Mt. Carmel works with many organizations around Minneapolis and St. Paul. We call these our ministry partners.
Every third Sunday of the month, the Social Ministry and Global Missions Committee invites a ministry partner to worship with us and give us a three- to five-minute overview of what they do and how we, at Mt. Carmel, can connect with them and serve others through them. Sometimes we call on a Mt. Carmel member to speak on behalf of the organization. A special offering is taken and forwarded to the ministry partner.
Our Church-Affiliated Partners
- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a Christian denomination formed in 1988 when three Lutheran churches merged. The ELCA envisions a world where people feel the difference that God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation. Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church is an ELCA-affiliated congregation.
- The ELCA is divided into synods. Synods unite the work of congregations within their areas, serve as regional support and guide pastoral and other staff candidates. Mt. Carmel is a member of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA which supports their member churches and rostered and lay leadership. Together with member churches, the Minneapolis Synod is here to discern and follow God’s will to nurture, serve and lift up the people in congregations, in our communities, in our region, and around the world. Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church is one of the 160+ congregations within the Minneapolis Synod.
- Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community. All people have the opportunity to live and work in community with dignity, safety, and hope.
- Founded by Lutherans in the United States, grounded in Lutheran theology, and building on decades of experience, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) exists so that U.S. Lutherans may serve their neighbors overseas who face poverty, injustice, and human suffering.
- Working with and through congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.
ELCA Global Mission: Rooted and built in Jesus. This is the core of our work as the ELCA walks with more than 80 companion churches in other countries to participate in God’s reconciling mission through proclamation and service. Participating in these relationships, ELCA members see how people’s lives are touched by the gospel, how their lives are transformed and renewed, and how their communities live in hope.
Our Local Partners
- Eastside Meals on Wheels is a local independent non-profit. Every weekday they serve nutritious hot meals to seniors and those with disabilities in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis, as well as St. Anthony Village.
- The Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC) is a place of strength, safety and beauty where every young person is looked out for, nurtured, and challenged. Youth, adults, families and communities come together to turn back the tides of poverty and violence, embracing hope, compassion and the reality of a better world.
- The Little Kitchen Food Shelf is a no-boundaries, no-restrictions food shelf serving Northeast Minneapolis and beyond. Little Kitchen serves all people. In addition, they stock dog and cat food to feed the companion animals of those in need.
- Northeast Senior Services’ mission is helping seniors live independently with dignity. Many committed volunteers make it possible to help seniors with rides, home repairs, and other services that help seniors live independently in their homes. They serve those living in Northeast Minneapolis, St. Anthony Village, Columbia Heights and New Brighton.
- Every Meal: Over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota live in food insecurity and do not always know if they will receive their next meal. The purpose of Every Meal (formerly The Sheridan Story) is to respond to this need by closing the food gap between Friday and Monday, when children are not able to participate in the free or reduced meal programs at school. They are a part of an ever-growing network of weekend food programs, commonly called backpack programs, operating in multiple schools.
- Feed My Starving Children: Feeding God’s starving children who are hungry in body and spirit. Feed My Starving Children’s (FMSC) process is simple: donations given by people fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved!
- Easter and Thanksgiving Food Baskets: Mt. Carmel’s Social Ministry Committee encourages Mt. Carmel members to donate towards purchasing groceries for neighborhood families that could use some help putting a holiday meal on the table. Volunteers shop for the groceries, pack groceries, and deliver the food baskets. These bi-annual neighbor food baskets have been a giving tradition for 20+ years. Contact the office if you would like more information on this program.
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