Events – Religion Calendar




Spiritual Exploration Opportunities
Plymouth Congregational Church
19th and Nicollet, Mpls.
For the complete Winter-Spring lineup and to register: www.plymouth. org/explore/adult-spirituality/
Meditation Matters
Tuesdays, Feb. 18–March 3 (intermittently) 
7 to 8:30 p.m. 
Tuition: Free, please register. Facilitator: John Bennett.
Try meditation methods with six practitioners on all or any of these Tuesday evenings: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 3. Scheduled presenters so far are: Todd Tsuchiya and Gail Wong, who will instruct us in Japanese Buddhist chanting; Emily Jarrett Hughes in wisdom dance; John Bennett in guided imagery; and Su Ying in a blend of Tai Chi and Qigong. Please sign up for individual evenings by the Friday before each event. Classes are not sequenced.
Forced Into Camps
Tuesdays, March 10–31
4 to 6 p.m.
Room 205
Instructors: Joan Thompson, PhD; Seth Patterson, MDiv, MFA.
Lise Yasui’s documentary “Family Gathering” and Julie Otsuka’s novel “When the Emperor Was Divine” examine Japanese internment, family separation and their aftermath. We will discuss these artworks alongside current journalism on immigration and families. Articles on family separation, incarceration, deported parents and government policy are all possibilities. What positions did the church and citizens take regarding Japanese internment? How might this inform our calling as church members and citizens today? Sponsored by the Immigrant Welcoming Working Group. Tuition: Free, please register at the link above. For information:

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls.
Join us for all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, piled high with Mardi Gras Fun! Freewill offering.

Ash Wednesday at Faith
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St., Mpls.
7 to 9 a.m. Private Confession, Absolution, and Distribution of Ashes
5 p.m. Soup Supper
7 p.m. Communion Worship and Distribution of Ashes

Ash Wednesday Worship
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls.
Join us as we usher in the holy season of Lent, with song, prayer, Holy Communion, and the imposition of ashes.

Ash Wednesday Masses
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 8:15 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Church of St. Albert the Great
29th St. at 32nd Ave S., Mpls.
Ash Wednesday Masses at 8:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. with distribution of ashes. Church of St. Albert the Great, at the corner of E. 29th Street and 32nd Ave. S. in Minneapolis.  Accessible entry behind statue.

St. Albert’s Famous Fish Dinners
Fridays, Feb. 28—April 3, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Church of St. Albert the Great
29th St. at 32nd Ave S., Mpls.
St. Albert’s Famous Fish Dinners on the six Fridays of Lent, Feb. 28 through April 3. Full dinner of baked or fried, responsibly-sourced tilapia, potatoes, meatless spaghetti, coleslaw, rolls, desserts and beverages for just $15. Children ages 6-12, $7. Kids 5 and under free. That night’s volunteers can also eat for $7 – call 612-724-3643 if you’d like to volunteer. Bingo from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, plus raffles and live music. Additional parking one block north at Anne Sullivan School, served by shuttle bus.

Lenten Prayer Service
Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
519 Oak Grove St., Mpls.
“I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief … For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” Please join us for a Lenten Prayer Service with the poetry of Wendell Berry and song offered by St. Mark’s own Devin Malone. If you wish, bring a poem to share by your favorite poet.

Lent Procession Service of Lessons and Hymns
Sunday, March 1, 4 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls.
Join Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts for a contemplative service of lessons and carols—for Lent! Typically associated with Advent and Christmas, this service is designed especially for those caught up in preparations for the coming Easter and spring seasons. It provides an opportunity to withdraw from the busy-ness of life to pray, sing, listen, smell—an opportunity to fully enter into the season of Lent, a time to renew our lives as baptized children of God. Presented by Mount Olive Cantorei, David Cherwien, director and organist. Free and open to the public. For more information, email, or go to

Midweek Soup Suppers and Lenten Worship
Wednesday, March 4, 11, and 18
6 to 6:30 p.m. (soup) and 7 to 7:30 p.m. (worship)
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls.
Come for a hearty supper of soup and bread and stay for contemplative worship of scripture readings, reflection, hymns, and Holden Evening Prayer.

Taizé Service
Friday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Minnehaha United Methodist Church
3701 E. 50th St., Mpls.
With all that is going on around us, it is important to slow down and make sure we are feeding our souls and listening for God periodically. Take an opportunity for renewal through prayer, song, and silence at our monthly Taizé services. Join us on March 13 at 7 p.m. or any second Friday of the month. Child care is provided.

Sofia presents “Chambers of the Heart”
Sunday, March 15, 7 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel
4537 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.
Healing through song. Song through healing. Giving. Receiving. Nourishing. Transforming. The Beatitudes of Jesus, the poems of Rumi. These are the language and inspiration of this transcendent trio: vocalist Carin Vagle, singer-songwriter Tim Frantzich and guitar wizard Dean Magraw. Tickets available at or 612-823-8205.

CTUL’s Annual Pancake Brunch
Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2730 E. 31st St., Mpls.
Join us for the Annual Pancake Brunch Fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, to sustain our organizing for yet another year! 2019 was a year of strategic thinking, legal wins, and ongoing organizing against wage theft and exploitation at CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha). We held a subcontractor accountable for trafficking workers on the job site, won a wage theft law at the Minnesota State Legislature, celebrated our Future Fighters committee one-year anniversary, and prepared to scale up even bolder campaigns in 2020. Adelante! For tickets, go to and donate on a sliding scale, $5 to $15. You can also pay at the door.


Events at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St. (kitty-corner from the Nokomis Library)
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26—7 to 9 a.m. Private Confession, Absolution, and Distribution of Ashes; 5 p.m. Soup Supper; 7 p.m. Communion Worship and Distribution of Ashes.
Blind Ministry Outreach—Saturday, March 14, noon to 2 p.m. Includes dinner, devotions and fellowship.
Book Club, Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.—“The Zookeepers Wife” by Niki Caro.
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.

Pathways Faith-Based Life Skills Class
Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Basilica of St. Mary School Room LL7
1601 Laurel Ave., Mpls. 55403
Make a positive change in your life in just 10 weeks! Did you know that every Thursday evening from 6 to 8:15 p.m., a team of dedicated volunteers hosts “Pathways,” our faith-based series of life skills classes? Stop by any time! All are welcome and no registration required. Questions? Contact Julia at 612-317-3413.

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.

Coming to the Table (CTTT)
Third Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon
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

Weekly Talmud and Bible classes
Thursdays, 6:30 (Bible) & 7:30 (Talmud)
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

Meditation Sundays, 10 a.m.
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

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


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