Dear Community & Friends of Linden Hills UCC,
As many of you know, the COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations in Minnesota are increasing at an alarming rate. It was my sincerest hope that we would be able to return to in-person worship this Fall, however, in light of this new information, the safety of our congregation is a top priority and I have consulted with the local church and state officials. For the duration of this calendar year, and until further notice, we will continue to worship online and gather in small groups by phone or Zoom. I am still accepting socially distanced one to ones, and you can schedule a time to connect with me here: https://lawrencetannerrichardson.as.me/
I, along with leaders in the congregation, understand that there is no replacement for in-person gatherings. As soon as there is a steady decline in the amount of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and there is a viable way to mitigate the spread of the virus, we are all working hard to ensure that worship, faith formation, pastoral care, congregational connections, and community outreach are happening in robust, healthy, and meaningful ways.
Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ Conference Minister, the Reverend Shari Prestemon released a statement to churches this week, offering guidance for us. She says, “It's time for us as churches, in every part of the state, to prayerfully consider again how our choices can help arrest the spread of this stubborn virus.” You can read the rest of Rev. Prestemon’s statement here: https://tinyurl.com/y4gfpuff
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me. I look forward to being present with you in body and spirit.
Pastor Lawrence Richardson
Updated November 2020
“I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” -Ephesians 4:1-3
If you are looking for an Al-Anon or AA meeting, the following information has been given to us by members of the AA community:
West Suburban Al-anon Club
5235 Woodhill Rd. Minnetonka MN 55435 (15 min drive from LHUCC)
Alano Society of Minneapolis
2218 1st Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Greater Minneapolis Intergroup (AA’s official office)
952-922-0880 Answered 24/7
Guidance for Reopening Churches
This week, Rev. Shari Prestemon, Conference Minister of the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ released a statement along with information for churches to use as a guide for reopening. Our leaders will use this, along with information from state and health officials as we consider the next steps toward reopening the church building for large gatherings. You can find the document here: https://files.constantcontact.com/73d71b6a001/a13cba0f-5326-4151-944a-fcdc0869c5ef.pdf
Volunteering During COVID-19
If you’re looking for ways to give time during this critical period, visit one of the websites below.
CDC Recommended Resources for Families
Ideas for Helping Children Cope with Emergencies and Disasters: https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html
Ideas for ways you and your kids can de-stress during the Coronavirus: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-you-and-your-kids-can-de-stress-during-coronavirus
Mental Health and the Coronavirus
If you or someone you know is experiencing increased anxiety or depression related to the Coronavirus, there is support. The county’s crisis lines continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Adults (18+): 612-596-1223
Children (17 and under): 612-348-2233
Adults (18+): 651-266-7900
Children (17 and under): 651-266-7878