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Messiah Lutheran Church Welcomes You

Messiah's Mission is to share the Good News, nurture the new life in Jesus Christ, and reflect God's love.

 

About

Nurturing Beloved Community Since 1908

Messiah Lutheran Church has deep roots in the West Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis. We were originally founded in 1908 with the goal of providing an English-language service for new Swedish immigrants in Minnesota, who wanted their children to learn about Jesus and practice English at the same time. In 2008, Messiah moved from its historic location and into a partnership with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in the Center for Changing Lives. Messiah is the spiritual component in the Center for Changing Lives--a multi-faceted ministry center in the heart of the neighborhood. 

Relationships

Our goal is to be the bridge that connects suburban and urban neighbors, helping us all come together in Jesus' name. We are about relationships and building Beloved Community through mutual respect and shared giftedness.

Youth

Messiah has a deep commitment to youth.  Messiah’s commitment to Youth has been from the beginning when founders felt that services needed to be in English so the children could learn and participate. Messiah's Youth focus continued into the 1960’s, when we partnered with Our Saviour's Lutheran Church to create Kaleidoscope Place: an after-school tutoring center in the Phillips. Later, we created Bridge Kids: a program that invites neighborhood youth to participate in various fun activities throughout each month to help build community, fun, and hope. Today, we have a vibrant Sunday School ministry with a wonderful youth group. 


Diversity

Messiah is diverse congregation, racially and economically. We are committed to feeding people through the Word of God and through community meals. We worship traditionally and with a spirit-filled blend of tradition, Christian contemporary music, and gospel. 

 
 
 
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Youth & Family

Messiah serves youth and family through diverse and enriching events, classes, and clubs throughout the school year and summer.

 
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Adult Learning

Messiah serves adults in our community through enrichment classes, studies, and consistent outreach and educational events.

Messiah hosts a variety of community outreach events each week: community meals, celebrations, and more.

Community Outreach

Messiah serves our diverse South Minneapolis community through regular community meals, events, and Bible studies.

Community Meals

We believe that sharing food builds community. Throughout each month, we host many free community meals at which all are welcome. building a beloved community is a big part of our mission and history. We build community by creating bridges that help us connect as human beings. Contact the office or Rich for more information. 

Tuesday lunch: 12pm after Community Bible Study

Wednesday supper: 6pm, Confirmation and Young Adult Bible Study groups

Thursday lunch: 12pm, Community Lunch

Saturday breakfast (second Saturday of every month): 9am, Men's and Women's Breakfast

Sunday lunch: 12:30pm, after 11am Worship Service

Community Bible Study

Come feast in the Word for spiritual nourishment at Community Bible Study each Tuesday at 10:30am. Join us as we enhance our understanding of God's Word made incarnate in Jesus Christ, the Word's significance and application in our lives through sharing our day-to-day stories about our lives. Each week, we are discuss the lectionary readings from the Sunday preceding. Come and be transformed by the experience of being close to the historical Jesus of Nazareth. Contact the office for more information.

 

Activities

We believe “Our God is able, all the time Our God is able.”

Get Involved

There are many opportunities and options for volunteering with Messiah - something for everyone. Come and be with us as often as you like for this mutually enriching experience of community-building. Once here, we know you will want to come back again and again.

Food Preparation and Serving

At Messiah, building a beloved community is a big part of our mission and history. We build community by creating bridges that help us connect as human beings. We have various informal gatherings around communal meals through which we try to make such connections. Preparing and serving food is a big part of Messiah's ministries. Help with food preparation and clean up is always needed--no cooking skills required! Contact Messiah to volunteer or to get more information about helping with any of the following meals: 


Tuesday lunch: 12pm after Community Bible Study

Wednesday supper: 6pm, Confirmation and Young Adult Bible Study groups

Thursday lunch: 12pm, Community Lunch

Saturday breakfast (second Saturday of every month): 9am, Men's and Women's Breakfast

Sunday lunch: 12:30pm, after 11am Worship Service


Contact Rich or the office to volunteer or to find out additional information.

Youth & Family

Youth and Family volunteer opportunities are many and varied, depending on the time of year. Opportunities include: coaching basketball, tutoring, teaching Sunday school, providing transportation to youth events, mentoring, just to mention a few! Contact the office to volunteer or to find out additional information.

Community Bridge Food Shelf

Community Bridge, one of Messiah's partners in ministry, offers a Food Pantry twice a month. The Food Pantries are scheduled for the second Friday and the fourth Saturday of each month. Exceptions occur around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, for which the Food Pantry will take place the Saturday before each Holiday. Help is always needed from about 8am to 12pm. Duties include setting out food items, bagging groceries, assisting people from the community, preparing and serving food, and helping with clean up. If you are bilingual in Spanish/English or Somali/English, we definitely could use your help! Contact the office to volunteer or to get more information.

 
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Contact Messiah Lutheran Church

2400 Park Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55404

612-871-8831