Welcome to the Northeast Community Lutheran Church Web site!
We’re glad you found us. You’ve come to the right place to find out who we are, what we believe, ways to worship with us, and how you can be of help or how you can make use of the community services at our location.
Worship With Us On Christmas Eve
We invite you to worship with us at our 4 PM Christmas Eve service on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. The service will be filled with beautiful music and a message that reminds us of that night thousands of years ago when Christ was born and how he continues to transform our world and our lives. Whether you’re a person who doesn’t normally attend a service, a current or past member of our congregation, visiting family or friends…ALL are welcome!
Little Kitchen Food Shelf Holiday Hours
Open MONDAY, December 23, 10am to Noon
Open Tuesday December 24, 6 pm to 7:30pm
CLOSED Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, December 25, 26 & 27
Open MONDAY December 30, 10 am to Noon
CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday, December 31 & January 1
Open Thursday January 2, 12:30-2:30pm
Open Friday January 3, 10am to Noon
Community Dinner December 21
Come meet, greet and eat with your neighbors at our next Community Dinner on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM. The dinner is held in the Grace Center Multi-Purpose room. Everyone is welcome. The dinner brings together youth and elderly, new residents and the homeless, singles and families; the poor and the well-off all dine together. Please join us!
Multi-Generation Mission Trip
Plans have begun for Northeast Community Lutheran’s first group mission trip. We will be traveling July 19 through July 25, 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 contact Pastor Lori Youngvorst 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.