Good ‘n 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 / Samaritan’s Purse
A project of Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child 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; however, the packing party has been cancelled in 2020. 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 details about drop-off days and times in November of 2020, click on the EVENTS tab above.
For more information, please contact Rick Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Bosshardt at email@example.com. www.samaritanspurse.org
Each December, St. Michael’s hosts a large event to invite our neighbors and friends to hear the message of Christmas and experience the joy of community — thus, Christmas Together. In 2020, Christmas Together became a complete outdoor event with a drive-thru live nativity experience that drew at least 2,000 visitors from the southwest metro and beyond. In 2021, we expect to bring the venue inside again with live music, treats, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Your support of Christmas Together allows St. Michael’s to provide a fun, non-threatening, friendly, Christ-centered event to individuals and families in Bloomington and beyond. Please think and pray about who YOU can invite to this year’s Christmas Together! To volunteer, contact Michelle Totten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trinity First School
Trinity First Lutheran School is located in the Phillips Neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis. Trinity First has a unique ministry, serving a demographic where 75% are below the poverty line, 46% are immigrants, and 60% are non-churched. At Trinity First, families from all backgrounds experience high-quality education (K3-8th Grade) with access to helpful tools like parenting classes, and they frequently hear the message of hope and salvation in Jesus. In this unique and special ministry, 95% of the income from Trinity First comes from generous donations. Thus, there are always opportunities to serve and empower the ministry God leads at Trinity First. As disciples, we are better when we walk together as we follow Jesus, supporting and caring for one another. To learn more, visit trinityfirstschool.org.
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