July 29, 2020
GRACE SUMMER OLYMPICS 2020
Since the 2020 Summer Olympics were postponed and we are all doing things during this time of isolation that have been as challenging as training for the Olympics, the Fun Committee announces the upcoming GRACE SUMMER OLYMPICS – an opportunity to showcase the amazing Olympic caliber skills we have used and developed over the last few months!
What To Expect:
The Opening Ceremonies Kickoff email will be sent out on Friday, July 31st, and the competition will run August 1st through August 16th.
The events will be announced as part of the Opening Ceremonies, but here are the categories to get you thinking:
- Around the House
- Around the Neighborhood
- Most Impressive
- Lofty Heights
Send in videos and photos throughout the competition to showcase what you are up to! Videos and photos will be compiled to be shared as part of the Closing Ceremonies.
So now is the time to begin stretching and training to get ready for the GRACE SUMMER OLYMPICS! Get ready to try new things and develop some of those newfound COVID skills even farther! Remember – this is the FUN COMMITTEE so make it FUN!!!
(More details to come in the Opening Ceremonies email and the August Grace Messenger)
PSALM PROJECT: DAY BY DAY WITH GRACE
Our daily e-votionals are continuing through the season of Pentecost — we are working our way through the Psalms. Videos of the psalms being read will go out to those on the Daily E-votionals email list (to be added to this list, sign up HERE – or email Jill to be added at email@example.com). By the end of October Grace folks will have read all 150 Psalms. This is an opportunity to experience a communal listening to poetry that addresses the struggles and joys of life and faith.
Members of the Grace community are invited to participate! A participant will videotape ahead of time: light a candle, ring a bell and read an assigned psalm, and send the video to Jill. Please contact Pastor Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be a Psalm reader.
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP DURING THIS TIME
There are a number of organizations on the ground working to meet specific community needs. Opportunities are listed below and to the left.
If you prefer to give through Grace, you can give directly to our Twin Cities Aid fund—the staff and leaders of Grace are discerning where these funds will best be distributed.
—ASSIST THROUGH CALVARY LUTHERAN—
Calvary Lutheran Church (3901 Chicago Ave, Mpls) has a couple of ways to serve (http://clchurch.org):
- Our Food Shelf is currently operating Saturday and Tuesday from 9 am to noon. There are plenty of tasks at different times of the week. If people are interested in volunteering, here is the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040549aea722aaf85-calvary. For specific questions, please contact FoodShelf@CLChurch.org.
- The Calvary Community Table serves those coming to 38th and Chicago, the site of George Floyd’s murder, and gathering place for neighbors and visitors. We offer free water, Gatorade, snacks, hand-sanitizer, masks, and respond to questions and emergency needs. Other organizations come and go from the corner, as well. We currently have both congregational members and neighbors operating the CT. If people are interested, they can start by serving as a Host: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4caea623a0fb6-calvary
We are currently well-stocked on supplies for both the Food Shelf and Community Table. In fact, much of our work is diverting donations to other locations.
It looks like we’ll be at this in some form throughout the summer. Let me know if you have any questions. I am grateful for all the ways the church is being church in this historic moment. We say his name: George Floyd. —Pastor Hans Lee
—ASSIST THROUGH HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN—
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (2730 East 31st Street, Mpls) has a number of ways they are tending to the community. Visit their website for the most recent opportunities to volunteer and to find a list of items they are accepting as donations: https://htlcmpls.org
—RACIAL JUSTICE NETWORK—
The Racial Justice Network (RJN) Education Committee is partnering with the We Win Institute, which helps kids of color overcome the effects of systemic racism. Families identified as experiencing food insecurity are being provided groceries through the RJN Education Committee. They bring enough food to last 2-3 weeks, at a cost of $250.
The Racial Equity Team at Grace is inviting Grace members to help in this cause. If you decide to help, you can help by sending a check to Grace with “Good Samaritan Fund (RJN)” on the memo line. You are encouraged to give what you are able, whether or not you can provide the full amount for a family’s groceries. If you have questions, please contact Linnea at email@example.com.