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Jesus is welcomed into Jerusalem with palm branches and hosannas, but the welcome soon changes to isolation and abandonment. This marks the beginning of Holy Week. The congregation participates in the reading of “The Passion of Our Lord According to St. Luke.” Sunday School students and Choir sing.
Palm Sunday Brunch, April 13, 11:00 A.M.
Our annual Palm Sunday Brunch hosted by Sunday School families and youth will be held immediately after worship. The menu includes eggs, sausages, roasted potatoes, fruit and hot cross buns. All are welcome; there are NO tickets to buy in advance. We will collect a free-will offering that will be donated to Heifer International, a global nonprofit with the goal of ending poverty and hunger in a sustainable fashion by giving livestock, seeds, trees and extensive training to those in need. Last year we served 79 people and collected over $350 in donations. The children choose to have the money go towards a Water Buffalo, Hope Basket (Chickens & Rabbits) and a Flock of Hope (chicks, ducklings and goslings).
Holy (Maundy) Thursday – April 17, 6:45 P.M.
A beautiful service built around the meaning and experience of Holy Communion. This is a service where we remember Christ’s last night spent with his disciples on this way to the cross. Service will be held around a long table. Food will be served.
Good Friday – April 18, 6:45 P.M.
In this somber service remembering Christ’s crucifixion and death, seven members of NEC share personal reflections on Jesus’ last words through the lens of their own lives and experiences.
Easter Sunday, April 20, 10:00 A.M.
Out of death comes resurrection and new life – Christ is risen! Join us for the celebration with songs of praise, prayers of thankfulness and joyful fellowship!
The Little Kitchen FoodShelf (LKFS), which is housed and ran by Northeast Community Lutheran Church, is participating in the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. The LKFS is one out of around 300 food shelves across the state participating in the program. When you donate food or money to the LKFS during this campaign, your donation is matched by Minnesota FoodShare and a national foundation. This year the LKFS needs to raise $10,000! Every pound of food we collect through food drives and every dollar we raise between now and April 6, 2014, goes towards our March Campaign goal. Throughout the year, Minnesota FoodShare collects donations for its Food Fund and distributes money to food shelves statewide in mid-summer based on the food shelf’s March Campaign participation results and number of people served in a calendar year. The more we collect at the LKFS, the bigger the share of the Food Fund we receive! Our Progress, as of Week Two: $5,100 (towards goal of $10,000)
Northeast Urban 4H Contributes to Food Drive!
A special thanks goes to Northeast Urban 4H youth and families that went door-to-door on March 15 to collect for the LKFS. They collected over 700 pounds of food donations and a some cash donations. Here are ways you can help the LKFS reach its goal:
- Make a donation to the Little Kitchen by clicking HERE
- Place a donation in the offering plate during our worship service (FoodShare envelopes are available from ushers).
Multi-Generation Mission Trip
Plans have begun for Northeast Community Lutheran’s first group mission trip. We will be traveling July 19 through July 26, 2014 to the farming town of Booneville, Arkansas. During the week we have plans to work with the local Family Resource Center, the Boys & Girls Club, spend time with senior citizens, work projects and children’s programming. Please come to our informational meeting or contact Pastor Lori Youngvorst or Grace Pardun Alworth if you have any questions or are interested in taking the trip!
Mark your calendars! Our Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend Ladies Tea will be held on May 3, 2014 (Saturday). Tickets go on sale Sunday, April 6. More information to follow.
Landscape Renovations at Grace Center
A major transformation of the massive “sea of asphalt” surrounding our building took place during the month of November. A generous grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) along with other Grace Center Funding sources allowed us to remove almost half of the asphalt area and replace it with rain gardens, bio swales, landscaping, grass turf, and dedicated parking. We installed a shorter decorative fence with gates in place of the six-foot-high chain link fence and the large backstop fences in the corners. The west parking lot on the 5th street side of the building will be partially regraded and repaved. Some of the landscaping has been installed, but more will follow when the weather warms in the Spring.
ELCA “Day of Service”
On Sunday, September 8, 2013, members and friends of NEC engaged in a variety of service projects as part of the ELCA’s 25th anniversary celebration. We met in the sanctuary at the regular start time for worship for a brief prayer service and then went out to do projects. Service projects included:
- Assembling care packages and bagging bulk items for the Little Kitchen Food Shelf
- Finishing two quilts to be given to families in need
- Spreading wood dhips in a nearby park
- Picking up trash on the west bank of the Mississippi river.
Kitchen Renovation Complete
Completion of our kitchen is complete and we will be able to make full use of it for our September 28, 2013 Community Dinner. We are looking forward to using “real dishes” and expanding our cooking equipment beyond roasters and outdoor grills. Our kitchen has been under renovation throughout the summer of 2013. NEC has been without a working kitchen since moving into Grace Center in July of 2010. In our building’s former life as Holland elementary school, the kitchen lacked cooking equipment. (The school district operated a centralized kitchen that did all of the cooking for the schools. Food was sent out in plastic trays or bags to be kept chilled or warm.) When our church moved into the building the kitchen consisted of two small sinks, warming racks and cupboards. Refinancing of the original loan that provided for the purchase and renovation of Grace Center made upgrades to the kitchen (and heating/cooling improvements) possible. The renovation has also included installation of a new walk-in refrigerator. The Little Kitchen Food Shelf was awarded a $7,000 grant for the purchase. The walk-in fridge will enable proper and adequate storage of the abundant produce donated by neighbors, the Garden Gleaning Project, and grown on-site in the Grace Center raised bed gardens. Congratulations to Food Shelf Manager Jennifer Schultz who worked hard on the grant application.