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New Grant Programs Encourage Energy Efficiency

May 15th, 2015

The Minneapolis Area Synod recently announced two new programs that provide resources to help congregations improve the health of their neighborhoods and the energy efficiency of their buildings. The projects – one a grant program, the other a loan program — were announced at the Synod Assembly on May 15, 2015.

Minneapolis Area Synod Engages Interserve to guide its ‘First Third of Life’ Work

May 1st, 2015

Every interim period within a congregation is unique. In 2010 Kris Bjorke served as Interim Director of Youth Ministry with Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine, Minnesota. Her short-term position included working alongside volunteers in ministry to discover where they wanted to go with their ministry to young people.“We conducted surveys, focus groups, did training, as […]

ELCA Youth Leadership Summit

December 1st, 2014

Reflections from Chris Okey On Thursday, November 13, 2014 I traveled with two youth from the Minneapolis Area Synod (Christian Benz- St. John’s Lutheran Church, South Minneapolis & Grace Pelowitz- Wooddale Lutheran Church, St. Louis Park) and two youth from the Saint Paul Area Synod (Rachel Larson- Augustana Lutheran Church, West St. Paul & Rebecca […]

Adding a Rich Tapestry

November 1st, 2014

The synod has a new worshipping community  Building bridges across cultures is just what Pastor Melissa Melnick does. Years ago, as a high school Spanish and ELL teacher, she noticed that the honors Spanish students were all white and the ELL learners were mostly Latino. And the two groups never interacted. So, she worked to […]

‘Where there is silence, let me sow sound’

September 1st, 2014

A St. Olaf grad launches instrumental music program in Guyana When Eric Sayre was walking the halls of the music education building at St. Olaf College, he likely was envisioning that he would soon be standing on small riser, baton in hand, conducting a wind ensemble at an underfunded urban or a small rural school […]

Dirty Water, Clean Water

August 1st, 2014

A children’s sermon launched our healthcare campaign idea last Sunday as we began Lent. Children were offered a bottle filled with dirty water to remind them how important clean water is to each one of us. Bottles were then handled out to the congregation by a show of hands. People were challenged then to cut the tops […]

Tubfrim – A Mindekirken Mission Project

January 23rd, 2014

Mindekirken (Norwegian Lutheran Church, Minneapolis) is doing mission in a new way. This past year alone, they have collected 38 pounds of cancelled stamps and used phone cards to help handicapped children and youth in Norway, and support tuberculosis research. Members of Mindekirken and people around the country bring (or even pay postage to mail) […]

Celebrating Student Discipleship

January 23rd, 2014

From the Lutheran Campus Ministry blog “Lutheran Campus Ministry-Twin Cities has long been committed to cultivating faithful leaders for both church and world.  We are excited to announce that we have been awarded a 5 year, $100,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment to deepen and strengthen our leadership development and vocational discernment work with undergraduate students […]

A reflection from Pastor Jane Buckley-Farlee about Christian witness in “Little Mogadishu”

January 15th, 2014

It was January 1st.  I walked into the Brian Coyle Community Center in Cedar-Riverside around noon.  At first glance it was like all of the other times I had been there before.  But this time was different.  This was not a community celebration or a neighborhood meeting; this was because of the devastating horror of […]

Semilla Project, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

October 31st, 2013

Phillips corner gets a face-lift “The blighted corner of Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis just got a giant pick-me-up in the form of a 3,000-square-foot mural adorning La Mexicana Grocery. Titled ‘Juntos Crecemos’ (‘Together We Grow’), it’s the latest beautification effort from the Semilla Community Arts Program of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, a […]