Make an Impact
Messiah Church is a church of compassion and community outreach. Members and friends of Messiah devote their time and talents to support local, national and global missions. From serving at the local food shelf to traveling to developing countries we serve through mission, there is a place for you to get involved! Sign up for any of these service opportunities and community outreach programs at the Missions Table in our lobby. For more information, contact Linda Seaton, Missions Committee Co-Chair.
Messiah Church is committed to supporting several organizations consistently and long-term. Each month, we do a “Second Mile Offering” to support a specific organization, and when you visit for the first time, you can elect to have Messiah make a donation to one of several organizations on your behalf.
Current Needs & Volunteer Opportunities
Totes for Hope
While children at Bloom Early Learning & Child Care receive breakfast, lunch and snacks at school, we recently learned that several families at Bloom do not always have enough food to make it through the weekend. Throughout the summer, Messiah Church will send home weekend grocery bags filled with food each Friday for these families. Join us to pack these food totes on Thursday afternoons at the food shelf at Interfaith Outreach, and then transport the totes back to Messiah Church. Click here to sign up to serve.
You may also wish to provide a monetary donation. (Your gift of $10 will provide a family of four with food for a weekend. Your gift of $120 will provide a family of four with food each weekend all summer.) Contact Kami for more information on how to give.
Our August “Second Mile Offering” supports school supplies for children this fall. Your offering will help children through Interfaith Outreach and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) who cannot afford basic school necessities. Or, if you’d rather, shop the back-to-school sales, and donate the school supplies. Click here to see a list of most-needed items. Drop off new/unused supplies by Friday, August 17, in the basket at the Missions Table in the lobby.
Give throughout the month of August, online by selecting “Second Mile Offering,” or cash or checks designated for school supplies.
Donate School Supplies to Help Local Kids
With your help, we can give local kids the tools they need to succeed. Interfaith Outreach’s Back to School supply drive has a special role for everyone:
- Donate Supplies – See a complete list of supplies local kids need and a link to Interfaith’s NEW Target gift registry. Drop off new/unused supplies August 1-18, Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, at 1605 County Road 101 N., Plymouth.
- Volunteer – Shifts available August 1-September 7. Help sort incoming school supplies and pack bags, assist with registration or distribution, or be on the cleanup crew – click here to sign up for a shift.
- Donate Dollars – Don’t have time to shop? Donate online and the most-needed items will be purchased (choose “Back to School” in the drop-down menu).
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of local kids! Please contact Najmo at (763) 489-7500 for additional information.
The Great SNACK Challenge
Our partnership with Oakwood Elementary School continues this fall – and this time we want to bless the school with 5,000 snacks. Here’s the GREAT SNACK CHALLENGE: for two Sundays in August (August 12-19), we’ll be collecting snacks – individual serving-size packages of goldfish crackers, teddy grahams, cheez-its or popcorn. Look for the snack table in the lobby. Or, place your cash or check donation in the empty granola bar box and we’ll purchase the snacks. Although the school provides lunch, there are many families that lack the resources to provide snacks during the day. These snacks will be used for all students, and we will be doing our part to minimize food insecurity for children.
Serve at Simpson Shelter
Join Messiah members and friends to serve meals to the homeless at Simpson Shelter on Saturday, August 18 and September 15, 5-8:30 pm. Ages 8 and up welcome (accompanied by an adult). Sign up at the Missions Table in the lobby. For more information on Simpson Shelter, contact Gerry at (952) 484-2888, or visit www.simpsonhousing.org.
Great Expectations Breakfast
Bring a friend to the 2018 Great Expectations Breakfast on Wednesday, August 22, 7:30-9 am and connect with amazing community-based volunteers and partners who are changing the odds for struggling kids. Come hear Chris Coleman, CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and former St. Paul mayor, speak. He is a strong and effective advocate for education, economic development and racial equity.
The Great Expectations Breakfast will provide opportunities for community residents to become informed, engaged and invested in the cradle-to-career educational success of all of our kids. This event is free to attend and is sponsored by Wayzata Community Church. Breakfast is complimentary. Donations to support Interfaith Outreach are gratefully accepted at the event or at iocp.org/donate. Please RSVP by Friday, August 17 at iocp.ejoinme.org/GE.
Serve at Iglesia Piedra Viva’s Produce Fair
Join Messiah members and friends in assisting Pastor Jesus Purisaca’s church, Iglesia Piedra Viva, with their Produce Fair held at Simpson UMC. We are looking for 15 volunteers on Saturday, August 25, 10 am-12 pm to help with set-up and filling bags with produce to be handed out to their community. If you are able to serve, please sign-up at the Missions Table in the lobby, or contact David at (612) 743-7401.
Planting the Seeds – Bloom’s Annual Scholarship Benefit
Bloom Early Learning & Child Care will hold its annual Planting the Seeds scholarship benefit on Friday, September 28 at 6-9 pm at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, Minnetonka (a new location). In addition to raising funds to support the program’s scholarship assistance for children attending the center, the gala celebrates Bloom’s success and advances its mission and vision. Evening festivities include a silent auction and wall of wine, as well as music by Pastor Lyndy Zabel’s World Beat Connection band. Tickets for the evening are $75 per person or a table of 10 for $700, and can be purchased online or by calling the Bloom office at (763) 449-0600.
Bible Drive for Sierra Leone (West Africa)
In early October, Pastor Lyndy Zabel will be driving a truck to South Dakota full of supplies for West Africa. The United Methodist University of Sierra Leone is rapidly developing, eventually incorporating schools of agricultural, medicine, education, leadership, business and theology. For the latter, they are looking for Bibles and Bible Commentaries. Much of the training at the theological school will be online, but internet access in not always available. With your donation, we can give these schools the materials they need. Bring your new or gently used Bibles and Bible Commentary donations to the Missions Table in the lobby by Sunday, September 23. Thank you!
Imara Mission Trip
Join Messiah members and friends on a mission trip to Imara International in Kenya in October. Imara empowers Kenyan women through education to build a self-sufficient future for themselves, their children, and their community. Help give these girls hope and healing with your service. The trip dates are October 6-21, 2018. Call Kathy at (763) 227-4308 with questions, or to sign up. For more information on Imara, visit www.imarainternational.org.
Make a Difference Day 2018
Join us for Make a Difference Day – Saturday, October 27! We’ll be deploying servants into the surrounding community to Make a Difference in the lives of our neighbors by sharing the love of Christ. Sign up to serve as an individual, a family or with your friends. There’s something for every age & skill level. With YOUR help, we can reach our goal of 150 individuals serving on this special day! YOU can Make a Difference!
More details coming soon on available serving opportunities and how to sign-up.
6th Annual Imara International Gala
Join us for the 6th Annual Imara International Gala and annual fundraiser on November 4, 5:30-8:30 pm. Guest speaker and Imara’s Executive Director, Carol Erickson, will share the many celebrations that have taken place at Imara. Imara empowers Kenyan women through education to build a self-sufficient future for themselves, their children, and their community. Help give these girls hope and healing with your attendance. For more information on Imara, visit www.imarainternational.org.
Calling all Knitters or Crocheters for The Lydia Project
The United Methodist General Conference is coming to Minneapolis in 2020. The Dakotas-Minnesota Area has a wonderful opportunity to come together to provide hospitality for this conference – greeting every delegate, dignitary, bishop, and spouse with a handmade scarf, to serve not only as a memento of General Conference but also as a practical solution to drafty, air-conditioned rooms. That’s where you come in! All United Methodists in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota are invited to help knit or crochet 10,000 purple scarves. This initiative is called the Lydia Project, after Lydia in Acts 16. If you are interested in helping with this state-wide project, contact Linda Seaton – we need to give the conference an estimate of how many scarves Messiah will provide. For more information, including scarf size, patterns and packaging details, click here or watch this video.
Shop for Critical Shelter Needs for Simpson Shelter
Current needs include: cereal, coffee, new or gently used towels, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, and men’s boxers, white t-shirts and woman’s bras in all sizes. Please drop off your donations at the Missions Table in the lobby. Click here for more information on Simpson Shelter or contact Gerry at (952) 484-2888.
Volunteer to Support Area Youth
Make a difference in the lives of local youth! Interfaith Outreach and the Orono and Wayzata school districts need help from community members like you! Click here for a complete list of opportunities, or contact Najmo at (763) 489-7505 to find what best suits your passion and availability:
- After-school Mentor (working with elementary students)
- Literacy Program (working with elementary students)
- High School Mentor (during lunch hour, monthly)
- Meal Provider or Host (for parent education program, evenings)
- Child Care Volunteer (variety of locations)
- Lunchtime Helper (with elementary students)
Interfaith Outreach Volunteer Opportunities
Interfaith Outreach is always looking for volunteers – no experience required! Find fulfilling and fun opportunities to give back:
- Children’s Play Area Volunteer – Urgent need! Can you help? Supervise and play with children (ages 0-8) in our lobby. Check in children and supervise while parents access our resources. Volunteers 13+ welcome (ages 13-15 must volunteer with an adult). Shifts available Mon/Tue 3-5 pm, Wed/Fri 9 am-noon, Wed 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm.
- Resale Store – Sort incoming donations of clothing, shoes, accessories and household items. Hang and size clothing in preparation for sale in the store. Shifts available Tuesday-Saturday, morning/afternoon/evening. Flexible schedule! Middle school students welcome with an adult.
- Donation Receiver – Support the resale store and food shelf by staffing the donation door. Unload donations from donor vehicles, provide tax receipts and begin basic sorting of incoming donations. Middle school students welcome with an adult. Immediate need for Mon/Wed/Fri afternoons. Flexible schedule.
Interested in helping? Contact Najmo at (763) 489-7505. For more information on these and other Interfaith Outreach volunteer opportunities, visit iocp.org/volunteer. Interfaith Outreach is located at 1605 County Road 101 N., Plymouth.
Bloom Early Learning & Child Care
Bloom is an accredited, award-winning, non-profit early learning center housed in Messiah Church. Because poverty early in life is a proven barrier to success later on, Bloom passionately strives to break the cycle at the start through nurturing care and exceptional early learning programs.
By providing scholarship assistance to half the children in our center, Bloom enables low-income single mothers and families to work or pursue education to improve their futures while giving their children the best possible start in their lives.
- Serving children 6 weeks through Pre-K
- Providing a nurturing, safe and intimate environment
- Using values-based programs and excellent curriculum with stellar outcomes
- Dedicating 50% of enrollment spots to children from families living under the poverty level in the Plymouth/Wayzata area
Our Shirley Robinson Scholarship Fund is a memorial to the wife of former Messiah Church pastor, Rollie Robinson, who originally challenged his congregation to help break the cycle of poverty through the provision of high quality, affordable early learning and child care. Gifts from individual donors, grants and fundraising events, as well as those from corporations, public organizations and faith communities, help Bloom assist children of low-income families. Contact Mary Olsen at (763) 449-0600 or visit www.bloomearlylearning.org.
Messiah Church has been an important partner in Interfaith Outreach’s efforts on behalf of the community to serve at-risk families in Hamel, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata. For opportunities to get involved, contact Linda Seaton.
Interfaith Outreach was launched in 1979 by a small group of believers who envisioned a way for our community to respond to the unmet needs of struggling families and individuals in our midst, and to help them move toward self-sufficiency. From its modest beginnings in a church basement with no budget and a volunteer staff, Interfaith Outreach has grown to a sophisticated direct service provider and respected community catalyst. To learn more about Interfaith Outreach, visit www.IOCP.org.
Habitat for Humanity
A Christian non-profit organization, supported in the Twin Cities by Messiah UMC for more than 20 years. Habitat provides guidance, materials and volunteers to help owners restore their houses, protecting their investment in the home and restoring pride of ownership. Additionally, Messiah supports, “Brush with Kindness,” a ministry of Habitat to help 125 families each year to rehab their homes. Habitat is supported at Messiah through volunteer workdays periodically throughout the year.
For more information, please call the church office at (763) 473-6968. To learn more about Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, visit www.tchabitat.org.
Messiah partners with Simpson Housing Services by providing many service opportunities including serving meals at the Emergency Shelter, working as an overnight volunteer at the Emergency Shelter and tutoring children. They are also in continuous need of donations such as socks, T-shirts, underwear, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant.
For more information on Simpson housing services contact our office at (763) 473-6968, or visit www.simpsonhousing.org.
The mission of Simpson Housing Services is to provide free shelter and affordable housing with support services to homeless men, women and children. They assist individuals and families in their effort to improve their life situations and advocate for their human and civil rights.
The Simpson Center for Servant Ministries (Simpson CSM)
Simpson CSM is a ministry that seeks to cultivate holistic vitality in the urban community by building relationships with neighbors and partnerships across urban/suburban/rural communities. Messiah Church partners with Simpson CSM by volunteering their time and talents through community meals, food pantry, clothing store donations and produce fairs.
The CSM carries out its work through Health and Wellness activities, service opportunities and through the Poverty and Justice Institute. For more information on Simpson CSM, call the church office at (763) 473-6968 or visit www.simpsoncsm.org.
Messiah Church is proud to be in partnership with Imara International and to support its Executive Director, and Messiah member, Carol Erickson, through its prayers, and donations of time, talent, gifts and service. To find out about the next mission trip opportunity, and ways you can help, contact the church office at (763) 473-6968 or visit www.imarainternational.org.
Imara International is a U.S. based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization working in Kenya. Imara’s purpose is to provide an opportunity for teenage mothers to earn a high school degree and learn marketable skills to support themselves and their children. Imara fosters a safe, healthy environment where respect, faith, and teamwork are a central focus. Infants and children who are part of the Imara family are provided healthcare and early childhood education. Imara’s program is structured to teach life-sustaining skills that build strong families and communities while breaking the cycle of poverty. To learn more about Imara International, visit www.imarainternational.org.
Light of Hope provides care, shelter and education to Kenyan girls in need. They develop leadership skills and help girls realize and reach their potential. For information about Light of Hope, visit www.LightOfHopeKenya.org or contact John Harmon at (612) 298-2069 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. Messiah Church partners with FMSC by providing financial resources and countless volunteer hours packaging healthy meal-packs. To learn more about Feed My Starving Children, visit www.FMSC.org.
The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.
UMCOR is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries.
Messiah Church supports UMCOR through various project (health kits, flood buckets) as needed by the organization. To learn more about UMCOR, visit www.umcor.org.