Staffing Update

July 31, 2020

From LHUMC Staff Member Lorrie Sandelin:

To our Lake Harriet UMC Community,


We want to say thank you for your support, prayers and encouragement for our family. As many of you know Chad has been unemployed and searching for a job for over a year. And, once COVID-19 hit, all of his job prospects completely dried up. At the end of May, he was contacted by some of the places he had been interviewing with and about a month ago was offered a job (YAY). He has accepted a position with the University of Mary in Bismark ND. While we are thrilled for this new opportunity and for him to find employment during this time, we are also very sad to leave Minneapolis. We have truly loved our time here and especially our community-this includes all of you! There really are not words to express how grateful we are for the prayers, support and encouragement from our LHUMC family.


On the plus side, there will not be a lot of immediate changes. Chad will move to Bismark fulltime in August. However, Zoe and I will be staying in Minneapolis until June 2021. Zoe will be entering her Senior year in September, and we decided that it would be best if she could finish her Senior year here in Minneapolis and not have to start over in Bismark for just one year. My work at LHUMC has truly been a blessing to me, I love our staff team and the congregation so much, this is going to be a big change and I would ask that you would continue to keep our family in your prayers as we navigate this new chapter.


With gratitude,

Lorrie Sandelin


Staffing Update From the Staff Parish Relations Committee:

The pandemic has caused us to continually look at our staffing to ensure that we are progressing toward our missional objectives in light of COVID. During this time when we are not conducting in-person worship or programming, the need for volunteers has gone down. However, the need to help us stay connected with one another and with our community has risen dramatically. To that end, the 10 hours per week that Lorrie Sandelin had been doing as Volunteer Coordinator before her leave of absence has been restructured into two new positions: Connections-External and Connections-Internal. Each position will be five hours per week. Lorrie Sandelin requested to move to five hours per week coming off her leave. She is a natural for the Connections-External position. She will help us continue to find creative ways to serve our community. Janet Bomar is going to add five hours per week and help us with Connections-Internal. Janet will work on some fun and creative ways for us to safely get together while practicing social distancing. Some ideas are things like a drive-in movie night, outdoor coffee/conversation groups, and fun activities for families. She will also help us to stay connected through Zoom and other technology.


The Staff Parish Relations Committee has approved this restructuring of hours. Please thank Lorrie and Janet for their willingness to help us CONNECT during this strange and challenging season!