Community Outreach Opportunities

Community Outreach Opportunities to Help Our Neighbors in Need
The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, and civil unrest in neighborhoods across the Twin Cities, has left a gaping hole in our hearts and minds. If you feel moved to extend a hand of assistance through financial or goods donations, or volunteer work, the following links represent outreach opportunities near Mindekirken.
Lutheran Social Services of MN
organizing pop-up donation sites of groceries and supplies
We Love Lake Street
funding for the rebuilding of Lake Street businesses and non-profits
HandsOn Twin Cities:
providing an extensive and updated listing of organizations currently seeking community donations and volunteers
Little Earth Residents Association
supporting the current needs of the American Indian community of south Minneapolis

ELCA World Hunger


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: 
Life-Giving Water
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.



Marie Sandvik Center

     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
-Prison Ministries
-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.



Mindekirken Quilting

Mindekirken Quilting  Ministry meets on Thursdays 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. The quilters make and donate quilts to three local charities - Salvation Army, Harriet Tubman Shelter and the Marie Sandvik Center.  Other quilts are sold and the proceeds used for special church projects or monetary donations are made to service organizations such as Community Emergency Services.

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 Thursdays at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Tubfrim Stamp Collecting


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.

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Language & Culture

Mindekirken Norwegian Language and Culture Program

Now offering online classes for 2021!

Den Norske Klubben

Den Norske Klubben

Now online! For kids 6-10 years old every other Sunday.
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