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Online Worship Only This Weekend

9:00a Sunday
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Relationships Sermon Series 

Spring 2020 has brought some new challenges we have never faced before: social distancing, at home learning, fears about a very real virus, job stress, financial stress, and of course the shortage of toilet paper! How are we getting along with one another living in such close quarters, or in being isolated alone in one’s house/apartment? The pandemic has people feeling and exhibiting a whole range of emotions: from fear, boredom, loneliness, anxiety, crankiness, despair, hope and more.


In this series we are going to spend five weeks talking about our emotional and spiritual health. Emotional health and spiritual health are tied to one another. You can’t have one without the other. Each week we will explore a new theme and learn a new skill. 



Dear Friends,

Lake Harriet UMC cares about you, our community and our world. Please be advised of the following changes and cancellations in order to comply with the guidelines put out today by Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health.

  1. Sunday – No “in person” worship. Please join worship via Live Stream.  We will stream one worship service at 9:00a. A recording of the service will also be available to watch later. Go to the church website, click on the “Media” button at the top of the page and scroll down to “Live Stream.” https://www.lakeharrietumc.org/stream/   There is always a “Live Stream” reminder post on Facebook on Sunday mornings that will direct you to the live stream too.
  2. All in-person ministries of the church are shut down until further notice, with the exception of the Lake Harriet Preschool, which will still be in session. Keeping the number of people in the building to an absolute minimum will help prevent the spread of illness.
  • No Wednesday dinner or activities until further notice. The Health Department guidelines require a six-foot space between people, which would make having a meal together, singing in a choir or playing bells really tough!
  • Godly Play, Youth groups, adult small groups and team meetings, are also on hold until further notice.
  • Activities of outside groups that meet in the building is also on hold.


While we are “social isolating” ourselves to help prevent the spread of illness, this does not mean that we will be socially isolated.  The staff is working on creative ways to bring worship, and other spiritual enrichment opportunities to you using technology.  I am still blogging the “Running with Mark” series so every day there is a new devotional reading which can be found on the church website and on Facebook. There are virtual meeting websites that can allow us to do discussions/Bible study and may also be accessed by ministry teams that need to meet. 

What can you do?

  1. Pray for the containment of this virus. Pray for health care workers and public health workers. Pray for those who are ill.
  2. Reach out to members of the congregation by phone or email. Make it a point to reach out to our folks who live alone.
  3. Your continued generosity in supporting the church will help us weather this storm. https://www.lakeharrietumc.org/give-pay-pledge/
  4. Remember the clients who use the Joyce Uptown Foodshelf. These folks are perhaps the most vulnerable. Lorrie Sandelin, Director of the Foodshelf suggests cash donations are the most helpful at this time. We will bring the milk products we have been collecting to them at a later date. Consider making a donation to Joyce at joyceuptownfoodshelf.org. Click on the donate button. There may also be serving opportunities at the food shelf as a new method of food distribution is implemented (pre-packaged food boxes) to mitigate the spread. Watch for specific ways you can help.


Friends, I know that this is an uncertain and perhaps scary time. If you would like to talk and pray (by phone, online etc.) please know that I am available. Reach out to me at karen.bruins@lakeharrietumc.org 


This situation is fluid so please do check the website and social media for updates.


Trust in God. Hear these words from Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you, do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you.”


Grace and peace,

Pastor Karen Bruins



  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
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God is with Us! Here’s to the misfits! 05.20.2020

Hello Friends,
Minnesota’s “Stay-at-Home” order went into effect on March 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
For seven weeks now we have experienced some of the very best in humanity in responding to the Corona virus precautions.  Sadly, we have also seen some of the worst in humanity.
A restaurant owner, who has been working in the industry for more than three decades, said the the patrons on Mother’s Day were the most difficult he has ever had.   There was no empathy for the workers who were swamped and trying to get the orders out.  Customers were rude and one person almost became violent. There was just a whole lot of privilege.  “I want my pancakes and I want them right now.”
I understand that people are anxious and feeling cooped up.  But contrast the restaurant owner’s experience with the stories Lorrie Sandelin shares from the clients of the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf.  Every week Lorrie meets clients who are in tears because they are so grateful for the food.  Last week she received cards hand drawn by children who received food, expressing their thanks.
Who will you be during this pandemic?  Will you be the crabby pancake guy, or the filled-with-gratitude person?
Make this the day to choose to be extra kind, extra patient, extra loving and extra generous.  
Here’s to the Crazy Ones, by Rob Siltanen
Here’s to the crazy ones.  
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.  
The ones who see things differently. 
They’re not fond of rules.  
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. 
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, 
are the ones who do.

Galatians 6:9
So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

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God is with Us! Manifesto: the Mad Farmer Liberation Front, a poem by Wendell Berry

Practice Resurrection my friends, practice resurrection.
I love the idea that resurrection is not just an event that took place 2000 years ago.  Resurrection is a verb, it is an action.  It is something we do.
We practice resurrection when we offer kindness instead of criticism, hope instead of despair, justice instead of the staus quo. 
We practice resurrection when we donate to the Joyce Uptown Foodshelf. 
We practice resurrection when we choose to wear a mask to protect those who are vulnerable to the Corona virus.
We practice resurrection when we check on our neighbors and the person who lives alone.
We practice resurrection when we perform random acts of kindness.
Spend some time with the words of poet Wendell Berry.  Click on the link to hear his poem.
How will you practice resurrection today?
Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

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Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III | The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery

This video is 22 minutes long and well worth every minute.
The speaker is Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, pastor of Trinity Church Chicago.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

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