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
July Second Mile Offering: Imara International
Our July Second Mile Offering supports Imara International. Imara International, one of Messiah Church’s Covenant Mission Partners, is a US based non-profit working in Kenya 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. For more information on Imara, visit www.imarainternational.org.
Give throughout the month of July, online by selecting “Imara International,” by texting a dollar amount to (763) 333-2673 and following the prompts, or by mailing a check (indicate “Imara” in the memo) to: Messiah Church, 17805 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN 55447.
ERT Trailer Storage
The Early Response Team (ERT) of the Minnesota Conference is in need of a new location for keeping and storing an ERT trailer. If you have indoor storage availability, contact Linda.
Early Response Teams work through UMCOR to enter areas affected by floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters removing debris, cleaning out flood-damaged homes, and helping prevent further property damage while providing a caring Christian presence.
Igelesia Piedra Viva Tutors Needed
During June, you were generous in the financial and food assistance you provided Iglesia Piedra Viva (IPV). IPV has now turned to us for tutors who would assist 15 children in math and reading for the next 6-8 weeks. The tutoring will be done virtually and once a week for 60 minutes or less. Guidance will be provided from a teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools. If you have interest in this service opportunity, please complete the tutor application, or contact David at Messiah for more information.
Resale Select is Now Taking Donations
Resale Select is in need of gently used or new items you no longer need. Starting Monday, July 6 Resale Select will open their doors for those high quality donations you have been stashing away. However, there are limitations on what they can accept at this time. Click here for a list of accepted donations and the COVID-19 drop-off process. Please drop your donations directly at Resale Select (1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth) during their summer hours: Monday and Friday only, 10 am-5 pm.
Resale Select has also launched an online shopping site. Click here to see this new, creative way to shop their store. Since 2011, Resale Select has provided stellar merchandise at thrift store prices. When the public shops, everyone wins – proceeds benefit Interfaith Outreach programs and services.
Imara International Virtual Golf Tournament
Pick your foursome, pick your golf course, and pick your date (July 17-August 17)! Golf courses are now open and many of you are playing safe, physically distanced golf. Now you can play a round for Imara! Pull together a foursome or sign-up your league team. Register your team at Eventbrite with a $100 requested entry fee (fee is 100% deductible). Then download the 18Birdies.com app to handicap the course and track your score. Strokes (instead of string) are for sale at $25 each that will be deducted off your gross score, to keep it all fun. Check out the Imara Leaderboard and see what the competition is doing from coast to coast or around the globe! Click here for more information and to register (registration opens early July).
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!
Bless our Local Police
Throughout July, we invite you to send your local police station a note of support and encouragement. Let’s bless the police and the essential work that they do, to serve and protect, even in these trying times. Notes can be mailed directly to the Plymouth or Wayzata Police Stations, or any station that serves your community:
Plymouth Police Department
3400 Plymouth Blvd.
Plymouth, MN 55447
Wayzata Police Department
600 Rice Street E.
Wayzata, MN 55391
Plastic Free July
Join the challenge and ‘Choose To Refuse’ single-use plastic during July. Imagine a world without plastic waste. Let’s help to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide. By encouraging people to be more aware of their plastic use, we can create a cleaner world for generations to come. Give it a try and #choosetorefuse shopping bags, straws, takeaway containers and coffee cups – just to name a few. Will you join us and give up single-use plastic this July?
Want some tips to find out how you can reduce plastic waste? The good news is, anyone can get involved. You can start out small, or really challenge yourself! Click here for a list of ways you can make a difference.
Stock the Birthday Shelf at Interfaith Outreach
Thanks to your generosity, a birthday cake, a gift and party supplies are given to families who might not otherwise have the means to celebrate their children’s special day. The Interfaith Outreach Birthday Shelf is especially low on paper plates, napkins, and frosting as they help families celebrate summer birthdays. Unopened items can be brought directly to Interfaith Outreach (1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth) during their summer hours: Monday and Friday only, 10 am-5 pm. Click here for more information.
Needs at Local Food Shelves
The best way to help the Interfaith Outreach and ICA food shelves right now is with your generous donations. Click here to make an immediate online donation to Interfaith Outreach. Click here to make an immediate online donation to ICA. Your gift during this crisis provides essential services for our most vulnerable neighbors. Every $1 you donate allows them to source $9 of food and goods from their partners. Thank you for feeding families in this time of uncertainty.
The food shelves are also in need of some hard to find items (listed in order of importance):
- Diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6)
- Toilet paper
- Pasta (including whole grain and gluten free)
- Mac n’ cheese
- Disposable face masks
Please drop off these, or any food items, directly at Interfaith Outreach (1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth) during their summer hours: Monday and Friday only, 10 am-5 pm.
Simpson Shelter is in Need
Due to the impact of COVID-19, Simpson Shelter’s most urgent needs are funding for guest meals and cleaning products. If you are able to spare Lysol or Clorox wipes, bleach, or disinfectant, they would be most grateful. As always, personal hygiene products, especially hand sanitizer, are also welcome.
Click here to see a current list of ways to help Simpson Shelter. Instructions for monetary donations, links for shopping their Amazon Wish List, and a list of current needs can all be found here. Items can also be labeled and left in the church atrium to the left of Heritage Hall and arrangements will be made to deliver them to Simpson. Items can be dropped off at Messiah Monday through Thursday 9 am-3 pm, or Friday 9 am-noon. Please maintain physical distancing and use the available hand sanitizer while in the building. Or contact Lavinia to schedule a porch pick-up. Thank you for your generosity during these difficult times.
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore
As you organize your home, set aside items to donate to the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore Home Improvement Outlets. There are two ReStore Outlets in the Twin Cities: 2700 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis and 510 County Rd D West, New Brighton. While our Missions Team hopes to schedule a workday this summer or fall, consider supporting Habitat for Humanity now by collecting items to donate. Visit their website at restore.tchabitat.org for more information.
Meals on Wheels
Many Messiah members are involved with delivering meals as part of the Meals on Wheels program. They are currently in need of some new volunteers to fill delivery slots for one week every quarter. Each route takes about 1 hour starting at 10:30 am. Most Meals on Wheels clients live alone and are of limited means, and receiving a hot meal is the highlight of their day. If you are interested in this service opportunity, contact Messiah member Roger at (763) 553-0992. As a 5-year volunteer, Roger can share his experience and help you get signed up. In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, they have established procedures that will help protect both their clients and volunteers. For more information about Meals on Wheels, visit meals-on-wheels.com.
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.