COMMITTED TO SERVING NEIGHBORS IN NEED
WE LIVE OUT OUR FAITH AMONG
NEIGHBORS NEAR AND FAR.
Mount Olive sees its location in a diverse urban setting as a big advantage. We can see clearly the needs of our neighbors—and by extension, the needs of people around the world. The parish offers many opportunities to get involved in serving others and understanding the gifts that others present to us.
Mount Olive Neighborhood Ministries is one of the parish’s most active committees. Its focus is on becoming Christ’s body in the world—that is, living out our faith by actively working to bring justice and peace in our community. If you can contribute to any of the following services, we ask that you email Mount Olive's Coordinator of Neighborhood Outreach and Ministry, Anna Scott. Here are some of the ways Mount Olive serves its immediate neighbors.
Diapers are among the most critical needs for low-income families but aren’t readily available from local food shelf programs. The depot offers diapers at low cost to Minneapolis residents. It is open on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Beginning in Janury, 2017 the Diaper Depot will have NEW HOURS!
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
* NO Thursday hours
FAmilies may purchase up to two packages per child per month.
To register, please bring one form of identification for each child (medical ID, SS card, or birth certificate).
MEALS ON WHEELS
Mount Olive provides volunteer drivers for one week every month to deliver hot noon meals to shut-ins. New drivers are always welcome.
Mount Olive serves a free, nutritious meal to between 80 and 150 people on the first and third Saturday of each month beginning at noon. Members and friends of Mount Olive join with neighbors to purchase food, gather donations from local groceries, prepare the meal and serve it to the hungry crowd.
It’s one of the most popular serving experiences that the parish offers. Members, friends and neighbors get to know one another while serving those in greatest need. And they learn firsthand the concerns of those living close by, sometimes leading to new service projects.
MINISTRY TO NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN
Many people come to community meals with small children. Volunteers organize games, crafts, puppet shows and other activities. Local bookstores provide children’s books, and meal volunteers often read to children in small groups.
In addition, Mount Olive Neighborhood Ministries raises money for school supplies, which are distributed at the August meal.
OUR SAVIOUR’S MEAL
Mount Olive members and friends serve a meal on the second Sunday of every month to guests of Our Saviour’s Housing Program, a ministry of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 24th Street and Chicago Avenue.
Members of the Mount Olive community also use their gift of citizenship to give voice in the political arena to promote public policies that alleviate poverty and injustice. They speak out for legislation to reduce hunger, poverty and crime, while providing jobs, health care and hope. These community members connect with the following faith based organization to write and visit local, state and national public officials.
The following websites often post updates on the status of legislation and suggest ways to become involved in issues of peace and economic justice:
Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing
A Minnesota Without Poverty
Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy
Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
Bread for the World
Lutheran Office of Governmental Affairs