WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR WEEK OF February 16, 2020

What’s Happening at Elim!

THIS SUNDAY AT ELIM
Luther Park Breakfast from 8am-11am – Come and support Luther Park and the Elim campers at the Luther Park Breakfast!  $7.00 per person, and children age 10 years and under are FREE!  See you there!
 
Mark Hayes Concert at Elim | THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON, February 16, 2020 | 3:00pm
The Elim Choir, Mary Gossett – Choir Director, Nicholas Davis – Vocals, and Dick Balkus -Director of Music, will be celebrating the music of Mark Hayes in concert at 3pm in the Elim Sanctuary.  Mark Hayes is a contemporary composer and arranger of Christian vocal and piano music.  If you enjoy “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “His Eye Is On The Sparrow,” “Lean On Me,” and “This Little Light of Mine,” be sure to join us Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3pm! 

Elim Participates in the Congregational Vitality Project: The Congregational Vitality Project started as a way to better understand how congregations are living out God’s mission in their contexts. Frustrated by the limitations of measuring vitality only by attendance and contributions, our denomination began work in 2009 to develop a better measure.  The ELCA research department developed a simple, statistically reliable and valid survey that looks at the outcomes of ministry in terms of how a congregation connects with God, each other and the world. This survey helps us understand what factors contribute to or distract from vitality.  It will help us intentionally address those factors, improve vitality in our congregation and live out God’s mission for us. 
 
We will distribute this survey to those attending worship this Sunday at both the 9:15am and 11:00am services.  Time will be allotted for the completion of surveys during our regular worship time.  To include others, we will also send a congregation-wide email with instructions for completing the survey online today by 4pm and have the survey available for completion after church on Sunday, February 23 and Sunday, March 1.   

GROUPS & GATHERINGS
ALPHA | Sundays through March 22 | 10:30am
Alpha sessions are for youth (over age 10) and all adults. Take-home sheets will be provided with prompting questions for a family and faith conversation. For more information go to www.elim-robbinsdale.org/alpha or call the church office.
 
Grief Share | Wednesdays through April 1 | 5:30-7:00pm | Fireside Room
It is not too late to join this support group where you’ll find a warm, caring environment.  You will come to see this group as an “oasis” on your long journey through grief. Family-style dinner will be served at 5pm in the Parlor.
 
Donuts & Dialogue | Sunday, March 15 (tentative) | 5:30-7:00pm | Fireside Room
Next book selection is Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene. Monsignor Quixote is Graham Greene’s last religious novel, a fond homage to Cervantes, and a sincere exploration into the meaning of faith in the modern world. 

SERVICE & MISSION
The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is the largest grassroots food and fund drive in the state, accomplished by participating groups and individuals engaged in the fight against hunger in support of our 300 partner food shelves.  Elim will be highlighting food collection and passing out grocery bags with a shopping list on March 1 & 8.  Place your grocery items in the little red wagons for delivery to NEAR Food Shelf. Thank you.
 
Volunteers for NEAR Food Shelf:  NEAR is looking for volunteers to help with stocking shelves and serving clients. NEAR is located on West Broadway, near Douglas Ave. Volunteers are needed to help at the following times…Monday through Friday from 8am to 11am, stocking shelves and packing bags; and Monday through Friday from 12pm to 4:30pm, packing bags and helping clients. Clients start coming to receive their food at 1:30pm each day. They are giving packed grocery bags and make selections form available food to add to their bags.  If you are able to volunteer, please call the church office at 763-537-8481 and get you signed up.  Thank you.
 
You’re invited to the Many Graces Festival | Friday, February 21 | 4pm – 8pm at St. James Lutheran Church 6700 46th Place N, Crystal to support Wildfire KidPack. All you can eat spaghetti! Adults $10, Kiddos $5. You may donate a Silent Auction item for the festival which will include a raffle and a silent auction.  Wildfire KidPack volunteers are needed for Lakeview distribution on 4th Fridays beginning now through May. Two or three adults needed. Start time at Lakeview is 9:30am.  Or consider a gift to Wildfire KidPack (checks should be made out to Elim Lutheran Church with KidPack in the memo line).  For any questions or to volunteer, please contact Deacon Kristen Kessel at 763-458-7332 or deaconkkflcc@gmail.com.

MARDI GRAS! | Saturday, February 22, 2020 | 4:00pm
Games – crafts – hot dogs & sloppy joes – king cake – silent auction – grab bags – cakewalk – popcorn – Bingo – music … and more!
A fun night for the whole family. Invite your friends, grandkids, and neighbors!

Volunteers are needed to setup, tear down, and run games.  Donations are needed for the auction—gift baskets of new items for kids and adults, and liters of pop and cakes/cupcakes.  Drop gift baskets and pop at the office.  Interested in helping, please contact Christina at (612) 240-9124 or email canderson550@gmail.com. Thank you! 

LENTEN WORSHIP SERVICES

  • Ash Wednesday Service is on February 26 | 11am & 7pm
  • Lenten Worship Services are March 4 through April 8 | 11am & 7pm
    Soup lunch following 11am services in Parlor 

PRAYER OF THE DAY
O God, the strength of all who hope in you, help us to see and understand your will. Give us the grace and power to follow your way, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
 
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