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Announcing my Deacon Internship at Nativity for 2020

I feel called to serve on the forefront of Outreach and Community Engagement. I strive to support people’s self-empowerment in ‘shining light’ into the lives of our community,  as Jesus has done for so many of us. This light comes in the form of hope, love, healing, and service. Or, however feel called to define […]

ELCA Good Gifts

An idea from the Nativity Hunger Outreach Team The average American spends more than $700 on Christmas gifts each year. When we think about the best gifts we have given or received, it is often not the gift itself but the meaning behind it that makes it significant. Rethink traditional gift-giving this Christmas with ELCA […]

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organizations. World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a […]

4 Ways To Decolonize Thanksgiving

Stories told about the first Thanksgiving often perpetuate harmful stereotypes and racism. It is important to set the record straight, acknowledge Native Peoples, debunk myths, and show Native Americans as contemporary people with dynamic thriving cultures. November is National Native American Heritage Month and offers many opportunities to move past one-dimensional representations.  Thanksgiving is an opportinity to also go beyond […]

LSS Circle Christmas Outreach 2019

This year’s outreach to provide needed items for the Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (LSS) Metro Homeless Youth program was a huge success. We coordinated our efforts with LSS, which provides support for youth who are homeless. We are grateful to have a way to reach young people to show them that there are so […]

ELCA Good Gifts

An idea from the Nativity Hunger Outreach Team The average American spends more than $700 on Christmas gifts each year. When we think about the best gifts we have given or received, it is often not the gift itself but the meaning behind it that makes it significant. Rethink traditional gift-giving this Christmas with ELCA […]

4 Ways To Decolonize Thanksgiving

Stories told about the first Thanksgiving often perpetuate harmful stereotypes and racism. It is important to set the record straight, acknowledge Native Peoples, debunk myths, and show Native Americans as contemporary people with dynamic thriving cultures. November is National Native American Heritage Month and offers many opportunities to move past one-dimensional representations.  Thanksgiving is an opportinity to also go beyond […]

Abundant Harvest – Chef-Inspired Recipes

On Saturday, November 9th we filled our Fellowship Hall with both wonderful people and wonderful smells for our Abundant Harvest Meal. We know that some were not able to attend and those that were able to attend loved the food so much that we had numerous requests for the recipes. Ask and you shall receive. […]

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organizations. World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a […]

A Journey Celebrated

Nativity honors the elders of our community by by inviting them to participate fully into the life of the church. The Vital Aging initiative provides educational and spiritual opportunities for those who are in the 3rd stage of life and their families and friends. On October 16th people over the age of 60 and their families […]

A Presentation on Music Therapy

On October 30th, Lara Hermanson, music therapist for Cherrywood Pointe Senior Housing, spoke to a group of 30 on the education of therapists and the types of roles she plays in her work. In addition to providing music for the weekly chapel service, Lara works with people who have memory loss, those who are near […]

Palmer Hermundslie Fund – Grant Application

Grant Award Criteria Sponsorship In order that use of the fund be an expression of concern for people on the part of the Nativity congregation, each application for a grant-in-aid must be sponsored (or requested) by a member of Nativity. Stewardship The awarding of the grant will not have a negative impact on the stewardship of the congregation, i.e., […]

LSS Metro Homeless Youth News & Needs

Metro Homeless Youth Services There are many exciting things happening in our services that support children and youth across the Twin Cities metro area. Below are some highlights from the past few months, and ways you can help by volunteering or contributing items to support youth in your community.  What’s New StreetWorks received a grant from the […]

A Presentation on Music Therapy

On October 30th, Lara Hermanson, music therapist for Cherrywood Pointe Senior Housing, spoke to a group of 30 on the education of therapists and the types of roles she plays in her work. In addition to providing music for the weekly chapel service, Lara works with people who have memory loss, those who are near […]

A Journey Celebrated

Nativity honors the elders of our community by by inviting them to participate fully into the life of the church. The Vital Aging initiative provides educational and spiritual opportunities for those who are in the 3rd stage of life and their families and friends. On October 16th people over the age of 60 and their families […]

​Summer Youth Trips

Service & Learning Trips On a Service & Learning Trip, we serve and we learn. We come into a community to serve with our brothers and sisters in that community; not to do something new, but to participate in the beautiful and unique ministries that are already happening there. We come into a community to […]

Palmer Hermundslie Fund – Grant Application

Grant Award Criteria Sponsorship In order that use of the fund be an expression of concern for people on the part of the Nativity congregation, each application for a grant-in-aid must be sponsored (or requested) by a member of Nativity. Stewardship The awarding of the grant will not have a negative impact on the stewardship of the congregation, i.e., […]

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training- November 2019

Kelly Sherman-Conroy – CYF Social Justice and Advocacy At the beginning of November, I attended an eight-hour, evidence-based public education program designed to equip those who work with youth ages 12-18 years, with the knowledge we need to know how best to respond in a mental health emergency and how to offer support for someone […]

​Summer Youth Trips

Service & Learning Trips On a Service & Learning Trip, we serve and we learn. We come into a community to serve with our brothers and sisters in that community; not to do something new, but to participate in the beautiful and unique ministries that are already happening there. We come into a community to […]

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A Journey Celebrated

Thank you to all who attended our recent “Celebrate the Journey” worship service and lunch to honor our senior citizens. It was a wonderful time to reconnect, meet new people, and build community.

LSS Metro Homeless Youth News & Needs

Metro Homeless Youth Services There are many exciting things happening in our services that support children and youth across the Twin Cities metro area. Below are some highlights from the past few months, and ways you can help by volunteering or contributing items to support youth in your community.  What’s New StreetWorks received a grant from the […]

Honoring Marilyn Eberlein As She Retires

Marilyn’s service to Lutheran congregations began when she was in the 9th grade. As the only person who could play piano in her church in Miltona, MN (near Alexandria), she was asked to play for Sunday services and the Lenten season. Her mother would not allow her to skip school to play for funerals, although […]

Nativity Quilters Remember

Nativity’s Quilters have donated hundreds of quilts to people all over the world. The group began in September 1967 as “Day of Caring.” Scraps of material from drapes, bed spreads, and blankets were used for filler, and new fabric was used for the top and bottom of the quilt. Quilts were tied with colorful yarn […]

Lenny Duncan- Lecture and In-person Reading- October 2019

Interim Pastor – Vladimir Poveda In October I was able to attend a worship service at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, and a book reading later that evening with the author of the book DEAR CHURCH: A LOVE LETTER FROM A BLACK PREACHER TO THE WHITEST DENOMINATION IN THE U.S., by Pastor Lenny Duncan. It […]

Suicide Awareness Symposium

Pastor Ben Schori- Children, Youth and Family Ministry In Late September, I attended the Suicide Awareness Symposium presented by Mental Health Connect at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities in Minneapolis. It was a fantastic and incredibly valuable event, which dove into a topic that our society, and especially the church, far too often pushes to […]

MICROAGGRESSION AND BIAS 101 – September 2019

Leah Reddy- Children’s Faith Formation grades 1-4, Musikgarten Leader I recently attended a workshop at the YWCA in Minneapolis entitled Microaggression and Bias 101. The workshop is a part of a series of workshops about racial injustice. The facilitators made sure the attendees felt they were in a safe space. Ruben and Deqa did an […]

Beer and Hymns Follow up.

There were 45 people from 12 congregations who enjoyed a fun evening at Beer and Hymns! Rainfall made a special appearance to sing a couple songs. SAVE THE DATE – The next Beer and Hymns will be September 30th and December 2nd.

Neighborhood Extravaganza

Faces were painted, food was eaten, connections were made, a puppet show was enjoyed, laughs were had, and in general a great time was had by all. We are looking forward to next time… stay tuned.