Lutheran Partnerships Outreach Team

This team helps the Nativity Community remain supportive of our denomination’s social service ministries.

If you would like to join us in our effort to partner with local and global Lutheran organizations and change the world, fill out the form below and the Facilitator of Community Engagement will contact you to follow up. Thank you.

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LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE OF MINNESOTA

www.lssmn.org

MISSION: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community.

VISION: All people have the opportunity to live and work in community with full and abundant lives.
LSS is a faith-based organization that maintains relationships and works in partnerships with congregations . Our Nativity Community is one of the key supporters of LSS in Minnesota. LSS service outcome goals are organized around children, youth and families, people with disabilities and older adults. The needs of these groups drive the shape of LSS planning and actions.

KEY CONTACTS

LUTHER PARK BIBLE CAMP AND RETREAT CENTER

lutherpark.com

Luther Park Camping and Retreat Center is a cooperative ministry of ELCA congregations with a mission to provide an environment in which the Christian faith can be strengthened and people of all ages may grow in their personal relationship with God.

Luther Park celebrated its 63rd anniversary in 2021. This center is more than a summer camp; it is also a year-round retreat center hosting families, adults, confirmation groups and work gatherings.

Nativity Lutheran Church has been a member congregation for more than 30 years. Each year 30 of our children go to camp, 35 children attend Luther day camps at Nativity, and both youth and adults from Nativity participate in retreats at Luther Park’s retreat center.

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LUTHERAN COLLEGE AND SEMINARY SCHOLARSHIP

Each year Nativity Lutheran Church awards college scholarships to qualified Nativity students attending ELCA Lutheran colleges or Seminaries. The funds for these scholarships come from interest earned by education-related funds in the Church’s Endowment Fund. Most Lutheran colleges have scholarship “Match Programs” which stretch our scholarship dollars.

Applications for the scholarships are completed by the end of April and awards are announced in late May.

KEY CONTACT

  • Julie Kimball, kimballgj@gmail.com

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF AMERICA

elca.org

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is one church body organized in three expressions: congregations, synods and the churchwide organization. All three expressions share a common mission of doing God’s work in the world by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and the confidence of God’s Grace.

ELCA congregations, including Nativity Lutheran Church, are centers where people of faith celebrate, learn and connect with one another and others around the world through weekly worship and service.

KEY CONTACT

  • Ben Schori, Ben@nativitychurch.org

Lutheran Social Service Circle

The Lutheran Social Service Circle at Nativity Lutheran Church provides active support for Lutheran Social Service Programs including Camp Noah, Metro Homeless Youth, and Camp Knutson. Members enjoy the fellowship of women committed to care for each other as well as our neighbors.

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World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is held annually on June 20th to bring awareness to the plight of displaced humans around the globe. It is also a day to commemorate the strength and resilience that refugees display during the hardest of times. It is an opportunity for the world to think about human rights in the face of […]

Why Bike 120 Miles?

My name is Joe Williams, and on June 4-5, I will be riding in the 24th Annual Luther Park Bike-a-Thon. I am thrilled to be participating in this event. Every year, cyclists from local churches ride to provide scholarships for kids to experience Luther Park’s life-changing ministry. Cyclists raise money and then ride 120 miles […]

LSS Minnesota Rising Together: 2022 Benefit for Youth

While the past year has presented challenges for all of us in various ways, they have been particularly hard for young people, especially youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Join us in offering Minnesota’s youth the support they need. Together with LSS Youth & Family Services, we invite you to the 2022 Benefit for […]

Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Convergence of Holy Days

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LSS Circle Is Meeting at Last

LSS Circle has good news! We are at last meeting in person after a two-year wait! We will resume our regular meetings on Thursday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m. in the Commons. We have decided to stay COVID Careful and ask that we wear masks. Being cautious! We will have devotions, enjoy visiting with each […]