Missions are the heart of Peace Church. Through our faith we are commissioned to care for God’s people. We are committed to serving the community surrounding us with our donations and our time. Our concerns reach worldwide through our missionaries and the Presbyterian Disaster Association.
In May, we are supporting our local food shelf, STEP. This year, many in our community are struggling with food insecurity, and STEP is facing increased demand for their services.
Amidst the Coronavirus, we have focused on helping those in our community who are food insecure, as many have lost jobs and need assistance making ends meet. We have converted our Little Free Library into a food pantry, where anyone in need can take nonperishable food items. We are also collecting money to donate to the local food shelf, STEP.
In June, we collected the PC(USA)’s Pentecost Offering, which supports youth in their faith journey, including at-risk youth and Young Adult Volunteers. We keep 40% of that offering to support youth in our own community. We donated almost $1,000 to Liberty Presbyterian Church, MyHealth, and the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.
June is our Missions Month at Peace Prez, and we have donated to local non-profits, organizations and community members. Our focus has been the aftermath of the Minneapolis protests, including assistance to rebuilding Lake Street through the Lake Street Council, and donations to the Twin Cities Urban League, advocates for issues facing black people in the Twin Cities.
We participate in many missions within our own walls, our community, locally, regionally, nationally and world-wide. Are you interested in volunteering with one of the many opportunities to serve in the community? Ask us how you can get involved. Below are some of the organizations we support:
STEP, St. Louis Park Emergency Program: STEP is the St. Louis Park community food shelf and social service agency. STEP has been empowering lives and restoring hope in St. Louis Park since 1975. Their mission is to identify, address and respond to the critical and emergency needs of residents in St. Louis Park. They directly provide food and clothing to residents in need, as well as advocacy, referrals, and build a collaborative relationship.
Meals on Wheels/Dinner at Your Door: Meals on Wheels is a community-based service that provides fresh, nutritious meals delivered directly to the homes of seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the Twin Cities. In addition to regularly providing healthy foods, volunteers provide social connection that helps meal recipients remain living independently in their own homes.
St. Stephen’s: St. Stephen’s mission is Ending Homelessness. They support individuals and families experiencing homelessness in achieving permanent, affordable housing, through street outreach, shelter, and housing programs. We envision a community in which housing instability is rare, brief and non-recurring, ending homelessness as we know it.