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American Lutheran explores future work with Cedar Riverside church

Isaac and Eliana Tade and Victoria Schutz contributed to the clean-up of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis - one of the areas of the Twin Cities hardest hit by late May and early June rioters.

But Windom's young adults hope the local connection to the Twin Cities neighborhood restoration doesn't end with their physical labor. They hope they can continue to help support the rebuilding efforts, while at the same time do their small part to try to help rid society of racism.

Two of the easiest ways to support both efforts is to give money and, for those who have time, volunteer.

But American Lutheran Church in Windom is hoping to go beyond that. The church is looking into partnering with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. The church and many of the residential homes were not damaged during the destructive riots that broke out in that area. In fact, Holy Trinity has become a hub for food and supplies drop-off, donations and even COVID-19 testing in the weeks since the protests and riots.

The Twin Cities church also has a local tie. Pastor Ingrid Arneson Rasmussen, the lead pastor at Holy Trinity, is a niece to Jane Cartwright, a member of American Lutheran in Windom.

The connection the churches are hoping to make is progressing. In fact, Lead Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade took an exploratory trip to the community on Friday.

" It was a day of learning, and we hope to take a group soon," Pastor Sarah says.

"They are doing so much work, connecting with the community, meeting community needs and distribution of food. They're really doing everything."

American Lutheran has done mission trips all over the country over the past five or six years. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those trips have been put on hold or cancelled. Larsen Tade believes this might be a great alternative.

"It turns out that we will probably have a trip open to anyone that wants to go, hopefully on July 10," Pastor Sarah says, noting that youth must be at least 15 years of age. "It is open to anyone, whether or not you are a member of ALC. We will take the ALC church bus."

For more on this story, see the Faith & Family page in the July 1 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands tomorrow.


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