Our Mercy Ministries Committee consists of men and women dedicated to serving Our Lord by serving His church and His people. The committee's mission is to provide service opportunities that can be selected by individuals, families or small groups (e.g., Love in Action Teams). The current opportunities are listed below. Click on an individual item or scan all the items below the list to obtain detailed information and contact information regarding these opportunities.

If you are looking for more information about the work of this committee, to become a member, or to provide information regarding new service opportunities, please contact us.

Our current service opportunities include the following:

WAYS TO HELP - OUR CHURCH

WAYS TO HELP - LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY

Setting up Chairs at Living Hope

Our Living Hope church location serves many purposes and each week we need to prepare for worship.  Please consider this 30-45 minute time commitment every 4-6 weeks.  This is an easy way to help our church.  Chair set-up is on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings at our Living Hope campus.  If you're interested, email or call the Bloomington Church office at (952) 888-2475. 

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Family Care Initiatives

Our members have a strong history of supporting each other through prayer and frequently through financial support. This support has been seen on many occasions such as the death of a family member, a critical injury or illness of a loved one, a military spouse called to active duty, etc. These same families may also find it difficult or simply impossible to complete other basic tasks for themselves and this too presents opportunities for us to reach out with a helping hand.

This ministry, Family Care Initiatives, is designed to provide opportunities for Families, Love in Action Teams or individual loving, caring Christians to help our members in need. The families in need and their specific needs change from day-to-day. If you are willing to provide help or assistance to these families, Please email or call the Bloomington Church office at (952) 888-2475. Please don't wait, contact us today.

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Visit a Shut-In

If you have a warm heart and like to listen to people share their stories, please consider volunteering to visit one of our shut-in church members on a monthly basis. If you are interested or have questions, email or call the Bloomington Church office at (952) 888-2475, and we'll put you in contact with the coordinator of the program.

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Comfort Food - Meal & dessert preparation

Do you like to cook or bake? Please email or call the Bloomington Church office at (952) 888-2475 to be added to the list of people to call when meals or desserts are needed for a funeral or other gathering. This is a fun way to use your time and talents to serve others.

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Adopt-a-Garden

Choose a portion of the outside of one of our three locations and be responsible for it through the growing season (April to October)

Examples: 

  • Trim bushes 
  • Purchase and plant flowers 
  • Water regularly, weed as needed 
  • Purchase and plant new bushes or trees 
  • Water established lawn and plants 
  • Plan a workday for your group  (Clean up area, etc.)

Please email or call the Bloomington Church office at (952) 888-2475 to sign up for a particular area.

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Adopt a Sidewalk

Another great way to serve is a very important part of the smooth running of our facilities:

When our Minnesota winters provide us with some of that wonderful white stuff - you can be responsible for the shoveling/blowing of a certain portion of our sidewalks at one of our three locations.

Please email or call the Bloomington Church office at (952) 888-2475 to learn more about helping in this way.

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Be a Special Friend to a Senior Citizen

There are people in our congregation who have much to share with us, their faith, life experiences and we could, in turn, visit them and share with them.

This is especially rewarding for children, but all of us can benefit from this opportunity.

Perhaps you could provide a meal, a special treat, and/or transportation to appointments or church for one of our Senior church members.

Please email or call the Bloomington Church office at (952) 888-2475 to receive a name of a member who could use your help.

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Donate Knitting Supplies to Joyful Hands

Please consider donating items to the BLH Joyful Hands Crafters group. The group has been busy creating and donating items and are always in search of additional supplies. Donations of yarn, needles and hooks may be brought to the church office labeled for Joyful Hands. Thank you!

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Winter Wear Drive

BLH is participating in the Winter Coat Event to benefit Bloomington children. Buying winter wear can be challenging for many of our neighbors. You can spread warmth by donating:

  • Gently used or new coats
  • Snow pants
  • Boots
  • Other winter gear

Items will be collected through October 29 at BLC and Living Hope. If you need more info, call the church office at 952-888-2475. Thank you for your support!

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Immediate Need for Rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey

The WELS Christian Aid and Relief (CAR) committee is currently forming teams of workers to travel to the Houston area to help repair and rebuild homes.

Here are some of the details:

  • They are currently forming teams of workers experienced in drywall, mudding, painting and carpentry to travel to Houston at the end of October 2017 (dates are flexible once there is a commitment from the workers).
  • WELS will pay for transportation and will pick up and bring back workers.
  • Housing is provided.
  • All volunteers will be covered by WELS VEBA insurance.

Those who are interested in volunteering should contact the church office via email or by calling 952-888-2475.

Support Hurricane Survivors - Pray, Donate, and Give your Time

It is wonderful that many of our members are seeking ways to help people and churches affected by the recent hurricanes.  The WELS Christian Aid and Relief (CAR) committee continues to look for ways to help hurrican victims and will bring forth volunteer opportunities as they come.  Those who are interested in possibly volunteering in the future can sign up online at wels.net/relief. Details about additional volunteer opportunities, how to donate, and future CAR plans are available at wels.net.    Monetary donations for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief can be given online at wels.net/give or by sending checks made payable to WELS.  In the memo section of the check please note "hurricane relief" and send to WELS Center for Mission and Ministry, N16W23377 Stone Ridge Dr, Waukesha, WI  53188.  Please keep all of the hurricane survivors in your prayers as they continue to heal and clean-up.

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Breakfast Buddies: Empowering Students Before School Hours

  • The focus of the program is really simple: connect a child who can benefit from a one-on-one relationship with a positive role model who can inspire and motivate them to dream big and set goals for positive growth.
  • It would be a consistent weekly session with their adult "buddy" over a hot breakfast in Valley View Elementary School library.
  • Time: 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. one morning/week with one student.

There will be a training session in early October. The Breakfast Buddy Program will begin the week of October 23, 2017. Valley View Elementary School is located at 351 E 88th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420. If you are interested, please contact the Bloomington church office at 952-888-2475.

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Weekend Backpack Food at Valley View Elementary School

There are children throughout the State of Minnesota that do not have food to eat over the weekend. Valley View Elementary participates in a program that sends healthy food home with the students in a discreet manner. As a church, we can participate in packing events to help supply and prepare the food for distribution in the school. An event will be coming up in 2018. If you would like to become a Volunteer Ambassador who helps assist at the packing events you can contact the Bloomington church office for more information. The ambassador position is a commitment of 6 hours/month for 10 months (September-June).

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Supplies needed for Kennedy High School Pantry

There are students in Kennedy High School who are homeless, live in shelters, are the guardian of younger siblings, are physically and sexually abused, have parents who are addicts, and more. Just making it to school is difficult. They may not own a toothbrush, may not have a place to keep clothes, and may not have a place to shower. These students are at high risk for many problems. The Kennedy High School Pantry was created to support the students in these types of dire situations. We are planning a collection for the pantry in January 2018. There will be very specific lists of items needed. If your group would like to have a collection before this date, please contact the Bloomington church office for a list of specific requests.

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Mission Wearhouse Thrift Store

Mission Warehouse is a resale store in Little Canada, MN that sells clothing, household items, etc. and all proceeds go to support WELS Christian Life Ministries.

Volunteers are needed to clean & dress dolls, clean furniture, pick up furniture from donors (need truck), clean parking lot, paint (summer), clean carpet in store.  And donations of gently used items are always appreciated and accepted when the store is open.  

To learn more about this ministry or how you can help, visit their website.

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Adopt a Military Service Person and their family

Anyone serving in the military needs our prayers. Consider “adopting” one of them and support them by:

  • praying for them,
  • writing to them,
  • sending gifts, and/or
  • supporting their family while they are away

Please email or call the Bloomington Church office at (952) 888-2475 to see if we have member(s) currently serving in our military or, adopt a person of your choosing.

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Christian Life Ministries

This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those considering the complicated issues and questions relating to God's gift of life.

Check out their website and see the many volunteer opportunities to support this organization including office support, building and grounds maintenance, marketing, volunteering at the center and more.

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Sharing & Caring Hands

Sharing & Caring Hands was established as a bridge from the caring community to people in need. They receive no government or United Way funding and rely solely on donations. It is a certified charitable organization.

They accept donations of cash, food, clothing, house wares, sheets, towels and time.

Call them at (612) 338-4640 or visit their website to learn more about their current needs.

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Host a Celebration

Have you ever felt that you have enough “stuff” and that maybe someone else could benefit from our special celebrations? This could be a birthday, anniversary, Mother’s or Father’s Day party where you bring gifts for those who have so much less than we do. Choose one of the special needs organizations listed here or find one that is close to your heart.

Homeless people served at Central Lutheran Church, Clothes Closet/Free Store 
Donations of new or gently used clothing, towels, sheets, luggage, backpacks, and more.
www.centralmpls.org

Gifts for Seniors (Christmas season) 
Donations of new, unwrapped gifts. Checkout the wish list on their website for details.
www.giftsforseniors.org

Coats for Kids (Fall Drive) 
Donations of new, or clean, gently-used coats and winter accessories. www.salvationarmynorth.org

Ronald McDonald House 
Ronald McDonald Houses generally need donations of new, non-handmade toys, food and household supplies. Please contact your local House program to get a list of current needs.
www.rmhc.org

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Cheerful Givers

Cheerful Givers is a nonprofit organization committed to helping low/no income parents recognize and celebrate their children.  They provide birthday gift bags through shelters and food shelves to economically-challenged parents so that they can give their child a birthday gift.  

How can you help?  Donate products, donate money, put together birthday bags, drive birthday bags to destination or pick up donations.

To learn more, visit:  www.cheerfulgivers.org

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Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children is committed to feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit. Our approach is simple: Volunteers pack nutritious meals made up of rice, soy, vitamins and dehydrated vegetables, and we partner with relief organizations worldwide to distribute these meals to starving children.

As a Christian non-profit, we hope to reduce the number of starving children throughout the world by working to instill compassion in a generation that hears and responds to the cries of those in need. We invite you to join us in this important work.

The Mercy Ministry Committee has reserved opportunities for our members, their families and friends, and/or their Love In Action teams to participate in this exciting opportunity.

Visit the church calendar for dates and information to sign up.

For donation or volunteer opportunities, please visit the FMSC website.

Directions to Chanhassen Location

Directions to Eagan Location

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HandsOn Twin Cities

If you are looking for a way to volunteer in your community. Visit the HandsOn Twin Cities website:   www.handsontwincities.org

Many ministries and organizations right here in our community are in need of moms, dads, kids, and even grandmas and grandpas to help lend a hand. Likewise, many of us wake up every day wondering how we can pitch in. HandsOn Twin Cities strives to connect those who need help with those who want to volunteer.

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Refugee and Immigrant Support

How can you help refugees and immigrants who settle in Minnesota?  You can provide resources like furniture and household necessities, give of your time to befriend, mentor or tutor and help recruit others to do the same.  To learn more about this organization or how you can help, visit:  www.arriveministries.org

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Bloomington Campus

Map and Directions

Saturday Evening Worship: 6:00 PM

Sunday Morning Worship: 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM

Monday Evening Worship: 7:00 PM

Living Hope Campus

 Map and Directions

Saturday Evening Worship: 6:00 PM

Sunday Morning Worship: 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM