Dear Easter People, in our share mission to grow in faith and carry on the work of Jesus Christ we are asking many questions.
There is so much going on in our communities, in our world. These are frightening, heart-wrenching, painful times. It is so much. What makes this all the more overwhelming, is that it is all happening in a time when we cannot be gathered together.
We desperately need each other. We need to be reminded that we are not alone with all we are feeling. We need to remember the life-giving Spirit of God is moving among us as surely as are the destructive flames born of generations of suffering and pain.
Ways people can engage in response to the current racial unrest following George Floyd’s murder. The community response has been tremendous. Many organizations are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.
- Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55406, is located in the heart of the neighborhood most impacted by the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Surrounded by affordable housing apartment buildings, the church opened its building as a medic station, is serving as a resource center, and is working with neighborhood organizations and justice partners in support of its beloved neighborhood.
- Financial donations can be given through Holy Trinity’s website: https://htlcmpls.org/donate/ When asked to choose a fund, select “other” and simply type “justice.” Holy Trinity will ensure every penny helps those who find their way into the church’s care. We’ll also share generously with our justice partners, without whom we cannot do this work.
- Bethlehem Lutheran In-The-Midway (436 Roy St N, St Paul, MN 55104) has been operating as an aid center for our community for the last several days. You can follow Bethlehem’s Facebook page as they continue to make sure the Midway community is supported with food, water, household supplies, and more. They are posting frequent updates of most needed supplies and volunteer shifts here https://www.facebook.com/Bethlehem-Lutheran-In-The-Midway-120877937925433.
- Easter’s partners are also responding to the tragedy with food, supplies, care, and compassion. Please consider supporting The Open Door, Loaves & Fishes, and TreeHouse. Links to each can be found at Easter.org/Serve.
- Most organizations have let us know that they are overwhelmed by in-kind donations of items. The way to be most helpful is through direct financial contributions.
- The ELCA is committed to racial justice; View their statement and actions
- View the ELCA’s Facebook post from May 29th at 3:14 pm. https://www.facebook.com/Lutherans/posts/10157404592918775
Worship is online every Sunday at 8 am via Facebook, YouTube and Easter.org
June 14 & 21 @ 9:30 am DRIVE IN Worship at Easter by the Lake
- Starting at 9 am worshipers may enter from Pilot Knob Road, do not enter before directed to assure we are following Minnesota State guidelines.
- Follow direction of flaggers and only park where directed. Vehicles will be stopped when we reach capacity or it’s 9:25 am.
- Bulletin is online only
- We are encouraging you to be interactive, here are some suggestions:
- Decorate car (can’t get out when at the lot, must decorate before)
- Bring something to wave out your windows; a flag, pool noodle, scarf, sign
- To say “good morning” or as an “Amen” or “Lord in your mercy/hear our prayer” or if the preacher says something you are excited about or we sing a song you really enjoy–you can honk horns or flash your lights or wave something out your windows.
- Coffee with a Pastor via ZOOM Thursday @ 9 am
- Women’s Bible Study
- Fellowship via ZOOM Sunday @ 11 am
- Life Groups
- Pastor On Call
- Staff available by email (link to staff contact page)
- Support Groups
- Community Meals
- Job Transitions