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PASTORAL UPDATE – GLENN SEEFELDT

“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 Dear Friends of Nativity, Our Governor’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order will take effect Friday March 27 at 11:59 […]

Making Sense of Our Emotions

I am generally aware of my feelings and emotions, but not always especially when I am in my “taking care of business mode”.  You know, the beware man on a mission disposition. My wife helps me pay attention to my emotions.  On Tuesday last week she asked, “Are you aware that you are really crabby?” […]

A Prayer for the World

God of Healing and Protection: We ask that you place a blanket of protection from this virus over the globe. Heal these lands, and protect those who are most vulnerable. Give peace to those who struggle with loneliness and isolation. Grant endurance to the many businesses that are affected. Be at the bedside of those […]

FAITH AT HOME for Club 56 Getting & Staying Connected – March 28-29

Our Bible, Our Stories – March 29 A Quick Note & Overview Kyle gives us an overview of Club 56 & a recap of how we have spent our time so far! And, feel free to enjoy this optional resource, an Overview: Acts Ch. 1-12 HI’s & LOW’s Take turns checking in with each other. […]

FAITH AT HOME for Families of Littles – March 28 & 29

Be Like a Bird!  Hello friends! Evan and I made a little video of circle time for our class. Check it out here to sing some old and new songs with us!   Music Time Sing “Hello Everybody How Do You Do”  “Bird Action Song”  “The Joy of the Lord” Story Time Read “Do Not Worry” chapter […]

FAITH AT HOME for Grades 1-4 – March 28 & 29

A message from Leah Reddy. Fifth Sunday in Lent: This week we’ll explore a part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount called the Beatitudes.  Worship Time: This Little Light of Mine: If you are able, light a candle to remind yourselves that Jesus is the light of the world. Jesus is with you, and Jesus is […]

Palm Sunday Craft & Video Processional

Join us in our traditional Palm Sunday Procession of Palm by video! Even though we can’t be together, we can still shout “Hosanna” and wave palms you make at home. Then make a few seconds video of you waving you palms and we’ll put everyone’s together to share on Palm Sunday. Watch the video and […]

Adult Enrichment and Faith Formation – “Light” March 23

Welcome to our new way of sharing the wisdom of the scriptures and each other! I ask that all of you pause with me to be in prayer for our world as we face this pandemic crisis. Also pray for specific people and situations. This week’s study is on the word “light.” (Our new participant, […]

ADVOCACY AT HOME – LOVE IN ACTION – CONFIRMATION – MARCH 22

Each week you will find resources to help create inspiration for doing social justice and advocacy at home. Come see our new FACEBOOK GROUP and see other creative ways to connect with each other!  Confirmation Because the in-person advocacy experiences have been put on hold.  Kelly has created short, weekly reflections for you to do […]

Pre-pack Food for Little Kitchen

Volunteers needed to help pre-pack food for Little Kitchen clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-12 Noon. Nativity serves the Little Kitchen Food Shelf  with food donations and Nativity volunteers work weekly to serve clients that visit Little Kitchen Food Shelf. At this time Little Kitchen has moved to a no-contact, drive-up/pick-up system. This requires […]

Advocacy At Home – LOVE IN ACTION – March 22

Each week you will find resources to help create inspiration for doing social justice and advocacy at home. Come see our new FACEBOOK GROUP and see other creative ways to connect with each other!  Children, Youth & Families During this time where we find ourselves at home and unable to go places, how do we […]

FAITH AT HOME for Grades 1-4 – March 22

A message from Leah Reddy. 4th Sunday in Lent : The Greatest Commandment – Mark 12:28-31 Get a little piece of paper (scratch paper is fine). Draw a simple cross. On the longer, vertical line write, “Love God”. On the shorter, horizontal line write, “Love Neighbor”. In class, we have started talking about the cross […]

FAITH AT HOME for Families of Littles – March 22

Love and Joy Are All Around Us!  Hello friends! Evan and I made a little video of circle time for our class. Check it out here to sign some old and new songs with us!   Music Time Sing “Hello, Hello”  “It’s Good to Give Thanks To the Lord ”  “Pass the Basket Offering “ “The Joy […]

FAITH AT HOME for Club 56 Getting & Staying Connected – March 22

Worship Together, or solo, to Witness God’s Presence in our lives today! We Miss You! Here are a few videos from your faithful Club 56 Youth Leaders, saying Hi & Checking in:   HI’s & LOW’s Take turns checking in with each other. If you’re solo, try journaling! How are you? (From 1 – 5) […]

FINDING OUR NEW NORMAL

Nativity Community Update, Pastor Glenn Seefeldt, March 18, 2020 What a week we have been through. Life as we know it is changing by the minute, and with all the changes, my daily routines and habits had to be adjusted resulting on an emotional roller coaster. In my message this weekend, I will speak about […]

Safe House Shelter for Homeless Teens.  

We have been in touch with Lutheran Social Service Safe House Shelter for Homeless Teens.  During this time, Safe House will be open 24/7. This expansion of hours and isolation requires more food and entertainment ( things for teens to do while in isolation) for the teens at Safe House.  If you are interested in […]

A Prayer of Hope During this Pandemic

From Rabbi Naomi Levy We are frightened, God, Worried for our loved ones, Worried for our world. Helpless and confused, We turn to You Seeking comfort, faith and hope. Teach us God, to turn our panic into patience, And our fear into acts of kindness and support. Our strong must watch out for our weak, […]

Growing Through Loss Series Has Been Canceled

Growing Through Loss, At Nativity this Spring  Has been canceled. The fall series is at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview beginning September 17th.  Feel free to ask Pat Hendricks questions:  bppat127@gmail.com  763-221-8149.

Vital Aging: Caring for Nativity’s Seniors

Nativity cares deeply for those who are seniors and those who are vulnerable. Many people feel isolated under this quarantine. Plans are being made to contact people who are not electronically connected or who may need special support. Those people will be contacted via phone and/or written notes. Volunteers are needed to make phone calls, […]

Nativity Community Outreach Teams Update

Outreach Leaders & Ministers, Thank you for your continued faith, generous spirits, and compassionate hearts. I hope you, your family, and friends find comfort and support in the love you share. We also appreciate and love you at Nativity and want to make sure we keep it flowing! During these uncertain times, let’s find solace […]

Nativity Lutheran College Scholarships

Did you know that Nativity awards college scholarships each year? These scholarships are available to any Nativity member attending an ELCA Lutheran college or seminary. You can fill out the application and find out more here: APPLICATION FORM. High school seniors must submit a copy of their transcript. Current college students must submit either a […]

 Adult Faith Formation Update

The weekly book and Bible studies are continuing using email.  Tuesday Book Study continues with Richard Rohr’s, Universal Christ. If you are not in this book discussion and would like to be, contact Jerry Hoffman, jerjo.hoffman@gmail.com Wednesday AM Bible Study continues with its overview of the New Testament. Contact Pat Hendricks, bppat127@gmail.com if you are […]

Coronavirus – “Do not fear, for I am with you…

Dear Friend of Nativity: As we have continued to monitor and assess the situation regarding the coronavirus over the last few days, we have decided to make the difficult-but we believe faithful and responsible-decision to temporarily suspend all activities at Nativity including worship. We are taking this step not out of fear, but rather as a way […]

Flippin Out Over The Success of our Pancake Breakfast

We sold 199 tickets sold for the pancake breakfast. After expenses, our total earned for the youth trips is $1885.60 Great job!! Thank you, everyone, for your leadership and sharing your gifts and talents in support of our kids.

LENT 2020 – Put On The Robe Of Grace

LENT is a unique time of reflection before the celebration of Easter. “Put On the Robe of Grace” is our 2020 Lenten theme. The theme comes from the “prodigal son” story recorded in Luke 15:20-24.  In the story, the youngest son rebels with reckless living. Eventually realizing his poor choices and the mistakes made, he […]

Nativity Partners with Mental Health Connect

Mental Health Connect is an inter-faith collaborative that works to help individuals and families get connected to the mental health services they need for depression, stress, anxiety, mood swings, unmanaged mental illness, and troubling new behavior. Thirty-two people attended a meeting on February 4th at Nativity to learn about the services of Mental Health Connect […]

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 […]