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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! 05.10.2020 Mothering Day

Hello Friends,
Today is Mother’s Day, or as it is called in some countries, “Mothering Day”.  
On this day we honor all of the women who helped to raise us: moms, step-moms, aunties, foster moms, grandmothers, coaches, church school teachers, mentors and more.
Please enjoy “The Mommy Book” read by Janet Bomar, Director of Children and Family Ministries.  

The Mommy Book

In “The Faith We Sing” hymnal we have at church, there is a hymn called, “Mothering God”.  It was inspired by Julian of Norwich a 14th-century mystic, (c. 1342–c. 1416).  Jean Wiebe Janzen wrote the poem.  Click on the link to hear the hymn.

Mothering God

Mothering God, you gave me birth
in the bright morning of this world.
Creator, source of ev’ry breath,
you are my rain, my wind, my sun.

Mothering Christ, you took my form,
offering me your food of light,
grain of new life, and grape of love,
your very body for my peace.

Mothering Spirit, nurt’ring one,
in arms of patience hold me close,
so that in faith I root and grow
until I flow’r, until I know.
Pause today and give thanks for the women who have shaped your life, and for the God who is a Mother to us all.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

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God is with Us! 05.09.2020

A Collect – by Mary Stewart, Colorado 1904
Keep us, O God, from pettiness;
let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault finding
and leave off self- seeking.
May we put away all pretense
and meet each other face to face,
without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment,
and always generous.
Let us take time for all things,
Make us to grow calm, serene and gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses,
straightforward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize it is 
the little things that create differences,
that in the big things in life we are one.
And may we strive to touch and to know 
the great, common heart of us all.
And, O Lord God, let us not forget to be kind.

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God is with Us! 05.08.202

Hello Friends,
Sunday we continue with the sermon series “Relationships in the Age of Covid-19”.    Relationships can be tricky, especially in this stressful time of social-distancing, working and schooling from home and fear about the virus.
At some point over these last six weeks the chances are good that every single one of us has lost our cool, snapped, said something we regretted,  or just not been a kind person.
Learning to ask for forgiveness, and to offer forgiveness are important pieces of growing into emotional and spiritual maturity.
Brene Brown came out with a really great podcast featuring the work of Dr. Harriet Lerner’s on apologizing.  I found it very helpful, and a good fit for our sermon series, so I pass it on for you to listen.
Brene Brown says,
“I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to apologize A LOT over the past six weeks – which makes this the perfect time to lean into Dr. Harriet Lerner‘s work on apologizing.
This two-episode podcast special is based on a course that Harriet and I did together on her groundbreaking book, “Why Won’t You Apologize: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts.”

When you listen, you can expect authentic, hard conversations (and one helluva role play) about making mistakes, healing hurts, and being brave.

During a time of deep uncertainty and anxiety – when many of us have struggled to be our best selves all of the time – apologizing has never been more important.”

Listen to the full episode here: https://bit.ly/3dq1VZ0 

May all your apologies be good ones!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

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