Peace Lutheran Church supports the following local, regional, and national ministries.


ELCAELCA Benevolence

What is it and what does it  do?
Peace Lutheran Church’s benevolence goes to support the larger church and its ministries around the country and around the world. ELCA Benevolence is a church that rolls up it’s sleeves and gets to work. The six primary areas of focus are Congregations and Synods, Leadership, Relief and Development, Global Church, Related Ministries, and a Publicly Engaged Church. The leading areas under the Relief and Development area are ELCA Malaria Campaign, ELCA World Hunger, HIV and AIDS Ministry, Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, ELCA Global Church Sponsorship. and Global Mission, to name a few.

What are their needs and how can I help?
Donations are accepted as are volunteer efforts. Purchases also can be made through the Good Gifts catalog.  

Contact:
You may contact Dave Dynneson at 952-829-9317. Visit their website at www.elca.org/Our-Work


BridgingBridging

What is it and what does it  do?
The mission of Bridging is to provide families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty with a one-time gift of quality furniture and household goods to stabilize and improve their lives while effectively using community resources.

What are their needs and how can I help?
You 
can assist Bridging by donating items or money. Volunteers are needed to assist in the warehouse, deliver and pick up furniture or assist clients in their shopping.

Contact:
You may contact Lou Vietti at 952-881-1374 or Dave Dynneson at 952-829-9317. Visit their website at www.bridging.org.


Cornerstone

What is it and what does it  do?
The mission of Cornerstone is to prevent domestic abuse. They support children and adults to live violence-free lives by providing a helpline, safe housing and meals, transitional housing, intervention services, services for youth and teens, individual appointments, and support groups.

What are their needs and how can I help?
You can provide your time as a volunteer and/or funds. Periodically, Cornerstone needs specific donations.  Look for that information in our Sunday bulletin.

Contact:
You may contact Anita Platt at 952-828-9586. Cornerstone may be contacted directly by phone at 952-884-03375, fax at 952-884-2135, or email cstone@bitstream.net. Visit their website at cornerstonemn.org.


Loaves & FishesLoaves & Fishes

What is it and what does it do?
Loaves & Fishes has a mission of feeding the hungry of the Twin Cities. Every evening approximately 1,200 guests are served a free meal at eight sites.

What are their needs and how can I help?

Peace prepares and serves a meal on the third Tuesday of even numbered months. Peace serves at Creekside Community Center on 98th and Penn Ave. S. The work shift runs from 5:00pm to 7:00pm including preparation, serving, and clean up. Participants should be at least 12 years old. This is a great opportunity for a Confirmation group, small groups, families, etc. Sign up sheets can be found at the Welcome Center Wall.

Contact:
You may contact Dave Dynneson at 952-829-9317. Visit their website at www.loavesandfishesmn.org.


LPGMLutheran Partners in Global Ministry

What is it and what does it do?
Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry is a mission advocacy organization that connects individuals and congregations with global opportunities. Based on partnership concepts of both giving and receiving, Lutheran Partners encourages people to grow in faith and witness by expanding their worlds. LPGM works with congregations in global mission education and advocacy, partners with existing churches and organizations throughout the world in worthwhile projects and exposes individuals directly to mission through travel and relationship building.

What are their needs and how can I help?
If you like what LPGM does and want to be a part of it too, there are non-financial ways that you can get involved. We are always adding people to our mailing list, looking for people to share with LPGM is about with their friends, family, and churches, and we are always looking for volunteers to assist with specific projects.

Contact:
You can contact LPGM directly at 612-823-5058 or email them at
office@lutheranpartners.org. You may also contact John Noltner at 952-887-4195 if you have any questions. Visit their website at lutheranpartners.org.


Help us do God's Work!Many Hands, Many Meals

What is it and what does it do?
Many Hands, Many Meals (formerly Kids Against Hunger-West Metro) is a volunteer-driven organization whose purpose is to inspire, engage, and create communities for the common purpose of alleviating hunger. They do this by packaging highly nutritious meals made of a unique blend of rice, soy protein,dried vegetables, and flavoring fortified with 21 vitamins and  minerals. The event is coordinated as 
an outreach ministry of Mount Calvary Lutheran, Excelsior, MN.

What are the needs and how can I help?
Volunteers are needed to package food. Monetary donations are also needed and accepted.

Contact:
C
ontact Dave Dynneson at 952-829-9317. Visit their website at http://www.mh-mm.org/.


Sheridan Story Logo Square

The Sheridan Story

What is it and what does it do?

Sheridan Story began at Sheridan School in northeast Minneapolis during the fall of 2010. Teachers at the school noticed students stealing/hoarding food on Friday afternoons. They realized the children did not have food for the weekend. Sheridan Story started providing food to 27 students on the weekends when they did not have access to free breakfast and lunch at school. As of the fall of 2014, they were in 27 schools, providing supplemental weekend food for 1,800 kids.

Peace began supporting this ministry during the fall of 2015. We started with 20 students (half of those in need) at Poplar Bridge Elementary, and hope to some day feed all those in need at that school. We are encouraging other churches in Bloomington to do the same.

What are their needs and how can I help?
You can help distribute the food at Poplar Bridge on Friday afternoons (minimum of two people required). Time commitment is approximately ½ hour. (Sign up sheet is in the Narthex). We also plan to hold a packing event at the Sheridan Story warehouse in northeast Minneapolis during the year. Funding support is welcome. The cost to feed one child (160 lbs of food) for one year is $130.

Contact:

You may contact Michelle Stockinger at 612-791-9701, or Dave Dynneson at 952-829-9317, or the church office at 952-944-6510. 


Tuesday QuiltersTuesday Quilters

What is it and what does it do?
These energetic women sew blankets, talk about life, and drink decaf coffee! Their creations are donated to various social service agencies where they will be put to good use!  In 2014, 30 quilts were donated to various charities.

What are their needs and how can I help?
You are welcome to join them on Tuesdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm in the Fireside Room from September through June. Fabric donations are also appreciated.

Contact:
If you have any questions, please call the church office at 952-944-6510.

 


VEAP LogoVEAP

What is it and what does it do?
VEAP is a Human Service Agency with programs focusing on the problems of  hunger (Food Services), ongoing effects of poverty (Personal Support Services), isolation and disability (Transportation Services), and ongoing effects of poverty, hunger, and disability (Seasonal Services). VEAP serves residents in the communities of Bloomington, MN, Edina, MN,  Richfield, MN, and the portion of  Minneapolis south of 50th Street and west of Cedar Avenue.

What are their needs and how can I help?
Be a volunteer in one of VEAP’s programs or events. Donate food or organize food drives, toy drives, or back to school drives for families in need in the community. Donate funds directly to VEAP.

Contact:
You may contact Kris Roeglin at
roeglin@hotmail.com, or contact VEAP directly at  952-888-9616. You may also visit their website at www.veapvolunteers.org.