Outreach Ministries

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Outreach Ministries

The outreach ministries of Redeemer are focused on reaching out to our community - locally, nationally, and globally - with the love of Christ. If you are interested in becoming involved with one of Redeemer's outreach ministries, simply contact the lead person listed for each outreach activity and that person will assist you.

"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."
Matthew 25:40

Outreach Ministries

Dorothy Day
Doulos Discovery School
Feed My Starving Children
Habitat for Humanity
Holiday Fair
Lyngblomsten
Open Hands Midway
Panera Bread Ministry
Redeemer Quilters
Reading Buddies
Redeemer Day of Serving and Redeemer Night Really Out
Relay for Life
Senior Care
Solid Ground
White Bear Lake Emergency Food Shelf

The Dorothy Day Center

The Dorothy Day Center provides hot meals served by volunteers, mental health services and medical care and much more to people experiencing homelessness. The Dorothy Day Center is supported financially by the Loaves and Fishes organization. Redeemer has been serving at Dorothy Day by helping with their meal program. This is the longest running outreach ministry project at our church. Volunteers from Redeemer serve on the 4th Wednesday of every other month, starting in January, for a total of six service opportunities each year. Approximately 20 volunteer servers and dishwashers serve about 270 people each night. Redeemer also pays for the meals that they serve at with the approximate cost of $600. In 2013, Redeemer served a total of 1579 people at a cost of $3535.44. Volunteers are always welcome!

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Shirley Johnsen: 651-429-0124
Serving Time: 4th Wednesday of the month (every other month) from 4-6 PM.

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Doulos Discovery School

Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic

The mission of the Doulos Discovery School is to equip and educate servant leaders through Christian discipleship and learning to impact the Dominican Republic. Because the school leadership and staff believes that all children have the capacity to lead if given the chance, half of the student body at the Doulos School is made up of students on need-based scholarships.

There are two ways you can equip the school to accomplish its mission: 1) by sponsoring an individual student, 2)by sponsoring a class. If you wish to sponsor a student, your financial commitment will help pay for the student’s tuition - a gift that most Dominican families could not afford. As a student sponsor, you are also asked to make a personal connection with that student by sending and receiving letters and photos and by praying for the student. If you would like to sponsor a class, your donation will help provide books, classroom essentials, and lower registration fees. As a class sponsor, you are also provided with opportunities to make personal connections with teachers and members of the class you sponsor.

Members of Redeemer also make regular mission trips to Jarabacoa. These mission trips provide opportunities to build relationships with students and staff at the Doulos Discovery School and to support their mission by participating in work projects and through learning about the challenges that families and students in the Dominican Republic face. Mission trip participants also have unique opportunities to learn about Dominican life and culture.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Joe or Pam Hallberg at 651-485-1543 or

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Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. Their     approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and the FMSC organization ships these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.

Redeemer sends confirmation students to FMSC twice each year and there are opportunities for families and individuals to serve at FMSC during the “Redeemer Night Really Out” service events.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Brian Brynell at 651-274-0244 or
Time: As arranged

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habitat for humanity

Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Their partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing   methods. As a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that builds with people in need regardless of race or religion, Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. Donations to Habitat for Humanity provide vital financial support to help us build and repair houses. In addition, more than 1 million people each year volunteer to build with us under trained supervision.

During the summer of 2013, Redeemer partnered with Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in St. Paul to provide volunteers for a Habitat house being built in East St. Paul. We plan to participate in another building week in the summer of 2014. Habitat for  Humanity is also looking for volunteers throughout the year who are interested in volunteering on a regular basis.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Jim Ramberg at 651-429-6881

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holiday fair

The Holiday Fair has been an annual event at Redeemer for many years and people travel from great distances to attend this event. The Holiday Fair       provides an opportunity to purchase handmade crafts, wonderful baked foods, lefse, goodies from the Scandinavian Coffee shop, and a chance to bid for various items at our silent auction.

The money that is raised from the Holiday Fair is split—half of the money stays with Redeemer, where needs are identified within our church community, while the remaining half is used for outreach by supporting organizations in our community. Some programs that are supported through the money raised at the Holiday Fair include Solid Ground, Lutheran Social Services, White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf, Relay for Life, Loaves & Fishes meals, and approximately 25 college kids who receive care packages and share God’s love by giving goodies to their roommates. It's quite amazing to think that through gifts of baked goods, crafts and auction items donated by 60 some people that we can multiply and share the good from it. 

You can help with the work of the Holiday Fair by donating crafts or silent auction items or by volunteering your time.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Heather Lundgren at 651-704-0781 or

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lyngblomsten

Lyngblomsten is a Christian nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of older adults and their families through a continuum of options including independent housing with services, assisted living, short-term rehabilitative care and long-term healthcare, along with a variety of supportive and educational programs for seniors living in their homes—including The Gathering and the 5-5-1 Club community center.

With over 100 different volunteer positions, there’s sure to be something that’s just right for you! From pushing wheelchairs, to friendly visits, to assisting in the café/gift shop, driving the van, and much more, YOU can make a difference! Redeemer Lutheran has been in partnership with Lyngblomsten as a corporate congregation since 1960.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Lana Western at or 651-632-5324
Find out more about Lyngblomsten at www.lyngblomsten.org.

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open hands midway

Open Hands Midway, Inc. began as an outreach ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 1997. In 2009 the organization became a separate official 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Because of their unique location near the corner of the busy intersection of University and Snelling Avenues in St. Paul, they have a wonderful opportunity to share resources that have been donated and to engage the Hamline-Midway neighborhood, and beyond, to meet the needs of those who are economically challenged or homeless.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Kay Kuehn at 651-646-6549 x12

Clothes Collection
Redeemer collects clothing donations for distribution through the Open Hands Midway organization. There is a tub for clothing donations located in front of our Welcome Center desk. New or gently used clothing may be deposited in the tub—coats are particularly needed. Items are then delivered by clothing supervisors. Please visit the Open Hands website at www.openhandsmidway.org and click on the 'Get Involved' tab for acceptable items you can donate.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Robin Peterson at 651-429-3100
Collection: anytime the church is open

Food Rescue
Food Rescue’s mission is to save surplus perishable food from being needlessly wasted. Each Saturday and Sunday, bakery items and   produce that would otherwise be discarded are collected from the Target store on Lexington and 694 and delivered to Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Help is needed collecting food from the Target store, sorting the food, and delivering it to Bethlehem Lutheran. The food is then used by the Open Hands Midway ministry to serve a meal on Monday.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Bob Leaf at 651-407-8718 or

Monday Meals
The Open Hands Midway organization serves a free community meal every Monday. Volunteers are needed to help prepare meals (9:30 am—12:00pm) and serve the meals (12:00—2:00pm). Redeemer’s volunteers serve the 2nd Monday of every month.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Robin Peterson at 651-429-3100

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panera bread ministry

The Panera Bread Ministry was started in an effort to feed people and save bread that might otherwise go to waste. Every   Saturday morning, one of the four bread ministry teams from Redeemer gathers day-old bread (including bagels and sweets) from Panera on White Bear Avenue. The bread items are taken to Redeemer to be sorted, bagged and separated before they are sent to homes of other team members. These team members then distribute the bread to others who may have need of food.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Jim and Angela Rieck at 651-429-1248 or
Meeting Time: Saturday 6:30 AM

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redeemer quilters

This group of dedicated quilters meets once each week to prepare and tie quilts. They make baby quilts, lap robes, and full-size bed quilts. Items are given to Karin refugees, Lyngblomsten Care Center, Ramsey County Public Health Nurses, the Tubman Shelter for Women, Solid Ground, Redeemer graduating high school seniors, and to those who are baptized at Redeemer. The quilters also prepare quilting kits so members can make quilts at home. Funding for the quilting projects is provided through the annual Redeemer Holiday Fair. Social time is provided at each meeting so this is a great way to build relationships.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Maureen Donohoe at 651-340-5795 or
Meeting Time: Wednesday at 9:00 AM

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reading buddies

The Reading Buddies program, a program that was originated by members of Redeemer, pairs volunteers with public school students needing extra reading support. The program began at Willow Lane Elementary School in the fall of 2010 with approximately 20 mentors from Redeemer. The program has grown substantially and now includes mentors from three churches and the community at large.

This is an easy volunteer opportunity that includes a great deal of flexibility. Volunteers can pick a 30 minute block of time each week to have the student read to them. Students have their own reading materials. The goal of this program is to have each student grow in confidence through the practice of reading and by building relationships with their reading buddy.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Eugene Ruehle at 651-419-0022 or
Time: 30 minutes each week while school is in session

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Redeemer day of serving and redeemer night really out

These are great events for those who would like to serve their neighbor in some way, but aren’t sure how. If you participate in one of these service events, you will have a chance to try one of a variety of outreach opportunities including: yard work for seniors, providing entertainment for seniors at one of our local care centers, helping with the work of Open Hands Midway, making sandwiches to feed the hungry, packing meals at Feed My Starving Children, hosting an event or doing yard work/landscaping at Solid Ground, writing letters to  government officials, projects at the White Bear Emergency Food Shelf, just to name a few.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Jesse Anibas at 651-773-9629 or .
Time: As arranged

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Relay For Life

The Redeemer Runners Relay for Life Team has been part of White Bear Lake Area Relay for Life for many years. The first one was held 21 years ago. It is always held on the last Friday in July, usually at the South Campus of the White Bear Lake Area High School. This event provides an opportunity for our church to be involved in a community event to benefit people who have cancer and are undergoing treatment, their caregivers and family members, and cancer survivors. We have a team made up of adults and youth. It is an opportunity for all of us to work together in support of this cause. We represent Redeemer Lutheran Church by being part of this community event.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Sue Eddy at 651-426-5264 or
Time: For team members, it usually just involves the week of the Relay for Life.

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senior care

Members from Redeemer are also committed to helping provide care for seniors not only for members of our own faith community, but also for seniors in our community at large. Our pastors provide worship services to residents of Cerenity Care Center and there are opportunities to serve seniors at Lyngblomsten and other care centers in the area.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Pastor Pam Stofferahn at 651-429-5411, ext. 16 or 
Time: As arranged

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solid ground

 Solid Ground is an award winning nonprofit organization whose proven, holistic approach helps families build the strong foundations they need to emerge from homelessness into a brighter future. Through safe, affordable housing and innovative supportive programming, Solid Ground helps families transition to a  higher-level of self-sufficiency and break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for the next generation.

Solid Ground currently runs four programs in suburban Ramsey and Washington Counties housing 300 women, men and children annually.

Solid Ground has two regular service opportunities (and other special events):

Solid Ground Boys’ Club
One evening each month, 4-6 adult males from Redeemer meet with eight to twelve boys in 2nd through 8th grade who reside at Solid Ground. Various activities are offered for the boys including swimming at the YMCA, a campfire at a local beach, and laser tag. The purpose of the Boys’ Club is to create an opportunity for these boys to connect with positive male role models who care about them.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Mike Lundberg at 651-402-3744 or
Meeting Time: Second Tuesday of each month from 4:30- 7:30 PM

Solid Ground Christmas Living Tree Project
Each November, the staff at Solid Ground provides a list of needs that Solid Ground residents may have for the Christmas season. Individual needs are placed on tags and hung on a Christmas tree located in the Redeemer Atrium. Members of the church take a tag and fill the request. Gifts are then placed under the tree. When all of the requests have been filled, they are delivered to Solid Ground.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Mike Lundberg at 651-402-3744 or
Time: Annually in November and December

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white bear lake area emergency food shelf

The White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf exists for those who live in the White Bear Lake Area School   District who are experiencing an   emergency or   financial difficulty. The food shelf provides food including fresh produce, dairy products and meat. 

The Food Shelf is supported by the generous donations of food and cash from individuals, businesses, schools, churches, associations and other community groups. In addition, more than 90 people volunteer their time to ensure that food is stocked and ready for distribution to families five days a week.

Redeemer sponsors regular food drives to raise donations for the food shelf including the annual “Turkey Trot” for the youth of our congregation. There is also a food shelf donation area just inside the Bellaire (west side) entrance to the church.

For more information or to volunteer contact:
Gary Eddy at 651-426-5264 or
Dick Lindstrom at 651-426-8162 or
Time: As arranged

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