Rev. Susan Debner
PASTOR
Worship Schedule
10:00 a.m. Sundays

Sunday School & Adult Education
9:00 a.m. Sundays

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday

Our Ministries

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”  Matt. 25:37b-39, NIV.

At Nokomis Heights, our ministries are not the work of our pastors alone, but of all of us as we are able.  These include: 
  • Feeding the hungry:  Our congregation participates in delivering hot meals to persons in our community who are homebound, by providing drivers for Meals on Wheels for a full week of meal deliveries, once every six weeks.  From time to time, we serve as volunteers to pack meals for shipment to developing nations, at Feed My Starving Children.  Regularly, we collect and deliver food items and cash contributions to Community Emergency Services, a local food shelf and social service organization.  Many of these activities are organized by our Christian Action committee.
  • Clothing the naked:  We help make it possible for Our Saviour’s Shelter in South Minneapolis to provide housing for the homeless by serving meals at the shelter about once a month.  Every summer, we help build affordable housing in the Twin Cities by participating with other churches in our neighborhood as the Nokomis Builds team of volunteers for Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.  Throughout the year, those of our members who enjoy quilting assemble beautiful and warm covers for donation to people overseas and gifts to children newly baptized in our church.
  • Welcoming the stranger:  As a partner congregation with Trinity Lutheran Church in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood near downtown Minneapolis, we welcome immigrants to our community from Ethiopia, Somalia, and other regions of East Africa. We provide financial support to this unique congregation without walls.  From time to time, as a congregation we have helped individual refugees resettle in our community, working with Lutheran Social Services. A Welcoming Group within our congregation is working to find ways to welcome those who have been excluded or have felt excluded from our church community, in particular gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their families.
  • Visiting the sick:  Pastoral visits are made to hospitalized or homebound members of our congregation, and our prayer chain supports members in need with our prayers.
 

“And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8b 

  • Doing justice:   Donations collected during our Sunday morning coffee hours (after worship in the summer, or during the Adult Forum between worship services in the fall, winter and spring) are used to provide partial support of missionaries through ELCA Global Missions. The coffee served during these coffee hours is Fair Trade coffee. For the convenience of those coming to our church building, Fair Trade coffee obtained as part of the Lutheran World Relief Coffee Project is available for sale at cost, in our building’s courtyard. From time to time, our congregation provides an Offering of Letters, writing letters to our government representatives to advocate on behalf of the poor or hungry in the United States and worldwide for legislation regarding policies supported by Bread for the World.
  • Loving kindness:  We provide support and friendship to each other in a variety of small groups. The Friends in Christ group provides seasonal social opportunities for adults of all ages, and the Book Club meets monthly. Various women’s groups within our congregation provide opportunities for Bible study, fellowship, and service. Abigail Circle meets monthly for Bible study; Mom's Morning Fellowship offers support, fellowship, and encouragement to mothers of young children twice monthly; the Ladies Fingers group cares for persons celebrating weddings or grieving at funerals by serving food for receptions; and the Second Saturday Stichers meet once a month to sew a variety of bags, aprons, and quilt tops for our annual Fall Quilt Sale.
  • Walking humbly with our God:  Throughout the fall, winter, and spring, we seek to learn more about the Bible, contemporary issues, and our faith during our Adult Forum hour each Sunday morning.  In the seasons of Advent and Lent, we enjoy time together as the family of God through soup suppers and worship on Wednesday evenings.
 

We also strive to support children and family life, and the daily lives of parents, in the following ways:

  • FLIGHT (Families Learning In God’s House Together):  A few times each year, our Adult Forum and Sunday school hour are utilized instead for a combined learning session involving parents and children together.
  • All-Congregation Camp at Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp:  Each August, couples and families make the short trek to western Wisconsin for a weekend of “roughing it” in an air-conditioned lodge, to go boating, play board games, enjoy sports and crafts, and worship together by the lakeside campfire.
  • Youth activities:  The middle school and high school-aged youth of our congregation meet several times a year for service and social activities, and typically make an out-of-town trip during the summer for a week’s worth of community service and Christian living together. Every three years our youth have the opportunity to attend the ELCA National Lutheran Youth Gathering. Always, we seek to provide a safe environment for our young adults to discuss matters of faith, sexuality, and contemporary issues.
  • Confirmation classes:  During the school year 7th through 9th graders of our congregation receive more formal education in the Bible, Christianity, and the Lutheran faith. 
  • Sunday school:  Sunday morning Christian education is provided during the school year each Sunday from 9:00 to 9:50 a.m., for children age two through high school.
  • Nursery: A volunteer-staffed nursery is provided each Sunday September through May during Sunday worship for children from infancy through kindergarten.