Social Ministry

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Faith Active in Love

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.

Need of the Month
We organize a congregation-wide collection of items to support the identified needs of various community organizations; e.g., school supplies, food, holiday toys, personal care items and children’s books.

Kids’ Social Ministry Team
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Finds creative ways for Sunday School students to support many of these collections.

Habitat for Humanity
Gethsemane provides work teams for local Habitat home-building projects.

Housewarming Project
We facilitate delivery of gently-used home furnishings and clothing to support local
families moving to more adequate housing. We work in partnership with Reach & Restore,
an area non-profit.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
A free Thanksgiving Day Buffet is provided for everyone who wishes to attend.

Dinner at Your Door (Meals on Wheels)
Two days each month, we provide delivery volunteers for a community program supplying midday meals to shut-ins.

People Serving People
http://www.peopleservingpeople.org/
Twice each month, Gethsemane volunteers serve a meal at People Serving People, a Minneapolis shelter for homeless families.

After School for Kids (ASK)
We host a free weekly program of activities, homework support and a family dinner, run by Gethsemane volunteers and offered for 3rd-6th graders from a neighboring school.

The 4th Saturday Café
On the 4th Saturday of each month we serve a free breakfast buffet for the community.

Fair Trade Coffee Project
We support this Lutheran World Relief initiative by serving Equal Exchange coffee at fellowship
time and selling it on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

Social Justice Dialogue
We encourage respectful discussion and promote balanced education about issues related to social justice. Each summer, we host monthly Community Town Hall Forums.

World Mission
We organize support for initiatives such as Bread for the World, ELCA Malaria Project, ELCA Good Gifts, and Gethsemane’s El Salvador partnership.

Annual Drive for Memorial Blood Centers

Gethsemane’s Social Ministry Team:
  • Meets four times per year
  • Invites everyone to meetings
  • Welcomes new ideas

Partnering with local agencies
We support Intercongregation Communities Association (ICA), ResourceWest and Reach & Restore, along with other human service organizations as agents of practical and emergency help for the west metro area.