Galilee Lutheran Church takes “serving the neighbor” very seriously. We accompany people across the street, across the state and across the oceans in our commitment to serve. We believe in following the way of Jesus Christ means being a servant to all. Serving one in need is how we serve Jesus our Lord. And in following the way of peace and justice we help to build a more trustworthy world.
RICE STREET GARDENS
Across Rice Street we have created a huge community garden with 260 plots. It is called the Rice Street Gardens. The majority of the hundreds of gardeners are refugees who have recently arrived from refugee camps in Thailand, Burma, Nepal, Kenya and other countries. During the growing season Galilee joins with the gardeners for fun fellowship events and international pot lucks. More than 10 languages are spoken at the gardens. People who have been landless (refugees) and are living in apartments without any greenspace are now getting good exercise in the gardens and growing delicious, organic foods. Residents who have lived around Galilee Lutheran Church for many generations are opening up and making friends with new immigrants. They share seeds, sharing skills, and growing to trust and care for each other. We thank God for hearing our prayers and helping us every step of the way as we worked with multiple governmental and non-governmental organizations in our community to build this garden together making it a reality.
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE
We partner with Lutheran Social Service to help make a difference in the lives of homeless youth here in Minnesota. Can you imagine trying to survive a cold winter and keep up in school while living on the streets? Our work with LSS reaches these teenagers and gives them stable, safe housing so they can finish high school and college and pursue their dreams.
ELCA GLOBAL MISSIONS
We sponsor missionaries in Romania and through ELCA Global Mission in the new country of South Sudan. The capital city Juba is where our long-term missionary the Rev. Mawien Ariik has led the Lutheran Church to work ecumenically to build a much needed clinic, school, community center and place of worship. Galilee’s Sunday School children collect around $1000 each year in a GLOBE offering which was designated toward this construction in Juba. Every year our Sunday School kids choose a different project to support with their prayers and their coins.
Our companion church in Iringa Tanzania is Uhominyi Parish. So far eight people of Galilee have travelled to Tanzania to strengthen our friendship and partnership with our companion congregation. Galilee and Uhominyi churches pray for each other weekly, and support one another. Over the course of our partnership we have been able to give over 30 scholarships to Tanzanian youth to go to high school (boarding school) in Iringa. This relationship Bega Kwa Bega (shoulder-to-shoulder) is through the Saint Paul Area Synod and the Iringa Diocese. It will last for generations and generations to come, because it is built on mutuality, solidarity, prayer, and Christ is certainly the center of our reason to be joined together. Alleluia!
Each year the Sunday School and confirmation youth select a place where their GLOBE offering to go. For 2019 the students selected "SCHOOL FEES AND UNIFORM FOR A GIRL". More than half of the world's out-of-school children are girls. Many girls stay home to help their families by caring for younger siblings and gathering water. As of the end of June they have raised at least enough for seventeen girls!
There are so many ways to serve and give through the ministries of Galilee Lutheran Church. Our Outreach Committee is dedicated to continue serving our local food shelf Keystone, Exodus Lending, Feed My Starving Children, Lutheran Disaster Relief, ISAIAH, the Alley Shoppe, and Growing the Loss and much more. Do you have a special gift to share? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you connected to the right ministry.