Updates

Here are some of the upcoming events taking place in the coming weeks at Linden Hills UCC.

 

 

 

 

White Privilege: Let's Talk

Sunday Early Evening Study Series:

 

"White Privilege: Let's Talk"

 

Sundays, March 12, 19, 26 and April 2nd 5:00-6:30PM

 

 

 

Linden Hills UCC invites all to join in this four-part series.

 

This series will take its shape from the United Church of Christ's "White Privilege: Let's Talk” curriculum. We will start by reflecting upon our Spiritual Autobiographies through the lens of race, along seeking other perspectives by reading spiritual autobiographies from writers of several races. We will consider the racial history of the Twin Cities area, including facets that have not been a standard part of school curriculum, so may be new to many of us. We'll also look at the phenomena of norming and stereotype threat, and be introduced to critical race theory as a framework for analyzing racial incidents large and small. All the while, we will endeavor to build a space of trustworthy listening for each other and practice mindful communication skills.

 

 

Rie Algeo Gilsdorf is interested in the intersection of spirituality, social justice, and education. She is member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, where she has led learning experiences for the Facing Race ministry. Rie currently works for Pacific Educational Group, coordinating racial equity seminars for PreK-12 schools and districts, and is a Courageous Conversations About Race affiliate practitioner.

 

 

Please register at https://www.lhucc.org/white-privilege/ or contact Pastor Eliot Howard at 612-597-5533. The church number is 612-927-4603. The cost of this series is $30.00/person. $45.00 maximum per family. Scholarships are available. This series is planned for participants of middle school age and all ages older. While people may not be able to attend all four sessions, participation in as many as possible is highly encouraged. Linden Hills UCC is located at 4200 Upton Ave. S in Minneapolis.

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Other Updates: March 3, 2017

 Sanctuary Information Sessions
First Universalist Church is one of the congregations joining in the effort to provide sanctuary to individuals or families threatened by deportation. They are sponsoring information all sessions and all are invited. Please consider attending -- Pastor Eliot.

"Build a wall." "Register Muslims." "Deport criminals." "Refuse more refugees."

These are the headlines that have dominated recent public discourse. But for immigrants and refugees residing in the U.S., these issues are just the most recent developments in a long struggle to live freely in a nation that has yet to provide liberty and justice for all.

As part of First Universalist's Sanctuary and Resistance movement, we invite you to listen and learn from some of our immigrant and refugee neighbors as they discuss their lived realities in our community and in our country.

An Immigration and Refugee Panel will take place on Sunday, March 5 - 1 to 2:30 p.m. First Universalist is located at 3400 Dupont Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Presented by members of Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia and Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee(MIRAC)


Prayer for Our Nation

Friday Mornings, 9:30AM-10:30AM

Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church is hosting this time for prayer Friday mornings in the sanctuary.  The gathering is a time for pause. A pause for quiet.  Focus. Perspective. A place to bring  your longings, fears and concerns to God. A chance to lift up the needs of our country and find hope.  Lake Nokomis is located at 1620 E. 46th Street in Minneapolis.

 

 


 

 


Donations Needed

Avenues for Homeless Youth is a program providing emergency and transitional housing to homeless teens and young adults. It also offers a wide array of services to help youth gain stability in schooling, employment and health.We were recently contacted by Craig Freeman, Faith Community Engagement Manager at Avenues about the need for some household goods. 

Currently needed are the following items:

  • Double or queen beds (preferably queen)
  • Twin beds and/or cribs
  • Dressers
  • Kitchen tables and chairs
  • Living room furniture
  • Kitchen supplies / set-up kits (pots, cookware, dishes, glassware, etc.)
  • Bedding

If you have extras of these items (in good condition) taking up space in your home please contact Craig Freeman.  He will make arrangements for these items to get to those in need.  You can contact Craig at  cfreeman@avenuesforyouth.org  or  612-844-2005 .

 


TRUST Builders

TRUST BUILDERS Housing Initiative works with Urban Homeworks to provide affordable housing within the Twin Cities.

 

Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.  You don’t have to be a carpenter. All levels of experience are needed. Job supervisors and TRUST BUILDER site coordinators will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsites.  Below are the work dys for 2017:

 

 

Work Days are always on a Saturday

January 14 July 8

February 11 August 12

March 11 September 9

April 8 October 14

May 13 November 11

June 10 December 9

 

We also need church crews to provide food support.  Lunch will be provided.  Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.

You don’t have to be a carpenter.  We will be working with job supervisors, and each week we have a TRUST Builder site coordinator who will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsite.  All levels of experience are needed.

To sign up, email John Corlett, TRUST Builders Coordinator at jrcorlett@comcast.net or call him at 612-839-6566 (only in the evening).  

 

 

 

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Other Updates: February 24, 2017

 Sanctuary Information Sessions
First Universalist Church is one of the congregations joining in the effort to provide sanctuary to individuals or families threatened by deportation. They are sponsoring information all sessions and all are invited. Please consider attending -- Pastor Eliot.

"Build a wall." "Register Muslims." "Deport criminals." "Refuse more refugees."

These are the headlines that have dominated recent public discourse. But for immigrants and refugees residing in the U.S., these issues are just the most recent developments in a long struggle to live freely in a nation that has yet to provide liberty and justice for all.

As part of First Universalist's Sanctuary and Resistance movement, we invite you to listen and learn from some of our immigrant and refugee neighbors as they discuss their lived realities in our community and in our country.

An Immigration and Refugee Panel will take place on Sunday, March 5 - 1 to 2:30 p.m. First Universalist is located at 3400 Dupont Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Presented by members of Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia and Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee(MIRAC)


 Rapid Response to Deportations
Join the struggle to stop deportations and attacks on immigrants in Minnesota -- Join us for the next meeting of MIRAC's No More Deportations campaign.  The next training is Wedneday, February 22 at 6:00PM at 4200 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.

From 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. we'll be working on our plans for a rapid response network against ICE(Immigration & Customs Enforcement) operations in the Twin Cities area, and get brief updates on other campaigns.

There is an urgent need for more people to do 'know your rights' trainings in the community, so from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. we will have immigration lawyer Danielle Briand lead a Know Your Rights 'train the trainer' session. Please join us for that if you'd like to be able to lead 'Know Your Rights' trainings. Bilingual English-Spanish ability is preferred but not required.

 


 

 


Donations Needed

Avenues for Homeless Youth is a program providing emergency and transitional housing to homeless teens and young adults. It also offers a wide array of services to help youth gain stability in schooling, employment and health.We were recently contacted by Craig Freeman, Faith Community Engagement Manager at Avenues about the need for some household goods. 

Currently needed are the following items:

  • Double or queen beds (preferably queen)
  • Twin beds and/or cribs
  • Dressers
  • Kitchen tables and chairs
  • Living room furniture
  • Kitchen supplies / set-up kits (pots, cookware, dishes, glassware, etc.)
  • Bedding

If you have extras of these items (in good condition) taking up space in your home please contact Craig Freeman.  He will make arrangements for these items to get to those in need.  You can contact Craig at  cfreeman@avenuesforyouth.org  or  612-844-2005 .

 


TRUST Builders

TRUST BUILDERS Housing Initiative works with Urban Homeworks to provide affordable housing within the Twin Cities.

 

Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.  You don’t have to be a carpenter. All levels of experience are needed. Job supervisors and TRUST BUILDER site coordinators will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsites.  Below are the work dys for 2017:

 

 

Work Days are always on a Saturday

January 14 July 8

February 11 August 12

March 11 September 9

April 8 October 14

May 13 November 11

June 10 December 9

 

We also need church crews to provide food support.  Lunch will be provided.  Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.

You don’t have to be a carpenter.  We will be working with job supervisors, and each week we have a TRUST Builder site coordinator who will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsite.  All levels of experience are needed.

To sign up, email John Corlett, TRUST Builders Coordinator at jrcorlett@comcast.net or call him at 612-839-6566 (only in the evening).  

 

 

 

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Other Updates: February 17, 2017

 Sanctuary Information Sessions
First Universalist Church is one of the congregations joining in the effort to provide sanctuary to individuals or families threatened by deportation. They are sponsoring information all sessions and all are invited. Please consider attending -- Pastor Eliot.

"Build a wall." "Register Muslims." "Deport criminals." "Refuse more refugees."

These are the headlines that have dominated recent public discourse. But for immigrants and refugees residing in the U.S., these issues are just the most recent developments in a long struggle to live freely in a nation that has yet to provide liberty and justice for all.

As part of First Universalist's Sanctuary and Resistance movement, we invite you to listen and learn from some of our immigrant and refugee neighbors as they discuss their lived realities in our community and in our country.

An Immigration and Refugee Panel will take place on Sunday, March 5 - 1 to 2:30 p.m. First Universalist is located at 3400 Dupont Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Presented by members of Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia and Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee(MIRAC)


 Rapid Response to Deportations
Join the struggle to stop deportations and attacks on immigrants in Minnesota -- Join us for the next meeting of MIRAC's No More Deportations campaign.  The next training is Wedneday, February 22 at 6:00PM at 4200 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.

From 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. we'll be working on our plans for a rapid response network against ICE(Immigration & Customs Enforcement) operations in the Twin Cities area, and get brief updates on other campaigns.

There is an urgent need for more people to do 'know your rights' trainings in the community, so from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. we will have immigration lawyer Danielle Briand lead a Know Your Rights 'train the trainer' session. Please join us for that if you'd like to be able to lead 'Know Your Rights' trainings. Bilingual English-Spanish ability is preferred but not required.

 


Day on the Hill-2017

Thursday February 23, 2017 8:30AM

Citizens from virtually every Senate District in Minnesota will come together from various faith perspectives to advocate for important safety net programs that protect and support the most vulnerable Minnesota families who want to thrive in our state. Participants will join with others from their senate district to meet with their elected officials. Eliot Howard and Sue Allison are attending and invite you to join them.

 

For more information and to register go to www.jrlc.org/day-on-the-hill-registration or pick up a brochure in the Fellowship Hall.

 


Donations Needed

Avenues for Homeless Youth is a program providing emergency and transitional housing to homeless teens and young adults. It also offers a wide array of services to help youth gain stability in schooling, employment and health.We were recently contacted by Craig Freeman, Faith Community Engagement Manager at Avenues about the need for some household goods. 

Currently needed are the following items:

  • Double or queen beds (preferably queen)
  • Twin beds and/or cribs
  • Dressers
  • Kitchen tables and chairs
  • Living room furniture
  • Kitchen supplies / set-up kits (pots, cookware, dishes, glassware, etc.)
  • Bedding

If you have extras of these items (in good condition) taking up space in your home please contact Craig Freeman.  He will make arrangements for these items to get to those in need.  You can contact Craig at  cfreeman@avenuesforyouth.org  or  612-844-2005 .

 


TRUST Builders

TRUST BUILDERS Housing Initiative works with Urban Homeworks to provide affordable housing within the Twin Cities.

 

Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.  You don’t have to be a carpenter. All levels of experience are needed. Job supervisors and TRUST BUILDER site coordinators will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsites.  Below are the work dys for 2017:

 

 

Work Days are always on a Saturday

January 14 July 8

February 11 August 12

March 11 September 9

April 8 October 14

May 13 November 11

June 10 December 9

 

We also need church crews to provide food support.  Lunch will be provided.  Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.

You don’t have to be a carpenter.  We will be working with job supervisors, and each week we have a TRUST Builder site coordinator who will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsite.  All levels of experience are needed.

To sign up, email John Corlett, TRUST Builders Coordinator at jrcorlett@comcast.net or call him at 612-839-6566 (only in the evening).  

 

 

 

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Other Updates: February 10, 2017

Day on the Hill-2017

Thursday February 23, 2017 8:30AM

Citizens from virtually every Senate District in Minnesota will come together from various faith perspectives to advocate for important safety net programs that protect and support the most vulnerable Minnesota families who want to thrive in our state. Participants will join with others from their senate district to meet with their elected officials. Eliot Howard and Sue Allison are attending and invite you to join them.

 

For more information and to register go to www.jrlc.org/day-on-the-hill-registration or pick up a brochure in the Fellowship Hall.

 


Donations Needed

Avenues for Homeless Youth is a program providing emergency and transitional housing to homeless teens and young adults. It also offers a wide array of services to help youth gain stability in schooling, employment and health.We were recently contacted by Craig Freeman, Faith Community Engagement Manager at Avenues about the need for some household goods. 

Currently needed are the following items:

  • Double or queen beds (preferably queen)
  • Twin beds and/or cribs
  • Dressers
  • Kitchen tables and chairs
  • Living room furniture
  • Kitchen supplies / set-up kits (pots, cookware, dishes, glassware, etc.)
  • Bedding

If you have extras of these items (in good condition) taking up space in your home please contact Craig Freeman.  He will make arrangements for these items to get to those in need.  You can contact Craig at  cfreeman@avenuesforyouth.org  or  612-844-2005 .

 


TRUST Builders

TRUST BUILDERS Housing Initiative works with Urban Homeworks to provide affordable housing within the Twin Cities.

 

Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.  You don’t have to be a carpenter. All levels of experience are needed. Job supervisors and TRUST BUILDER site coordinators will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsites.  Below are the work dys for 2017:

 

 

Work Days are always on a Saturday

January 14 July 8

February 11 August 12

March 11 September 9

April 8 October 14

May 13 November 11

June 10 December 9

 

We also need church crews to provide food support.  Lunch will be provided.  Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.

You don’t have to be a carpenter.  We will be working with job supervisors, and each week we have a TRUST Builder site coordinator who will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsite.  All levels of experience are needed.

To sign up, email John Corlett, TRUST Builders Coordinator at jrcorlett@comcast.net or call him at 612-839-6566 (only in the evening).  

 

 

 

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Stewardship Update

The stewardship committee wants to thank everyone who has pledged so far to support our church and add to our story for 2017.

As of Wed, January 18 we are blessed with 75 active pledgers, and $158,435 pledged.

 

By comparison, last year on January 20, we had 67 pledgers, and $139k pledged (with final totals of 82 and $154k).  We are well ahead of where we were last year at this time!  

 

However, we are not yet done, and we ask that anyone who has not yet pledged will take the time to do so. Or if upon reflection you would like to add to your existing pledge for 2017, that is also appreciated.  Every pledger and every dollar adds strength to our church community and our ability to fund our ministries and mission.

 

To pledge, or to adjust an existing pledge there are several options:   paper cards in fellowship hall are available on the information table to turn into the office or offering plate; or use the electronic form (please make sure you see a confirmation page to know it’s gone through); or email one of the stewardship campaign coordinators (lorna.j.wilson@gmail.com).

Also, please plan to attend one or both budget meetings with Trustees after church on January 22 or 29 to learn exactly how your stewardship dollars translate into the plans being made - i.e new chapters in our church story being written - in 2017.

 

Blessings and thanks to you all,

The Stewardship Committee

(Lorna Wilson and Doug Belden) 

 


Linden Hills: A Sanctuary Congregation

We are in the process of holding gatherings in congregants’ homes, to encourage community conversations about our becoming a sanctuary congregation for people facing deportation, and standing in solidarity for racial justice. Everyone should have received an email or phone call… please let us know if you would like to join in.

 

A meal at the home of Nance and Walter Kent will take place on January 22.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Eliot (612-597-5533) or Kathryn Kaatz (612-839-8890).

 

Sacred Solidarity Team: Kathryn Kaatz, Bonnie Buckley, Nance Kent and Eliot Howard.

 

Prophetic Resistance Event

For Such A Time as This: Building our Prophetic Resistance, is an event sponsored by ISAIAH,  a faith-based coalition of more than 100 member congregations that lets communities in Minnesota more effectively live out their faith in biblical justice and the common good.  This event will take place at Shiloh Temple 1201 West Broadway, Minneapolis on Saturday, January 28th between 1:00 and 4:00 PM. If you are interested in attending please register at this URL: www.tinyurl.com/PropheticResistance or see Kathryn Kaatz, Nance Kent, or Eliot Howard at coffee hour.  Please join other LHUCC friends at the home of Kathryn Kaatz (1321 Thomas Avenue North) following this event for snacks, good cheer, and to debrief what we have learned.  Note: a large part of this event will cover the Sanctuary Church plans, however, other ISAIAH initiatives will be discussed as well. We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 


Narrative Bible Study

Join us starting January 8 for an Adult Narrative Bible Study.  People will gather to read the text that Pastor Eliot will preach that day. This is a time when people can reflect and deepen our understanding of Bible to everyday life.   

 

The Study starts January 8 at 9:15AM in the second floor lounge.

 

Below is the schedule for the studies:

Sunday, January 1 No Bible Study

Sunday, January 8 Jesus Baptism Luke 3:1-22

Sunday, January 15 No Bible Study

Sunday, January 22 Fish For People  Luke 5:1-11

 

Sunday, January 29 Healing on Sabbath Luke 6:1-16        

 

 

Upcoming Youth Events: January-May

 
Youth from grades 6th through 12th are invited to participate in Youth Group. Youth Group meets on the last Sunday of the month from September to May from 11:30am-1:30pm. Here are the remaining Youth Group Activities for this program year:
January 29th - I Have a Dream (We will meet in the youth room for this presentation and interactive activity led by Lawrence, and there will be lunch)
 
February 26th - Lock-In (The lock in will start on Saturday, February 25th at 9:00pm and conclude with the start of worship on Sunday the 26th)
 
March 26th - SkyZone (We will leave from church at 11:30am. We need 2 additional drivers so please let me know if you’re willing to drive)
 
April 15th—Night on The Street at Plymouth Congregational UCC (More to come on this as it becomes available, and we will NOT meet on the last Sunday of this month, April 30th)
 
May 28th — End of the year Youth Group Picnic at Lake Harriet
 
If you’re interested in attending youth group, or if you are interested in being a parent chaperone, please contact Rev. Lawrence Richardson, Interim Minister for Faith Formation via email or text at lawrencetrichardsonmn@yahoo.com or 612-709-3006.


Women’s March-Minnesota

Please join us at the Women's March Minnesota on Saturday, January 21, from 10 am to 2pm, at the State Capitol, link below. You can register directly from the website, and receive updates. Everyone is invited and welcome!

 

Nance will be going by public transportation, leaving from Linden Hills at about 9:30 am. We will gather at the Dunn Brothers at 43rd and Sheridan, starting at 9:00, or just meet at the busstop on the corner by about 9:32. Then let's all meet at the march and rally, text Nance (612-437-6338) to meet up and stand together.

Thanks, Christmas Gifters!

Outreach would like to thank all the volunteers who provided Christmas gifts for individuals and families through Hennepin County and the TRUST Wreath of Love. LHUCC sponsored 10 families through  Hennepin County and 12 individuals through the wreath of love. The sock and mitten tree was amply adorned with warm clothing each Sunday as well, keeping toes, ears and hands warm this winter.

 

Thank you for taking time out of your busy holiday schedules to help spread the spirit of the holidays, the presents were warmly received and very much appreciated.

 

Sam Howard

 

 

Volunteer @ Loaves & Fishes

On Monday, January 23 we need  volunteers to help with a Loaves and Fishes meal at St. Stephen's church, 2123 Clinton Ave. South in Minneapolis.  Linden Hills will be serving the meal. Please be  at St. Stephen's shelter in Minneapolis by 5:15PM.  If you'd like to carpool, please meet at the church at 4:45PM. If you are interested, contact the  church office at office@lhucc.org , use the sign up sheet outside the church office or call Mary Plumb at 952-933-4110. 

 

 

Write for the New Linden Hills UCC Blog!

Would you prayerfully consider being a writer for the Linden Hills UCC blog?  You can write as often as you’d like on topics that interest you.  Our community of faith is blessed with good writers and teachers among us.  Let’s share our collective voices with the wider community.

 

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN WRITING FOR THE BLOG, please contact Dan Schmiechen at basdrs@gmail.com or call 612-75l-2391 by/before Friday, January 27th .

 

A Bright New Year with God’s hope. – Lawrence Richardson and Dan Schmiechen

 

 

 

Upcoming Budget Events

Please be mindful of the upcoming events regarding the 2017 Linden Hills UCC Budget.  There will be  Budget Information Session on January 22 after worship and on January 29 the Annual Budget Meeting will gather to approve the 2017 church budget.  Please make plans to attend both events.

 

2016 Contribution Statements

Tax Contribution Statements for 2016 will be sent out in late January.  If you have any questions about your statement, please contact the church office by email: office@lhucc.org or by phone: 612-927-4603.