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 area in our lobby. For more information, contact Linda Seaton, Missions Committee 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
Second Mile Offering
Our February Second Mile Offering supports Emma Norton Services (ENS). Emma Norton combats poverty in our communities by partnering with women, children, and families who are homeless and experiencing the challenges of mental and/or chemical disabilities. ENS provides affordable housing, basic needs, and support services in an environment that fosters stability and encourages personal growth. Each year, Emma Norton Services helps over 250 people by providing a supportive community, resources, and personal development opportunities while they work to build a better life without having to worry about basic needs, like a safe place to sleep. For more information on Emma Norton Services, visit www.emmanorton.org.
You can offer your support throughout the month of February for Emma Norton through monetary donations or by donating much needed items. Give online by selecting “Second Mile Offering,” in worship with cash or checks designated for Emma Norton, or text the word “Funds” to (763) 333-2673 and follow the prompts. Click here for a list of much needed items at Emma Norton. Please leave your item donations in the basket at the Missions Table in the lobby.
Resale Select Ladies Night
Leap into spring at the Resale Select Ladies Night event Thursday, February 20, 5-8 pm. The event will include in-store promotions, complimentary refreshments, and stellar merchandise. Bring your sisters, girlfriends, co-workers and friends to this fun, casual shopping extravaganza! Ladies Night is open to the public, and proceeds from the store benefit families and kids at Interfaith Outreach. Resale Select is located at 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth.
Serve at Second Harvest Heartland
Join Messiah members and friends to serve at Second Harvest Heartland (7101 Winnetka Ave N, Brooklyn Park) on Wednesday, March 4, 11:30 am-1 pm. Help package food for local food shelves and distribution centers. Ages 8 and up welcome (accompanied by an adult). Sign up at the Missions Table in the lobby, click here, or contact Linda.
Drive Out Hunger
On Thursday, March 5, 5-7 pm, attend this free event at Sears Imported Autos (13500 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka) to help Interfaith Outreach “Drive Out Hunger.” It’s a creative mixer with a philanthropic twist. Enjoy complimentary happy hour featuring catering and a raffle. Donations are greatly appreciated – for every $1 donated, Interfaith Outreach can source $9 worth of food for its food shelf. You can also donate food shelf items (most-needed items include cooking oil, fresh produce, canned fruits and vegetables, healthy snacks, baby food and formula, baby wipes, feminine products, paper towels and toiletries). All contributions benefit Interfaith Outreach’s Prevent Hunger campaign, which is part of the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.
Early Response Basic Training
Interested in volunteering for disaster relief through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)? Become an Emergency Response Team (ERT) member! This training gives you the credentials and skills to enter areas affected by floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters. ERTs remove debris, clean out flood-damaged homes, and help prevent further property damage while providing a caring Christian presence. The next Early Response Basic Training and Re-Certification Course is Saturday, March 28, 8 am-4:30 pm (deadline to register is Sunday, March 15) at Evangel United Methodist Church, Rochester. Messiah member Linda is a trained Early Response volunteer and would be happy to talk to anyone interested. Click here for more information and to register.
Bloom Topgolf Fundraiser
Join Bloom Early Learning & Child Care at the Twin Cities’ hottest new sports venue, Topgolf in Brooklyn Center, for an afternoon of friendly competition and fundraising on Sunday, April 19, 2:30-6 pm. You and your friends will hit golf balls that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while rewarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Fun for beginners and advanced golfers! A bit of friendly competition, combined with delicious food and beverages, and the opportunity raise money for Bloom’s scholarship fund, make for an afternoon of fun! Click here to register by Tuesday, April 7. Enjoy golf, dinner and a chance to win great prizes for $85 per person or $500 for a 6-person team.
Volunteer at General Conference 2020
Join United Methodists from around the world to volunteer at General Conference 2020, May 5-15, Downtown Minneapolis. The Dakotas-Minnesota Host Team is looking for volunteers of all ages and abilities to greet guests and help them make the most of their stay. Volunteering at General Conference provides an opportunity to see the United Methodist connection up-close and extend hospitality to those from around the world. Volunteers will be deployed to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, various hotels, the Convention Center, and other venues. Host Team volunteers can select 3-hour shifts (up to two shifts per day) during the 10 days of General Conference. There are also opportunities to help with preparation and transportation prior to and after the event itself. Click here to learn more or to sign up to volunteer.
Imara International Charity Golf Tournament
Save the date! Tee up some fun on Monday, July 27, 11:30 am-8 pm (shotgun start at 1 pm) at Rush Creek Golf Club, 7801 County Road 101, Maple Grove, for the 9th annual Imara International Charity Golf Tournament. Enjoy golf and dinner or come just for dinner at 6 pm. Registration information for this day of golf, food, friends, and fun will be available in the spring. This tournament is a golf scramble, where two or more players form a team to play, with the rules emphasizing fun without the pressure of keeping individual scores. Each player hits a tee shot on each hole, but everyone plays from the spot of the best shot. Golfers like you make this tournament successful and keep Imara’s mission of empowering Kenya’s future through the education and nurturing of young moms and their children a reality.
Interfaith Outreach Birthday Shelf
The Interfaith Outreach Birthday Shelf is running low on small board books (baby/toddler) and birthday plates and napkins. Items for the birthday shelf are given to local families whose children ages 1-18 are celebrating a birthday. Thanks to your generosity, a birthday cake, gift and party supplies are given to families who might not otherwise have the means to celebrate their children’s birthday. Unopened items can be brought to Interfaith Outreach at 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth.
Make a Difference at Interfaith Outreach
Interfaith Outreach is looking for volunteers – can you help? Find fulfilling and fun opportunities to give back (high school age or older):
- Employment Services: Share your experience in the field of HR and support community members by assisting Interfaith Outreach’s Employment Services clients.
- Resale Select: The resale shop in our area needs your help! Volunteer your time to sort through the amazing donations and prepare items for the sales floor. (Middle school students are welcome to volunteer with an adult.)
Interested? Click here to sign up for a “New Volunteer” meeting to learn more. Contact their Community Engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Interfaith Outreach is located at 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth.
Simpson Shelter is in Need
We have started the year strong with many donations of cold weather gear and personal care items for Simpson Shelter. Thank you! You can also help Simpson Shelter expand their reach simply by sharing their mission to friends, family and neighbors! As always, many items are still needed and appreciated:
- Personal Care Items: Along with the traditional items (shampoo, body wash, conditioner & lotion), there is a need for razors and shaving cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, and incontinence products (men and women)
- Clothing: socks (men and women), and underwear (men and women)
- Household: new or gently used sheets, bath towels/washcloths, and dishtowels
- Food: cereal, cocoa, tea, coffee, and soup packets
- Winter Gear: These items are necessities! Hand/foot warmers, long underwear, waterproof hats and gloves (knit items are not sufficient enough for our cold weather), and lip balm
All items can be placed in the Simpson Shelter basket outside of Heritage Hall. You can also shop Simpson Shelter’s Amazon Wish List. Shop from home and items are sent directly to them. If you have any questions, please contact Lavinia. For more information on Simpson Housing Services visit www.simpsonhousing.org.
Sunday Morning Greeters
Sunday morning greeters are a vital and important part of our hospitality and connection ministry here at Messiah. A friendly welcome is a great way to start the worship experience – whether you are a first-time guest or a long-time member. Whether you have served in this way before, or are just stepping into this area, would you prayerfully consider if there are Sundays where you could serve? Click here to sign up. Contact Carolyn Loeffler at email@example.com or (763) 473-6968 with questions.
Plug In as an Adult Leader with Messiah Youth
We’re looking for awesome adults (ages 19-99) to serve with Messiah Youth Ministry. Being a leader in Messiah Youth Ministry looks like…lots of pizza, Oreos, getting to know awesome teenagers, celebrating when they pass their permit test, being excited when the braces come off their teeth, learning about Jesus together, serving the community, weird games, connections to Disney movies you’d never think to make, praying together for their friends who are struggling, introducing a new generation to the original Karate Kid, DIY Escape Rooms, charades, Starburst, helping choose shoes for Prom, cheering them on at choir concerts and band concerts and football games and plays, watching teenagers grow in their faith, growing in your faith, being part of something that’ll leave a lasting impact in the lives of everyone involved…Who wouldn’t want to be part of this?!
We really need help for Wednesday Night programming (6:30ish-8 pm), every week, or every-other week/twice a month.
Seeking Musicians for Journey Contemporary Worship
The Journey Contemporary Worship Team is looking for a piano, bass and guitar player for rehearsals and Sunday worship at 10:30 am. Whom do you know who would enjoy a fabulous opportunity for an outlet for their musical ability? No need to be a member of Messiah Church – we love all musicians who love to use their music to glorify God. Contact Joy Ann Harmon, Director of Worship, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Click here to learn more about all Music at Messiah.
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 email@example.com.
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.