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Community Church for June 20

By Community Church

The Community Church Newsletter for June 20, 2021,is now available.

Elle Dowd wrote an article about the Emmanuel 9, who will be commemorated on June 17. It is reprinted in today’s newsletter. Here is some information about Elle Dowd that I found on her website:


Elle Dowd (she/her/hers) is a bi-furious recent graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a candidate for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

She was formerly a co-conspirator with the movement to #decolonizeLutheranism and currently works as a community organizer with the Faith and Justice Collective and SOUL, writes regularly for the Disrupt Worship Project, and facilitates workshops on gender and sexuality and the Church in both secular conferences and Christian spaces. She is currently working on a book with Broadleaf to be released summer of 2021.

Community Church for June 13, 2021

By Community Church

The Community Church Newsletter for June 13, 2021, is now available.

Andrea Mwalilino has an office at Holy Trinity and feels like HT staff. In today’s newsletter, you can “get to know” Pastor Mwalilino of the Minnesota Swahili Christian Congregation.

Mollie Varpness, a seminary student at Luther, has been hired to work at Holy Trinity this summer. She describes her job duties.

There are a few opportunities for you: a local protest for Enbridge’s Line 3 and a summer bible study.

Community Church for June 6, 2021

By Community Church

The Community Church Newsletter for June 6, 2021, is now available.

In it, David Sims shares a hymn from the new publication All Creation Sings. Learn more about this supplement to the ELW here.

MNIPL is hosting a Zoom event TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. Read more and register here (but do it quickly!)

Also, Dennis Ormseth has written a thoughtful poem. He has given us permission to share.

Worship for Sunday, May 30, 2021

By Worship

As a gift to the whole synod, the staff of the Minneapolis Area Synod and Church Anew created a powerful worship service for all of us to share. Many thanks to those involved in the service:

  • Welcome Message: Bishop Ann Svennungsen
  • Assisting Ministers: Deanna Kim Bassett, Christ the River of Life Lutheran Church, Minneapolis; David Rojas Martinez, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis; Christine Belfrey Johnson, Christ Lutheran Church, Blaine
  • Children’s Message: Brian Evans
  • Citizen Artist Preacher: Presiding Elder Stacey Smith, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Fourth District

Community Church for May 30, 2021

By Community Church

The Community Church Newsletter for May 30, 2021, is now available.

Today we are featuring excerpts from a powerful and timely sermon Pastor Angela heard Shari Seifert deliver at Calvary Lutheran Church.

On the second page you’ll find a partial list of events being held this week to commemorate the murder of George Floyd by police one year ago.

If you haven’t watched the video on the justice work done by HTLC since last May, I highly recommend you make time. Here is the link:

Thank You from Pastors, Staff, and Congregation of Holy Trinity

By News, Volunteer

We speak his name: George Floyd.

Below you will find a link to a video that was made one year after the murder of George Floyd. We are sharing this with you in recognition of your support for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and our Justice Fund. Please share this video, as you see fit, with your family, friends, congregations, and wider communities.

Click here to view the video:

Donations to the Holy Trinity Justice Fund came from around the world after the death of George Floyd. Your generous assistance allowed us to be a source of help to our suffering community, supported us as we journeyed through the trial of Derek Chauvin, and encourages us as we brace for the upcoming trial of the other officers involved.

The injustice continues. We renounce the sins of white supremacy and institutional violence and pray for the families and friends of the victims. In these extremely difficult times, when we struggle to find words, we recite the Kyrie, saying, “Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.”

Healing and renewal are happening in our community; there is much more to be done. Your loving support enables us to serve our community, support our neighbors, and work toward a more just and equitable society. Thank you for being our steadfast partner.