Making A Difference Workshop
A three session workshop that helps us learn about ourselves, discover our gifts and passions, and find out where God is calling us to serve. These workshops are two to three times a year.
Current Outreach Opportunities for you to “Make A Difference” HERE, NEAR and AFAR:
Join others in the church community, serving in many areas, using your gifts and skills while meeting others on our Sunday service and hospitality teams. Contact: Heather Anderson.
Here are examples of some of the service opportunities:
- Audio Visual Ministries
This ministry provides an opportunity to use your technology skills to help present a more engaging worship service.
- Baptism Faith Chests
This ministry provides an opportunity to use woodworking tools, lumber and fellowship to create Faith Chests, a gift at the time of a child’s baptism for their faith journey.
- Children’s and Youth Faith Formation Leaders
A ministry where you can use your gifts of mentoring, teaching, service, leadership, sewing, drama, storytelling, crafts and many more.
- Data Entry
Use computer skills. Contact: Beth Schuman.
- Readers and Presenters
Use your talents to read at worship services or other gatherings. Contact: Dan Doerrer.
- Food Service; Hospitality Teams
Provide a welcoming space by serving or providing food for funerals or other community events.
- Gardening and Lawn Care Teams
Use your gifts and talents to keep our lawn and gardens weeded and mowed throughout the summer. If we have enough individuals/families it would be a 1 or 2 time commitment. Contact: Beth Schuman.
- Marketing/Communication Team
Looks at communication trends and help to determine the best avenues for advertising and introducing Nativity and our mission to the community. Contact: Tom Heller, 612-418- 4221.
- Office Project Worker “As Needs Arise”
In case of a last minute project, if called, let us know if you are available. Projects could be done at the office or at home. Contact: Beth Schuman.
- Prayer Chain
A group of people who are contacted by the church office when a prayer is requested. The group takes the request and individually goes immediately to prayer.
- Prayer Shawl Ministry
Knit or crochet shawls to bring comfort for people in need of support. Contact: Karen Weiberg, 612-789-2769.
- Senior Care Task Force
Join other trained volunteers to provide shopping, home repair, meals, visits and driving for seniors. These services are provided free of charge to assist seniors and their families to stay safely in their own homes.
- Snow Shoveling Crew
Be prepared after a snow fall to clean sidewalks.
- Stephen Ministry
Are You Right for the Stephen Ministry Team?
Have people affirmed you as a genuinely caring person? Are you interested in acquiring and/or improving your listening skills? Would you like to learn how to deal more effectively with a crisis? Interested in learning more about dealing with feelings? Do you enjoy helping others?
If you answered yes to three or more of the above questions, then you are a candidate for the Pastoral Care Team–Stephen Ministry. Contact Gary Kimball: 651-631-0964
- Worship Bags/Boxes Used In Worship
Help replenish the Worship Boxes that are used weekly by the children attending worship. Contact: Tori Setterholm.
- Welcome Desk
Provide support for Nativity staff by answering phones, greeting guests and working on projects.
- Welcome Team
Connect with newcomers as they become acquainted with Nativity or when they join as new members.
- Day of Caring Quilt Making
Making and tying quilts to be sent to local shelters and Lutheran World Relief. Contact: Lucy Edlund, 651-636- 3503.
- The Dragonfly Project
Help put together kits to be mailed to those who are in grief over the loss of a loved one. Contact: Julie Bonde.
- The Gathering
The Gathering is staffed by volunteers to provide fellowship, activities, and a socialization for those experiencing a memory loss while another group for caregivers benefit from support groups and education. It occurs the first and third Thursdays of the month. Help with crafts or lunch. Contact: Jane Hokenstrom.
- Meals On Wheels
Delivery meals to shut-ins in the community or donate funds for the meals.
- Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services
Donate money to purchase phone cards, clothing and other supplies for immigrants.
- Women in Action
Women of all ages meet on the first Monday of the month for fellowship and service. Contact: Sue Sorenson, 651-633- 6599.
- Bread for the World – Advocacy organization for world hunger
Nativity’s writing of letters in March and year round world hunger education. Contacts: Sue Sorenson, 651-633- 6599, Karen Weiberg, 612-789- 2769.
- Feed My Starving Children
Nutritious meals for severely malnourished children around the world. Package the meals at the FMSC site in Coon Rapids, donate monies to send the food. Contact: Julie Chattopadhyay, 612-310-2972 .
- Healing Haiti – To bring clean water, food, housing and education to the poor and most vulnerable of Haiti. Short term mission trips, teaching, training. Contact: John Tomas, 612-598- 8103.
- LAMB (Lutheran Aid to Medicine in Bangladesh)
Health and development project that serves poor people in northwest agricultural regions of Bangladesh.“Nativity Scholars” provides access to education for children living in poverty. Pray, write to a “pen pal,” provide medical and school supplies, direct short-term mission work, attend annual concert, help increase awareness of needs of vulnerable children. Contact: Steve and Nancy Laible, 651-636- 4095.
- Lutheran World Relief
Global Health – Health Relief Agency
- Day of Caring (Quilt Making)
With a group of people from Nativity, make quilts for the world and local communities. Contact: Lucy Edlund, 651-636-3503.
- Nativity Cares (Microfinance)
With a loan of as little as $5, help people over the world gain a better life for themselves and their children. We invest through KIVA. Contact: Karen Weiberg, 612-789-2769.