9201 Normandale Blvd
Bloomington, MN 55437
Unchained by God's Word... United with God's People... Unleashed for God's Mission...
Saturday Worship Service 5:00 PM
Sunday Worship Service: 8:15 and 10:45 AM
Adult Bible Class: 9:30 AM
Join us Sunday for the LIVE BROADCAST
10:00 AM Thanksgiving Day
10:45 AM CST Worship Service
St. Michael's Food Shelf: St. Michael's welcomes those who could benefit from some grocery supplements. If any church member or visitor is aware of an individual or family who could use such assistance, please contact the the church. Thank you to all who have contributed groceries to the food shelf. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Can you help us at our
Shoebox Packing Party or during Shoebox Collection Week?
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Questions about The Way Station? Contact Kacie Fahey
Grief Support Group
Grief Support Group meets the first Sunday of the month in Room 8 from 12:30 to 2:30 (October – November and January – May). The group includes some teaching each month from professional therapists, Suzanne Stoltenberg or Karol Dahlof, and an opportunity for each participant to share their story of loss. Everyone is welcome.
November 1 - "Celebrating Holidays in the Midst of Grief"
Suzanne and Karol encourage the group to also attend a weekly Grief Share Group in a number of churches in the Twin Cities area. There are several close by.
GRIEF SHARE GROUPS IN OUR COMMUNITY
Hope Presbyterian Church
7132 Portland Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423
Wednesdays 3:30-5 p.m.
Cedar Valley Church
8600 Bloomington Avenue South
Thursdays 6-8 p.m. (September 3-December 10)
$15 Charge for books
November 19 is “Surviving the Holidays”
4300 West 98th Street
Bloomington, MN 55437
Group meets in Library inside the North Entrance Door
Thursdays 6:30-8:30 (September 10-December 10)
If you are experiencing an emergency need, please call the main number of the church: 952-831-5276. If the church is closed, a voice mail instruction will provide you with a number to call for immediate assistance.
November Mission of the Month: Hospitality House Youth Development
Hospitality House Youth Development (HHYD) provides a Christian outreach focused on the spiritual,intellectual, and physical development of inner city youth and their families. Academic, athletic and communityoutreach programs provide intensive support and guidance throughout the year for primarily low-incomeNorth Minneapolis. When youth come through the doors at Hospitality House, they have already encountered a variety ofchallenges with residual effects on their minds, hearts and bodies. Living in the North Minneapolis community,they are challenged by generational poverty, high unemployment, 37% graduation rate, addictions, juvenilecrime, and fatherless families. Students who participate in after school and summer programs are oftenworking to overcome a two to three year academic gap. The Urban Learning Center (ULC) programoffered by Hospitality House provides academic support for over 200 K- 12 students annually in anenvironment that enhances self-esteem, builds confidence, and develops character. Hospitality House'sathletic program provides healthy activities and motivation to stay in school while learning skills, integrity,teamwork, and excellence. Staff, volunteers, donors and partners bring North Minneapolis families together toaddress problems and take advantage of opportunities to create a hope-filled community. As part of a family and community outreach initiative, Hospitality House hosts an annual event calledChristmas with Dignity. It is a one-day sale where low-income parents and guardians purchase gifts for theirchildren at a fraction of their retail price. This "hand-up" approach allows parents to be seen as caregiversduring the holiday season while given the dignity to purchase their own gifts. Last year, over 1,200 childrenreceived gifts as a result this program. This work cannot be done without the generosity of donors andvolunteers. This month, we are asking St. Michael's Lutheran Church to help make the holidays a littlebrighter for our youth, their families, and the North Minneapolis community. There are a few ways to help: 1. Volunteer:Help sort and re-price gifts during the 2 weeks leading up to sale dayAssist shoppers on sale day - Friday, December 18, 2015 2. Donate:New, unused gifts (all ages )Funds to be used towards the purchase of gifts most needed 3. Pray:This event has helped to bless lives for 22 years. Please join us in prayer for the parents and guardianswho find themselves needing help to bless their children through gifts this Christmas. And that God,through a community of donors and volunteers, will do amazing things to meet the need and more. Informational flyers and volunteer sign-ups will be available in the lobby. If you have any questions,please contact Jill Vanden Heuvel at 612-522-4485 ext. 13 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn moreabout the programs and services offered by Hospitality House, please visit www.hhyd.org.
Support and Referral Ministry
St. Michael's cares deeply for those who are experiencing personal issues or family needs, and desires greatly to provide assistance in any way we can.
Jesus said: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me"; and also: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
St. Michael's church provides Christian support and professional referrals for those in need of assistance with depression, addiction, family conflict, senior care, and other personal and family crises; and also referrals of charitable organizations and outlets, and local agencies and resources for those in need of meals, groceries, clothing, transportation, shelter, and other family and individual care. Please call us and leave a message at 952-230-2038. We look forward to returning your call. You may also contact St. Michael's church direct at 952-831-5276.
COMFORT DOG MINISTRY
As a part of Lutheran Church Charities’ Comfort Dog Ministry. We are establishing a dedicated account titled “Comfort Dog Ministry” to receive gifts from members and friends of St. Michael’s. This on going fund will provide maintenance and food for the dog.
St. Michael's church now provides a drivers and meals service. Transportation is available for people who are unable to drive, or find alternate transportation for visits to medical clinics, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. Meals delivered to homes are available for people who may be convalescing or who are otherwise temporarily unable to prepare meals at home. (Services available Monday through Friday between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Driver service does not include transportation to church services.) Please call 952-831-5276. A person at the church welcome center will provide assistance.
We are compiling a Veteran’s Roster of our membership. Please sign the Veterans Roster Book in the tract rack.
Volunteer at St. Michael's
NURSERY VOLUNTEERS: Serve once every 4-6 weeks during Sunday morning church service. Read, sing, and play with the children, help clean and organize. Passionate for the youngest members of our church? Please contact Amber Harlan at 952-454-2992 or email: email@example.com
CROSSWALK and THE HUB: It takes a whole church to raise up a child strong in the love of Christ Jesus. Please see the Children, Youth and Young Adult page for more detailed information about our needs.
COFFEE SERVERS: Four times per year. Please contact Cheryl Zahn at 952-831-5276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Joy Garden: Located at St. Michael’s. Volunteers are needed to plant, weed, tend, harvest and deliver produce. This is a great activity for families. Come when you can. 100 percent of the produce goes to charity. Contact Roxy Consoer at email@example.com or 612.875.0262.
VEAP - Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People: Recently, suburban poverty levels have actually surpassed those in cities. Help with food distribution, transporta- tion and other needs in the community. Learn more at www.veapvolunteers.org or call 952-888-9616.
St. Michael’s Cooks for Kids Meal Group: Serve a meal once a month at the Ronald McDonald House at Children’s Hospital. If you like to cook, bake or serve food, and love kids, contact Sandy Engel at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can cook or bake from home or you can join them to serve. Men or women 18 or over.
Meals on Wheels: Provide nutritious meals to seniors and disabled individuals. You can help by offering kitchen assistance or labeling and packing meals for delivery. Monday through Friday, 11:45 a.m. at Bloomington Meals, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 8400 France Ave. Contact: 952-835-1665 or email@example.com.
H.O.M.E. - Household & Outside Maintenance for the Elderly provides affordable services that help seniors continue to live independently. Volunteer to help with yard work, gardening, window washing, etc. To learn more visit www.seniorcommunity.org. To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany Prison Ministry: Write letters and send Christian materials to those in prison. Contact LeRoy Dugan at email@example.com or 952-829-2427.
Download the current St. Michael’s Volunteer/Service Opportunities
Download the current St. Michael’s Ministry Gifts Inventory
Communications: Bulletin and Newsletter
Building and Office Hours
Church building: Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Church office: Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pastoral Call Information
The National Lutheran Choir - Choral TuneUp! January 23, 2016
The National Lutheran Choir returns to St. Michael's on January 23, 2016, 9am-Noon, for its annual Choral TuneUp! This year's clinician is esteemed professor of music, composer, and conductor of the Concordia Choir, Dr. Rene Clausen. The TuneUp offers an opportunity for church choir directors, choir members and individuals to learn music and work on choral technique alongside members of the National Lutheran Choir. This year's repertoire features works of well-known Minnesota composers. Find out more and register at www.NLCA.com.