Our vision: To be an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just community of faith in the United Methodist tradition in Northeast Minneapolis.
Northeast United Methodist Church
2510 Cleveland Street N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Missions & Outreach
In Northeast Minneapolis or around the world, the members of Northeast United Methodist church follow the Methodist Church's mandate to serve others.
In Our Neighborhood
Free Community Meals
It's a caring, growing ministry, one we love to provide, but wish we didn't have to. Started by Trinity UMC many years ago, the free community meal on the second Saturday of the month has grown to include a free meal on the third Saturday of the month, too. You don't need a special card or ID or "permission" to eat with us. We won't ask you for an income statement.
These meals are free to all who come, and are our way of sharing our blessings with our neighbors while providing them with a much-needed hot, nutritious meal. We often serve vegetables fresh from our churchyard garden.
It's a mission we share with Faith United Methodist in St. Anthony. We also serve a free Thanksgiving dinner the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
From April to October, our community garden provides fresh, delicious, organically-grown foods for our community meals, and local food shelves. It's our most visible mission! Our garden has seven purposes:
- Provide a doorway to God
- Community outreach
- Inspire hope in the community
- Stewardship of the land for enjoyment, food an spiritual rejuvenation
- Supply ingredients for the church's free community meals
- Create an inviting churchyard
- Demonstrate who we are as a faith community.
Future plans call for expansion of the gardens in Pastor Sarah's backyard and in the churchyard, teaching others about canning and preserving, opening a gift shop with organic teas, soaps and other items made form plants in our garden. If you see us planting, weeding or harvesting, feel free to join in! It's a community effort! To stay up to date on what's happening in the garden, visit our Garden page.
Northeast Senior Services
Northeast Senior Services' mission is “helping seniors live independently with dignity.” Two to three volunteers staff the office and serve residents in Northeast, Columbia Heights and St. Anthony Village who are over 60 years old. NESS coordinates about 100 rides each month, helping seniors obtain digital TV converter boxes, information referral by phone and rounding up volunteers to rake leaves and perform other household chores. It also gives homeowners referrals to independent contractors for home maintenance tasks. It sends out a regular newsletter to more than 650 senior citizens, and 100 institutions and churches. NESS is also developing a “Friendly Visitor” program and an in-home respite care program. NESS is located at 2580 Kenzie Terrace, but their exercises classes are held at NEUMC. Call 612-781-5096 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
Eastside Meals on Wheels
Our local Meals on Wheels program is now based out of Waite Park Wesleyan Church on the corner of Lincoln St. and 33rd Ave. N.E., but this mission had its beginnings at Trinity United Methodist. Eastside Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit, mostly community-supported volunteer organization which provides support to homebound, elderly, or disabled residents of Northeast Minneapolis and St. Anthony Village. Nutritious meals are delivered regularly to the home and this allows people to maintain their independence. This is done regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin or gender. Several members volunteer their time, vehicles (and gas!) for this service. If you need Meals on Wheels or know of someone who needs this program, call 612-277-2528.
Emma Norton Services
Emma Norton Services has served women in the Twin Cities since 1917, and Northeast UMC is a long-time supporter of this mission. Throughout its history, Emma Norton Services has aimed to provide safe, secure, affordable housing for women in transition regardless of race, religious preference, color, national origin, age, handicap, or sexual preference. Emma Norton Services serves women regardless of their place of origin; however, most are residents of the seven-county metropolitan area of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Northeast UMC is an Emma Norton partner church.
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has worked to develop a food mixture that would be easy and safe to transport, simple to make with only boiling water, and culturally acceptable worldwide. With the input of scientists from major food companies in the Twin Cities area—including Cargill and General Mills—FMSC developed a formula consisting of:
1. Rice, the most widely accepted grain around the world.
2. Extruded soy nuggets, providing maximum protein at lowest cost.
3. Vitamins, minerals and a vegetarian chicken flavoring to give growing children the critical nutritional elements they need.
4. Dehydrated vegetables for flavor and nutrition.
A single bag of food—which provides meals for six children—costs around $1 to produce, and 94 percent of all donations to FMSC goes directly toward the food program. In August 2009, members from our church packed more than 15,000 bags of food for FMSC.
The Dignity Center
The Dignity Center is an outreach ministry of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in downtown Minneapolis. Three mornings a week, the Dignity Center brings support, opportunity and resources for people in transition as they regain stability and move toward self-sufficiency. Trained volunteer advocates work with clients in a welcoming environment. Northeast UMC supports this ministry through offerings and often provides sandwiches for Dignity Center clients.
Across the Country and Around the World
Redbird Mission, Beverly, Kentucky
The Redbird Mission serves three counties in Kentucky coal-mining country, providing education, health care, food shelves, transportation and numerous other services. Church members collect the UPC codes from Campbell's Soup cans and donate them to the mission, which uses them to purchase educational materials. In 2009, members of Grace and Community United Methodist Church went to Redbird to perform a variety of services for area residents, and members from Trinity helped out with much-needed funding. Northeast United Methodist continues its support of Redbird Mission through the collection of Campbell's Soup labels.