Serving in Christ’s Name Near and Far

SCC-MissionsOur 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.

Shelli Streeper 
Outreach Director
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Sports Ministry

SOCCER

Soccer has always been known as the “game for the players” because there are no time-outs or set plays, per se. It is a game that demands constant movement and decision making that must be owned individually by each player and collectively by the team. For these reasons, soccer is one of the best sports for a young person to play!

Our soccer sessions are designed to develop the individual skills of all players including their dribbling skills and confidence with the ball, passing abilities, shooting technique, and overall game understanding. Each session will progress from individual play, to small sided games, to final match play. Each player will receive a soccer jersey and participation award. We will have an end of the season Jamboree where players will be placed on teams and play a series of games.

Registration is closed for this session. Please check our other sports options or visit us next fall for more soccer opportunities.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM:
Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (bring a bag lunch)
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13 and 18 (Jamboree)

KINDERGARTEN & FIRST GRADE:
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
September 28, October 5, 12, 26, November 2, 9, 16 and 18 (Jamboree)

 

BASKETBALL

Basketball is a fun sport to play because it has relatively few rules, you can play it year round – both indoors and out – and it’s equally fun to play or practice individually or with a team. Early exposure to basketball will help improve player’s hand-eye coordination and develop their understanding of both offensive and defensive roles. This program is one of the few available that is equipped to teach young people through age appropriate practice sessions and shorter hoops designed for this age group.

Each basketball session will develop the individual skills of all players including their dribbling skills and ball handling abilities, passing and team play, shooting technique, and overall game understanding. Each session will progress from individual play to a final game. Each player will receive a reversible basketball jersey and participation award. We will have an end of the season Jamboree where players will be placed on teams and play a series of games.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM:
Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (bring a bag lunch)
January 1, 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 21, and 24 (Jamboree)

KINDERGARTEN & FIRST GRADE:
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15 and 24 (Jamboree)

 

T-BALL

If baseball is America’s favorite past time, you’d better start your young one out early playing a little T-ball! Given the complex structure of this game (force outs) and the precise skill and technique needed for getting players out, we use a gradual approach to learning how to play. We begin the season teaching kickball and the format of “pitcher’s hand” to get outs. As players understand these concepts we move into more of the traditional teaching and coaching of T-ball. This method has proven successful in overall game understanding in both gym classes and T-ball leagues.

Each T-ball session, players will learn how to properly throw, catch, and field, run bases, and bat. Each player will receive a jersey and participation award. We will have an end of the season Jamboree where players will be placed on teams and play a series of games.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM:
Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (bring a bag lunch)
March – May, check back for official program dates

KINDERGARTEN & FIRST GRADE:
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
March – May, check back for official program dates

Missions

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

We were invited by the residents of Carthage to bring a team of families to help the town prepare for their All-School Reunion and annual Straw Bale Days events. We assist with the needs of the town by cleaning the interior/exterior of buildings, landscaping, painting, and overall help to beautify the town. There is a lot of interaction with the elderly residents as we often work side by side on projects and in sharing meals and fellowship times.

Community Service

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. If you have interest in learning more about the following Salem- supported service opportunities, please contact our Outreach Director, Shelli Streeper.

Bel Air Elementary School
During the school year, Salem members serve as one-on-one mentors to a select group of students at Bel Air Elementary every Thursday afternoon. Mentors build relationships with students by helping with homework, playing board games, and other fun activities. There is also an opportunity every fall to assist Bel Air’s health professionals in facilitating vision and hearing screening for students.

Loaves & Fishes
Each month, Salem Covenant Church partners with Loaves & Fishes to serve a dinner meal at one of two homeless shelters in St. Paul.
On the first Tuesday of even months, Salem serves at the Dorothy Day Center from 3:45-5:00 p.m.
On the first Monday of odd months, Salem serves at St. Michael Catholic Church. Here there are two teams: one that prepares the meal (2:00-5:00 p.m.) and one that serves the meal (5:00-8:00 p.m.).

First Covenant Homeless Shelter
Since 2009, First Covenant Church in Minneapolis has partnered with the Salvation Army to provide shelter to 50 men and women experiencing homelessness. Families, small groups, or ministry teams from Salem Covenant Church purchase, prepare, and serve the dinner meal at the shelter on a regular basis.

Manna Market
Manna Market is a food pantry housed at Fridley Covenant Church. Every Tuesday, volunteers work around the clock to unload delivery trucks full of food, sort and shelve it for low income residents of Fridley, Columbia Heights, and Spring Lake Park to shop that evening from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Each patron receives 40-60 pounds of food. Volunteers are needed each Tuesday to help prepare the food pantry and to carry boxes full of groceries for patrons in the evening.

Union Gospel Mission (UGM)
Salem Covenant Church’s partnership with UGM continues to expand. Recently, teams from Salem’s youth and children’s ministries served at UGM by serving dessert and creating birthday cards for their annual birthday bash at the Men’s Campus. This fall we will help promote care for the homeless by joining forces with UGM and renting out a movie theater in Roseville to show the new Hollywood film Same Kind of Different As Me. We will also be partnering again on the annual Thanksgiving Bag drive.

Salem’s Community Garden
Our community garden supports the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Salem is always looking for willing gardeners to help water, weed, and tend to the garden.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)
FMSC is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. Adults, families, youth groups, etc. from Salem Covenant Church sign up to hand pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children which are then shipped to distribution partners all over the world.

Ralph Reeder Food Shelf
The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf is located in New Brighton and currently gives over 35,000 pounds of food and non-food items to low income families within our community each month. Support the food drive on the first Sunday of the month. Simply drop off your items and a member of our team will deliver to the food shelf.

Community Support Center (CSC)
Serving the residents of New Brighton, Mounds View, North Oaks, Shoreview, and Arden Hills, CSC works with local residents in need to prevent homelessness, solve financial crises, and provide long-term relationships. Salem Covenant Church supports the CSC as a founding member, serving on their board, and helping to facilitate the annual Walk-A-Mile fundraiser.

Current Service Opportunities

November Service Opportunities

  • November 6—Join other Salem attenders and serve the homeless at St. Michael Catholic Church (337 Hurley St E, St Paul, MN 55118). To serve on this day, contact Marcy Grant.
  • November 7—Join other Salem attenders to sort Thanksgiving bag food donations at Union Gospel Mission’s Men’s Campus (435 University Ave E, St. Paul) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sign up on the Community Service bulletin board.
  • November 9—ongoing, weekly every Thursday afternoon: Join other Salem attenders and serve as a one-on-one mentor to a select group of students at Bel Air Elementary every Thursday afternoon from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Contact Ann Lindenberg to sign up.
  • November 16—The Journeys for adults 50+ ministry will be serving the homeless at First Covenant Church (810–57th Street, Minneapolis). Please contact Beth Hamilton to sign up.
  • November 30—Join other Salem attenders and serve the homeless at First Covenant Church (810–57th Street, Minneapolis). Please sign up on the Community Service bulletin board.
  • November 30—The Young Adult Collective will be packing shoe boxes at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center (5001 Boone Ave N, Minneapolis, MN) from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

December Service Opportunities

  • December 5—Join other Salem attenders and serve the homeless at the Mary Hall Center (438 Main Street, St. Paul). Please contact Shelli Streeper to sign up.
  • December 20—Join other AWANA families and serve the homeless at First Covenant Church (810—57th Street, Minneapolis). Please sign up on the Community Service bulletin board.

Relief Responses

Domestic Relief

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.

 

World Relief

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.

Sharing the love of God with joy!