Events – Religion Calendar




Soup Supper and Taizé Worship
Wednesday, Dec. 11 and
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6 p.m.
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
Nokomis Heights Lutheran invites you to Wednesday evenings (12/11 and 12/18) in Advent for soup supper and Taizé worship, under the theme, “What Are We Waiting For?” Soup and bread and bars will be served from 6:00 to 6:30, with worship at 7 p.m.

Weekly Talmud and Bible classes
Thursdays, 6:30 (Bible) & 7:30 (Talmud)  (Next one is Dec. 12)
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

Blue Christmas Taize
Friday, Dec. 13, 7 to 8 p.m.
Minnehaha United Methodist Church
3701 E. 50th St., Mpls. 55417
Take an opportunity to slow down, to rest in silence and music. On the second Friday of each month at 7 p.m. from October through May, Minnehaha United Methodist Church offers a Taize service; a time of sanctuary, a time for prayer, a time for community, and a time for silence. As we sing and pray, our hearts are opened so that we may hear God speaking to us.

Santa Lucia Pageant
Friday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. and
Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.
Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
924 E. 21st St., Mpls. 55404
Velkommen to the Mindekirken Santa Lucia Pageant. Two performances this year! Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., on the actual St. Lucia day, the pageant will be joined with Hardanger fiddlers from the Twin Cities Hardingfelelag. On Sunday, Dec. 15, the pageant will be part of the 11 a.m. Norwegian worship service. The Pageant is a Norwegian (and Swedish) tradition of music and readings by youth, which celebrates light and hope during the darkest time of the year. Also join us for Santa Lucia Coffee in Fellowship Hall at noon.

Neighborhood Caroling and Chili Dinner
Saturday, Dec. 14
3:15 p.m. (caroling)
5 p.m. (chili dinner)
Living Spirit United Methodist Church
4501 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Want to get into the Christmas spirit? We will be caroling door-to-door around the neighborhood, and we would love to have you join us; meet at Living Spirit at 3:15 p.m. if you want to participate. Later we’ll gather back at the church for a chili dinner. There will be at least five different types of chili (including a vegetarian option). If you can’t make the caroling, that’s okay—join us at the church when the chili portion of the event starts at 5 p.m.

A Procession, A Prayer, A Cry Through the Streets of Our City
Sunday, Dec. 15, 4 p.m.
Gather at Powderhorn Park beginning at 3 p.m.
3400 15th Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Join the Posada—the journey of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter—in a bilingual, multi-sensory procession of prayer and solidarity. We will sing. We will travel one mile from Powderhorn Park to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Ave. S., Mpls. 55407.
We will walk for those that journey with hope toward the U.S. border. We will walk for those separated from their families by borders. All proceeds from a freewill offering will go to two groups that accompany immigrants through legal proceedings.
At the church there will be a bonfire, food, music, and a living Nativity.
Come! All ages. Dress Warm and Walk together.
For more information contact The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts., 612-724-3862. Facebook: Semilla Center #WeComeBearingPeace
This event is initiated by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts. With cooperation from Edina Community Lutheran Church, St Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, and In the Heart of the Beast Theatre.

Minnesota Boychoir Holiday Concert
Sunday, Dec. 15
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 55403
The Minnesota Boychoir boasts 140 members ages 6 to 18 years old from 40 communities around the Twin Cities. On Sunday, December 15, 2019, they will perform at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. The 7 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. No ticket is required.
The Boychoir’s repertoire includes classic holiday tunes, sacred music, and songs to get you in the holiday spirit. A freewill donation will be collected.
If you know a young man 6 to 13 years old who loves to sing, encourage him to learn more about the Minnesota Boychoir. Mid-season auditions take place in January. You can learn more at

Meditation Sundays, 10 a.m. (Next one is Dec. 15)
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

The Diary of Immaculee Illibagiza
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Holy Name Church, Garvey Hall
3637 11th Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Everyone is welcome to Neighborhood Night! Join us for viewing and lively discussion of the documentary story of Immaculee and her escape from the Rwandan Genocide. This is an inspiring story of bravery and hope. Come, learn and get to know neighbors!  Coffee included. Bring a friend! No cost/no registration. For more info:; 612-724-5465.

35th Annual Minnesota Homeless Memorial March & Service
Thursday, Dec. 19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 55403
Honoring people who have died while homeless in Minnesota, and hosted by Simpson Housing Services. 5 p.m. March and Silent Vigil at the Hennepin County Government Center; 6 p.m. Service of Remembrance at Plymouth Congregational Church; 7 p.m. Community Meal, lower level of Plymouth Congregational Church. Please go to for information on parking and bus transportation.

Sara Thomsen Solstice Gathering
Friday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church, Guild Hall
1900 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 55403
Join Sara Thomsen and friends for a special gathering to mark the longest night of the year—the winter solstice—with song, good feelings and seasonal treats. Her latest recording, “Song like a Seed,” will be available. Tickets are $20, and are available at

Coming to the Table (CTTT)
Third Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon  (Next one is Dec. 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 Dec. 23)
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

Children’s Christmas Pageant
Sunday, Dec. 22, 10:30 a.m.
Living Spirit United Methodist Church
4501 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Join us for worship and experience the beloved Christmas story as told by the children of Living Spirit. Expect creative storytelling, joyful music, and messy, imperfect moments that will fill you with Christmas spirit.

Nordic Julekonsert
Sunday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m.
Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
924 E. 21st St., Mpls. 55404
The annual Christmas concert at Mindekirken features the voices of the Mindekirken Choir, plus “Kvinnekor” Women’s Choir; Norwegian Glee Club of Minneapolis; American Swedish Institute Male Chorus; American Swedish Institute Cloudberries. Freewill offering with refreshments following the concert.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 10 p.m.
Living Spirit United Methodist Church
4501 Bloomington Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Come hear the Christmas story and sing familiar carols. At the end of the service, everyone will receive a candle so we can flood the darkness with glowing light while singing “Silent Night.”

Christmas Day Worship and Coffee
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m.
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
Christmas Coffee follows worship on Christmas Day at Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church. Join us for worship at 10 a.m., with an array of Scandinavian and other holiday delights afterward. All are welcome!

Minnehaha Food Shelf Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 5 to 7 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church
5011 31st Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
Treat yourself to a great meal and help your community at the same time. There will be a band and opportunities to win prizes. Join us for good food and fun! For more information: .  Tickets are $15 per person and children (ages 10 and under) are free.


Events at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St. (kitty-corner from the Nokomis Library)
Blind Ministry Outreach – Saturday, Dec. 14, noon to 2 p.m. Includes dinner, devotions and fellowship.
Book Club, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. – “There’s Something about Christmas” by Debbie McComber.
Exercise class for seniors – Monday mornings at 10 a.m.
NA groups – Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays at 7 p.m.
Call 612-729-5463 for questions and more information.

Sharing Meals
*Walker Community United Methodist Church
3104 16th Ave. S.

–Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

*Mount Olive Lutheran Church
31st St. & Chicago Ave. S.

–First & third Saturdays, noon
*All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church
3100 Park Ave. S.

–Thursday’s Table, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
–Third Sundays following 10 a.m. worship
*Messiah Lutheran Church at the Center for Changing Lives
2400 Park Ave. S.

Central to Messiah’s mission and ministry is serving communal meals as a way of making human connections.

–Sundays after worship, 12:15 p.m.
–Tuesdays after community Bible study, 12 p.m.
–Thursdays, community lunch at 12 p.m.
*Trinity First Lutheran Church and School
1115 E. 19th St.

–Saturdays, lunch at 1 p.m. outside in the parking lot

*All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission
3044 Longfellow Ave.
–Sundays 5:30-6:30 p.m.

First Nations Kitchen: Healthy, organic dinners in setting of radical hospitality.
Serving since November 2010! To learn more or to volunteer see our website
*Living Spirit United Methodist Church
4501 Bloomington Ave. S.
Mpls. 55407
–Wednesdays, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.
Community Supper
*Bethany Lutheran Church  
2511 E. Franklin Ave.
–Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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!

Trinity Lutheran Congregation
Cedar Commons
2001 Riverside Ave.
Wednesday Evening Suppers from 6 to 7 p.m.
A free weekly meal sponsored by Trinity and our community partners. All are welcome—neighbors, students and visitors!

Calvary Lutheran Foodshelf
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to Noon
Calvary Lutheran Church
3901 Chicago Ave. S.

Good in the ‘Hood Food Shelf
Fourth Wednesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Macedonia Baptist Church
3801 First Ave. S. (fellowship hall)
Inspiring intentional kindness. Food Shelf in-a-box.

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.)

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

Minneharvest Food Giveaway
Fourth Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.
Minnehaha United Methodist Church
3701 E. 50th St.
Two bags of free groceries per adult. We provide perishable food for anyone who is hungry, no questions asked. FFI: 612-721-6231.

Inculturation Liturgy
Sundays, 11 a.m.

All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission
3044 Longfellow Ave.
No matter where you are on your journey, you are welcome here. Rev. Robert Two Bulls, 612-791-1253.

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.

Support Group for Soldiers and Veterans
Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church (lower level)
2511 E. Franklin Ave.
The Mission Project was founded in 2005 by Mary Bergerson, the disabled widow of Sgt. Douglas Bergerson, in order to honor his memory and military service following his suicide. We lose 23 soldiers/veterans to suicide every day. It is her vision to put an end to this by keeping others from following in his footsteps.
The most important thing soldiers need from us is to know they are not alone, that people care and that we are here to help and support them. We are committed to mental health, advocacy, reintegration, suicide prevention, camaraderie and fellowship.
Veteran-driven support groups, sponsored by the Mission Project, meet weekly and provide free resources such as massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, live music, a community meal and veteran resource tables. Families, friends and support systems are welcome to come along. One group meets in Lakeville, but there’s one in South Minneapolis now, at Bethany Lutheran Church.  Call 952-393-7524 for more information.

Shape-note Singing
Third Sundays, 4 to 7 p.m.; Fourth & Fifth Sundays, 5 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
University Baptist Church

1219 University Ave. S.E., Mpls. 55414
No experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. Sing along or just listen. Tunebooks available for loan or purchase. For information on shape-note singing visit

Safe Place: Homework Help
Monday – Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m. 
Trinity Lutheran Congregation
2001 Riverside Ave., Mpls. 55454
Adult students and children are all welcome. Tutors are available for all levels. If you are interested in being a volunteer or tutor or if you need more information, contact or 612-333-2561.


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