Note: Many of these activities have been suspended or curtailed due to COVID-19 precautions. Call the church office at 763-571-1500 to confirm any schedules that are listed below.
Community Garden Group
Green thumb or not? It does not matter. No specific knowledge of plants is needed to be a part of the Garden Group – just a willingness to plant, water, weed, or harvest. The group meets once a month between April and October. The garden itself requires work throughout the summer. Members of the Garden Group usually assign themselves, in teams of two, to meet the weekly needs in the garden space. Volunteer to be part of the Garden Group and experience gifts of joy as you nurture and harvest fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and more. Email to email@example.com or call the church office at 763-571-1500 to join the Community Garden Group.
Community Supper Helpers
St. Philip’s hosts a weekly community supper on Wednesday evenings in the Fellowship Hall that is made possible with volunteers that prepare the food, serve the meal, and clean up afterwards. Shifts are 1 ½ or 2 hours between 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. If you are interested helping out, sign up for one or more shifts using Sign Up Genius or contact Renee Youngberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disaster Relief Team Members
St. Philip’s Disaster Relief (SPDR) was formed in 2006 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. Depending on the distance, trips range from single day to weeklong trips. Weeklong trips are scheduled for the spring and fall of each year and are usually 500 to 1200 miles away. Shorter trips are made as the need arises. New team members are always welcome. No skills or tools are required – just a willingness to help neighbors in need – nearby or across the country. Email the SPDR Coordinators at email@example.com for information about joining a team or to be added to the SPDR email list.
Also check out the SPDR Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stphilipsdisasterrelief
Food & Clothing Shelf Assistants
St. Philip’s Food & Clothing Shelf is a faith-based, safe and friendly place offering free emergency food and clothing, crisis information, and more. Food and clothing donations are appreciated and can be dropped off in the collection boxes near the Food Shelf entrance. The Food & Clothing Shelf is always looking for volunteers to sort donations and to staff the food shelf. Signup sheets are posted near the entrance of Room 11. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 763-571-1500 to volunteer.
Garage Sale Workers
In late July, the church is transformed into a marketplace. Treasures await at St Philip’s Annual Garage Sale! Watch this space for dates and times of the next sale. Many volunteers are needed to make the garage sale successful. Volunteer opportunities include publicity, setup and pricing, security, cashiering, and more. To volunteer contact LaRae at LaraeKaz@aol.com.
Global Health Ministries (GHM) Warehouse Helpers
Global Health Ministries is an organization, based in Fridley, that partners with Lutheran efforts globally to bring medical equipment and supplies to some of the most vulnerable people in Africa and other areas. Volunteers are always welcome at the warehouse in Fridley – no medical expertise required, just a heart for service! Individuals help by receiving and sorting donated medical supplies, preparing items for shipping, providing quality control for hands-on projects, and more. St Philip’s volunteers are scheduled on the second Monday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on the fourth Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Email to email@example.com or call the church office at 763-571-1500 for more volunteer information.
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday Planners and Participants
Held the second Sunday in September, “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is a day set aside for ELCA churches across the country participate in service opportunities in and for their communities. Volunteers are needed, usually starting in late July, to help plan the activities for St. Philip’s. Many people are needed the day of the event to participate in the activities. Because the activities are varied, there’s always something for everyone. Contact Renee Johnson at Renee604@juno.com or 763-571-6828 if you want to be part of the planning. Information for participation will be available in St. Philip’s publications in late August.
Knitters & Crocheters
The St. Philip’s Knitters and Crocheters create hats, mittens, prayer shawls, afghans, and many more items that are shared with those in our community. Most of these items are completed using donated yarn. This group meets the fourth Monday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 3. Click here for a map of the church building. If you enjoy knitting or crocheting in the company of others, or if you would like to learn either of these crafts, please join us. Just drop in or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 763-571-1500 for more volunteer information.
Meals on Wheels Drivers
Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers meals to local seniors and those with disabilities. Meals on Wheels here at St. Philip’s is described as rewarding, easy, fun, and not time consuming! St. Philip’s delivers meals for one week – approximately five times per year. Delivery times are 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Volunteers can choose the number of times they wish to deliver during that week. Maps and meals are picked up at Unity Hospital and the meals are delivered to homes and apartments in Columbia Heights, Fridley, and Spring Lake Park. Each route can usually be finished in an hour. New drivers are always welcome! Email to email@example.com or call the church office at 763-571-1500 to volunteer.
Fleece mittens, hats, headbands, and scarves are donated to local schools and other organizations in the community. Items are cut and/or sewn at home on your own schedule throughout the year. Fabric or pre-cut fleece items ready for sewing as well as directions will be supplied. We welcome hearing from anyone interested in sewing or cutting out these items. You can sew or cut on your own time schedule at home throughout the year. Fabric or pre-cut fleece items ready for sewing as well as directions will be supplied. Please contact either of the co-chairs of the Mitten Makers – Arlene Hamernik at 763-571-6091 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jan Spitzer at 763-370-7812 or email@example.com to volunteer.
St. Philip’s Quilters sew quilt tops at home and then gather to assemble, tie, and finish the quilts that are then donated to those in need. Volunteers are always welcome. No quilting experience is necessary. Quilters meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the church lounge. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 763-571-1500 to volunteer.