A Message From Pastor Sally
When the MCLC staff first learned that we needed to suspend all of our in-person activities, including worship, we wondered if ministry would continue. We quickly discovered that the answer was “yes.” MCLC still is living into its vision to “build relationships with Christ and each other” and its mission “by engaging community in hope, healing, and wholeness.” The way we accomplish our work just does not look like anything it did before. Yet, it is just as important – if not more important – than before. MCLC has created more opportunities to be together virtually. When you look over the offerings we have developed in this time, you will see how our creative juices began to flow. In our planning, we saw the challenge and the opportunity that this crisis presented to us. By offering more points of connection, we trust that MCLC friends, neighbors, and members will feel less isolated and more connected. We hope that knowing we are not alone, knowing that help is available, and having a group to hear our joys and concerns, will contribute to the health of individuals and our community.
Your continued offerings will assist us in these new ministry ventures. In all things, we trust in God’s provision throughout all time and circumstances.
Below you will find alternate opportunities for giving. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Any gifts you would like to make to the church can be received in three ways. Regular mail, dropped off in the drop box at church, or through our online giving platform by clicking the Give button.
“As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.”
– 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NRSV)
MCLC also wants to give you ways to support the local community and beyond. Here are a few opportunities we recommend:
MN Disaster Recovery Fund (https://www.givemn.org/story/Minnesotadisasterrecoveryfund): The Minnesota Council on Foundations and the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation announced a new, nearly $4.4 million statewide fund backed by 28 foundations. The money will go to six Minnesota Initiative Foundations and other grant-makers to support residents, small businesses and nonprofits.
Headwaters Foundation for Justice (https://headwatersfoundation.org/) is trying to raise $1 million to support community organizing and other efforts to advocate for sick leave and prevent housing evictions, especially among low-income people of color, who face wider health and education disparities.
ELCA Disaster Response (https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response) brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to those whose lives have been disrupted by disasters, including COVID 19, in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, they stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.