Mission: 2018 Easter Offering

Easter is a season of renewal and reflection. The Mission Board reflected on both the natural and man-made destructive forces and the people who have suffered from them. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico six months ago, and the Lynnhurst community responded generously with financial support. The world's attention has shifted from Puerto Rico, but much of the damage remains unrepaired.

During recent weeks the world once again witnessed tragic incidents of gun violence that have become all too familiar. But this time the reaction feels different. A growing number of voices are calling for sensible regulation of guns, and the United Church of Christ has joined those voices, encouraging people of faith to advocate for change. Many from the Lynnhurst community marched to the state capitol on March 24 to support that effort.

This year the Mission Board has decided to split the mission portion of the Easter offering 50/50 between relief for survivors of Hurricane Maria and advocacy for reasonable limitations on access to deadly weapons. The prevention of gun violence donation will go to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization founded by parents of victims of gun violence at the Sandy Hook school. Donors may designate a different allocation, if desired. 


Immigrant Rights

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, Julia Decker, a Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, and Alison Griffith, a Staff Attorney for the Human Rights' Refugee & Immigrant Program, provided a presentation on immigration issues in Minnesota; specifically the needs of asylum seekers and detainees. Topics discussed included:

  • Overview of the basics and process of seeking asylum
  • Common asylum claims from Central American children and families
  • Challenges currently facing asylum seekers generally
  • Overview of immigration detention – who can be detained, what it is and isn’t
  • Immigration detention in Minnesota
  • Issues facing detainees
  • Immigration detention as a policy issue.

If you'd like to get involved with Immigration Support, the MN Advocates for Human Rights provides these links for ways to volunteer.


The Sheridan Story
Imagine your elementary school child leaving school on Friday afternoons wondering if they will have any meals on the weekend. Currently in Minnesota over 200,000 children - 100,000 in the Twin Cities alone - grab extra food on Fridays because they face weekend hunger.

Kids need daily meals not only for their physical and emotional development but also for academic success. The Sheridan Story, a nonprofit headquartered in NE Mpls and named after Sheridan School, fills this weekend food gap by discreetly placing about five pounds of nutritious food in their backpacks on Fridays.

School begins soon. Please support this growing organization's impact on child hunger and food insecurity with a donation. For more information, go to The Sheridan Story.


Daylight Center & School

Lynnhurst Church is a proud supporter of Daylight Center & School in Northern Kenya. The school was co-founded by Nathan Roberts, former youth minister at Lynnhurst Church, and Michael Kimpur, a former nomadic herds boy who was able to attend school through World Vision scholarships. Michael and Nathan's passion for reaching out to children from the nomadic world and providing an opportunity for education, love and hope is currently helping 150 students.


Currently, we are working alongside the Sunday school students to raise money for bedding for the students at Daylight School. Many of the Daylight students are orphans or live too far from school to commute, so they live in the dorms on campus. New bedding is needed for new students and as the bedding wears out. $40 buys two mattresses, two pillows & two blanket/sheet sets - enough to outfit a bunk bed. We hope you’ll challenge your family to set a fundraising goal and give the gift of a comfortable bed to these students.


To learn more about the Daylight Center & School, please click on: http://daylightcenter.org/ To watch Nathan and Michael's TEDx Talk given in 2016, go to The Power of Cross-Cultural Friendships

In July 2015, a number of Lynnhurst members and friends traveled to Daylight School, bringing along supplies, equipment, loving hearts, skills and strong backs. Click here for a video showing some of their many experiences and new friends. 


You Can Make a Difference!


TRUST, Inc. is a nonprofit, interfaith coalition of Minneapolis congregations that has served the needs of seniors, families, and youth of Minneapolis since 1970. TRUST (which stands for Toward Renewed Unity in Service Together) now has a membership of 18 churches, representing nine different denominations. Lynnhurst UCC Church has been proud to be a member church since 1970. For more information about Trust, click http://trustinc.org/


More Opportunities to Help...

Give the Gift of Independence

You can help Meals on Wheels by volunteering to deliver meals in your neighborhood once a week or once a month.  It only takes about an hour to bring a hot meal and a warm greeting to homebound individuals who currently cannot prepare meals on their own.  Please consider donating your lunch hour and give the gift of independence. Contact TRUST Meals on Wheels at 612-822-6040.





Think Three!

Every third Sunday of the month, bring either three nonperishable food items or a cash donation, to be donated to a local food shelf. These days, more folks than ever are turning to food shelves to get through tough times. Help us answer Christ's call to love our neighbors, and Think Three!


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