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Vote To Change Name Unanimously Approved!
A special congregational meeting was held on Sunday, April 6 to vote on changing our name from “Northeast Community Lutheran Church” to “Grace Lutheran Church of Northeast Minneapolis.” The name change passed unanimously. This new name orients us firmly in God’s grace and aligns our name more directly with Grace Center, the community center project that we started back in 2010. The new name will be officially introduced and begin to be used on Sunday, May 4, on the occasion of our congregation’s 7th anniversary.
Ladies Tea Luncheon May 3
The Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend Ladies Tea will be held on May 3, 2014 (Saturday) at 1:30 pm in the Mary & Martha’s Tea Room (AKA the Multipurpose Room). Reservations are requested by April 30, 2014. Ticket prices are as follows:
- Ladies: $15.00
- Young Ladies (ages 5 – 12): $7.00
- Little Ladies (under 5): No Charge
For tickets, please see or contact Jennifer Fischer by phone (612-781-1117) or email (Snooky1022@comcast.net), or call the church office (612-788-2444). Hats are strongly encouraged, and no jeans please.
There will also be a Quilt Raffle and Small Marketplace before and after the tea. Proceeds after expense will go to the Intergenerational Mission Trip to Arkansas.
The Little Kitchen FoodShelf (LKFS), which is housed and ran by Northeast Community Lutheran Church, surpassed its $10,000 goal in the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of so many people and organizations the LKFS raised $14,742! We especially thank the customers and cashiers at the Eastside Food Co-op (EFC) for rocking the “Round-up Your Purchase” fundraising! EFC brought in $5,991! We had two anonymous donations of $2,000 and $1,000 that went a long way towards our goal. Every pound of food and dollar we collected through this campaign will be matched and go towards obtaining the food we distribute during the rest of the year. Jennifer Schultz, our Congregational Administrator, was a Minnesota FoodShelf March Campaign Hero of the Week!
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!
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.