Ponderings

A Pastoral Letter to Family of Christ – June 12

Beloved friends and members of Family of Christ,  As the state of Minnesota has begun reopening businesses and restaurants, malls and theaters, churches have been given the go-ahead to start the process of incrementally reopening as well. In our efforts to provide more on-site and in-person ministries, it will continue to be our goal to […]

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Figuring Out When To More Widely Re-Open FoC

by Pastor Josh Nelson 5/26/20 As we are all wishing and wanting to regroup at church, in person, we do want you to know that your staff and lay leaders are working on this issue.  We all pray for that day when we can get back to a semblance of normal, and worship again in […]

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Anchor Ministry

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.  1 Thessalonians 5:11 The Apostle Paul writes to the church of Thessalonica, in what is now modern day Greece, words of thanksgiving and words of encouragement. We could use that right about now. Truthfully, not seeing each other has become difficult, to […]

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Financial Update for Family of Christ

Dear Members of Family of Christ Lutheran Church, As we all know and feel, it has been a very strange and uncomfortable eight weeks since we stopped having activities at our church – and we miss you! We pray for whatever circumstance you are going through and pray that you are sensing God’s hand at […]

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The Helpful Balance of a Few Smiles

Our Synod’s pastors were invited to a large online gathering this week to hear from well-known local Epidemiologist (and member of Edina Community Lutheran Church), Dr. Michael Osterholm.  He has been quite involved in infectious disease work around the country, and now is working with the University of MN.  Along with many of the Pastors, […]

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Who is my neighbor?  Won’t you be my neighbor? There is no wiser or more inspirational leader who walked this earth than Jesus Christ himself (not surprising coming from a pastor, I know) but there is one person that lived in my lifetime that was both wise and inspired me as a child but moreover […]

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Sanitizers and Sanity

I heard a ‘good news’ story from a Family of Christ family, Dave and Jennifer Tepley and their son Chad.  Apparently, Chad’s good friend, Dan Oskey, runs the Tattersall Distillery which has begun mass-producing hand sanitizer.  Normally Tattersall, in Northeast Minneapolis, distills a variety of high-end spirits and liqueurs, and they run a popular cocktail room.  But […]

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Grief & Gratitude

Well, earlier this week, I felt like I was finally getting a handle on this whole social distancing thing.  I had finally found a fairly good rhythm and flow to my new reality of living in this time of Covid-19.  After Governor Walz gave his shelter at home order, which officially begins tonight of course, […]

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To the Church of God

A few Wednesday nights ago, when we had last gathered for Wednesday Night activities, I had the opportunity to teach the large group lesson to the confirmation students grades 6-8. The topic: Paul’s Major Letters. We began with a fun large group activity (yes, we actually did build and throw paper airplanes in the   sanctuary) […]

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Family of Christ Cancels All Activities and Worship

Beloved friends and members of Family of Christ, At the heart of our mission and ministry is the care and concern we offer for each other and for our neighbors. After much prayerful and careful consultation with staff and elected lay leaders, we have decided to cancel our Sunday and Wednesday worship services along with all […]

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