Bibles for Missions
Bibles for Missions is a totally volunteer run thrift store that receives donations of clothing, furniture and household goods to support missionaries and church plantings in Eastern Europe. We also send clothing and food to the Ukraine, clothing to the homeless ministry locally, and medical devices and supplies to Global Health Ministries through St. Michael’s.
Contact Don and Ev Griwac for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Braille/Large Print Ministry
Lutheran Braille Workers published Biblical, Christ-Centered literature which is offered in both Braille and Large Print formats. Currently printed in 30 languages and distributed to more than 120 countries, the publications are offered free of charge. The work is done by a team of thousands of volunteers—St. Michael’s has a Braille/Large Print Center on location.
More information: www.lbwinc.org
Concordia St. Paul
Concordia St. Paul prepares students for thoughtful and informed living, dedicated service to God and humanity, and care for God’s creation.
More information: www.csp.edu
Dave and Luz Maria Ernst (LaCaramuca, Venezuela)
Dave, a member from St. Michael’s and a pastor in Venezuela and Luz Maria, a deaconess, have developed a Lutheran mission school in Western Venezuela in LaCaramuca, near the city of Barinas, a very poor area. The preschool provides nutritious meals and cooperates with local health agencies. In addition to the school they lead worship services on Sunday.
Dave, a pastor, and LuzMaria, a deaconess, have developed a Lutheran mission school in Western Venezuela in LaCaramuca, a very poor area. The pre school provides nutritious meals and cooperate with local health agencies. In addition to the school, they lead worship services on Sunday. Here is an update from their ministry:
- Anyelimar Katiusca Mesa Ruíz;
- Naiker Daniel Ruíz;
- Diana Carolina Torres.
- Escarleth Mariuzy Ruíz;
- Maryuri Daniela Rojas;
- Eduar José Garrido;
- José Ignacio Garrido;
- Frenyerlin Novoa.
Most of the families that we serve have for generations been plagued by instability in work and personal relations. It was one of our objectives from the beginning to help them break the cycle of poverty imposed by false beliefs through Christian education. Now the entire country is gripped by an economic crisis in a world that seem to be gripped by fear and uncertainty. We ask, that if you have the means, please consider helping keep shining a light in the present darkness. You may donate on-line at this Web site. Thank and God bless.
Dennis and Monta Denow (Bangkok, Thailand)
Drew and Nicole Bradshaw (Hong Kong, China)
The Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod has employed Drew and Nicole since 2013. They work to enhance English language programs and Christian presence in the schools as well as equip Christian teachers and students to effectively share their faith. Nicole works closely with the Rock of Ages Kindergarten, Siu Luen Primary School, LCK Primary School, and LCK Secondary School. Drew works at St. James Kindergarten, Gertrude Simon Secondary, and Concordia International School (LCHKS). He also oversees the LCHKS’ missionaries and program. On the fifth Sundays he preaches in LCHKS congregations. Both Drew and Nicole work with Holy Word congregations, Euon congregation, and Amazing Grace congregation.
Watch the video here of the Hong Kong students who experienced a cross-cultural trip to St. Michael’s Bloomington.
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit organization that works together with volunteers to provide and pack nutritious meals for children who are hungry in both body and spirit. One in nine goes hungry each day, and at least 6,200 kids under the age of 5 are dying each day from malnutrition and other related instances. They pack three different food formulas, which contain vitamins, vegetables, soy, and rice. Feeding these children is made possible by the time of volunteers and those who make donations to purchase ingredients. Anyone over the age of 5 is able to volunteer with FMSC, they are open Monday through Saturday, with 5 different shifts available throughout the day and sites in Eagan, Chanhassen, and Coon Rapids. By volunteering your time or donating your money you are helping turn hunger into hope with your own two hands.
More information: www.fmsc.org
Georgetown Park Kids Club
St. Michael’s has a partnership with Georgetown Park Townhomes to offer homework help, build friendships, and share God’s love at a townhome in their complex near the Mall of America. You can help in many ways by volunteering, providing snacks, helping with special events and projects by sharing your gifts. Kids Club (boys and girls grades 1-5) meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-5pm with Middle School programs in the evening.
Contact Sue Timmerman: email@example.com
Global Health Ministries
Since the founding of Global Health Ministries in 1987, increasing emphasis has been placed on primary health care in rural areas of developing countries, under the leadership of local people, and also on providing training for doctors, nurses and other health care workers. GHM gathers and ships medical supplies and equipment, aids in recruitment of long and short-term health care workers and promotes interest in health care ministries within congregations in the USA. GHM has, in recent years, added a consulting arm that works with communities, hospitals and medical personnel in developing countries to help them achieve the best possible medical care for their people.
Contact Ruth Meier
Healing Haiti is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor, the vulnerable, and the disadvantaged both physically and spiritually. The ministry focuses on coming alongside those who God puts in our path, recognizing the dignity, talents, and potential of the Haitians we serve. We believe there is unlimited potential just waiting to be unlocked and invite you to be a part of serving with and empowering these incredible people.
More information: www.healinghaiti.org
Contact Margie Schroeder: margieschroeder@
LINC Twin Cities
LINC exists to engage God’s people in mission within diverse communities. Our vision is to see younger and more diverse people in local churches. Our main goal is to see churches reflecting their local community demographics. Our strategies work to see our mission, vision and main goal accomplished. In shirt, we are an organic team of cross-cultural experts, missiologists, consultants and coaches who relate to God. And because of that, you will find that we listen to, learn about and love others a lot—particularly people in diverse communities.
More information: www.linctwincities.org
Contact Dr. Fung Lo or Kurtis Smith
Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF)
The mission of LCEF is to support the Church in fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by being a Christ-centered servant partner of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), ensuring that funds and services are available now and in the future.
More information: www.lcef.org
Contact Kurt Fuhr: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lutheran Indian Ministries/Tim and Heidi Norton
God has been calling people from Navajo, MN out of darkness into His light (1 Peter 2:9). In 2015 Tim and Heidi Norton hosted 85 volunteers from across the country to witness God’s love in word and in deed. God used the means of the volunteers’ service to bring people into Christian fellowship. God used the means of grace (baptism) in the lives of two people this year to wash them from their sins, and give them His Holy Spirit. God uses the means of His Word to draw people to faith, which the team proclaims through worship, Bible studies, and community activities. God is also using the means of His people from St. Michael’s so that this ministry can continue.
More information: www.lutheranindianministries.org
Monthly newsletter: Ministry in Motion
Lutheran World Relief
Lutheran World Relief is a non-profit organization that works with local partners to provide lasting solutions to poverty, injustice, and human suffering. They work with local partners to provide solutions that build on communities’ existing strengths. Their staff and partners and specially trained to know local languages, traditions, and customs to provide appropriate solutions. They also work in some of the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities, serving people in need regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. Funders and supporters include corporate partners such as Thrivent Financial and church bodies such as the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and others, as well as tens of thousands of US Lutherans and other individuals.
More information: www.lwr.org
Minnesota South District
There are thousands of people in southern Minnesota who do not yet know Jesus as their Savior. To help reach them with the hope of the Gospel, the Minnesota South District develops leaders (church workers, congregations, and lay people) to be intentionally engaged in God’s mission. Some of the initiatives include planting new churches, supporting outreach ministries to ethnic and immigrant populations, providing overseas missions experiences to –pastors and lay leaders, and supporting campus ministry efforts.
More information: www.mnsdistrict.org
Contact Dr. William Utech
Normandale Hills Elementary School
Normandale Hills Elementary School
We have an expanding opportunity to live the St. Michaels mission statement. Last year we worked with Normandale Hills Elementary School by distributing food with Sheridan’s Story. This year we are expanding our involvement with them to include before and after school opportunities serving the students. Below are the additional programs where they would like us to help them.
Connections is a free, after-school opportunity that offers students additional support from tutors to work on organizational skills, successfully complete homework assignments and reinforce classroom learning. Connections meets two days a week (Monday and Wednesday) from 3:10-4:30PM. Students in grades 3-5 are referred to attend Connections, and enrollment is capped at 25 students.
Connections volunteers will provide additional academic support to students outside the classroom, while encouraging students to give their best. Ideally, volunteers should be patient and well versed academically. Four volunteers are needed Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 3:10-4:30PM.
Before the Bell is a program where Normandale Hills’ students go to make connections and get additional academic support. Before the Bell runs Monday through Friday from 8:00-8:50AM.
Individuals will work with students on a daily basis from 8:00-8:50AM and are welcome to volunteer on specific days or a period of time. Duties will consist of student engagement, supervising and tutor starting with the primary objective of the program being to ensure the student(s) have a successful start to their day.
Lunch Buddies is an afternoon program that allows adult volunteers to enjoy lunch with the great students of Normandale Hills! Two volunteers are needed to interact and assist students with lunchroom tasks. This program runs Monday through Friday from 11:20AM to 1:30PM.
Volunteers are asked to interact with students while encouraging appropriate and safe behaviors. Individuals should be willing to assist students with the opening/ disposing of school lunch materials.
Our Knightly Stars program is a math and reading program where classroom instruction is reinforced by Normandale Hills’ staff. Knightly Stars runs on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:20-4:35, typically from mid winter through early spring.
Five volunteer tutors are needed to work with classroom teachers to promote student math and reading achievement as part of our after school program.
If you are interested in volunteering to work with the children before or after school each week, contact Diana Buechler at 952-210-3538 or DLbuechler1@gmail.com. There will also be a sign up sheet at the information desk at church.
Operation Barnabas (Veteran Ministry)
St. Michael’s is forming a local chapter of a LCMS-based, Christian support group serving veterans, active duty military, and their families. The group, Operation Barnabas, has the mission that every military-connected person lives in the hope and peace of God’s love and mercy, as revealed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Contact Bob Full for more information email@example.com
For more information on this ministry please visit: www.lcms.org/operationbarnabas
If you have interest in the SMLC Operation Barnabas ministry goals and objectives, please contact Bob Full: firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, is the world’s largest Christmas outreach of its kind. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to over 124 million children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, and other crises in more than 150 countries and territories. They partner with local churches to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who receive shoebox gifts and offer a 12-lesson discipleship program, The Greatest Journey, that helps boys and girls learn what it means to follow the Lord and share their faith with others.
Operation Christmas Child 2018
We have already started planning for OCC at St. Michael’s in 2018 and we need your help! The OCC team is seeking volunteers in two areas: Shoebox Shepherd and “FUN”draising Coordinator.
Our Shoebox Shepherd will help us gather donated boxes and coordinate the effort to wrap and decorate them ahead of our packing party in November. We have business partners, members/friends and Samaritan’s Purse that supply the boxes we need, but our team needs someone (or a group of shepherds) to coordinate the love and attention that they require.
Shoeboxes do not make their way to their final destination without a cost. One of our primary goals in 2018 is to increase our financial support for the journey that these boxes take to reach God’s children. The OCC team is seeking a “FUN”draising Coordinator to help to plan and coordinate a few simple fundraising activities throughout the year.
We believe that both of these roles can be extremely flexible to fit most any schedule and will only require a few hours each month. If you have a heart for children and want to join a fun and God-filled mission, give us a call. Contact Rick Jones at 952-334-1974 or email@example.com.
- Any volunteer gets a really cool Operation Christmas Child t-shirt. You will be the talk of the town!
More information: www.samaritanspurse.org/occ
Contact Rick Jones or Megan Drabek
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The Sheridan Story
The Sheridan Story is a weekend food program. This program takes a unique approach to fighting childhood hunger: they mobilize the community to partner with local schools. A community group that provides funding for the weekend food program and equips volunteers to distribute the food to kids on Fridays sponsors each school. The Sheridan Story’s goal is to give kids food while facilitating a community-to-school relationship that we encourage to grow beyond the weekend food program. St. Michael’s serves students at Normandale Hills Elementary School.
More information: www.thesheridanstory.com
Contact Pastor Pat Simmons: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity First Lutheran School
Current Prayer Needs
- Praise for a restful spring break for families and teachers! Praise for safe travel and that everyone came back to school safely.
- Praise for Elisebeth Rodriguez, a teacher in our Kindergarten 3 room and recent graduate of Concordia University, St. Paul, being awarded with “Outstanding Teacher Education Student – Birth to Grade Three”. We are very blessed with the talent God has given us!
- Praise for the donations of antibacterial wipes that have been coming in to be used in classrooms and around the building. Praise also for donations of blankets and other items that will be used at our Community Health Fair at the end of the month. We are so thankful for the generosity of God’s people!
- Praise for Pastor Maki painting some of the walls on our main level. It makes quite the difference!
- Praise for our new janitor! Once again, God has helped fill the gaps.REQUESTS
- Pray for musical practice that begins this week. Pray for students and families as they adjust to schedule changes and more juggling of responsibilities. Pray for teachers and staff who put in long hours to make the musical happen.
- Pray for this week before Easter, that our families, staff, and those around us would be reminded of the REAL reason we take off a few days of school. Pray that Jesus’ death and resurrection would the focus instead of Easter bunnies and Easter egg hunts. Pray that the Holy Spirit would work in people’s hearts – showing us our sin and the need for Christ’s innocent death, but also the new life and hope we have in His resurrection!
- Pray for the last sprint to the finish line of our school year. Pray for peace, protection, wisdom and guidance as we not only look to the end, but also as we think ahead and plan for next school year.
- Continue to pray for one of our moms, *Lori, who is going through a tough season. Long story short, her husband may be deported, her marriage could be declared invalid due to lost paperwork, her father (who lives overseas) is declining, she has two young boys to care for, and her own health is often a challenge. Pray she finds strength in the Lord and that all these issues could be resolved.*Names have been changed to protect family privacy
Contact Anna VanVleet (Educational Support Coordinator)
Phone: 612-314-6773 (call or text)
For more information contact Anna Van Vleet: email@example.com
Phone: (612) 314-6773
Uphold Global is a non-profit creative agency that raises awareness on the injustice and mass murder facing children with special needs in Africa, and raises funds to empower local grassroots organizations.
More information: www.upholdglobal.com
VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)
VEAP founders believed that helping a neighbor in need ultimately strengthens the community. VEAP has been operating under this principle for over 35 years, providing a range of services to help low-income people meet immediate needs and reach their long-term goal of stability. In recent years, poverty levels in the suburbs have actually surpassed those in the cities. While we should not ignore the global effort to end hunger and poverty, there are individuals and families facing troubles times right next door. Today, VEAP serves the residents of Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and South Minneapolis using a unique mix of professional and volunteer services. Food collection is available in the lobby.
Vernacular Video Mission International
VVMI partners with and equips ethnic Christians who proclaim the gospel through video and other media in their common language. For over 25 years, VVMI has successfully empowered nationals in the Philippines to use media tools and Scripture to grow the Church. Since 2008, VVMI has also been actively involved in Latin America. Then, last year, VVMI began a partnership in Africa that has the potential for impacting that entire continent, plus the Indian Ocean islands. Join VVMI as we come alongside our indigenous brothers and sisters in Christ to help them bring the Good News of Jesus to the nations in unique and culturally relevant ways.
More information: www.vvmi.org
VVMI Newsletter: January 2018
Projects List Updated: Projects List 02-17-2017
Vina update: Vinas Operation Little Fingers Ltr
Contact Colin Edwards: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Michael's Lutheran Church
9201 Normandale Blvd
Bloomington, MN 55437
Preschool office: 952-230-2025