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)
Our members and many community merchants donate food to our food shelf. Every Saturday, our volunteers distribute this food to needy persons who come to the church. Our Food Shelf has experienced marvelous growth. Each year, the Outreach Committee challenges us to provide financial and food support for the Food Shelf. Over the last years, the results have been as follows:
2001: 581 pounds and $2,243
2002: 462 pounds and $2,847
2003: 1,144 pounds and $3,120
2004: 614 pounds and $4,681
2005: 1,374 pounds and $5,336
2006: 1,574 pounds and $5,229
2007: 2,885 pounds and $5,874
2008: 3,654 pounds and $6,365
2009: 1,926 pounds and $8,584
Thank you, all!
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.
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. If you are aware of someone who can't attend church, call the office and Judith will arrange for a home visit.
Sewing supplies are need for the English as a Second Language Sewing Classes at Sabathani Community Center. Place your donations of thread, needles, pins, elastic, velcro and material in the marked box in our back hall.
We collect Betty Crocker coupons, Campbell's Soup labels, used eyeglasses and used postage stamps. You can deposit your donations in receptacles located in the narthex.