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Messiah Christmas Food Baskets and Book Drive

Description of Food Basket project: Christian service in the community is important at all times. It is especially meaningful during holiday season when the needs of people are more pronounced. To help families in Minneapolis celebrate Christmas, your family and you are invited to join our Messiah Food Baskets program. Collate and distribute food bags containing the holiday meal ingredients through Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church located in the The Center for Changing Lives (location of the Holiday Store).

Description of Book Drive: New and gently-used book donations are welcomed: adult, teen, children’s, coloring books, word puzzles, etc. Books can be delivered to St. Andrew and placed on the designated tables.  Book donation Deadline: Wednesday, December 20th.

Days/Times: Saturday, December 23rd from 8:45 AM–noon

Location: Messiah Lutheran Church (2400 Park Avenue South in Minneapolis)

Contact:  Kathy Olson at or Pastor Peter Johnson at



PROP Gifts

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: November 19–December 10, 2017

Description: Help sponsor a child for Christmas in our community this Christmas who’s family can’t afford gifts to put gifts under the tree. Sponsor cards will be in the narthex on November 19th (limited number available, first come first serve) Please select a card and shop for that child. Gifts are due back to St. Andrew by Sunday, December 10th.

Contact: Kaitlin Bach 


The Holiday Store

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: December 2

Description: Click here to visit the Holiday Store Page

Contact: Kaitlin Bach 


Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed

Age Range: Adults

Days/Times: Lunch time (10:45 AM–12:30 PM) every 5 weeks, volunteer
for the day(s) that works for you during our week to drive

Description: Deliver meals via car route to people who have requested them through locally operated Meals on Wheels.

Contact: Email Sylvia Stephens at:



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PROP Holiday Gifts

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: November and December.

Description: Bring joy to children and seniors in our community this holiday season through PROP’s Holiday Gift Program. Adopt a child or senior citizen and choose a gift from his or her wish list. The suggested amount to spend is $40. Help us make a difference for 900 children and senior citizens in your community.

Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson


The Holiday Store

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: Gift donations in November, Holiday Store is the first weekend in December

Description: Mark your calendars! The Holiday Store is the first Saturday of December at the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis. St. Andrew is growing our commitment by 200 gifts for a total of 2,000 gifts for kids this year to help make Christmas a little brighter for families. But we needs LOTS of help to make this happen. Gift donations and volunteer signups will be taken starting November. Get ready for some Christmas fun!

Contact: Kaitlin Bach 


Holiday Store Sorting Party

Age Range: Ages 5 and up

Days/Times: Last Sunday in November, afternoon and evening shifts offered.

Location: St. Andrew Lutheran Fellowship Hall

Description: Help sort through our gift donations and get them all boxed up and ready to be taken down to Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis.

Contact: Kaitlin Bach


H.O.M.E. Leaf Raking

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: Saturday in early November

Description: Rake leaves for seniors in the West Metro that are connected with H.O.M.E. (Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly). Please provide your own rake.

Contact: Dave Brucks


Backpack Drive

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: August

Description: Sponsor a child by providing them with a backpack and school supplies as they go back to school in the fall. Backpacks are distributed to children in Minneapolis at the Center for Changing Lives ( ) and to PROP in Eden Prairie.

Contact: John Goergen


PROP Food Drives

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: Quarterly congregation-wide collection drives. Help donate bags of food to support the community, and/or get involved in the planning of the food drives each quarter!

Contact: Norrie Simpson at


PROP Garden

Age Range: All ages

Days/Times: PROP’s garden located on their property at 14700 Martin Drive helps keep PROP’s Pantry stocked with fresh vegetables for its clients. There are a variety of ways to help in the garden: planting, care and harvesting.

Contact: Pastor Peter Johnson at


Loaves and Fishes

Age Range: Elementary children through adult

Days/Times: once per month alternating between 2nd Thursdays and 3rd Tuesdays

Description: Building bridges between St. Andrew and our neighbors in need. We cook and serve a meal to people in need through Loaves and Fishes. We alternate between a site in Bloomington and Shakopee. Help is needed for food preparation starting at 3:00 pm and serving at 5:30 pm. Whichever time fits your schedule is appreciated. Rides can be provided if needed.

Contact: Bob Webster


Meals on Wheels

Age Range: Adults

Days/Times: Daytime, every 6 weeks, most need during summer

Description: Deliver meals via car route to people who have requested them through locally operated Meals on Wheels.

Contact: Email Sylvia Stephens at:


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Description: Completed Shawls are a blessing! This ministry has volunteers who spend hours of their time creating prayer shawls. We wouldn’t have this ministry without them and we cherish all of our volunteers.

Once the shawl is completed, please bring it to St. Andrew’s reception desk. There is a final Prayer Tag that is placed on each Shawl before it is bagged in a clear plastic bag and tied with a blue ribbon.

Know someone that would like a shawl? Contact St. Andrew and they will arrange for a return call/email.

Prayer Shawl Brochure: Click here to view the pdf

Contact: questions on how you can help the Prayer Shawl Ministry? Please contact Jill Hules


Peter Johnson

Pastor Peter Johnson

Pastor of Small Groups and Service
952.937.2776, ext. 7113
952.697.7113 (direct dial)