Grace strives to serve our immediate and larger community through partnerships with established organizations. There are many ways to serve our neighbors! Here are a few. For more information on any of these, or to get the contact information for coordinators, please contact the church office at email@example.com or 612-331-8125.
Loaves and Fishes
The fourth Wednesday of every month, Grace members prepare (2 pm), serve (5 pm), and clean up a Loaves & Fishes dinner meal at Holy Rosary Catholic Church (2424 18th Ave. S, Minneapolis—map). Contact the church if you are interesting in volunteering – the office will direct you to the one who coordinates the Grace and University Lutheran Church of Hope volunteers.
Occasionally, Grace volunteers help prepare and serve a meal at Women’s Advocates Shelter in St. Paul. Barb Thomasson coordinates the Grace volunteers.
Community Emergency Service (CES)
Grace supports a local assistance program where people can receive food, counseling, and other community support services. Non-perishable food and hygiene items brought to Grace will be donated to CES. Volunteers from Grace can assist in various ways – contact the office for more information, or contact CES directly at 612-870-1125. CES is located at 1900 11th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55404.
Lutheran Social Service (LSS)
The Grace community periodically collects items for use by people receiving care through LSS. Occasionally Grace volunteers will assist with serving a meal or other service opportunities at LSS.
CLOTHING DRIVE: It is time for our fall children’s clothing drive for LSS. Needed are gently used fall and winter clothing (infant-high school sizes). We especially need winter jackets, snow pants, hats and mittens as well as khaki pants/ skirts. Also needed are new socks and underwear. Last year clothing was provided for 113 families and 413 children. A volunteer is needed to coordinate and bag the donations: Please contact Cathy Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday
Each year, congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) participate in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, doing a variety of service projects within their communities. Our Sunday school, youth, and whole congregation join in the project. In the past we’ve cleaned up the banks of the Mississippi River (two blocks away), assembled care kits for Lutheran World Relief, assembled car care bags for those we encounter at intersections, and other projects.