to view. Take heart – success will come!
MCLC Covid-19 Plan Highlights
Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of Covid-19 in our building and community. This plan follows the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health, the CDC, the Minneapolis Area Synod (MAS), ELCA, OSHA standards related to Covid-19 and MN Executive Order 20-48. To see the full plan, contact MCLC at 612-722-9527.
Anyone entering MCLC will complete a brief health screen upon entering the building. Names and contact info of those in the building for essential activities will be documented and kept by the Parish Nurse/Deacon in case contact tracing is needed. Lists will be shredded after 3 weeks.
- Hygiene and respiratory etiquette
Handwashing: Anyone entering the building will be required to wash and/or sanitize their hands immediately upon entering the facility. Hand-sanitizer dispensers are at entrances and locations throughout the building.
Respiratory etiquette: Per Minnesota and city of Minneapolis requirements, all persons must wear a face mask. Masks are available at the entrance to the church.
- Controls for social distancing
At present, the building is closed. Current policy “allows for building use for essential meetings for the purpose of facilitating all of our transitional process needs, with all meetings to be held in designated areas” (see full plan). Current Covid-19 guidelines will be followed at each meeting. At this time, community meals and fellowship are not being held.
- Identification and notification of exposure
Individuals will be informed if it is learned that they have been exposed (or potentially exposed) to Covid-19 with a request to quarantine for 14 days. Updates will be given as soon as possible. Information as to the source of the exposure will not be shared, only the date (if known). Names of those exposed will be kept private by the Parish Nurse/Deacon, with the exception of any required reporting to MDH.
- Cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation
Routine cleaning and disinfecting of public areas and restrooms will continue. Participants in on-site activities will clean and disinfect areas and items they have used. No fans will be used during gatherings.
LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE
Beginning Feb. 14, a polar vortex descended over the United States. The harsh conditions severely impacted southern states, such as Texas. With bursting pipes and broken water systems, around 10 million Texans are facing water disruptions. Lutheran Disaster Response is already conducting relief efforts such as supplying water, food and generators to those in need and opening their doors to serve as shelters. Long-term recovery may include repairing water-damaged homes, disaster case management and supporting vulnerable populations. Your gifts ensure that the ELCA will be able to provide help and hope for those whose lives have been devastated by the serve storms in Texas. Gifts designated for “U.S. Severe Storms” will be used entire (100%) for direct response. If you would like to help, please send your gift to: Lutheran Disaster Response, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631-4101
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Every Sunday at 10:45 am starting on September 13, 2020
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Songs of My Life
Second Wednesday of the Month at 7 pm
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If you can only join by audio you can do that by calling 312-626-6799 then enter the meeting ID when prompted which is 869 4220 5974. You’ll be asked to enter a participant ID, but you don’t need to enter one.
Learn more about Songs of My Life Ministry
WOMEN”S BIBLE STUDY (Zoom):
Several women of MCLC are now receiving the “Gather” magazine. In each issue, there is a bible study. Pastor Lee will lead this monthly study by Zoom. The next scheduled study is Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office with your email address so we can send you a Zoom link for this study.
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church is a community of Christians committed to offering a sanctuary from the troubles of life. We believe that Christ’s love is for all people and we welcome people accordingly, without exception and without pretense. We believe the church should be the first place, not the last place, where people can bring their concerns. We seek to understand God and ourselves through relationships, experiences and space.
By working together, we have discovered that hospitality is a key ingredient in valuing all of God’s creation. We show hospitality best when we welcome, accept, and care for others openly and unconditionally, just as God cares for us. It is in these relational opportunities where we all can experience hope, healing and wholeness. Our fellowship is committed to reaching out to the surrounding community and serving Christ by serving others.
Children are an essential part of the worshiping community and accept that their behavior often reflects their emotions. Having a community where children feel secure and supported allows children to grow in resiliency while they experience love and acceptance.
We value Radical Hospitality, Real Relationships, and Responsive Worship.