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.
Located at All Saint’s Indian Mission (corner of Longfellow Avenue and 31st Street, entering via 31st St. door) 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).
During COVID-19: First Nations Kitchen is doing both meal and produce giveaways. St. John’s is scheduled the second Sunday of odd-numbered months. The hope is for 4 or 5 for meal prep from 12 to 2:30pm and 3 or 4 for giveaway from 3:30-5:30pm. To get involved, contact Caron Stebinger or 203-415-2003 to sign up or if you have questions. For more information about this ministry, visit firstnationskitchen.org.
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:
The Spiritual Practice group seeks to bring consciousness of the Earth and its health to your daily spiritual practice.
The Practical Action group encourages people to gradually reduce their carbon footprint and begin to live a life of health and sustainability.
The Systemic Change group provides opportunities for people to engage in changing the systems that contribute to climate change.
Many of us at St. John’s are trying to be more environmentally aware and live more sustainably each day. Finding reliable information can be a challenge; fortunately, we have within our church several members who are knowledgeable about solar energy, electric cars, rain gardens, composting, and other earth-friendly practices. Members have information and personal experiences, which they will gladly share as a first step to learning about sustainable living, click here.
To find out more about particular topics, click the links below:
Every fourth Sunday of the month we collect a second offering during the services to provide quarterly donations to local food and housing ministries. Each year we donate to the following ministries: TRUST, Urban HomeWorks, First Nations Kitchen, and Joyce Food Shelf. Click here to donate now (choose Food & Shelter category). Your generosity is very much appreciated!
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.
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.