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Wednesday Evening Worship During Lent
The services began at 6:45 PM on the five Wednesday evenings (March 12 through April 9, 2014) before Holy Week. Our theme this year is “Making Change.” We will explore interior and exterior change and how the love of Jesus stays the same no matter what. These services will include the popular “Holden Evening Prayer” liturgy, a creation of Twin City composer Marty Haugen. This lovely setting of vespers follows a traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language. The music is beautiful with repetitive refrains that are easy to sing. Please join us for a contemplative service featuring music, quiet meditation and community in a sacred space. ALL are welcome.
Join Us For Supper Before The Service
Please join us for a light meal before our Wednesday Evening Lenten worship services (March 12 through April 9, 2014) . The suppers are hosted by our members and are held in the multipurpose room from 6:00 – 6:30 pm. The meals are delicious and the fellowship is a lovely way to start a Lenten midweek service. The light meal is followed by our 6:45 PM mid-week Lenten worship service.
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). 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.