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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! The Dorsey Family 05.17.2020

Tonight’s devotion is a word of encouragement from the Dorsey family.  Kamaria created this video for a class.  Her assignment was to create a public service announcement related.  Kamaria’s encourages us to be “Stronger Together”!
Click on the link below to see her video.
Thanks Kamaria! We are proud of you and very thankful for you!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

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God is with Us – Picturing God 05.15.2020

Tonight’s devotion comes to us from Janet Bomar.
Click on the link to listen to tonight’s story.

How do you picture God?

 Passage  Name or Image
 Genesis 17:1, Exodus 6:3 the Almighty
 Exodus 3:14 “I am who am.”
 Deuteronomy 4:31 Merciful, Faithful
 Deuteronomy 6:4 Lord, One God
 2 Maccabees 6:14-16 Patient, Merciful
 Psalm 7:12 Just
 Psalm 18:3 Rock of Refuge, Shield, Deliverer, Protector
 Psalm 23:1 Shepherd
 Psalm 103:8-9 Kind, Merciful, Gracious, Slow to Anger
 Psalm 136 Warrior
 Psalm 144 Rock, Mighty Stronghold
 Ecclesiastes 12:1 Creator
 Song of Solomon 2:8 Beloved
 Isaiah 9:5 Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace
 Isaiah 11:2 Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Strength, Knowledge, Forbidding
 Isaiah 40:11 Shepherd
 Isaiah 41:20 Holy One
 Isaiah 42:14 Being in Labor
 Isaiah 44:6 King, Redeemer
 Isaiah 49:15-16 Caring, Faithful Mother
 Hosea 2:21-22 Faithful Spouse
 Hosea 11:1-4 Loving Parent
 Matthew 23:37 Mother Hen Clucking over Her Brood
 John 6:48-51 Bread of Life
 John 10:7 Gate for the Sheep
 John 10:11 Good Shepherd
 John 14:5-6 the Way, the Truth, and the Life
 John 14:25-26 the Advocate, Teacher
 John 15:1 Vine Grower
 1 Corinthians 6:19 Present Within Us
 1 Corinthians 12:7-13 Giver of the Gifts of the Spirit
 Galatians 5:22-23 Giver of the Fruits of the Spirit
 1 Peter 2:4,6 Living Stone, Cornerstone
 1 John 1:15 Light

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God is with Us! Hugs!!!! 05.14.2020

Hello Friends,

Some days I feel like I am handling the pandemic pretty well, and other days I feel on the brink of tears. 


Not being able to hug my granddaughters is THE HARDEST part of the pandemic for me.  On a Zoom call one day, the almost three-year-old granddaughter said, “Grandma I want to hug you.”  I texted something to the girls yesterday evening.  My son, the father of the girls, texted back to say that the four-and-a-half year old granddaughter was feeling very sad because she couldn’t have any hugs from her grandparents or her uncles.  (FYI – one of the “Uncles” is an aunt named Teresa, but when 6 of 7 are uncles, you call them all uncles.  We love them calling her “Uncle Teresa” so please don’t anyone correct them.)


We spent a little time facetiming with the girls, talking about their day, them asking us to show them all of their favorite toys at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  We talked about how Governor Walz has some new rules coming out and that soon we could see one another in groups of less than ten.  We counted out mommy, daddy, sister, grandma, grandpa, and all the “uncles” on our side of the family and it was 10 people and that made them happy.  We counted mommy, daddy, sister, Grammy “Poof”, and the uncles on their mom’s side of the family, and that was 7 people, which also made them happy.


“But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. “ Luke 15:20

This story of one of the world’s best hugs, comes in the story of the Prodigal from Luke 15:11-32.  This is the joy and love of God for each of us, that God runs to us to embrace us.  The joy and excitement I feel when I think about one day hugging the little girls again, gives me a tiny picture of how God feels about each one of us.


Enjoy this great video of creative ways people are finding to give their loved ones hugs.  This is how excited God is to embrace you every single day!


Hug Shield


Grace and peace,

Pastor Karen Bruins


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