Dear Beloved People of SOTH,
It has been our joy and our pleasure to partner with you over these last three years. The Spirit has led us to vibrant and lovely ministries which allow us build bridges AND cross them in our own faith community, in our neighborhood, and in our larger church body.
We continue to share the love of Jesus through:
Music: Our musicians play for our bilingual worship services, of course, and they also lead worship and share joy through their Latin and jazz rhythms at many of our partner congregations. You are always invited to worship with us and then eat together the first and third Sundays of each month at 5:00 p.m. (7045 Lyndale Ave So, Richfield)
Education: We began with a trial run last winter and now our Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are becoming more and more popular. We learn language and we share our cultures and learn from each other. We learn, laugh, eat and grow together in community. We even received our first non-church grant from the Richfield Foundation to support these classes! We also continue to grow and more than a dozen kids come with their moms and play with us. You are welcome to join us as a student or a volunteer.
Food: We have so many wonderful cooks! We share meals after worship and during special events we host such as Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) and a benefit worship we hosted where we raised more than $10,000 in large part because of your support for disaster relief in Mexico and Puerto Rico. We believe the Spirit is leading us to new places through our food ministry and we look forward to new opportunities on the horizon. Come, share a meal with us!
On a personal note, many of you know my beloved son Chris was lost in the Mississippi River last year. In his memory, I will be riding my bike from Minneapolis to the Gulf of Mexico along the Mississippi River beginning Labor Day, 2018. I hope you’ll join me in my journey by following here:Chris Stanley Mississippi River Memorial Ride 2018 (on Facebook). I will preach and teach, learn and listen along the way and there are many ways for you to join me.
Peace to you and continued blessings on all of your wonderful ministries.