Events – Religion Calendar


Performing Arts Camp 
Monday – Friday,  Aug. 19 – 23, 10 a.m. to noon daily 
Auditions on Friday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to noon
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
Nokomis Heights Lutheran is hosting a Performing Arts Camp. Led by professional theater instructor Kim Kokx, the weeklong camp for kids age 4-16 will conclude with the hit musical show “Aladdin, Jr.”! Auditions are Friday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to noon. Everyone will get a part!  The camp runs Monday through Friday, Aug. 19-23, 10 a.m. to noon each day. Tuition is $95 and includes everything—scripts, costumes, and instruction. Sign up online at today!

Weekly Talmud and Bible classes
Thursdays, 6:30 (Bible) & 7:30 (Talmud)  (Next one is Aug. 22)
Temple of Aaron
616 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul 55116
Weekly Talmud and Bible classes are taught by Larry Eisenstadt, Temple of Aaron’s ritual director and experienced educator. The classes are free and open to members and non-members. Hebrew language proficiency is not required. No reservations necessary. For more information call 651-698-8874. Or visit

Worship on the Front Lawn and Blessing of the Animals  
Sunday, Aug. 25, 9:30 a.m. 
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
Nokomis Heights Lutheran will hold its annual Worship on the Front Lawn and Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, August 25 at 9:30 a.m. Following worship there will be treats for all, including our furry friends. In case of rain, the worship and blessing will be in the Courtyard.

Pop-up Family VBS 
Sunday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
We’re sailing with Noah and his zoo! Melanie LaPointe from Community Emergency Service will describe CES’s Ani-meals program (that’s meals on wheels for four-legged clients!), and as a fun service project, we will be packing food for pets. In case it rains, we’ll just move inside. Stories, games, crafts, and a picnic lunch for kids age 3-11 and their families. FREE.

Blessing of the Animals 
Sunday, Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m. 
Minnehaha United Methodist Church 
3701 E. 50th St., Mpls. 55417 
Bring your pet or pets on a leash or in a container to our annual Blessing of the Animals worship service at the 10:30 a.m. outdoor service on Aug. 25. They will be blessed. 

Backpacks for Refugees
The many children arriving with refugee status this summer will need backpacks for school in the fall. This would be a perfect donation drive for your church or office. We invite you to donate one or many backpacks for all ages and genders. For more information, please email the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services at or call 612-230-3219. Thank you!

Meditation Sundays, 10 a.m. (Next one is Aug. 25)
Plymouth Congregational Church 
1900 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 55403
Join this ancient spiritual practice. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome! No fee and no registration required. More information at 612-871-7400 or

Red Cross Blood Drive 
Saturday, Sept. 7 , 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
Make your appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit and enter sponsor code NHLC to select your time slot.

Craft Fair 
Sunday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church (lower level)
3430 East 51st St., Mpls. 55417
In conjunction with the Nokomis East Business Association block party. Lots of handmade items! Free food at the block party. For more information call 612-729-5463.

Refugee Sunday 
Sept. 8 
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave S., Mpls. 55417
Guest speaker at Forum (9 a.m.) and Worship (10 a.m.) will be Marta Erling Spangler, Gifts Officer from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), to share what LIRS is doing in the midst of the present refugee crisis.

Coming to the Table (CTTT)
Third Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon  (Next one is Sept. 21)
Sumner Library
611 Van White Memorial Blvd., Mpls. 55411
(To reserve your seat, please RSVP at
Fourth Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Next one is Aug. 26)
Wedge Table Classroom
2412 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 55404
(To reserve your seat, please RSVP at
At Coming to the Table (CTTT,, descendants of those who were enslaved and descendants of slave owners and all those interested in engaging safe constructive dialogue, come together to envision the U.S. as a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal the racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, and the racism it continues to spawn. Join Peacebuilding Associate Trainer Crixell Shell and others invested in transforming trauma into nonviolent power. Since seats are limited, please sign up for this free event at  Questions? Email

Hakuna Matata Children’s Choir
Sunday, Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m.
Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
924 East 21st St., Mpls., 55404
Hakuna Matata Children’s Choir is made up of children from Kenya, East Africa. Most of these children are from the slums and from a very poor background. “Connect with a Child” Children’s Choir is dedicated to spreading love, hope and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums and sweet voices demonstrate their hope and dream for a brighter future. Their inspirational stories of resilience have instilled hope in the hearts of all those who have seen them perform. Hakuna Matata Children’s Choir only consists of children that have been sponsored by different families who gave them the opportunity to better their future life through education over the years. Accompanied by a team of adults, the Choir presents the vision and mission of “Connect with a Child” in every place it visits. The experience they acquire from traveling around the world gives the children exposure to other cultures, broadening their worldview. It also gives them confidence and boldness and helps them rise up out of their own situations of sadness and despair.
Everyone is invited! There will be a freewill offering to the performing group.

Dakota Sacred Site Tours 
Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 to 5 p.m. 
St. Peter’s Catholic Church
1405 Sibley Memorial Hwy., St Paul 55150
Healing Minnesota Stories and the Minnesota Council of Churches are excited to announce dates for open Dakota Sacred Site Tours. These tours visit sites in the Twin Cities sacred to the Dakota people. Participants will learn about the history of our land in a way that facilitates healing. To register for one of these transformative experiences, please contact Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Director of Racial Justice, at


Sharing Food

New Creation Baptist Church
1414 E. 48th St.
Mpls. 55417
Food Shelf
Saturdays (except 5th Saturdays)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(Brown door on the corner of 48th St. and 15th Ave.)

Living Spirit United Methodist Church
4501 Bloomington Ave. S.
Mpls. 55407
Community Supper
Wednesdays, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

Minnehaha United Methodist Church
3701 E. 50th St.
Mpls. 55417
Food Shelf every Tuesday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bethany Lutheran Church  
2511 E. Franklin Ave. 
Soup for You serves a free community meal every weekday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal is open to everyone—no exceptions! Volunteers will take your orders and serve you at the table. This is not a soup kitchen, but rather a space to build community! Donations are of course welcome! 

AA AND NA Meetings 
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church 
4101 37th Ave. S. 
Every Monday night there is an AA meeting at 7 p.m. 
Every Tuesday and Wednesday night there is an AA meeting at 7:30 p.m. 
On Thursday night, there is an NA meeting at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. 

NAMI MN: LGBTQAIP Peer Support Group 
Saturdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
Living Table United Church of Christ, Hope Room 
3805 E. 40th St. 
NAMI offers a support group for those living in the GLBTQ community and their allies on Saturdays at 1 p.m. The NAMI Connection support group program is a peer-to-peer based support group model. Connection groups are a safe place to confront the challenges that members of the GLBTQ communities face: low self-esteem, social isolation, stigma, discrimination, anxiety, and depression. For information regarding this group please contact Kim Sherva at NAMI Minnesota, 651-645-2948. 

Gamblers Anonymous 
Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. 
Living Table United Church of Christ, Hope Room 
3805 E. 40th St. 
Anyone with a desire to stop gambling is welcome. 

Adoption Support Group for Teens and Parents  
First Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church  
4101 37th Ave. S.  
The Adoption Support Network holds monthly support groups for parents and teens who have been adopted. Adoptive parents are provided with a confidential, nonjudgmental environment where they can support each other and share resources. Teens are invited to meet with other teens who understand what it’s like to be adopted. The teen group is not a drop-off group—parent(s) must attend the parent support group. For more info and to RSVP contact Ginny Blade at 651-646-5082 or (parents). 
*Meetings are usually the first Tuesday of the month, but call ahead to check. 

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