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March 2023 News from Mayflower Church
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March Worship


Worship Sundays in person at 8:30 & 11 am or online at 11 am
Wednesday Taize with Marty Haugen at 6 pm during Lent


Wed, Mar 1, 6 pm: belated Ash Wednesday Taize with Marty Haugen
Sun, Mar 5, 8:30 & 11 am: Rev. Sarah Campbell peaching
Wed, Mar 8, 6 pm: Taize with Marty Haugen
Sun, Mar 12, 8:30 & 11 am: Rev. Christian Briones preaching
Wed, Mar 15, 6 pm: Taize with Marty Haugen
Sun, Mar 19, 8:30 & 11 am: Rev. Sarah Campbell preaching
Wed, Mar 22, 6 pm: Taize with Marty Haugen
Sun, Mar 26, 8:30 & 11 am: Rev. Sarah Campbell preaching
Wed, Mar 29, 6 pm: Taize with Marty Haugen

Important deadline! Articles for the April Ship to Shore are due Wednesday, March 15. Send your announcements of 100 words or fewer or articles up to 250 to admin@mayflowermpls.org.

Important note! The Pastoral Care line is monitored daily. Call 612.824.0762.
 

Lent 2023
Rev. Sarah Campbell
  
During Lent you will notice the Prayer of Confession in our Sunday worship.

In Christian tradition (circa 325), Lent is a penitential season of self-examination and prayer that precedes Holy Week and Easter. In Western churches, the season opens on Ash Wednesday and consists of 40 days, excluding Sundays (an echo of the story of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness). This year we are exploring the metaphor of wilderness. As we wait for the increasing light of spring, let us go deep within, an inward wilderness journey to reflect on how we are living; how well we are grounded in God, our Ground of Being.
 
The prayer of confession can help prompt us every Sunday to find our confession.
 
I love this brief reading from a wonderful book by Michael Leunig that Kevin Brown gave me years ago, When I Talk To You: A Cartoonist Talks to God. I encourage you to read it aloud, slowly. Don’t skim it.

God help us to find our confession;
The truth within us which is hidden from our mind;
The beauty or the ugliness we see elsewhere
But never in ourselves;
The stowaway which has been smuggled
Into the dark side of the heart,
Which puts the heart off balance an causes it pain,
Which wearies and confuses us,
Which tips us in false directions and inclines us
        to destruction,
The load which is not carried squarely
Because it is carried in ignorance.
God help us to find our confession.
Help us across the boundary of our understanding.
Lead is into the darkness that we may find what
        lies concealed;
That we may confess it towards the light;
That we may carry our truth in the centre of our heart;
That we may carry our cross wisely
And bring harmony into our life and our world. Amen.

 
Yes. This Lent we will confess our sins. We will sing for God’s mercy. And we will listen, in silence, for God’s still small voice offering us grace: the grace of acceptance; and the grace of new beginnings.

What a privilege it is to be on this Jesus path together!

In Christ,
Sarah
 
Lenten Contemplative Evening Service in the style of Taize with Marty Haugen
Wednesday evenings through April 5, 6:00 pm, Mayflower Chapel. In-person only. (all Covid protocols, see Mayflower website for details)
You are invited to join Marty Haugen for this time of silence, simple songs, and scripture during this time of Lent.

Lenten Fellowship Meal
Wed, Mar 1; and all Wednesdays through April 5.
A simple meal will follow each Lenten service in the Fireside Room.

Mayflower Journeys Through the Wilderness this Lent
This Lenten season, Mayflower will follow along with the Lenten & Easter Toolkit provided last year by the Minnesota UCC conferenceThe theme is “Wilderness,” and we will explore several different weekly themes centered around the wilderness of the soul and our connections to the Earth and each other.
 
Each week, we will provide ideas for activities and discussion questions for use by families and church groups alike. We encourage you to engage with the material and each other as we embrace the Lenten energy of intentional reflection. Families set aside some time for weekly meditations/devotionals or find ways to weave the themes into everyday discussion. Grandparents, invite your grandchildren into these discussions either in person or via your preferred video call platform. Friends and teams, make some intentional time to contemplate this material together over a warm beverage.
 
Join us as we traverse the wilderness together. We may be wandering, but we needn’t do so alone.

 

March Special Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing

This month Mayflower is raising awareness and money for VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) food shelf. Canned food can be brought to the tables by the doors on Sunday mornings. Let’s work together to help everyone in our community have something nutritious and delicious. Learn more about VEAP’s many programs or ask your youth. You can give during worship in the envelopes provided (write “Special Offering” in the memo line of your check). Or give online during March.


Our Life Together

New Member Classes
Sundays, March 5 and 12, 9:45 – 10:45 am; Joining Sun, Mar 26
Are you interested in our Mayflower community? Do you want to learn more about walking on the Jesus path with us? Have you made up your mind about wanting to be a part of our community, or maybe this is something you’re discerning? If so, this class is for you. This class is an opportunity for you to connect with other people from Mayflower and with other people on a spiritual journey who are interested in Mayflower in some way. This is a two-part class, and in the two classes you will hear from Rev. Briones, other Mayflower folks, and from each other about your spiritual journey and what brings you to the class. You will also learn more about Mayflower Church and the variety of vibrant ministries Mayflower has to offer. 
 
This is a two-part class that happens during the adult ed hour at 9:45 on Sunday, March 5 and 12. If you want to join but cannot make both classes, let Christian know. Please reach out to Christian if you have any questions (or 612-767-1362).
 
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Come hear the newly updated sound system in the sanctuary. The old system had speakers from the 1970s and was no longer providing quality sound. Over the years, people often commented that it was difficult to hear the sermons, the announcements, and more. Initial responses to the updates from people who have previously struggled to hear and clearly understand have been a double thumbs up.
 
Loud Neighbors Sound (Jordan Hedland and his father Dik Hedland) installed two new main speakers and two remote fill speakers. All parts of the sanctuary are now in proximity of a sound source. The whole system, both new speakers and older components, has been tested and adjusted to seek optimal clarity.
 
Immense gratitude to David Carey who spearheaded the long-overdue change; to Thor Mickelson for plentiful logistical support; and to the Mayflower Foundation for funding the request. Marlin Peterson, the entire sound tech team, Rita Mueller, and Connie Ford all were instrumental in making it happen.
 
In addition, a high-quality portable PA system was purchased and is available for presentations in all spaces where a sound system does not exist. 
 
If you have comments about sound in the sanctuary, please contact David Carey, Marlin Peterson, or Thor. If you want to use the portable system for a meeting, please indicate your need when you request a room. 
 
Flowers for Worship
As we move back into worship in the Sanctuary, we will bring back flower dedications. If you have a joy to share – a new member of your family, a wedding, or an anniversary to commemorate, a loved one to honor – please contact Karen Joyce (bkjoyce2@gmail.com), the keeper of the schedule. Your flowers will be displayed on the altar and your message will be published on the bulletin that Sunday.
 
Senior Men’s Fellowship
First Tuesday of the month, Richfield VFW on Lake Shore Blvd
This lively group offers a supportive place for “seasoned” men to share personal stories, profound insights, and usually, a presentation about a hobby or subject familiar to one of our participants. The VFW offers excellent breakfasts in a quiet, semi-private room. Contact Jim McConkey (kjmcconk@gmail.com) for details.
 
Women of a Certain Age (WoCA)
Wed, Mar 15, 9:30 am, Dining Room
Treats, good coffee, interesting topics (March-crafts with Bonnie Buzza, April-TMoRA visit), discussions and activities. Contact Belle Scott (bellebscott@gmail.com) with questions and/or the Zoom link.
 
Young Adults Gathering
See Faith Formation for Adults section for more information.


Council Corner

by Maureen Lunde, Moderator

Council is excited to announce our unanimous recommendation for the Mayflower Congregation to consider electing Leon Erstad as the next Council Moderator and Maureen Engelhardt as Associate Moderator at the Congregational Annual Meeting in May 2023. We are very grateful for their willingness to serve in these positions!
 
Council and the Leadership Team have reached consensus on our recommended changes for the Mayflower Early Childhood Center (MECC) Memorandum of Understanding. It is our goal that these suggested changes will mutually strengthen both the Mayflower Early Childhood Center (MECC) and Mayflower Church in our respective missions. We hope to begin discussions with MECC soon and complete the discussions by April 1, 2023.
 
Thank you for giving your time and energy to complete the Congregational Survey! Council is in the process of compiling the results and will present this at the Mayflower Congregational Annual Meeting in May 2023.
 
Nominating Season is in Full Swing
Are you ready to serve in a leadership role? Or are you interested in learning more about the possibilities? Perhaps, you know a Mayflower member whom you’d like to encourage to offer their gifts and talents.
 
The Nominating Committee is seeking:
  • Two people for the Church Council for three-year terms beginning in May.
  • Two people to serve two or three-year terms on the Nominating Committee
  • Five regular delegates and one youth delegate to the June 9-10 Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ at the College of St. Benedict.
Learn more about the specifics of each of these opportunities on the Mayflower website, where you will find position descriptions, additional information, and a quick link to say “I’m interested.” Further questions will be answered by any member of the Nominating Committee: Connie Ford, Chair, Diann Anders, Ellen Baker, Steve Rawlins, or Karen Smith Sellers. Contact information is in the Realm Directory. The Nominating Committee will receive names through March 15. The committee seeks candidates for both this year and subsequent years.
 
The vitality of the church depends on sharing leadership broadly. Please carefully consider keeping the spirit going by raising your hand for one of these elected positions. 

Faith Formation for Children, Youth & Families

Upcoming Dates

  • March 10: 6th/7th Grade Lock-in
  • March 12: All-Ages Afternoon Arts – Movement-based meditation with Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb. Everyone is invited to join us, regardless of age and/or ability. Options for those with mobility challenges will be offered.
  • March 24: Youth Group Lock-in

Easter Lilies for Sale!
The youth group is selling lilies this March to decorate our sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Proceeds will go toward this summer’s youth trip to DC with other youth from the MN conference. You can order online here. Deadline to order is March 26.
 
Call for Baptisms
Sat, Apr 8, and Easter Sunday, Apr 9
We are once again planning to do baptisms during the Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday. In this communal sacrament, we lift the baby up and hear God, the universe, Being-itself say: “You, dear child, are my beloved!” This ritual is when we all promise, as a community, to care for and shape this child on the Jesus path. And Easter is the day we proclaim that Life has the last word and that Hope overcomes despair. If you would like to have your child (or yourself for that matter) baptized at one of these services, please contact Rev. Christian Briones.
 
Faith Formation Visioning Team Looking to Grow
If you are interested in meeting with us once or twice a month to discuss the future of our Faith Formation programs and how we can best serve our families, please let Bree know.
 
All-Ages Afternoon Arts
The February event was so much fun! Thank you to Dan Christensen-Cowan for leading us in an intergenerational drum jam, and thank you to everyone who attended. Harambe!
 
We cordially invite all of Mayflower to join us for the next session, which will be held on March 12 (this is a change from the originally scheduled date). Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, former dance professor at St. Olaf College, has graciously agreed to lead us in a movement-based meditation practice. There will be modifications available for anyone with mobility challenges, and the only pre-requisite is an open mind. Join us after the 11 am worship service for a potluck (vegetarian options will be provided), some intergenerational fellowship, and, of course, ice cream!


Faith Formation for Adults

The Conversation Continues...
Sundays, Mar 12, 19 and 26, 9:45 -10:45 am, Chapel
Please join the Race Matters Team during the Adult Education hour for follow up conversations on Anita Bradshaw’s “What’s in a Name?” sessions. If you haven’t yet viewed the sessions, they are linked here:
  Contact Kate Andrews van Horne at: kaand004@gmail.com for more information.

Learning Communities
These ongoing small groups meet regularly through much of the year, always open to newcomers.
 
Contemporary Theologies
Sundays, 9:00 am,
Our learning community concentrates on theology books (both Christian and non-Christian) at a layperson’s level. We read each chosen book in small bites, in advance of weekly discussions. The process of sharing our responses to the text yields not only a learning experience but also community, fellowship, and new connections for our faith journeys. Visitors and new participants are always welcome, and mid-book additions are just fine. Contact Bob Power.
 
Rediscovering the Bible: Mark
Sundays, 9:45 am, Room 208
Rediscovering the Bible has been promoting Biblical literacy at Mayflower for the past nine years. We believe that such knowledge gives us a better sense of our prophetic justice roots, and that it also helps us counteract misuse of the Bible by those who wield it as a political weapon. We study one book at a time with the help of a commentary. This year we are studying Paul's letter to the Romans. Our discussions are typically lively and informative. No prior knowledge of the Bible is necessary, and all are welcome. Questions, contact Jeff Richards at jeff.h.richards@comcast.net or (952) 894.6145.
 
Centering Prayer: All Are Welcome
Mondays, 6:30–8 pm, Zoom
Do you like to sit in silent prayer with others? Come and join us in Centering Prayer at Mayflower. RSVP to Cate Calkins to receive the Zoom invite.
 
Women’s Spirituality
Sundays, 9:45 am, Room 211
Women's Spirituality provides space for deep engagement with other women. We celebrate the festivals of the Wheel of the Year and explore the feminine face of God. Contact Connie Ford for more information.
 
Young Adults Gathering 
The Mayflower young adults seek to center relationship and community with one another. We deepen our faith journey together through devotionals in which we study scripture. Contact Rev. Christian for more information.


Earth Justice

All of us must live wisely on Earth to ensure a healthy planet for future generations. Each month Earthwise offers suggestions and actions for you to consider.
 
An Energy Law Designed for You
A 100% carbon-free electric energy bill is now law right here in Minnesota! Mayflower folks have worked on this policy proposal for many months (years actually), with individual lobbying, marches, social media; we didn’t give up. It’s now law! And there are more climate proposals coming up for us to work for.
 
Electric energy is pretty carbon free right now; Minnesota utilities lead the nation. The mandates of the new law will make your electricity more and more carbon free as the remaining fossil fuel generation is replaced with carbon free generation under the new 100% law.
 
Now it’s up to us to minimize our using fossil fuels and use this cleaner electric energy when it’s time for us to replace appliances for space heating and cooling, cooking, drying clothes, and heating water; vehicles for transporting people and things; lawnmowers for the lawns that we don’t replace with perennial plants; power tools for felling trees and trimming branches, and removing snow; light fixtures for indoors and out; etc. Moneys in the form of tax credits (federal) and rebates (state and federal) provided by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will facilitate a lot of these replacements.
 
You may take any IRA tax credits you earn when you file your taxes for 2023. The Federal government has said it will issue in March its guidelines for how states develop their programs for disbursing IRA rebates for qualifying electric appliances. The state Department of Commerce will develop and implement the IRA rebate programs in Minnesota; the Department projects it will roll out those programs in September or October this year. We will keep you posted as these programs develop.
 
We shall awaken from our dullness and rise vigorously toward justice. If we fall in love with creation deeper and deeper, we will respond to its endangerment with passion.  —Hildegard of Bingen
 
Good News on Stormwater Management
The expert review panel for the Hennepin County Good Steward grant recommended Mayflower Church’s raingarden application as one of seven that should be approved for funding (out of 38 applications). This recommendation goes to the Hennepin County Board for final approval in March.
 
Good News on Pollinator Support
For those who do not have yards to grow pollinator-friendly plants, there is a new resource for growing “keystone” plants in containers. Keystone plants are the backbone of local ecosystems, producing the food necessary for 90% of the caterpillar species that enable our terrestrial birds to reproduce, as well as all of our native bee species. Check this list to see what might work on your patio, deck or balcony. Want a deeper dive? Watch this video featuring entomologist Doug Tallamy as he shares the importance of keystone plants and how they support healthy wildlife communities.

It’s Still Ice Season
Remember, one teaspoon of deicing salt will pollute five gallons of water permanently. Both Diamond Lake and Minnehaha Creek are listed as impaired due to chloride levels. When salt is necessary for safety, the goal is to use no more than a single crystal of salt every 2-3 inches. Once the snow has melted, sweep up the remaining salt and use it another day instead of leaving it to wash away in the rain or snowmelt. Here is a good resource from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

Spring is Almost Here!
If you are interested in participating in Groundwise activities, please contact Linda Ridlehuber (linda@haven2.com). We welcome additional members at any time.

Social Justice

ISAIAH’s Push for Childcare/Early Childcare Funding
Thu, Mar 2, 9 am to noon, Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill
Significantly increasing funding would be transformative in:

  1. Allowing lower/middle income parents to work who chose to without paying exorbitant childcare fees. This will significantly increase the workforce participation rate which is adversely affected by the high cost of childcare and the ability of parents to work.
  2. Reducing racial disparities among children as they enter kindergarten.
  3. Reimbursing childcare workers and childcare centers at a rate that makes them financially viable. 

Join Kids Count on Us childcare providers, families, teachers, and kids at our important Childcare Day at the Capitol. We will be hand delivering postcards our childcare centers and churches have been busy filling out during the past month to legislators.
 
We'll start the day at the Christ on Capitol Hill, right across the street from the Capitol. Our rally will be joined by legislators and our childcare centers. From there, you will be trained on the delivery of the postcards, and we'll go together to the Capitol to find our legislators and talk with them about the crisis in our childcare system. Join us!
 
Join Beacon on Monday, March 20, 9 am-noon at the Capitol to meet legislators or 1:30 pm for a rally in the rotunda. It is time to show up at the capitol to support our neighbors who are housing insecure!
 
This is the most important action you can take this session. This is the only time we will ask you to travel to the capitol. Carpools will be available. Meet with the state legislators that you voted for. Tell them that you want them to vote in favor of “Bring It Home Minnesota” (House File 11/Senate File 11) that provides rental assistance for all low-income Minnesotans so that no one pays more than 30% of their income for rent.
 
Register here.
The proposal is backed by at least 40 Democratic lawmakers. This session there is an excellent chance that we will see this bill at least partially funded. It is likely to take $2 billion per year. Remember that the state has a historic $17 billion surplus this year.
 
Questions? Contact Susan Lampe, sslampe68@gmail.com; Belle Scott; Megan Webster; Jeff Brown.
 
Immigration / Asylum Education Event
Sun, Mar 26, 12:15 pm, Dining room
The Mayflower Immigration Team is hosting an event with the Advocates for Human Rights. Hanne Sandison, the Refugee and Immigrant Program Director, will be speaking on “Understanding the Biden Administration’s Efforts to Deter Migration.” Bring all your questions about asylum and immigration. Manos a la Obra will be selling street tacos for $10 per person. The Advocates provides many services, including legal aid for asylum seekers ,and is a strong defender of human rights issues here in Minnesota and in partnerships around the globe. The immigration team has partnered with the Advocates to provide assistance for many of its clients. They are always looking for volunteers, especially in their court watch program.
 
Guatemala, Here We Come!
August 19-27, Thom Haines, Global Justice Advocacy Team
Join Thom Haines and Rev. Christian Briones on this trip. We have confirmed dates with Grahame Russell of Rights Action for a Mayflower Guatemala delegation on August 19-27, 2023. COVID has put a damper in our delegation schedule, but things are looking great for this summer. As always, we will meet with Indigenous land and water protectors, stand in solidarity with them, and experience at a profound level what it means to be part of this wonderful world with so much to offer and so many challenges. Contact Thom Haines with questions or to talk more.
 
Photo: On the way to Plan de Sanchez, sacred site of a massacre of people who refused to leave their ancestral land for a dam


Ministry of Care

Free Covid Tests Available
Order here.

Alzheimer Caregiver’s Support Group
First Thursday of the month. Next one: Mar 2, 7 pm, Fireside Room and Zoom
Did you know that Mayflower hosts a South Minneapolis Alzheimer’s Caregiver support group? This group is open to all and is growing. Spread the word to family and friends in South Minneapolis. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. For caregivers it is often a very difficult and stressful challenge helping loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Our meeting provides a safe and confidential environment to share challenges and receive support from others. Though there are members from Mayflower, most are not. The meeting is co-led by Mayflower members Dale Stuepfert and Brian Buxton.
 
Caregivers’ Happy Hour
Third Monday of the month. Next one: Mar 20, 6 pm, Zoom Contact: Dawn Baker, dawnovichi@gmail.com to RSVP.
Many members are helping a neighbor or family member with dementia, daily or on occasion, near or far. Unwind and find confidential support with others in similar situations.
 
Mayflower Addiction Recovery Support (MARS) 
Mon, Mar 13, 7:00 pm
All are welcome. Contact Lisa DeWaay, (ldewaay@gmail.com) (612) 804-4497 or Gloria Englund, (gloria@recoveringu.com) 612 866 1056 with questions and for meeting details.


Financial Corner

by Thor Mickelson
Giving (tithes and offerings) for December 2022 was $75,279 compared to a budgeted $85,000, or $9,721 below budget. Year-to-date giving was $398,035, which was $14,965 below budget. Building rental was $7,021, which was $7,832 below budget. Rental revenue year-to-date was $67,798, or $9,652 below budget. Total revenue for  December was $86,419, or $13,134 below budget, and year-to-date was $470,509, or $17,411 below budget.

Total Expenditures for December were $86,102, or $5,206 above budget. Year-to-date, total expenditures were $479,378, or $10,644 above budget.
 
This resulted in a Net Surplus for December of $316, or $18,340 below budget. Year-to-date, there was Net Deficit of $8,869, or $28,055 below budget.
 
The monthly special offering was Urban Homeworks/Trustbuilders, and they received $1,160 in contributions. Meals on Wheels was also given $500.
 
Stewardship
There have been 198 pledges for $707,114. For 2022, there were 198 pledges for $700,151.


Parish Personals

Let us know if you’d like to be listed in the bulletin. We will normally be keeping names for prayers of care, concern, and support in Parish Personals for two months, unless otherwise requested. Read Parish Personals here.

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