Merrick Food Distribution on Saturday, July 29 from 9am-11am in our Fellowship Hall. They are also looking for volunteers to help from 8:30-11:30. Contact Lisa at 651-772-2445 or comment here if you are able to commit to helping! ... See MoreSee Less
We just began a new partnership by being the latest St. Paul area Synod congregation to be connected with a parish in the Iringa Diocese ofTanzania. We had such a great beginning with her new sister parish of Kidewa.
They were so excited to meet us and our support for them will help and child sponsorship, training for the evangelists, and being almost ready to buy a motorcycle for the Pastor (without it he walks to all of the preaching points, the farthest is a two hour walk, or tries getting a motorcycle lift). ... See MoreSee Less
It was a beautiful and lively worship service this morning in the middle of a Ringo at the Lutheran Cathedral. With great music, a special offering for a couple getting married, then two more offerings during the service, and a sermon speaking about justice and our call to help others especially those who are oppressed it was a fine morning. We had earlier going to Neema Crafts which employees people with various disabilities (different abilities). I bought a nice tie and a variety of other items that will go up for sale back at church. We had lunch there which was served by deaf waiters as you write your order on a slip. It was then off to the local orphanage which is supported by this partnership. Beautiful kids who we had the chance to play with, listen to their singing, and present a Biblical skit. We were deeply moved by this special ministry and our time there. #TZ2017 ... See MoreSee Less
The morning started with a nice worship in the center of Iringa at the Lutheran Cathedral. With the text from John that lead into the encouragement to work for justice in lone's faith through service it fit into some wonderful events we've had in the last 24 hours. We visited Neema Center which provides training, education and work for various people with disabilities (different abilities). I bought myself a tie and a Bridie of items we will auction soon. We also ate lunch at the restaurant where the waiters are and you write your order on a pad. After worship we had a visit to Huruma which is a local orphanage. With kids coming from being rejected by parents, enduring rape, and having various physical disabilities it was amazing to feel so welcomed by them and play a variety of games and activities. We had the chance to act out a Bible story with them and they treated us to some beautiful music. There were tears and hugs and laughter shared through the couple of hours together. #TZ2017 ... See MoreSee Less
The travel to Tanzania. We have finally arrived in the town of Iringa which will be our Homebase for these next two weeks. 17 hours of planes and then 11 in a van. The sites along the way were filled with shacks and communities right along the road, a few balloons and elephants and giraffes, and a general move from the lowlands of the coast to the highlands in this region. We have been welcomed at the Lutheran center which provided place of great comfort on our first night. Devotions are marking each morning which you see in one picture. Soon we are visiting Neema, a place that provides opportunities for various people with disabilities who are generally cast aside in this culture. They make a lot of crafts. Our lunch will be served there buy a community of deaf individuals. We have already been hearing from other visitors here about the breath and depth of ministry and care and education that mark the work of the church and this partnership. It is good for us as a congregation to be engaged in such a worthy endeavor. ... See MoreSee Less