outreach

God provides each of us with gifts to love, share and serve others.

Trinity’s commitment is to build relationships and share resources to reach further than we could on our own. Trinity partners with organizations that believe in a mission and purpose based on five core values: kinship, transformative, relational, foundational, and sustainable.

Trinity’s financial synod benevolence involves the support of several other organizations such as Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Disaster Relief and ELCA Good Gifts.

Opportunities to serve are provided throughout the year; see weekly emails for information. If you have questions or have a new outreach opportunity to share, contact the Outreach Team (Melanie DeLuca, Susie Eastman, Cassie Enzenauer, Sarah Hrusovsky, Kirk Nelson, Jerry Paulson, Chuck Ritchie, Gavin Tempero, Susan Vickerman and Jill Cornell and Pastor Ann Fenlason) or Jill Cornell.

From feeding our neighbors to constructing homes around the world, Trinity extends God’s love in tangible and meaningful ways. See some of the ways you can share your gifts…

"Brothers and sisters, may we be united in the same mind and purpose.”

corinthians 1:10

Trinity’s Annual Agape Gift Market held in November is a highlight for the church and community! The market includes Artisan hand-created items, unique local vendors, holiday greens, Agape bakery items, soup & dip mixes, raffle drawing prizes and much more!

All proceeds are donated to support three mission efforts: Disaster relief, local & global missions.

To learn more about the market and its history, click HERE.

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

micah 6:8

In The Neighborhood

Over the last several years, Trinity’s Outreach has expanded to connect, serve, and build relationships in the Long Lake community and support our Trinity family. Learn more about each of Trinity’s Neighborhood Outreach partners below.

Quilters 
Every other Monday morning Trinity’s quilters meet to tie and sew quilts together to be donated to various local and global organizations such as Sojourners, Simpson, and Home Free Shelter and Bridging. New members are always welcome. Please contact Carol Ketcham or Jill.

Community Meal
Trinity Lutheran, Calvin Presbyterian, and St. George churches of Lake Long unite to provide monthly meals for church members and the community. The meals rotate among the three churches each month.

Interfaith Outreach
Trinity supports Interfaith Outreach in various ways throughout the year including helping monthly in the food shelf, donations for the food shelf, resale store, and annual Adopt-a-Family programing. The local service agency supports eight communities around the Long Lake area.

Orono Sparks
Orono School District provides this Community Education program to close the achievement and opportunity gap for kids in elementary and middle school who have an academic and financial need. High school youth and adults are needed as mentors.

Orono Woodlands
A home for six adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities neighboring Trinity to the west. Volunteer opportunities are available such as crafting with the residents or helping with yardwork. Trinity supports Woodlands annually through the Giving Tree at Christmas time.

Meal Ministry
Through the guidance by the pastors, the Meal Ministry Team helps to coordinate meals for an individual or family going through a stressful time in their lives. Meals are also made by the team that are provided to individuals/families when being visited by pastors or a staff member that would benefit from one day off of cooking. For more information, please contact Jill Cornell, or click the link below to be notified of opportunities.

WeCAN
WeCAN is a community nonprofit that empowers and equips individuals and families to reach stability and self-sufficiency. Located in Mound, WeCAN serves the western communities of Hennepin County. Trinity helps support WeCAN through donations to the food shelf and annual Adopt-a-Family program.

“For you are all one in Christ Jesus”

Galatians 3:28

In The City

As we grow in our own faith and discover where God is calling us to follow, we look beyond our own neighborhood to serve our local cities. Learn more about each of Trinity’s Local Outreach partners below.

Salem Lutheran Church
A partner church for Trinity since spring 2022. Salem Lutheran Church is in North Minneapolis and was founded in 1895. As a partner church, we want to learn from each other and be in community together. As we continue to build relationships, opportunities include serving the community meal together, helping at the Salem Dining Hall State Fair booth, work on projects together, pray for each other and more.

Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement
A new partner for Trinity since September 2021. CLNE’s vision is to help mobilize congregations and leaders as powerful neighborhood-based agents for positive social change through building relationships.

Bridging
Bridging, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization primarily serving the Twin Cities, provides donated furniture and household goods to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Bridging gives hope and a leap towards housing stability. With locations in Roseville and Bloomington, Bridging is driven by volunteers and donations of basic home essential items from the community.  If you are looking for a place to donate a variety of items, consider Bridging as a great place to donate and help others.

Simpson Housing Services
Simpson helps to house, support, and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. For many years, Trinity has supported Simpson through their shelter program by serving a monthly meal. Each month, a group helps cook and serve a hearty lunch to the guests.

Habitat for Humanity
Opportunities are available to help with local building in the Twin Cities area.

Can Do Canines
A new partnership for Trinity, opportunities will be provided for learning and supporting the work of Can Do Canines.

"God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.”

Martin Luther

In The World

With the gifts God entrusts to us, God calls us to love and serve our brothers and sisters around the world. Learn more about each of Trinity’s World Outreach partners below.

Seeds of Hope Sponsorship in El Salvador
In 2011, Trinity collaborated with Family of Christ Chanhassen’s sponsorship program to support students’ education in El Salvador. The purpose is to Increase the access of Salvadoran youth to education as a means of equipping them for a brighter future, able to serve their families and communities. The school year runs from January- November in El Salvador. In the fall of each, we have renewal of sponsorships and opportunities for individuals to sponsor new students.

Bricks to Bread
Bricks to Bread is a nonprofit organization that helps build brick ovens for Costa Rican families seeking sustainable source of income. Located in the Twin Cities, there are opportunities to help bake and purchase the bread in the oven that mimics an oven in Costa Rica. The sales support their ministry and opportunities for deserving family in need. This is a newer partner organization of Trinity’s and more opportunities to be involved in the future will be available.

Feed My Starving Children
Every few years in April, Trinity hosts a Feed My Starving Children mobile packing event include volunteers from the church and community helping to feed God’s children in body and spirit. Trinity’s 2022 FMSC MobilePack event involved almost 1,000 volunteers from the church and community. 279,936 meals were packed during the weekend with additional funding provided by members for almost an additional 200,000 meals- feeding almost 1,300 kids for a whole year.

Opportunity International
Trinity’s new global partnership supports the community of Albornoz, a hilly region just to the south of Cartagena, Colombia. Since 1971, Opportunity has worked to create opportunities for entrepreneurs and families in Colombia- in fact, Opportunity’s very first loan was issued to a Colombian entrepreneur to grow his space and tea business. In the decades since, Opportunity’s work has expanded to reach families further down the economic ladder. Today, the families benefitting from Opportunity’s services are the ones most in need: they have faced the greatest challenges especially due to the pandemic.

Water Mission
Trinity is a sponsor of the Twin Cities Walk for Water with a group participating in the walk supporting the work of Water Mission, a Christian-based organization. Together we will “Walk for Water” to simulate the daily routine of over a billion people worldwide.

Habitat for Humanity Global Trips
Since 2011, six groups have traveled to El Salvador to help build homes as part of Thrivent Builds/Habitat for Humanity . Future trips will be planned to El Salvador and other parts of the world.