May 7, 2020
Worship With Us Online
Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Pastor Reggie
Preaching This Sunday
"Following Directions"
Fifth Sunday in Easter
Crown of Glory is Spreading the Love
Thank you to those who decorated the church!
Thankful Thursdays!
Join us on our YouTube channel at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday for a brief devotional by Pastor Laura! We will be offering this devotional every Thursday during this time of social distancing. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Reggie or Pastor Laura !
Wednesday Evening Prayer Service
Join us each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a livestream evening worship. Join via our website at  and click on the YouTube icon. Be sure to download the worship outline found  here .
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If you would like to be notified of when we are “live” or when we post a new video on our YouTube page, make sure you click on the “Subscribe” button on the Crown of Glory Chaska MN YouTube homepage, as well as clicking on the “bell” icon and select “All” to receive notifications whenever we publish a new video! If you have any questions, contact Pastor Laura !
Offering and Electronic Giving
Please consider continuing your weekly offering during these times when we are not gathering, as our congregation will still have our regular financial obligations. Thank you for considering one of the following ways:
  • Mailing your offering to our address at 1141 Cardinal Street Chaska, MN 55318.
  • Getting signed up for Simply Giving, an automated giving option, by filling out this form and sending it to our Director of Finance, Ashley Pederson.
  • Trying “Text to Give” by sending a text to our secure account at 833-497-3991.

Please scan our QR code to be taken to our giving page or click here to learn more. Thank you.
Thank you!
Thank you to our Thrivent Choice members who donated $926 to Crown of Glory through their “Choice Dollars” campaign! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Celebration of Ministries: May 13, 6:30 p.m.
There will be a special “Celebration of Ministries” event during our Wednesday Evening Prayer service starting at 6:30 p.m. on May 13! We invite you to share the highlights of your ministry at Crown of Glory this year. What were your milestones? Please email your reflections to Pastor Laura by May 10. We are seeking your feedback to share your thoughts with the congregation. Were you a part of the Creation Care Team, Faithful Knotters, Faith Knitters, Chancel Choir, Chancel Chimers, SPARK Sunday school teacher, Connect Guide, Confirmation Small Group Guide, or High School Ministry leader? Did you serve on the Fare For All Team or the Loaves and Fishes Team? Whatever outreach, ministry or education team you served on or participated in, send us your appreciation highlights to be shared during this special worship on Wednesday, May 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. We want to share our thanks and appreciation with all Crown of Glory ministries! 
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Notes from Tom Paulson
"Mothering God, you gave me birth in the bright morning of this world.
Creator, source of every breath, you are my rain, my wind, my sun.” ELW #736

“God is NOT MY mother!” I can still see her red, angry face, steam coming out of both ears. We were singing “Mothering God, You Gave me Birth” at another church, and a congregant was having a hard time with it. “This song is not about God’s gender,” I said softly. “It’s about characteristics of God that we often associate with mothers – giving birth, nurturing, feeding, loving unconditionally, gentleness, patience, etc. The song is actually Trinitarian: Verse 1 is about God, verse 2 about the Christ, verse 3 about the Holy Spirit.” That seemed to calm her down, but I’m not sure she ever warmed up to this song.
I love this story! Not so much in the moment, but with 20/20 hindsight, and because in the words of Karen Walker, “It’s funny because it’s true.” It reminds me that jumping to conclusions is lousy exercise. Seriously though, I like this song because we have so many “Father God” hymns, that recalling God’s mothering characteristics broadens my understanding of love, of who and what God is, and what and who God calls me to be. It is also our Hymn of the Day on Sunday.

Take a listen. . I can hear Sara Doerfler, Cindy Steinert or Claudette Weber playing the flute part. I don’t know who the choir is, but the arranger is a friend of mine from 20 years ago.

If Crown of Glory didn’t already know this hymn, Chancel Choir would sing this setting to help us learn it. However, we do, and we sing it really well! So, listen to the link to remind yourself of the hymn, then sing along to the livestream on Sunday. My experience tells me that God uses music and poetry to broaden my understanding of the world. How does she broaden your understanding of the world?

Tom Paulson
Director of Music & Worship
Children's Ministry
Living Liturgy: Part 7
In the gospel this week Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” How can we live into this good news that feels like a command to put on a happy face to just grin and bear it? I don’t like being sheltered in place. I miss being with people in worship and service and learning together. My feelings of fear and anger, anxiety and depression, numbness and exhaustion indicate my heart is troubled. I want things to be different than they are so that my heart can stop troubling as it does. Maybe you can relate to wanting things to be different and longing for inner peace and social connection. 

Hard times are not new to human history. In the midst of them it can feel endless and hopeless. The Psalms cry out to God in pain and anger and bear witness to life on the other side of suffering. Read Psalm 22 and 23 together. Listen for the suffering that matches your experience, know that you are not alone, and feel the shift toward trust in God. If you need an more extroverted or personal connection, there are folks among us who have come through hard times and have wisdom and faith to share. Talk with someone you know who has gone through a hard time to find out what got them through. Pick up the phone. Talk with a neighbor. Read the Psalms. Turn up the music and dance in your driveway. Contact your elected leaders about what you care about. Connect with the people and causes you care about. In Matthew 18:20 Jesus promised to be present where two or more are gathered. Make connections with yourself, with God, and with others. These are ways of living liturgy for our troubled hearts. You may find other ways that help you to practice living into this promise. May God meet you there and give you peace.   
SPARK Lesson: God’s House! John 14:1-14. There is a place for you in God’s House!
What's for Dinner?
Try this recipe for Easy Slow-Cooker Chicken Thighs!
Engaging Faith and Community from Home
Have you been wondering how can you help others while sheltering in place? Here are several ideas for how to make a difference and engage your faith, while helping our partner organizations. Fare For All, Sheridan Story, and Loaves and Fishes are partners who help to eliminate hunger. Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative is our partner to eliminate homelessness for families. EcoFaith Network is comprised of congregations working with the ELCA Minneapolis Area Synod around climate justice issues. Getting connected to what we care about and participating in it can multiply positive effects!  
The Sheridan Story: #GiveatHomeMN
Now through May 8, The Sheridan Story is participating in an online fundraising event hosted by GiveMN. Please visit the GiveMN website to learn more.
Homes for All: Rally from Home
Legislature has not passed emergency rental assistance or housing bonds. Join others from Beacon,the Homes for All coalition, and Governor Tim Walz for a virtual rally, calling for this essential legislation, on May 8 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Register today to receive the Zoom information for the rally. 

Beacon: Emergency House Relief Package

When all people have access to stable housing, communities are stronger and healthier. Collective action and investment through our public policy should work toward ensuring all people have a home.  Learn how you can take action and learn how bonds create homes
Loaves and Fishes
May 19
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
St. John's Lutheran Church, Shakopee
Learn about a new way of serving food to the community and how to volunteer .
Fare For All
Crown of Glory will be hosting a drive-thru FFA event on May 28 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the church parking lot. More details to come.
Crown of Glory Updates
Building Use: 
  • In response to the Governor’s most recent extension of the “Shelter in Place” order, Crown of Glory is extending the closure of our church building, and all in-person worship and ministries until May 18 or until further notice. Thank you for your support during these times. 

Sustaining Fund Summary - Year through April 30, 2020:
  • Expenses: $253,000 
  • Revenue: $235,362  

Carver County Resources:
  1. COVID-19 Website:
  2. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@CarverCounty) for daily updates 
  3. County’s Community Resource Response - Link to resources such as employment, business support, child care, transportation, food access, domestic violence, housing, mental health and more:

  • Pastors will be available by phone in case of an emergency or for any other pastoral care needs. To reach one of our pastors directly please call the church office at 952-448-3230 and select the appropriate extension. The office phone system will forward the call directly to the pastor’s personal cell phone every time you call.
Live Streamed Worship
In Our Prayers
May 3, 2020
9:30 a.m.: 100 Live Views
Next Day Totals: 167 Views

May 6, 2020
6:30 p.m.: 24 Live Views
Next Day Totals: 37 Views
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