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.
The Year of Here is part of Salem’s missional rhythm; to intentionally devote every third year to staying local/regional for mission trips.
God has uniquely designed and equipped you to build his Kingdom here on earth!
The sky is the limit on what God can accomplish in and through you in your own neighborhood!
So, during your Year of Here how will you commit to serving your community?
Serve with other Salem attenders at Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat
August 13–18 in Detroit Lakes.
- Each camper with a disability is partnered with a short-termer to be their buddy for the week. They will help their camper participate in daily activities while their parents and other siblings also enjoy a week at camp.
- Family Retreats offer a haven for special needs families. Here, families are cared for, encouraged, and rejuvenated in a Christ-centered, fully accessible camp environment. Each Retreat site provides worship, teaching, fun, age-appropriate activities, and cultivates meaningful connections with families who understand the challenges of life with a disability.
GLOCAL – think glocal. serve local.
Salem’s youth will learn about different cultures and various needs around the world and have the opportunity to interact with those needs and serve others in our local and regional community. These service learning experiences teach students new skills, increases their global mindset, gives new understanding to poverty, develops personal character qualities, and expands their knowledge of the world around them.
- Salem’s GLOCAL Camp is July 29–August 1 from 9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. for students entering 2nd–5th grades. Volunteer opportunities are available for middle and high school age students and adults.
- Salem’s GLOCAL Mission Trip is July 9–12 in Carthage, South Dakota for students entering 7th–9th grades.
Salem has the opportunity to come alongside at-risk youth in the New Brighton community in several ways this year.
- Bel Air Elementary School Mentorship is every Thursday afternoon from 3:45–4:45 p.m. Serve as a mentor each week helping kids with homework and being a positive adult role model.
- Bel Air Buddies is week-long summer camp June 10–14 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. hosted by Salem for Bel Air’s mentor students. Students will participate in Salem’s VBS week, share lunch together, and go on an afternoon field trip each day. Adult volunteers are needed and elementary children of volunteers may participate.
- Community Partners with Youth (CPY) in New Brighton provides a safe environment where youth can strengthen their personalities and develop educational and social skills. During the summer, CPY (housed at Christ the King Church) provides daily programming for students and is in need of daily program volunteers, weekly meal prep volunteers, and fundraising volunteers at New Brighton’s Stockyard Days in early August.
Community Construction Projects
Join other Salem attenders in service to our community through construction projects!
- Global Academy is a free, chartered public elementary and middle school that seeks to serve a diverse group of students. Global Academy is moving to 5th Street this fall, just down the road from Salem. To welcome, Salem has committed to helping construct a playground at their new school site sometime this spring (date is yet to be determined, please check the weekly bulletin).
- Habitat For Humanity works to bring affordable housing to Twin Cities area communities. They build, repair, and sell homes to families with an affordable mortgage while connecting them to the community through neighborhood revitalization projects. Salem is partnering with a group of 16 metro churches, called Holy Hammers, to ensure completion of several homes this summer. Opportunities are available mid April–September, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (full day required).
Manna Market, Fridley Covenant Church, 6390 University Ave NE, Fridley
- Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26 and ongoing
- Daytime servers needed for sorting / preparation: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
- Evening servers needed for patron assistance: 5:00–7:00 p.m. (ending time dependent upon customer volume)
Living Hope Meal Serving, 1737 Adams St. NE, Minneapolis
LHM partners with Loaves and Fishes to serve weekly meals on Thursdays to the Northeast community which include working families, homeless, disabled, ex-cons and the underprivileged. 3-4 volunteers needed to assist with food preparations, preparing the food serving area, serving meals, and clean up.
Please sign up on the clipboard located at the Community Service Bulletin Board
- Thursday, February 7, 4:30–7:00 p.m. – MMT serving
- Thursday, February 14, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, February 21, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, February 28, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
FMSC, 401 93rd Ave NW, Coon Rapids
- February 16, 4:30–6:30 p.m. (160 slots saved!!)
For safety reasons, children under the age of 5 are not allowed in our packing area (sorry, no exceptions)
- Grades K-2: 1 student to 1 adult*
- Grades 3-6: 3 students to 1 adult
- Grades 7-9: 4 students to 1 adult
- Grades 10-12: 5 students to 1 adult
UGM Meal Serving, 435 University Ave E, St. Paul
- Serve a meal at the Men’s Campus on Wednesdays in February, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. by signing up on UGM’s volunteer page at https://goo.gl/9qAJjX
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.
Below you will find descriptions of our most recent GO:2018 Mission Opportunities. We will be sharing our GO:2019 Mission Initiatives in early January so check back then! If you have an interest in learning more about our missions partners or have questions, please contact our Outreach Director, Shelli Streeper.
Salem had another opportunity to support the work of World Vision by participating in endurance races for Team World Vision and by hosting the Global 6K Walk/Run on Saturday on May 19! Each race entry fee provided clean water to one person for a lifetime – and Salme raised over $23,000!
Jonesville, Virginia – Covenant Mountain Mission Bible Camp (CMMBC)
Salem Covenant Church facilitated a K-12 youth soccer camp and helped with maintenance and camp facility projects during the week of June 11-15, 2018. This family-friendly, multi-generational mission opportunity served the Appalachian people and strengthened the community’s relationship with CMMBC.
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.
Salem brought another to help with campus building and maintenance projects during the week of August 4-11, 2018. 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 is blessed by this partnership with ACC and the ability to support ACC’s efforts in providing a faith-based education to more Alaskan natives.
Trhově Sviny, The Czech Republic
For the fifth consecutive summer, Salem Covenant Church took a team of 10 members to The Czech Republic to help facilitate an English Camp. A typical day consisted of studying the English language in a variety of fun ways and reading Jesus’ parables from an English Bible.
The partner church there 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.
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 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 partners with UGM by contributing in their annual Thanksgiving Bag drive through food collection, sorting, and distributing. UGM has hosted several service learning opportunities for Salem’s youth as well.
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.
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.