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COVID-19 UPDATE, March 29, 2020

Find the Norwegian sermon for March 29, 2020 at the following link: 

Find the English sermon for March 29, 2020 at the following link: https://youtu.be/a8lAtLrTe3E


The March 29 Sermon (in print): 2020-03-29 Sermon

Dear Mindekirken Community Members and Friends,

First, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. Mindekirken is continuing to follow the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC, as well as the Minneapolis Synod as to how we should best proceed and keep everyone in our community safe. After much discussion we have come to the difficult decision to cancel all activities through April or until further notice. Again, this is an evolving situation, so please check back frequently for updates.

Specifically through April we have:

  • Canceled Worship Services (please look for the sermons, as well as music provided by John and Jordan, online);
  • Canceled Tuesday Open House (lectures will be rescheduled for the fall);
  • Canceled the Rømmegrøt Luncheon scheduled for April 25th;
  • Canceled Bible Study;
  • Canceled choir practice;
  • Canceled Den Norske Klubben;
  • Canceled Kvinnekor (they are practicing online via Zoom).
  • The Mindekirken Foundation Annual Meeting has been postponed until further notice.
  • CorVoce has postponed their concert from March 29th until an undetermined date.
  • The Language and Culture Program Spring Term has postponed until April 6th, but stay tuned for more updates and some possible online offerings.

We want to stay connected with you!

The office is still open and Pastor Anne Brit Aasland, Kaia Knutson, Terry Parker, John DeHaan, Jordan Buchholz, and other staff members are preparing online sermons, working on the Communicator, etc. The council and other volunteers are busy staying on top of the situation and planning for the future. We encourage you to reach out to each other by phone and online, sending cards, and praying for everyone’s safety and health. If you are sick and would like pastor to pray for you, please reach out. If you need help with grocery shopping or just a friendly voice to talk to, please call the office and Kaia will put you in touch with volunteers. Also, please don't forget that this is Food Shelf month and there are many people in need.

One of the side effects of canceling Sunday worship services is that our regular offering will not be collected. It is vital to support our staff at this time and continue our ministry. We are making a special appeal to you to donate on our website by clicking on the Donate to Mindekirken button at the bottom of our webpage at www.mindekirken.net or you can mail your offering to the church (check can be made out to "Mindekirken"). Our address is

Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
924 E. 21st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404-2952

We are working to find new and creative ways to be a church in these uncertain times!

To reach the pastor, please call 651-307-6417. To reach the Office Manager, Kaia Knutson, please call 612-874-0716. For questions regarding the Norwegian Language and Culture Program, please call the Administrator, Krista Schweppe, at 651-497-6027.

We will post more updates as the situation changes. Please check the website and Facebook pages often and/or sign up for the weekly email list on the website (https://www.mindekirken.net/index.php/news-media/communicator-news) or by calling the church office.

With prayers of love and health,

Jeannette Henrikssen on behalf of the Mindekirken Staff and Council

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