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.
Love Mercy Do Justice
Salem Covenant Church desires to support people and communities devastated by the killing of George Floyd and subsequent events. We want to be a church that provides immediate and on-going support as we work towards rebuilding and restoring what was destroyed, reconciling relationships, and transforming our hearts and minds to becoming more like Christ.
Given the social distancing guidelines and restrictions that are still in place, Salem is not currently organizing groups of volunteers but rather encouraging individuals/families to help as they feel comfortable and led to do. As restrictions lift, we will communicate new opportunities to volunteer and engage in person and as formal groups! We will continue to provide more opportunities to learn, grow, and be instruments of change and justice.
Join us for these upcoming Zoom book discussions on the following Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
- September 27: The Cross and The Lynching Tree by James Cone
- Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sf-GhpjwvHd2bfrgqUyYBOVLp6nvLSASL
- Brief description: The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk. Both the cross and the lynching tree represent the worst in human beings and at the same time a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning. While the lynching tree symbolized white power and black death, the cross symbolizes divine power and black life God overcoming the power of sin and death. For African Americans, the image of Jesus, hung on a tree to die, powerfully grounded their faith that God was with them, even in the suffering of the lynching era.
- Access the study guide here
- Access the Pastoral Reflection Guide written by ECC leaders here
- October 25: Everything You Wanted To Know About Indians But Were Afraid To Ask by Anton Treuer
- Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pdOupqDItEtU1ZyYLyNCIlBe-kxs3ri_O
- Brief description: In matter-of-fact responses to over 120 questions, both thoughtful and outrageous, modern and historical, Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist Anton Treuer gives a frank, funny, and sometimes personal tour of what’s up with Indians, anyway. White/Indian relations are often characterized by guilt and anger. Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask cuts through the emotion and builds a foundation for true understanding and positive action.
- November 29: Bearing The Cross by Irv Cross
- Zoom registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtf-2rrDsrGtHdbKFPPpmPcrYlYcSePb5A
- Brief description: Salem’s own, Irv Cross, will join us for the discussion of his book which chronicles his path from poverty to professional football to a career in sports broadcasting. His strong faith has led him through life’s challenges and provided opportunity to impact others as God put many people in Irv’s path to help and redirect to Christ.
Service Learning Opportunities
Fridley Covenant Church (6390 University Ave., Fridley)
Serve the communities of Fridley, Spring Lake Park, and Columbia Heights by organizing and bagging groceries on Tuesdays from 11:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to serve regularly anywhere from 1-4 times a month. Volunteers must be able to lift objects and stay on their feet for the duration of the shift. Please contact Jane Hosman (763-439-8595) to volunteer.
Drivers are needed to pick up groceries on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. from Cub Foods (Lexington in Blaine) and Target (Lino Lakes) and deliver them to Manna Market/Fridley Covenant Church. The entire process takes 2.5 hours. Volunteers need to drive a minivan, large SUV, or truck with a covered bed. Please contact Jerry Beilby (651-792-6274) to volunteer.
Loaves and Fishes
St. Matthew’s Catholic Church (510 Hall Ave., St. Paul)
St. Paul Opportunity Center (422 Dorothy Day Place, St. Paul)
Each month, Salem volunteers prepare and serve a dinner meal at one of two locations. Ingredients are provided by Salem Covenant Church.
The St. Matthew’s Church team is led by Marcy Grant on the first Monday of odd months. One team arrives at 3:00 pm and preps for the meal. The other team arrives at 4:45 pm to serve the meal (until 6:30 pm).
The Dorothy Day Center team is led by Shelli Streeper on the first Tuesday of even months. The meal prep team serves from 1:00-4:00 pm and the serving team serves from 3:30-6:00 pm.
Special Request Team – we are filling in gaps in the schedule at St. Matthew’s on October 28, November 25, and December 23. The ideal volunteer would be able to serve from 3:00-6:30 pm and do both meal prep and service. To volunteer on any of these teams, please contact Shelli Streeper, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living Hope Ministries
1737 Adams St NE, Minneapolis
Serve the community of NE Minneapolis by organizing, bagging, and distributing groceries on Thursdays from 4:30-6:45 pm. This is a family-friendly service opportunity (older elementary age children and up). To sign up to serve, click here. Call Kelli Moen with questions at 612-501-8981.
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.