Serving in Christ’s Name Near and Far
Our Missions and Community Service Ministry Teams exist to empower and deploy Salem’s family beyond our doors to share the love of Jesus through meaningful service and mission initiatives. We also partner with local and international missionaries and organizations in shared efforts to make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ.
We are excited to connect Salem folks to meaningful service in the neighborhood, throughout the region, across the country and across the globe. For our purposes, we define service as opportunities that our folks have to engage in ministry beyond our doors in one-time or ongoing settings. Our Missions team, on the other hand, supports longer-term efforts, mostly abroad.
Salem has a strong history of sending and supporting full-time missionaries throughout the world, and that tradition continues. However, our missions ministry does not end there. We connect people to short-term missions opportunities, to missions organizations in our region, and to opportunities to be involved through prayer, financial investment and hands-on service in both one-time and ongoing missions initiatives.
If you have interest in learning more about our missions opportunities, please contact our Outreach Director, Shelli Streeper.
Soldotna, Alaska – Alaska Christian College
Salem Covenant Church supports the ministry of Alaska Christian College whose mission is to educate and empower native Alaskans. Despite the challenges of low graduation rates, high suicide and alcoholism rates that predominately surround this population, ACC has had incredible success in bringing hope to students through education that is grounded in the Gospel.
This past summer, Salem sent a 30 member team to help build another student dormitory for ACC. Team members learned more about Alaskan culture and lives of natives by spending time on campus with ACC students and hearing staff and student testimonies. Salem hopes to deepen their partnership with ACC and support their efforts in providing a faith based education to more Alaskan natives.
Trhově Sviny, The Czech Republic
For four consecutive summers, Salem Covenant Church has sent a team of 10 members to The Czech Republic to help facilitate an English Camp. A typical day consists of studying the English language in a variety of fun ways and reading Jesus’ parables from an English Bible.
Our partner church is very encouraged by the number of participants that attend this camp, as engaging in church activities in this particularly secular culture has been very limited otherwise.
Carthage, South Dakota
Salem Covenant Church has been invited to the town of Carthage, South Dakota to help their aging residents prepare for their town’s All-School Reunion. So, in late July, a group of 8 Salem families will be doing service type projects around Carthage like cleaning the town museum, library, and churches and sprucing up the town’s parks and cemeteries. This is a great service opportunity for young people and a great way to serve alongside other Salem families.
A quick look at our Service Ministry bulletin board reveals many examples of how we link people to meaningful service in the area. Feed My Starving Children, the First Covenant Church (Mpls.) Homeless Shelter, the Fridley Manna Market, and various initiatives through the local Social Concerns Network all see active involvement by folks from the Salem community. The Service Ministry Team can help you find a place to put your talents and gifts to work nearby, alongside ministry partners who know the area and are in it for the long haul.
Current opportunities to serve. Sign ups are located at the bulletin board by the middle stairwell.
Feed My Starving Children—Volunteers needed to pack meals at the Coon Rapids location.
Homeless Shelter—Volunteers needed to serve a meal at the Homeless Shelter at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis.
Bel Air Elementary—Volunteers needed to be mentors to help on Thursday afternoons. More information are located on the bulletin board.
19th Annual Winter Clothing Collection
Thank you to all who donated to the annual winter clothing drive in October!
On Saturday, October 15, many families were able to receive warm outer wear due to your generosity.
Salem friends and families donated the following this year:
133 winter coats
17 pairs of gloves
7 pairs of snow pants
Your gift will allow Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ), in collaboration with other ministries of the Evangelical Covenant Church, to respond immediately to domestic disasters. LMDJ works in coordination with regional conferences and local congregations who have partnerships with organizations on the ground in affected areas, to respond immediately to those in need during sudden onset disaster. In partnership with Covenant World Relief, Covenant generosity enables an immediate response to victims of the Louisiana Floods of 2016, and to children and families affected by the water contamination crisis in Flint Michigan. Your generous support will aid and assure a loving and immediate response to those who are devastated during domestic disaster.
Please visit the LMDJ page on the Evangelical Covenant Church website to donate directly to domestic disaster relief efforts.
Covenant World Relief is currently involved in community development, disaster relief, and special projects throughout the world. Use the links in the sidebar to learn more about each project and for opportunities to give. Current projects can be seen here.
Those who would like to make a donation toward relief efforts around the world can go to the Covenant World Relief giving link.
Note to Salem attenders: If you would like to make a donation, please make the check payable to Salem Covenant Church, with the note in the memo “Covenant World Relief.” Place your checks in the offering plates. If you wish to use an envelope, they are available at the kiosk in the Narthex. A check of the combined monies raised will be sent to CWR at the end of the month.