June 25, 2021 Message from Pastor Alessandri

June 25, 2021 Message from Pastor Alessandri(pdf)

June 25, 2021

COME WATCH THE NEW STEEPLE BE INSTALLED.
As of today, we have been told the work to put the Steeple back on our roof is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., Wednesday, June 30 (Weather permitting)
Come to the “Steeple Place Party”
Bring your lawn chair and beverage of choice. (Breakfast treats to share optional)

If there is a change we will do our best to post it on our website and Facebook page, send it out to those on our email list and leave a message on our office phone.

Dick Hess is at Meritus Hospital awaiting a pacemaker on Monday.
Please keep Dick and family in prayers.

 

EXTENDING HOSPITALITY IN A “MASK’S OPTIONAL” CHURCH

Next Sunday, July 4th, wearing masks at worship and in Haven buildings will become optional for those who have been vaccinated. From the comments our Council members have received at worship this month, there will be many persons ready to say, “Alleluia” as they take off their masks.

But I want to remind us, that some persons will still choose to wear masks in worship. I will wear a mask when blessing and distributing the communion elements simply as a preventative practice for now. Others may be wearing masks because they have complex health issues, have not been vaccinated or they simply find it a healthy option at this time.

One of Haven’s many gifts is hospitality. Like Jesus, we strive to invite, welcome and include everyone. You may not have thought about this as a hospitality concern, but PLEASE don’t ask or quiz persons about their mask choice OR their vaccination status. Why? Because that doesn’t say “Welcome, I’m so glad you’re here!” Instead it implies, intended or not, “Only vaccinated people who don’t wear masks are welcome to be here.” That is NOT the message or tone we want ANYONE to experience at church, especially one that is a “Haven.”

These are tender times as we continue to learn-as-we-go. These times are tender as we make our way as a church community, each trying to make the best choices we can with the understandings we have. Haven has held together through these difficult pandemic months. God has mightily blessed us in many ways. May we continue to be a blessing one anyone, member or guest, who come through our doors, as we continue to sing:

Let us build a house where love can dwell
and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell
how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.
(“All Are Welcome” ELW #641)

HOW CRAZY IS THIS? I HAVE JUST SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION TO BE A VOLUNTEER AT THE 2022 NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING IN MINNEAPOLIS. There are several types of volunteer opportunities. I have submitted an application to be a volunteer in the Gathering Volunteer Corps (GVCs).
The Gathering Volunteer Corps serves in multiple capacities throughout the Gathering. Duties might include ushering and assisting during mass gatherings, helping with Interactive Learning activities, directing foot traffic in the convention center, staffing the info booth or moving equipment in a Gathering facility. GVCs serve wherever Gathering planning teams have identified the need for additional help!

 

Eligibility: GVCs must be 19 years old or have been out of high school for one year by the time of the Gathering and be able to commit to being in Minneapolis for one week, likely arriving Friday, July 22, and departing Thursday, July 28, 2022. The Gathering will provide GVC volunteers:

·       Per diem or catered meals while onsite in Minneapolis

·       Shared lodging accommodations

·       Mileage reimbursement or airfare travel to and from the Gathering

Applications for Gathering Volunteer Corps will be accepted beginning May 22, 2021, via links from this website.

Applicants are to notified by August 22 if they have been accepted to be a volunteer at the 2022 National Youth Gathering.

HOW ABOUT YOU? Would you like to volunteer at the Gathering and help our young people grow in faith and encounter Christ? At the following link you can find out about all the volunteer opportunities and the volunteer application. We won’t know how many of the Gathering events we will be able to view or join, but the energy of thousands of Lutheran teens finding each other in a community of faith, worship and service is phenomenal.

https://elca.org/YouthGathering/Attend/Volunteer

FYI What is the ELCA National Youth Gathering? Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

Washington County Interfaith Coalition
INTERFAITH PRAYERS FOR TODAY

June 22, 2021,

Unitarian Universalist (Adapted from Israel Zangwill)

Come into the circle of love and justice.

Come into the community of mercy, holiness and health.

Come and you shall know peace and joy.

Bahai

O my God! I ask Thee, by Thy most glorious Name, to aid me in that which will cause the affairs of Thy servants to prosper, and thy cities to flourish.

Thou indeed, hast power over all things.

May we do that which will bring about Your Will.

May we know your presence in the affairs of these your servants.  Within us you guide us forward to hear the holy prodding of all blessed hearts.  May we reflect Your light through our actions, our prayers and the gifts our shared presence.  We pray this in the name of Holy hope. Amen

Reverend Valerie Wills, Coordinator

THE GARDEN OF HAVEN HAS A DOOR! We thank Ken Myers, his son and grandson for finishing our garden fencing with a great door.

The vegetables and sunflowers are growing. Zucchinis look like they will be producing first. Now, if only the weeds would stop growing. (Dream on, pastor)

 

 

 

 

BECAUSE WE NEED TO LAUGH

I’m on two diets. I wasn’t getting enough food on one.

I really don’t mind getting older, but my body is taking it badly.