When a church is the hub, the spokes can zip
When Redeemer Lutheran Church opened an after-school program many years ago, reflected Pastor Kelly Chatman, a young girl in foster care come up and asked, “Is this a church or a magical place?” That image stuck with Chatman, especially when Redeemer first opened Venture North, a retail bike and coffee shop in North Minneapolis, something that hasn’t existed there for many years.
Recently, the Minneapolis StarTribune named Venture North the “best bike shop for a cause” in the Twin Cities. “It’s an innovation, with an emphasis on being part of the neighborhood,” said Chatman. “It attracts the imagination.”
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The Minneapolis Area Synod supports congregations and ministries as together we share God’s love in Jesus Christ. We provide encouragement for leaders, resources for communities of faith, and strategic investment in areas where we are “better together” – such as ministry with and outreach to racially diverse communities and people in their first third of life. We also work to strengthen connections among congregations, justice ministries, ecumenical and interfaith partners, and the global church.
The Minneapolis Area Synod works together so that all experience gracious invitation into life-giving Christian community and live in just and healthy neighborhoods.
VBS Photo Contest
The results are in! Congratulations to All Saints Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America for getting the highest number of ‘likes’ in Week 2! The above picture will be featured on our website for the week and entered to win an Augsburg Fortress gift card!
Start submitting your photos on our Facebook page now for Week 3. Voting will start at 5:00 on Thursday, 7/2!