Outreach


When Calvary Lutheran Church was founded 85 years ago, our neighborhood was considered to be at the southern edge of Minneapolis. At that time, we proudly supported Christian missionaries all over the world. In recent years, the world has come to us. For example, at Bancroft Elementary School down the street from us, there are more than a dozen languages spoken. As a church that is "In the City for Good," Calvary has an amazing mission field right where we are!  We are always on the look-out for various ways to be Christ's voice, arms and legs right here where we live. Some of our outreach activities are:

Calvary Food Shelf

"I was hungry and you gave me food." (Matthew 25:35)

2014 is an incredible year of change and renewal with the Calvary Food Shelf.  The Food shelf is moving to a client-based model and has recently been remodeled and has added new freezers and refrigeration thanks to the generosity of members, a Thrivent Financial for Lutherans gift, an Open Your Hearts to the Hungry grant, and the work of dedicated volunteers. 

Over the course of a year our members and many community merchants donate food to our food shelf. Every Saturday, our volunteers distribute this food to individuals who come to the church. Our Food Shelf has experienced growth to meet growing need. Each year, the Social Justice Steering Committee challenges us to provide financial and food support for the Food Shelf. Over the last years, the results for the March to End Hunger have been as follows:

2008: 3,654 pounds and $6,365
2009: 1,926 pounds and $8,584
2010:  827 pounds and $6,604
2011:  801 pounds and $7,990*
2012:  Over 500 and over $6000*
2013:  528 pounds and $6,553* 

Thank you, all!

*In recent years the Food Shelf has been the recipient of incredible funds raised by a Fall event and matching grants from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  This giving has strengthened and further equipped the ministry of the food shelf. 

View the video about Calvary Emergency Food Shelf that Calvary, in conjunction with PCTV, submitted to the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly  demonstrating how God’s calls to action and justice is being made known in our communities.

Our Emergency Food Shelf is open on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  People who live within our specific zone are able to come once a month to receive a bag of groceries.  Our geographical zone is as follows: South of Lake Street, North of 50th Street, East of I-35W and West of Cedar Avenue.

In the News

A local newspaper, The Daily Planet, recently interviewed our Food Shelf Director, Henrietta WIlliams.  Read their article here:  http://www.tcdailyplanet.news/2013/03/16/march-campaign-helps-meet-silent-need-food

World Hunger Focus

The Outreach Committee continues its focus on world hunger by promoting the Lutheran World Federation Handicraft Project. By purchasing gifts, ordered from a catalog, you provide vital  income to needy artisans throughout the world. Life is difficult for many people, and this project provides them with food money and chances for employment.

Urban Arts Academy

Created by Calvary and The Crossroads Foundation in 2001, the Urban Arts Academy provides arts-in-education classes for elementary  middle school students.  For more information, go to www.UrbanArtsAcademy.org.

Music

Throughout the year we hold a number of concerts and special musical services that appeal to all tastes, from jazz to the classics. See our Calendar and Music pages for details.

Ministry to the Homebound

Judith Anderson coordinates our outreach to our homebound members through card ministry and on-going communication.  If you are aware of someone who can't attend church, call the office and Judith will arrange for a home visit.