Housing Ministry

Urban HomeWorks

St. John’s is partnered with Urban Home Works, an agency dedicated to affordable housing by renovating existing structures and making them available to people with household income of $17,000-20,000. Their recent efforts have been focused in North Minneapolis, an area of the city where St John’s has a deep sense of call to serve and be in relationship.

St John’s works over 15 days a year on Urban HomeWorks sites; more than 40 people have volunteered their time and skill. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome to do general carpentry and housing renovation, supervised by Urban HomeWorks staff. To learn more about the great work that Urban Homeworks does, visit urbanhomeworks.org. To volunteer, contact John Corlett or 612-839-6566.

If swinging a hammer isn’t your thing, join others who help prepare lunch for the crew!

Join with others to help prepare lunch for the work crew (the preceding Friday night) and if possible to also deliver and share that meal with the work crew over the lunch hour on Saturday.

To volunteer, contact Heidi Schaefer.

Food Ministries

Our Saviour’s Shelter Meals

St John’s is actively involved with Our Saviour’s Housing, which provides emergency shelter for forty men and women in Southeast Minneapolis. Our Saviour’s is unique in that residents may stay up to one month and longer if they are actively saving money towards permanent housing. The shelter also provides case management services to help residents find employment, seek medical help, counseling or whatever the need may be.

We prepare one meal every other month for the shelter. At the shelter, we serve the meal and spend time with the residents. For those who like to cook in the comfort of their own kitchen, we also need people to provide side dishes such as vegetables, salads, desserts, and bread. This is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages.

To get involved, contact Caron Stebinger.

First Nations Kitchen

Located at All Saint’s Indian Mission in south Minneapolis, First Nations Kitchen serves a Sunday night supper for the people in the neighborhood. The goal is to serve healthy, organic, food, based on the ancestral diet of the First Nations people, in a welcoming, family environment. The target clientele is the indigenous community in the Twin Cities, residents of nearby Little Earth of the United Tribes housing community and people from the neighborhood. All ages welcome (you must be 14 or older to serve food).

St. John’s prepares meals the second Sunday of odd-numbered months. We prepare food, set tables, serve and clean up at the Mission. People are needed for food preparation from 1:30 to 3:30, bread pickup and table setting (2:45 to 4:00), serving beginning at 5:00 pm, and dishwashing/cleanup. Food is served to 60 to 110 people from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. You must be 14 or older to work.

For more information about this ministry, visit firstnationskitchen.org. To get involved, contact JoAnn Blatchley.

Earth Matters

Earth Matters is St. John’s initiative to work against the harmful effects of climate change. It is dedicated to encouraging people to mindfully change how they live, how they pray and how they work for systemic change. It consists of three sub-groups working in distinct yet overlapping areas:

Spiritual Practice

The Spiritual Practice group seeks to bring consciousness of the Earth and its health to your daily spiritual practice.

Practical Action

The Practical Action group encourages people to gradually reduce their carbon footprint and begin to live a life of health and sustainability.

Systemic Change

The Systemic Change group provides opportunities for people to engage in changing the systems that contribute to climate change.

The Earth Matters Committee meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the church library. All are welcome to join us. For more information, contact committee chair Doug Mensing: dougmensing@gmail.com.

This link provides information about the environment, plus practical actions to take to help slow the harmful effects of climate change: Practical Actions You Can Take

TRUST Ministries

TRUST, Inc. is an ecumenical coalition of eighteen south Minneapolis congregations, extending the ministries of local churches to support our broader community, particularly seniors and youth.  Parishioners can engage in a variety of ways, including Meals on Wheels, chore services, parish nursing, grief support groups, grocery trip support, among many others. To learn more, visit trustinc.org or call 612.827.6159.

Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)

The NAZ is a defined area of North Minneapolis that is the focus of a collaborative effort of 50 organizations that serve youth and families on the north side of Minneapolis. It is inspired by the success of the Harlem Children’s Zone. Its goal is to create a “culture of achievement”, guaranteeing college readiness for every single child living in the zone. The geographic boundaries of the zone are Broadway to 36th Avenue North and Penn Avenue North to I-94.

St. John’s has been an ally of NAZ since its inception and now works to encourage participation in NAZ initiatives, including mentoring and tutoring children and supporting efforts to promote healthy neighborhoods in North Minneapolis.

To learn more, contact Susan Tapp, or visit northsideachievement.org.

Justice & Service at St. John’s
Justice & Service at St. John’s

They say a mind once stretched will never return to its original dimensions. We believe the same to be true for the heart.

Our members have passion for direct personal service and relationships, broader systemic change, and the pursuit of justice for individuals and whole communities.

Actions to Combat Racism
Justice & Service Events
July 8, 2020
  • Wednesday night discussion

    July 8, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    via Zoom. Link available in our subscribed emails.

    Dismantling Racism through the Way of Love:
    A Six Week Introduction to a Lifelong Journey

    Week Three, Lament: Wrestle with the emotions of facing the great harm racismhas caused; follow Jesus to the places of the world’s pain until we realize it is our own.  

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July 10, 2020
  • Response to police violence initative

    July 10, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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July 11, 2020
  • Affordable Housing workday

    July 11, 2020  8:30 am - 3:00 pm

    St. John’s work crews work the second Saturday every month. The tasks range from demolition, carpentry, painting, cleaning, and yard work, so there is work available for every skill level. The typical work day starts at 8:30 and ends around 3 pm (lunch is provided). New volunteers are always welcome for either site construction work or the lunch crew. For more details and to sign up, please contact John Corlett.

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July 12, 2020
  • First Nations Kitchen

    July 12, 2020  1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    First Nations Kitchen

    Every Sunday, First Nations Kitchen offers a free meal to the community. The church relies on volunteers to prepare the food, serve, and cleanup. We will have a sign up in the Gathering Space a few weeks prior to the weekend. For more information, contact JoAnn Blatchley or 952-922-0308. For more information about First Nations Kitchen, check out their website.

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July 15, 2020
  • Wednesday night discussion

    July 15, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    via Zoom. Link available in our subscribed emails.

    Dismantling Racism through the Way of Love:
    A Six Week Introduction to a Lifelong Journey

    Week Four, Repent: After experiencing deeply that systemic racism dehumanizesand harms everyone, including those in power, decide to confess and turn from ourcomplicity in it.   

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