Invitation to serve our neighbors

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Northside Justice Fellowship

Many of you are asking what we can do to show support to our Black brothers and sisters as they seek a more just world and help them deal with the immediate devastation caused by looting. Many of you are already responding in wonderful ways.

Mt. Carmel has a community ministry project with Gethsemane Lutheran Church in north Minneapolis called Northside Justice Fellowship. This is an opportunity to show solidarity with those most deeply affected by injustice and destruction while forming new relationships with our near Northeast neighbors.

Gethsemane has a daily distribution of food and other essentials (toilet paper, diapers, feminine products, etc.) at their church site, but they have also set up a distribution site on West Broadway in the Cub Foods parking lot following the civil unrest and heightened food shortage of recent weeks. Mt Carmel has a team that participates each Thursday at the Cub Foods site, distributing food and other essentials to folks in need.

Here is what I invite you to consider:

  1. Would you join me and help out on Thursdays? The lunch we would work is offered daily from Noon -3:30 p.m. I plan on being there on Thursdays. You are welcome to join the effort any day, however. I will get you scheduled if you want to take part.
  2. I will meet any of you at Sanctuary at Broadway and Lyndale if you want to check out the site and what goes on there. You can meet Jeff and the other organizers and see what a vital ministry this is.
  3. They are taking donations! You can bring donations of food, essentials or money.  We can also coordinate to collect donations at the church and deliver them weekly. This is an easy way to participate without being on site.

Please let me know if you have questions or simply want to sign up. Our neighbors are in crisis, so this is happening daily right now. But this is also a long-term problem. While businesses will rebuild, it will be months before these communities have their own grocery and supply stores. I would like to make this a long-term commitment for the Mt. Carmel Community. To participate or for more information, please reach out to me at pastorjohn@mountcarmelmpls.org.

Pastor John

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