Events – Religion Calendar



Weekly Talmud and Bible classes
Thursdays, 6:30 (Bible) & 7:30 (Talmud)  (Next one is Oct. 17)
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

Coming to the Table (CTTT)
Third Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon  (Next one is Oct. 19)
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

Meditation Sundays, 10 a.m. (Next one is Oct. 20)
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

Jeremy Schroeder to Speak at NHLC Sunday Forum
Sunday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
Minneapolis Ward 11 Council Member Jeremy Schroeder will speak at Sunday Forum on Oct. 20. We have invited him to share ways he feels engaged citizens can make a difference in the city and in the neighborhood. We look forward to a thoughtful discussion. Open to the public. Coffee and treats will be served.

Community Soup Supper
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St., Mpls. 55417
Come get to know our new pastor, Rev. Jesse Davis, and his family at a free soup supper. Your family and friends are invited to come enjoy a bowl of soup, bread, and cookies.

Pumpkin Party
Friday, Oct. 25, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Living Spirit United Methodist Church
4501 Bloomington Ave., Mpls. 555407
Friends of all ages are invited to join us for Living Spirit’s 4th Annual Intergenerational Pumpkin Party! There will be 50 pumpkins to carve, pizzas and fruit snacks, and games to play. We will have a pumpkin patch set up for pictures and invite everyone to wear a costume if they would like to. Bring your friends and neighbors!

Manz Centenary Recital and Workshop
Organ Recital by John Schwandt
Friday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Keynote and Workshops
Saturday, Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts presents a two-day celebration of the life and ministry of Paul O. Manz (1919-2009), who served as Cantor at Mount Olive from 1946-1983. His ministry was internationally known and extremely influential to church music. This conference explores how his ministry continues to inform us as singing people of God.
The observance begins Friday evening with an organ recital by John Schwandt, comprised of works by two of Manz’s main mentors, Flor Peters and Helmut Walcha, as well as music composed by Paul Manz himself.
Saturday offers a series of lectures and workshops on the topic of what Paul Manz’s ministry means for us today. Presenters will be Paul Westermeyer, David Cherwien, and Mark Lawson, president of MorningStar Publishers, the publisher of all of Manz’s works. A hymn sing will also be a part of the morning’s activities.
All events take place at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, and are free and open to the public. Advance registration can be completed at, but is not required. For further information, please contact Dr. Cherwien at 612-827-5919 or online at

Immigrant Stories at NHLC Sunday Forum
Sunday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave S., Mpls. 55417
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” We’re putting a face to the plight of immigrants in our country, with the sharing of personal stories by those who have come here looking for a better life at Sunday Forum on Oct. 27. We will experience firsthand the challenges that face immigrants who are here with and without documentation. Open to the public. Coffee and treats will be served.

Baked Potato Dinner
Sunday, Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St., Mpls. 55417
Join us for a Baked Potato Dinner to benefit Faith’s Education Fund. Large baked potato, variety of toppings, unending salad bar, pies and beverages for $10 (adults), $5 (children 5-12), under 5 free, or family of 5 for $25. For tickets, contact the church office at 612-729-5463.

Pumpkin Carving Fun for All Ages
Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 to 3 p.m.
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
NHLC will hold its annual Pumpkin Carving on Sunday, Oct. 27. Sponsored by Thrivent Financial, the free event combines family fun with raising funds and awareness for Community Emergency Service (CES). Invite your friends, family, and neighbors—we’ll have plenty of pumpkins! A goodwill offering for CES and/or a donation of food for their food shelf is encouraged.

Trick or Treat at Nokomis Heights
Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church
5300 10th Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
Stop by Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church on Halloween night. We’ll be out front from 5:30 to 8:00pm with a fire, lots of candy, and hot cider and cocoa!

Halloween Goodie Bags
Thursday, Oct. 31, beginning at 6 p.m.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St., Mpls. 55417
Goodie bags will be handed out to Trick or Treaters at Faith on Oct. 31, beginning at 6 p.m.

Collard Green Feed
Friday, Nov. 1, 5 to 7 p.m.
Living Spirit United Methodist Church
Fellowship Hall (lower level)
4501 Bloomington Ave., Mpls. 55407
Living Spirit’s annual Collard Green Feed is a soul food feast, featuring collards grown right here in south Minneapolis. There will also be chicken, red beans and rice, black-eyed peas, cornbread and peach cobbler. Plates are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12, and $25 for a family (two adults and two kids), and you can enjoy it here or take it to go.

Community Invited to Celebrate Peacebuilding Award
Friday, Nov. 1, 4:30  to 8:30 p.m.
MN Peacebuilding Office
5200 47th Ave. S., Mpls. 55417
The Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute has just received the 2019 Melanie Greenberg U.S. Peacebuilding Award for Excellence from the Alliance for Peacebuilding and they invite the community to celebrate with them. MNPeacebuilding [Leadership Institute] are the people who organize the monthly peacebuilding film series held at the Birchwood Cafe; who hold STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) trainings fairly often in the metro area as well as restorative justice trainings; who put on Lunafest every year at the Riverview Theatre; and who sponsor monthly Coming to the Table (CTTT) meetings in the metro area, which provide “relationship engagement, leadership, resources, and a supportive environment to dismantle racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.”
Donna Minter is the founder and executive director of MNPeacebuilding [Leadership Institute]. As a forensic and neuropsychologist for 20-plus years, she witnessed patients and incarcerated people with serious unhealed psychological trauma precipitating passive and active violence in their lives and communities. Their peace was stolen from them. They wanted to build peace back into their lives, but they did not know how. Unhealed psychological trauma is a public health epidemic that few know how to talk about or are willing to address.
After attending the five-day Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Training, she instigated STAR in Minneapolis in 2010. STAR integrates neuropsychology, trauma healing, resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. STAR facilitates grassroots peacebuilding by transforming psychological trauma into nonviolent power. Twenty-five trainees, representing diverse cultural and religious communities attended. Afterwards they asked Donna to offer STAR for their colleagues. MNPeacebuilding has since offered STAR and related trainings and racial healing events to over 3,100 people, with financial support from The Saint Paul, F. R. Bigelow, and Oswald Family Foundations; City of Minneapolis Division of Race and Equity’s ReCAST grant; City of Minneapolis Department of Health Violence Prevention Fund; and Thrivent Financial.
RSVP and details at

Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 2, 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4101 37th Ave. S., Mpls. 55406
It’s that time of year again! Join us at Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church on Saturday, Nov. 2 for a family-style meal of lutefisk with white sauce and butter, meatballs, potatoes and gravy, rutabagas, coleslaw, cranberries, lefse, angel food cake with lemon topping and coffee.
The seating times are 3, 4:15 and 5:30 p.m.  The cost is $17 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under.  Reservations are needed, so please call the church office at 612-722-9527.

Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale
Saturday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church
4101 37th Ave. S., Mpls. 55406
All are welcome to come and enjoy our Holiday Bazaar at Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have craft tables, a great silent auction, raffles, Grandma’s Attic, a wonderful bake sale including lefse from Norsland Lefse in Rushford, and so much more. Flotegrot and ham sandwiches will be served in the fellowship hall.  Our address is 4101 37th Ave. S.  Stop by and browse!

Johnson Symposium on Faith and Society
Saturday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2730 E. 31st St., Mpls. 55406
“The Spiritual Price of the Doctrine of Discovery,” featuring Mark Charles. Presenter Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he speaks with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. Mark is a regular columnist for Native News Online and the author of the popular blog “Reflections from the Hogan.” His forthcoming book entitled “Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery” is scheduled to be released from Intervarsity Press on November 5, 2019.
Other presenters will include local leaders from the Native Community, including Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Brenda Blackhawk, Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, Thorne LaPointe and Wakinyan LaPointe.
Registration information: Participants are encouraged to donate $0-$30, based on what feels appropriate for their situations. No one will be turned away. Lunch will be provided. You may register and pay online at or by calling the church office at 612-729-8358. Please register by Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Chamber Music Concert by Me La Amargates Tú
Sunday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts presents a concert combining and contrasting Sephardic Romances with Spanish Romances by one of the leading Sephardic music ensembles in the world, Me La Amargates Tú. They will play romances with the same themes from the 15th and 16th centuries, and that have the same or similar texts, but with different treatments by the Sephardic Jews and the Spanish population.
Me La Amargates Tú is a winner of the International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam. The group’s members hail from five different countries, joined by shared musical traditions and research of Sephardic music, as well as Spanish music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Learn more about Me La Amargates Tú at
A reception in the church’s Chapel Lounge will follow the performance. This event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering may be received to support Mount Olive’s Music and Fine Arts program. For further information, please call 612-827-5919 or visit

Pre-Thanksgiving Free Community Dinner
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
2600 E. 38th St.
Mpls. 55406
The theme of this event is “Community Uniting to Become One.” There will be a short program with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP please contact Shirley Gardner with the number of people attending at by Nov. 19.

Bethel Lutheran Bazaar and Lunch
Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church
4120 17 Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
The church will hold a festive bazaar with a Cookie Walk, crafts, rolls & coffee, Granny’s Attic, krumkake and lefsa demos.  Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  For information call 612-724-3693.



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!

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.

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.

Events at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
3430 E. 51st St. (kitty-corner from the Nokomis Library)
Nov. 2, 10 a.m.—Book club: “Virgil Wander” by Leif Enger
Exercise class for seniors every Monday at 10 a.m.
NA groups, Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays at 7 p.m.
Midweek Bible study every Wednesday at 11 a.m.

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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