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 in our region, nation, and beyond.
We are challenged this year to ask The Great Physician for a spiritual check-up: to give us 20/20 vision that sees the lost, the needy, and the broken among us; to pay attention to our vital signs and to hear and follow God’s voice and call in our lives.
Shelli Streeper is in communication with all of Salem’s GO: 2020 ministry partners. It is a matter of time and prayer to decide whether or not these trips will continue on as scheduled. Via email, Shelli will continue to update team members on the status of their GO: 2020 trips. Please direct any questions to Shelli Streeper.
Prayerfully consider the following mission trip opportunities this year. Click on the link(s) to see a broader description of each trip.
Czech Republic, July 5-10 + travel days
Teach an ESL Camp! The camp is designed to teach conversational English to Czech students (from youth to retirement age) through Bible reading/discussions and faith-filled conversations.
Alaska Christian College, June 20-27 in Soldotna, Alaska
Help ACC with construction and maintenance type projects on campus. Projects range from building remodels, painting, landscaping, plumbing, flooring, etc.
Covenant Mountain Mission Bible Camp, June 5-13 in Jonesville, Virginia
Coach a soccer camp for K-12 grade students and/or help with maintenance projects to prepare camp for the remaining weeks of summer.
Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat, August 11–16 in Detroit Lakes
Each camper with a disability is partnered with a short-term missionary 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.
GLOCAL – think glocal. serve local.
Salem’s youth will learn about different cultures and various needs around the world and 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: July 27-30, 2020: GLOCAL Camp is designed to be a foundational pathway into a life of service and mission for Salem’s youngest attenders. Using a day-camp style format, this year’s service-learning opportunities will focus on learning how to better love and care for those affected by disability. Register on Kidcheck here.
- Salem’s GLOCAL Mission Trip is July 12-14 in Granite Falls, MN for students entering 7th–9th grades. We will be doing an immersive Native American experience and serving the town of Wilmar.
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 this year’s GO! opportunities. If you have an interest in learning more about our missions partners or have questions, please contact our Outreach Director, Shelli Streeper.
Salem supports the work of World Vision by participating in endurance races for Team World Vision and by annually hosting the Global 6K Walk/Run on Saturday, May 16, 2020! Each race entry fee provides clean water to one person for a lifetime. To date, Salem has raised nearly $30,000 through this race for this cause!
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.
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.
Joni and Friends Family Retreat addresses the needs of families who live with the daily struggles of disability. Family Retreat is five days of inspirational worship, biblical teaching, informative workshops, refreshing recreation and precious time for families to build lasting memories. Individuals are needed to serve as Short Term Missionaries to serve as a one-to-one friend to a camper with a disability, simply to give of their time and love. A STM shares each day with their assigned camper; joining them for meals, programming, recreation and special events; being their special friend. STMs do not serve as Personal Care Attendants and are not responsible for any personal cares such as toileting, dressing, medication, etc. Their purpose is to love and serve their camper, to have fun, and create memories. Simply, to be the hands and feet of Jesus! No previous experience is required, just a willing heart. STMs arrive one day before the families to receive training on disability, disability etiquette, behavioral support, and much more.
Salem’s Community Service Ministry team aims to link our members 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. During the summer, Bel Air Buddies (students in the mentor program) participate in Salem’s VBS and go on fun outings and fieldtrips. 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 3:45-5:30 p.m.
On the first Monday of odd months, Salem serves at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. Here there are two teams: one that prepares the meal (2:00-5:00 p.m.) and one that serves the meal (4:30-7:00 p.m.) and does cleanup afterward.
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, located in New Brighton, gives over 35,000 pounds of food and non-food items to low income families within our community each month. Support Salem’s monthly food drive by simply dropping off your items here at church on the first Sunday of the month and a member of our team will deliver it to the food shelf.
Community Support Center (CSC)
Serving the communities of New Brighton, Mounds View, North Oaks, Shoreview, and Arden Hills, CSC works with 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.