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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – March 13, 2020

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

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From the CDC: YOU CAN HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS

  • 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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Welcome and thanks for visiting! Please take a few minutes to explore the site and get a sense of what the LHUMC community has to offer. We also hope you’ll come visit us for worship or an upcoming event. We look forward to connecting with you and going deeper in our faith together. You are welcome here!
 

Rev. Karen Bruins

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Running with Mark 94

 

Day 94 – March 31, 2020

 

Read:

Mark 13:14-23 New Revised Standard Version

This is another difficult reading about persecution and suffering. 

 

One of my heroes is a man who was persecuted and suffered by an evil regime, yet his faith remained strong.  His name was Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  He was a German pastor and theologian who spoke out against the Nazi dictatorship and especially against Hitler’s euthanasia and persecution of the Jews.  Bonhoeffer was imprisoned for trying to overthrow Hitler.  He was executed just two weeks before Germany was liberated.

To learn more about him, check out this introduction to the last 12 hours of his life –

Jim Belcher on Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Listen to Bonhoeffer’s words in his poem “Who Am I?”

Who Am I? a poem by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Music:

He Never Said a Mumbalin Word

 

 

Prayer Focus:

Heroes of the faith

 

Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins


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Running with Mark 93

 

Day 93 – March 30, 2020

 

Read:

Mark 13:9-13 New Revised Standard Version

 

Before we jump in, take a listen to this rendition of “This Little Light of Mine” performed by brass players from the Minnesota Orchestra.  This was recorded at an area lake, while practicing good social distancing.  Since that time even gatherings like this are not encouraged.  But enjoy this joy break! Click on the link below.

You can shut down Orchestra Hall – but you can’t stop the music.

 

This feels like the longest Lent ever!  Lent is such an important season of the church year, as we intentionally focus on our own separation from God, and the great lengths to which God will go to close the gap.  The readings for this late in Lent are always pretty heavy.  Jesus is facing persecution by the Romans and religious leaders.  He faces betrayal by one of his own.  He will be deserted by his friends. 

 

In today’s reading Jesus is warning the disciples that these same challenges face them.

 

What challenges are you facing this Lenten season?

  • Are you home alone?
  • Worried about an elder who you cannot visit?
  • Have your hours at work been cut, or perhaps you have been furloughed?
  • Are you working from home while trying to keep your children safe, healthy and fed?
  • Are you a health care worker facing COVID 19 every day you go to work?

 

During these challenging days, let us remember to turn toward one another and toward God.  Here is a beautiful prayer that comes from the United Church of Canada.

In this time of COVID-19, we pray:
When we aren’t sure, God,
help us be calm;
when information comes
from all sides, correct and not,
help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, God;
help us to reach out with our hearts,
when we can’t touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected,
when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can,
knowing that “perfect love casts out all fear.”

For the doctors, we pray,
for the nurses, we pray,
for the technicians and the janitors and the
aides and the caregivers, we pray,
for the researchers and theorists,
the epidemiologists and investigators,
for those who are sick,
and those who are grieving, we pray,
for all who are affected,
all around the world…
we pray
for safety,
for health,
for wholeness.

May we feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty,
clothe the naked and house those without homes;
may we walk with those who feel they are alone,
and may we do all that we can to heal
the sick—
in spite of the epidemic,
in spite of the fear.

Help us, O God,
that we might help each other.

In the love of the Creator,
in the name of the Healer,
in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all,
we pray.

May it be so.

—A prayer during times of COVID-19 by the Right Rev. Richard Bott, originally posted on Facebook. Moderator Bott encourages the sharing of prayers he posts throughout his term.

 

Music:

How Can I Keep from Singing – Lauren Daigle

Prayer Focus:
Those of any faith, who are persecuted for their faith.

 

Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

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Running with Mark 91

 

Day 91 – March 27, 2020

 

Read:

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Great Commandment

Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, so that you and your children and your children’s children may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

 

 

What lessons do you think are most important for children to learn?

When our four sons were young, every day  I would say to them “I want you to be men of______” and they would say back, “Men of honor, excellence and integrity”.  For us honor meant that you were a person who practiced respect and that you treated others with honor.  Excellence did not mean perfection.  We are all going to make mistakes or behave poorly from time to time.  Excellence meant that we would strive to do our best.  Integrity meant that we would be people who kept our word and acted with integrity.  I used to joke with them when they were going out as teenagers, “Don’t do anything you wouldn’t want your grandmothers to see you doing.”

 

My greatest hope and prayer for my children and grandchildren, and for the children of Lake Harriet UMC, is that they would come to love God with all their heart, soul and might.  Then as Jesus added, “And a second command is like it – you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew 22:39)

 

Music:

You’ve Got to Be Taught” by Rogers and Hammerstein

Mr. Rogers – It’s You I Like   This classic clip should be watched with a tissue at the ready.

 

Prayer Focus:

What lessons from childhood have helped you?  What lessons were unhealthy and you’d like to be rid of?

 

Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins


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Lake Harriet News: March 

Lake Harriet United Methodist Church is a vibrant, active, inclusive congregation whose mission is to welcome, inspire, and nourish its members and community to be the hands and feet of God in the world.

Lake Harriet News is our monthly print newsletter for sharing the church’s programs, services, and abundant opportunities to participate in community ministries. We invite you to click on the image, read the document, and explore the opportunities to live out our mission in your daily life in and through the church.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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