…We Serve!

We often talk about how we are called to be the hands of God in the world.
We talk about how we might follow Jesus’ example in our daily lives; embracing opportunities to serve one another and our greater communities. We strive to¬† understand¬†love as a verb.

Last week, our kindergartners and first graders worked hard to make May Day baskets. This Sunday, they’ll walk a few blocks from church to a nearby senior living cooperative where they’ll deliver the May Day baskets to church members who are residents there. We do this with different groups of kids each season, and highlights are consistently getting to peer into the apartments and visit with the seniors. This is a simple way to begin connections and relationships. It’s a simple way to lead our kids in serving. Taking time to notice one another – to do something special and kind and thoughtful for our neighbors – this is one way we can be God’s hands in the world. We are grateful for teachers who give of their time to help make these experiences possible.

…We Celebrate!

At Minnehaha, we celebrate who we are as individuals, as a community, as children of God.
We celebrate through music & worship; through meals & play; through quiet moments & crazy ones.
We know that these celebrations are as much a chance for connection as are seeking and serving together.
We know that these celebrations fill our cups and help us to be the hands of God in the world.
We know that these celebrations are a crucial part of our faith life.

I was about to write that spring is a wonderful time to celebrate. And, it is.
But, there are things to celebrate about every season, aren’t there?
Just as there are struggles and challenges – there are reasons for us to hope.

What do you find hope in? What do your children? Can we let them guide us in our celebrations? In finding true joy in seeing the first flowers of spring, of jumping in mud, in pajama parties, and pillow forts, and time together?

A week from Sunday at Minnehaha – Earth Day, we’ll live into our hope as we plant seeds to nurture for our Minnehaha garden. We’ll celebrate the promise of spring, and our opportunity to care for creation.

We hope you will join us in celebrating – and if you jump in a mud puddle on the way in or spot a blooming flower – please be sure to let us know so we can join in the joy!

 

…We Seek!

You may hear “We Seek, We Serve, We Celebrate” a lot at Minnehaha. It’s part of our mission statement. So, as we plan our programming year, we ask ourselves what are we doing in each of these areas. How is Minnehaha helping people to do each of these things? Because seeking, serving, celebrating – these are all important aspects of our spiritual journey; these are all important aspects of growing a community.

We are thankful for our amazing Sunday School volunteers, who give their time each week to prepare lessons and lead the children & youth of Minnehaha in seeking. We are thankful for our wonderful music volunteers who engage our the children through music, and help them learn the power of connection and story as they prepare songs to share with us. We are thankful for Pastor Becky’s sermons, and all those people who put work into making our worship services a time for us to discover God.

We also are blessed here at Minnehaha to have opportunities to learn more about the world. To seek beyond our walls, and beyond our comfort zones. Through our Who Is My Neighbor ministry, we’ve learned more about the Somali immigrant community in Minneapolis. We’ve got to participate in breaking the fast during Ramadan, and to share stories, meals, and spend time together in community with our Somali neighbors. Next week, we’re excited to be offering a chance to join in with a tour at the Somali Museum of Minnesota – the only Somali museum in the world! Families are invited to join us for a tour at 2pm. The cost is $9/adult and $7/child or senior. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Jenia at education@minnehaha.org by Friday, April 13th.

 

Welcome, Spring!

Easter’s almost here! We’ve been waiting for this – making our through the dark wood during Lent, exploring what gifts there are in fear and doubt and wandering. We’ve been waiting for this – for life to make it’s way through the frozen ground, for buds to show on trees, to feel the sun’s warmth. We know that all of this waiting is part of the wonder and beauty of life. That the gifts of the dark wood that we examined as part of our Lenten observation are real, that the trees that look dead are about to show us that they are indeed alive, that bulbs underground are preparing to break forth.
We know that we needed this winter, and we know as certainly and wonderfully that we need this spring – that we need Easter.
Each year, we are gifted – through nature as well as through the Easter story – with the incredible truth: God is life and love, and God conquers death and brings us life. We see the gift of life and hope all around us, we see God all around us. Even though it’s still a bit muddy and grey, head outside: look for spring’s arrival with every sense. Celebrate with your children the miracle of Easter!