The staff and leadership of Minnehaha Communion Lutheran church have, at the direction of the the Minnesota Department of Health, the office of the Governor, and the CDC, made the decision to suspend the use of our physical building for all community members. Our ministry will take on a new form 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. We will all be learning together through this new process, so we ask for your patience and continued support as we explore this new reality.
Below are the opportunities for connection during the week!
Watch the Worship service below or on Facebook. Don’t worry, you don’t need a Facebook account to watch the video.
A word before the service for May 31, 2020 – Pentecost:
Hello members and friends of Minnehaha Communion. Since last week, so much trauma has transpired in our community and neighborhood.
The murder of George Floyd by a 3rd precinct police officer is first on my mind. What a tragedy! We pray for George Floyd’s family and the black community who suffers once again at the hands of a system that is set up to keep them down. We want to be a part of the change in that system and a part of the healing of the black community.
According to the Minneapolis Riots Map, over 400 buildings have been burned or damaged. What devastation! We are thankful that there was no more major damage done last night. We pray for all the business owners and all the neighbors who have been affected by the destruction. Some of our members already have been a part of the clean-up and help near Lake Street. We will continue to find ways to be involved as we stand with our neighbors.
We also pray for the Native American community who has experienced severe damage to their property. With the murder of Mr. Floyd and the destruction of Lake Street businesses, the Native American community has to witness what is occurring on the land of the Dakota people. Pastor Marlene Helgamoe spoke about her Native American community. She affirms that they also have suffered long-standing racism and injustice at the hands of the Minneapolis police department. Therefore, they stand with their African American relatives. We pray for the Native American community, as well. We want to be a part of a neighborhood that respects each other and respects the Dakota land and on which we stand.
It’s a complex, challenging and painful time. Our worship today reflects the complexity. You will have an opportunity to grieve, lament, and confess. You also will have an opportunity to rejoice, give thanks, and celebrate the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit is present in this troubling time, is persistent in changing us, and is insistent on renewing, restoring, and recreating humanity and the world.
See the faces of friends old and new! Hosted by Intern Kaye, this will be a time to connect after worship. We will check-in and talk about the different ways God is showing up in our lives as we adjust to this new way of life. Feel free to bring your own drink and treat, but it’s not required.
Or, to join via phone only call 312-626-6799 then enter the meeting ID 923 5990 1439. It will ask you for your participant ID if you have one, don’t enter anything and you’ll be added to the call.
Faith and Prayer Online Bible Study
A new Bible Study will premiere on Friday morning at at 10 am and will be available right here or on Facebook!
Monday Kid Time with Richard and Joanna
Every Monday from 1:00-1:30 pm kids are invited to join us in a special video chat so you can see and talk to us and all your Sunday School friends! We will sing, read Bible stories, play games, have special show-and-tell and share some fun crafts and activities you can do on your days at home.
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.