In 2011, St. Philip’s partnered with the Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services Department to establish a vegetable garden on the church site. Grant money from the Otto Bremer Foundation was provided to begin and support the project for the first year.
Produce from the garden was earmarked for two local food shelves, Southern Anoka County Assistance and Community Emergency Assistance Program. Volunteers have continued to plant, maintain, and harvest produce from the garden each summer since 2012.
At the end of 2019, a grand total of 4,300 pounds of produce has been grown. Produce is now given to St. Philip’s Food & Clothing Shelf and Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
St. Philip’s hosts a weekly community supper. This program is made possible through a partnership with Loaves and Fishes which provides most of the food served. The remaining food is purchased with donations and grant money. The entire program is staffed with volunteer help from members of St. Philip’s and others who want to partner with St. Philip’s Community Supper.
Supper is served on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Due to COVID precautions the community supper is offering free, pre-packaged hot meals for curbside pickup at Door 11. Remain in your car. Meals will be brought out to you. The menu will not be known prior to 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A few months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, St. Philip’s Disaster Relief (SPDR) was formed and continues to help those impacted by natural disasters.
Teams of volunteers, with varied skills, travel to areas in need to help rebuild homes and lives. Rebuilding work has been done in Mississippi, Texas, New Jersey, and Florida following hurricanes; Minnesota, Iowa, Tennessee, North Dakota, Colorado, and Missouri following flooding; Colorado following wildfires; and Minnesota, Oklahoma and Wisconsin following tornadoes. Depending on the distance, trips range from single day to weeklong trips. SPDR team members have traveled over 75,000 miles and spent almost 35,000 hours helping those impacted by disasters near and far.
Email the SPDR Coordinators at email@example.com for information or to be added to the SPDR email list.
Food & Clothing Shelf
To feed, clothe, and nurture our neighbors in need, as part of the ELCA World Hunger effort, St. Philip’s expanded the existing food pantry in 2017 into what is now the St. Philip’s Food & Clothing Shelf. Free emergency food, clothing, hygiene items, and crisis information are provided in a dignified, faith based, safe, friendly, and healthy environment where all are welcome.
Due to COVID restrictions, curbside food distribution is available on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. near Door 3. We will hand out one prepackaged bag of non-perishable food and one bag of perishable food to include; milk, cheese, eggs and a frozen meat product (assuming all are available).
As you drive up, stay in your car and you will be met by one of our volunteers. We will ask for your name and then bring the food out to your car. All of our volunteers will be wearing masks.
If you would like to shop for clothing, we now are bringing racks of clothing outside. One person at a time (mask required) is allowed to get out of the car and select from the clothing available.
Visitors can receive two bags of food and one bag of clothing per family/household every 30 days. Please bring a valid ID. (You won’t be turned away if you don’t have one.)
We will continue this schedule until testing is sufficient for the Minnesota Department of Health, to give the all clear for the release of social distancing.
Food and clothing donations are appreciated and can be dropped off in the collection boxes near the Food & Clothing Shelf entrance.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In late July, the church is transformed into a marketplace. Treasures await you at St Philip’s Annual Garage Sale! Thousands of low-priced new or gently used items are available for purchase including books, clothing, craft items, home decor, housewares, jewelry, linens, office supplies, shoes, small electronics, sporting goods, toys, tools, and much more!
All items offered for sale are donated. Everything you donate makes this ministry a success! Proceeds of the sale are donated to various community organizations and to help maintain the church building.
Watch St. Philip’s publications for more information regarding dates and times of the next sale, drop-off dates and times, and accepted items.
Global Health Ministries
Global Health Ministries (GHM) is an organization, based in Fridley, that partners with Lutheran efforts globally to bring medical equipment and supplies, offer leadership consultations, and many capacity building efforts to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of some of the most vulnerable people on earth. Long-standing partnerships have been developed in El Salvador, Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, India, and Bangladesh.
Volunteers from St. Philip’s help out in the warehouse twice a month by receiving and sorting donated medical supplies, preparing items for shipping, providing quality control for hands-on projects, and more.
For more information on GHM, visit their website.
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Held the second Sunday in September, it is a day to be “church together” as ELCA churches across the country participate in service opportunities in and for their communities.
Past activities at St. Philip’s include making sandwiches for the homeless, rolling bandages, tying fleece blankets, assembling birthday kits, serving ice cream sundaes at local care facilities, and many more. It is an opportunity for all ages to come together and use their hands to do God’s work.
Knitting & Crocheting
The St. Philip’s Knitters and Crocheters create hundreds of hats, mittens, teddy bears, baby sweaters, baby blankets, dish cloths, prayer shawls, slippers, afghans, and ear warmers.
These handcrafted items are shared with Anoka County Human Services, Bundles of Love, St. Philip’s Food & Clothing Shelf, local schools, and area nursing homes. Prayer shawls have been given to homeowners assisted by the St. Philip’s Disaster Relief team.
Most of these projects are completed using donated yarn. If you are looking for a home for any unused yarn, this group will be able to creatively put it to good use.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a community-based service that provides fresh, nutritious meals delivered directly to the homes of seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the Twin Cities. In addition to regularly providing healthy foods, caring volunteers provide social connection that helps meal recipients remain living independently in their own homes. For some recipients, these daily meals are the difference between living in their own homes and moving to a nursing home.
Meals on Wheels programs have existed in the Twin Cities for more than 40 years and could not exist without the help of volunteers who deliver the meals and donors who help those who cannot afford it pay for the meals. St. Philip’s provides drivers for a weeklong period three or four times a year. For more information on the Meals on Wheels program, visit their website.
Started in 2009 as a one-year project under the theme “Children in Need” a group sewed lined mittens from fleece fabric to give to Fridley Elementary Schools. This group is still going strong and has expanded beyond mittens. Fleece hats, headbands, and scarves have been added over the years.
Seven local schools, including the Fridley Early Childhood Program and the Area Learning Center, along with St. Philip’s Food & Clothing Shelf, Fridley Terrace, and several other places in the community are the recipients of these items.
In 2019, 877 items were given out. The need is great and increases each year. The goal in 2020 is 1,000! It isn’t the total number that is so important, but the opportunity to help children and families stay warm is what matters.
In existence for more than five decades at St. Philip’s, the Quilting ministry continues to provide handmade quilts to those in need.
In past years, many of the quilts were sent overseas through Lutheran World Relief. In recent years, the quilts have been donated to many local organizations.
Over 75 quilts per year have been sewn by the Quilters. Hours of labor and love go into each quilt.
“For there will never cease
to be poor in the land.
Therefore I command you,
‘You shall open wide
your hand to your brother,
to the needy and to the poor,
in your land.”