2018-2019 Mission Partners

Arrive Ministries

Arrive Ministries is an outreach of Transform Minnesota which unites Christians to engage the greatest challenges facing our communities as together they impact every life in Minnesota with the love of Jesus. Arrive Ministries is also an affiliate office of World Relief, partnering with their worldwide community development efforts as they provide top-notch resettlement services and compassionate care for displaced refugee immigrants and asylees who now call Minnesota home.

SMLC has the opportunity to come alongside an immigrant family for 1 year. If you are interested in helping out with this ministry or learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact congregation member Margie Schroeder at Margie@schroeder1.net.



Good in the Hood

Good in the Hood is dedicated to changing lives together with simple acts of kindness. Although their service opportunities are not solely limited to the urban community, they do have a purposeful inner city affinity and a commitment to serve those with the most need. Their desire is to inspire individuals, families, and entire neighborhoods to take responsibility and ownership for growth, improvement, and well-being of their personal lives and community. Through partnership and kindness-based initiatives they believe the physical, emotional, and spiritual climate of an entire community can be changed for good. With this in mind, they collaborate with a number of difference-making organizations.

Each month, with the help of dedicated partners, they provide groceries, meals, food for hungry college students, and practical resources for over 3000 individuals. In addition, they make available regular volunteer opportunities for a variety of large groups and more than 200 individuals.

Contact congregation member Sue Timmerman at chefsue@visi.com for opportunities or visit www.goodinthehood.org.


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 called The Greatest Journey. St. Michael’s supports this ministry by collecting thousands of items, such as toys and school supplies, and assembling over 2000 shoeboxes at a packing party held in November each year. St. Michaels also serves as a drop-off location for the Twin Cities area, where we pray over and carton shoeboxes received from our neighbors.

For more information, please contact Rick Jones at rick.jones@basf.com or Sue Bosshardt at suebosshardt@gmail.com. www.samaritanspurse.org

Gift collecting has begun for Operation Christmas Child! Click Here to learn more about how you can help!

The Sheridan Story

The Sheridan Story is a weekend food program. They take a unique approach to fighting child hunger: they mobilize the community to partner with local schools. Each school is sponsored by a community group that provides funding for the weekend food program and volunteers to distribute the food to kids on Fridays. The Sheridan Story’s goal is to give kids food while facilitating a community-to-school relationship that they encourage to grow beyond the weekend food program. St. Michael’s serves students at Normandale Hills Elementary School. Contact pastorpat@smlcb.org for more information www.thesheridanstory.com

Trinity First Lutheran School

Trinity First School, located in the heart of Minneapolis, is blessed to serve God by providing a Christ-based education to children aged 3 through eighth grade. They see themselves as a family and joyfully give thanks to God for each child He leads to their school. There are opportunities to serve year round. St. Michaels will be doing a July afternoon service event helping the facilities personnel get the school ready for the start of the school year. Kay Solberg is our congregation rep. For opportunities, contact the school office at 612-871-2353 or trinityfirstschool@gmail.com.




VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)

VEAP founders believed that helping a neighbor in need ultimately strengthens the community. Their new mission is “together we create pathways to stronger, more hopeful communities through access to healthy food, housing, stability and supportive services.” VEAP serves the residents of Bloomington, Richfield, Edina, and South Minneapolis utilizing a unique mix of professional and volunteer services. St. Michael’s members get involved by collecting food for the food pantry and also by working at VEAP’s Bloomington location in the warehouse, driving clients home from the pantry, working on the new mobile pantry, data entry and more. For more information, contact Sue Bosshardt at suebosshardt@gmail.com or www.veap.org.