Loving Our Neighbors, A Speaker Series on Faith, Culture and Justice
Mondays, May 8 – May 22 & June 5, 7 p.m.

Living Table United Church of Christ
3805 E. 40th St.
Join your friends and neighbors for a series of inspiring talks about how different cultures and religions inform people about seeking justice for all. The ideas will help people from all walks of life understand the common ground they stand on when addressing injustice in the community and the world. Previous speakers were Rabbi Michael Latz, Rev. Danny Givens and Ms. Antonia Alvarez.  Coming up on May 8 is Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Church of All Nations. Jim is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohical Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin, and a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities who works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. *May 15-Mr. Ker Yang, St. Paul Public Schools. Mr. Ker has been a high school counselor for 16 years. His family came as refugees to the U.S. in 1981 when he was 9 years old. *May 22-Mr. Khalil Houri, Northwest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth. The aim and purpose of NWICC is to serve the best interests of Muslims of Minnesota, particularly those in the western and northwestern metro areas. *June 5-Imam Abdisalam Adam, Islamic Civic Society of America.  Abdisalam came to the U.S. in 1991 and worked as an Arabic-English-Somali translator in Virginia before moving to the Twin Cities in 1996. He is very active in the community as an advocate and educator.

Vets Ministry Roundtable: Reflecting on Conscience and War
Tuesday, May 16, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
2315 Chicago Ave. S.
Hear from people who have made high-stakes decisions regarding their conscience and protecting our country. Our panel will include Coleen Rowley, a leader in Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and Larry Johnson, who was a conscientious objector but served as a medic in response to the Vietnam era draft.
Anyone interested in ministry with veterans and their families is invited. There is no cost for the program. Lunch is gratis. More info and to preregister: or 612-871-2967.

Steve Simon’s Drive to Return MN to #1 Voter Turnout
Friday, May 19, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Sabes Jewish Community Center, Beit Knesset
4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Park 55416
Or Emet will host Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, who will discuss the 2016 election, as well as his efforts to increase voter participation and civic engagement. He is passionate about voting rights, and he has visited 87 counties in order to assure high voter turnout.
A short Humanistic Jewish Sabbath service will precede the program, which is free and open to the public. An Oneg Shabbat reception will follow. For more information contact or visit

Clothing Giveaway and Free Lunch
Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
2600 E.38th St.
The free clothing giveaway will be from 10 to 2. Free lunch is from 11 to 2. This is a community outreach and everyone is welcome.

Donate Adult Bikes and Furniture
Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 55403
The Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness invites you to donate Adult Bikes and Gently Used Furniture for our neighbors who need these things. To decide if your donation is in good enough shape, ask yourself, “Would I use this myself or give it to a loved one?”
We cannot accept refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, air conditioners, gas/electric stoves, dishwashers, water heaters/softeners, damaged/musty/smoky furniture, pianos, organs, plumbing fixtures, storm doors, windows, screens, swing sets, metal bed springs carpeting, tires, batteries, chemicals.

Pastoral Anniversary
Sunday, May 21, 10:45 a.m.
New Creation Baptist Church
1414 E. 48th St.
You are invited to help us celebrate our 16th Pastoral Anniversary—The Rev. Dr. Daniel McKizzie founded New Creation Baptist Church 16 years ago and has pastored the congregation since then. There will be a fellowship dinner after worship.

Neighborhood Night!
Wednesday, May 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall, lower level)
3637 11th Ave. S.
Holy Name is partnering with community neighbors to offer periodic sessions on topics of interest in our area. Any adult is welcome to attend—no cost.
Israel has been in the news a lot lately. Are you interested in knowing more about your Jewish neighbors? Heidi Schneider, a speaker from the Jewish Community Relations Council, will present “The Jewish Connection to the Land of Israel,” providing a look at Judaism’s ancient connection to the land we now call Israel, and how Israel became the world’s only Jewish state. She will also share reflections on her own personal connection to Israel. Discussion and Q&A time is included. Coffee will be served. Bring a friend and get to know your neighbors.

Bach Tage
Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 4 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S.
We begin the second decade of this annual two-day conference committed to the study, rehearsal and performance of the music of Bach. Attending the conference each year are teachers, conductors, choristers, instrumentalists and individuals who simply want to know more about the great Kantor of Leipzig.
On Saturday, Dr. James Bobb, assistant professor of music at St. Olaf, performs a recital showcasing Mount Olive’s 50-year-old, 66-rank Schlicker organ.
On Sunday, two of Bach’s beautiful cantatas will be sung during the Evening Prayer service: “Stay with Us, for Evening is Falling!” and “For God has so Loved the World.”

The Intersection of Art and Spirituality
Monday, June 5, 7 p.m.
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
3000 5th St. NW, New Brighton 55112
Craig Wright, a prominent playwright, screen writer and producer, and Dominic Papatola, who has covered the arts in publications ranging from The St. Paul Pioneer Press to the New York Times, will talk about the intersection of the arts and spirituality in the context of today’s community. Both have significant impact in the entertainment field.  Los Angeles-based Wright is known for weaving theological depth into all his work. Papatola has taught arts journalism across the country and served as juror and chair for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama numerous times. Both are alumni of UTS.
There is no cost, but advance registration is requested. Reservations can be made online at For more information, visit or call 651-255-6138.

Bethany on 36th Celebrates 109 Years of Ministry
Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
3901 36th Ave. S.
The church will be closing as a church on June 18. All those who wish to join in celebrating Bethany’s 109 years of ministry are invited to a time of worship and celebration. Following the 11 a.m. worship, there will be a program and indoor picnic. Please make reservations for the meal ($8 donation) by June 4 to the Bethany office, 612-729-9376 or

Senior Luncheon
Thursday, June 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church
3901 1st Ave. S.
Chicken salad sandwiches, chips, pickles and strawberry shortcake will be served. The cost is a freewill donation. Enjoy the Blue Drifters acoustic quartet and show off your knowledge (or luck) with a trivia contest! RSVP by June 13 to Bonnie at 612-825-5375.


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  1. Greater Friendship Missonary Baptist Church, free clothing give away from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. free lunch from 11:00 1:30 P.m. on August 22, 2015 at 2600 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis, Mn. 55408. Senior Pastor, Billy G. Russell

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