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Mindekirken supports ELCA World Hunger with their Mission dollars. If you would like to help with this important mission, there are three ways you can give.
About ELCA World Hunger
ELCA World Hunger improves the lives of people in need in the United States and around the world by providing immediate relief for people by assisting whole communities through long-term, sustainable development to help alleviate chronic hunger and poverty; advocating for justice by changing laws and systems; and educating members of the ELCA in awareness of issues relating to hunger, poverty and justice.
Your Gifts at work around the world:
Over 1.1 billion people in the world have no access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people lack proper sanitation. ELCA provides real ways to help from providing water jugs for transporting clean water to digging wells to bring clean water to a village.
ELCA provides seeds and gardening tools to establish community gardens and trains community leaders in agriculture techniques.
ELCA provides mosquito nets for families in malaria-prone areas, health and dental care for children in orphanages and money for medical services, doctors and essential medicines for people living in remote areas.
Your Gifts at work close to home:
Here in United States, ELCA World Hunger helps neighbors close to home who struggle with hunger and poverty. ELCA helps low-income seniors with nutritious food and supportive services to improve the overall health of at-risk seniors. Just a few other examples include an ELCA program in Ohio that empowers disadvantaged youth to create social justice in the world. And in Montana, ELCA provides support to families dealing with emergency situations.
ELCA is at work everywhere – around the world, in your city and in your neighborhood. Join Mindekirken is supporting these important and life-giving mission projects.
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Mindekirken organizes volunteer teams to work at Feed My Starving Children. Please plan to join us in supporting this important ministry. Mindekirken is signed up to work the following dates, all 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Eagan Location
Please click on this button to be directed to our VolunteerSpot account. There you can sign up to help and get automatic email reminders.
About FMSC ......
Feed My Starving Children is a nonprofit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals formulated specially for starving children, then FMSC ships the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. In 2010, FMSC sent over 124 million meals around the world thanks to the work of more than 515,000 volunteers. 93% of total donations goes directly to the feeding program.
What FMSC is doing
Horn of Africa
In early August, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) successfully airlifted over 46,000 servings of their specialized “baby food,” MannaPack Potato-W, to rural drought victims in Turkana, Kenya.
At the La Chureca garbage dump in Managua, children search for things to sell—or eat. Fabretto Children’s Foundation enrolls them in a school, where they get a daily MannaPack™ lunch—and their parents get jobs making crafts. “Food,” says Kevin Marinacci of Fabretto, “is one of the most critical components of our work.”
In this AIDS-ravaged region, a mission called Children’s Cup helps churches and families care for 30,000 orphans every day, using FMSC meals. “Then comes health care and education,” says Children’s Cup President Ben Rodgers. “These kids become leaders in their communities.”
Abandoned children, called “wasted” by the government, make homes in cardboard boxes. Risen Savior Missions brings FMSC food to 500 such communities. Clinics and schools follow. “Food is always the hub of the wheel that turns a community around,” states Jerry Krosnowski of Risen Savior.
How you can help
Anyone can help, but the minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is 5 years old. We will pack meals at one of three Twin Cities locations. You can plan to spend approximately three hours – which includes orientation, training and the actual work of packing the meals. After the orientation, teams of about 8-10 people at each work station start work to pack the meals. Don’t worry! It’s easy to do and there are plenty of people to help if you have questions….and it's lots of fun!
Join us! Contact the office at 612-874-0716 to sign up or to get more information.
|Those who are generous are blessed,
for they share their bread with the poor.
|Velsignet blir den som er god mot andre,
for han deler sitt brød med de fattige.
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Marie Sandvik Center
Mindekirken supports the Marie Sandvik Center with mission dollars, quilts and small Christmas presents to fit in a shoe box. If you want to join Mindekirken in supporting the Marie Sandvik Center, click here donate to Mindekirken Mission Fund.
In 1940 Marie Sandvik, a determined Norwegian immigrant, rented a bankrupted bar on Washington Avenue, cleaned it up, put up a sign saying "Minneapolis Revival Mission", and standing by the bar on opening night announced, "I have come to offer you a new life".
The mission moved to their present location at 1112 East Franklin Avenue where the ministry changed to include more families and children. Here Marie Sandvik and Doris Nye created programs to help the needy of the neighborhood telling the children and adults that they are valuable because God values them.
-Three evening church services and suppers for street people
-Baby layettes (over 400 each year)
-Thousands of donated clothing items distributed
-New shoes for children (over 600 pairs each year)
-Summer Lunch Club for children serves about 1500 children a week
-Thursday Women's meeting with food, quilts and clothes
-Vacation Bible School
-Women's shelter for the homeless (under renovation)
-Adult Bible Studies
-Thanksgiving and Easter dinner (serving 300 plus)
-Children's Christmas party (over 400 receive gifts)
-Christmas Eve Program (over 1,000 guests hear the Gospel and receive gifts)
-Boys and Girls Clubs and Saturday Club offer after school activities, meals and lots of fun
If you want to join Mindekirken in supporting the Marie Sandvik Center, click here donate to Mindekirken Mission Fund.
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Mindekirken Quilting Ministry meets on Thursdays – the 1st, 2nd 4th and 5th Thursday of each month at 9:30am to make quilts for local charities and fundraisers.
For generations, pieces of fabric have been lovingly and carefully pieced together to make beautiful quilts. The quilts may have been to celebrate a life event or simply to fill a household need. Whatever the reason, quilts offer comfort, warmth and show people someone cares about them.
In 2010, they made and donated 26 quilts to three local charities – Salvation Army, Harriet Tubman Shelter and the Marie Sandvik Center. Still more were sold and the proceeds used for scholarships to Skogfjorden Norwegian Language Village and books for the Mindekirken Sunday School.
You can help in this ministry! No supplies or sewing experience is necessary. Just bring a bag lunch and join in the fun and fellowship! The Quilting Ministry group meets on the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursday of the month at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall.
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Mindekirken collects used postage stamps and sends them to Tubfrim, a Norwegian organization that sells the stamps and uses the proceeds for charity.
Postmaster Ditlef Frantzen in Nesbyen established TUBFRIM in 1928. The aim was to collect and sell used stamps and use the proceeds to aid the eradication of tuberculosis among Norwegian children. The first profit was made in 1929 and amounted to NOK 1.500,-. TUBFRIM has made good progress and profits have grown to NOK 650.000,- in 2009.
TUBFRIM is owned by the Norwegian Health Association (Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen). Today the profits are used to help handicapped children and youth in Norway, and to finance the efforts to eradicate tuberculosis.
How you can help
Please, never throw away canceled stamps and phonecards. Stamps and phonecards from any country in the world can be used.
Just cut or tear the stamps off the envelopes, leaving a slight margin (approx. 1/2 inch) to keep the perforation intact. Damaged stamps (damaged perforation, edges etc.) are worthless and are to be thrown away. (Damaged phonecards are also to be thrown away.)
Tubfrim also is happy to receive stamp collections, old envelopes, covers and postcards. If envelopes, postcards etc. are more than 50 years old, then please do not cut off the stamp, but send us the whole envelope/postcard!
Bring your stamps to Mindekirken collection baskets located in the lower level bookshelves.
Tubfrim sincerely thanks those of you who loyally sends stamps and telephone cards, and heartily welcome new collectors.