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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Bosshardt at email@example.com. www.samaritanspurse.org
Esperanza is HOPE
Esperanza, which means “hope” in Spanish, is a ministry founded 7 years ago by Pastor Pat Simmons and longtime Shakopee resident and community organizer Mary Hernandez. The mission is founded on Jesus’ commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. The people involved originally came from the school across the street from New Creation Church in Shakopee. The mission’s primary focus is evangelism and is effectively reaching the lost. The initial initiative was to feed low-income students during months school isn’t in session, but it has now become a summer camp. The camp is bilingual and open to kids of all backgrounds, but since its inception it has evolved into a way of life for some in the Shakopee Hispanic community. Questions? Contact Pastor Pat Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospitality House Youth Development
Hospitality House Youth Development provides a Christian outreach in North Minneapolis, focused on the spiritual, intellectual, and physical development of inner city youth and their families. Inspired and guided by a strong Christian focus, Hospitality House is a caring community that has high expectations, provides significant support and helps its young people to discover and develop their interests and talents. Some key community outreach programs HHYD is involved with is “Christmas with Dignity” and “Building Bridges through Basketball.” Questions? Contact Michelle Weisenburger at email@example.com or call 651-452-1660.
UpWorks is a Christian non-profit ministry committed to partnering with the local community to serve those in need. Through their two programs of “Empowering Adults and Enriching Schools,” Upwork’s focus is to walk alongside individuals to achieve their God-given potential to contribute to the world. There are many hands-on opportunities to serve as an advocate or ambassador to help those in need. Questions? Contact Sue Timmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call 952-239-6657) or Karen Anderson at email@example.com (612-816-9353.)